January 25, 2016


Business Education Video Library
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Members Only
Available NOW!
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.
2016 Business & Career Expo
February 3, 2016 - Laddie Cimpl Arena
The 2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo is a new event promoting 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.

There will be drawings for products, services and chamber dollars.  The concession stand will be open during the event.  Tours will be offered of the Mount Marty College. 


For more information, please click HERE


Upcoming Events
Jan. 26, 2016
The UPS Store Ribbon Cutting
January 26th @ 3 pm - 3013 Broadway Ave., Ste 8, across from Walmart  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...
Feb. 23, 2016
State of the Community
February 23rd- 11:30am to 1:00pm at Minerva's Convention Center   Read more...
Feb. 27, 2016
Legislative Cracker Barrel
February 27th - 10:00am to 11:00am at the Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; 409 Summit   Read more...
Mar. 3, 2016
Twist of Pine Ribbon Cutting
March 3rd @ 2:00pm - 109 Capitol St. 
Mar. 8, 2016
Chamber Mixer - Anytime Fitness
March 8th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Hosted by Anytime Fitness - 2509 Fox Run Pkwy    Read more...


January, 2016 Mixer
Our last mixer was held January 12th. 
Hosted by Roy Wilcox, State Farm Insurance.

What is a Mixer?  
An opportunity to "mix" at the meeting.
"Invite" someone to come; members that don't usually come and people that could possibly become new members of the Chamber.
The "unknown".  New members you haven't become acquainted with.  Work on getting acquainted.
"Enjoy" yourself at the MIXER.
MIXING develops "relationships" forever!!

Our Sincere Thanks to Roy Wilcox, State Farm Insurance for his analogy of what a Mixer is!

To see more pictures of our January Mixer
click HERE!

Yankton Area Arts/G.A.R. Hall Gallery 
Hours of Operation: 1-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) 1-3 p.m. (Sat.)  
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?  Coordinating the Yankton Summer Arts Festival the past 31 years.

What products or services does your business/attraction provide?  Art exhibits; art classes; meeting space for local art groups; rental for small group functions.

What is one or two things about your business/attraction that people in the in the community may not realize you offer?  Art exhibits that change every 4-6 weeks. Gift shop with jewelry; handcrafted wood items; greeting cards; t-shirts; etc.
Recent Ribbon Cuttings!

L. Lenae Designs & Floral, Jan. 14th 
L. Lenae Designs & Floral has been a dream of Lori Mohlenhoff for quite some time. Located at 110 Capital Street, in the Gurney Building, L. Lenae Designs & Floral offers interior design consultation, event and holiday design, and floral arranging as well as a shop filled with cute, fun home décor.

The Seed Library, Jan. 19th 
The Yankton Seed Library offers information, instruction and education about gardening. Free local fruit, vegetable and flower seeds are available to Yankton residents after they have completed an informational class.

Stockwell Engineers, Jan. 19th 
Jon Brown and Dan Eisenbraun have merged their companies, Stockwell Engineers and Eisenbraun & Associates, and will now operate under the Stockwell name. The firm offers professional services including engineering, surveying and architecture, to both the public and private clients.
Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent
Yankton School District
School Funding Governor's State of the State
I would like to thank Governor Daugaard for addressing school funding as a priority in his State of the State Address on January 12, 2016. He has recognized the need for new additional revenue for funding K-12 education. The Governor has proposed increasing the state sales tax by one half-cent generating new additional revenue for funding K-12 education. This would generate new additional revenue for funding K-12 education, which we support as a school district.

Legislative Coffees
Legislative Coffees are held monthly during the South Dakota State Legislative Session (January-March) and serve as an open forum for discussion with elected officials. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas regarding educational issues facing the Yankton School District.

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Yankton County Reflects on 2015
Todd B. Woods
Yankton County Commission Chairman
A year ago Yankton County elected four new commissioners and I was honored to be voted Chairman. We have learned a great deal this past year and strengthened our partnerships with the City of Yankton, State of South Dakota (Department of Transportation, Agriculture, etc), Planning & Development District III, Yankton Chamber of Commerce, and Yankton Area Progressive Growth. I would like to highlight some of the accomplishments in the past year.

The first accomplishment was the approval of a County Site Analysis offered by SD Dept. of Agriculture and conducted by District III. The analysis identifies potential rural site development opportunities for AG related businesses. This builds on our strongest industry in the county and once completed, will significantly shorten the time for a new business to be operational.  

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In This Issue
Renewing Members
Avera Home Medical Equipment
Chuck Stop (The)
Farm Credit Services of America
L & M Radiator, Inc.
Limestone, Inc.
Printing Specialists
Riverfront Event Center & Hotel
River Rose Hotel
South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation-Yankton Office
TruXedo, Inc.
Vast Broadband
Yankton Livestock Auction Market
Yankton Missouri River KOA
Yankton Rexall Drug Company
Yankton School District 63-3
Members on the Move
January, 2016:  Welcome to Tim Harms, the new senior sales engineer for crushing and screening products at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.

He began his employment with the company in 1989 and has served a variety of roles. After leaving the company to work full-time on the family farm for a few years, Kolberg-Pioneer is thrilled to have Harms back full-time. "
Tim has more than 20 years of product knowledge in the industry, and with that experience, he will be a great asset."

See More Members on the Move!
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
YSD Teacher of the Year Nominations
The Yankton School District is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 YSD Teacher of the Year. The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers.

To read more about the nominations or to nominate a teacher of the Yankton School District, click here.
Are you a Downtown Business?
Are you looking at doing improvements to your store or business front? Check out the city's facade application.

Click here to view Application
Legislative Updates
Representative Kristi Noem - 1/14/16
Update on WOTUS
Earlier today, I joined the House in passing legislation to disapprove of the rule. If the legislation is enacted, the controversial rule expanding the EPA's Clean Water Act jurisdiction to small ditches, prairie potholes and even seasonally wet areas will have no force or effect. The legislation is now headed to President Obama for his signature or veto.

As written, the Waters of the U.S. rule could become one of the largest federal land grabs in U.S. history. Everyday tasks, like spraying your lawn for mosquitos or your crops for disease, could now become federally regulated activities that carry fines worth upwards of $30,000 if a farmer or homeowner is found in violation. I'm proud Congress has moved this legislation forward. I've strongly urged President Obama to understand the burden this regulation puts on families and sign our legislation to withdraw it.

To see more of Kristi's newsletter, Click HERE
The Rounds Report -- 1/20/16
Senate Democrats Putting Politics Ahead of National Sercurity
Today, I voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which would have enhanced the procedures for vetting refugees coming to the United States from Syria and Iraq. While this legislation received overwhelming support when it passed the House last November, it failed to receive enough Democrat support to be brought up for debate in the Senate.

To see more, Click HERE


Legislative Season

The South Dakota legislative season has started!  Stay on top of bills, see general information, member rosters, codified laws, administrative rules and interim information by clicking on: 
To contact our local legislators, visit:  yanktonsd.com/advocacy/legislative/

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