Chamber Chat

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:

David Owen, SD Chamber & 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. Please note: There will be no call on Friday, Feb. 22.

2013 Vermillion Area Community Leader Award and 2013 Vermillion Area Family Business Award Nominations:

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.

Cracker Barrel session with our legislators will be Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at the City Hall Council Chambers at 25 Center St. Please 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.

The Annual Vermillion Area Chamber and Community Awards Banquet is Thursday, March 14, at the Eagles Club, 114 E. Main St. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. It is a time to thank all of the members, individuals, and volunteers who support and contribute to the success of the chamber and business community.

The banquet also gives us an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of the community’s leaders and organizations by presenting the Family Business of the Year Award, the mayor’s Community Service Award, the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award, the VCDC Community Leader Award, along with other awards.

The guest speaker is Lt. Gov. Matt Michels. The banquet is open to the public and tickets are on sale for $30 each at the Chamber office at 116 Market St. or contact us at (605) 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 5-7 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.

 

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIDAY, 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 and Schiller. Free and open to the public.
  • Boys Basketball: Canton at 5 p.m. (H)
  • State “A” Wrestling at Watertown
  • “Strollers” variety show at Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Music recital: Guest Pianist Kevin Ayesh, recipient of the Naftzger Piano Award and Baltimore Music Club Award performing at 7:30 p.m., Colton Recital Hall located in Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD campus.
  • TBA – Bowling: State Tournament at Sport Bowl Sioux Falls

 

SATURDAY, 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. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
  • State “A” Wrestling at Watertown, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23
  • “Strollers” variety show at Slagle Hall Aalfs Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • The Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles Aerie # 2421 in Vermillion invite you to join us for a fun-filled day trip to the Grand Falls Casino and Resort. A charter bus will depart from the Eagles Club at 114 W. Main St. at 10 a.m. and will return by 5 p.m. The cost to ride the bus is $20, and each person will receive $10 in free slot play and $5 off the buffet lunch. Anyone having a birthday during the month of February will also receive an additional $10 in free slot play and a free T-shirt. If you are interested, stop by the Eagles to sign up and make payment by Feb. 20.
  • 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 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at School of Law. 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.
  • USD Women’s Basketball host Western Illinois University at 2 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
  • TBA-Rhythm in Red Show Choir Invite (H)
  • TBA – Debate: District Qualifier at Sioux Falls

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 24

  • Pleasant Valley Men’s Pancake Supper will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the church located at 45918 308th St., rural Vermillion. Serving pancakes, sausage, drinks and ice cream for a free will donation. All proceeds will benefit the Luther Center of Vermillion. Everyone is welcome!
  • Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships at the DakotaDome (all day)

 

MONDAY, FEB. 25

  • Open house for the new fire Chief Richard “Shannon” Draper and his family from 2-3:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Cake and coffee will be served.
  • Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sun., Feb. 24 and Monday, Feb. 25 at the DakotaDome (all day)
  • Free income tax assistance offered to qualified taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Students at USD Law School and Beta Alpha Psi will be available 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.
  • Third Grade Concert at Vermillion High School at 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Music Recital: American Art Song: USD Voice Professors Tracelyn Gesteland and Brandon Hendrickson and Guest pianist Laura Loewen present this recital at 7:30 p.m. at Farber Hall located in Old Main on USD campus. Open to the public at no charge.
  • Fourth Grade Concert at Vermillion High School at 7:30 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, 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, contact ISU Extension and Outreach-Woodbury Co. at (712) 276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury. (Note: registration fee paid by Feb. 15 is $35 or $45 after that date.)
  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

 

WEDNESDAY, 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.

 

THURSDAY, FEB. 28

  • New Venture Connection: Bridge Cities Flow: First in a series of events connecting the people, ideas, and resources of the Yankton and Vermillion communities from 7-9 p.m. at The Copper Room at Ben’s Brewing Co., 222 W. 3rd St., downtown Yankton. Appetizers and Cash Bar. 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. Registration Fee is $5. Register at http://bridgecitiesflow.com

 

PLANNING AHEAD:

  • MARCH 1 – Brown Bag Lunch Program: John Klinghammer, associate principal clarinet, Omaha Symphony, featuring jazz inspired works for clarinet, at 12:05 p.m. at the National Music Museum located on USD campus, corner of Clark and Yale streets. March’s Free Friday Sponsor is City of Vermillion. Free and open to the public.
  • MARCH 2 – 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.
  • MARCH 10 – East River and Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association to feature “Monthly Open Jam” from 1-6 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St. All levels welcome – open to pickers and listeners. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (877) 621-4118 (toll free).
  • MARCH 12 – “Dreamgirls”, a Tony and Academy Award-winning musical appearing at the Orpheum in Sioux City at 7:30 p.m. Call (712) 224-6423 or e-mail mlanzourakis@sioux-city.org for ticket information.

 

– 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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