Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069


Chamber Business:

The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company is pleased to announce our sponsorship of Free Fridays & Brown Bag Lunch Programs at the National Music Museum (NMM) during the month of October.  We encourage you and your friends to take this opportunity to enjoy these excellent musical performances.  The programs run from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the National Music Museum's Arne B. Larson Concert Hall and are free and open to the public. (Event listings follow below) The NMM is located on the USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale Street.

Please join the VCDC Ambassadors for Dakota PC Warehouse expansion Ribbon Cutting on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at 1216 E Cherry St.

Christmas Tree for Historical Downtown Vermillion:  The VCDC is looking for a large Christmas tree for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and to be on display at Ratingen Platz, downtown Vermillion.  If you have a tree you would like to donate, please contact Ann at 624-5571.

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: or at 624-5571.


  • Photo Exhibit :  Come to Café Brule in downtown Vermillion and view the Photo Exhibit by Jeanne Hanson.  Café Brule is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The exhibit is on display through Oct. 27.
  • Mentoring Program: Clay-Union Foundation, Inc., formerly known as Big Friend-Little Friend of Union County, Inc., continues its mission of mentoring youth in these two counties.  The program matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. Each volunteer spends two hours a week with their match, and both the youth and the adults report many benefits by building a close relationship.  New mentors and youth are always welcome to the program. Right now, the program  has three adult female volunteers ready to match in Vermillion and is seeking girls age 5-12 who are interested in having a mentor to spend time with them.  A male volunteer is also needed to match with a 14-year-old boy in Vermillion. To sign up a youth, please contact John P. Gille, program director at 605-421-5050,  or email  him at for more information. The Clay-Union Foundation is supported by the United Way of Vermillion, as well as numerous other businesses and individual donors.
  • Library Campaign Update: The fund raising campaign for the Vermillion Public Library is off to a very good start.  After eight weeks into the campaign, over 25 percent of the $200,000 goal has been raised.  In addition, numerous verbal pledges have been received, putting the campaign near the 50 percent mark.  All of the volunteer workers want to say "thank you" to those who have given or pledged to give during this year and next year.

So that the campaign can be brought to a close within the next few weeks, the fund raising committee is asking that any gifts or pledge cards be returned as soon as possible to: Vermillion Public Library Foundation, 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD  57069. If you have any questions about the campaign, please call Roger Kozak at 605-677-9030 or Jerry Johnson at 605-624-3540.

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