June 5, 2017
Final week to register for the Ag Gala!

The 12th Annual Ag Gala will be hosted by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee on 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. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at yanktonsd.com/aggala or by c ontacting the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce at 665-3636.
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
The Ugly Truth about Small Business - The Success Mindset - ​​​​​​​In this new video series, Ruth King interviews successful currency trader, Anmol Singh, who discusses how to recognize and build successful habits that can help your small business right now.    

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.
  Ribbon Cuttings
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee hosted ribbon cuttings for four local businesses last week.
(Pictured in order of occurrence.)
  • Bob's Candy Service Inc., a staple of the Yankton community for over 25 years, held a new ownership/ new member ribbon cutting at 1119 W. 9th St. on Tuesday, June 6. They offer a full line of candy, tobacco & cleaning supplies as well as a great selection of grocery items. Congratulations to the entire team!

  • Habitat for Humanity held their expansion/relocation ribbon cutting at 218 Capital Street on June 8, 2017. The ribbon cutting was held in conjunction with their Build-A-Thon. Julie Dykstra, Executive Director, shared with the crowd the day’s activities which included a Frontyard BBQ, live music and a silent auction. Studs could be purchased throughout the day and decorated for the next Habitat home.

  • Slumberland Furniture cut the ribbon on their new location at 2401 Broadway Ave. In honor of their grand reopening, Slumberland has also donated 40 beds to local children through the United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton. Congratulations to Slumberland Furniture on their relocation and expansion!

  • Friday, June 9, Essence Salon hosted a new member/ relocation ribbon cutting at 1101 Broadway Ave., Suite 103C. Congratulations to Kayla Kolda!

    See Calendar for upcoming ribbon cuttings!
 Upcoming Events

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.
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
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