Tourism is Yankton's fourth largest industry!

It generates crucial funds for our small businesses, tax revenue, and our quality of life.

From a passing smile and “hello”, to being able to answer the question “What’s there to do in Yankton?”, your every interaction with Yankton’s visitors makes an impression on them. As we head into peak tourism season, please help give our visitors an amazing experience so they continue to choose Yankton as their vacation destination.

Stop by FAM Day tomorrow to learn what over 30 vendors have to offer our visitors.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm | The Brewery | 200 Walnut Street
The Republican Party has five candidates for three available Yankton County Commission seats, so the Republicans will have a primary election on June 5, 2018.

Come hear first hand from our candidates and learn where they stand on issues regarding our county and community. The forum will be facilitated by a moderator and the public is encouraged to bring written questions.

Join us for our second 2018 State of the Community luncheon featuring two community partners who aim to move our community forward: Yankton Area Progressive Growth and Onward Yankton. This event gives Yankton area residents and business owners a chance to hear first-hand about the impact these two groups have on our entire community.

Featured speakers include Nancy Wenande, YAPG CEO, and Kristen Hicks, Onward Yankton Board Member. Presenters will give updates on their efforts and projects, followed by a question and answer period after each speaker.

This event, organized by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, is free and open to the public. 

Registration is required by Monday, May 14th. An optional plated lunch (roasted turkey, potatoes and veggies) will be available for $15, which you can indicate when you register. Doors open at 11:30 am, lunch is served at 11:45 am, and speakers will present at noon. 

Take Advantage of Educational Sessions!

Running a small business is challenging. You wear a lot of different hats. You may be the staff accountant in the morning, on the sales floor over lunch and the social media manager in the afternoon. Unfortunately, you may not be fully trained in all of those roles. But the good news is, the Yankton Chamber is here to help. 

The Yankton Chamber membership is full of professionals, like you, with areas of expertise that can be tremendously helpful to other members when shared.

We leverage the power of that network by hosting Peer to Peer Meetings, Business Sense & Security Sessions, and offering all of our members access to the Business Video Library.

It’s your membership. Own it!
Federal Youth Labor Laws
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets wage, hours worked, and safety requirements for minors (under age 18) in jobs.

The rules apply to nonagricultural employment, and vary depending upon the job involved. Make sure you're up to speed with regulations by reviewing the Federal Youth Labor Laws.
Records Transparency and Management
The South Dakota Secretary of State office has been working on improving records transparency and management. The office has converted 5.2 million microfilm and microfiche images into digital images, including corporation and Uniform Commercial Code filings, annual reports, proclamations, executive orders and executive appointments. The office also redacted personal identifying information from 4.7 million business images to make those records available to the public via the Business Services section of the Secretary of State’s website. Read More Here
Career Manufacturing Technology Education Academy
Willa B's Bistro & Emporium
Relocation Ribbon Cutting
Monday, May 7th
3:00 - 3:30 pm
114 Douglas Avenue
Merger of Mentor Program

United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton and Big Friend – Little Friend (BFLF) announced that they have merged the community-based mentoring agency to be a programming component under United Way.

Celebrating 20 Years

Congratulations to Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Company, who celebrated 20 years of production in Yankton this past Friday! The company's expansion from Sioux City to Yankton was influenced largely by being able to move into the spec building provided by YAPG.

Market Day at
Tractor Supply Company
Saturday, May 12
9:00 am
Live Music with Matt Kiger
Wednesdays: May 8, 15, 22, 29
6:00 pm
The Landing
Mainstreet Rock & Ribs
By Rounding 3rd
Saturday, June 2
12:00 pm
Meridian District
Corps of Discovery Adventure Race
Saturday, June 9
6:30 AM - 4 PM
Corps of Discovery Welcome Center
Send Your Employees to FAM Day

If you are part of a business that has interaction with Yankton's visitors, be sure to send your staff to FAM Day on May 8th.

The more helpful your establishment is in connecting visitors to attractions that will enhance their visit, the more likely they'll be to use your business again!

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: The Brewery (200 Walnut Street)
Yankton Needs Tourism

Tourism, Yankton’s 4th largest industry, generates crucial funds for our small businesses, tax revenue, and our quality of life.

As we head into peak tourism season, please remind your staff and coworkers that every positive interaction with visitors makes them more likely to choose Yankton as their vacation destination again.
Photographer Alert!

Yankton's CVB has a YHS student taking some photos of the sites and attractions over the next few months. If Elijah pops into your business to get some photos, please work with him to get photos that show just how great our businesses and community are!

Question : “What are some tips for creating content on social media?"
Answer : Managing your business's social media pages can be overwhelming and time consuming. It's easy to run out of content ideas and lose track of your business's identity.

Tip #1: Keep it personal. People want to see behind the scenes at your business. They want to be the first to know something, and they want you to "keep it real." Treat your followers like friends, and lose the formal front.

Tip #2: Decide on a voice and stick with it. It's tough to do that when more than one person writes posts for your social media platforms. The best way to keep a consistent voice is to get input from your coworkers on what should be posted, and then have one person actually write what you want to convey, so there's a better chance of having a consistent voice.

Tip #3: If you have some great content to share, take another look at it before you post it ALL. Can you break the information apart and get 3 posts instead of one lengthy post? People prefer to take in small amounts of information when it comes to social media, so your audience will be more attentive if you just give them a piece of the pie instead of the whole thing at once.
Personal Development - How To Handle Critics

Lisa Grunden discusses some tips on how to handle it when someone criticizes your work or your performance and not get overly defensive while maintaining focus.
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 .
The Yankton School District School Board regular meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm in the YSD Administration Building unless otherwise arranged.

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.

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 - Todd Woods