December 2021 Chamber News

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Chamber News Vol. 57, No. 3

December 2021


Annual Guide to

Sioux Falls area legislators

In this issue Feature

Annual guide to Sioux Falls area legislators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Top stories Chamber legislative platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-30 DE&I Feature Series: Beyond diversity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 In this issue Message from the Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Event Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-20 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Business Advocacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-31 Headlines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Business Sense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using Your Membership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Chamber Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-43 Member Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Five Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 ON THE COVER

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair In business, as in our personal lives, there is an ebb and flow of activities that are driven by the seasons. We wrapped up Labor Day and fall celebrations, followed by costumes and candy for Halloween, only to leap into Thanksgiving, pausing for breath long enough to hang up the decorations and celebrate our holiday season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, and then the New Year or Tres Reyes Magos. There is one more season after New Year’s Eve that I especially look forward to, and, no, it isn’t Valentine’s Day just yet! It is the South Dakota legislative season, starting in January and running through mid-March. Alex Ramirez 2021-22 Chair of the Board

While the State Legislature is in session, the Chamber is there.

The Chamber advocates on behalf of your business at all levels of government year-round, but things really ramp up during the first few months of the year. While the State Legislature is in session, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is there. We have a full-time lobbyist in Pierre throughout session, plus a team of staff and volunteers that help to monitor activity remotely and guide the advocacy efforts of the Chamber as issues arise. We are there to be the eyes, ears and voice of your business and the business community in general. I am proud to communicate that your Chamber offers a number of opportunities for you to interact with government elected officials throughout the year, and particularly during the legislative session. As a new-to-Sioux Falls entrepreneur over 10 years ago, I found value in joining our Chamber and being able to talk to the people who make real change in government to encourage a positive business climate. I would like to invite you to take advantage of these great events put together by your Chamber. Please attend a legislative event such as Good Morning Sioux Falls, participate in a Legislative Coffee or get on the bus with us to Pierre for an event you will never forget – Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature! Stepping back to December, I would like to take this chance to remind you to shop local. I cannot emphasize it enough. During this holiday season, when you spend your money in Sioux Falls, the dollars are more likely to be spent again here. Money that turns over within our community helps fuel our economy and keep us all in business. You can find a full listing of our members in the Member Directory on the Chamber’s website at In closing, I would like to wish everyone the most joyous holiday season, and warmest wishes that you can now (safely) gather and celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. I am honored to be serving as your Chair, and the Chamber staff and I look forward to a bright and successful 2022! Thank you.




Jeff Griffin, President & CEO Diane Balk, Accounting Manager Joan Bartling, Vice President of Finance & Accounting Justin Bentaas, Public Affairs & Research Manager Jill Blom, Graphics & Communications Manager Casey Boerger, Young Professionals Network Manager Peyton DeJong, Agribusiness Manager Jennie Doyen, Vice President of Member Services Becky Griebel, Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Heidinger, Member Services Specialist Steven Herman, Sales Manager Pat Lund, Member Relations Manager Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Investor Relations, Forward Sioux Falls Debra Owen, Vice President of Government Relations Holly Rader, Vice President of Member Relations Teresa Schreier, Events Coordinator Susan Seachris, Administrative/Accounting Assistant

Chair   Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV Chair-Elect   Paul Hanson, Sanford Health Vice Chair   Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. Treasurer   Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard Immediate Past Chair   Dan Doyle, Lloyd Companies Chamber President & CEO   Jeff Griffin BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers Kim Burma, Midco Tamien Dysart, Think 3D Solutions Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain, Inc. Kayla Eitreim, Junior Achievement of South Dakota Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Dakota State University Jason Herrboldt, First Bank & Trust Angela Lammers, Cetera Services

Valerie Loudenback, Grand Prairie Foods Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield Foods Nancy Savage, Child’s Play Toys Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities Bob Sutton, Avera Health Tony Venhuizen, Standard Services, Inc. EX-OFFICIO

Kyle Groos, Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Dean Karsky, Minnehaha County Commission Cynthia Mickelson, Sioux Falls School Board Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County Commission Dr. Jane Stavem, Sioux Falls Public School System Mayor Paul TenHaken, City of Sioux Falls | Chamber News  5



Events Calendar

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For a current listing of all Chamber events, visit, read the weekly edition of Quickly, or call (605) 336-1620. You can register and pay for events online at



Tuesday, Dec. 14


4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The District, 4521 W. Empire Place. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & beverages $5 admission or use your Mixer Pass

DE&I Activator Series: How to create diversity allies and advocates Wednesday, Dec. 8 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Zoom

DETAILS: The DE&I Activator Series is an introduction to key concepts, strategies, mindsets and skill sets to support participant’s knowledge of how to activate a diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) workplace culture shift. The series offers concrete application strategies to help a workplace envision its DE&I goals and identify steps for implementation. Continuing education credit opportunities are available with SHRM and HRCI. COST: Free RSVP:

Business Sense Workshop: Representing your business through community volunteerism Tuesday, Dec. 14 11 a.m. – Noon Zoom

DETAILS: There comes a time in every executive’s career where they are asked to serve on a nonprofit’s board of directors. Not only does serving on a board provide great value to the nonprofit, but it can also be an incredible opportunity for professional skill enhancement, relationship building and business development. Whether new to board service or considering serving on a board for the first time, come prepared to make a positive impact. Learn from Maximizing Excellence founder & CEO Cindy Peterson how to maximize your personal and professional contribution to an organization’s effectiveness. The session will address benefits of volunteerism, cover nonprofit board governance best practices and provide clarity around board expectations – including fundraising. COST: $10 RSVP:

Good Morning Sioux Falls Legislative Breakfast Thursday, January 6, 2022 7 – 8:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South 5300 S. Grand Circle

DETAILS: Hear from Sioux Falls area legislators about their goals for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. Breakfast will be served. This event is sponsored by the Chamber’s Diplomat Committee and Issues Management Council. COST: $30 RSVP:

Sioux Empire Livestock Show Tuesday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building 100 N. Lyon Blvd.

DETAILS: Celebrate the impact of agriculture on the Sioux Empire! Livestock shows and sales take place throughout the week and commercial exhibits are open for the duration of the show. Volunteer your time or come out to see the region’s best market and purebred livestock. For more information, visit

Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building 100 N. Lyon Blvd.

DETAILS: Join area business leaders in supporting agriculture by participating in this auction of the best market livestock from the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. The evening includes a steak dinner and a silent auction to fund scholarships for students. COST: $50 per person RSVP:

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To RSVP to any of these events, visit or call (605) 373-2002. Visit for a full list of events.

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Morning Buzz Thursday, Dec. 2

The Kringle Thursday, Dec. 9

Reservations for Six Wednesday, Dec. 22

DETAILS: Set those alarm clocks early! Morning-minded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar.

DETAILS: Join your fellow young professionals for a festive night at one of the last YPN events in 2021! The Kringle, sponsored by Pinnacle Productions, is a night of mingling and fun to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, and a festive photo booth. Cocktail attire is encouraged. This is an event for everyone — we encourage you to bring your spouse, significant other, or BFF! Don’t miss out on one of our biggest celebrations of the year.

DETAILS: Share lunch with a small group of YPN members. Reservations for Six is small on purpose — so you have the opportunity to build connections with new people.

7:30 – 9 a.m. Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar 2318 S. Louise Ave.

COST: Free

A Seat at the Table with Reggie Kuipers Tuesday, Dec. 7

Noon – 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200 DETAILS: Get to know Reggie Kuipers, President of Bender Commercial Real Estate Services, during this A Seat at the Table. You’ll have the chance to hear about Reggie’s professional journey and ask questions about his experience. Space is limited. COST: Free

YPN New Member Lunch Wednesday, Dec. 8

Noon – 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200

7 – 10 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 W. 6th St.

This year we are collecting items for DakotAbilities. All items donated will be given to the organization for persons with disabilities. Items include games (board games or activities that can be played in a gym), puzzles and craft/art supplies. Bring your donation to the Kringle and receive a free drink compliments of Discovery Realty Group-Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls. COST: $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Noon – 1 p.m. 22TEN Kitchen Cocktails 2210 W. 69th St.

