THANK YOU to all of our board members who have a passion for making our Yankton business community a strong and growing one. A special thank you goes out to our outgoing board members. We value you and your efforts, and look forward to continued partnerships with you in the future.

2019 Executive Team
Barb Rezac (President) - Mount Marty College
Ashli Danilko (Vice President) - Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
James Grotenhuis (Treasurer) - CorTrust Bank/Fox Run
Becky Souchek (Past President) - Slowey Management, LLC

New 2019 Board Members - Welcome!
Cheryl Beck - Limestone
Shawn Brock - Parker Hannifin Corporation
Lee Gill - WNAX.104.1 The Wolf
Mike Krajewski - Shur-Co., LLC
Tom Schroeder - First National Bank

2019 Returning Board Members
Kami Guthmiller - Lewis and Clark Realty
Lacey Johnson - Department of Labor
Jason Larsen - Morton Buildings
Cynthia Miller - Kalin's Indoor Comfort
Stephanie Moser - Mount Marty College
Todd Woods - First Dakota National Bank

Outgoing Board Members
Chuck Aman - Yankton Medical Clinic
Bridget Benson - First Dakota National Bank
Brett Kennedy - Stockwell Engineering
The Yankton Chamber will be hosting Yankton Day and meeting with the cabinet secretaries of key state agencies during the day and hosting a legislative reception in the evening. 

Yankton leaders are encouraged to attend this event. Call the Chamber at 665-3636 if you'd like to sign up or learn more.

The Downtown Yankton Facade Grant Program is back and the application window has officially opened!

The grant is a 50% public/50% private matching funds grant available to owners and tenants of existing commercial properties in the downtown area. 

The goal of the program is to stimulate private investment in downtown Yankton and improve the economic vibrancy of the area through fostering an attractive environment and preserving the architectural features of the downtown properties. Grant funds are available for the purpose of upgrading the appearance of the publicly visible exterior of structures.

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. March 1, 2019
Craig Kennedy, Senate | (605) 773-3851 | craig.kennedy@sdlegislature.gov
Jean Hunhoff, House | (605) 773-3851 | jean.hunhoff@sdlegislature.gov
Ryan Cwach, House | (605) 773-3851 | ryan.cwach@sdlegislature.gov
Yankton Area Arts Announces 2019 Lineup

Yankton Area Arts (YAA) lineup for 2019 brings back favorite annual events and presents new artists, concerts and events for all to enjoy. From art showings to fundraising events, classes, and more, YAA will be offering the Yankton area numerous cultural experiences!

Napa Junction Closer to Ethanol Plant

Matt Winsand, manager of Dakota Plains Ag, LLC (left) spoke on the proposed ethanol plant to be located at Napa Junction at Friday's year-end County Commission meeting. The commission voted 4-0 to grant a conditional-use permit (CUP) for the proposed facility.

Photo Credit: Kelly Hertz, Yankton P&D
YPD Officer Receives Award

Dylan Wilson, a new face within the Yankton Police Department, recently received the SD Law Enforcement Academy's prestigious Coler-Williams Award for all-around excellence.

Photo Credit: Kelly Hertz, Yankton P&D
Steve Pietila Promoted at First Dakota National Bank

Pietila has recently been promoted to Vice President, Trust and Investments, of First Dakota National Bank. Pietila provides financial planning services to help families align their actions with their intentions. He also specializes in trust administration, estate settlement, investment management, and other fiduciary financial services.

Farm Credit Services of America in Yankton "Dress A Bear" Program

FCSAmerica of Yankton recently donated dozens of stuffed animals to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital as part of its "Dress A Bear" program. The animals will be given to young patients during their hospital stay. This program, which used to be facilitated by Hatch Furniture, has been in existence for 22 years.
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the outgoing Yankton County Commissioners for their hard work and dedication to making Yankton County a great place to live and do business.

Outgoing commissioners include (l to r) Todd Woods, Raymond Epp, and Debra Bodenstedt. New commissioners include Dan Klimisch, Cheri Loest, and Joseph Healy. Welcome, and we look forward to working with you!
A new marketing assistant has been hired at the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tanner Henkel, a native of Howard, SD, has accepted the position as marketing assistant here at the YCVB. He recently finished his enlistment with the Air Force, most of his time stationed in Germany. He is currently attending the University of South Dakota majoring in Media and Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications.

Tanner excited to begin and is looking forward to starting in the new year. 

January Seed Library Class
Tuesday, January 8
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lewis and Clark Rec Area

Battle of the Badges
Sunday, January 13
1:30 pm
Cimpl Arena - MMC Campus
Smallfoot at Yankton Library
Tuesday, January 8
2:00 pm
Yankton Community Library

Heart to Heart | Dancing with the Stars
Saturday, January 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NFAA Easton Archery Center

A Message From The Landing Regarding the Recent Fatal Car Accident Involving Kyle Mueller:
"We, at The Landing, are devastated by the tragedy of the Mueller Family. Lakyn, their three boys, and their baby on the way need our support. Lakyn was our amazing front of house coordinator and outstanding server.
There will also be a donation drop-off for the family over at Big River Burrito Company at 100 Douglas Avenue in Yankton. Kyle had just switched jobs so they didn't have health insurance nor life insurance yet. Please help if you can.
A very sincere thank you,
The Landing"

Question : “How do I get a loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for my business?"

Answer: The first step is to contact your local lender and inquire about a business loan. The SBA works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses. The agency doesn’t lend money directly to small business owners. Instead, it sets guidelines for loans made by its partnering lenders and community development organizations. The SBA reduces risk for lenders and makes it easier for them to access capital.
Profitability - Five Forces of Entrepreneurial Risk

Ruth Kings interviews, Startup and Marketing Expert, Dr. Anthony Miles who discusses the greatest risks for entrepreneurs, where they come from and how you can avoid them.
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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 -  Barb Rezac;  Vice President -  Ashli Danilko; Secretary/Treasurer - James Grotenhuis;
Past President - Becky Souchek; Board Members -  Cheryl Beck - Shawn Brock - Lee Gill - Kami Guthmiller
Lacey Johnson - Mike Krajewski - Jason Larsen - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser - Tom Schroeder - Todd Woods