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!
Registration Deadline: TODAY!
BS SESSION #1 DETAILS:
"Workplace Violence & Preparedness"
January 11, 2018
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Avera Professional Office Pavilion
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)
This session will cover 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.

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!
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.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DISTRICT 18 STATE 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 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR 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
Larry Ness, chairman and CEO of First Dakota National Bank of Yankton, has been named 2018 Banker of the Year by NorthWestern Financial Review magazine.

Soul Story Yoga is proud to announce and welcome new yoga instructor, Martee Herman.
Herman will teach Wake Up Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5:45-6:30 a.m.

United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton received a $6,500 SD Community Foundation grant to investigate the possibility of developing a Greater Yankton Hunger Collaborative.

Mike and Gerrie Healy have been named Yankton’s 2017 Citizens of the Year. Both have been volunteers for various causes for decades. “When you get started volunteering,” Gerrie said, “it becomes part of who you are.”
 

Yankton's Alcoa Ice Arena was recognized as one of South Dakota's top ten ice skating rinks!

UPCOMING:
January 17, 2018
Jimmy John's
New Business Ribbon Cutting
3:00 pm
1101 Broadway
UPCOMING:
January 25, 2018
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
New Business Ribbon Cutting
10:30 am
3113 Spruce, Suite 124
RECENT:
Big River Burrito Company
New Business
Ribbon Cutting
December 28, 2017
100 Douglas Avenue
RECENT:
Empower Fitness
New Business
Ribbon Cutting
December 5, 2017
1804 Broadway
RECENT:
Wells Fargo
Relocation
Ribbon Cutting
November 28, 2017
3100 Broadway, Ste 100
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

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
The Governor's Giant Vision Awards
South Dakota residents who have a new business idea are encouraged to start now on their business plan for the 2018 Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition. The winner of the competition receives up to $20,000 to launch their idea.

Complete details and rules are on the website  www.southdakotagiantvision.com .
World Archery - February 12 - 20, 2018
DIY - Private Funding Campaign Seeks Pledges
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.

The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Grant Program is designed to assist organizations in hosting events and conventions that will promote a positive image to potential visitors, generate overnight visits, extend visitor stays, and create a desire to return.   
 
As of January 1, 2018, the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau will be abiding by a new set of guidelines for the Convention and Visitors Bureau Grant Program.
 
Here are the main changes to the program:
  • There will be only two dates for grant consideration, April and November
  • The maximum amount awarded per grant is $2,000
  • The form is available on the VisitYankton website
 
Click here  to review the grant guidelines and application. If you have questions about the new process, please reach out to  Kasi  at 605.665.3636.
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.
HR Heaven or Hell - Contract Employee or Employee?
HR Consultant, Suzi Lemen discusses if and when it is appropriate to use a Contract Employee with Labor and Employment Attorney Mark Addington.

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 .
Stay tuned for more information about our new
Peer To Peer roundtable events
happening every Thursday in 2018!
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