February 1, 2016


Attend the 2016 Business & Career Expo
February 3, 2016 - Laddie Cimpl Arena
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

Business Education Video Library
Have you looked yet?

The Members Only Business Education Video Library is one way the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce helps You and Your Business!

As a Chamber member, you should be receiving emails with your login information and a list of the new videos that are being added weekly!    

The Library consists of over 400 videos with subjects including sales, human resource, marketing, financing, operations, women's business issues and more!

If you haven't logged in yet, and want to see what it is all about, click on the Video Library Tutorial >>>>

Please contact the chamber @ 665-3636 if you are having trouble getting into the Library or if you haven't received your login information!


Upcoming Events
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. 4, 2016
Highway 50 Construction Meeting for Businesses
Feb 4th- Fire Station #2, 201 W. 23rd St., at 5:30 pm.  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. 9, 2016
Yankton Day in Pierre
February 9th - Delegates from the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, the city, county and school district will head to Pierre to meet with seven state departments to discuss matters affecting the Yankton area.  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...


Hwy 50/ 4th Street Businesses - Special Meeting!
February 4th @ 5:30 pm
Construction will begin this spring on Hwy 50 between Broadway Ave. (Hwy 81) and Burleigh Street. Businesses affected by this construction are encouraged to attend a meeting February 4, 2016 at Fire Station #2, 201 W. 23rd St., at 5:30 pm. Topics that will be discussed include: Project Overview, City Overview, Business Owner Involvement, Wayfinding Signs, Future Meetings and Phases & Groups.

Don't Fear the Cones!!!
Yankton - See Why Tourism Matters to us and to the state!
At the South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism the state tourism office released the following video on why tourism matters.  Check it out!   
Recent Ribbon Cuttings!

Northwest Veterinary and Supply, Jan. 22nd  
Located at 30651 Hwy 81 north of Yankton, Northwest Veterinary & Supply offers veterinary services and products for cows, horses, sheep and pigs. Their hours are M-W-Th 9am-3pm and Tu-F 8am-5pm.

The UPS Store, Jan. 26th 
The UPS Store offers packing and shipping, full service printing, copying and document finishing. Private mailboxes are available for rent. Passport photos, secure shredding, computer time sharing and notary services are all available. Located at 3013 Broadway, the UPS Store is open M-F 7:30am-6:30 pm and Sat. 8am-noon.
Yankton Facade Grant Program
Did you know?
The Downtown Yankton Facade Grant Program is available to spruce up downtown Yankton facades.  Public/private match up to $15k.

The goal of this program is to stimulate private investment in downtown Yankton and improve the economic vibrancy of the area through fostering an attractive environment and preserving the architectural features of the downtown properties.

Click here to Read More
January 25, 2016
SB 47 - Unemployment Insurance Rates could be Reduced: 
Submitted at the request of the Department of Labor, SB 47 reduces the "premiums" charged for Unemployment Insurance and creates a new fee that will be set at the same amount of the rate reduction. 

HB 1067 - The Economics of Health Insurance Could Make You Very Sick:  Voters spoke very clearly that getting to choose from a broad list of healthcare providers was important to them, so HB 1067 creates a new insurance mandate that companies selling health insurance must offer a plan that includes all the healthcare providers they have under contract.  This assures that there are plans using broad-based networks. 

HB 1051 - SD Values - Cheaters Not Welcome - Don't Want Their Gadgets Either:  This is a bill that will not affect law abiding businesses or owner/managers.  However, if your employees or partners have taken their eye off the "ethics/law abiding" part of life and have installed devices or programs that will not record all of your sales and the tax you collected which would allow you to keep the money that was collected for sales tax and create a set of books that is fraudulent, you should really stop doing that.
HB 1051 will create new law for South Dakota that will make it easier and more effective to prosecute those who are using "automated sales suppressing programs" as tax cheats.

To Read the Full Newsletter, please click HERE
Yankton Day in Pierre - Feb. 9th
Delegates from the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, the city, county and school district will head to Pierre to meet with seven state departments to discuss matters affecting the Yankton area.

Meetings with the Department of Agriculture, Education, Game, Fish & Parks, Governor's Office of Economic Development, Tourism, Transportation and the Governor are scheduled throughout the day. That evening the Chamber and sponsors will host statewide legislators at the Ramkota Hotel Lake Sharpe Room. Legislators will learn more about Yankton, our National Park the Missouri National Recreational River and have a chance to try their skill at archery.

If you are interested in attending please contact the chamber@yanktonsd.com or call 665-3636.
In This Issue
Renewing Members
Berkley Motors
Dakota Beverage Co., Inc.
Dragonfly Consignment & Gifts
Hillcrest Golf & Country Club
Investigative Services of NE/SD and IA
Neighborhood Dental
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
Pro Cellular
VanDerhule Storage, Inc.
Welfl Construction Corporation
Wintz & Ray Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.
Members on the Move
Congratulations to Mt. Marty College!  Mount Marty College was listed as #47 in the Best Regional Colleges Midwest category in U.S. News and World Report.

Kopetsky's Ace Hardware is expanding!  They will be opening a new store in Orange City, IA.

Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
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Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
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Legislative Updates
Please Note:
During the SD Legislative Session and throughout the year the Chamber receives communications from our District 18 plus our DC delegates.

The articles are published to help bring awareness to the subject but the chamber neither endorses nor is in agreement with any of the opinions that are shared in the articles.

If the Chamber takes a position, we will be sure to announce to our membership in addition to the article(s).
Chamber Looking for Volunteers!
Volunteer for a Committee
Interested in becoming more involved?  Have an interest in a specific industry?
Serve on a Chamber Committee!

The Chamber is a volunteer, members only organization and we would like to see you!  Call 665-3636 to find out more or visit our Committee Page to see more information on the committees available to work with!

New Award for Yankton Tourism!
January 27, 2016
Yankton's Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for a new award recognizing leaders in tourism.

Nominations should be for an individual or organization making strikes to attract new visitors to Yankton or improve their overall experience through events, media, business ventures or other means.

Please Click HERE for more information and to submit a nominee!


Yankton TIME - 95TH Anniversary Edition
Themed Silent Auction Packages - The Ambassador committee will be contacting members for silent auction package items. This year's fundraiser will be themed packages and multiple business donations will be compiled to create a fun package experience. Example: Romantic Night-Out Package may include a restaurant certificate, overnight certificate, carriage ride, etc.

Centerpieces are being requested for the banquet that promote members' business. Keep in mind the TIME Magazine theme when creating your centerpiece. Promote your top achievement in 2015. Tables will have seating for 8-10 people if you plan to have a trinket for your business for attendees to take home.

To reserve your centerpiece and/or donate to a silent auction package, please contact marissa@yanktonsd.com, chamber@yanktonsd.com or call 665-3636.

It's about TIME!

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