June 5, 2017
Early Bird Ticket Deadline for Ag Gala is June 9th - Help Celebrate Area Agriculture!

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee will hold the 12th Annual Ag Gala Tuesday, June 20 at the Pine Acres Kiwanis/4-H Ice Arena, 709 Whiting Dr. The Ag Gala honors the agricultural industry and the area ag producers who support our local economy. The event also honors agriculturally involved youth by providing them with P.A.Y scholarships.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Guests are welcome to socialize and visit vendor booths. There will also be a silent auction during the social hour. A prime rib dinner, catered by Backroad Bar-B-Q, will be served at 6:15 p.m.

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. with South Dakota Lieutenant Governor, Matt Michels, as the Master of Ceremonies. Promoting Agricultural Youth (P.A.Y.) Scholarships will be announced and the Agri-Business Committee will award the 2017 Farm Family of the Year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses who want to promote themselves to this important industry. Early bird tickets are $50 per person; after June 9 the tickets will be $60. For tickets and more information visit yanktonsd.com/aggala or c ontact the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce at 665-3636.
Leadership Yankton Program Deadline Extended to June 8th - Scholarships Available 

The goal of the Leadership Yankton program is to develop personal leadership skills in community members and local business professionals. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Yankton Community. The program will begin July  6 and will meet every Thursday through August 3, 2017. Sessions will be held in various locations throughout Yankton. The cost to attend is $325 for chamber members and $400 for non-members. Tuition assistance is available. Those who are interested in applying should contact the chamber office at 665-3636 or Click here to download the application form, or view the brochure. Deadline for applications is June 8, 2017.
Final Week to Register for Glenn Shepard Seminar

Who This Seminar is For         
If you're a manager that has difficulty finding new, high-quality employees, this seminar will help you learn how to find, manage, and motivate quality employees. 

        Glenn's Course will Cover:

  • Techniques for handling unpleasant situations, such as; supervising employees with bad attitudes, discipline, and conflict resolution and prevention.
  • Performance evaluations, and how to use them to maximize productivity, develop leaders, gain committment and cooperation, and master delegation.
  • The best interview questions, specifically used by the FBI, for gathering information on potential employees. 
  • Red flags to look for on resumes and how to assess personality quirks in an interview.

    Attendees learn how to: 
  • Inspire their employees to be their best. 
  • Determine what their personal leadership style is, and how to maximize it to become the best coach, trainer, and team leader they can be. 
  • Manage employees that come from different generations and what it takes to make those employees work together as a team.
Accreditation and Certificate of Completion          
This course has been approved for credit by HRCI, which is part of SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management). Continuing education classes like this are mandatory for HR professionals holding PHR®, GPHR®, and SPHR® designations.
It also meets requirements for CEU and CPE credits in many other fields. As proof of completion of the course, all attendees will receive a signed 8½ x 11 certificate with the course number, suitable for framing.

Register today at Click here to register  or call the chamber at 665-3636. $129 per attendee with 4th company registrant free. Money back guarantee! 
Meet the Master! 
Ruth King - Profitability Master  

Meet the mind behind the Profitability Revolution video library service. These 30 minute "how to" video training clips are available to members to learn everything from human resource tools to marketing ideas.

Ruth is a published author of several books including the Amazon Best Seller, The Courage to Be Profitable.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Ruth will be our breakfast speaker beginning at 8:00 a.m. Her topic will be “The Top 10 Ways Employees and Vendors Steal from You and What You Can Do About It”.  Registration will be $20 for this program. The event will be located at the new Slumberland location, 2401 Broadway Ave., Suite #2. Click here to register.  

Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
Sensible Marketing - Double Your Direct Mail Success - Mike Ratchford drills down into the details of doing a successful Direct Mail Campaign to help you get the best bang for your marketing dollar.

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.
 Upcoming Events

June 6, 2017... Bob's Candy Service New Ownership Ribbon Cutting
9 a.m. ~ 1119 W. 9th St.

June 8, 2017... Habitat for Humanity Relocation Ribbon Cutting
3 p.m. ~ 218 Capitol St.

June 9, 2017... Slumberland Relocation & Expansion Ribbon Cutting
10 a.m. ~ 2401 Broadway Ave.

June 9, 2017... Essence Salon Ribbon Cutting
2 p.m. ~ 1101 Broadway Ave. Morgan Square, Ste. 103C
Open House 2:30 - 6 p.m.

June 13, 2017 ... Glenn Shepard Seminar
8:30 a.m. - Noon ~ Mt. Marty Roncalli Center - 1105 W. 8th St.
Register Here

June 14, 2017... J&H Cleaning Services Relocation Ribbon Cutting
3 p.m. ~ 109 Douglas Ave.

June 15, 2017... Rita's Purse-O-Nalities Ribbon Cutting
10 a.m. ~ 219 W. 3rd St.

June 16 & 17, 2017... Czech Days

June 19 - 23, 2017... Hobie Cat Nationals
All Day Event ~ Hobi Cat Beach, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
Click here for more info. 

