January 7th, 2022


New Member Alert!

Help us welcome Glass Act as our newest chamber member! Want beautiful, sparkling windows at your home or business? Give Paul and Patti of Glass Act a call! Set up your free estimate today at (605) 670-9085.

VCDC Up NEXT Coffee Hour

Join us for Up NEXT Coffee Hour as we introduce the National Music Museum’s new Director, Dwight Vaught! Coffee Hour begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at McVicker Plaza (2 E. Main St).

New Vermillion NEXT Members

Help us welcome Marcus Destin, Aaron Mercado, Zbynek Surovec, Grace Mancy, Kyle Greywall, Alyssa Walker and Andre Hawkins to the Vermillion NEXT Young Professionals Network!

Chamber News

Complete your New Years Resolutions at the Wellness Center!

From January 2nd to the 8th, the Wellness Center is offering FREE ACCESS To the entire facility. This includes fitness classes, rock climbing, the dome pool, and all equipment and courts. To claim this offer, simply bring your ID with you and sign a waiver in person! Professional staff will be available for informative tours of the facility in the designated times below.

USD Wellness Center Organizational Punch Pass Special

$35 for 10 entries! Provide your employees’ access to the Wellness Center at a reduced rate! Passes available for organizations only – not on sale for personal use. Contact us for details! Wellness@usd.edu.


Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties seeks a qualified applicant for a homeownership opportunity in Clay County. Qualified applicants must live or work in Clay County, demonstrate a need for housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity by providing sweat equity hours to build their new home, must demonstrate the ability to repay a mortgage loan, and must show a satisfactory payment history with creditors.

Habitat for Humanity advocates for and delivers safe, adequate, and affordable housing. We seek to improve the lives of families by offering stable and secure shelter, which becomes a pathway for self-reliance. For more information on this homeownership, call the Habitat office at 605-260-4224, email habitatclayyank@gmail.com or go to www.habitatclayyankton.org.


USD Athletics

Women’s Basketball vs SDSU | Saturday, Jan. 7th | 1 pm| Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Men’s Basketball vs Denver | Thursday, Jan. 13th| 7 pm | Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Men’s Basketball vs Omaha | Saturday, Jan. 15th | 4 pm | Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Moms with a Plan

Come for meal planning help, free recipes & shopping lists, coffee and fun! Tuesday, January 18th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Triumph Chiro. 101 W. Main St., Elk Point, SD. $10 if you need a planner.


2022 National Small Business Week Awards!

Please remember the deadline is January 11, 2022 to nominate that special business for recognition during National Small Business Week in May 2022.

The SBA South Dakota District Office invites you to nominate a local small business and/or individual or organization to be considered for recognition for one of the following awards:

National Small Business Week Awards

• Small Business Person of the Year

• Exporter of the Year

District Small Business Week Awards

• Family-Owned Small Business: Nominees must serve as a majority owner & operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record that has been passed down through one or more generations.

• Minority-Owned Small Business: Any individual who qualifies as a minority and who owns at least 51% and operates a small business with a 3-year track record and a commitment to strengthen minority-owned businesses in the community may be nominated.

• Veteran-Owned Small Business: A business that is at least 51% veteran-owned with a successful track record and a commitment to strengthen veteran-owned businesses within the community.

• Woman-Owned Small Business: A business that is at least 51% women-owned with a successful track record and a commitment to strengthen woman-owned businesses within the community.

• Young Entrepreneur -Owned Small Business: Any individual who serves as majority owner and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a 3-year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1 of the year the award will be presented.

• Small Business Champion: An organization/individual selected by the District Director who has gone above and beyond as champion for small business in the State of South Dakota.

Where are the nominations to be sent?

All nominations must be submitted electronically to the U.S. Small Business Administration South Dakota District Office BOX account, https://sba.app.box.com/f/659a6d0b1b7d41e9ad0cf54819303035. BOX account information is available at www.sba.gov/nsbw.

How to Nominate

Step 1: Review the nomination criteria

Start by reviewing the National Small Business Week 2022 Award Nominations Guidelines .

Step 2: Gather and complete the required forms

All forms can be downloaded from the National Small Business Week website. Refer to the nomination guidelines to determine which forms to submit.

Step 3: Submit your completed nomination electronically Submissions must be uploaded to the South Dakota District BOX account - https://sba.app.box.com/f/659a6d0b1b7d41e9ad0cf54819303035.

Step 4: Watch your email for communication regarding your nomination

Questions? Contact michele.arends@sba.gov

Vermillion Medical Clinic Makes Donation to Weekend Backpack Food Program

[Vermillion, S.D.] – The physicians and staff of Vermillion Medical Clinic presented Vermillion Weekend Backpack Program with a check in the amount of $2,500.

Weekend Backpack Program is a non-profit organization managed through Feeding Vermillion that provides nutritious meals and snacks to students in Vermillion before each weekend of the school year. According to John Lushbough, the director of Feeding Vermillion, “The program serves approximately 250 students each week, and that includes those that use Tanager Takeout.” K-12 students in all Vermillion schools are eligible including Head Start and St. Agnes. To register call 211, visit Feeding Vermillion’s website or ask the school for a registration form. Feeding Vermillion also manages Tanager Takeout, a food pantry located in Vermillion High School and the Welcome Table which provides a warm, nutritious meal to anyone every Tuesday.

The physicians and staff at Vermillion Medical Clinic voted to award the donation to the Weekend Backpack program. Lushbough said of the donation, “It’s a Godsend, this will help so many people.” The Weekend Backpack program and Tanager Takeout rely heavily on donations for support. Lushbough said they are a United Way agency and do partner with Feeding South Dakota to purchase food and supplies at substantial savings, there is also a lot of cooperation with the local food pantry.

Lushbough has been leading Feeding Vermillion since 2001 and said, “There are a lot of people in need and this [Backpack Program] is something we can do to help.”

About Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The Medical Clinic and Yankton Clinic were established in 1946 and merged to create Yankton Medical Clinic,

P.C. on January 1, 2982. Physician-owned and operated, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is a multi-specialty clinic with 46 physicians, 15 advance practice providers, 18 medical specialties, more than 270 employees, four clinic locations, including Vermillion, S.D., Norfolk, Nebr. and two in Yankton S.D., and serves 16 outreach locations in South Dakota and Nebraska. www.YanktonMedicalClinic.com

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas at their Vermillion store. Sharing the Dream is a fair-trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. Their downtown store sells hand-crafted Guatemalan products and the profits support projects in Guatemala, such as workshops with artisans, healthcare and meals for elders, and a scholarship program for school aged students. 

Volunteers in the Vermillion store provide customer service and assist with various store tasks tailored to their individual gifts. A few projects that volunteers have helped with include designing displays, working with inventory, providing social media and website updates, and Spanish letter translation. By volunteering with Sharing the Dream, you have the opportunity to promote fair trade values and sustainability while fostering a global community.  

Contact info: Anna Van Holland -  info@sharingthedream.org

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