July 4, 2016
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau will be CLOSED July 4.       HAPPY 
4th of JULY!!!


2016 Ag Gala
The 11th Annual Ag Gala was held on Tuesday, June 21 at the  Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center.  Chris and Cindy Nelsen and their three children were honored as the Farm Family of the Year 2016.  

Over $24,000 was raised for P.A.Y. Scholarships.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors and to those who attended.
Congratulations to our 12 P.A.Y. Scholarship winners shown at the the right with the Chamber Agri-Business Committee.  


Upcoming Events

July 4, 2016
4th of July Fireworks Display   Contact City of Yankton Parks & Rec  668-5230 for more information - BE SAFE!
July 7 & 21, 2016
Bragging Rights  
July 12, 2016
Summer New Member Social,  5-7 p.m., The Landing
July 15- 17, 2016
Crazy Days Sidewalk Sale Yankton Mall 
July 22, 2016
Goglin Funeral Home Ribbon Cutting, 10 a.m., 807 W. 31st St (Hwy 50)  
July 28, 2016
Onward Yankton Ribbon Cutting5:00 p.m.,  104 W. 3rd St.   Click here
July 28, 2016
Discover Downtown Event 5-9 pm
July 29, 2016
Discover Downtown Vacant Building Tour 
10 am - 2:30 pm
July 30, 2016
Downtown Crazy Days 
August 10, 2016
New Teacher Luncheon 
August 16, 2016
Yankton School District New Teacher Coffee
August 17, 2016
Sacred Heart School New Teacher Coffee
August 19-21, 2016
Riverboat Days 
August 23, 2016
Mount Marty College New Teacher Coffee Click here
August 26, 2016
Golf Day 12 noon - 7 p.m., Hillcrest Golf & Country Club
Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 2016
Leadership Yankton 2016  

Downtown Facelift Taking Shape 
The goal of the Downtown Yankton Façade Grant 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. To accomplish program goals, grant funds will be made available to eligible property owners and/or tenants of commercial buildings located within the targeted area for the purpose of upgrading the appearance of the publicly visible exterior of their structures. Private matching funds are a requirement under the program.
Lewis & Clark Realty is in the process of updating the exterior of their building in downtown Yankton.
Watch the facelift!
World Archery Delegation Visits Yankton
The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and the Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to invite staff from World Archery to a South Dakota Excursion and 2017 Gala Planning Meeting.  On July 3, ten people from World Archery fly in to Sioux Falls for a fun filled 6 day excursion.  They will spend July 4th in Yankton celebrating our National holiday with the capstone of the day being our wonderful fireworks display at the river.  July 5 & 6 are spent out in the Black Hills where they will get a chance to meet the Governor plus see many attractions including Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood, Custer State Park, Reptile Gardens plus many more.   July 7 & 8 they are back here in Yankton to have fun at our many attractions.  If you see this group out and about, please tell them 'hello' and 'welcome to Yankton!'  Thanks to many areas businesses, as well as those in the Black Hills, who are planning on rolling out the red carpet and providing them a trip they won't soon forget.
Trinkets WANTED!
Yankton's Riverboat Days celebration is coming up August 19-21.   T he Chamber is looking for donations of trinkets to hand out during the parade.  If you have something with your business logo on it that you would like handed out, please drop it off at the Chamber office by Friday, August 12 or call 665-3636 and we will pick it up.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Businesses on Hwy 50/4th Street Construction
Every Tuesday, weekly construction meetings will be held at 9 am at the Yankton Chamber of Commerce to discuss updates on the Hwy 50 project.  Businesses are invited to attend to hear about the progress.  If you are unable to attend, updates are available at  www.sddot.com .
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
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Members on the Move
  • Milt Haar is the new Chief of Science & Resources Management for the National Park Service, Missouri National Recreational River. He will be overseeing the Park's natural and cultural resources management and research programs, including wildlife, invasive species, emergent sandbar habitat, and land protection with respect to short- and long-range planning and environmental compliance. His new position will begin July 10.
  •  Jeremy Hoeck from the Yankton Press & Dakotan was named the South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year during the National Sports Media Association annual convention in North Carolina.  Jeremy has worked for the P&D for 10 years.  In 2014, he was named Outstanding Young Journalist by the South Dakota Newspaper Association.
  •  Congratulations to our team at Kopetsky's Ace Hardware for achieving Pinnacle status with Ace Hardware Corporation. Pinnacle status means your store is one of the best of the best. There are 14 metrics we are measured on and we achieved the highest honors with Ace. Way to go gang!

Music at the Meridian
Free Concerts series happening next to the Meridian Bridge.  Click on the advertisement below or go to www.facebook.com/musicatthemeridian/  


Business Education Video Library
If you are not receiving the weekly helpful hints, please call the Chamber at 665-3636 so we can add your name to the "Opt-in" list.
In This Week's Library
Profitability- Keeping Your Employees Honest Part 2  - Ruth King in Part 2 of this series discusses such things as Minimizing Bookkeeper Mistakes, Matching Aged AP and AR Balances, Managing Vendors on your books and much more.  
HR Heaven or Hell - HR Questions: Promoting Requirements, Cellphones at Work, Gun Violence Safety Plans   - HR Consultant Suzi Lemen answers viewer questions including How to Manage Promotions including those employees not selected; What is the right Cellphone Policy at work; Safety plans in workplace related to gun violence..
Personal Development - In Forgiveness and Gratitude Lie Fortune and Glory  -  Lisa Grunden discusses how forgiveness and gratitude in your daily life are key contributors to improved well being and overall success.

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