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.  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 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.

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

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!

SAVE THE DATE:  The 2011 VCDC Annual Banquet will be Friday, Feb. 25 at the Muenster University Center (MUC) Ballroom.

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:

Lewis & Clark Theatre Co. presents �Harvey�, Feb. 3-6, 11-13 at the Dakota Theatre in Yankton.  Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 665-4711or tickets available at the door.

State One-Act Play in Brandon, Friday, Feb. 4.

Brown Bag Lunch Program:  Rocky Mountain Celtic, with Willson & McKee, Colorado Springs, Friday, Feb. 4 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.

Early Dismissal at Vermillion Public Schools, Friday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. for Teacher In-Service.

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

Bowling vs Sioux Falls Washington, Friday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. (H)

Boys Basketball at Madison, Friday, Feb. 4 at 4:45 p.m. (T)

Girls Basketball vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, IA, Friday, Feb. 4 at 4:45 p.m. (H)

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

State One-Act Play at Brandon, Saturday, Feb. 5.

Heartland Humane Society invites the community to the �Meet & Greet on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Animals will be available for adoption and the dogs and all of the puppies from foster care will be available to meet as well. Meet & Greet will be held at the shelter office at 601 ? Burleigh St. in Yankton. For more information, call 605-664-4244 or email

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 & 19, March 19 & 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.

USD Womens Basketball host University of North Dakota, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

 USD Mens Basketball host University of North Dakota, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

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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