Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
February 2021 Newsletter


Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation E-News


This is the electronic version of the Pierre Area Chamber's February 2021 newsletter.

Life is good on the river,
The Staff at the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue
2021 Chamber Board of Directors
  
Executive Board
Thomas Allerdings - President,
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Aaron Fabel- Vice President, Oahe Family YMCA
Jodie Hickman Anderson - Secretary,
Strategic Association Services
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer
First Dakota National Bank
Meredith Lee - Past President, Lee Real Estate
 
Board Members
Kellie Yackley
Avera St. Mary's
Kiel Wendelschafer
Warlmart
Ty Kinneberg
BankWest
Jessica Mefferd
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance
Steve Bass
Edgewood Senior Living
Tori Reeves
BankWest
Chris McConnell
Black Hills Federal Credit Union
Jaymason Bramblee
Oahe Federal Credit Union
Stephen Webb
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health

Ex-Officio Members
Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
 
2021 PEDCO Board of Directors
  
Andy Hubbart - Chairman
BankWest
Mark Anderson - Secretary
Self Employed
Kim Easland - Treasurer
American Bank & Trust
Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm
Trustee - Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial
Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank
Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline
Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates Clinic
Prakash Saripalli
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel
Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.
Zach Clark
Clark Insurance
Damon Wheelhouse
Allied Plumbing & Heating

Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Thomas Allerdings
Chamber of Commerce
Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission
Kim Olson
Area Director, Sen. Mike Rounds
Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator
Norm Weaver
Hughes County Commission

Administration
Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Alicia Fabel
Administrative Asst.
 
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2021 Investor List
(As of 1/21)
  
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.

Platinum Investors - $1000
BankWest
First National Bank
Montana-Dakota Utilities

Gold Investors - $600
A-G-E Corporation
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.
First Dakota National Bank
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.
American Medical Associates Inc.
Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic
Dairy Queen
Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.
My3Tech
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Angel's Salon, BPRO Inc., Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice Inc, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Country Carpet & Flooring, Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Storm Roofing, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Floss Dentistry, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas Inc., Governor's Inn, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake's Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., Krueger Contracting Inc., Korner Grocery, La Minestra, Lee Real Estate, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, McDonald's, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperative, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Bachand Hruska & Scheibe PC, Morris Inc., Nagel Agency Inc., Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Sports Center, Pizza Ranch, Puetz Corporation, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Runnings, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, Slumberland Furniture, Smith Plumbing, State Farm Insurance - Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, Willow Creek Wildlife, Zach Clark Insurance Inc.

Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Capital City Campus, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Discovery Center, Rev. Jon B. Urbach

 

President's Report
Thomas Allerdings, Chamber Board President
Thomas Allerdings ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Hello! It is a significant privilege and honor to be able to serve the Chamber board as President in 2021. I have enjoyed learning the processes and procedures of the Chamber and its board over the last 4 years and am excited about the future of the organization. The Pierre Area Chamber offers a variety of benefits to our member businesses and enriches the Pierre-Fort Pierre Community as a whole.
As General Manager of Pierre's ClubHouse Hotel & Suites, we are welcoming lobbyists, members of the Legislative Committees, and preparing for our first big event of 2021! Although bookings and numbers aren't quite back to 'normal,' the future is looking brighter as more and more people are vaccinated. I look forward to the time when our banquet, breakfast and community spaces can be fully utilized again, and we can gather without any restriction.
2020 was a year that no one wants to remember, and a year no one will ever forget. One thing I can say for sure - Pierre is a strong community that sticks together through tough times. In 2021, I encourage you to find ways to include your co-workers, neighbors and friends in the events and programs the Chamber offers. Make it a point this year to not take relationships for granted; continue to foster existing connections and establish new ones. Stay informed on Chamber offerings by following them on Facebook and subscribe to the Chamber's 'What's Happening' email. You will be glad you did!

The Pierre Area Chamber will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. We will resume regular business hours at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 16.

