March 22, 2019

What's UpNEXT? - Vermillion's Coffee Hour

*at McVicker Plaza*

Wednesday, March 27th

SBA 504 Program, South Dakota Development Corporation

Sponsored by:

Sanford Vermillion


The 2019 Annual Banquet of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) has been set for Tuesday, April 2nd with tickets now available for purchase. This annual, multi-media event has grown phenomenally in recent years, having become a premium evening of entertainment that attendees don’t want to miss. The evening’s highlights include the presentation of a number of awards, including the VCDC Community Leader of the Year, the NEXT Young Professional of the Year, the VCDC Brick Awards, the Mayor’s Community Service Award, and more. Attendees can expect several creative surprises, with great entertainment, delicious food, surprise features, and an evening of true community celebration.

This year’s guest of honor is Larry Stewart, hospitality leader, business startup and turnaround specialist.

All are welcome and tickets can also be obtained by contacting the VCDC office at 605-624-5571. Individual tickets can be purchased at $60, $50 for Chamber members, or $35 for Vermillion NEXT members. This year, corporate tables with a special gift and reserved seating may be purchased for $300. In addition, VIP corporate tables will also receive special gifts and will include premier stage seating and a sponsored table centerpiece for $600.

Doors will open for a special social hour at 5:00pm. The social hour features live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, a photo booth and a red-carpet event hosted by emcee, Weston Olson. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, with the program getting underway at 6:30 pm. The evening will wrap up with a post-social at 8:30 pm.

VCDC 1st Quarter Business Luncheon, featuring SD Chamber President David Owen

The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company is pleased to share that their first Business Luncheon of the 2019 will feature David Owen, President and Chief Lobbyist of South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Owen is considered a premier authority on legislative impacts on business in South Dakota, and will discuss the most pressing issues from this year?s legislative session, as well as what they mean for businesses in the area.

The luncheon scheduled for Thursday, April 18th at 12pm is the first of the 2019 VCDC Business Luncheon Series - sponsored by First Dakota National Bank, RED Steakhouse, Edward Jones, Red Roof Inn, First Bank & trust, and South Dakota Development Corporation - will take place in the Ronan Room of RED Steakhouse.

Seating is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $15 for Vermillion Chamber members, $20 for non-members, and can be obtained by calling the Chamber offices at 624-5571, or by emailing Chamber Director Katie Heine at

211 Helpline Walkthrough Event

Want to learn more about how to utilize the 211 Helpline, and the type of needs/questions we answer daily? The Helpline Center is offering 211 University!

Date: Friday, March 22nd

Time: 10a.m.

Location: Vermillion Public Library

211 University contains pertinent information regarding how to use all the services of the Helpline Center. Database staff will share tips and tricks including how to search and find resources through our 211 online database, various resources guides, translating resources, and more!

Feel free to forward this email/invitation to your contacts; 211 University is open to the public. We simply ask for advance registration. Also, you are welcome to bring a laptop so you can click along with us as we show you various tools on our website.

The Signature Sound

Join us on April 4th at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of visual and musical arts performances at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls! This showcase concert will feature internationally renowned trumpeter Vince Di Martino, and eight USD music faculty on stage with the South Dakota Symphony.

Tickets can be purchased at the door - $10 adult, $5 children

Calling on supporters of the Vermillion Food Pantry:

The Great American Milk Drive

During the March monthlong campaign, every Hy-Vee store will offer customers the opportunity to donate $2 or $4 toward the purchase of milk when they check out. At the end of the month, all donations will be used to purchase milk from area processors to be distributed to local food banks. The campaign goes through March 31st.

Last year the VFP received 75 gallons of milk from this campaign. If those 75 gallons milk were only given to the families of 4 plus, that only provide for 25 families. Let's get the word out and do better this year! Please share this information with the groups you belong to, your church community, the ones you have coffee with and even that stranger on the street.

Often the donations you are ask about as you check out at either of the grocery stores goes to support deserving state or national programs "The Great American Milk Drive" supports the Pantry directly. This campaign involves our area processors and comes directly to the VFP. You may have to remind the person checking you out to add this to your bill. Milk and meat are the largest monthly purchases the VFP makes to provide for those with a need, therefore, any donation we receive to offset those cost allows us to reduce that gap in our budget.

Soupapalooza is a fundraising event to supplement SNAP benefits at the Vermillion Area Farmer’s Market. This 3rd annual event features a variety of local soups and homemade cakes. The Washington Street Arts Center, also known as the VAAC, is home for this foodie event. Come join familiar faces from the Farmer’s Market and foodies from the area to sample soups on Thursday, March 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Suggested donation at the door is $5/person and $15/family, or free-will donation.

Additionally, this year Soupapalooza will be a zero-waste event. This means everything used for serving will be able to be recycled, reused, or compostable. Behind the Washington Street Arts Center is Vermillion’s Community Garden. The Community Garden’s composting system will allow biodegradable items like paper products and food wastes to be discarded, saving them from the landfill. The Vermillion Area Farmer’s Market will have special garbage cans for recyclable and compostable garbage. Serving dishes and utensils will be reusable, using the kitchen at the VAAC.

If you would like to contribute a soup or dessert, please call Grace at 605-670-0540 for more information. Donations can be made in lieu of suggested entrance fee.

Mark your calendars for the “Marketing Best Practices” webinar series, hosted by South Dakota Department of Tourism. You’ll hear marketing tips for those with a lot of experience or little experience, bigger marketing budgets or smaller marketing budgets. You will also gain a better understanding of the basic marketing principles that can help you deliver the right message to the right audience.

You can view the topics and register below. The webinars will be available via Zoom, an easy-to-use conferencing platform. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the session.

Updated Marketing Webinar Series Schedule:

The webinar series will kickoff next Wednesday, March 20, with “Understanding Your Audience”

“Business Basics” has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 28

“Marketing on a Budget” will still be held on Wednesday, April 3

For updates and more information, please go to

The Main Street Center invites you for complimentary coffee at 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays!


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