Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat By the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce/Development Company Upcoming events

Financial Fitness � Learn how to maximize your hard-earned dollars in this comprehensive seminar. Topics include setting financial goals, creating workable spending plans, and identifying affordable levels of debt. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Trinity Lutheran Church. Call 1-888-258-2227 to register. Facilitated by Carol Voss-Ward of Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

Open House and Ribbon Cutting � The public is cordially invited to attend a Chamber of Commerce & Development Company Open House and Ribbon Cutting for Market Street Caf� on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2 to 3 p.m. at 5 Market Street.

January � National Blood Bank Month, Give Blood � Give Life! Take a moment to check out the National Blood Bank Month display in the Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic lobby during the month of January. Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in the Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Blood Mobile will be at First Dakota National Bank from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and in the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center ER parking lot from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. Please encourage your family and friends to participate in this important event! Thank you.

W. H Over Annual Meeting � The Friends of the W. H. Over Museum will have their annual meeting on Friday, Jan. 28 with a potluck starting at 6 p.m., the program at 6:45 p.m., and business meeting at 7:30 p.m. to elect board directors.

Cracker Barrel Session � The Vermillion Chamber & Development Company is hosting a Cracker Barrel Session with our legislators on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Vermillion Fire/EMS Station at 820 North Dakota Street. This is an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and get updates on the 2005 Legislative session from Rep. Donna Schafer, Rep. Jamie Boomgarden, and Sen. Ben Nesselhuf. Representatives from Delta Kappa Gamma will be providing refreshments. Please join us for this informative event!

2005 Vermillion Area Family Business of the Year Award � The South Dakota Family Business Initiative is proud to continue an annual tradition in the community with the presentation of the Family Business of the Year Award during the VCDC annual banquet. This award will recognize the accomplishments of a family business and its contributions to the community and the surrounding region. It includes the counties of Clay, Turner, Union, and neighboring Nebraska counties. In short essay format, family business owners can explain why they would like their business honored with the 2005 Vermillion Area Family Business of the Year Award. Applications may be obtained via the Initiative's Web site at or by calling 605-677-3157. Deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, Feb. 9.

VCDC 2005 Annual Banquet, Friday, Feb. 18 at the Eagles, 114 West Main Street. Important deadline: Please return your RSVP by Jan. 28!

Thank you

2005 New Membership � Thank you to those who have become new 2005 members: The Looking Glass, Chalky's, Masaba Inc., TRL Inc., Masterworks, Brunick Service, Home Towne Inn, Main Street Books, Market Street Caf�, Merrigan's Farm, Tan World, Kirstina Bottolfson, Top to Bottom LLC, Heartland Home Care, Eileen Stockland State Farm Insurance, Bliss BBQ, Vermillion Community Theater, and Zibeon Samudi Cleaning Service. A special thank you to all of 2004 members that have renewed for 2005! If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company please stop in to meet with us at 906 East Cherry Street or call 624-5571. We truly appreciate your continued support!

Thank you to Rasmussen Motors for loaning us one of their vehicles on Tuesday for our hosting of a prospective company that may be interested in expanding its operations to Vermillion. We appreciate the support!

Attention businesses

Winter break is over and students are returning to campus ? many with empty pockets! Traffic has increased at the USD Career Development Center with students looking for part-time work. If you have a part-time job opening, please let the USD Career Development Center know so that they can keep the students informed about employment opportunities in Vermillion. Not only will they post jobs on their part-time job bulletin board and on their Web site, but they will personally let the students know that you have openings in your organization. Call or e-mail the Career Development Center with your information today at 605-677-5307 or at


Congratulations to Vermillion Pizza Hut � The Vermillion Pizza Hut has been awarded #1 in regional sales out of 50 stores in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

Upcoming meetings

Monday, Jan. 24 � United Way Meeting, noon at the VCDC Office.

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