Chamber News Vol. 57, No. 4
A PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Poppens Family named Farm Family of the Year Dana Dykhouse is Agribusiness Citizen of the Year
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In this issue Feature
Poppens Family named Farm Family of the Year . . . . . . 23-25 Dana Dykhouse is Agribusiness Citizen of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Top stories Celebrate agriculture at the 2022 Sioux Empire Livestock Show. . . 28 Candidate school conducted for next generation of civic leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 In this issue Message from the Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Event Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9 Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-20 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Headlines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29, 32 Business Advocacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Using Your Membership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 DE&I Feature Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Business Sense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-41 Member Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-43 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Five Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 ON THE COVER
The 2022 Sioux Empire Livestock Show will be held Jan. 25-30 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.
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Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair The holidays are behind us, but the good memories linger on our minds and hearts. As I sat at my holiday table surrounded by friends and family, I gave thanks for the abundance of fresh and wholesome food and for the people working hard in agriculture to make that possible. I was lucky to be able to count many local producers and farmers in my table’s offerings.
Alex Ramirez 2021-22 Chair of the Board
(We) gratefully recognize the importance of agriculture to our state and our economy.
Welcome to the annual agriculture issue of Chamber News magazine! Agriculture continues to be one of the largest drivers of local and state economy. Even if you do not directly work in agribusiness, we are all touched by it in one way or another. From the food we serve on our table to the clothes we wear every day. Not to mention the business that the rural residents of our state bring when they come to Sioux Falls for shopping, dining, healthcare, banking and much more. Agribusiness is one of the pillars of the Chamber, and we are blessed to have many volunteers who serve and participate with our Agribusiness Division. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show returns in January. This event is a huge undertaking that brings many visitors and dollars to our community. And it wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of volunteers who are passionate about agriculture. People come from all over the U.S. to show, buy and sell livestock. The visitors stay in our town and contribute to our local economy. If you own or work at any business locally you have benefited by this event and others like it. I look forward to yearly events like Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions. It’s probably the only time you can have a fantastic steak meal (my favorite) in a barn, with a sawdust auction ring and cattle, sheep, hogs and goats competing for the champion ribbons. Have you ever seen a pristinely clean hog dusted with purple glitter? It’s a sight to behold! My wife and I get to wear jeans and boots, and gratefully recognize the importance of agriculture to our state and our economy. We love meeting the families and businesses that make it possible. There is a ton of great content in this issue beyond farming and agribusiness — including several pieces about the 2022 legislative session. Rest assured that your Chamber is constantly advocating on your behalf for business-friendly policy at the state level. Thank you again for the privilege to serve as your Chair, and I wish you a wonderful start to the new year!
2021-22 GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP
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
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Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For a current listing of all Chamber events, visit siouxfallschamber.com, read the weekly edition of Quickly, or call (605) 336-1620. You can register and pay for events online at siouxfallschamber.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Frontier Bank & The Diamond Room, 3501 W. 57th St.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
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. New executives in the community will also be introduced. Breakfast will be served. COST: $30 RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com
Morning Mingle Wednesday, Jan. 19
7:30 – 9 a.m. Sanford Profile, 1900 S. Minnesota Ave.
DETAILS: Join the Chamber for a fun and energetic morning networking opportunity. Drop by for a cup of coffee and great conversation with other members of the business community. COST: Free
Sioux Empire Livestock Show Tuesday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 30
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building, 100 N. Lyon Blvd.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Jer Events 2101 W. Industrial Place, Tea $5 admission or use your Mixer Pass
DE & I
Good Morning Sioux Falls Legislative Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 6
Fundamentals of unconscious bias Wednesday, Jan. 12 Fundamentals of inclusive leadership Wednesday, Feb. 9 Sessions are 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Zoom COST: Free RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com 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.
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. For more information, visit siouxempirelivestockshow.com.
