December 21, 2015


Health & Wellness Expo Booth Spaces Available
The YankTON Challenge kicks off - January 4, 2016!

All initial weigh ins must be sent by the end of the day and every Monday there after for the next 12 weeks!

New This Year to the YankTON Challenge: 
Health & Wellness Expo
Date:  Monday, January 4, 2016
Time:  4:30pm - 7:00pm
Place:  Avera Pavilion at 409 Summit

Participants are invited to attend this expo and visit health related businesses, see demonstrations and hear motivational speakers!

Free booth space is available to Chamber members!  Get your business in front of hundreds of participants - signup for a booth at  Call 605-665-3636 for more details.


Upcoming Events
Jan. 4, 2016
Yankton Challenge Health & Wellness Kick Off
January 4th - 4:30pm to 7:00pm:
Free for all participants of the Challenge - Plus Chamber Member Businesses there is free booth space available for the Expo Kickoff - Reserve yours today by contacting the Chamber Office-  Read more...
Jan. 12, 2016
January Member Mixer
January 12th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm  hosted by Roy Wilcox State Farm  @ Czeckers, 407 Walnut St.  Read more...
Jan. 14, 2016
L.Lenae Designs & Floral Ribbon Cutting
January 14th - 10:00am - 11:00 @ 110 Capital St., Ste. A103  Read more...
Jan. 18, 2016
Governor's State of the State Breakfast Tour
January 18th - 8:30am to 9:30am  @ Minerva's Conference Center, 1607 E. Hwy 50 - Register Today  Read more...
Jan. 19, 2016
Stockwell Engineers Open House & Ribbon Cutting
January 19th - Open House from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with a Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30pm; 215 Walnut St. - Stockwell Engineers (formerly Eisenbraun & Associates, Inc.)  Read more...
Jan. 19, 2016
Seed Library Ribbon Cutting 
January 19th - 4:00pm at the Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St.  Read more...
Jan. 23, 2016
Legislative Cracker Barrel
January 23rd - 10:00am to 11:00am at the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; 409 Summit  Read more...


Lewis & Clark Visitor Center 
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?  Over 1 million visitors from all over the world!

What is one or two things about your business/attraction that people in the community may not realize you have to offer?  Movies about dam construction and fantastic views.

What's one or two events that you host that visitors and the community should attend?  Eagle Days in January and Lake Yankton Water Festival in June.
Governor's State of the State Breakfast Tour

January 18!

Governor Dennis Daugaard will be doing a State of the State Tour and will be in Yankton January 18, 2016.

Please join him at Minerva's Conference Center at 8:30a.m. for a light breakfast of coffee, juice, muffins and fruit.

Click Here to Register Today!
Business Education Video Library
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Members Only
Available January 7, 2016!
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the introduction of the new Members Only Business Education Video Library which is a new Comprehensive Video Resource available
exclusively to Members of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.

This benefit will be free to you as a member benefit included in your annual chamber dues.

The video library is available to you 24/7 from your computer, tablet or smart phone. The Business Education Video Library consists of over 400 videos almost all 30 minutes in length and subjects covered include sales, human resources, marketing, finance, operations, women's business issues, leadership and quite a bit more.

Be watching for introductory emails showing how you can access this new member benefit!
Holiday Gift Giving!
Looking for Last Minute Gift Ideas?
Order your Chamber Dollars now for Holiday gift giving! Please call ahead for large orders at 665-3636.

Chamber offices close at Noon Christmas Eve! 
Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent
Yankton School District
School Safety
As of Friday, December 4th all front entrances to our school attendance centers have been locked and will remain locked. An on-site inspection of all front entrances to our attendance centers was done on December 4th by our security camera providers from Sioux Falls. On Monday, December 7th, a video camera/buzzer system was installed at Yankton High School and fully operational on Tuesday, December 8th. This system allows video and two way communication between the office and any person asking permission to enter the school.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Recommendations
I want to personally thank the members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and our very own Beth Pietila from Yankton.  It is important to note these are recommendations and some of the recommendations did not represent a consensus of the task force. The report has been provided to the Governor for his review.

Read Full Article
Members on the Move!
Northtown Automotive raised $2900 from their November fundraiser for the Yankton Area Homeless Shelter.

ABS Residential Direct Support Professional, Jaime Jorgensen recently participated in the South Dakota "Simply the Best: Leading the Way" banquet and received the "Excellence in Service" award from the Director of Community Support Providers of South Dakota, Daryl Kilstrom.

Yankton High School announced that six students were chosen as semi-finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The students include: Joseph Kelly, Andrew Pietz, Cody Perakslis, Danielle Gillis, Talitha Greaver, Hannah Williams and Danielle Gillis.

The Yankton School Board is examining opportunities for the school district to partner with Yankton Area Progressive Growth and local manufacturers and businesses to provide paid internships for Yankton HS students!

Read more "Members on the Move!
In This Issue
New Member
L. Lenae Designs & Floral
110 Capital St, Suite A103
Yankton, SD  57078
(605) 689-3010

Lori Mohlenhoff, Owner
Welcome to the Chamber!
Renewing Members
Broadway Chrysler
Kelly Investments, L.L.C.
Legacy Affordable Burial & Cremation Solutions
Mills Property Management
Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association
Special Day Limousine, L.L.C.
Wallbaum, Dan & Judy
Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
Community Survey
United Way of Greater Yankton
To help understand the impact of services provided by the United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton and partner agencies, they are conducting a Community Survey.

All Yankton Area friends of the United Way are encouraged to take this survey to help them better understand the communities needs!
Recent Ribbon Cuttings
Cedar County Veterinary Services, LLC
December 4th


Community and Business Responses are Requested!
Deadline - December 21st!
The Onward Yankton Creative District Committee is conducting two surveys to gather information on recommendations to help enhance the Historic Downtown Yankton area.

Below are two separate survey links - one is for the general public and one is for Downtown Business & Property Owners. The deadline for both surveys in December 21, 2015.

Community Response Survey Link

Downtown Business/Property Owner Survey Link

The survey will take about 15 minutes and your responses will remain confidential.

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