COST: Free, lunch on your own

Action Team Meetings You can help shape key areas of YPN programming by joining an Action Team. All team meetings are held at the Chamber office and are open to any YPN member who would like to get involved. Volunteering with an Action Team is a great way to strengthen professional connections and exercise your skills in collaboration, facilitation and project management. For more details on the responsibilities of each team, visit

Social Action Team Tues., Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m.

DETAILS: All new YPN members are invited to attend this lunch at the Chamber offices. This is a great opportunity to meet other young professionals, ask questions and figure out how you want to make the most of your YPN experience. Space is limited to the first 20 to RSVP. COST: $10, includes lunch | Chamber News  7


you can bank on. DECEMBER

This calendar is a sampling of local events, concerts, fundraisers, seminars and more compiled from and Visit these websites for a complete listing of events happening in the Sioux Falls area, or for more details on the events listed here.


Disney On Ice presents: Let’s Celebrate at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


The Premiere Playhouse presents A Christmas Carol


Augustana Christmas Vespers 2021


SDSO: Handel’s Messiah at First Lutheran Church


First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls


Shaun Johnson + the Big Band Experience “The Nights Before Christmas Tour” at Washington Pavilion


Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at The District


Tonic Sol-fa “Shake Up Christmas Tour” at Washington Pavilion

Raise Expectations 4 Your 605 Made Holiday Market

All events are subject to change. 4-17 Twighlight Flights begin at Strawbale Winery Please check the online events 8 Theory of a Deadman at The District calendars for the most recent updates. 8 Jennifer JohnsonA Magical Medora Christmas at Washington Pavilion 9 Vice President 9-10 Branch Manager 10 NMLS 470758

Grouchmas at Sioux Falls Convention Center

10 (605) 444-4058

Clint Black featuring Lisa Hartman Black ID 405612 at Washington Pavilion

A Yuletide Cabaret at Washington Pavilion For King & Country: A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Local decisions. Bank on it! Raise Your Expectations

Jennifer Johnson Vice President Branch Manager NMLS 470758

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Men’s Basketball: Creighton vs. BYU


Eric Church at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


SDSO: ‘Tis The Season at Washington Pavilion


19th Annual Celebrity Night Out


Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Tri-City Storm


That Golden Girls Show at Orpheum Theater


Annual German Christmas Service at First Lutheran Church


Reba McEntire at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Christmas at the Cathedral


SDSO: Radiant Rachmaninoff


DAPA presents: White Christmas


Schoolhouse Rock Live at Washington Pavilion


Brantley Gilbert at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Sioux Empire Livestock Show at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


Christmas with Lorie Line at Washington Pavilion


Hoophall Central at Sanford Pentagon


Sioux Falls Farm Show at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers


Shen Yun at the Washington Pavilion


A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing


The Good Night Theatre Collective presents: Suspect! A Murder Most Musical


Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Lincoln Stars


Ice Fish Fest at Catfish Bay


Men’s Basketball: Iowa vs. Utah State


A Prairie Christmas on Stage at the El Riad Shrine


Impractical Jokers at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Omaha Lancers


Jeff Dunham at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls


Frosty Frolics at Family Park


Fiddler on the Roof at Washington Pavilion


SDSO: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at Washington Pavilion


The Choir of Man at the Washington Pavilion

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Potted Potter at the Orpheum Theater


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Economic Indicators

Tracking trends in business is just one way that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking out for our members. Sioux Falls is a great place to do business, in part because of its diverse economy. Check here for economic indicators that help show growth and development.

City of Sioux Falls Building Permit Data

Regional Unemployment Rates

October 2021

September 2021


6,619 permits

2019 2020

6,360 permits


6,384 permits 0














Source: City of Sioux Falls




City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value


October 2021















Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted


Agriculture Trends September 2021

$917.8 million $343.8 million

$696.3 million $308.2 million





$573.2 million $204.7 million









(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota




Source: City of Sioux Falls

Total Construction Value

2021 New Non-Residential Construction Value


$6.42 $5.58



Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview October 2021


New Listings: 495 Days on the Market Until Sale: 71 Median Sales Price: $260,000 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 1,006 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)



(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota



eptember August S 2020 2021



Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture | Chamber News  11

Faces & Places

Faces & Places Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news. Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Every day we hear about exciting accomplishments, historic milestones and other positive aspects of our member businesses that deserve to be shared. Submit news to

Nathan Stallinga

Jay Rasmussen


Journey Group Companies

Cindi Johnson

Casey Boerger

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Bernie DeWald

Brian Sittig CNA Surety

Teresa Schreier

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service helps to keep the Chamber strong. Featured ambassadors this month are Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities, nine years as an ambassador and Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies, five years as an ambassador.

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Bernie DeWald was recognized as the Ace Award winner for October. The diplomat of the month for November was Brian Sittig, CNA Surety. The diplomat team of the month for November was Team Sittig: Captain Brian Sittig, CNA Surety; Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; Pam Olinger, ELO CPAs & Advisors; Sharon Hasselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; and Nichelle Lund, Holiday Inn City Centre.

Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, was the Event Champion for November. Event Champions are recognized each month for their consistent attendance and participation at Chamber events and ribbon cuttings.

New Faces & Promotions The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has named Casey Boerger as the new Young Professionals Network Manager. Boerger has been with the Chamber for one year, previously serving as Events Coordinator. Teresa Schreier has transitioned into the Events Coordinator position. Schreier was previously Member Services Specialist. She has been with the Chamber for six years. Caliber Creative has promoted two employees and hired one. Kelly Buss is promoted to Agency Manager and Media Supervisor. Buss has been with Caliber for over eight years. In her new role she will help guide agency operations and be an active part of the newly formed leadership team. Jake Zastrow is promoted to Creative Director. Zastrow has been with Caliber for nearly four years as an art director. His new role will help drive collaboration between the creative and account teams to ensure a successful client experience. Marisa Milton joined the agency as Account Executive. Milton will grow client relationships by building annual marketing plans, budget suggestions and overall marketing strategies. She will also look for business opportunities and find new solutions for current clients.

Elgethun Capital Management welcomed Brittany Thune Lindberg as Chief of Staff and Head of Client Engagement. Prior to joining ECM, Thune Lindberg worked for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers in Washington, DC. During her 8-year tenure at The Council, she made significant contributions to the organization, tripled the annual political fundraising effort and worked directly with Fortune 100 CEOs to collaborate and partner on business and policy strategies impacting their firm, employees and clients. Thune Lindberg is a Sioux Falls native and graduate of Belmont University, with a major in Business Administration and minor in Political Science. Anne Salazar has joined the Sioux Falls office of KLJ Engineering as a civil engineer-intraining (EIT). Salazar has a Master of Science in civil engineering from South Dakota State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, a Master of Arts in journalism and communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia, along with a bachelor’s degree in biological systems and agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Leadership Nathan Schema has been named as the new president and CEO of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Schema began his career in the long-term care industry 15 years ago and has held several leadership roles within Good Samaritan. He is currently the vice president of operations, overseeing operations across the organization’s 22-state footprint. Schema will fully assume the president and CEO role Jan. 1, 2022, following the retirement of current president and CEO Randy Bury. Stacy Stahl has been hired as the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons. Stahl has a long history of successful mission-related non-profit service and delivery

First PREMIER Bank has promoted four employees. Tom Pfeifer is promoted to Vice President, Retail Area Manager. Pfeifer has more than 25 years of professional experience and joined PREMIER in 2020. He will assist in leading strategic planning and employee development for seven of the bank’s retail locations. Daniel Moline is promoted to Branch Manager II. He has more than seven years of experience in financial services and joined PREMIER in 2015. Moline will oversee retail staff and operations for the bank’s Kiwanis Branch and the branch inside the main lobby of Sanford Hospital. Chris Van Den Top is promoted to Branch Manager. Van Den Top has six years of experience in financial services in addition to seven years of management experience. He joined PREMIER in 2015. He will oversee the Southeastern Branch. Kimberly Munoz is promoted to Branch Manager. She has 10 years of experience and joined PREMIER in 2011. Munoz will oversee the Sycamore Branch.

and has depth of experience in both national and local programming, fundraising and volunteer support. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Youth and Women’s Programming at EmBe. Luke J. Lindberg, Sanford Health, was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of District Export Councils. The organization works to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of exports to the US economy through education, legislative outreach and engagement with local District Export Councils (DECs) and other relevant stakeholders.