Mayor’s Round-up and Sale of Champions Friday, Jan. 28
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 ticket, $400 for a table of 8 RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com
Legislative Coffees Saturday, Feb. 5 (Districts 6, 11, 15) Saturday, Feb. 12 (Districts 9, 13, 14) Saturday, Feb. 26 (Districts 10, 12, 25)
10 – 11:45 a.m. Southeast Technical College, 2320 North Career Ave.
DETAILS: Legislative Coffees are an opportunity to interact with your local legislators by asking them questions regarding current legislation. Legislators from each district representing the Sioux Falls area are invited. COST: Free
Morning Mingle Wednesday, Feb. 22
7:30 – 9 a.m. Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons, 1101 S. Marion Road
DETAILS: Before your day gets too hectic, join the Chamber for a fun and energetic morning networking opportunity. Drop by for a cup of coffee and great conversation with other members of the business community. COST: Free
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To RSVP to any of these events, visit siouxfallsypn.com or call (605) 373-2002. Visit siouxfallsypn.com for a full list of events.
Focus Workshop: Understanding cryptocurrency and its evolution into our everyday lives Tuesday, Jan. 11 Noon – 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200
DETAILS: The birth of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency began over a decade ago as a niche and unique industry. This space now has completely disrupted traditional finance and other industries and now it has reached a meaningful inflection point. Businesses today are trying to understand what this is, how it has grown so rapidly, and how it will affect them in the future. Presented by Kyle Pickner, Chief Trust Officer, Plains Commerce Bank. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Plains Commerce Bank. Limited to the first 30 registrants. COST: Free
Morning Buzz Thursday, Jan. 13
7:30 – 9 a.m. Starbucks, 3601 W. 41st St. DETAILS: Join other YPN members at Starbucks on Louise and 41st for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee). Morning-minded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at our January Morning Buzz. COST: Free
A Seat at the Table with Kerri Tietgen Thursday, Jan. 20
Noon – 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200 DETAILS: Get to know Kerri Tietgen, CEO of EmBe, at this Seat at the Table event. Advanced registration is required. COST: Free
Off the Clock Thursday, Jan. 20
4 – 7 p.m. Wiley’s, 330 N. Main Ave. DETAILS: Join us for January’s Off the Clock! In true YPN fashion, you will have a chance to make new friends and business connections by networking in a relaxed setting. No registration required – just show up and encourage other young professionals or colleagues to join you. COST: Free
Reservations for Six Wednesday, Jan. 26
Noon – 1 p.m. Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub 236 S. Main Ave. DETAILS: Get to know other young professionals in the community in a small setting and support a Chamber member restaurant at the same time! Reservations for Six is a networking lunch with no agenda, just a meal out with your peers. Limited to the first six to register!
Find us on social media or visit siouxfallsypn.com
A Seat at the Table with Riccardo Tarabelsi Wednesday, Feb. 9 4 – 5 p.m. R Wine Bar, 322 E. 8th St.
DETAILS: Get to know Riccardo Tarabelsi, owner of R Wine Bar, at this Seat at the Table event. Advanced registration is required. COST: Free
Off the Clock Thursday, Feb. 17
4 – 7 p.m. Lupulin Brewing 2425 S. Shirley Ave., Suite 112 DETAILS: Join us for February’s Off the Clock! In true YPN fashion, you will have a chance to make new friends and business connections by networking in a relaxed setting. No registration required – just show up and encourage other young professionals or colleagues to join you. COST: Free
COST: Free, food & drink on your own.
Our Sioux Falls Empower Campus Tuesday, Feb. 1
Noon – 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200 DETAILS: Learn about the new and growing Empower Campus at this Our Sioux Falls event, co-hosted by YPN and Emerging Leaders. COST: Free
Morning Buzz Thursday, Feb. 3
7:30 – 9 a.m. La Luna Café 701 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 125 DETAILS: Join other YPN members at La Luna Café for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee). Morningminded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at our February Morning Buzz. COST: Free
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 siouxfallsypn.com.
Social Action Team
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 4 – 5 p.m.
