August 29, 2016



Upcoming Events

Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 2016
Leadership Yankton 2016  
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
October 3, 2016
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 25, 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!


DOT plan to update and revitalize the state's interstate rest areas
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism are seeking public comments on a proposed plan to update and revitalize the state's interstate rest areas.
"The rest areas at our borders are likely to be the first impression a traveler has of South Dakota," says Jim Hagen, secretary of Tourism. "I appreciate the time and effort the task force spent visiting each rest area to come up with a plan to better serve our citizens and visitors at these locations."
Currently, there are 21 rest areas located along interstates 29 and 90 in South Dakota, with 13 currently functioning as staffed information centers during the summer months.  Click here for full article


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.

Yankton Chamber to Host South Dakota's Department
of Tourism Advisory Board and Staff

September 13 & 14 the Governors Tourism Advisory Board and Tourism staff will be in Yankton for their fall board meeting.
The advisory board consists of the visitor industry members across the state.  While in Yankton they will be touring the MEAD Building, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, the Downtown Yankton/Meridian Bridge, the NFAA and experience a tour on the Missouri River.
Thank you to the Best Western Kelly Inn, The Landing, Riverfront Event Center/Brewery, NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex and HyVee for helping us host this group and rolling out the red carpet.



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.
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.
The top happiest city in South Dakota goes to Yankton. In what was once the capital of the entire Dakota Territory, the 14,500 residents here are pretty happy with how life is treating them in this city. Low divorce rates, affordable housing, relatively low crime, low commute time, and great restaurants, attractions, and more all factor into making Yankton one of the bes t places to live in South Dakota.
How are we doing?
We need your input!  Click on the link below and let us know how you think we are doing as the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.  
Click here to take the survey
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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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
Profitability- How Low Can Your Price Go?  - Ruth king discusses and provides concrete examples on how to REALLY price your product, and the right way to use discounts effectively.  
Sensible Marketing - How to Double Your Direct Mail Results  - Marketing Expert, Mike Ratchford, explains how to do Direct Mail the RIGHT WAY to significantly improve your return on investment and make more sales.
Profitability- 360 Degree Business Profitability - Ruth King interviews entrepreneurship expert, Greg Henley, who shows how to avoid many common mistakes to make your small business more profitable.



Post your business offers & join the HUGE selection of Hot Deals on the Yankton Chamber website.   Click here

  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