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 & Development Company, 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 four winter term programs in Vermillion, including Humor in Literature beginning January 26, Histories and Mysteries of the National Music Museum beginning February 8, and one time programs on federal fiscal problems on February 9 and a history of Vermillion before the 1881 flood on February 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.

Cracker Barrel Sessions will be:

Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the VCDC office at 116 Market St.

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.  Please note:  The location for the Feb. 12 Cracker Barrel remains the same at the VCDC office, 116 Market St.

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

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community.  Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.  While funds available are limited we can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects.  Your annual donations to our Foundation will provide us with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

This Week�s Happenings:

Brown bag lunch program:  Black Elk Sings, featuring Michael Murphy, folk singer and songwriter, from Omaha, accompanying himself on the guitar and Native American flute. Friday, Feb. 11 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. Brandon, Friday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. (H)

Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Harrisburg, Friday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. (T)

Wrestling:  Harrisburg/SF Washington, Friday, Feb. 11 at 5:15 p.m. (H)

ACT Test, Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. at Vermillion High School.

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.

Next Week�s Happenings:

Al-anon meeting,  Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church, corner of Main & Linden.  For more information, call 624-9764.

Vermillion Rotary Club Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

February Film Festival  showing �Men of Honor�, Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vermillion Public Library Community Room.  Hot drinks and popcorn will be provided.  Free and open to the public.

Preservation Wednesday �Surprise�, Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library.  Presented by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission featuring Jennifer Jones. Open to the general public free of charge.

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

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:

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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