December 18, 2017
Call and Order Chamber Dollars TODAY!

  • Keep your money in Yankton!
  • Give a great gift for those hard-to-shop-for-people on your list.

Chamber Dollars make the perfect Christmas present. Call the Chamber TODAY 605-665-3636 and we'll have them ready for you!

Procedures for Accepting Chamber Dollars:
  • Chamber Dollars are actual checks.
  • Standard Denominations are $5, $10, $20.  
  • Chamber Dollars can only be spent on goods and services in Yankton businesses. (Attention Banks—Chamber Dollars may not be deposited in checking or savings accounts, nor can they be cashed.)
  • If purchase is less than the dollar amount businesses must give change back to customer. Businesses require at least 75% of the value of the Chamber Dollar.
  • Each Chamber Dollar has a 90 day expiration date for redeeming. 
  • Businesses will process Chamber Dollars as they would normal checks.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.
Get your 2018 Events on our Website Today
Did you know that the Chamber can help you advertise your major events in 2018? We CAN!! Simply log onto your page on our website, and create your event. Not only will it be on our website, but it will also appear on our Facebook page and our Twitter account. Need some help?? Call the Chamber office at 605-665-3636 and we'll help you log on. Get your 2018 events scheduled now!
January 30, 2018 Yankton Day in Pierre
Join the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce as they head to Pierre to meet with state agencies and the Governor to discuss issues affecting Yankton area residents and the business community. We will be meeting with cabinet members of Tourism, Agriculture, Transportation, Economic Development, Education, Game, Fish and Park and Labor. 

That evening the Chamber will be hosting the legislators at the Pierre Ramkota and have an opportunity to discuss Yankton initiatives while the NFAA Easton Archery staff entertains them with a good-natured archery competition.

Contact the chamber at 665-3636 if you are interested in joining the delegation to Pierre. 
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce takes the position to support its membership through the tracking of local, state, and national legislation that affects its members, and to promote positive regulatory action in the following areas:
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Tax issues, especially as they relate to business
  • Quality of Life issues
  • Infrastructure issues
  • Agricultural issues
  • Educational funding
  • Regulatory issues impacting businesses
  • Fiscal responsibility at all levels of government 

  • Sen. John Thune 866-850-3855
  • Sen. Mike Rounds 202-224-5842
  • Rep. Kristi Noem 202-225-2801
The excitement is growing for the World Archery Indoor Championships, Feb. 12-20, 2018 . This international event will bring approximately 50 countries and 600 athletes to Yankton for world-class competition. Community support and volunteers are two key areas for a successful event. 

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is proud to partner with other entities to provide local marketing, transportation, lodging and food service. The NFAA feels strongly about supporting the community that they live and work in. 

Additional tournament details are currently being discussed. You are encouraged to reach out at any time with opportunities for advertising, collaborating, or volunteering. 


Primary contact for the tournament is Nancy Wenande at
605-260-9282 or .
First National Bank hosts December Mixer
Holiday cheer was throughout First National Bank as they hosted the December Chamber mixer on Tuesday, December 12. Tables laden with delicious food, beverages to wet any mouth, live music and lots of Christmas joy filled the festively decorated main floor of the bank.

A warm Holiday Thank You to First National Bank and all those that attended!
Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
Profitability - Budgeting Basics - Uncomplicate The Money Honey  - ​​​​​​​Ruth King interviews Ellen Rohr who discusses how your budget is critical to the success of your business and some key steps you need to take. 

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 .
City and County Commission
Meetings are Available On-line!
The City Commissioners meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 pm in the RTEC City of Yankton Community Room, 1200 W. 21st Street. We will provide links here after each meeting. 

Click here  to view the November 13 city commission meeting.

The County Commissioners meet the first and third Tuesday of the every month at 4 pm in the Commission's Meeting Room of Government Center.