Personal & Professional Development Action Team
Thursday, Jan. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.
Civic Engagement Action Team Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Social Action Team
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4 – 5 p.m.
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you can bank on. JANUARY
This calendar is a sampling of local events, concerts, fundraisers, seminars and more compiled from siouxfallsevents.com and experiencesiouxfalls.com/events. Visit these websites for a complete listing of events happening in the Sioux Falls area, or for more details on the events listed here.
First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls
Frosty Frolics at Family Park
Eric Church at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
19th Annual Celebrity Night Out
That Golden Girls Show at Orpheum Theater
Reba McEntire at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
SDSO: Radiant Rachmaninoff
Schoolhouse Rock Live at Washington Pavilion
Sioux Empire Livestock Show
Raise Expectations Your at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
All events are subject to change. 26-28 Sioux Falls Farm Show Please check the online events at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center calendars for the most recent updates. 26 Jennifer JohnsonShen Yun at the Washington Pavilion 27-29 Vice President Branch Manager 28 NMLS 47075829
The Good Night Theatre Collective presents: Suspect! A Murder Most Musical
ResGen Men’s Summit
Collaboration you can
Raise Your Expectations
Casey Tomac Vice President NMLS 591693 ID 405612
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Hairball at Sanford Pentagon Ice Fish Fest at Catfish Bay
The Premiere Playhouse presents: Lombardi
The Premiere Playhouse presents: The 39 Steps
Fiddler on the Roof at Washington Pavilion
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Scotty McCreery at The District
Sioux Falls Winter Carnival
2022 Summit League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships
The Premiere Playhouse presents: Lombardi
“I Am, He Said,” A Celebration of Neil Diamond
Morgan Wallen: Dangerous Tour with HARDY & Larry Fleet
SDSO: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at Washington Pavilion
The Premiere Playhouse presents: The 39 Steps
55th Annual Sioux Empire Sportsmen’s Show
Trophy Gun Show
The Choir of Man at the Washington Pavilion
The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: A Bingeworthy Cabaret
Potted Potter at the Orpheum Theater
Blippi The Musical
Sioux Empire on Tap
13th Annual Compass Center Gala
Barks and Brews
Dakota Coffee Festival
The Music of John Williams at the Washington Pavilion
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
An Evening with Leo Kottke
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
NSIC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament
Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour at The District
Cole Swindell: Down to the Bar Tour
Hairspray at Washington Pavilion
26- Mar 1
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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
CUMULATIVE YEAR TO DATE
6,912 permits 0
MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL
Source: City of Sioux Falls
City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value November 2021
CUMULATIVE YEAR TO DATE
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted
Agriculture Trends October 2021
14.0 $1015.3 million $408.0 million
400 $729.8 million $314.4 million
$669.9 million $267.1 million
(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota
Source: City of Sioux Falls
Total Construction Value
2021 New Non-Residential Construction Value
7.0 $5.58 $5.47
Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview November 2021
Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)
(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota
New Listings: 365 Days on the Market Until Sale: 74 Median Sales Price: $256,000 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 848
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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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 email@example.com.
Fiegen Construction Co.
Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort
The Lynda B. Advantage Keller Williams
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
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 Lucas Fiegen, Fiegen Construction Co., three years as an ambassador; and Justin Zandstra, First National Bank in Sioux Falls, two years as an ambassador.
Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. AdvantageLynda Billars KW, received the ACE Award for November. Billars was also recognized as the top-selling ambassador at the conclusion of the Chamber’s fall membership drive. Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, was the top Chamber Builder during the fall drive. She was also recognized as the diplomat of the month for December. The Event Champion for December is Jennifer Hoesing, DakotAbilities. Event champions are recognized for their consistent
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attendance and participation at Chamber events and ribbon cuttings. The diplomat team of the month for December was Team Sittig: Captain Brian Sittig, CNA Surety; Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; Pam Olinger, ELO CPAs & Advisors; Sharon Haselhoff, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; and Nichelle Lund, Holiday Inn City Centre.
