September 5, 2016


Welcome Back Reunion Charlie Battery

Yankton's Charlie Battery returned from a 15 month deployment from Iraq 10 years ago this month.  The businesses and local communities welcomed the Soldiers home with a parade (32,000 people in attendance) and a packed Summit Activities center welcome home ceremony.  Those Soldiers will be in town September 16-18 for their 10 year reunion.  They will be staying  at  local motels.  Some of the activities they will be doing will be a memorial ride to Alexandria (to visit SSG Gregory Wagner's gravesite) and then back to Garden of Memories to visit SFC Richard Schild, SSG Dan Cuka and SGT Allen Kokesh's grave sites.   They will have a meal with activities throughout the day.  Sunday AM they will end with a church service at the lake. 
Show your continued support by lighting up your marquees with "Welcome Back Charlie Battery"!
A goal of $5,000 is set to cover the costs and any extra funds would go to help families who have lost a soldier. If you would like to make a donation to help defray the cost of the "Welcome Back Reunion" they can be made at First Dakota National Bank or the Yankton Chamber of Commerce.
Charlie Battery  appreciates all of the support that they received from the Yankton Businesses during the deployment and when they came home. 
Thank You.


Yankton Manufacturing Week
October 3 - 7

Plans are underway for the 3rd Annual Yankton Manufacturing Week.  Manufacturing is Yankton's #2 industry and to help raise awareness the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Task Force has a week-long list of activities planned.

Community Kickoff & Product Showcase
Monday, Oct. 3rd 
Area manufacturers are encouraged to showcase their products in the parking lot and inside the mall. There will be a CEO discussion and social as well as a community open house at the Yankton Mall.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 - School Tours
Area school kids will be touring numerous manufacturing facilities to learn about careers in manufacturing.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Open Houses
Yankton School District will have their Career and Technical Education (CTE) Open House and RTEC will be showcasing new equipment.
Thursday, Oct. 6 - Public Tours
To schedule a tour at your facility please contact Josh Svatos at
Friday, Oct. 7 - Public Tours and Employee Olympics
Public Tours will take place in the morning and the Manufacturing Olympics will take place at Riverside Park.  The public is invited.
More information will be available in the coming weeks.  If you are a manufacturer and interested in being involved, contact the chamber at 665-3636.
Yankton  - Capital for a Day!

On September 21, Yankton  will once again get to claim the title of Capital of South Dakota, at least for one day. For more information go to:

National Preparedness Month 2016

September is National Preparedness Month. Don't wait until after a disaster to make a plan. Get started now with the resources at For more about National Preparedness Month, visit

 Lending a Helping Hand
 The cleanup continues in Springfield following Monday's severe storms and 100 mile per hour winds. If you are interested in helping our "neighbors" the Springfield Women's Fire Auxiliary have set up an account for those who wish to make monetary donations to assist resident significantly affected by the storm with the cost of cleanup and recovery. Donations can be made at Services Center Federal Credit Union, located at 1501 Walnut St. in Springfield and First Savings Bank at 825 Eight St. in Springfield.

Upcoming Events

September 13, 2016
United Way September Chamber Mixer 
Avera Professional Office Pavilion, 409 Summit St., 5-7 pm,   Click here
September 15, 2016
 Restore Church Ribbon Cutting  
3 p.m., 1208A Broadway  Click here
September 23, 2016
October 3, 2016
Yankton Bucks Homecoming
Interchange Forum - State Legislative Candidates   
Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50, 11:30 am-1 pm
October 3 - 7, 2016
SD Manufacturing Week
October 13, 2016
National Disabilities Employment Awareness Event  Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50, 7:30 am - 11:30 am
October 20, 2016
Chamber/Media Forum  
RTEC City Room, 1200 W. 21st St., 7 pm

The United Way kicks off their annual campaign at the Tuesday, September 13th Chamber After Hours Mixer.  The staff of the United Way has a fun, educational and entertaining evening planned from 5- 7pm at the Avera Pavilion and everyone is encouraged to attend. Bring a friend!
Two Candidate Forums Announced
Interchange, Inc. - Oct. 3 11:45 a.m.
Interchange, Inc. and the Yankton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a candidate panel discussion for District 18 House of Representatives on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Minerva's meeting room.
The following are running for office: David Allen, Jean Hunhoff, Peter Rossiter and Mike Stevens.
The format of the Panel Discussion will begin with two-minute opening comments from each candidate to allow you an opportunity to profile personal background information and opinions on issues.  Next, pre-written questions from the audience will be asked, allowing each candidate to respond on a rotating, time-limited basis.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend the lunch at your own expense.  The Panel Discussion will begin shortly after 12 p.m. and end at 1 p.m.
Yankton Chamber of Commerce - Thursday, Oct. 20 - 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, October 20, the Yankton Chamber of Commerce and the local media will host the candidates for District 18 House of Representatives at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC). 
The District 18 State Representative forum will begin at 7 p.m. and last an hour.  This community forum will be hosted by KYNT, KVHT/KVTK, WNAX 104.1, The Yankton County Observer, and The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. This will be a facilitated forum and the public is encouraged to bring written questions that will be presented to the candidates.
South Dakota Tourism Wins National Mercury Award
Winners of the 2016 Mercury Awards were announced during the U.S. Travel Association's annual ESTO conference, held Aug. 27-30. The South Dakota Department of Tourism was presented the award for Best Print Advertising. For more information: Visit our website!

In collaboration with American Express, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to become a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. Celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday helps small business owners with their most pressing need - getting more customers. As a Neighborhood Champion, you can help raise awareness and support for local small businesses to support your community on the day.
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event
Thurs., October 13, 2016
Register Today!

Southeast South Dakota SHRM presents Steve Hanamura, President of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., as the featured speaker in their National Disability Employment Awareness event on October 13, 2016.

Cost:  $30 ($40 after 10/1/16)
Time:  7:30 -11:30 am (meal included)
Where:  Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50

Learn about leadership development and innovation, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, working with people with disabilities and managing personal and organizational change.

Homecoming Parade Set for September 23
Show your support and spirit for the Yankton Bucks!!  Enter your business in the Homecoming Parade slated for Friday, September 23 beginning at 2:30 p.m.  Advanced registration is required and the deadline is September 9th - there is a $20 entry fee and participants must sign a waiver to participate. 
See attached Parade Entry Form.
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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
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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
New Library Addition/Showcased Videos:
Accounting Matters - Accounting and Quantum Physics - In the first show of this new series, Accounting Expert, Teresa Cherry, discusses the basics of money, how it flows in and out of your business, a fresh look at record keeping and when to outsource.
Profitability - The Ladder of Success 
Ruth King interviews Columnist/Radio Host/Entrepreneur Eric Holtzclaw and discusses what to do when your business 'hits the wall', - how to break through and get to the next level.
Other Library Videos Featured This Week:
Women's Business - Managing for Profit Not for Friendship


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  Log on and add your own Hot Deal.  If you need assistance, contact the chamber office 665-3636.   Don't miss out on these great deals from our local businesses.
Looking to fill a position at your business?  ...  Post it on the Chamber Job Board.   Click here

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