Consumers Resort to 'Shoptimism'
Shoptimism is a term being used to describe purchases made from home during the pandemic. You are stuck at home and suddenly begin to see every flaw, paint chip and cluttered closet. So, you buy things to fix the situation - or you buy things to make you feel better about it.

When consumers buy things they don't need, such as luxury items, in the middle of a public health crisis, it's called "shoptimism." This term was coined by Lee Eisenberg in his 2009 book of the same title.

Why Do We Buy Things?

According to Eisenberg, people buy things to provide emotional relief from the anxiety of living in a pandemic and economically uncertain times. He describes two kinds of buyers. The classic buyer compares prices, deliberates on whether they need a product and then makes a purchase. The romantic buyer shops emotionally, purchasing trendy or "cool" items that boost their emotional state. In general, the romantic buyer cares about the emotional satisfaction of the purchase rather than the utility of the product.

E-commerce and M-commerce

Consumers are used to the convenience of online shopping (e-commerce), especially via their mobile devices (m-commerce). The click-and-collect culture isn't going anywhere soon. Not only is it safer but the convenience and faster delivery times make it easier than shopping in stores. Generous return policies sealed the deal.

The rise of in-store pickup makes it easy to order online, drive up for contactless service and refuse any items that do not meet your expectations. This frictionless experience has risen due to the global pandemic, but consumers are likely to demand it for long afterwards.

Savvy brands will continue to capitalize on this moving into 2021. Even shoppers who do visit traditional stores now pre-research products and services online. Vendors who cannot meet consumers in cyberspace may find themselves pushed aside by competitors with a strong digital presence.

Contactless Shopping

Contactless shopping and payment provide a safe way for consumers to purchase online and pick up at participating stores. Consumers can also use the technology to shop or pay for items at retail stores.

Using biometrics and Amazon One technology, consumers scan one palm to make purchases at participating stores. Privacy advocates are watching the new technology as closely as facial-recognition software, which raised concerns with the ACLU and other advocate groups.

The technology does not require physical contact and palm images are encrypted in the cloud rather than on local devices. Users can delete their Amazon one account if security becomes a concern.

Younger Generations Are Exhibiting Shoptimism

Generation Z has been hit hard by the pandemic employment situation. The youngest generation in the workforce is often the first let go in a downturn and those graduating from college may have a harder time finding employment in their field.

Research from Smart Company, an Australian publication, showed a rise in purchases among Gen Z shoppers from shopping platforms offering payment plans. These shoppers appreciated the safety, anonymity and speed of online transactions. Perhaps that's why usage of e-commerce and m-commerce is increasingly popular among demographically younger shoppers.

Shoptimism goes beyond the recent tendency of homebound consumers to make frivolous purchases online. New technology and changing consumer expectations make it imperative that businesses take their brands to the internet if they want to attract consumers away from competitors.

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce has the perfect platform for you to utilize and can be incorporated into your already existing online presence; PierreArea.ShopWhereILive.com is easy to use, can be directly connected to your existing website and financial accounts, and best of all, your helpful Chamber staff is always available if you run into a question!
 
To view more Pierre Area Chamber blog posts, click here.



Deadline: February 19, 2021.
Congress Passes Relief Bill
Congress recently passed a $900 billion spending bill that provides additional economic relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bill includes another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as a 100% forgivable loan, including several other provisions.

Other provisions of the bill include:
  • Greater PPP Flexibility and Higher Forgivable Loan Limits (2.5 times payroll for most businesses; 3.5 times payroll for restaurants)
  • Businesses Can Deduct Certain Expenses Paid with PPP Loans (payroll, rent, utilities, etc.)
  • Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC) through July 1, 2021
  • Extends Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for Five Years
  • SBA Lending Program Expansion
Businesses seeking assistance should contact their local lender or CPA. However, it will likely be a few weeks before most lenders and CPAs are up-to-speed on its provisions.

