November 2, 2015


Register Today!
Legislative Luncheon - Nov. 17th
Date: November 17, 2015 
Time: 11:30 doors open - 11:45 Lunch 
Location: JoDean's; 2809 Broadway Ave 
Register: $13/person


Upcoming Events
Nov. 5, 2015
  Chris Dickes Family Dentistry New Member Ribbon Cutting  
November 5th - 4:00pm to 5:00pm @ 1000 W. 4th St., Ste 2 (in the Avera Benedictine Center)  Read more...
Nov. 10, 2015
State of the Community
November 10th - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Nov. 17, 2015
Pre-Legislative Luncheon
November 17th - 11:30am to 1:00pm @ JoDean's
Nov. 17, 2015
Chamber Member Mixer
November 17th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm-Hosted by KYNT @ Mount Marty College Read more...
Nov. 20, 2015
  Cedar County Veterinary New Member Ribbon Cutting & Open House  
November 20th - Open House from 11am to 6pm with Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30am @ 4210 W. 8th St.,  Read more...
Nov. 28, 2015
Small Business Saturday
November 28th is Small Business Saturday!  Remember to shop local!  Read more...


EMV Basics for Small Businesses
What does it mean for you?
Provided by NerdWallet
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2015, merchants are now liable for certain kinds of fraudulent credit card transactions if they didn't upgrade their point of sale systems to EMV, the new chip technology that makes in-person purchases more secure.

EMV credit cards have a chip that creates new payment credentials for each transaction.  That makes the cards difficult to counterfeit compared with regular magnetic stripe cards that have static payment information.

To read more on what you should or shouldn't be doing, please review NerdWallet's brochure - CLICK HERE
Welcome Marissa to the Chamber!
Membership and Program Coordinator
The Yankton Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce our new Membership and Program Coordinator Marissa Terca.

Marissa joins us after previously being employed at Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC. She is the mom of three children and can be found warming the bleachers, cheering on the Yankton Buck Football team during the Fall season. GO BUCKS!
The Chamber's new Members Only Business Education Video Library is coming at the end of November.  Watch for more information!
Yankton Yahooism!
National Park Service, Missouri National Recreational River
What is your greatest accomplishment so far? Establishing designation for the Missouri National Recreational River as one of the Country's first national water trails.

What products or services does your attraction provide?  Water based recreational enjoyment along one of the last relatively free flowing reaches of the Missouri River, including world class canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, and site seeing within a 100-mile river corridor that is ripe with history and character.

What is one or two things your business/attraction that people in the community may not realize you have to offer? The 98 miles of the Missouri River from Pickstown, SD to Ponca, NE, excluding Lewis and Clark Lake, is a unit of the National Park Service and one of the last remaining free flowing segments of the river that is comparable to what early Americans experiences prior to development. The 2,341-mile Missouri River from its headwaters in Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi River in Missouri is the longest river in North America.

The Missouri National Recreational River is administered by the National Park Service from the Park's Headquarters Office located on 2nd Street in Yankton.

Scam Alert!
City of Yankton Information Guides
It has recently been brought to our attention that there is an email being sent out to area businesses requesting they sign-up for advertising on a City of Yankton Information Guide and that this guide is endorsed by the Chamber.

This is NOT an endorsed product of the chamber and would like to warn area businesses that in no way is this product/direct mailer magnet part of the Chamber.
Legislative News
October 27, 2015
Mike Rounds - Rounds Report 
Today, Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and I announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Regulations Caucus to address regulatory reform at the federal level. Recognizing the many movements and legislative efforts currently in existence to address regulation, our goal is to unify and lead these efforts to advance meaningful regulatory reform in Congress.

With more than 1 million federal regulations on the books today, the need for a common sense approach to address unneeded, outdated and unnecessary federal regulations is as important as ever. Regulatory compliance costs are not only taking money out of the pocketbooks of South Dakota families, they are stunting economic growth and innovation throughout the country. I'm pleased to work with my colleagues to address federal regulation in a practical, business-like manner. I encourage all of our colleagues to join us.

Kristi Noem 
Yesterday afternoon, President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act - also referred to as NDAA. This is a piece of legislation we pass each year to set our nation's defense priorities. Since NDAA was first passed more than 50 years ago, it has only been vetoed four times. This week marks the fifth.

I will not stand by as the President tries to kill this bill. I am proud that the House already has a vote scheduled on November 5 to override the veto. In order to be successful, we will need a handful of additional Democrats to join us in the override and I will be working to gain those votes in the days ahead.

To read more on Legislative Items, please visit our Legislative Alerts Page HERE.  
In This Issue
Top Mistakes Small Businesses Make
November Tip:
MISTAKE: Not Following Up on A Customer Complaint

So your comment card generated a negative comment, what do you do? You have the opportunity to correct it and should do so immediately through a phone call, letter or post. Everyone makes mistakes and if the customer is handled quickly and to their satisfaction - word of mouth spreads quickly.

This month's "mistake" is brought to you as part of a continuing series that the Chamber is posting regarding top mistakes and marketing tips for small businesses.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
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Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
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Downtown Businesses - Your Input is requested!

Please click on the link below to take a short survey on Commercial Mailboxes in the downtown area.

Ribbon Cuttings
Missouri River Associates, LLC
Ribbon Cutting Oct. 22nd

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Yankton Activities Guide
Published by the Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Yankton Activities Guide is the premier publication distributed by the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), with over 20,000 copies distributed annually.

We encourage you to be a part of the 2016 Activities Guide to increase awareness and visibility for your business.

Deadline for Ad Space in this publication is right around the corner!  Reserve your space today by contacting the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan @ 605-665-7811.

View more information by clicking HERE.


Save the Date!

Chamber Board 

President: Josh Svatos; Vice President: Chris Ferdig; Secretary/Treasurer: Ken Kopetsky

Board Members:  Chuck Aman ~ Bridget Benson ~ Shane Bertsch ~ Kevin Hunhoff ~ Tammy Matuska 

Cynthia Miller ~ Marcy Moser ~ Kathy Quinlivan ~ Kristi Palecek ~ Dan Somsen

Becky Souchek ~ Jack Weeks ~ Todd Woods