October 30, 2017
David Owen with the South Dakota Chamber will be the guest speaker at the Pre-Legislative Breakfast Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm at Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill, 408 Walnut St. David will provide an overview of key legislative items that will take place during the legislature.

Voters will soon learn which ballot measures qualify for the elections next year. Topics range from marijuana and a cigarette tax increase to physician assisted termination of life and open primary elections, plus several more.  

In January, the 2018 Legislative Session will begin facing another budget with limited revenues and issues about schools meeting teacher pay goals and other challenges including workforce housing and the whole process of initiatives and referendums.

Perkins sign goes up

Progress is being made on the new Perkins Restaurant which is planning to be open mid-November. The Perkins sign went up on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The front of the old Yesterday's Cafe is now updated with the new Perkins look.

Perkins serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also has a bakery. The countdown to the opening begins ....
Vast Broadband holds Remodel Ribbon Cutting
Vast Broadband held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 25 in their newly remodel facility at 2810 Fox Run Parkway. The expanded area helps their customers to view the fantastic internet, television, phone and security packages.
Congratulations to Vast Broadband!

Thank you to our Ag Community

The Chamber Agri-Business committee recognized area ag businesses during Harvest Appreciation on Friday, October 20. Apples and Snicker candy bars were delivered to various offices as a thank you to the ag community.
Competition Overview
To enter the Governor's Giant Vision Business Competition, applicants must submit an extensive written business plan outlining their idea.

A panel of judges made up of venture capitalists, financiers, educators, and established business leaders will review all applications and select the qualifying entries that will participate in the competition held in conjunction with this year's Governor's Office of Economic Development Conference in Sioux Falls. All qualifiers will be expected to give presentations and discuss their ideas with business leaders, finance experts and others invited to attend the event.

The winner will be awarded $20,000. Second place award of $10,000, third place receiving $5,000, fourth place $3,000, and fifth place $2,000. The remaining qualifiers will receive $500 each to help with the expense of participation.
Sponsors Needed

Yankton Middle School will be hosting their 3rd Girls Night for ALL girls and their moms in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade on February 2, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 PM.

This is a gender-specific event that will provide a safe environment for girls and their moms to discuss topics and participate in activities related specifically to young girls.

Businesses interested in helping launch this annual event are asked to support the event with a donation - financial or in-kind.

Upcoming Chamber & Networking Events
For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to the Chamber website  www.yanktonsd.com 

November 1, 2017 ... Riibe Outdoors Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ Riverside Park boat dock
November 3, 2017 ... Soul Story Yoga Ribbon Cutting
4 pm ~ 215 W. 3rd St., Ste. A
Open House 4 - 7 pm
November 14, 2017 ... Broadway Chrysler Expansion Ribbon Cutting
3:30 pm ~ 2720 Broadway Ave.
Open House 3 - 5:30 pm
November 16, 2017 ... Pre-Legislative Breakfast w/Speaker David Owen
7 am - Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill, 407 Walnut
November 25, 2017 ... Small Business Saturday
November 28, 2017 ... Wells Fargo Relocation Ribbon Cutting
10 am ~ 3100 Broadway Ave.
November 30, 2017 ... Holiday Parade of Lights
6 pm ~ Meridian District
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events 
Follow the link below for the complete list of Yankton area activities and events


On September 19, the SD Dept of Tourism notified the Yankton CVB that well known USA Today, travel writer Gary Garth, would be visiting Yankton working on a story about Corps of Discovery Trail.

Gary was looking for  river towns/communities that have a uniqueness or slice of history or story to tell but are often overlooked.

These earned media stories are worth their weight in gold, Gary is working on numerous angles and opportunities to promote this story including; USA Today print story, USAT Travel website and several niche magazines.

Gary also promoted his travels via his social media outlets, check out  this post  about his view in downtown Yankton. Thank you to Riverfront Event Center Hotel for helping us welcome Gary to Yankton!

Here is an  example of some of Gary's past work  for reference.
Featured Chamber Member Events
YHS Indoor Marching Band Concert
October 30, 2017
7 pm
Yankton High School Main Gym
1801 Summit St.
First-Ever Gong Show
Saturday, November 4
7:30 - 10 pm
Brewery Tour & Sample
Friday, November 10
7 - 10 pm
222 W. 3rd St.
The Holiday Festival of Lights
Thursday, November 30
Meridian District
Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
Profitability - Become a Chamber of Commerce Member - ​​​​​​​ Ruth interviews seasoned Chamber of Commerce Exec Kali Boatright to show you how joining your local Chamber of Commerce can really help your bottom line. 

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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