June 26, 2017

Ready for a finger-lickin', thirst-quenchin', fun-happenin', good ole' time??!?  Join the Chamber Ambassadors at the After Hours Summer Bash Tuesday, July 11 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center, 800 Archery Lane. There will be fun for the Chamber family ... sponsor poker run for Chamber Dollars, Human Velcro Wall, "Bow Birds," hot dogs, chips, ice cream, cash bar and more.  Click here for the flyer, print it off and hang it in your break room.  Encourage all your employees to come out for some summer fun!
Thanking our Area Farmers

The 2017 Ag Gala was held on June 20 at the Pine Acres Kiwanis/4-H Ice Arena.  Over 250 people enjoyed a prime rib dinner catered by Backroad Bar-B-Q.  P.A.Y. Scholarships were handed out to eight graduated high school seniors:  Clay Wittmeier, Ashley Heine, Elyssa Walloch, Kordell Munkvold, Brook VanOsdel, Katie Bratberg, Jordan Kathol, and Franklin Cutts.  Silent and live auction items were sold to attendees to help raise funds for next years P.A.Y. Scholarships.  Over $25,000 was raised at this years event.  

The 2017 Farm Family award was presented to the Erickson Bye Family.  
A special award was presented from the Steve Heine Memorial Fund.  The recipient of the award was the new Yankton FFA Chapter.  Brandon Wagner, the new teacher for the chapter, was presented the check.

  • Boston Shoes to Boots held their ribbon cutting Thursday, June 22 at their location in the downtown Meridian District, 312 W. 3rd Street. Boston Shoe to Boots is a century old business that carries a variety  of work boots, cowboy boots, men's & women's casual dress & dress shoes. Stop in and congratulate Brennan and Mandi!

Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
The Ugly Truth about Small Business - Tips for Social Media - ​​​​​​​In this new video series, Ruth King interviews Digital and Social Media Strategist, Tash Jefferies, who discusses different ways to manage your social media content including blogs and video to make this medium work for your small business.      

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 Upcoming Events

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

July 6 - Aug. 4 ... Leadership Yankton

July 11, 2017 ... Chamber Ambassador's After Hours Summer Bash

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. ~ NFAA - 800 Archery Lane

July 12, 2017 ... Integrity Insurance Group, LLC Ribbon Cutting

3 p.m. ~ 1701 Broadway Ave.

July 21, 2017 ... Exclusive Tan & Beauty Ribbon Cutting

2 p.m. ~ 2007 Broadway Ave.

Hobie Cats Race at Lewis & Clark Lake

The 2017 Hobie 16/20 North American Championships concluded Friday, June 23 at Lewis & Clark Lake west of Yankton.  The final day of competition was cancelled due to high winds but racers enjoyed their time at the lake.   Racers from across the United States, Mexico and Canada participated in the event. The Yankton CVB and Chamber hosted a mixer for competitors on Wednesday with a barbeque from Heck's Dakota Style Barbeque on Wednesday.

Employer Webinar on Essential Job Services
  PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. (CDT).
  “DLR Job Services: Essential for Your Workforce Success” will cover how employers can use DLR workforce programs to assist with recruitment and retention needs.    For more information, click here
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.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events
Follow the link below for the complete list of Yankton area activities and events

Click here
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.
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!

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