February 15, 2016


Have You Registered Yet?
Please pardon our mess! 
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of weeks.
If you have a meeting scheduled at the Chamber office, please call (665-3636)  ahead of time to see how our construction is progressing.  You may need to reschedule your meeting to another facility or to another time.

Thanks for your patience as we remodel.


Upcoming Events
Business & Career Expo - April 6
(watch upcoming newsletters for details)
Feb. 23, 2016
State of the Community
February 23rd- 11:30am to 1:00pm at Minerva's Convention Center   Read more...
Feb. 25, 2016
Community Land Use Workshop
February 25th- The first part of a community-wide land use workshop to hear from everyone interested in the use of about 40 acres of property formerly part of HSC.  Meeting will be held at Fire Station #2, 201 W. 23rd St from 6:00pm to 8:00pm   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 - Doors open at 11:30am.  Forum from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Minerva's Convention Center; 1607 E. Hwy 50    Read more...
Mar. 15, 2016
School Board/City Forum
March 15th - 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W. 21st St    Read more...
Mar. 21, 2016
Chamber/Interchange City of Yankton Candidate Forum
March 21st - Doors open at 11:30am.  Forum from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Minervas Convention Center; 1607 E. Hwy 50    Read more...
Mar. 22, 2016
Chamber Annual Banquet
March 22nd - Yankton TIME 95th Anniversary Edition - Watch for more information!    Read more...
Business Education Video Library
In this week's Business Education Video Library:

Profitability With Ruth King - Discretionary Effort Leadership- Ruth interviews Karla Brandau who discusses ways to get your employees to contribute to the success of your business rather than just collect a paycheck.

Sensible Marketing - Double Your Direct Mail Success!- Mike Ratchford drills down in the details of doing a successful Direct Mail Campaign to help you get the best bang for the buck.

Women in Business - Going from Employee to Entrepreneur - Felicia Phillips interviews Becky Davis who works with women helping them make the jump from employee to running their own show.


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!
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!   
Members on the Move!
The Yankton School District has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 13th year in a row.

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. has received the prestigious Astec Industries Founder's Award for 2015 for outstanding performance.
Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. surgeons Ryan Garry, MD, Jesse Kampshoff, MD and Luke Serck, MD donated $75,000 toward the adding turf at the Sertoma baseball fields and another $25,000 for improvements at the fields north of Yankton High School for the Yankton Girls Softball Association.

RTEC has received a community development block grant from the SD Governor's Office of Economic Development to help pay for new Computer Numberic Controlled Machining equipment.

The Yankton Elks Lodge #994 has awarded six $300 scholarships to high school seniors based on leadership abilities, classroom performance and financial need.

The Yankton Seed Library is officially open. Monthly classes on various topics are available to help the public learn how to grow a garden.

Jae Koletzky of Koletzky Implement was a Business Delegate for a legislative briefing sponsored by the SD Retailers Association in Pierre.

To register for these seminars or learn more about our complete educational schedule, visit us at:
For questions, contact DOR Education Coordinator Courtney Dosch by phone at 605.773.5445 or by email at courtney.dosch@state.sd.us
Yankton County Chatter
Todd Woods, Chairman
Yankton County Commission
In the first meeting of the year the Yankton County Commission reorganized and I was re-elected as the Chair.

We have not experienced a typical South Dakota winter for many years but 2016 is looking like a traditional winter. We are experiencing subzero temperatures along with an abundance of snow and wind that is keeping the Highway Department busy clearing the roads.

Read full article HERE
This update is provided by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The Yankton Chamber of Commerce is meeting with the Yankton School District concerning a resolution on Education Funding that may differ from the State's position.  More details to follow...
February 11, 2016
Bill Tracking List: 
Click on the link below to see an expanded list of bills the Chamber is actively following. The Chamber reads and evaluates all bills during each session. The bills on this tracking list are the most interesting or the most urgent or, on occasion, the oddball ones that are too funny to keep to ourselves. Here is the link to the list - Bill Tracking List   

To Read the Full Newsletter, please click HERE
In This Issue
New Members
Craizy Daisy's Popcorn
Counterfeit Catering
6th Meridan, L.L.C.
Onward Yankton
Renewing Members
Bon Homme Yankton Electric
Federal Prison Camp
Four Directions Restaurant
Fort Randall Casino
Kline's Jewelry
Luken Memorials, Inc.
Morgen Square
Morton Buildings
Shindler, Scott
State Farm Insurance - Roy Wilcox
Yankton Family Dentistry
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
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!

Award for Yankton Tourism!
Nomination Deadline is February 29th!
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!
United Way
Check out the latest event and happenings:

"Feel it in Your Sole"
Smile Mobile
Annual Meeting
Click on our website, www.yanktonunitedway.org for more information.


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