October 30th, 2020

VCDC UPDATES

VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

Join us on Wednesday morning for coffee hour with the VCDC to listen to an open forum about the Fraternal Order of Police. Tune in at www.facebook.com/LiveVermillion/ or on Channel 3.

Vermillion NEXT Membership

Vermillion NEXT, the Young Professionals Network for Emerging Leaders is an initiative to engage young professionals in and around the Vermillion area, for people aged 21-40. It’s a great way to get involved with the community, to meet people, and to have an impact on the city and on your own professional development. Join now!

IMPORTANT CHAMBER

INFORMATION

Coronavirus Relief Fund

Extension

Governor Noem has announced changes to the Small Business Grant Program which utilize Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to assist small businesses.

These updates will allow the state to help even more businesses and include:

• Increasing the maximum grant from $100,000 to $500,000

• Decreasing the minimum threshold from $750 to $500

• Broadening the eligibility requirement from reduction in business of more than 25% to a reduction in business of more than 15%

• If you are a business that has already applied, you DO NOT need to refile. Your submission will be adjusted with the new requirements.

Additionally, the application deadline will be extended by one week, so the new deadline for applications will be Friday, October 30th.

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) continue to hold daily office hours from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm to answer questions. Access the real time meeting link below. The Helpline and email will continue to be available at 605.937.7243 and covid.bizgrants@state.sd.us.

We encourage all our members to apply. Please visit LiveVermillion.com to view the industry specific flyers and as new information is updated. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to us at the VCDC by emailing vcdc@vermillionchamber.com or calling our office at 605.624.5571.

2021 Vermillion NEXT Steering Committee applications are now open!

Steering Committee positions include: Steering Committee Chair, Secretary, Membership Lead, Co-Events Leads, Marketing Lead, Community Outreach Lead and USD Outreach Lead.

Applicants for the Vermillion NEXT Steering Committee must meet the following requirements:

1. Be willing to serve a one-year term;

2. Attend monthly Steering Committee meetings;

3. Attend Vermillion NEXT activities; and

4. Be an advocate for the VCDC and the Vermillion NEXT Young Professionals Network.

To apply, please complete the 2021 Vermillion NEXT Steering Committee application no later than November 1st, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Vermillion NEXT Steering Committee!

CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS!

Children’s Book Week

In celebration of Children's Book Week, we invite you to join us in a Children’s Book Hunt! From November 9th - 15th, we will be hosting a Book Hunt in the downtown area. This will not only serve to highlight many great children's books, but also provide a safe, socially distant outdoor activity for families.

To be a participating business, you would only need to do a few simple things:

• Hang the book cover we provide in a window of your business (facing out) from November 9th - 15th.

• Do not share on social media that you are participating or what cover is displayed in your window. It's a secret that our participants must find out for themselves!

Our community members will be invited to search for the book covers and list the business where they locate each cover. Their hunt results can then be turned into the library for a chance to win a prize.

If you are interested in participating as a business or have any questions, please contact Amanda Raiche at amanda.raiche@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

W.H. Over Museum – Events cancelled til 2021

The W.H. Over Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel all events until 2021. We look forward to a future date when they are able to open their doors again.

Introducing the “In the

Community” Initiative

Innovative Office Solutions is teaming up with the Minnesota Vikings to put the spotlight on a non-profit organization doing good in the community that surrounds us!

Nominate an organization you feel is deserving today!

COMMUNITY EVENTS!

Virtual Story Time Resumes

Join the Vermillion Public Library’s new Youth Services Librarian Amanda Raiche for weekly story times online! Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Visit our Facebook page @VermillionPublicLibrary to watch Miss Amanda read a new book each week. Story times are geared towards kids 0 – 5. Visit the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for details on all the services we offer, or call 605-677-7060.

The Take Your Seat Campaign continues!

Show your support for the USD College of Fine Arts by sponsoring a seat in the Colton Recital Hall or Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Your sponsorship makes it possible for the College of Fine Arts to continue to offer students a rich liberal arts education that will prepare them for a successful future after graduation.

Trek or Treat

Join the library for Trek or Treat on October 30th, 2020 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St., Vermillion SD.

Halloween Costume Outdoor Parade

October 31, 2020: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in 126 S. Plum St., Vermillion SD. Parking across from Dakota Gardens/Assisted Living. All ages and costumes welcome! Follow signs, watch for residents “waving” from their windows along the route. Treats included. Social distancing and masks encouraged!

Patriots Plaza Dedication

You are formally invited to attend the Patriots Plaza Dedication on Wednesday, November 11th at 1:00 p.m. The Patriots Plaza commemorates the first 100 years of the Army ROTC at USD, pays tribute to USD’s three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and honors all military members and veterans. The plaza is located outside the Beacom School of Business, the Al Neuharth Media Center and the Knudson School of Law. Physical distancing and face coverings will be required during the dedication ceremony.

Sculpture Walk re-scheduled

The Sculpture Walk has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 1st from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. According to the latest forecast, next Sunday looks like sunny skies and warmer temps—perfect for a walk around downtown to enjoy some art.

COMMUNITY NEWS!

Spoon River Anthology

The Vermillion High School have rescheduled their production of Spoon River Anthology. The new dates are November 6th, 7th and 8th.

Dakota Hospital

Foundation Grant

The Dakota Hospital Foundation grant application period is open as of October 1st, 2020. Grant guidelines and forms can be found at www.dakotahospitalfoundation.org. The deadline for grant applications submitted in this funding period is October 31st, 2020.

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