Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce

& Development Company

116 Market Street, Suite 103

Vermillion, SD 57069

(605) 624-5571

Chamber Business:

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, please contact Ann at: or at 624-5571.


Attention Downtown Businesses: Please remind your employees to park in the city parking lot on Market and Kidder streets during their work shifts so that spaces in front of businesses can be used by customers.

Heartland Humane Society (HHS) offers adorable cats for $25 adoption fees with the donation of clumping litter now through Aug. 24. Acceptable cat litter examples include Fresh Step, Arm and Hammer, or Purina. The promotion does not include any clay litter. This special will allow HHS to open some space for cats needing placement and stock their shelves with the supplies needed to care for them. Anyone interested in adopting a feline is encouraged to fill out an adoption application prior to selecting a cat. Adoption applications can be picked up at the shelter or at or call (605) 664-4244.

Notice from Lenni Billberg, Vermillion High School:

“Hello Vermillion Community. I am writing today to offer the services of Vermillion High School students to volunteer in/for your organizations/business/groups on Oct. 9. Our students look forward to this day all year. This year marks the Fifth Annual Tanager Volunteer day. Thus far, our plans include a full day of work starting around 8:45 a.m. and ending around 3 p.m. Again this year, we will work in groups of 12-15 students. We can make the groups bigger or divide them if needed.

“Please dare to challenge our students. We can accomplish many things in a short time. Tanager students enjoy cleaning, painting, vacuuming, planting trees, scraping paint or almost any task you need completed.

“Also, please spread the word to other groups you might be affiliated with that need assistance. We will bus students to and from your location. We also provide a lunch for the students around the noon hour, but will return them to you as needed for work. Please let me know how many volunteers you need, the time you need them and an idea of the work students will complete.

“This activity is a kick off to our Tanager Homecoming week. Thank you for all you do for Vermillion schools. Let us give back to you in service.”

“Dust, Metal, and Stone: The Graphic Arts of the 1930s” Exhibit features 60 original intaglio and lithographic prints created by regionalist and realist American artists during the 1930s including artists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Peggy Bacon and Louis Lozowick. Exhibition runs through Sept. 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the John A. Day Gallery, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on USD campus.

Special exhibition: “The Shapes of Sound: Hearing with Your Eyes,” through Sept. 3 at the National Music Museum, Arne B. Larson Concert Hall located on USD campus.

USD Career and Graduate School Fair, Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Muenster University Center. To register, visit Sponsored by the Academic and Career Planning Center. For additional information, contact Heather Johnson at or (605) 677-5381.

The Clay-Union Foundation continues growth: The Foundation made its 135th match in Elk Point, Monday, July 29. There are still two boys and a girl to match in Elk Point, and two girls to match in Vermillion. The program is seeking new adult volunteers and youth ages 5-17 years old, throughout Clay and Union County. The program is in its 16th year matching youth. The Foundation is also seeking two board members from Clay County and two from Union County, as well as donors to help it continue its growth. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, or e-mail for more information on how to get involved in the program, or go to for an application. The program is supported in part by the United Way of Vermillion.




  • The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1024 West Cherry Street. 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, Aug.14.
  • Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival at Yankton, Aug. 16-18 at Riverside Park.


  • Missouri River Water Trail Group Kayak and Canoe Trip, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Join a park ranger from the National Park Service for a group paddle trip down the Missouri River Water Trail departing from the St. Helena boat ramp near St. Helena, NE, to Brooky Bottom near Obert, NE. Participants must provide their own kayak or canoe. Shuttle service is provided by Park Service staff. Free event. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Meet at St. Helena boat ramp at 7:45 a.m. to allow time to unload your vessel. For more information, visit
  • Bicycling fans from a four-state area will make their way to Elk Point for the Heritage Ride – a charity ride to support the local youth mentoring program. The event features five routes from 8-58 plus miles, and starts at the Immanuel Lutheran church, 607 W. Main St. in Elk Point. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The riders leave as a group at 9 a.m. with an escort out of town, then can ride at their own pace. Free snacks, door prizes and beverages are provided to entrants. Registration forms are at under the events tab, or at under Heritage ride. A route is available for all rider levels, and a great way to support a local program. E-mail or call John Gille at (605) 421-5050 for more information. Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main streets, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. Location: 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.
  • Boys Soccer vs. Belle Fourche at 11 a.m. (H)


  • Pooch plunges and doggy dips for all. Join us at either Memorial Park Pool in Yankton or Prentis Park Pool in Vermillion for the annual dips. All dogs that are vaccinated and healthy are welcome. Our foster dogs will be in attendance to play, swim and greet.
  • Open house at Austin School, 6-7 p.m.
  • Open house at Jolley School, 6:30-7:30 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.
  • Volleyball practice starts at Vermillion High School.
  • Cross Country practice starts at Vermillion High School.


  • Boys Golf at Beresford at 10 a.m.
  • Vermillion Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center. For more information, visit
  • First day of school at Vermillion Public Schools.
  • Tanager Card Blitz Night, 6 p.m.
  • “Screening of film “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” at Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St., 7 p.m. Event is part of the 2013 Eco Film Series and is sponsored by the Living River Group, Sierra Club.


  • Vermillion Area Farmers Market at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • “Thursdays on the Platz” in downtown Vermillion, corner of Main and Market, 6-8 p.m. featuring live music by “The Public Domain Tune Band”. Food available for purchase from BBQ Blues Smokehouse. Sponsored by Rotary International. It’s a great chance to sit outdoors with friends and family, listen to music, and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring the family, have some food and enjoy some local entertainment. Due to limited seating, please bring your own chair.
  • Program featuring young adult author Anne Greenwood Brown at 7 p.m. at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Free and open to the public.


  • AUG. 23-24 – Move-In Day 2013 for USD. Please help us roll out the red carpet to welcome the new and returning students to Vermillion.
  • AUG. 24 – Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz, corner of Market and Main streets, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call (605) 659-3399 or e-mail
  • AUG. 24 – Overeaters Anonymous at 9 a.m. Location: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S. Plum St., administration entrance.
  • AUG. 24-25 – Great Dakota Wine Fest at Valiant Vineyards, 1500 W. Main St., Saturday Aug. 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 25 from noon-5 p.m. Enjoy a weekend of wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, amateur wine making competition, fun and inspiring arts and craft vendors, food vendors, grape stomping, winery tours, door prizes and more. For more info, visit
  • AUG. 24-25 – The 2013 Bullarama at Clay County Park Rodeo Arena. For more information, visit Call Linda Hawley at 202-0194 with questions.
  • AUG. 26 – Open House for Vermillion Middle School (grades 6-8), Monday, Aug. 26 from 7-8 p.m.
  • AUG. 28 – Ice Cream Social sponsored by Catholic Daughters from 5-7 p.m. at St. Agnes Auditorium (taverns, chips and pie also served). Free-will offering with proceeds to go to St. Agnes School.
  • SEPT. 5 – Heartland Humane Society to host a Meet ‘n Greet from 6-8 p.m. in downtown Vermillion at Thursday on the Platz. Hosted by Coffee Cup Fuel Stop.
  • SEPT. 6-7 – Don’t miss the ninth annual Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll downtown Vermillion on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. Free admission this year and plenty of seating to enjoy BBQ and other treats. Highlights include KCBS BBQ contest, people’s choice Judging (wings and pork), car show, family fun area, charity poker run, sidewalk vendors, food court, beer garden, backyard BBQ (where locals compete – new this year.) and live rock ‘n Roll. Visit for more details.
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