Our 2018 Cracker Barrel Legislative Coffee events begin January 20th!

These open forum events are held monthly during the South Dakota State Legislative Session and are your chance to discuss issues that affect businesses with our elected officials. They are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
2018 South Dakota Legislative Session
Governor Daugaard Seeks Multi-State Licensure Compact
The list of occupations that require some kind of license or certificate granted by the state government is ponderous. And, if you happen to work in one of those professions or earn a living as a licensed skilled craftsman and you move to another state, you can’t work until you get the license from your new state.
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports on big issues from key players in SD politics. [Click To Read More]
Do you know your State and DC delegates?
If at any time during the legislative session you’d like to contact your legislators, their contact information is as follows:

District 18 Legislators:
A. Rep. Jean Hunhoff - Jean.Hunhoff@sdlegislature.gov - 605-773-3851 
B. Rep. Mike Stevens - Mike.Stevens@sdlegislature.gov - 605-773-3851 
C. Sen. Craig Kennedy - Craig.Kennedy@sdlegislature.gov - 605-773-3821 

South Dakota US Legislators:
D. Sen. John Thune - 866-850-3855
E. Sen. Mike Rounds - 202-224-5842
F. Rep. Kristi Noem - 202-225-2801
Let’s face it, state and federal laws, city ordinances and county regulations don’t always make it easy to do business, but voicing your concerns as an individual may do very little to sway government decisions. As a member of the chamber, you are part of a larger, stronger network.

We are committed to ensuring that our community is business-friendly. 

Your Yankton Chamber provides a structure for you to come together with other business owners and professionals to voice your concerns and feedback on issues that matter to your business. 

It’s your membership…own it!
Watch BS Session #1 on Facebook!
If you missed our first BS Session, you can view it on Facebook here!

Mark your calendars for BS Session #2: Disaster Planning and Recovery.

Thursday, April 26
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Yankton Fire Station #2
(201 West 23rd Street)
Ben Hanten, owner of Ben's Brewing Co., shares his excitement with KDLT about the possible changes to brewery distribution laws.

United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton volunteer Natalie Gubbels was named the December Volunteer of the Month.

Horizon Health Care Receives American Cancer Society Grant to Help Patients Access Diagnostic Colonoscopies

January 17, 2018
Jimmy John's
New Business Ribbon Cutting
3:00 pm
1101 Broadway
January 25, 2018
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
New Business Ribbon Cutting
10:30 am
3113 Spruce, Suite 124
Thrivent Financial Workshop
Monday, January 15
5:00 or 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 16
5:00 or 7:00 pm
Hillcrest Golf & Country Club
2206 Mulberry Street

Avera Medical Group
Occupational Medicine
Open House
Wednesday, January 17
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Avera Fox Run Medical Plaza
2601 Fox Run Parkway

Into To Meditation
Saturday, January 20
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Soul Story Yoga Studio
215 West 3rd Street

Business Growth Retreat
January 23
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
NFAA Easton Yankton
Archery Complex

Downtown Blizzard Walk
January 26-27
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Meridian District

Cabin Fever Games
February 24
9:00 am
NFAA Easton Yankton
Archery Complex

February 27, 2018 - State of the Community
 (Speakers from City of Yankton and Yankton County)
11:30 am - 1 pm ~ Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50
March 27, 2018 - Annual Chamber Social and Awards Event
More details coming soon!
Processing Chamber Dollars
The Chamber has received several calls concerning businesses that refuse to give change back from Chamber Dollar purchases. Please be sure to review the “How To” process so we can give consumers the best possible service and keep people shopping locally.

  • Chamber Dollars are actual checks.
  • Standard Denominations are $5, $10, $20.  
  • Chamber Dollars can only be spent on goods and services in Yankton businesses. (Attention Banks—Chamber Dollars may not be deposited in checking or savings accounts, nor can they be cashed.)
  • If purchase is less than the dollar amount businesses must give change back to customer. Businesses require at least 75% of the value of the Chamber Dollar to be spent on purchase.
  • Each Chamber Dollar has a 90 day expiration date for redeeming. 
  • Businesses will process Chamber Dollars as they would normal checks.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at  (605) 665-3636.
World Archery - February 12 - 20, 2018
Supporting Others
Veterans Holiday Relief Drive Benefiting Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Military Families, now until January 31, 2018, drop off location - Yankton Elks Lodge #994, 504 W. 27th St.

The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a public stakeholder meeting on February 22 at 5:30 pm in the City Commission Room at the RTEC Building (Room 114).
This meeting will showcase the results of the 2017 Peak Season Co-op Campaign, the plans and goals of the 2018 Peak Season Co-op Campaign as well as the annual report from the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Experts from the Department of Tourism as well as Lawrence and Schiller will be presenting along with Yankton CVB Director, Kasi Haberman.
All are welcome to attend.
"Which accounting method should I use - accrual or cash basis?"

Limestone's Answer:
Before you can even start recording the simplest transaction, one of the first decisions you need to make is which accounting method you should be using for your business.

Cash basis accounting means you record revenues when cash actually changes hands. It is a simple approach using a single entry system that doesn’t need complex bookkeeping practices, but this is only ideal where transactions are on a strictly cash basis.

Accrual accounting on the other hand records transaction based on when money is supposed to change hands. It’s a more complex method that requires some time to learn but accurately keeps track of all transactions and how it affects your company’s assets, liabilities and income.

For more business training videos, log into the Members Only Business Education Video Library below.
Profitability - Winning The Battle For Attention

​​​​​​​Ruth King interviews Digital Marketing expert, Stuart Atkins, who provides some tips on how to cut through all the internet noise to get your customers attention online.
Click on the video above, and log in to view the video. If you need help remembering your login credentials, give the Chamber a call!

Also, 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.

January 8th Meeting Highlights:
  • Commission recognizes YHS student's request for updated equipment at the SAC
  • Transfer station tipping fees approved
  • Bid award for golf carts rejected
The Yankton City Commission 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.

December 28th Meeting Highlights:
  • Update on Napa Junction progress
  • Closed out financial obligations
  • Set 2018 calendar
  • Read More Here
The Yankton County Commissioners meet the first and third Tuesday of the every month at 4 pm in the Commission's Meeting Room of Government Center.
2018 Chamber Board
President -  Becky Souchek;  Vice President -  Barb Rezac;
Secretary/Treasurer - James Grotenhuis; Past President - Bridget Benson;
Board Members -  Chuck Aman - Ashli Danilko - Kami Guthmiller - Lacey Johnson
Brett Kennedy - Jason Larsen - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser - Mark Wenzlaff - Todd Woods