To view the December 5 meeting,  click here .
Upcoming Chamber & Networking Events
For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to the Chamber website 

December 22, 2017 ... Chamber Offices closing early for the holiday
December 25, 2017 ... MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Chamber Offices CLOSED
December 28, 2017 ... Big River Burrito Company Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 100 Douglas Ave.
January 1, 2018 ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Chamber Offices CLOSED
January 11, 2018 ... "BS" Session-Workplace Violence and Preparedness
Part 1 of 3 Business Security and Safety Session (more information to come)
11:30am-1pm ~ Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion, 501 Summit
January 17, 2018 .... Jimmy John's Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 1101 Broadway
January 20, 2018 ... Legislative Cracker Barrel
10-11 am ~ Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion, 501 Summit
January 25, 2018 ... Cornerstones Career Learning Center Ribbon Cutting
10:30am ~ 3113 Spruce, Suite 124
January 30, 2018 ... Yankton Day in Pierre (See article above)
February 3, 2018 ... Legislative Cracker Barrel
10-11 am ~ Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion, 501 Summit
February 27, 2018 ... State of the Community (speakers from Onward Yankton & YAPG)
11:30 am - 1 pm ~ Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50
March 3, 2018 ... Legislative Cracker Barrel
10-11 am ~ Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion, 501 Summit
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events 
Click here for the complete list of visitor-related Yankton area activities and events.
2018 SD Governor's Conference on Tourism
Registration is now open for the 2018 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center!

Pre-conference sessions , including the annual Regional Tourism Presentation, are being held the afternoon of Tuesday, January 16. The start of the conference officially kicks off with an opening reception immediately following the Visitor Industry Alliance Meeting on Tuesday. Regular conference sessions begin Wednesday morning and the conference ends Thursday, January 18, with the Awards Night Gala.
Please note that we have an Early Full Registration option this year. That rate – $235 – is available through Friday, December 22. After that, the full registration rate increases by $50 (through January 10). As in the past, registrations will be accepted on-site, and that rate is $335. Please remember that it’s best to book lodging early in Pierre and Fort Pierre as the Tourism Conference and legislative session make both communities very busy during this time of year.
Visit the conference website for registration, schedule, speaker information, and the list of lodging options: .
Featured Chamber Member Events
Christmas Stories with First Lady Linda Daugaard
Dec. 19 ~ 4 pm
Summer Jobs Open House
Dec. 27-29 ~ 9 am-4 pm
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
43349 SD Hwy 52
New Year's Eve
Comedy Night
Old Mill Bar & Event Center
Dec. 31 ~ 9-11 pm
Masquerade Ball
Mead Cultural Education Center
Dec. 31 ~ 8-10 pm
The Holidays are a time for giving, a time for helping those less fortunate. They are also a time for fun and family. Mark your calendar to help if you can or to spend time with family and friends!

The citizen-led organization, Dive In Yankton, is working to make the dream of a new aquatic facility for the community of Yankton become a reality.

The elements included in the facility as well as layout have been chosen, based on feedback collected from community members earlier in the year.

With the help of experts from Water Technologies and Stockwell Engineers a master plan concept of the proposed facility has been created which provides a striking visual for community members to get excited about!

Work for the DIY team has now shifted from information gathering and practical application to fundraising and awareness.
The private funding campaign for DIY is currently seeking pledges, both large and small. Pledges with naming rights are available, upon discussion.

DIY is also looking for help to spread the word about the project. Please like the DIY Facebook page to stay informed and show your support! Pamphlets and posters are available at the Chamber office.
If your organization or group would like to schedule an in-person presentation about the project from the DIY committee, please reach out to Josh Svatos to set a date.

Click here for a downloadable poster. Please help spread the word and excitement about the project by posting in your break room or bulletin board.

Click here for DIY press release and here for master plan concept.
Support your local schools
2017 Chamber Board
President -  Bridget Benson;  Vice President -  Becky Souchek;  Secretary/Treasurer - Kristi Palecek
Board Members -  Chuck Aman - Ashli Danilko - James Grotenhuis - Kevin Hunhoff
Brett Kennedy - Tammy Matuska - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser
Kristi Palecek - Barb Rezac - Todd Woods