Innovative Office Solutions has combined with Northern Business Products. The combined company will operate under the Innovative Office Solutions brand in locations throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and now Wisconsin with the addition of the Northern Business Products locations. The combined company will employ over 300 people. | Chamber News  13

Faces & Places

Honors & Awards First PREMIER Bank was honored as one of the nation’s “Best Banks to Work For” by American Banker magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year First PREMIER Bank has made the list, which recognizes financial institutions for outstanding corporate culture, employee benefits, financial and physical wellness programs and workplace atmosphere. The Business Resource Network presented Disability Friendly Recognition Program awards to All Day Café; Dow Rummel Village; Electronic Systems, Inc.; Pawsabilities; St. Francis House; and TapHouse 41.

The South Dakota Home Builders Association has inducted Candice Menke into their Hall of Fame. Menke is a Mortgage Loan Originator with Black Hills Federal Credit Union. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire’s Hall of Fame. She has also received an associate of the year award on local and state levels.

competition. The national competition recognizes individuals under the age of 40. Krause was selected from hundreds of nominees from across the Mountain States region (Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, and Montana). Krause is KLJ’s project management director and also serves as an internal director for the KLJ Solutions Holding Co. Board of Directors - KLJ’s parent company.

Jennie Krause, KLJ Engineering LLC, has been recognized by Engineering NewsRecord (ENR) as an up-and-coming industry leader through their Top Young Professionals

Good Deeds Raven Industries donated $150,000 to the department of electrical engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to support the university’s new minor in avionics. The gift endows a Raven Aerostar scholarship to support students in the avionics program. It also allows the department to buy equipment for improved design, test and prototyping capabilities for high-speed electronic circuits needed in aircraft and space avionics applications.

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volunteered their time in November to encourage new businesses to join the Chamber. In a friendly competition to see who could bring in the most new members, the winning team was comprised of April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union; Kadyn Wittman, Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls; Ashley Biggar, SD CEO East Women’s Business Center; Jennifer Hoesing, DakotAbilities; Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty; and Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities.

Be Seen


3 2-4 Cornerstone Financial Solutions hosted Chamber members for a Morning Mingle in October. Guests enjoyed networking over breakfast and coffee.

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Faces & Places

Be Seen

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5-9 The Chamber’s annual Veterans Day ceremony was held Thursday, November 11 at the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance. Organized by the Chamber’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, the program recognizes those who have served our country. Governor Kristi Noem delivered the keynote address.

Happy Holidays from the

This year and every year, we are grateful to be part of the Sioux Falls community. We wish you a joyful holiday season and a healthy, happy new year.

Faces & Places

Be Seen


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10 Reliabank hosted YPN members for coffee and networking at Morning Buzz in early November. 11-13 The

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Sioux Falls Skatepark Association (SFSA) launched their Community Appeal campaign for the Skate Plaza on Nov. 1. SFSA volunteer Walter Portz and Community Appeal Campaign Chair Aaron Severson, Wells Fargo, spoke to attendees about the vision and impact of the project. Funds raised through the Chamber-endorsed capital drive will help to build a new state-of-the-art skate park at Drake Springs Park. Photos courtesy Wes Eisenhauer.

Faces & Places

Be Seen

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CO-OP Architecture for an Off the Clock social in October. 15-16 Members of the Business Leadership Council toured the City’s new Lift Station on the east side of town. Representatives of the City’s Public Works department and HR Green, Inc. led the tour, explaining the technology and planning behind the multi-million dollar infrastructure project.


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Community Appeals


Community Appeals Scheduled Fund Drives The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community.


To build a new and larger Furniture Mission facility on the Empower Sioux Falls Campus (previously the School for the Deaf Campus).

By vetting capital fund drives, the objective of Community Appeals is to affirm the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration. It is the intent of the Chamber to encourage every business to carefully consider such requests. However, we also acknowledge that many businesses have limited resources for capital fund drives, both in an ability to properly evaluate them and a sufficient budget to contribute. Our Community Appeals process is intended to provide our members with assurance that a Community Appeals campaign is worthy of investment.



To create a high-quality, multi-purpose, concrete skatepark/plaza in the core of Sioux Falls at Nelson Park. Once built, the skatepark will become part of the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

To expand/renovate the McCrossan School and construct an outdoor athletic complex.


To add a second Active Generations location on the east side of Sioux Falls. | Chamber News  21

Annual Guide to

Sioux Falls area legislators Advocacy is a valuable component of your Chamber membership. Decisions made by elected officials frequently and directly affect the way business is conducted. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce seeks to be the voice of business during each South Dakota legislative session. The Chamber’s annual guide to area legislators is one element that helps fulfill our objective to provide Chamber members with essential information pertaining to the legislative session. This guide features legislators representing Sioux Falls area districts, which include Districts 6, 9-16 and 25. To help you stay informed about issues and activity, the Chamber hosts a number of events during the legislative session. Please refer to the complete legislative calendar on page 31. For more information about issues during the legislative session, read the weekly Bill Tracker (available via email or online at under the Advocacy tab), subscribe to the Chamber Advocate email, follow @SF_Advocate on Twitter or contact a member of the Chamber’s Public Affairs team at (605) 336-1620.

2021 Sioux Falls Champion 2021 Sioux Falls Supporter

Following each legislative session, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce issues a Legislative Scorecard reporting how local legislators voted on issues of importance to the business community. Legislators who cast votes matching the Chamber’s position 100% of the time are recognized as Sioux Falls Champions. Those voting with the Chamber more than 80% of the time are recognized as Sioux Falls Supporters.

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Cover Story

District 6

District 9

Sen. Herman Otten

Sen. Wayne Steinhauer

Republican 27543 468th Ave. Lennox, SD 57039 (605) 941-1770 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Republican 26581 E. Shore Place Hartford, SD 57033 (605) 359-6298 Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Rep. Ernie Otten

Rep. Bethany Soye

Republican 46787 273rd St. Tea, SD 57064 (605) 368-5716 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Republican P.O. Box 84124 Sioux Falls, SD 57118 (605) 610-8467 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: My bill priorities for next session include providing extra funding for counties for property tax relief and building large projects along with property tax stabilization.

Answer: My top priority for the upcoming legislative session is to protect the citizens of South Dakota from an overreaching federal government.

Rep. Aaron Aylward

Rep. Rhonda Milstead

Republican 609 Kent St. Harrisburg, SD 57032 (605) 773-3851 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Republican 46273 Park Place Hartford, SD 57033 (605) 376-3149 Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: I believe that there are too many important things going on right now to focus on one top issue this next year. Therefore, I’ll be focusing on federalism issues, civil asset forfeiture reform, grocery sales tax elimination and expanding petition opportunities for constituents.

Answer: Keeping marijuana out of the hands of children. Colorado leaders say the 3 important things they should have done were: 1) eliminate home grow; 2) cap THC; 3) provision for impaired driving. We should respect and let their experience help drive our state policy rather than the industry so that we do not have the same public safety nightmare.

Answer: My priorities are protecting local control, building infrastructure for our future, meeting the challenge of rising wages for state workers, educators and community support providers while balancing our budget. | Chamber News  23

District 10

District 11

Sen. Maggie Sutton

Sen. Jim Stalzer

Republican 408 N. Linwood Court Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 929-1592 Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Republican 5909 W. Bristol Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 838-0354 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: The Appropriations Committee is always my top priority. This session we will have an extensive amount of issues, some that are very divisive, consequently this can sometimes derail our effectiveness in the law-making process, so it will be up to the Legislature and the public to get the facts, listen to the citizens of South Dakota, encourage collaboration and make the best decisions possible for the State.

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Rep. Doug Barthel

Rep. Chris Karr


Republican 7412 W. Luke Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 695-0391 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond.

