September 5, 2016


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:

Chamber Golf Day 2016

Golf Day was held Friday, August 26 with 28 four-person teams participating.   The theme for this year's event was "Around the World in 18 Holes."  Sponsored holes were decorated from various places all over the world.  A putting contest, shoot-out, guess the number of tees, hole-in-one and fairway games were just some of the fun events throughout the afternoon.  
Winners of Flights
  1st Flight
1st - First Dakota National Bank
2nd - Neighborhood Dental
3rd - First National Bank
2nd Flight
1st - 5 Star Communications
2nd - M R Henderson & Co. P.C.
3rd - Trail King
3rd Flight

1st - Yankton Chamber of Commerce

2nd - Hubbs Agency

3rd - Midco


Sapa won the best-dressed team contest and HyVee's Holland hole was the best-decorated.

Thank you to everyone who participated and to our great Golf Day sponsors!


Upcoming Events

Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 2016
Leadership Yankton 2016  
September 10, 2016
Twist of Pine Bed & Breakfast Ground Breaking
11:30 a.m.  Click here for complete directions
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 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.


Great things are happening in Yankton!  

The Bash of the Colonies was held at Lewis & Clark Lake over the weekend of August 27. Approximately 300 people attended the dinner and presentation for this philanthropic event from the boating community.  Over $30,000 was raised for Special Olympics.  All funds will be kept local with the money raised going to a different charity every year.

Riverboat Days was held over the weekend of August 19-21 with fireworks, a parade, arts and crafts in the park, bands, games and rides for kids, lots of good food and drink and so much more.  Kudos to the Riverboat Days committee for all their hard work!



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.
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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Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids
The 7th Annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids will be held Sunday, September 18 at the NFAA Easton Archery Center.  To view the flyer and application for a scholarship, click on the links below.
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.
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
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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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.


Business Education Video Library
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In This Week's Library



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