Status Update on Small Business Grants
While many have received funds from the first round of Governor Noem's small business grant program, some are still pending. If your application is approved, payments will be directly deposited into your account. 

To check the status of your grant, log into the grant application portal using the same credentials used to apply for the grant. Once you have logged in, click "Applications" in the top left corner. The status should be listed as Submitted, Returned, or Payment Processed.

Submitted - Your grant application has been received.
Returned - Check your junk email folder or contact the helpline because additional information is needed.
Payment Processed - Check your bank account as funds should have been deposited.

If your application is approved, there is NO DEADLINE for your business to spend the funds. 

If you have questions, email covid.bizgrants@state.sd.us or call 605-937-7243 (M-F, 8am to 5pm).

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
There are big things happening at the airport, and a couple of big question marks too.
Let's start with the stuff we know.
Airport Road from Lowell Avenue east past the airport terminal to the FedEx approach will be completely rebuilt this upcoming construction season. That stretch of road will get new storm water drainage, a new asphalt surface, and a sidewalk will be installed on the south side of the road. To accommodate traffic throughout the construction project, a detour road will be built to connect South Airport Road and Piper Street.
Airport Road has been in rough shape for a while, and we're happy to have financing to improve it. It's no small project; I'm thankful the City has a STIP (State Transportation Improvement Plan) stipend to help pay for it!
The engineering is already underway, and we hope to bid the construction work this spring.
Also, already in the works is a new airport parking lot. It will add 40 new spots. The lot will be just northwest of the terminal adjacent to the current parking area. The $200,000 project will be led by R&W Construction. Weather pending, construction will start this spring.
Both of these projects should set us up well for a post-pandemic boost in air travel. We saw our enplanements take a major dip during the early throes of COVID -bottoming out in April with just 41 people flying out of Pierre during the entire month. Things steadily crept back up to a high of 1,040 passengers in November. We ended the year with about 8,100 enplanements.
With the vaccine upon us, we're hoping for a full rebound in air travel this year. And we're also hoping a new three-year contract with SkyWest / United Express will be in place to help aid in the recovery.
As you might remember, in February 2019, the USDOT inked a two-year essential air service (EAS) contract with SkyWest / United Express to serve the Pierre Regional Airport. That agreement will expire in April. In November, the City Commission recommended the USDOT again select SkyWest / United Express to serve Pierre. We also recommended a direct flight between Pierre and Chicago be added to the existing Pierre-Denver route. We're anxiously awaiting the USDOT's decision and awarding of a new EAS contract for Pierre.
When we know more, you'll know more. Until then, we'll keep doing our part to keep our airport welcoming and successful.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Being mayor isn't all meetings and phone calls and correspondence, most but not all. There are fun assignments - like judging pies or soups, classic cars and student interviews, riding in parades, and meeting VIP's. But one of my favorite parts of the job is making appointments. I find it tremendously rewarding to get individuals involved in the community and watching them succeed in their new role.
Just recently, State Representative Mike Weisgram wrote to thank me for appointing him to a vacancy on the City Council five years ago. He said the experience opened his eyes to the challenges faced by small cities. Mike was a great council member, interested and involved in all the issues, and asked really good questions.
For many of the same reasons, it was a pleasure to recommend Randy Seiler to the Council to replace Mike Weisgram. Randy served on the Council (coincidentally replaced by Mike Weisgram when Randy was appointed US Attorney), he has been a member of the BID Board, chaired the Verendrye Museum Board and Board of Adjustments and Appeals, and contracted with the City last year for ordinance enforcement.
In addition to filling Council vacancies, there are a number of other boards and commissions that require the mayor's recommendation for Council appointment. All Council members serve on 2-5 other committees or boards; some are internal working committees and some are liaisons to various boards in the community. The Pierre/Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Board members are appointed jointly by the Cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre.
I look for diversity and commitment in all appointees, and I make it a point where possible to have representation from all three wards. There will be expired terms on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, the BID Board (aka Fort Pierre Tourism & Promotion Council), and the Arbor Board this spring.
If you think you may be interested in serving with any of these groups, please contact me for more information.