8713 E. Palametto St. Sioux Falls, SD 57110 (605) 940-5633 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: This session is sure to be a busy one as there are many issues on the table before we even begin. I know I can’t please everyone, but I will do my best to represent the majority of people from District 10 and this great state.

Rep. Steven Haugaard

Rep. Mark Willadsen

Republican 47629 258th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 941-1434 Term: 4th What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Republican 7712 W. Benelli Circle Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 361-6104 Term: 4th What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

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Answer: I plan to continue my work from the adult use sub-committee on marijuana during Session. Although I voted no on both IM-26 and Amendment A, we are still majority rule, and I believe the Legislature owes it to our constituents to follow through with their directions on adult use marijuana. The Legislature has the opportunity to establish a responsible, workable plan for South Dakota.

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District 12

District 13

Sen. Blake Curd

Sen. Jack Kolbeck

Republican 38 S. Riverview Heights Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 331-5890

Republican 1124 E. Plum Creek Road Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 332-6490 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Answer: To maintain a balanced budget for the State of South Dakota. I will be very involved in the Appropriations of the Federal Governments AARP Money. I want to be sure this money is allocated correctly and used for the purposes it is intended. I will work hard for the people to secure some of these funds for our region in and around Sioux Falls.

Rep. Greg Jamison

Rep. Richard Thomason

Republican 6300 S. Grand Prairie Dr. Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (605) 310-1930

Republican Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Answer: South Dakota is an incredible place to call home. In 2022, I will advance efforts to make Sioux Falls and South Dakota even better. It starts with educational opportunities for our youth. We also need to continue to be a business-friendly place that attracts and retains the best workforce in the world.

Rep. Arch Beal

Rep. Sue Peterson

Republican 4001 W. 74th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (605) 336-3034

Republican 6405 S. Killarney Circle Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (605) 371-1668 Term: 4th What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

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District 14

District 15

Sen. Larry Zikmund

Sen. Reynold Nesiba

Republican 2405 E. 52nd St. Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 373-0975 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Democrat 802 S. Willow Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 371-6311 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: My key priority issues are Military and Veterans Affairs.

Answer: My top priority for this session is to ensure that SD teachers, state employees and community support providers receive a cost-of-living adjustment equal to or greater than the 5.9% announced for Social Security recipients. This is not a raise. It is an attempt to avoid falling further behind.

Rep. Erin Healy

Rep. Jamie Smith

Democrat 1509 S. Frederick Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 212-9597 Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Democrat 512 N. Euclid Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 773-3851 Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Answer: I’ll focus on legislation that solves our state’s problems and continue to push for policies that improve the quality of life for all South Dakotans. Policy priorities include: access to mental health care, investing in early childhood education and childcare and making healthcare more accessible to all SD citizens.

Rep. Taylor Rehfeldt

Rep. Linda Duba

Republican 2525 E. Old Orchard Trail Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 391-4378 Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond

Democrat 421 N. Phillips Ave., Apt. 309 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 610-6590 Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

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Answer: We need to work together on public/private partnerships to provide equitable childcare and after school care for working families. We need it to help solve our worker shortage.

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District 16

District 25

Sen. Jim Bolin

Sen. Marsha Symens

Republican 403 W. 11th St. Canton, SD 57013 (605) 261-9669

Republican 1301 Ripple Creek Road, #1 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 (605) 428-3323

Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Term: 1st What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: The biggest challenge for the legislature will be to use the extra federal money wisely. Another will be to fund schools properly as we are now experiencing inflation beyond 3% which is the outer limit for regular funding.

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Rep. David Anderson

Rep. Jon Hansen

Republican 29177 477th Ave. Hudson, SD 57034 (605) 310-1645

Republican 47484 Dells Drive Dell Rapids, SD 57022 (605) 610-8063

Term: 4th What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Term: 2nd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session?

Answer: As I am term limited, I will be working on making sure other things I’ve started in the past are either on course or completed. I do not have any new, major initiatives planned at this time. It has been an honor to serve in the SD House of Representatives.

Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Rep. Kevin Jensen

Rep. Tom Pischke

Republican 27808 484th Ave. Canton, SD 57013 (605) 336-6947

Republican 503 E. 12th St. Dell Rapids, SD 57022 (605) 999-2948

Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond.

Term: 3rd What is your top priority for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session? Answer: Legislator did not respond. | Chamber News  27

Business Advocacy

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce 2022 Legislative Platform In order to develop its legislative platform, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), through its Issues Management Council, conducts research, hears presentations and surveys its members about issues affecting business. These efforts, combined with actively following and monitoring legislative activity, guide our efforts toward developing the legislative platform. The Issues Management Council makes platform recommendations to the Board of Directors who is the final policy decision making body for the Chamber.

Economic Development

Workforce Development

The Chamber supports economic development and Governor’s Office of Economic Development programs including the Revolving Economic Development and Initiative (REDI) Fund, the Future Fund and the Building South Dakota Fund. The Chamber supports workforce focused programs, addressing infrastructure and revolving fund loans, workforce education and housing, and grants to offset certain taxes for qualifying projects. We will continue to monitor the use and impact of these programs and we will closely analyze any legislation that impacts these programs and other economic development efforts in our state.

The Chamber supports expanding workforce housing and support services for workforce development, retention and recruitment that is accessible for low and moderate income individuals.

Tax Increment Financing

South Dakota has limited programs, when compared to other states, to help compete for and leverage business growth and development. One such program that is locally controlled and administered is tax increment financing (TIF) which can be vital to a project happening, re-locating or moving forward in South Dakota. The Chamber supports the appropriate use of TIFs for projects when it is needed to address blight, build infrastructure, encourage workforce housing expansion, promote economic development and/or make public improvements. Further, we support local decision-making in the administration of TIFs.

Transportation and Infrastructure

The Chamber recognizes that a safe, efficient and responsive infrastructure is critical to economic development and commerce in Sioux Falls and throughout South Dakota. The Chamber supports the evaluation of our road, highway, bridge systems, air, rail, water, sewer, telecommunications, public transit and public facilities on an ongoing basis. Funding, including local flexibilities, should be carefully reviewed before new funding is considered.

Business Climate

The Chamber believes our economy is best served by allowing free and open competition in the marketplace in an environment that encourages business development and expansion. Laws that preclude or give advantage to one business structure or arrangement over another ultimately lessen competition and reduce our area’s attractiveness as a business location. Barriers to business investment and capital formation impede growth and economic diversification. Appropriate rules and regulations may be required for a viable free market, but government intrusion should not inhibit or restrict business unnecessarily.

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Drivers License Exams

The Chamber believes a component of workforce development is ensuring employees are able to get to work. With an increasingly diverse population, the Chamber supports legislation to examine or implement drivers’ license testing in languages other than English and Spanish. South Dakota should consider implementing additional multi-language tests to strengthen our workforce development efforts.

The State Budget

The Chamber supports a balanced budget even if it means difficult decisions. Balancing the budget can be done in many ways and the Chamber supports creative solutions in addressing this issue. We continue to see no need for an income tax or major tax increases.


The future of Sioux Falls and South Dakota depends on educating our citizens and developing our workforce to remain competitive on a regional, national and international scale. It is vital to foster an educational system that works in tandem with the business community and government to address and support workforce development initiatives. Quality education is essential for the business community to attract new employers and employees and to educate a growingly diverse workforce. To support our state’s citizens and to meet our workforce development needs, the Chamber supports the allocation of public monies to ensure funds for an equitable, effective and efficient system of pre-K12, technical schools and higher education. Pre-K: The Chamber encourages and supports funding for Pre-K education for all children in South Dakota, including a state-wide study related to Pre-K. K-12 Funding: The Chamber supports efforts to maintain and increase teacher pay and would oppose efforts to rollback past funding levels. Further, we encourage the School Finance Accountability Board and the Legislature to ensure that in the future school districts are held accountable for meeting teacher pay and cash balance targets. We will follow all proposals affecting K-12 funding closely and consider the impact on our members and area schools. We support the findings of the 2021 Teacher Compensation Review Board and encourage legislators and school officials to continue to emphasize school funding and teacher pay.

