November 27, 2017
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 we 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. 
Chamber of Commerce By-Laws Requirements-Election Process
Article IV, Board of Directors

The Directors Nominating Committee is presenting the following slate of five (5) candidates for a three-year term. The candidates have been contacted and are willing to accept directorship responsibilities.

Additional names of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petition, bearing the signatures of at least twenty (20) members in good standing of the Chamber. Such petition shall be filed with the Directors Nominating Committee within ten (10) days (November 20 – December 4, 2017) after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Directors Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition shall be final.

If no petition is filed within the designated period (November 20 – December 4, 2017), the nomination shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the current Board of Directors at the December 20, 2017 board meeting.   If a legal petition shall present additional candidate(s), the names of all candidates shall be arranged on a ballot in alphabetical order. Instructions will be to vote for one (1). Ballots shall be mailed to the membership within five (5) days after the deadline for receiving the petitions. Petitions are to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce, 803 East 4 th Street, Yankton, SD 57078  

Candidate for Board of Directors submitted by the Nomination Committee:
Kami Guthmiller, Lewis & Clark Realty
Lacey Johnson, South Dakota Department of Labor
Jason Larsen, Morton Buildings, Inc.
Cynthia Miller, Riverfront Broadcasting & Agnes & Dora
Mark Wenzlaff, The Schaeffer Store
Lawn Care, Snow Removal and More!
Yankton Home and Garden Repair, LLC held their ribbon cutting Tuesday, November 21 at their 806 E. Hwy 50 location. Contact Terry or Tina for all your residential and commercial lawn care. They sell and repair mowers, and also have residential & commercial snow removal & salting. Give them a call at 665-2521.

Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
Personal Development - Delete the Negative  - Lisa Grunden gives some helpful advice about how to delete the negative thoughts, the negative voices and deleting negativity PERIOD, to help you achieve your goals.  

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 Commissioners
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 November 7 meeting,  click here .
Upcoming Chamber & Networking Events
For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to the Chamber website 

November 28, 2017 ... Wells Fargo Relocation Ribbon Cutting
10 am ~ 3100 Broadway Ave.
November 30, 2017 ... Holiday Festival of Lights
6 pm ~ Meridian District
December 5, 2017 ... Empower Fitness Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 1804 Broadway Ave.
December 7, 2017 ... Muggsy's Sub Gallery Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 821 Broadway Ave.
December 12, 2017 ... First National Bank December Chamber Mixer
5-7 pm ~ 332 Broadway Ave.
December 22, 2017 ... Chamber Offices closing early for holiday
December 25, 2017 ... MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Chamber Offices CLOSED
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events 
Follow the link below for the complete list of 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
Food Drive benefiting the Contact Center
Dec. 1 - 15
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Dec. 7-10 & 14-17
Winter Murder Mystery Party
Saturday, Dec. 9 ~ 7-10 pm
2nd Annual Merry & Bright: Shopping & Donation Drive
JoDean's ~ 2809 Broadway
Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 11 am-4 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!

Support your local schools
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.
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