MISSION: To impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential.
VISION: To be the gold standard for school-based mentoring and serve 12,000 youth by 2020.
VALUES:
  1. Commitment to youth -- We are committed to serving youth with compassion and respect.
  2. Safety -- The safety and protection of the mentee and mentor is first priority.
  3. Integrity and Trust -- We are committed to integrity and trust in all relationships.
  4. Inclusion -- We are committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds.
TEAMMATES PHILOSOPHY: All youth can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether in a formal relationship such as TeamMates or an informal relationship such as a neighbor or relative, we believe everyone needs a positive role model to provide guidance and wisdom. The role of a mentor is to identify the strengths and talents of a student.
SCHOOL BASED: TeamMates is a school-based program- meaning that matches meet at the school during school hours and during the school year.   Meeting at the school provides a safe, neutral environment with games, activities and resources to help support the match.  
MATCH SUPPORT: TeamMates has tons of resources for mentors to feel successful throughout their mentoring journey. Each school with a TeamMates program is equipped with a building coordinator. This person is there to not only work at the school, but to be a guide for the match relationship. If a mentor has a question about anything, they can meet with the building coordinator at any point. Teammates.org also has toolkits and resources for mentors when dealing with topics such as financial sustainability, scholarships, high school, activity ideas, grief, immigration, dealing with difficult issues, suicidal thoughts, and understanding poverty. These resources are constantly being updated on the Mentor Resource Library.
NEED FOR MENTORS: TeamMates is always looking for adult volunteers (mentors) who want to build a positive relationship with a student in order to help them reach their full potential. You can start mentoring at anytime during the school year. By volunteering just one time a week mentors build a friendship with the student, and provide support, encouragement and guidance.  Mentors must be 18 or over and have a high school degree or GED equivalent.
HOW TO SIGN UP: 1. Apply by completing an application - visit teammates.org   2. Train 3. Meet your mentee. If you have any questions about how to become a mentor please contact TeamMates at 1-877-531-8326.
YOUTH: A youth in the TeamMates Mentoring Program is called a mentee. Youth in the TeamMates Mentoring Program are identified for their strengths and have expressed a desire to have a mentor. The parents are the primary support and a mentor's role is to provide additional support and encouragement. Students may self-nominate or a parent or teacher may nominate a young person to have a mentor. Students in grades three through twelve are eligible for TeamMates.
ONE VISIT PER WEEK: Volunteer mentors meet at the school with the same student each week.   The goal is for the mentor to follow the same youth through high school graduation.
MENTORING ACTIVITIES - During weekly meetings, mentors focus on the strengths of youth and let youth take the lead in determining activities. Some matches work on homework, while others eat lunch, talk, work on a craft of go to the school gym.
REWARDS - Mentors often report that they feel they have received much more from the mentoring relationship than they have given.
IMPACT - TeamMates mentees consistently maintain or improve their grades, attendance, and behavior based on data collected through partnerships with local school districts. There is a positive correlation between a student looking forward to seeing their mentor and overall levels of hope, engagement and well-being.
 
In the debut episode of Capitol Week with David Owen, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry President David Owen discusses Governor. Kristi Noem's Budget and State of the State addresses, the potential process for implementation of marijuana laws and legislation to limit liability for certain exposures to COVID-19 (HB 1046).
 