K-12 Efficiency: The Chamber fully understands the challenges of operating a K-12 system in a largely rural state that is sparsely populated. For their well-being and the well-being of our state, children throughout South Dakota must be assured a quality education as our Constitution outlines. Still, we encourage organizational changes to improve efficiency and permit reinvestment into core priorities like teacher salaries and educational programming. We recognize that some districts that are sparsely populated need additional resources per student to ensure a quality education. However, some districts choose to remain small and additional financial subsidies in those instances should be critically reviewed. We encourage the use of technology-based instruction to enhance access to master teachers and course topics that are not available in our smaller districts. We discourage school districts from utilizing recruitment and busing to lure and transport students from one district to another. If at all possible, school districts should not be financially incented to recruit students. In short, efficiency and organizational decisions need to be made to reflect changing demographics and to meet the needs of our K-12 learners.

City Sales Tax for Infrastructure: The Chamber has consistently supported a proposal to permit municipalities to impose a sales tax for infrastructure purposes, provided there is an affirmative vote of the municipality’s residents and the tax is tied to specific projects for a set period of time. We believe this type of local control proposal is the best way to determine the need for such a tax and measure the willingness of local citizens to impose a tax in their community.

Technical Colleges: As demand for a technically skilled workforce continues to grow, South Dakota’s technical colleges require the ability to respond programmatically to that demand and the funding for workforce-related programs. Costs continue to rise particularly in regard to serving students in high-cost program areas. The Chamber urges tuition costs for students be lowered to be competitive with surrounding states. The Chamber supports increased investment in the workforce of tomorrow, which is critical for continued economic development. The Chamber also supports continuing progress to enhance local control of our state’s technical institutes to ensure they best serve South Dakota.

The Chamber recognizes the growing diversity of our state’s population and we embrace the opportunities that this diversity provides for a culturally and talent-rich community. We will work with residents, our partners, community and state agencies and elected officials to develop efforts to engage and include all individuals in our state who seek to work side-by-side with us to grow our economy. As we work to meet the workforce expectations evident today and predicted well into the future, legal immigration and refugee resettlement are proven and important strategies. We will also resist initiatives which inappropriately sanction or discriminate against individuals or groups.

Higher Education: The Chamber acknowledges that a highly educated populace is critically important to many individual businesses and to competitively position our community for future economic development. In order to retain our students, the Chamber encourages the expansion of scholarship funding. This includes, but is not limited to, the needs-based Freedom Scholarship, Build Dakota Scholarship and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. We support adequate funding for the Regental system and encourage consideration for funding options for the USD Community College for Sioux Falls to address tuition and service inequalities and new mission opportunities. Further, we encourage more local governance and input into the Community College to better align its programs with the needs of residents and the business community.

Local Government

County Funding: The Chamber is concerned about resources available to counties to address behavioral and mental health, criminal justice costs, and infrastructure needs. We believe alignment with collaborative partnerships and improved funding will benefit the counties.

Health Care

The Chamber recognizes the role the non-profit community plays in providing essential services to our most vulnerable citizens and supports appropriate funding for them. We strongly encourage the state’s reimbursement rates to align with providers true costs associated with those essential services. The Chamber acknowledges the important role of its medical institutions, especially in the current pandemic, and will give additional weight to their recommendations for public health safety.

Diversity and Inclusivity

Property and Business Owner Rights

The Chamber opposes unnecessary intrusions into employer/ employee relationships. The Chamber supports voluntary agreements between management and the workforce establishing compensation, benefits, hours and working conditions. The Chamber supports the employer’s ability to ensure a safe environment for employees and patrons. Each session legislation is introduced that put business and property owners at odds with gun advocates. The Chamber supports the right to gun ownership and the traditions of hunting and outdoor life so prominent in South Dakota. However, we have also maintained that property and business owners have the right to restrict gun possession on their property if they choose. The Chamber will continue to support the rights of property and business owners to restrict gun possession on their property.

Tourism/Visitor Industry

The Chamber supports funding mechanisms for the visitor/tourism industry as it continues to be an important and vital part of greater Sioux Falls and the South Dakota economy. Funding mechanisms include, but are not limited to, the Business Improvement District (BID) tax and the tourism tax. Legislative Platform continued on page 30 | Chamber News  29

Business Advocacy

Legislative Platform continued from page 29

Initiative and Referendum The Chamber believes that South Dakota’s longstanding tradition of allowing direct citizen access to the ballot through the initiative and referendum processes should remain. We encourage an ongoing review of the rules and requirements surrounding constitutional and statutory ballot measures.

Agribusiness Industry

Agriculture has been the primary economic driver in our state since 1889. The Chamber supports legislation that enhances agribusiness in South Dakota, including the expansion of agricultural products, services and technologies.

Sports Wagering

The Chamber supports efforts by the legislature to permit the origin of sports gaming to occur within physical establishments located throughout the state which establishments shall be licensed to perform such activities through a process similar to that of video lottery.


South Dakota voted to legalize medical and recreational use of cannabis in 2020. The Chamber supports efforts by the legislature and regulatory bodies to craft regulations and procedures that take into

consideration employer liability and workplace safety. The Chamber supports local ownership and control related to cannabis. Employer liability is a chief concern as there is not a legal standard for determining when an employee is under the influence and when the employee is cognitively impaired. Additional employer concerns include workplace safety, employer business insurance loss of coverage, and that cannabis remains an illegal substance at the federal level.


The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce places a high priority on safeguarding and conserving both the quality and quantity of our area’s natural amenities. Government, in partnership with business, should share responsibility in conserving, enhancing and protecting our water quality, air quality and land. Landowners and sportsmen should work together to ease conflicts in land access and game management issues, to preserve the economic and quality of life benefits from outdoor recreation. Given the substantial public and private investments to develop the river greenway, and the potential to develop a first-class amenity in our community, strategies seeking to improve the water quality in the Big Sioux and its tributaries should be identified and implemented.

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2022 Legislative Calendar Good Morning Sioux Falls Legislative Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South 5300 S. Grand Circle

DETAILS: Hear from Sioux Falls area legislators about their goals for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. Breakfast will be served. This event is sponsored by the Chamber’s Diplomat Committee and Issues Management Council. Cost: $30 RSVP:

Greater Sioux Falls Legislative Coffees Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022–Districts 6, 11 and 15 Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022–Districts 9, 13 and 14 Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022–Districts 10, 12 and 25 10–11:45 a.m. Southeast Technical College, 2320 N. Career Ave. The Hub Auditorium

Good Morning Sioux Falls 2020

DETAILS: Legislative Coffees are conversations with legislators from districts 6, 9-16 and 25. The public can submit questions and the conversations are moderated.

Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 Pierre, SD Luncheon: Capitol Rotunda

DETAILS: Join other chamber members for a daylong bus trip to Pierre to see the state legislature in action. More information on the day’s agenda coming soon. RSVP:

Business Day at the Legislature Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 Pierre, SD

DETAILS: Sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Legislative Coffee 2020

Key Legislative Session Dates Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 – Session begins Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022– Crossover Day Thursday, March 10, 2022– Session ends Monday, March 28, 2022 – Veto Day

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Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard, addresses South Dakota state senators during a stop on their tour of Sioux Falls.

Senate tour showcases Sioux Falls Last month, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce hosted 28 South Dakota state senators for a day in Sioux Falls. The Chamber worked with Lloyd Companies, the City of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, to create a bus tour showcasing our city’s progress. The tour was designed to inform senators on the needs of the community, such as workforce housing, infrastructure, workforce and more. Storytelling is an important component of advocacy work. The team assembled to tell the Sioux Falls story included: Mayor Paul TenHaken; Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard; Jake Quasney, Lloyd Companies; Jeff Scherschligt, Pendar Properties; Jason Bieber, City of Sioux Falls; Dean Dziedzic, Sioux Falls Development Foundation; and the Chamber’s Jeff Griffin, Debra Owen and Justin Bentaas. The trade area in our region is the largest in the state, with the next tier being less than half of the greater Sioux Falls area. From 2015 to 2020, our community added more than 22,850 new residents – equivalent to the city of Watertown, South Dakota. Because of the success of the area there can be the misconception that this region’s needs are less urgent than the smaller trade areas. Evidence such as our 14.6% decrease in housing affordability since 2020 contradicts that notion.

