Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market St., Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

vcdc@vermillionchamber.com

www.vermillionchamber.com

 

Chamber Business:

David Owen, SD Chamber and Industry President is hosting a weekly conference call during the legislative session with local chamber and economic development groups. This is a good way to keep informed as to what’s happening during the 2013 session. The calls are on Fridays at noon during the legislative session at the VCDC office at 116 Market St. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.  note: There will be no call on Friday, Feb. 22.

The new 2013 Vermillion Visitor Guides have arrived. Copies can be picked up at the VCDC, 116 Market St. or call 624-5571.

The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) is seeking nominations for the 2013 Vermillion Community Leader Award and the 2013 Vermillion Area Family Business Award.

The VCDC is looking for a Vermillion area individual with a strong record of success, community involvement, and community service. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area individual and his/her contributions to our community.

The VCDC is also looking for a family business with a strong record of success, family involvement, community service, multi-generational culture and a positive family business structure. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area family business and their contributions to our community.

The VCDC invites you to nominate your choice for one or both awards. The winners will be presented their awards at the Annual Vermillion Area Chamber and Community Awards Banquet on March 14.

Nomination forms are available at www.vermillionchamber.com or at the VCDC office at 116 Market St., phone 624-5571. The nomination deadline is Feb. 18.

The VCDC office will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for President’s Day.

Cracker barrel session with our legislators will be Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Hall Council Chambers at 25 Center St. Join District 17 legislators, Sen. Tom Jones and House Representatives Nancy Rasmussen and Ray Ring for an update on the 88th legislative session. Open to the public and everyone is encouraged to join us for some great discussion. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary, Clay County Democrats, Clay County Republicans and the VCDC Legislative Affairs Committee.

Save the Date: The Annual Vermillion Area Chamber and Community Awards Banquet will be Thursday, March 14, at The Eagles. More information will be available soon.

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 5-7 p.m. on a weeknight and the hosting business provides hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. If interested, contact Ann at annb@vermillionchamber.com or at 624-5571.

Announcements:

The City of Vermillion is hosting a Citizens Academy in spring 2013 for citizens over the age of 18. The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into City services and the functions of City Departments. Applications are available at City Hall or online at www.vermillion.us. Vermillion residents are given first consideration. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

The Clay-Union Foundation is offering a $500 community service scholarship to graduating seniors from Vermillion or Elk Point-Jefferson High School. Applications are available at the website: http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ under the events tab. Students will be able to fill out the application online, and e-mail it directly for consideration. Applications will be accepted until March 1, and then reviewed by the board. Awards will be announced at their school awards night, with the scholarship given in January of their second semester. For further information, call John Gille at (605) 421-5050 or e-mail jgillerrsd60@yahoo.com.

Are you interested in an intern for your business? USD students are eager to gain real-world work experience with you! Internships can be paid or unpaid and students can gain college credit for their experience with you. If you are interested in accepting interns at your business, contact Carly at Carly.Heard@usd.edu.

DavidaArtCompany presents Detroit Anthology, an exhibition of prints by Jay Wallace now through Feb. 22. Hosted by Cafe Brule, 24 W. Main St. For more information, contact michele4csg@yahoo.com or visit meruscreative.com to see more artwork by Jay Wallace.

Free income tax assistance offered to qualified taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Students at USD Law School and Beta Alpha Psi will be available throughout the spring semester on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the School of Law and Monday, Feb. 25 from 4-8 p.m. in room 225A of Muenster University Center.

Individuals attending VITA session should bring Social Security card(s), tax returns and all other tax documents, including W-2 forms, 1099 forms and Social Security statements. Assistance offered on a first come, first serve basis.

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

  • The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) at 1024 W. Cherry St., Friday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The JSAP is a free workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.13.
  • State “A” Gymnastics at Rapid City at 11 a.m.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Program featuring Gail Dooley from Sioux City: Appalachian folk songs and dulcimer at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. February’s Free Friday Sponsor is Lawrence and Schiller. Free and open to the public.
  • Bowling: Roosevelt at 4 p.m. (H)
  • Wrestling: Region 2A Tournament at Sioux Falls Lincoln at 6 p.m.
  • Vermillion Middle School Dance for seventh and eighth grades only from 7-9 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

  • Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Building, 515 High St. If interested in becoming a vendor for winter market, call Amy, (605) 659-3399.
  • State “A” Gymnastics at Rapid City at 11 a.m.

MONDAY, FEB. 18

  • President’s Day: No School at USD and Vermillion Public Schools.
  • Al-anon meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Linden. For more information, call 624-9764.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19

    • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

  • USD Theatre Department presents “Silent Laughter” from Feb. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Visit www.usd.edu/theatre for ticket information.
  • “Shrek the Musical” at the Orpheum in Sioux City. Call (712) 224-6423 or e-mail mlanzourakis@sioux-city.org for ticket information.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21

  • Cancer Support Group meeting at 2:30 p.m. in Sletwold Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark. For more information, call Marcy at 624-8706.

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • FEB. 22 – Brown Bag Lunch Program featuring “A Touch of Brass,” brass quintet from Nebraska at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. February’s Free Friday Sponsor is Lawrence & Schiller. Free and open to the public.
  • FEB. 23 – Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room.
  • FEB. 26 – Wind and Solar Energy Conference, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Sioux City Convention Center, 801 4th St. For more information or to register: ISU Extension and Outreach-Woodbury Co., (712) 276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury. (Note: registration fee paid by Feb. 15 is $35 or $45 after that date.)
  • FEB. 27 – The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) at 504 River Dr., North Sioux City, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The JSAP is a free workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much more. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 242-5445 before 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25.
  • FEB. 28 – Bridge Cities Flow: First in a series of events connecting the people, ideas, and resources of the Yankton and Vermillion communities, Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7 pm-9 p.m. at The Copper Room at Ben’s Brewing Co., 222 W. 3rd St., downtown Yankton. Appetizers and Cash Bar.
    Considering starting a new business? Join us for an evening of networking and conversation about entrepreneurship and new business generation. Meet Chris Maxwell, President of Peppermint Energy and hear how they brought their concept of personal solar from idea to reality, and celebrate the roll-out of their new product, the Forty2.
    Meet the people who helped Peppermint Energy along the way and make the connections to the resources in the Bridge Cities that can get your business out of your head and on to the street.
    Registration Fee – $5. Register at http://bridgecitiesflow.com

– Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat? If you do, call 624-5571 or e-mail vcdc@vermillionchamber.com.

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