Capital City Economy
October 2020
Current Month
Same Month 2019
Percent Change
2020 YTD
2019 YTD
Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre 2%
$687,527
$674,298
2.0%
$6,819,699
$6,622,408
3.0%
Pierre 1% BBB
$43,599
$46,463
-6.2%
$424,055
$451,992
-6.2%
Fort Pierre 2%
$130,409
$118,602
10.0%
$1,075,846
$1,003,760
7.2%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB
$12,170
$10,848
12.2%
$97,420
$101,441
-4.0%
OCCUPANCY TAX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre BID #1
$19,849
$27,486
-27.8%
$152,334
$208,092
-26.8%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
SkyWest
1,031
2,081
-50.5%
6,385
11,349
-43.7%
DAILY TRAFFIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri River Bridge
14,282
14,592
-2.1%
130,030
146,367
-11.2%
US 14 East of Pierre
3,028
3,205
-5.5%
26,671
30,107
-11.4%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number
2
0
19
5
    Dollar Amount
$500,000
$0
0.0%
$4,208,126
$1,080,000
289.6%
Other* - Number
3
1
9
4
    Dollar Amount
$9,000
$22,000
-59.1%
$276,001
$149,900
84.1%
Remodeling
Number
10
0
66
38
    Dollar Amount
$221,489
$0
0.0%
$1,061,055
$323,112
228.4%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
1
2
9
9
    Dollar Amount
$320,000
$917,897
-65.1%
$7,105,654
$6,814,237
4.3%
Improvements
Number
2
3
22
33
    Dollar Amount
$37,700
$453,000
-91.7%
$1,045,920
$2,930,764
-64.3%
Total Permits**
Number
59
64
562
581
    Dollar Amount
$1,434,660
$1,626,386
-11.8%
$18,143,370
$14,751,497
23.0%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Number
2
1
7
7
    Dollar Amount
$658,000
$234,650
180.4%
$1,898,059
$2,379,593
-20.2%
Other* - Number
0
0
2
4
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$144,000
$202,000
-28.7%
Remodeling
Number
2
3
25
83
    Dollar Amount
$75,000
$34,782
115.6%
$467,312
$1,632,866
-71.4%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
3
0
5
    Dollar Amount
$0
$191,000
0.0%
$0
$771,316
0.0%
Improvements
Number
1
0
1
3
    Dollar Amount
$175,000
$0
0.0%
$175,000
$181,900
-3.8%
Total Permits**
Number
7
9
70
128
   Dollar Amount
$1,004,259
$531,057
89.1%
$3,869,088
$6,615,734
-41.5%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WORK FORCE              
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force
12,646
12,712
Total Employed
12,343
12,396
Total Unemployed
303
316
Unemployment Rate
2.4%
2.5%
* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes
** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.
*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties
Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research

CVB Report
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
Governor Kristi Noem presenting awards at the 2021 South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism
The South Dakota Tourism Conference was once again a great success. Although the conference was different this year, with a digital/in-person hybrid format, we heard from several keynote speakers providing the travel and tourism industry partners valuable information. The attendees walked away with solid data we can all use to help tourism recover from COVID-19 impacts in our communities. Pierre is very fortunate to have the conference held here every year. The economic impact is evident with money being spent for lodging, food, fuel, and shopping.
 
A special congratulations to Pierre's Debra Knodel of Governor's Inn. Governor Kristi Noem presented Debra with the Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Customer Service & Hospitality Award for providing remarkable service to every visitor she encounters and whose work demonstrates an outstanding spirit of hospitality, warmth and genuine kindness. Congratulations, Deb!
 
In the next coming months, the CVB will be working to get the 2021 peak season marketing campaign ready to go and distributing the new and improved Pierre Visitor Guide. We are so excited for everyone to see the new guide! Our hope is that this new guide will help inspire travelers to plan a visit to Pierre this year and in years to come.

 
This has been a difficult past year that has tested us all in many ways. 605 Strong is here to help individuals connect to resources and talk through their situation with a caring and non-judgmental listener. This service is free and confidential. Call 211 and ask for 605 Strong to be transferred to a specialist.
605 Strong also offers webinars on various topics. Anyone can register for these webinars through the links on the 605 Strong website: https://www.605strong.com/#webinars
 
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
We love our members, and February is the month we like to shout it from the rolling bluffs! The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be distributing our new 2021 Membership Plaques throughout the month to thank you for investing in your Chamber.