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The Sioux Falls host team crafted a narrative that was both informative and engaging for the senators. The bus tour touted the southeast region’s success while also demonstrating the challenges of our rapidly growing metro area. The tour included specific areas of focus that relate to the Chamber’s legislative agenda for 2022: • Workforce housing • Southeast Technical College • Sioux Falls School District • Infrastructure • Workforce The senators were thanked for their legislative support of recent local projects, including The Link ($3M), the Sioux Falls Airport bill ($1.9M) and the continued support of the State Veteran’s Cemetery.

Business Sense

Six steps to create a thoughtful communications plan for your next crisis No business is immune to crisis. Your next crisis could be as straightforward as a supply chain issue, as personal as a very public personnel dispute or as devastating as a ransomware attack. The good news is that creating a crisis communications plan for a variety of possible issues will prepare your organization for the worst-case scenario. A thoughtful crisis communications plan also is a gift to your fellow leaders and employees across your organization. Create a crisis communications plan now following these six simple steps.

Message maps can help. Write the framework of news releases and internal email templates. Remember, both those communicating and those listening will be under stress, and people under stress have difficulty hearing, understanding and remembering information. Even statements regarding complex issues must be short, concise and in plain language. Choose three main points you want to reinforce and keep repeating those statements. Stick to the basics of who, what, when, where, why and how. Heather Hitterdal H Squared Communications

1. Define your crisis communication goals and values. Your communications goals during a crisis likely will be more precise than your everyday organizational objectives and could be quite different. When considering the values your organization would want to express, make sure honesty, consistency and authenticity are at the top of the list. Actionable goals and well-defined values will help those communicating have a solid foundation to guide them through their messaging. 2. Identify roles and responsibilities. Designate a chain of responsibility for who needs to be notified when a crisis occurs and the role each person has in navigating the crisis. Keep in mind that the ideal person to lead your crisis communications effort may have a different role entirely on a normal day in your organization. Make sure your designated spokesperson has direct access to decision makers, email distribution lists and company social media accounts. Keep your attorney within arm’s length too. 3. Determine your target audience. Some crises may impact only your employees. Others have farreaching effects on your customers or clients, the public or other stakeholders. Narrowing your audience to the people who need to hear your communications will help your message have more impact. Who are the people you are trying to reach? What do they need to hear? How will they feel when hearing this message? How do you want them to respond to what you say? Who might hear your message outside of your target audience?

5. Create a communication tactics inventory. Maintain a checklist of every possible communication method available to your organization, from social media to news conferences to internal emails to printed or electronic signs. That way, when a crisis occurs and your staff is under pressure, they will know they have covered all their bases. The primary communication tactic in a crisis is often social media because it reaches your audience quickly. But old posts also can become quickly out of date, so always link them back to a website where the most up-to-date information resides. 6. Include applicable policies, procedures and other documents. Incorporate guidance documents that might be beneficial to those communicating during a crisis. These might include brand standards manuals, voice documents, organizational charts, a notification tree with phone numbers of leaders in the chain of responsibility, social media guidelines and more. Once your crisis communications plan is finalized and approved, don’t leave it in a binder on a shelf to get dusty. Communicate it organization wide, and especially to those who will play a part in executing it. Practice and update the plan at least annually. When the next crisis occurs in your organization, you will be prepared and ready to face it head on. Heather Hitterdal owns H Squared Communications, a consulting company specializing in communications strategy, social media planning, crisis communications and community engagement. Previously, she led the communications effort for the City of Sioux Falls from 2013 to 2018 and worked in health care marketing. Learn more at

4. Prepare template messages in advance. During a crisis, information needs to be shared quickly, so anticipate the most likely crises and the questions your audience will ask. Then answer those questions with brief talking points in advance. | Chamber News  33

Using Your Membership

Always Buy Chamber It’s as easy as A-B-C

As a teenager, I once gave a presentation to the board of directors of my local Chamber of Commerce. After the presentation, I remember thinking, “Wow, this is a very respected organization, and what an honor that they wanted to hear from us.” Today, what I’ve learned through my career experiences and, more specifically, over the last four years as a Chamber staff member, is that your local Chamber of Commerce is much more than just a respected entity. It is a community of businesses and people that support each other and work together for mutual success. Holly Rader

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

As you prepare your shopping lists this year, please consider keeping the cheer here...

One way that you can support your fellow chamber members is to practice the A-B-Cs. What does this mean? Always Buy Chamber. In other words, when you need to buy – whether it is a business expense or a personal purchase – look to Chamber member businesses first. Practicing the A-B-Cs means supporting a family that took the risk to make their dream become reality by opening a small business. It means continuously building your community by choosing to shop with locally-based employers. It means keeping your sales tax dollars in your home state to reinvest in education, health, human and social services, and other state programs. The holiday season is the perfect time to remind yourself of the options you have in your own backyard. As you prepare your shopping lists this year, please consider keeping the cheer here… in the community you call home. Here are a few ideas to get you started: • A trending gift you can give this year is experiences. Get out and explore Sioux Falls with your family and friends. • Planning to go the gift card route? Choose local restaurants and retailers, or consider purchasing your cards through your local bank. • When shopping for a hard-to-buy for family member, gift a service! You can find a Chamber member business for everything from landscaping to car washes. You can A-B-C from the comfort of your couch! Shopping local doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hit the streets. Most Chamber member retailers have an online shopping option. In fact, many retailers expanded their online platforms as a result of the pandemic. Visit our Member Directory on to search for Chamber member businesses. Regardless of how you shop, choosing locally-based businesses is a way you can continue to support this amazing community that we call home. When you buy local, you keep the cheer here by keeping your sales tax dollars in the community. Your investment to our local economy is what makes Sioux Falls a thriving and vibrant place to live, work and play.

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DE & I

DE&I Article Series

Beyond diversity


Smithfield Foods creates community by Elizabeth Duffy Tolcha Mesele is living his dream as a builder in Sioux Falls, but what he’s building can’t be seen by the naked eye. As Senior Manager of Community Development at Smithfield Foods, Mesele builds community and connection. His role is focused on establishing and strengthening relationships with area nonprofits, businesses and governmental organizations. “Sometimes that means financial donations, but a lot of times, it just is reflecting what the interests of your employees are and making sure that everybody has a chance to live a good life, to raise a family, to pursue their dreams and their goals and make sure that nobody is left out from those conversations,” he said. Smithfield is one of the largest employers in the Sioux Falls area, with thousands of employees who speak dozens of different languages. With those numbers, diversity is no longer a goal in itself. Part of Mesele’s role is to ensure Smithfield’s leadership is in touch with issues that are important to its employees. Mesele explained that informal figureheads often speak for a group of employees to relay their current concerns. Mesele then connects with area nonprofit organizations that may help address the issue. “We’ll learn from there and then go back to our employees to see if that matches up with what they need,” he said. “But there really isn’t a shortcut to it at all.” In recent years, Mesele was hearing from a lot of employees that their kids were falling behind when they got to kindergarten because they had not attended preschool. To narrow that gap, Smithfield joined forces with the Hope Coalition, a local organization that works to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend preschool. “It has made a huge impact,” said Mesele. “But you don’t get that information unless you talk to the employees to find out.” Mesele serves on various boards, like the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Lutheran Social Services and the Sioux Empire United Way, as a way to prioritize relationship-building with area service agencies and business organizations. “I see how [these organizations] make a concerted effort to make sure Smithfield’s voice is represented and that our employees feel that resources are being effectively deployed in areas such as education, economic development, health and human services, resettlement, literacy, family services and overall happiness,” he said. While the larger community connections are important, Smithfield has independently developed several powerful programs to integrate equity into their company culture. Mesele believes that developing programs in response to employee concerns is important for building trust and showing the company cares about its employees on a personal level. One such program is their scholarship program with the University of South Dakota

