Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company
116 Market Street, Suite 103
Vermillion, SD 57069

Chamber Business:

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Greg Sammelson.  Greg will be greatly missed in the community.

�Business After Hours� will be hosted by Heartland Home Care, 25 West Main Street, on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Refreshments and hors d�oeuvres will be served.  Please join us to make new contacts, socialize and better understand what Heartland Home Care has to offer.

Professional Development Series sponsored by USD�s Beacom School of Business SE Entrepreneurial Resource Program (SERP), 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Dev. Co., 116 Market St.

Total cost for all four sessions is $10.00.  Participants will receive one continuing education credit for attending all four sessions.  For more information & to register, contact Lisa Bryan at or call 605-677-5565.

�  Jan. 25 � �Feasibility of the Business� with Lisa Bryan & Steve Howe. This seminar will assist entrepreneurs in the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and strategies and the role of personal factors (including creativity). The focus will be on recognizing opportunities and preparing the feasibility analysis for a new or existing venture.

� Feb. 22 � �Business Planning� with Mark Slade. This seminar 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.

� March 29 � �Financing Options for your Business� with Vonnie Barnett.  This seminar will explore a variety of funding alternatives, including self-funding, angel funding, venture capital, grants, conventional loans,  special loan programs specifically for small businesses.

� April 26 � �Preparing to Launch the Business� with Lisa Bryan and Dustin Pratt.  This seminar will provide participants with the tools to launch their business venture.  We will focus on the elevator pitch, accessing capital, bootstrapping, utilizing social media to market your business, and business plan competitions.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will offer four winter term programs in Vermillion, including Humor in Literature beginning Jan. 26, Histories and Mysteries of the National Music Museum beginning Feb. 8, and one time programs on federal fiscal problems on Feb. 9 and a history of Vermillion before the 1881 flood on Feb. 24. OLLI is affiliated with USD and winter term catalogs are available at the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce or by contacting Ted Muenster at 677.6708.

USD/Vermillion Day in Pierre: Vermillion�s annual legislative day in Pierre is Wednesday, Feb. 9.  The VCDC will have a table set up to display various items and business information unique to the area for our legislators to view.  Plans are being made to meet with the state departments and Gov. Daugaard. You will also be able to watch your legislative team in action.  If you would like information or materials from your business highlighted at the table or if you would like to join us on the bus trip to Pierre, please contact the VCDC office.  The cost for the bus ride is $30.  Everyone is welcome!

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: or at 624-5571.

This Week�s Happenings:

Announcement: United Way Campaign  is at 67 percent of its goal of $115,000.  The campaign runs through Jan. 31.  United Way serves 20 agencies in the Vermillion area community that impact your friends, family, and neighbors.

Help Alleviate Hunger�the Vermillion Lions Club is collecting canned goods for the Vermillion Food Pantry.  Each year, the Lions Club collects food and they need your help.  Pressing Matters is helping the Lions Club and will accept your canned goods anytime through the end of January 2011.  For each donated can of food brought to Pressing Matters, get an equal number of FREE color copies.

Seventh/eighth grade boys basketball vs. Canton, Friday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. (T)

High School Bowling, Friday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. (H)

Boys Basketball vs. Lennox, Friday, Jan. 14 at 4:45 p.m. (H)

UNL Show Choir Festival at Lincoln, NE, Saturday, Jan. 15.

Indoor Track & Field Alumni Meet, Saturday, Jan. 15 at DakotaDome (all day event).

Junior High Wrestling at Canton, Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (T)

High School Wrestling at Harrisburg, Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (T)

Vermillion Area Winter Farmers Market, Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Building.

Next Week�s Happenings:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 17 � no classes at USD or Vermillion Public Schools.

Vermillion Area Arts Council invites the public to an �Art for Peace Exhibit� honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visual art and poetry by artists of all ages will be on display Monday, Jan. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served.  Artists and poets are invited to display original works addressing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights issues, social issues, or peace in any art form.  All work must be hand-delivered to Washington Street Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.; or between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15. The event is free.

Al-anon meeting,  Monday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764.