We encourage you to take the time to proudly hang your plaque where your customers will see it. According to the article "The Best Business Resources Young Adults are Missing Out On," if a consumer knows that a business is a chamber member, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of that business, and 80% more likely to patronize the establishment in the future! Displaying your membership plaque in your window or on your door for your customer to see helps you to capture potential customers in a subconscious and effortless way.

The Chamber's mission is to facilitate the interests of businesses - to promote prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region. We strive to be both your guide and cheerleader; we are eager to help you succeed, and truly believe that when your business is successful, our entire community benefits from that success.


New Members

Thrivent Financial
Sam Missal
124 S. Euclid Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-656-5432
 
Thrivent is a holistic financial services company. From 401K's to Roth IRA's, from retirement distribution, to mutual funds. From life insurance to long term care insurance. Thrivent has you covered.
 
 
Rising Hope Counseling, LLC
Jill Janecke
420 S. Henry St.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-691-5825
 
Rising Hope Counseling, LLC provides services for counseling with quality mental health professionals to provide hope for change in your life.

Member Highlights




If your business or team member has something to celebrate, email Mallory!
Tell the Minneapolis Fed: Current Conditions at your Business
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
90 Hennepin
Minneapolis, MN 55401
minneapolisfed.org
Due to the continued economic stress from COVID-19, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is tracking the ongoing effects on businesses across the Ninth District, a region that includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, parts of Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We are partnering with state and local chambers of commerce, economic development associations and other business groups in each state to collect your feedback.

Please take this 5-minute survey to help the Minneapolis Fed and President Neel Kashkari better understand effects on your firm. With other business voices from across the Ninth District, your input will help the Federal Reserve System shape monetary policy to help businesses survive this economic shock. If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.  
All responses are anonymous. We expect to share data and respondent comments to better spotlight challenges facing all businesses. To maintain anonymity, please do not include any self-identifying information in any comments. We will also share findings in a timely fashion with partnering organizations (that sent you this survey) so survey results can be shared with you as well.

The Minneapolis Fed greatly appreciates your time and valuable insights, and we wish you and your business resilience and prosperity in the coming year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ron Wirtz
Regional Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Please Excuse Our Mess
For the next few months, please excuse our mess at the Chamber as we renovate our front desk area. We are excited to have a more functional and updated space to serve our members out of.


Chamber Events

'Back to Business' Legislative Welcome

Wishing our South Dakota Legislators a productive and exceptional 96th Session! As an alternative to the Chamber's usual in-person Back to Business Legislative Welcome, we put together some Welcome Boxes for our Legislators and delegates to receive on their first day of the 2021 Session. Thank you to our sponsors for providing some fantastic items!



February Calendar of Events

Feb 01 - 30: Volunteers needed at food bank. Volunteers needed daily. Shifts are 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.. Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. For more information: andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org, http://feedingsouthdakota.org/.

Feb 01 & 02: Pierre Community Blood Drive. Monday, February 1, 2021 from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 2 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Beck Motors, Pierre. For more information: Beck Motors, 605.224.5912

Feb 01, 08, 15, 22: Bring Your 'A' Game- Soft Skills Training. February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15. The Right Turn; 115 E. Sioux Ave. Pierre SD. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. FreeFor more information: 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com

Feb 01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25: Zoom Basic Spanish - Adults. Mondays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, January 25 - March 5. Zoom Classes. For more information: 773-2160info@capitalcitycampus.orghttp://capitalcitycampus.org.

Feb 01: Canvasback Art Club. First Monday of each month, 7-9 pm. Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church, Pierre. For more information: Bev Letellier, 605-224-7993

Feb 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25: Zoom Basic Spanish for Kids. Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 26 - March 5. Zoom Classes. For more information: 773-2160info@capitalcitycampus.orghttp://capitalcitycampus.org.

Feb 03, 1, 17, 24: River City Toastmasters. Wednesdays. Meeting Via Teams. For more information: Brian Underdahl, 605-220-1003.