and South Dakota State University, which awards significant college scholarships to dependents of employees. “It came about from just talking to a lot of employees,” said Mesele. “It’s a big unifier, no matter where you’re from, what language you speak, what your religion is, all parents want their kids to have a better life than they did.” In addition to identifying shared values and concerns among employees, Smithfield takes care to ensure employees at every level feel included and valued. One of their favorite ways to create community is by having potlucks. “Every potluck is amazing with dozens and dozens of different countries represented,” said Mesele. He sees how much it means to employees that management takes time to celebrate with them, meet their families and learn about their cultures. “It’s a chance to show pride and talk about different cultures and what that food means to them.” Mesele knows how important cultural insight can be to a work setting. He came to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, and he identifies as Ethiopian. One day, a colleague came to him for advice about how to address conflict between groups of employees who were all Ethiopian, but from conflicting tribes. Mesele explained that because coffee originated in Ethiopia, it can be a powerful unifier in Ethiopian culture. “No matter what tribe you’re from, that’s something you’re very proud about,” he said. Taking Mesele’s advice, the colleague brought his employees together over a pot of Ethiopian coffee and found a common connection, leading to open conversation and a lasting resolution. Like other area businesses, Smithfield is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring everyone has a seat at the table. Mesele believes it goes beyond what we can see and hear at work. “We need to make sure we’re engaged in all parts of our employees’ lives,” he said, “not just their work lives.” | Chamber News  35

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Addressing housing concerns requires multifaceted approach Across the nation the housing shortfall continues to dominate the conversation in many communities. In Sioux Falls, it’s a topic of concern that I hear about frequently—often even daily. I recently spoke at the Realtor Association general membership meeting, and housing was the key issue. From the expansion of existing businesses to new businesses opening, Sioux Falls’ growth is continuing at a record pace and with that brings record workforce and housing needs. A sufficient housing supply is critical to recruiting and retaining our city’s workforce to sustain our economic growth.

Mayor Paul TenHaken City of Sioux Falls

We have a housing shortage in part because we have a city of record opportunity right now.

While housing demands have recently become more apparent in Sioux Falls, our attention to housing as a foundational element for economic growth is not new. When I took office in 2018, I developed a One Sioux Falls framework to focus on the city’s most pressing issues, including housing. That decision to create housing as an administration priority has helped to lay a foundation to deal with today’s housing opportunities. It’s important to retain perspective with our city’s housing challenges. We have a housing shortage in part because we have a city of record opportunity right now. We must continue to adapt to our community’s housing needs as Sioux Falls grows and we’re tackling this complex issue through a diversified approach that is focused on partnerships and collaboration. Our 2026 Housing Action Plan serves as a multifaceted framework to help solve today’s challenges, with focus areas on land, workforce, public incentives and partnerships, design and building standards, and infrastructure. We’re already seeing success in several areas. Business partnerships such as Millard Acres, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create 26 affordable twin homes, are important areas of opportunity. We have also increased support of Southeast Technical College to address workforce shortages in the trades, and with the City Council, created a Housing Fund to generate creative approaches to affordable housing. Recent stats from Planning and Development Services for apartment units and single family homes that are permitted and under construction show we will be constructing a record number of housing units in 2021. This is great work, and it’s clear we cannot take our foot off the gas pedal. A July 2021 survey from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association noted an unprecedented vacancy rate of a little over 3 percent in Sioux Falls. HUD housing vacancy rates are even lower—at less than half a percent of units available. We know that occupancy rates are cyclical and the private sector is working hard to get ahead of the need again. Our continued collaboration with partners across the state to develop additional housing strategies is essential, as no one entity has all the answers. During my monthly roundtable with regional mayors, housing collaboration continues to be an urgent discussion topic. Working together across the state and region to develop the infrastructure and quality of life that residents want and businesses need is crucial to ensuring our growth is sustainable and our region remains investable. We must look at housing needs with the understanding that all types of housing—new construction, existing home reinvestment, multi-family and single family—are important. We also need to think differently about density. Increasing density in appropriate locations is essential to supporting population growth to ensure we are maximizing land and infrastructure. These changes will help connect our neighborhoods, along with promoting an economically sustainable future for Sioux Falls. We recently created the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Division, which brings our teams that address housing and neighborhoods together and working to keep existing Sioux Falls neighborhoods investable. This division is working with property owners and meeting with neighborhood associations on keeping property up and crime down within our neighborhoods. Finally, I need to mention the growing need for felon-friendly housing in our city. As men and women released from incarceration re-enter our community, we must work to lessen the stigma around housing for felons and create fair opportunities to have affordable, reliable places for them to call home. The saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” is apropos especially with housing. Let’s continue working together to address our community’s housing challenges, knowing that this collaboration will collectively benefit our community, region and state in the years and decades ahead. Paul TenHaken is Mayor of the City of Sioux Falls. He took office in May of 2018.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce offers a ribbon cutting ceremony or member spotlight video for members to celebrate joining the Chamber, milestone anniversaries, expansions or remodels. The public and all Chamber members are invited to share in the celebration. Call (605) 336-1620 for more information or to schedule your event. Groundbreaking ceremonies are coordinated by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Call (605) 339-0103 for more information or to schedule your event.

Augustana University Men’s Hockey Program


33rd St. and Grange Ave., Sioux Falls Augustana University is constructing a new $40 million Midco Arena. The facility will be home to the Viking Men’s Hockey program, set to take the ice in the fall of 2023. L to R: Alex Ramirez, Pat Costello, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Ron Moquist, Jill Aanenson, Paul Hanson, President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, T. Denny Sanford, Dr. Pam Homan, Pat McAdaragh, Josh Morton, Kevin Westgarth, Shannan Nelson and Dan Moylan.

Betz Blinds

1111 W. 41st St. Betz Blinds specializes in custom window treatments. They recently moved to a new, larger location on 41st Street. L to R: April Meyerink, Kristy Aeilts, Scott Lawrence, Adam Nielson, Jay Soukup, Sheila Hoff and Jim Nielson.


Cherapa Place


300 N. Cherapa Place Cherapa Place will be a vibrant urban neighborhood consisting of four buildings and a parking structure. The $225 million development will include luxury condos, apartment units, and office/retail space. L to R: Alex Ramirez, Derick Larson, Chad Surprenant, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Nate Hall, Damian Kozlowski, Jeff Scherschligt, John Barker, Jose Vizcarrondo, Greg Garry, David Doxtad, Ryan Harris, Kurt Loudenback and Anne Haber.

Elite Autoworks LLC

5200 W. 8th St. Elite Autoworks LLC is a full-service automotive repair shop specializing in foreign and domestic automotive services. L to R: Dino DePerno, Jay Soukup, Jennifer Zitterich, Jameson Zitterich, Justin Zitterich (owner), Justin Zandstra and Anna Jankord.


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EllyO Home

1908 W. 42nd St. EllyO Home offers affordable furniture and décor as well as staging services with in-home consultations. L to R: Anna Jankord, Jennifer Hoesing, Lynda Billars, Karlee Friese, Ellyse Carter, Brett Carter, Nathan Stallinga, Kathy Olsen and Justin Zandstra.


Harvester Kitchen by Bryan


196 E. 6th St. Harvester Kitchen by Bryan is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday. They offer innovative American cooking with welcoming hospitality. L to R: Jill Entenman, Rebecca Connelly, Scott Lawrence, Adam Reitsma, Doug DeGroot, Bryan Moscatello (chef/partner), Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Jim Entenman (managing partner), Nichelle Lund, Lynda Billars and Jaime Moscatello. | Chamber News  39

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Ribbon Cuttings

Kids ‘R’ Kids Academy

2201 W. Trevi Place Kids ‘R’ Kids Academy is a franchise offering first-class preschool learning centers to communities around the world. The facility will provide care for up to 255 students and is anticipated to open in May 2022. L to R: Alex Ramirez, Kurt Loudenback, Leslie Smith, Michael Smith, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Chelsea Schull and Tyler Tordsen. GROUNDBREAKING


114 S. Main Ave. McGough is a premier general contractor and construction management firm offering full-service real estate capabilities. L to R: Ryan Rau, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Kristin HoefertRedlinger, Jay Soukup, Brad Wood, Clark Hagen (general manager), Josh Muckenhirn, Angela Lammers, Brian Sittig and Garrett Tvinnereim. NEW MEMBER | Chamber News  41

Ribbon Cuttings

The Premiere Playhouse


315 N. Phillips Ave. The Premiere Playhouse creates exceptional theatre through education, accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration to enrich the community. L to R: Alex Newcomb Weiland, Jazlynne Williams, Rick Weiland, Malia Lukomski, Scott Lawrence, Anna Jankord, Jay Soukup, Robin Byrne, Jill Clark, Luke Salerno, Cindi Johnson, Amber Sumner, Nadiah Abuswai, Chris Berke and Jesse Jensen.