New Faces & Promotions First PREMIER Bank has hired Spencer Ulrich as a financial advisor associate in its Investment Services division. Ulrich was an intern for the bank prior to joining brokerage services. He received bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting and finance from the Augustana University. In addition, the bank has promoted Dillon Temple to small business banker. In his new role, Temple will establish and maintain personal and business customer relationships. He is located at the bank’s main office in Sioux Falls. Temple is a Sioux Falls native and graduated from the University of South Dakota. First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard promoted two employees. Erik Osterkamp is promoted to IT Process Manager, Internal Audit Officer. Osterkamp has more than 17 years of professional experience with expertise in information technology, information security, risk management and regulatory requirements. He performs and manages internal audits and manages external audit engagements. Osterkamp is a member of International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, Information Systems Audit and Control Association
(ISACA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and a vetted member of FBI InfraGard. Ryan O’Toole is promoted to Internal Audit Officer. O’Toole has more than five years of experience in the financial industry and is responsible for completing annual risk assessments on various business units, builds and leads audits. O’Toole serves as treasurer for the Sioux Falls Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Attorney Elle Onisciuc has joined the Sioux Falls office of Goosmann Law Firm. Her areas of practice include civil litigation and family law. Onisciuc received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota and completed a clerkship at the South Dakota Supreme Court. She served as production editor on the South Dakota Law Review and received a Harvey C. Jewett IV Writing Award for writing a case note. Onisciuc is licensed to practice in South Dakota.
Dakota Wesleyan University has named Daniel Kittle as its 21st president. Kittle is currently the vice president for student life and dean of students at Wartburg College in Iowa. He will begin his presidency in March of 2022.
Insight Marketing Design hired Katrina Vyborny as an associate account executive. She will work closely with clients to create marketing solutions and manage projects. Vyborny is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.
First International Bank & Trust has named D. Patrick Franklin as Director of Wealth Management. Franklin has thirty years of experience in managing business operations, systems administration, client relationship management and strategic planning. He also
Leadership Hugo Barron is the new executive director of the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership. Barron succeeds Jim Schmidt, who retired at the end of 2021 after leading the organization for 25 years.
has more than a decade of experience in the oil & gas industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP), Certified Trust Operations Professional (CTOP) and holds a Certification in Options Processing and Trading.
Good Deeds Dakota Credit Union Association President & CEO Jeff Olson has been elected chair of the board for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues. The organization includes credit union leagues from across the country, political affairs professionals and national and state regulators. Olson has led the Dakota Credit Union Association since 2015. Prior to that, he was the EVP of Governmental Affairs for six years.
KELOLAND Media Group will donate $200,000 in airtime to 15 nonprofit organizations in 2022. The Avera Tradition of Caring in KELOLAND grant program will award grants to local nonprofit organizations to provide a television and digital advertising campaign for education and awareness of their organization. The organizations receiving grants are: Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire; Bread Break; The Center; The Compass Center; Face It Together; Kids’ Chance of South Dakota; Make-A-Wish of South Dakota and Montana; Project Car; REACH Literacy; Teddy Bear Den; Area IV Senior Nutrition; The Right Turn; Lifeways; WAVI; and YMCA of Rapid City.
