Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce
& Development Company
116 Market Street, Suite 103
Vermillion, SD 57069
605-624-5571
vcdc@vermillionchamber.com
www.vermillionchamber.com
 
Chamber Business:  

Strategic planning process for the VCDC—to help plan for the future and ensure we meet the expectations and needs of members of the VCDC, members are invited to participate in a Member Survey that will be on our website until Nov. 5.  Simply go to www.vermillionchamber.com/ and  click on the survey link on the homepage.

Business After Hours hosted by SESDAC, 1314 E. Cherry St., Tuesday, Nov.  2 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Please join us to see what SESDAC is all about.  Enjoy a meal provided by Merrigan's Hog Roasting by Cherry Street Grille!

Southeast Entrepreneurial Resource Program – Professional Development Series seminar with Steve Howe and Lisa Bryan, Tuesday, Nov. 2  from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company conference room, 116 Market Street. The seminar on "Feasibility of the Business" will assist entrepreneurs in the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and strategies and the role of personal factors (including creativity).  For more information and to register, contact Lisa Bryan at lisa.bryan@usd.edu or Steve Howe at steveh@vermillionchamber.com or stop by the Division of Continuing & Distance Education office at the McKusick Technology Center, room 211 on the USD campus. Receive one continuing education credit for attending all three seminars (Nov. 2, 9, 16).  Total cost for all three sessions is $10.

Southeast Entrepreneurial Resource Program – Professional Development Series seminar with Mark Slade, Tuesday, Nov. 9  from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company conference room, 116 Market Street. The seminar on "Business Planning" focuses on the components, the process and understanding the business plan writing process.  Building the entrepreneurial team and the acquisition and management of financial resources are emphasized along with venture growth, harvest strategies, and valuation. For more information and to register, contact Lisa Bryan at lisa.bryan@usd.edu or Steve Howe at steveh@vermillionchamber.com or stop by the Division of Continuing & Distance Education office at the McKusick Technology Center, room 211 on the USD campus.

Southeast Entrepreneurial Resource Program – Professional Development Series seminar with Vonnie Barnett, Tuesday, Nov. 16,  from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company conference room, 116 Market Street. The seminar on "Financing Options for your Business" will explore a variety of funding alternatives, including self-funding, angel funding, venture capital, grants, conventional loans, and special loan programs specifically for small businesses. For more information and to register, contact Lisa Bryan at lisa.bryan@usd.edu or Steve Howe at steveh@vermillionchamber.com or stop by the Division of Continuing & Distance Education office at the McKusick Technology Center, room 211 on the USD campus.

Christmas Tree for Downtown Vermillion: The VCDC is looking for a large Christmas tree for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ratingen Platz, downtown Vermillion.  If you have a tree you would like to donate, please contact Ann at 624-5571.

Business After Hours:  Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers?  Sign up to host a Business After Hours event!  These events generally run from 5 to 7 p.m. on a weeknight and the hosting business provides hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  If interested, please contact Ann at:  annb@vermillionchamber.com or at 624-5571.

This Week's Happenings:

Halloween Candy Buy-Back:  Don't know what you're going to do with the ton of candy your kids will get on Halloween?  Avoid the toothaches and give a treat to soldiers overseas through the Heartland Smiles Halloween Candy Buy-Back program. From Oct. 25 – Nov. 5 you'll get $1 per pound of candy you bring into the office and Heartland Smiles will send it to our active troops through Operation Gratitude. Also, if the kids wear a Halloween costume into the office they will get a free teeth cleaning certificate!

Heartland Smiles – 117 E Cherry St, Vermillion – 605.624.0070 – Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.

For more information on Operation Gratitude's Candy Buy-Back visit: www.halloweencandybuyback.com

State Chorus/Orchestra in Aberdeen Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30.

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Early American Folk Music of the Upper Midwest, featuring vocalist Jami Lynn Buttke, popular Sioux Falls area bluegrass and folk-music performer, accompanied by guitar and banjo. Based upon research conducted throughout South Dakota, Buttke's presentation will feature a diverse body of folk music unique to this area, including mining songs from the Black Hills gold rush era, Norwegian lullabies as they were once sung by prairie settlers, lumbering ballads formerly sung by shanty-boys in the 1890s, Populist political tunes from the late 1890s, and original songs inspired by the performer's ground-breaking research. Friday, Oct. 29 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets.  Open to the public at no charge.

USD Women's Soccer vs. University of North Dakota Friday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at the DakotaDome Soccer Field.

Trick or Treat at Sanford Care Center Friday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children can wear their costumes.  Please use the main Care Center entrance at 125 Walker St. If any questions, call Julie at 638-8427.

PTA Halloween Party at Vermillion Hy-Vee Friday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children can wear their costumes, have a photo taken, decorate delicious sugar cookies, and take part in a scavenger hunt at the PTA Halloween Party. An inexpensively priced kids' meal will be available.

Vermillion Police Department Open House Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Center (Police Dept.), 15 Washington St.

Community Education – Dance Sampler Saturday, Oct. 30, Sunday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 1; and Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. Participants ages 5-10 years old will have fun learning some basic steps, skills, combinations, and terminology in ballet, jazz, and hip hop dancing. Dancewear and dance shoes recommended, but not required.  Comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement along with stocking feet works, but no bare feet.  Cost includes four sessions:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.  Lindy.laubenthal@usd.edu.

