It's happened in South Dakota and it could happen to your business. You could be faced with an active shooter or hostage situation, and you're going to want to know the right way to respond to keep everyone safe.

BS Session #1: "Workplace Violence & Preparedness," covers topics like active shooters and hostage situations. Yankton Police Lieutenant Mike Bergeson will inform attendees on how to put a plan in place to protect employees and businesses. Jim Sadler, Senior General Manager of Omaha's Westroads Mall, will discuss his experience with the mass shooting that happened there in 2007. Additional contacts will be on hand for attendees to visit with after the training.

"Workplace Violence & Preparedness"
January 11, 2018
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Avera Professional Office Pavilion, 409 Summit
Free Event - Optional $10.00 Brown Bag Lunch Available from Willa B's
Registration Required by January 8th - Register Here
Open to: The Public (Chamber members and non-members)

Contact the Chamber if you'd like to have a booth/display at the training. Space is limited.

Mark your calendars for the second session about disaster prevention and recovery, happening April 26th!
Yankton Day in Pierre
Join us for Yankton Day in Pierre! We will meet with Governor Daugaard and various state agencies to discuss issues affecting the Yankton community. An evening social at the Pierre Ramkota will give attendees another chance to discuss Yankton initiatives with elected officials.
Contact the Chamber at 665-3636 if you are interested in joining us!
Calendar Updates Needed for 2018
The Yankton Chamber of Commerce and the CVB provide calendars to help promote business and visitor events. It is important for groups and businesses to add their information to these calendars to help reduce overlap and competing dates. Many use these calendars for planning purposes and we need your help to make sure we know what is happening in 2018.
Each calendar has a separate focus:

  • The Chamber calendar is for chamber members hosting business events and activities. Some larger community events are also added to this calendar. Members are asked to go to the member log in area at and submit their events. They are reviewed and approved by Chamber staff.
  • The Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar is geared toward providing local event information and bringing visitors to the area. Events can be submitted at  This website does not serve as a community calendar for locally-based activities. It is intended for events that motivate and entice tourists to visit the destination. Examples of acceptable events include: performing arts, live entertainment, gallery and museum exhibits or showings, festivals, sporting events, children or family activities, lectures, workshops, seminars, recreational activities and community or professional performances.  Submissions are reviewed and approved by the CVB.

For questions, call (605) 665-3636.
2018 South Dakota Legislative Session
Our 2018 Cracker Barrel Legislative Coffee events are about to begin! 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.
A. Rep. Jean Hunhoff - - 605-773-3851 
B. Rep. Mike Stevens - - 605-773-3851 
C. Sen. Craig Kennedy - - 605-773-3821 

D. Sen. John Thune - 866-850-3855
E. Sen. Mike Rounds - 202-224-5842
F. Rep. Kristi Noem - 202-225-2801
  • Slumberland Donates Beds To Local Families During the Holidays Since 1993 [Click To Read]

  • Two Teams from YHS Placed 1st & 2nd in the Junior Achievement Titan Statewide Competition [Click To Read]

  • Yankton County Parents as Teachers Receives Foundation Grant [Click To Read]
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
Big River Burrito Company
New Business
Ribbon Cutting
December 28, 2017
100 Douglas Avenue
Empower Fitness
New Business
Ribbon Cutting
December 5, 2017
1804 Broadway
Wells Fargo
Ribbon Cutting
November 28, 2017
3100 Broadway, Ste 100
Spark Community Conversation:
"How are community providers promoting financial stability and helping individuals attain sustainable employment?"

Avera Professional Pavilion Office
January 5 ~ 8:30 - 9:30 am

After the Ask Bridal Show
January 7
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
NFAA Easton Yankton
Archery Complex

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

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

January 1, 2018 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Chamber Offices CLOSED
February 27, 2018 - State of the Community
 (speakers from Onward Yankton & YAPG)
11:30 am - 1 pm ~ Minerva's Grill & Bar, 1607 E. Hwy 50
March 27, 2018 - Chamber Annual Meeting
Mead Cultural Education Center

World Archery - February 12 - 20, 2018
The deadline to register as a sponsor or advertiser for the upcoming World Archery Indoor Championships is TODAY!

Contact: Nancy Wenande
605-260-9282 or
DIY - Private Funding Campaign Begins
The private funding campaign for DIY is currently seeking pledges, both large and small. Pledges with naming rights are available, upon discussion.

Learn more about this project here!
Supporting Others
The Crane Youngworth Project For the Synthetic Turf

Girls Night For ALL Girls And Their Moms In 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades
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. View Flyer
The National Park Service’s Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is seeking your help in getting the word out about local sites and destinations to visit along the Lewis and Clark Trail.
A new sustainable tourism website will help visitors better experience the activities, attractions, places and people along the Trail. The site is funded by the National Park Service and it is free to be featured on.

A community-based nomination process is being used to create the interactive website covering the areas that follow the historic route of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.
Local residents are invited to nominate the unique landmarks, attractions, activities, businesses and events that define the Trail’s character and distinctive appeal. You can nominate your own business, your favorite local spot, or anything else you think tourists need to experience.
Click here  for more information on the nomination process.
Click here to submit your nomination.
December 22nd Meeting Highlights:
  • Adjustments to the salaries for the city finance officer, manager and attorney.
  • Declared some Parks & Recreation items surplus property.
  • 4.28 percent increase in sales tax over the same month last year.
  • Read More Here
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.
Personal Development - Making The Leap
Lisa Grunden discusses how to get past just Wanting Something and Believing Something to actually physically engaging and getting started. 

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2018 Chamber Board
President -  Bridget Benson;  Vice President -  Becky Souchek;
Secretary/Treasurer - Kristi Palecek; Past President - Chris Ferdig;
Board Members -  Chuck Aman - Ashli Danilko - James Grotenhuis - Kevin Hunhoff
Brett Kennedy - Tammy Matuska - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser
Kristi Palecek - Barb Rezac - Todd Woods