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:

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.  The VCDC office will be closed.

Attention Chamber Members!  If you serve the USD student community please join us for the Coyote Bash Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Vermillion at Ratingen Platz.  The Coyote Bash is a partnership between the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Dakota which welcomes back USD students and introduces incoming freshmen to the product and service offerings of the community.  This year, it is being held in conjunction with Thursdays on the Platz.  Making the students aware of all we have to offer improves retention, maintains a strong customer base and keeps retail spending local.  Don�t miss this great opportunity to build loyalty and a relationship with your customers from day one by setting up a table to introduce and promote your business to the new students. For more information or if interested in setting up a table, please contact Ann at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co. at 624-5571 or annb@vermillionchamber.com.  Space is limited.

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

Announcements:

�?Ribs, Rods & Rock �n Roll,  Sept. 9 & 10!  Come enjoy the 7th annual event in historic downtown Vermillion. For details go to website at www.sdbbq.us.  This is a KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Contest and activities include:

Friday, Sept. 9 �?5:00 p.m. Old Funk Riot Band; 5:00 p.m. � 1:00 a.m. Rib fest food court, live music and beer garden; 5:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.  CorTrust Family Fun Area & sidewalk vendors; 6:00 p.m. Cook�s Meeting at Chamber building, 116 Market St.; 7:00 p.m. Autumn Road Band; 8:00 p.m. $5.00 general admission; 9:00 p.m. Main Avenue Warehouse � 8 piece band with horns

Saturday, Sept. 10 � 9:30 a.m. Motorcycle Charity Poker Run � Breakfast at the Eagles; 9:00 a.m. � Noon Classic Car & Cycle Show & Shine Registration; 10:00 a.m. Judge�s Meeting at Chamber building, 116 Market St.; 10:00 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Motorcycle Charity Poker Run – Registration � Draw cards no later than 4:30; 10:00 a.m. � 8:00 p.m. CorTrust Family Fun Area & sidewalk vendors; 10:00 a.m. � 1:00 a.m. Rib Fest Food Court and Beer Garden; Noon � 2:00 p.m. South Dakota BBQ Championship Judging; Noon � 4:00 p.m. Classic Car & Cycle Show & Shine; 4:00 p.m. Poker Run with 2 Cash Winners; 2:00 p.m. Larry Mart�s Corn Cob Cooking Demonstration; 2:00 p.m. � 3:30 p.m. People�s Choice Public BBQ Judging; 4:00 p.m. South Dakota BBQ Championship Awards Presentation; 4:00 p.m. USD Home Football Game (shuttle available) tickets 605-677-5959 or www.usdcoyotes.com; 4:30 p.m. Raffle drawing for a 2011 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail � Tickets Available at Eagles; 8:00 p.m. $5.00 general admission; 9:00 p.m. Kory and the Fireflies

� Community Resilience training is  being offered by The SD Department of Health/Public Health Preparedness and Response Office.  Two sessions will be held in several South Dakota communities during the month of September.  The sessions to be held in North Sioux City & Pierre are slightly longer and will focus on recovery following the Missouri River flooding.  The sessions at Sioux Falls, Aberdeen & Rapid City are more general to any and all disasters.  There is no cost to attend.  Registration deadline is Sept. 12.  For more information, visit the SD Chamber of Commerce & Industry website: www.sdchamber.biz under Chamber News.

� Invitation to community organizations to join in the 2011 Tanager Volunteer Day, Tuesday, Sept. 20.  Students will be participating in a full day of work from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Students will work in groups of 14 to 17, but the groups can be adjusted if needed.  Please dare to challenge Vermillion students � many things can be accomplished in a short time.  The students enjoy cleaning, painting, vacuuming, planting trees, scrapping paint, or almost any task you need completed.  Last year one group was solely committed to assisting elderly and homebound individuals in our community.  If you know anyone that could use a little help with gardens, windows, or just a visit please contact Lenni Billberg @ lenni.billberg@k12.sd.us.

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