January 11, 2016


This week's Events!  Don't Miss!

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!

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

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

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

2016 Business & Career Expo
February 3, 2016
The 2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo is a new event promoting education and the Yankton business community!

This event will showcase business products and services, include a job fair for employment seekers and is open to Mount Marty College Students, faculty and the general public.

Scheduled for February 3, 2016 at the Laddie Cimpl Arena, businesses and organizations wishing to showcase their products and/or services should sign up for a display booth.  Costs are as follows:
  • Non-Profits - $100
  • Members - $150 (if selected in a bundled membership, this rate does not apply)
  • Non-Members - $200

The Mount Marty College concession stand will be open during the event!  


For more information or to register, please click HERE


Upcoming Events
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...
Feb. 3, 2016
2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo
Feb 3rd - 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Laddie Cimpl Arena; 1105 W. 8th St  Read more...
Feb. 5, 2016
Yankton Middle School Girls Night Out
Feb 3rd - 6:00pm to 9:00pm @ the Middle School.  Sponsors Wanted!  Read more...
Feb. 6, 2016
Legislative Cracker Barrel
February 6th - 10:00am to 11:00am at the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; 409 Summit  Read more...
Feb. 12, 2016
New Member Orientation
February 12th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Chamber Conference Room, 803 E. 4th St.   Read more...


YankTON Challenge Kicks Off
The YankTON Challenge kicked off - January 4, 2016!

Participants attended an expo to visit health related businesses, see demonstrations and hear motivational speakers!  What a great turnout we had!

Participants are encouraged to visit www.YankTONChallenge.com to find recipes, workout tips and more as this challenge continues!

During the Expo, Joshua Jones was selected as the winner for the Garmin Vivafit 2!  He works in the quality department at SAPA. His goals for the YankTON Challenge are to become more active, get in shape, and establish positive habits!  Congrats Joshua!  
Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica 
What products or services does your attraction provide?
  • It is both heated and air conditioned.
  • The building (25'x45') has two floors and a restroom.
  • 56 chairs and 10 tables are available on the first floor; 25 chairs and 4 tables are available on the second floor.
  • Historical information, pictures and artifacts are inside the building.
  • The building was built by the local Sertoma Club.
What is the #1 reason people visit or use your attraction?  Unique setting for family reunions, weddings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc.

Can you rent the replica building and if so, for how much?  Yes, the replica building can be rented throughout the year at $60 per day.

February 5, 2016 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sponsors Needed!

Yankton Middle School will be hosting their 2nd Girls Night for ALL girls and their moms in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade on February 5, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Businesses interested in helping launch this annual event are asked to support the event with a donation - financial or in-kind. Sponsors contributing $250 or more will have their business logos on the t-shirts being provided to all attendees and the sponsor logo will be displayed on the big screen during the activities.

Help us help empower our young women by supporting this activity.
Representative Kristi Noem
Over the course of the year, the House passed more than 300 bills, starting with the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. While there was broad bipartisan support in Congress, the President vetoed it and deprived South Dakota of jobs, millions of dollars in revenue, and congestion relief for the roads and rails.

We also voted on a permanent repeal of the death tax, a bill to hold sanctuary cities accountable, and measures to rein in federal regulators. Although none of these items on our conservative agenda received the President's signature, there were a handful of areas where we found common ground with members from both parties:
  • Human Trafficking Legislation PASSED.  On May 29, we earned a major victory when the President signed our bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which included provisions I wrote with the needs of South Dakota and our children in mind.
  • Education Reform PASSEDWe finally got away from the federal government micromanaging local classrooms.
  • Long-term Highway Bill PASSED.  I'm hopeful this will make sure South Dakota farmers, businesses and families continue to have access to a safe and reliable infrastructure.
  • Prevention of Tax Hikes PASSED.  In the package, we made improvements to 529 college savings plans, offered a permanent deduction for certain classroom expenses teachers take on, and permanently extended Section 179, which is important to many farmers and ranchers. 
To see more of the year in review, CLICK HERE 
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2016 Chamber Board 

President: Chris Ferdig; Vice President: Bridget Benson; Secretary/Treasurer: Ken Kopetsky

Board Members:  Chuck Aman ~ Kevin Hunhoff ~ John Kraft ~ George Lundgren ~ Tammy Matuska 

Cynthia Miller ~ Kristi Palecek ~ Kathy Quinlivan ~ Barb Rezac 

Becky Souchek ~ Jack Weeks ~ Todd Woods

Past President:  Josh Svatos