September 3, 2018
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Yankton was the original Dakota Territorial capital city.

New Deer Plan Offered

After receiving strong negative feedback, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has scrapped its original proposal and is considering a new plan for allocating deer hunting licenses...Receiving a welcome from Carmen Schramm, executive director of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Schramm spoke of the chamber’s desire and work in creating partnerships for tourism, recreation and battling Missouri River sedimentation.
2018 Dancing with the Sioux Falls Stars line-up announced

NAMI Sioux Falls (National Alliance on Mental Illness) announced Tuesday the line-up for the fourth annual Dancing with the Sioux Falls Stars, including a familiar face from KSFY News...The complete list of local celebrities include:
• Jason Ball – Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
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Federation Advocacy & Growth Conference  

Register for the 2018 US Chamber Federation Advocacy and Growth Conference in New Orleans on September 12-14.

Is Your Chamber a Member of ACCE?
Survey Says:
Does your Chamber communicate with your members via text message?

Yes: 12.5%

No: 87.5%
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber receives $10,000 Chamber Development Grant

The  Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce  has been awarded with a $10,000 chamber development grant. The  National LGBT Chamber of Commerce , the business voice of the LGBT community, recognized excellence in local chambers on Aug. 16 at the 2018  NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference   in Philadelphia. The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber was honored to be a recipient.

The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate September as Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Month as proclaimed by Governor Scott Walker. The Chamber will spend the entire month bringing attention to the services we provide to members and our community.
Amid inflation rate concerns, local officials optimistic

Despite positive economic indicators such as a strong labor market and a national unemployment rate below 4 percent, inflation rose at a higher rate than average hourly wages between July 2017 and July 2018 across the nation according to the United States Department of Labor... Spencer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Campbell noted the aging population of the city, an overall decline in population across the state and housing issues as obstacles that have had a detrimental affect on Spencer’s economy. 
Quad Cities Chamber Announces Resources to Support Business Growth

Businesses throughout the region will now have more support available through the Quad Cities Chamber with new resources being offered through the recently developed Business Services division.
Local Website Matches Employers With Employees

There’s a new way for local employers to find candidates...“We’re experiencing historically low unemployment rates: 2.3 percent.That’s some of the lowest in the nation,” said Kathleen Harrington with Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
Our View: Candidate forums are coming — and going

Due to candidates' scheduling challenges and conflicts, a pair of public candidate forums in Duluth has had to be scrubbed from the calendar...Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Ross and News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick will ask the questions, direct the responses, and moderate what promises to be a lively and enlightening exchange of views.
From the chamber: Internships build a pipeline for business

As a born and raised, small town Nebraska girl, this time of year is always special for me...Earlier this month, the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the University of Nebraska at Kearney, hosted a learning seminar for businesses interested in developing an internship program.
Chamber forum to highlight legislative initiatives, Blueprint Nebraska

As Labor Day serves as the unofficial end of summer for most of us, it is also a benchmark in the Chamber calendar as we shift our focus from the summer events to a whole new slate in the fall. Each September, local Chambers across the state host our partners at the Nebraska Chamber for a preview of the coming session of the Unicameral. 
New coalition forms to fight recreational marijuana

A coalition of the Greater North Dakota Chamber and law enforcement are working against Measure 3, a ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. Chamber President Arik Spencer says members of his organization are concerned about the increase of failed drug tests. He says in Colorado, where marijuana is legal, drug test failures have doubled, which he says North Dakota businesses cannot afford.
Community events honor service members on 9/11

The 2018 North Dakota 9/11 Memorial Climb aims to honor and remember the firefighters who gave their lives so that others might live on 9/11 in 2001...The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee with the North Dakota National Guard will host the annual Brats with the Brave picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory, 4200 Miriam Ave. in Bismarck.
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