Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

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

� Jan. 25 � �Feasibility of the Business� with Lisa Bryan and 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, and 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 Governor 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:

United Way Update:  American Red Cross, Domestic Violence Safe Option Services, Vermillion Public Transit, Vucurevich Children�s Center, Welcome Table, Weekend Backpack Program, Senior Citizen�s Center, Meals on Wheels, Backpack Supply Program, Sanford Visiting Nurses, Beyond School Adventures, Big Friends/Little Friends, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, DARE, Center for Children & Families, Imagination Library, Vermillion Parks & Recreation: Swim Lessons, Vermillion Area Arts Council, WH Over Museum are all local agencies that are funded by United Way of Vermillion.  We are 80 percent of our $115,000 goal. Your donations help to ensure these agencies are able to continue to make a positive impact with our friends and neighbors.  Donations may be sent to United Way of Vermillion, PO Box 216, Vermillion, SD 57069. Thank you for supporting United Way of Vermillion.

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 at West Central High School, Friday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

Bowling at O�Gorman, Friday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. (T)

Lecture: Unraveling Romance in V.S. Naipaul�s A House for Mr. Biswas, with Gautan Premnath, Dept. of English, Friday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at Beacom School of Business, Beacom Hall. Open to the public.

Girls basketball vs. Lennox, Friday, Jan. 21 at Vermillion High School at 4:45 p.m.

USD Swimming and Diving vs. SDSU, Fri., Jan. 21 at DakotaDome @ 6:00 pm

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

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

Varsity girls basketball at Dakota Valley High School, Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m.

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.

Next Week�s Happenings:

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 in USD�s Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, Monday, Jan. 24 (all day event culminating with a concert at 7 p.m.)

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.

Al-anon meeting,  Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764.

Lecture:  From Riders to the Sea to The Sea at Dauphin: Post-colonial Memory and Creative Amnesia, presented by Stephanie Boeninger, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Monday Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Open to the public.  Location: USD Beacom School of Business, Beacom Hall.

Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

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.

USD Percussion Ensembles  present a mid-winter concert, Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Open to the public at no charge.

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

USD women's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University, Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

USD men�s basketball vs. Houston Baptist University, Thursday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Klassic Klarinet Klezmer featuring Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet, The University of South Dakota, and John D. Check, piano, University of Central Missouri on Friday, Jan. 28 at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on The University of South Dakota campus, corner of Clark & Yale Streets. OUSD men�s/women�s swimming and diving vs. University of North Dakota, Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

USD women�s basketball vs. University of Texas-Pan American, Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

USD men�s basketball vs. University of Texas-Pan American, Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

 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 & back.  Call  712-224-6423 for tickets or:

USD Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting: �Please join us February 1, at noon for the much anticipated unveiling of The University of South Dakota's state-of-the-art Wellness Center!  The Wellness Center ribbon cutting ceremony will feature presentation speakers, a rock climbing wall demonstration by the ROTC students, tours of the facility and refreshments. For building hours and membership information, visit the web site at

Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Friday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Care Center Dining Room.

Winter Fiesta:  Come join us for an evening of entertainment, information, and our newly produced video. Sharing the Dream in Guatemala invites you to a benefit for our friends in Guatemala, Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Pro's � 912 N. Dakota St., Vermillion.  Silent and live auction.  RSVP 605-624-6895. Storm date Feb. 6.

Much more than a handout, Sharing the Dream in Guatemala provides an avenue for fair trade through partnerships with Guatemalan artisans. Come find out what difference this makes in the lives of Guatemalans. If you cannot attend, please check out auction items online at

VITA Tax Assistance Program to offer free tax preparation from local IRS trained volunteers at Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. on following dates:  Feb. 5 and 19, March 19 and 26, and April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, contact Jane Larson at 605-677-7060, e-mail or visit

Community Health & Wellness Fair hosted by Sanford Vermillion and SIFE to be held Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USD Lee Medical Building, corner of Clark & Dakota St.  Free and reduced cost screenings; supervised children�s healthy activity booth, door prizes and giveaways, health information booths and Community Blood Bank mobile unit. Healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center.

Cedar River Third Annual Wachipi/Round Dance Competition, Saturday, Feb. 12 beginning at 1 p.m. with Grand Entry; meal at 5 p.m. and Round Dance at 7 p.m.  Location:  Vermillion National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton St.  For vendor info: 605-202-0271 or for additional information, call Jerome at 605-267-8969.  Event open to the public.  $4 cover charge at the door with portion of proceeds going to urban Native teen H.I.V. prevention and education.

Vermillion Area Winter Farmers Market, Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Building.

Sharing the Dream trip from Feb. 19 through Feb. 27. Cost is $900 plus airfare. Price includes all meals, travel, and lodging. Meet the people that Sharing the Dream works with in Guatemala. For more information contact Diane Nesselhuf at:

USD Theatre presents �The Woman in Black� at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts: Feb. 25, 26, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.  Admission:  Adults � $14; Youth (K-12) and non-USD students with ID � $9; USD students � $4. To reserve tickets, call 677-5400.

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, March 7-11. For more information, contact Amanda at 359-5412.

Sugarland with special guests �Little Big Town� at the Tyson Events Center, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets go on sale 1/21/11 at 10 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased at Tyson Events Center Box Office or at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Schmeckfest in Freeman, March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2. Advance meal tickets only (no meal tickets available at the door).  To order, call 605-925-4542, or e-mail

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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