June 20, 2017... Annual Ag Gala
5 p.m. ~ Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena - 709 Whiting Dr.
Register Here

June 22, 2017... Boston Boots to Shoes Ribbon Cutting
3 p.m. ~ 312 W. 3rd St.

June 28, 2017... DGR Engineering Relocation/New Ownership Ribboncutting
10 a.m. ~ 100 Douglas Ave., Ste. 102

June 29, 2017 ... 9th Street Clothing Co. Ribbon Cutting
10 a.m. ~ 1116 W. 9th St

South Dakota Retailers & DLR Business Training Webinar

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is partnering with the South Dakota Retailers Association on an upcoming business webinar:
  • How DLR Can Help You Recruit & Retain Employees
    Wednesday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
    Presenter: Marcia Hultman
    Register at http://ow.ly/rJf8309KRZs
    For more information contact Lacey Johnson at (605) 668-2907.
Ribbon Cuttings 
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee hosted three ribbon cuttings last week for two local businesses and for the new Riverside Park play area. (pictured in order of occurrence)
  • Tuesday, May 30, Mayor Jake Hoffner had the honor of cutting the ribbon on the new Riverside Park Boundless Play Area.

  • Thursday, June 1, Limestone Inc. held their ribbon cutting in their newly expanded office at 416 S. Broadway Ave. Congratulations to Cheryl Beck and her growing team on the expansion of the Yankton office.

  • Friday, June 2, Dr. Scrubs & More cut the ribbon on their new location at 1014 W. 8th St. Congratulations Store Manager Lydia Johnson and owner Gail Johnson and the staff at Dr. Scrubs & More.

See calendar for upcoming Ribbon Cuttings!

Don't Go Home Thursdays!

The Yankton Meridian District has announced extended summer retail hours at participating retailers. Every Thursday throughout the summer there will be a farmer's market, food trucks, live music and more! Music at the Meridian begins July 6 and Bragging Rights will be June 29, July 27, and August 31. See what's going on in the Meridian District each week. Click here to visit The Meridian District's Facebook page or email Mollie Grey at downtownyankton@gmail.com.
Bring Your 'A' Game to Work - June 27 & 28

Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work is part of a statewide effort to instill foundational behaviors and values in today’s workforce. The Department of Labor and Regulation has partnered with Cornerstones Career Learning Center to offer this soft skills training program. After completing the program, participants will understand the long-term benefits of work ethic, and set a foundation for personal and professional success.  

There are two suggested options for length; two four-hour sessions or one 8 hour session including versions for youth, adults, and veterans. This session will be Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28 from 12:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Kanner Building, 3113 Spruce St.

Contact Nakita Maddox at nakitamaddox@cornerstonescareer.com or call (605) 668- 2920 Click here to view the event flyer.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events
Follow the link below for the complete list of Yankton area activities and events

Click here
Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as "Great Outdoors Month"

Gov. Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota joining with many states across the nation to celebrate the nature and resources of their states.

In the proclamation, Gov. Daugaard noted that South Dakota leads the way in encouraging families and children into the great outdoors. This celebration of the great outdoors is designed to promote safe, healthy fun and connect individuals and families to nature.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) provides opportunities to connect with nature through events, hikes, trails and educational programs in their continued effort to protect, enhance and care for South Dakota’s state parks. Throughout the month of June, GFP will host day camps, archery lessons, disc-golf demonstrations, kids’ fishing derbies, educational nature programs and environmental events.
Notable events taking place throughout the month of June include:
  • June 3: National Trails Day
    A day set aside to celebrate America’s magnificent trail systems and their countless supporters and volunteers. State parks across South Dakota will host trail-related events that day.
  • June 3-11: National Fishing and Boating Week
    National Fishing and Boating Week is the perfect reason to get out on the water and experience the joys of boating and fishing.
  • June 10: National Get Outdoors Day
    National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
  • June 14-16: Becoming an Outdoors Family
    Becoming an Outdoors Family is the perfect event to get your family excited about the outdoors and all it has to offer. 
For a complete list of events, visit our online calendar at gfp.sd.gov.
Limited Tickets Available!

The Road Trip to Rapid Raffle 

The road trip to Rapid Raffle is a fundraiser to help cover costs for the Amazon Prime Fireball Run series which will feature Yankton this September.

The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and The Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be selling tickets for one lucky winner to take an epic road trip with them!

Carmen & Kasi will be the exclusive tour guides for 4 days and 3 nights.  This will include the winner's travel, overnight expenses, banquets and attractions.

Tickets are $50 for individuals and $75 for a couple.  See South Dakota like never before!  Drawing will be held on August 25 at the Chamber Golf Day event.

Stop by the chamber office at 803 E. 4th or call 665-3636 to reserve your tickets today!

Volunteer Opportunities!

The Missouri River Events Planning Committee is in need of volunteers for upcoming events on the FOMNRR (Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River) calendar.
Events include:

  • Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival - Saturday, June 10th 9 am - 3 pm
  • Invasive Species Awareness - May to late June

If you are interested in volunteering for these or other events, please call Dugan Smith at the National Park Service (605) 665-0209, ext. 28.

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