4615 N. Lewis Ave. POET celebrated their first solar farm, which will help power the company’s corporate headquarters in Sioux Falls and showcase its ability to construct similar projects for others. L to R: Jim Hill, Scott Lawrence, Kristin HoefertRedlinger, Jeff Broin (CEO), Nichelle Lund, Rod Pierson, Andrea Carstensen, Lynda Billars and Ron Steffen. EXPANSION


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41st St. and Veterans Parkway PowderHaus, developed by Talon LLC, is a 425-unit multifamily development. It is slated to be the largest in Sioux Falls to date and is within walking distance of Ben Reifel Middle School and Inspiration Elementary School. L to R: Brad Dietzenbach, Josh Kruger, Pat Costello, Lori Boote, Steve Boote (CEO), Jerad Higman, Nathan Stallinga and Jeff Eckhoff. GROUNDBREAKING

Still Standing

3502 W. 41st ST. Still Standing is a brand that represents struggle, triumph, failure and success. L to R: Melissa Heard, Doug DeGroot, Kayla Eitreim, Micheal Johnson, Darrell Smith (CEO), Lucas Fiegen, Stephanie Holsing, Nichelle Lund and Mo Newson.



Member Anniversaries Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating their milestone membership anniversaries this month. They are part of a continued commitment to our community through their investment in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Chamber membership, contact (605) 336-1620 or Find a complete Membership Directory online at

Founding Member

25 Years

5 Years


Real Estate-Commercial


Josten Concrete Products Co., Inc.

45 Years

Sioux Empire United Way Nonprofit-Community

40 Years

Convergint Technologies Technology Services

Family Dental Center

Dental Care & Orthodontics

North Central Heart Institute

Physicians & Surgeons

Siouxland Heritage Museums Art Galleries & Museums

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Bender Commercial Real Estate Services

The Barrel House

Sioux Falls Builders Exchange

KeySolutions EAP

South Dakota School for the Deaf

First Year Reinvestors

Building Materials

Vocational Training

20 Years

Employee Benefits

Brandon Valley Journal Associate Member

Party Land

Central Plains Bat Removal

15 Years

Lisa Aust Photos

Specialty Retail

Gusso Surety Bonds, Inc. Financial Services

Pest Control

Artists & Photographers

Mini Critters Pet Village Pets

New Members 12-15 Cleaning

Cleaning Services Jacqueline Donaldson, (605) 400-9600

AFLAC – Jami Gates

Affiliate-Insurance Jami Gates, (712) 204-2252

Aust Strategy

Business Consulting Brian Aust, (605) 295-1492

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sioux Falls Real Estate-Residential Austin Nielsen (605) 274-1024 1205 E. 57th St., 57108

New members are printed in each issue of Chamber News. Following is a list of businesses or individuals who have invested in the greater community by joining the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. An online Membership Directory can be found at Want to become a member? Call (605) 336-1620.

Elite Autoworks LLC

The Parkwood

EllyO Home

The Premiere Playhouse

Generation V E-Cigarettes & Vape Bar

PS Garage Doors of SD

Harvester Kitchen by Bryan

Red Bear Venture

Auto Repair & Services Justin Zitterich, (605) 271-6614 5200 W. 8th St., 57107

Home Furnishings Elly Carter, (605) 231-5443 1908 W. 42nd St., 57105

Specialty Retail Sarah Linden, (605) 275-8505 5215 W. 26th St., 57106

Associate Member

Restaurants Bryan Moscatello, (605) 271-2015 196 E. 6th St., Suite 101, 57104

Carsley Golf

Hope Harbor

Richard E. (Dick) Brown

Sporting Goods Dave Riffey, (715) 790-6688

Cultivated in Love

Catering Landi Schweigert, (605) 830-0508 6300 W. 41st St., 57106

Greg Doohen Realty Group Real Estate-Residential Greg Doohen, (605) 728-2383 6300 S. Connie Ave., 57108

Associate Member Cindy McKittrick, (605) 354-8332 219 N. High St., Marshall, MN 56258

IRA Financial Trust Company

Investing James Johnson, (605) 496-9181 5024 S. Bur Oak Place, Suite 200, 57108

Jane Rae Events

Nursing Home, Assisted Living & Independent Living Lindsay Wiese, (402) 431-0500 7800 S. Western Ave., 57108

Associate Member Robin Byrne, (605) 367-6000 315 N. Phillips Ave., 57104

Garage Doors Jared Langenstein, (605) 743-3667 47496 271st St., 57108

Financial Services Juliann Talkington, (850) 387-3751

Skyline Construction Roofing and Restoration Exterior & Roofing Kenny Hartzell, (605) 310-4993

Ray Trankle

Associate Member

The Transformation Project

Associate Member Susan Williams, (605) 610-8579 401 E. 8th St., Suite 214-3022, 57103

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Five Questions

Five questions is a monthly feature on a Chamber volunteer, Chamber member or staff member. Want to be featured here? Call (605) 336-1620.

Five questions with Tami Brown Tami Brown is the owner of The Spice & Tea Exchange of Sioux Falls. It is an independently owned and operated franchise that offers premium, loose-leaf teas, custom spice blends, gourmet salts, flavor-infused sugars, spices and herbs, unique gifts for the food and tea lover, and a to-go tea bar. Tami is an educator at heart, and loves helping customers learn about new teas and spices. Tami holds a bachelor’s degree from SDSU and a Masters in Education from USF. She taught high school English for 25 years before becoming an entrepreneur. Tami is married to Vernon and they have one daughter, Emma.

Why does your company choose to be a Chamber member? We joined the chamber in order to be part of the local business community. We have seen some of the work done on the behalf of small, local businesses and being a member helps us have a voice when issues arise that may affect our store.

Share a lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur.

Tami Brown

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Sioux Falls

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One thing that stands out in my mind is that I learned early in our tenure that Sioux Falls and area residents are huge supporters of local business. I thought I had a good sense of that before we opened, but the pandemic showed me just how much people love their local businesses. In the early (and financially devastating) days of COVID, people called and ordered things just to make sure we were selling items and had cash flow. We had people buy gift cards and then not redeem them until long after sales picked back up. Our loyal customers called and asked if we were okay, if we were going to make it and if they could do anything to help. Those were dark days, but our customers and fellow business owners had our backs, so to speak. Sioux Falls is truly a great place to own a business.

What is your personal favorite of the products you carry? I find this changes with the seasons, but Black Truffle Garlic blend is a constant for me. I mix it with butter and melt over steaks, use it in pasta or on potatoes, and it’s a great popcorn seasoning. My favorite tea is an herbal called Mint Basil. I always tell people it’s like a party in my mouth with layers of peppermint, light basil and cardamom, and then a sweet licorice root finish. It’s good hot or iced, and it won’t keep me awake at night. I also love black tea, so Golden Monkey and Apricot Ginger are favorites.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you? My students were always surprised that their nerdy English teacher actually loves 80s hair bands and hard rock as well as football. I don’t fit some of the usual stereotypes of a bookish English teacher (now spice store owner).

If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be and why? If I had to pick one, I think I would choose to be front and center when Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. Not to get too “AP English Teacher”, but it is a short but masterful piece of writing. Coupled with the sentiment of keeping the Union together and the reminder of citizens’ responsibility to maintain our democracy as it was intended by the Founding Fathers, the speech stands as one of the best in American history. Lincoln was a gifted writer, for sure.

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