Feb 03: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting. First Wednesday of every month. Moose Lodge, 910 N Deadwood St, Fort Pierre. For more information: Kim Hallock, Post 20 Commander, 605-222-7065.

Feb 06 & 07: Winter Fishing Weekend. Saturday, February 6 - Sunday, February 7, 2020. For more information: https://pierrewfw.com/. $150 per team of two.

Feb 06: Pierre American Legion Auxiliary Unit 2nd Annual Vendor Show & Fundraiser. Saturday February 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 714 North Grand, Pierre. For more information: Patsy Madsen, Pierre Unit 8 Vendor Show Event Plannercharlies95@live.com. Free.

Feb 08: Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting. 2nd Monday of each month. Social time 6:45, meeting starts at 7pm. Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E Prospect Avenue, Pierre. For more information: Pat Wheeldreyer, 605-224-4773.

Feb 10: Feeding South Dakota - Mobile Food Pantry Distribution. 2nd Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. River City Transit, Pierre. For more information: (605) 494-3663.

Feb 10: Galentine's Sip & Shop. Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 5:30 - 8 p.m.. Drifters Bar & Grille. For more information: Drifters Bar & Grille
https://www.facebook.com/events/918185878928904/. Single Ticket: $35, Ticket for 2: $60.

Feb 11: Early Childhood Training: Let's Talk Potty Training. Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 6PM-7PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: Kendra Bly, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5 per person.

Feb 13 & 14: 2021 Love is in the Air Vendor Show at Northridge Plaza. Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 14 from noon - 5 p.m. Northridge Plaza, 1615 N Harrison Ave. For more information: Northridge Plaza, Pierre.

Feb 15: Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group. Third Monday of each month, 7 - 8 pm. Sanford Clinic Pierre, 521 E Sioux Ave, Pierre. For more information: Angie Bollweg, 605-945-5560angie.bollweg@sanfordhealth.org

Feb 16 & 17: Quick Books Parts One & Two. Part one: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and part two: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:00-9:00pm. Capital City Campus, Pierre. For more information: 773-2160info@capitalcitycampus.org
http://capitalcitycampus.org. Register for both parts for $160.00.

Feb 16: SGAC Presents KC Hughes. Saturday, Feb 16th, 2PM. For more information: Katiekdwyermusic@gmail.comhttp://www.facebook.com/shortgrassarts. Free

Feb 17: Early Childhood Trainint: Importance of Relationships. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6AM-7AM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: Kendra Bly, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5 per person.

Feb 17: Business Day at the Legislature. Wednesday, February 17, 20201 from 1:30 - 4:15 p.m. Online. For more  information: 

Feb 18: CPR Training with The Right Turn. Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6PM-9PM. The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. For more information: Kendra Bly, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $60 per person, $30 per linsenced daycare provider

Feb 20 & 21: Pierre Gun Show. Saturday, February 20 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, February 21 from 9am-3pm. Ramkota Conference Center. For more information: https://gunshowtrader.com/gunshows/south-dakota/. General Admission: $5

Feb 18: Discovery on Tap: Squids!Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Zoom or FB Live. For more information: Anne Lewisannelewis@sd-discovery.orghttp://www.sd-discovery.org. Free.

Feb 22: Early Childhood Training: Flip-It. Monday, February 22, 2021 from 6-7:30PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: Kendra Bly, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5 per person.

Feb 25: English Language Learners Family Financial Literacy with The Right Turn. Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.The Right Turn; 115 E. Sioux Ave. Pierre. For more information: 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. Not cost for class or the meal.

Feb 25: Breastfeeding Class. February 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Virtual -Zoom. For more information: Dawn Tassler, 605-280-1968gut1@dakota2k.net
http://www.growinguptogether.org. $10.00 and scholarships are available. Pre-Registration is Required.

Feb 27: Annual KCCR Farm Home & Sport Show. February 27 & 28, 2021. Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center. For more information: Tara Steiner
For future months, go to www.pierre.org