Chamber Chat

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

Chamber Business:

President�s Day, Monday, Feb. 21:  The VCDC office will be closed.

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 & to register, contact Lisa Bryan at or call 605-677-5565.  The three remaining sessions include:

�  Feb. 22 � �Business Planning� with Mark Slade. This seminar focuses on the components, the process & understanding the business plan writing process. Building the entrepreneurial team & the acquisition & management of financial resources are emphasized along with venture growth, harvest strategies & 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 & 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 a program on the 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.

The 2011 VCDC Annual Banquet will be Friday, Feb. 25 at the Muenster University Center (MUC) Ballroom with social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Keynote speaker:  Mike Knutson, Rural  Learning Center & author of the Reimagine Rural Blog.  The cost for hors d�oeuvres, dinner and program is $30 per person.  For more information or to reserve your tickets, please call the VCDC at 624-5571 by Friday, Feb. 18. The public is welcome!

Cracker Barrel Session will be Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fire Hall Station conference room.  Sponsors include VFW Auxiliary, Clay County Democrats, Clay County Republicans and the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

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 refresments.  If interested, please contact Ann at: or at 624-5571.

This Week�s Happenings:

Wrestling Regions, Thursday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 18 at Sioux Falls Washington (TBA).

Seventh/eighth grade boys basketball vs. Dakota Valley, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at Vermillion Middle School.

Boys Basketball vs. Madison, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. (H)

USD Symphonic Band and Brass Choir  present their winter concert, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at  USD Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom. Open to the public at no charge.

Winter-driving skills course for beginner drivers of all ages offered by The SD Safety Council (SDSC), Friday, Feb. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton.  Pre-registration required � class size limited to 25 participants.  To register, call Diane Hall at 800-952-5539.  Cost:  $20.

State �A� Gymnastics, Friday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 19 in Watertown at 11 a.m.

Brown bag lunch program:  Inventive Ingenuity:  The Novelty Instruments of the J.C. Deagan Co., Friday, Feb. 18 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.

Bowling vs. West Central, Friday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. (T)

Show Choir, Saturday, Feb. 19 at Waconia, MN.

Seventh/eighth grade boys basketball, Saturday, Feb. 19 at Yankton High School (all day event).

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

Senior Flute Recital with Laura Bertschinger, Saturday, Feb. 19 in Colton Recital Hall at USD Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at 7:30 p.m.  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

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