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Faces & Places
Honors & Awards CPA Practice Advisor has named Aaron Clayton, Eide Bailly LLP, to its 2021 list of 40 Under 40 professionals. The award recognizes the top practicing public accountants, educators and thought leaders who are leading their profession by visibly and incrementally changing the accounting profession through their exemplary leadership, their innovative thinking, their collaborative efforts to provide unity to the profession across the generations and their community outreach which extends the visibility of the profession outside the workplace. Epicosity was awarded 35 MarCom Awards for excellence in marketing and communication. The award list includes 13 Platinum Awards, 11 Gold Awards and 11 Honorable Mention designations for work created over the past 12 months. The recognized work was
created for clients including American Bank & Trust, Dacotah Bank, Levo Credit Union, Muth Electric, South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota State University and Sioux Falls Regional Airport, among others. The MarCom Awards, which is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, is one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. The Sioux Falls Development Foundation honored the late Tom Kelley with its Spirit of Sioux Falls Award at their 2021 Annual Meeting. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the economic growth and development of Sioux Falls. The award honors
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the memory of David Birkeland, Angus Anson and Roger Hainje, who perished along with Governor George Mickelson and other state officials and staff in 1993 as they returned from an economic development mission. Kelley was the longtime CEO of Gage Brothers and was active in many areas of the community. Ramsey Bartscher, Bender Midwest Properties, was the overall winner of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association’s 2021 Maintenance Mania competition. The competition is a way to spotlight the “unsung heroes” of the housing industry. Participants race to complete water heater installation, key control, icemaker installation, fire and carbon monoxide safety installation, and click lock plank installation.
1-4 Quality Telecommunications hosted the
December Membership Mixer at The District. Darcy Christenson welcomed attendees. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and networking at the Chuck Norris-themed event.
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Faces & Places
5-7 Jane Rae Events and Pigott opened their doors to Chamber members for coffee and networking at Morning Mingle in November.
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8 8-9 The Chamber’s Issues Management
Council hosted a legislative mixer with legislators from local districts. The event was an opportunity to discuss issues affecting Sioux Falls that are expected to come up in the 2022 legislative session. 10 A Seat at the Table offers YPN members the chance to get to know a local business leader in a small group setting. Reggie Kuipers, president of Bender Commercial Real Estate, was a recent featured guest.
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Faces & Places
11-14 The Kringle, the annual holiday party of the Young Professionals Network, was held Dec. 9 at the Old Courthouse Museum. Sponsored by Pinnacle Productions, Inc., the festive event attracted more than 150 people. Attendees were encouraged to bring a donation for the clients of DakotAbilities. Photo 12 courtesy Pinnacle Productions, Inc.
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17 15-16 David Owen, president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, offered Chamber members a preview of issues expected in the upcoming legislative sessions. 17 New members of YPN gathered for an orientation session and some networking over lunch.
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Faces & Places
19 18 YPN members learned about the origins, evolution and future of Startup Sioux Falls during a recent Community Connections tour. 19-20 Coffea Roasterie hosted YPN members for Morning Buzz at their Louise Avenue location.
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GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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.
THE FURNITURE MISSION OF SOUTH DAKOTA APRIL 1, 2022–JULY 31, 2022
MCCROSSAN BOYS RANCH NOV. 1, 2022–MARCH 31, 2023 SIOUX FALLS SKATEPARK ASSOCIATION NOV. 1, 2021–MARCH 31, 2022 $1.35 MILLION
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.
ACTIVE GENERATIONS APRIL 1, 2023–JULY 31, 2023
To add a second Active Generations location on the east side of Sioux Falls.
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Agriculture Each year the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Division recognizes a Farm Family of the Year and an Agribusiness Citizen(s) of the Year. A subcommittee of the Agribusiness Division nominates deserving families and agribusiness citizens to be considered for the award and the voting members of the Agribusiness Council choose the winners. The 2022 Farm Family of the Year is the Poppens Family of Lennox, South Dakota. Dana J. Dykhouse is the Agribusiness Citizen of the Year. Both the Poppenses and Dykhouse will be recognized at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show and at the Agribusiness Division Awards Banquet in the spring. The Farm Family also shares their expertise by sitting on the Chamber’s Agribusiness Division Council for the year.
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named Farm Family of the Year
By Wendy Sweeter For the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce The Poppens family of Lennox, South Dakota, continues the farming tradition of generations before them. The Poppens family has been selected as the 2022 Farm Family of the Year by the Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Dave Poppens’ grandpa built the house his nephew, Eric, now lives in northeast of Lennox in 1928. Dave’s dad, Robert, and his siblings grew up on that operation and his brother, Gary, lived in that same house from the mid-1970s to 2006 when Eric moved into the home. Dave grew up farming, along with raising hogs and feeding cattle. After graduating high school in 1975, Dave, his dad and two brothers, Ron and Gary, incorporated the farming operation and started the OK Corral.
