February 29, 2016


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
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.  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...
Mar. 23, 2016
Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice Open House & Ribbon Cutting
March 23rd @ 2111 W. 11th St. - Open House from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with Ribbon Cutting @ 5:00pm  Read More...
April 6, 2016
2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo
April 6th - 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Laddie Cimpl Arena; 1105 W. 8th St.   Read more...
Business Education Video Library
In this week's Business Education Video Library:

Fund Your Small Business - Debt Funding
Where do you go when cash flow is tight.  Discussion on different ways to fund your small business cash flow and a success story.

Profitability - Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Ruth interviews serial entrepreneur who shares some early mistakes that he learned from to help make his business stronger and more prosperous.

Sensible Marketing - 7 Proven Tips for PR Coverage Mike Ratchford reviews 7 Proven Tips for Managing the Public Relations of your small business.


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.

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Centerpieces & Silent Auction Items Needed
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!
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.
Chamber Member Window Decal
By now members should have received the 2016 Chamber Member window decals.

The photo for this year is courtesy of Pat Hansen of Pat Hansen Photos.

"I've been taking photos for over 30 years, starting back in the film age. It's only been in the past five years that I've gotten more serious about my photography.

You could take a photo of your great-aunt's gaudy jewelry that she wears, and the strawberry pie she brings to every family event, and her worn slippers. All of these photos together would give you a 'picture' of your great-aunt, without even taking a photo of her face. In a similar way, I take photos of stars, the moon, sunsets, shining bluffs, and the beauty all around us. All together, these photos give us a 'picture' of God and his goodness. I just want to help people see that we live in the middle of beauty, and to take time to notice it."
Pat Hanson of Pat Hansen Photos

If your business needs more than one decal, please contact our office at (605) 665-3636. Those businesses needing a black 2016 sticker for their plaque need to contact us as well so that we can order the appropriate amount.
In This Issue
Renewing Members
Lewis & Clark Home Builders Association
Mayer Signs, Inc.
Premium Best Transport
Veterinary Medical Clinic
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
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Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
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 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!


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