February 8, 2016


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!
More Recent Video's include:
Profitability With Ruth King - Stupid Cash Mistakes Part 2 - Ruth gives 6 more cash mistakes small business owners make including careless check signing privileges, credit card issues, account commingling and much more.

Sensible Marketing - 5 Myths You Should Avoid Concerning Direct Mail - Mike Ratchford corrects some direct mail misconceptions concerning pricing, junk mail, demographics, comparisons to email and much more.

Personal Development - Increase Memory and Harness the Power of your Mind - Lisa Grunden discusses ways to improve your focus, concentration and memory to help your business prosper.


Upcoming Events
Business & Career Expo - April 6
(watch upcoming newsletters for details)
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
Doing Business with Federal Agencies
February 12th - 10:00am to 11:30am at RTEC;  1200 W. 21st St. - Learn the basics that your business needs in order to sell to Federal Agencies.  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...
Mar. 11, 2016
Hansen-Haas Tournament Weekend
March 11th thru 13th   
Mar. 14, 2016
Chamber/Interchange School Candidate Forum
March 14th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Minerva's Convention Center    Read more...


Yankton Day in Pierre - Feb. 9th
Delegates from the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, the city, county and school district are headed 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.
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!   
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
February 1, 2016
HB 1142 - The "guns in trunks" bill is back: 
The bill prohibits businesses or public/private employers from enforcing any policy that prohibits someone from storing a firearm or ammunition in the parking lot, if that person is in compliance with all applicable state laws and if the firearm/ammunition is locked out of sight in a motor vehicle.

HB 1086 - Creation of property classification for "leased residential property":  This bill will create a separate classification of property for apartment buildings, duplexes, and four-plexes. There are currently four classifications of property in South Dakota: agriculture, owner occupied, commercial (or "other), and centrally assessed. This bill will add one for residential property that is leased.

HB 1084 - Wage benefits for people working at multiple jobs is defined in law:  Last May, the South Dakota Supreme Court held that South Dakota's workers' compensation laws, the statutes that define employment and what it means to be working for someone were ambiguous - which is to say "iffy" and, as such, should be interpreted to mean when someone is working for multiple employers and gets hurt badly enough that they can't work at all, then the wage benefits from workers' compensation insurance should cover the income from all of the jobs. To quote Dorothy, "We aren't in Kansas anymore."

To Read the Full Newsletter, please click HERE
In This Issue
Renewing Members
Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch
Leader, Larsen & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Legacy Studio
MW Towing & Automotive Services
Noddle Companies
Shorma, William
Yankton Mall / Dial Properties Co.
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 sometimes 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).

Want to see what our Washington DC Delegates are doing?  Click on their name below to go to their website and see!

Senator Mike Rounds
Senator John Thune
Representative Kristi Noem
New Award for Yankton Tourism!
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