“The best I can figure out is my dad liked westerns so I don’t know that there’s much conversation on what the name would be or if that’s just a name that dad picked up. When we incorporated, that was the name we picked out,” Dave said. Once incorporated, the hog operation ended and the operation focused on feeding cattle and farming. They were primarily feeding cattle at his parents’ place in the beginning. Then when Gary moved onto their grandparents’ place, they built three Harvestore silos and expanded the feedlot there. In the early 1980s, Ron and his wife, Cheryl, bought a place south of the main operation that was set up for a dairy.
(Left) Eric Poppens combines corn west of Lennox. (Below) The Poppens Family of Lennox is the 2022 Farm Family of the Year. Left to right: Trippten, Ariana, Desiree & Brian Poppens; Charis & Dave Poppens; Faith, Eric, Hunter & Ginger Poppens; and Cheryl Poppens.
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Above: Dave and Eric Poppens work in a partnership for their family’s operation, the OK Corral. Right: Hunter Poppens shows his sheep at the Lincoln County 4-H Achievement Days.
“That was set up for milking, but we turned it into a feedlot,” Dave said. “That feedlot was modernized so it meets the EPA standards for a 499-head feedlot. Eric’s was also designed for 500 head in the ‘70s. Eric’s place we usually do 350 is comfortable.” They custom feed for customers in the Upper Midwest.
or all the way to finish will depend on how long they stay in the yards. In 2006, Gary stepped away from the operation and went into real estate, which he has since retired from. They went through a buy-sell agreement when Eric came into the operation.
“We just custom feed. Majority come from North Dakota or Montana, South Dakota or Wyoming,” Eric said.
Eric’s dad and Dave’s brother, Ron, passed away in the summer of 2020.
The Poppenses usually start having calves come into the yards in August or September. They usually come in at about 750-800 pounds. This year they came in about 500-600 pounds. Depending on if they are feeding them to background
“It was a challenge to keep things going, but we made it. We had people that wanted to help with harvest and things,” Dave said.
2022 FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR
OK Corral, The Poppens Family Dave & Charis Poppens Cheryl Poppens Eric & Ginger Poppens, Hunter, 16, and Faith, 14 Brian & Desiree Poppens, Trippten, 15, and Ariana, 12 Hometown: Lennox, South Dakota
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The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Sioux Empire Livestock Show is an annual celebration of the importance of agriculture in the region. Beginning in 1954, each January, agricultural producers and members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events, from livestock shows and sales, to junior judging competitions and a trade show.
Eric’s 16-year-old son, Hunter, has been stepping into the operation more. He has nine of his own cows. His herd started with two 4-H heifers and Hunter received a junior herdsmanship award from a bank in Chancellor that allowed him to purchase five more head. Dave’s son, Brian, has also started working in the farming operation more. For the past 19 years he has run his own painting business in Sioux Falls. He has always been around to help with harvest, but he is getting more involved in the farm now. In the farming operation, they usually keep about 120,000 bushels of corn to feed cattle throughout the year. They also put up silage for feed. The remaining corn crop they sell, along with their soybeans. The Poppens family has been involved in the community for many years. Dave’s parents served as 4-H leaders and the township board. Cheryl was a 4-H leader and now Eric’s wife, Ginger, is a 4-H leader. Eric just started on the local conservation board. Dave was on the school board for eight years, and he served on the church board the South Dakota Soybean Association and a national director on the American Soybean Association board. He is currently on the local CHS board. “People should get involved with something. If you have kids and want to be involved in what they’re in, whether it’s 4-H or FFA or whatever it is, get involved with it and help support it. They always need leaders,” Dave said.
