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Upcoming Events

May 6, 2016
Visionary leaders have the ability to see a preferred future, operate in the present and utilize the resources around them to more...
May 17, 2016
State of The Community
Speakers: Onward Yankton & Mount Marty College
Each will have 10 minutes to discuss what is currently happening in the city, county, and read more...
May 24, 2016

Willa B's Ribbon Cutting
May 24, 2016 3:00 PM
June 14, 2016
Community Conversation Powered by the Bush Foundation
Open to all non-profits, municipalities, counties, and economic development groups.  Mount Marty College Roncalli Center Dining Room, 10 am - 2:30 pm. Watch for more details next week.
June 21, 2016
11th Annual Ag Gala 
This annual Ag Gala is held in June to honor the agriculture industry. Each year during the event... read more...
July 12, 2016
MYOB (Mind Your Own Business)

Have you ever wanted to start your own business but just didn't know where to start?  Do you have an idea for a great product that you think would fill a need but can't find it? Are you a female that currently read more...

Business Education Video Library
If  you are not receiving the weekly helpful hi nts, please call the  Chamber 665-3636 so we can add your name to the "Opt-in" list.

Click on this link on the Chamber home 
page to view videos.   
In This Week's Library
Profitability with Ruth King - Open More Doors to Close More Business - Ruth interviews Mike Saunders, a marketing expert, who provides several easy steps to position yourself as an authority so you can do more business.
HR Heaven or Hell - HR Questions Flextime, Last HR Employee, Rehabbed Employees  - HR Consultant Suzi Lemen answers viewer questions on each of these issues to help your business stay in compliance and keep out of trouble. 
Personal Development - Your Health Your Work And Your Life  -  if you haven't got your health you haven't got anything. Lisa Grunden discusses how good health equals positive results at work and a better life.


May 1-7, 2016 is National Tourism Week
It's National Tourism Week!!  May 1-7, 2016 is National Tourism Week.  This week was established in 1983 by a congressional resolution to highlight how important tourism is in each community.  In Yankton, tourism is our 4th largest industry.  Here are some quick facts about tourism as it relates to Yankton:
  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area - up 9% in visitors in 2015
  • SD residents pay $825 less in property taxes thanks to tourism!
  • 1,187 jobs in Yankton County are tied to tourism
  • Visitor spending in Lodging, Food/Beverage, Retail, Recreation and transportation was up 8.2% for Yankton County in 2015
We want to continue to build on our success from 2015 so the Yankton CVB has started 'Find our Great 8' campaign.  The first clue in highlighting the sites chosen for Yankton's Great 8 was in the Press & Dakotan Saturday, April 30th.  We will continue to share a 'clue' to our destinations through Monday, May 9.  Here's what you need to do to participate - look in the Press & Dakotan each day for a clue. Figure out the clue and then stop at that location to register for a chance to win $50.00 in Chamber Dollars.  One winner will be drawn from each location on Tuesday, May 10.  That's $400.00 in prizes that will be given out to those who participate.  And the best part, you can win multiple times!  The other way you can help is to share our 'Great 8' with those who visit Yankton or ask you what is great about visiting Yankton.  The full list of sites will be shared in next week's newsletter.

Special Small Business Week FREE Programs - May 2-4, 2016
19 entrepreneurs and business gurus who are giving their expertise to help run your business better. Get the tactics, ideas, and actions to increase sales, profits, and reach your goals. 

Sponsored by Southern Background Services and Constant Contact, don't miss these programs:
Monday - Get and Keep Customers
Tuesday - Fund Your Small Biz
Wednesday - Get and Keep Employees
Watch from the convenience of your mobile device or desktop.
Programs start at 7PM Eastern time and repeat until 3 AM Eastern time each day.
Click on the link below to register:
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 .
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 665-3636
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Need to get your event listed?  Submit an Event!
Bus for the Museum!
Help the Dakota Territorial Museum and Mead Building purchase a bus for events and tours.  Over half the funds have already been but you can still help.   Go to their Facebook page to find out how to donate or visit their website at or, or call 605-665-3898.
May is Bike Month
Consider riding your bike to work!
AND businessses - consider giving a discount to bicyclists who ride down and visit your establishment.  It's healthy and it's good for the environment.


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