Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company
116 Market Street, Suite 103
Vermillion, SD 57069
605-624-5571
vcdc@vermillionchamber.com
www.vermillionchamber.com

Chamber Business:

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

Professional Development Seminar sponsored by USD�s Beacom School of Business SE Entrepreneurial Resource Program (SERP), Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Dev. Co., 116 Market St.  For more information and to register, contact Lisa Bryan at lisa.bryan@usd.edu or call 605-677-5565.  Free and open to the public.

March 29 � �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.

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:  annb@vermillionchamber.com or at 624-5571.

Announcements: 

� The Eagle Riders are raffling a 2011 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail.  Tickets are $20 each with the proceeds going to the Diabetes Research Center, State and Local Charities.  Tickets can be purchased at the Eagles Club 605-624-9934 or from any Eagle Rider Member.  Only 2000 tickets will be sold.

� Big Friend-Little Friend, Inc. of Clay & Union County is seeking two adult males to match with boys in Elk Point and Burbank, and two adult females to match with girls in Vermillion.  Additional youth are also welcome to apply. Volunteers spend two hours per week with their matches, and all volunteers have background checks and interviews prior to the match.  For more information, contact John P. Gille, program director at 605-421-5050 or go to the website www.bflfmentoring.org and click on the volunteer button. Volunteers provide valuable time to area youth, and receive many benefits in serving as a mentor. Sign up today.

� The Center Outings:  Kenny Rogers Concert � The Center (formerly Vermillion Senior Center) is planning a trip to Sioux Falls, Saturday, April 2 at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets and transportation will be $75 plus an evening meal in Sioux Falls.  Depart from the Center around 4:30 p.m. If interested � please call The Center at 624-8072 no later than Friday, March 4 by 12 p.m. We do not have tickets reserved so need to make plans ASAP in order to get good seats. We have 17 available bus seats at this time.  Please call The Center at 624-8072 to reserve your ticket. Members of The Center can get on the travel list and be contacted each time there are outings.

� Sharing the Dream April Trip to Guatemala: Weaving & Textile Crafts Tour, April 2-10. Limit of four people. The course includes one Indigenous Guatemalan teacher per pair of students, a back strap loom and all materials needed for weaving, classes English translation during the whole tour, transport, lodging, and food. Cost $900 per person plus airfare. Contact Diane at diane@sharingthedream.org for more information.

� The seventh annual ESA Tour of Tables will be held in the Father Wolf auditorium of St. Agnes School on Saturday, April 9.  If you as an individual or as a business owner would like to sponsor a table at this year's event, please contact Barb Campbell at 624-4626 or bcampbel41@msn.com.  Also, please contact her if you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Tour of Tables.

� Vermillion Special Olympics Polar Plunge  � Vermillion Special Olympics will be hosting the second annual Polar Plunge fundraiser � Freezin' for a Reason!  The Plunge will take place April 10 at 2 p.m. (registration from 12:30 to 2 p.m.) in the high school parking lot.  Jumpers will plunge into a lined dumpster filled with very cold water!  The cost is $100 to jump with the price including a free t-shirt and meal at the after jump party.  For $25, children can take the plunge into a kiddie pool filled with warm water with the price including a free t-shirt.  Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and top money raisers.  For more information please contact Jen Law at 670-0030 or Dave/Nikki Stammer at 624-8420.

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