August 7, 2017
Rev Your Engines at the Chamber Golf Day  REGISTER TODAY!

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador committee is hard at work getting ready for the Annual Golf Day.  This year's event will be at the Fox Run Golf Course Friday, August 25 with a shotgun start at 12 noon. The Ambassador's will be contacting Chamber members for prize donations in the next couple weeks.  Dinner will follow golfing at the Elks Lodge. Dress to race through this event with the Fireball Run theme. Register your teams today by clicking here.
Are you ready?
Fireball Run is coming to town
Have you checked out Unclaimed Freight Furniture and One Office Solution storefronts?? They look awesome! They must be getting ready to look good for camera when Fireball Run comes to town in September. Who else is stepping up to the challenge to look good?  You could be on film and be on the Amazon Prime program, "Fireball Run - Big Country."
  Leadership Yankton 2017 Graduates! 
During their 4th week, the Leadership Yankton class met with Matt Winsand from Dakota Plains Ag Center, LLC, Lindsay Flannery from Avera Sacred Heart, Shawn Brock from Hastings Manufacturing, Rob Stephenson from First Dakota National Bank and Tabitha Likness from Onward Yankton shared with the class an overview of their individual business sectors.  Agriculture, manufacturing, health, finance and entrepreneurship were all discussed.  The class then toured Applied Engineering.

Week 5, the class heard from Dan Specht, a broker with Vision Real Estate, about housing; Rita Nelson, Workforce Development Coordinator, YAPG about job market in Yankton; Lauren Hanson, Director of the United Way, about non-profit organizations; and Lacey Johnson with SD Department of Labor about the jobs in Yankton.  Eric Ambroson from Planning and Development District III worked with the class to develop their class project.

The Leadership Yankton 2017 class held their graduation ceremony Thursday, August 3 at The Sandbox.  Fifteen students received their certificates at the ceremony.

Thank you to all our sponsors of Leadership Yankton 2017.
Needed: Women in business to fill out profiles

National Women in Business week is October 16-20. The Chamber of Commerce and the Sandbox are partnering to bring Nancy Lyons, owner and CEO of Clockwork, author, entrepreneur and speaker to Yankton.  The event will be held on October 20, 9 a.m at Hillcrest Country and Golf Course.  The Chamber is collecting profiles from women owned businesses to help promote during the week.   Click here for profile

Business is both competition

and cooperation

In the past, people saw business as a “winner takes all” or “zero-sum” game. The networked economy moves away from these purely competitive plays to recognize cooperative relationships that leverage value created by those in the network. Competition -- the other aspect of co-opetition -- occurs after businesses have created value in the market and seek to allocate market share, price, cost and other finite benefits. IBM Global Services – Julie Bowser

Upcoming Chamber & Networking Events

For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to the Chamber website 

August 9, 2017 ... New Teacher Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ~ JoDean's Steakhouse & Lounge

August 10, 2017 ... Chlotique Ribbon Cutting w/Open House

10 a.m. ~ 403 E. 4th St.

August 15,  2017 ... YSD Teacher Coffee

8 a.m. ~ Yankton High School Commons

August 15, 2017 ... Horizon Health Care Ribbon Cutting

3 p.m. ~ 409 Summit St., Ste. 3400

August 16, 2017 ... Sacred Heart School Teacher Coffee

8 a.m..  ~  Sacred Heart Elementary School

Aug. 18-20, 2017 ... Riverboat Days

August 22, 2017 ... Mt. Marty Teacher Coffee

8 a.m. ~ Mt. Marty College

August 25, 2017 ... Chamber Golf Day

Shotgun start noon ~ Fox Run Golf Course

Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events 
Follow the link below for the complete list of Yankton area activities and events

Click here
School's just around the corner

School is just around the corner and the Chamber would like to welcome back the teachers with a cup of coffee!  The Welcome Back Coffees will be served to the Yankton School District teachers, the Sacred Heart school teachers and the Mount Marty staff during August.  Also, a New Teacher Luncheon will be served to welcome new teachers to the school district in August.  Go to the Chamber Business & Networking calendar at
Featured Chamber Member Events
August 7 - 13, 2017
Music at the Meridian
Thursday, August 10
2nd & Walnut St.
6:30 pm
Eric Beringer - Live Music
The Landing
Thursday, August 10
104 Capitol St.
7 pm
Summer Leadership Series
Friday, August 11
RTEC - 1200 W. 21st St.
9am - noon

Riverboat Days
Fri.-Sun., August 18-20
Riverside Park
Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
HR Heaven or Hell - Millenials and Baby Boomers Working Together - HR Consultant, Suzi Lemen, discusses how these two groups have vastly different work ethics and provides practical techniques to make them work together for the good of your small business.

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.
Seeking Volunteers 

The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau are actively seeking volunteers to assist with the activities and logistics during the two day Live Production for Fireball Run that will be taking place in Yankton!  

Volunteers will be assisting with items such as (but not limited to): 

  • Parking Guides 
  • Check In Tables 
  • Assistance with Equipment 
  • Boat Operators
  • Photographers/Videographers/Drone Operators
  • Field Coordinators 
  • Runners & Assistants   

We are also hoping to have a LARGE crowd at the starting line, on 2nd and Walnut, from 7am - 9:30am on September 29 to send off the Fireballers, cheer on Team Yankton and showcase the vibrancy and energy of our community.

We have already requested assistance from Yankton Public Schools, Mt. Marty College as well as other civic organizations but the more the merrier, so please consider this your invitation to join in on the festivities. 

If you are interested in volunteering or attending the live production
of Fireball Run please reach out to the chamber office
605.665.3636 or
Jake Hoffner and Chris Hilson will be taking the journey of a lifetime in season 11 of The Fireball Run set to kick off in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on September 22 and wrap up in Rapid City, South Dakota on October 1.  

Now that the teams have been decided, the game is on! Help Chris and Jake get a leg up on their competition by visiting their page on the Fireball Run website and voting for these hometown boys! 
Commemorative Fireball Run 
T-shirts available 

ONLY $20! 

Road Trip 2 Rapid Raffle
(Includes travel to & from Rapid City, 4-days,3-nights accommodations, Banquets in Pierre & Rapid City, the wrap-up party at the Black Hills Hideaway Lodge)

All proceeds will go to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to help offset the expenses incurred during production 
of this series. 

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 - Mindy Schweitzer - Todd Woods