Community Education – Michael Jackson Workshop Saturday, Oct. 30;; Sunday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 1; and Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 2:15 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School.  Dance like the legendary Michael Jackson while learning the choreography to "Thriller." Designed for ages 11+, this class will be "thrilling" fun as participants learn the unique stylings of jazz and hip hop dancing.  Dance wear and dance shoes recommended, but not required.  No barefeet please.  Cost includes four weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.

Community Education – Moms and Tots Saturday, Oct. 30; Sunday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 1; and Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 3:45 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. A fun interactive class for mom or dad or grandparent and child (age 12-24 months). During this "one on one time," the parent will experience the joy and fun of helping to develop their child's motor skills, coordination, etc., through dance movement. Cost includes four weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.

USD Football vs. University of Northern Colorado Saturday, Oct. 30 at 4:05 p.m. in USD DakotaDome.

Community Education – Ballroom Basics Saturday, Oct. 30; Sunday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 1; and Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School. A fun class for couples wanting to learn the basics of ballroom dancing. Class will cover the fundamentals of partner dancing, along with the basic steps of popular dances such as waltz, swing, Latin (salsa and/or Rumba).  Shoes with a leather or suede sole recommended.  Cost of $95 includes four weeks:  Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20.

Next Week's Happenings:

Music Concert:  USD's Choral Ensembles present their fall concert to the public at no charge, Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. at Vermillion's Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark St.

Community Education: Cake Decorating I – Learn the fundamentals of cake decorating from Vermillion's legendary Monica Iverson on Monday, Nov. 1,  from 7 to 9 p.m.  Class will cover the basics of icing, preparing cakes, coloring techniques, using a star tip, printing and writing, introduction to Piping Gel, pattern transfers and more.  Register by Oct. 26 to decorate one of Monica's cakes, otherwise you will need to bring your own cake to decorate. Location:  Vermillion High School

November 2 – Please vote!

Sixth Annual Community Supper honoring our Veterans Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Vermillion Armory from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Beacom Opportunity Fund Presents James Anderson, author of Yesterday's Wisdom, Today's Success, and son of America's Rib King, 'Famous Dave' Anderson, Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Beacom School of Business Auditorium.  Meet and greet social with James from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by presentation at 7 p.m.

USD Women's Volleyball vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome at Vermillion.

Introduction to Excel Computer Class  Friday, Nov. 5 from 9 to 4 p.m. at Southeast Job Link, 1024 W. Cherry St.  Admission fee:  $59.  For more information, visit www.southeastjoblink.org.

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Saxophobia with Rob Verdi (Los Angeles), Friday, Nov. 5 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets. Help celebrate Adolphe Sax's 196th birthday by attending an entertaining, rich, and riveting history of the saxophone expressed through the music of some of the great jazz legends who contributed to the popularity of the sax. Featuring instruments from his own collection, Verdi will play some of the most unusual saxophones ever made, including a tiny curved sopranino, a slide sax, a Conn-O-Sax, a plastic alto, a straight tenor, and even a six-and-a-half foot tall contrabass saxophone! Join Adolphe Sax's birthday celebration and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the sax, but were afraid to ask!  Open to the public at no charge.
 
Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Care Center Dining Room, 125 Walker St.
 
USD Women's Volleyball vs. Chicago State University in the DakotaDome, Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
 
USD Football vs. California Polytechnic State University in the DakotaDome, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 4:05 p.m.
 
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
 
Holiday Traditions Open House at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 West Main, Sunday, Nov. 7,  2 to 6 p.m.  Wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, raffle prizes and holiday vendors including Tastefully Simple and Scentsy candles.  Holiday craft project available for kids. Live music with Jami Lynn playing seasonal selections from 4 to 5 p.m.  Admission fee: donation item for Food Pantry. www.valiantvineyards.us.
 
American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 meets Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center in Vermillion.
 
Cancer Support Group meets Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Al Neuharth Media Center, corner of Cherry & Dakota St. (use north entrance).  Call Marcy at 624-8706 if you have questions.
 
Senior Citizen Center Health & Product Fair Friday, Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 320 W. Main.  Talk to vendors with info on health, wellness, medicare and more.  Door prizes, bake sale and lunch stand.  Call 624-8072 to donate food or volunteer to help with the concessions and bake sale.
Preservation Wednesdays: Historic Woodworking Tools:  An Appreciation presented by Will Schweinle, Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Free and open to the public.
Historical Heritage Series, Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library.  The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg will be the next selection in the Historical Heritage series to be discussed.  In this epic historical fiction, a party of Swedes fled the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Sweden in 1850.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.  Magnhild (Maggie) Pettersen, a Norwegian immigrant, will be facilitating this discussion.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.
Winter Warmth Coat Drive sponsored by Grace Baptist Church in Vermillion to provide to those who have a need for a winter coat.  Collecting coats of all sizes (new and gently used), hats, gloves and scarves (new only)  Collection sites:  HyVee, Jones' Food Center, Walmart.  Distribution Dates:  Friday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ; Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Distribution will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 1102 E. Main St., Vermillion.  (Collection ends Nov. 19).
 
Fun & Games:  Join us for an afternoon of Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Adults and youth ages 12 and up will play board games and put jigsaw puzzles together.  A wide variety of challenging and interesting games and puzzles will be available to provide mental stimulation.  Extra games and puzzles are welcome.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
 
Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by The Clay County Historical Society, Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. followed by a reception at the Austin Whittemore House.
 
Brown Bag Lunch Program: Holiday Brass, featuring the South Dakota Brass Quintet, USD, performing festive seasonal music on Friday, Dec. 10 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets.  Open to the public at no charge.
 
Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat?  If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at vcdc@vermillionchamber.com.

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