Girls/Boys Basketball at Elk Point/Jefferson High School, Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.

Junior High Wrestling at Canton High School, Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.

Preservation Wednesday, Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Vermillion Public Library at 7 p.m.  Featuring Jim Wilson, �Building Materials:  Evolution and Change over time.� Presented by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission to the general public at no charge.

Boys Basketball vs. Sioux Falls Christian, Thursday, Jan. 20 at Vermillion High School, 5 p.m.

Book Blab will be held in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library, Thursday, Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Adult readers will share favorite authors and books and discover some new ones with other book lovers.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Gymnastics at Yankton High School, Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling at Canton High School, Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Seventh/eighth Grade Boys Basketball at West Central High School, Friday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Lennox, Friday, Jan. 21 at Vermillion High School at 5 p.m.

USD Swimming & Diving vs. SDSU, Friday, Jan. 21 at DakotaDome at 6 p.m.

One-Act Play Performance, Friday Jan. 21 at Vermillion High School  at 7:30 p.m.

All State Band Auditions at Sioux Falls, Saturday, Jan. 22 (all day event).

Girls Basketball at Dakota Valley High School, Saturday, Jan. 22 (all day event).

Gymnastics at Wagner Invite, Saturday, Jan. 22 (make-up date) at 12 p.m.

Fun & Games  Join us for an afternoon of Fun and Games in the Community Room of the Vermillion Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 22 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.  Learn or show others how to play Apples to Apples, our newest game.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

USD Girls Basketball vs. Utah Valley University, Saturday, Jan. 22 at DakotaDome at 6 p.m.

USD Boys Basketball vs. Utah Valley University, Saturday, Jan. 22 at DakotaDome at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

 French Toast Breakfast Fundraiser, Sunday, Jan. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Agnes Gym sponsored by the St. Agnes Youth Group.  The fundraiser is for the St. Agnes Youth Group winter trip to Mankato, MN.  There will be a free will offering taken at the door.  For more information, contact Ray Hofman at 624-6457.

Free Throw Contest, Sunday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Vermillion High School Gym sponsored by The St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus.  This contest is for boys and girls ages 10 years to 14 years old.  First place winners in each age group will receive a T-shirt.  For more information, contact Ray Hofman at 624-6457.

Senior Piano Recital by Scott Arens, Sunday, Jan. 23 in Colton Recital Hall at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at 3 p.m.  Open to the public at no charge.

Quad State Honor Band at USD, Mon., Jan. 24 (all day event culminating with a concert at 7 p.m.)

Pre-Diabetes Seminar sponsored by Sanford Health, Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Board Room at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.  If you have pre-diabetes or have been told to �watch your blood sugar,� or that you have �metabolic syndrome� or �borderline diabetes�, this educational session will provide valuable information on how to make lifestyle changes to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.  Reduce the risk of diabetes by learning how to effectively change your diet, increase your level of physical activity and achieve a healthy weight.  Following the session, free blood sugar screening will be provided by the Sanford Diabetes Nurse Educators.  For more information or to register, call Mary Auch, registered dietitian, 605-638-8411.

First Dakota Hosts Agrivisions 2011 featuring Dr. Edmond Seifried, Monday, Jan. 24 at the Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 E. Highway 50, Yankton.  Farmers, agri-business professionals & business owners invited to attend.  Registration from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and presentation at 7 p.m.  Call 605-665-4904 or 800-657-5826 to reserve a seat.

Wal-Mart Supercenter�s  Fifth Anniversary Celebration is Thursday, Jan. 27.  Please join them for cake, refreshments and door prizes!

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clay County and USD, Sunday, Jan. 30, from 12 to 6 p.m. at USD DakotaDome.  Relay for Life encourages teams of friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers to join together to raise money to fight cancer.  The objective is for at least one member of each team to walk (or run) around the track for the entire event, symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps.  For more information, contact Wess at 624-5352 or Sarah at 254-5046. 

Broadway performance of Riverdance, Sunday, Jan. 30.  Trolley ride from The Roadhouse to Sioux City�s Orpheum Theatre and back.  Call  712-224-6423 for tickets or:

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

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