February 15, 2016


Last Chance to Register!
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. 1, 2016
Public Meeting Notice - Hwy 50 -4th St Reconstruction
March 1st - Public meeting to discuss project and schedule will be held @ 5:30pm at Fire Station #2.  This reconstruction is from Hwy 81 to Burleigh Street.
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 - Budgeting Basics, Uncomplicate the Money Honey- Ruth King interview Ellen Rohr who discusses how your budget is critical to the success of your business!

Show Me The Profits - How to Improve your Closing Ratio Part 1- Tom Garr provides some important tips on how to maximize your sales performance on every sales call.

HR Heaven or Hell - Employees Taking Advantage - HR Consultant Suzi Lemen helps you identify if your employees are taking advantage of you and what you can do about it!


Yankton Day in Pierre
Twenty-nine members of the Chamber, City and School attended Yankton Day in Pierre on Tuesday, February 9.

They met with seven different agencies throughout the day and hosted a reception for legislators that evening.  The day and reception were a great success.  View Video for photos of event.

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!
Public Meeting Notice
Hwy 50 - 4th Street Reconstruction
From Hwy 81 to Burleigh Street
A public meeting to discuss this project and schedule will be held:

Place:  Fire Station #2 - City of Yankton
Date:  March 1, 2016
Time:  5:30 pm

D&G Concrete Construction, Inc., the prime contractor along with the South Dakota Department of Transportation and th City of Yankton will be present to answer questions concerning the project.

View Full Notice
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!   
Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent
Yankton School District
RTEC Facility
As you may have heard or read recently, the Yankton School District is considering purchasing the current RTEC Facility. Discussions regarding the possibility have been taking place for several months between the YSD, City of Yankton, RTEC Board, and YAPG Board, all of which have vested interests in the RTEC Facility.

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. The Legislative Coffees are open to the public. All Legislative Coffees will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre, 409 Summit Street. The final 2016 Legislative Coffee will be held on February 27.

Read Full Article
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
Washington, D.C. Trip Scheduled
April 18-21, 2016
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce will be attending the Washington D.C. Fly-in on April 18-21.

Representatives from the Chamber, City and county will be meeting with our D.C. delegates as well as other federal agencies during this time.

Any chamber member wishing to attend, please contact Carmen Schramm at 665-3636 for information on costs for the trip.
In This Issue
New Members
Double T Truck Stop/Yankton Truck Stop L.L.C.
Renewing Members
allPOINTS Yankton Clinic
Broom Tree Retreat & Conference Center
C & B Operations, L.L.C. dba Fred Haar Company, Inc.
C & C Hauling & Construction, Inc.
Edward Jones - Wayne Ibarolle
Frontier Mills, Inc.
Lawnco Lawn & Tree Care
Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital
Lewis & Clark Family Medicine, P.C.
Lewis & Clark Orthopedic & Sports Therapy
Shoe Sensation
South Dakota Department of Revenue
The Broadway Group of Thrivent Financial
Vishay Dale Electronics, Inc.
Weston A. Price Foundation
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