As a $25.6 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture directly impacts the economy of greater Sioux Falls. The success of the Livestock Show is directly related to the efforts of several area businesses, individuals and producers who devote their time and talents to the event. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show has an estimated economic impact of $3 million. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show is hailed as one of the largest feeder steer shows in the region. Six breeds of cattle will compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse in 2022. The show features the best regional market livestock shows and sales and plenty of commercial exhibits. The $12,000 Supreme Row competition is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor (gold), The First National Bank in Sioux Falls (silver) and Runnings (bronze). This competition is for purebred cattle. The purse is split between the buyer and the consignor of the animal that places at the top in this best of all breeds award of both the bulls and heifers. The name of Sioux Empire Livestock Show was changed in 2018; it was previously known as the Sioux Empire Farm Show. The Show’s purpose remains the same as when it began in 1954: to strengthen the ties between the urban and agricultural communities, support livestock producers and exhibitors, provide educational programs and exhibits, and promote the importance of agriculture in our region.
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2022 AGRIBUSINESS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
LaDawn and Dana Dykhouse enjoying Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Family: Wife, LaDawn; son, Dan, and his wife, Kris, and their three boys, Bennett, Trace and Baylor; and daughter, Alana, and her husband, Josh Breske, and their two children, Lola and Bo Hometown: Rock Rapids, Iowa Education: B.S. Animal Science, South Dakota State University
is Agribusiness Citizen of the Year By Wendy Sweeter For the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dana J. Dykhouse has been selected as the 2022 Agribusiness Citizen of the Year by the Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Banking was not always the career goal for Dykhouse, the long-serving president of First PREMIER Bank. Growing up on a small family farm near Rock Rapids, Iowa, Dykhouse’s parents were CPAs. His dad would say he needed something to do after sitting at a desk for eight hours, so they ran a small crop operation with cattle, a few hogs and Quarter Horses. “There’s no better way to grow up. I mean that sincerely,” Dykhouse said. “I get to talk to a lot of student groups, a lot of graduations. I say the one thing that you learn about growing up on a farm is that you have responsibility for something other than yourself. I think that’s something that’s really lacking for kids.” 26 Chamber News | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022
Dykhouse went to South Dakota State University to play football and major in animal science. He had aspirations of going to vet school, but notes his grades were not good enough to pursue that career path. “I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I discovered about my fourth year at SDSU you would’ve needed about double the grade point average and it was next to impossible to get into veterinary medicine school. It would’ve been easier to be a medical doctor than a vet at that time, so I had to find a different career route and it worked out,” he said. After graduating with his degree in animal science, Dykhouse and his wife, LaDawn, moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he got his first job out of college. While he was just looking for a job after graduation, his first job with Production Credit Association as a branch manager and ag loan officer prepared him for his years in the banking industry. He notes he was working as an ag lender in the ‘80s during the farm crisis. It was the days of 18 percent interest and high leverage.
Above: The Dykhouse family celebrated the Fourth of July at Sutton Bay. Right: Dana Dykhouse rides his horse, Cooper, at their Wyoming ranch, The Rockin’ D.
“It was a difficult time in ag lending. It was good experience as a banker to go through those types of times,” Dykhouse said. “You want to make sure in the rest of your career you avoid that. Thankfully we have. It’s been a real pleasant experience in banking for the rest of my career.” After a few years in Lincoln, the family moved to Sioux Falls when Dykhouse accepted a position with Western Bank as an ag banker for their Hartford, Humboldt and Colton branches. Through his experience at Western Bank, he had the opportunity to learn many aspects of banking. He put his experience on the farm to work in his roles with Western Bank for 11 years. “Whenever there was some area that needed to be fixed or an area that had a problem, I’d raise my hand and say I’ll learn about it and fix it. It gave me a good background over those years of all aspects of banking, so when I had the opportunity to come here as president, I was really prepared for that, having seen a lot of different parts of banking,” he said. Dykhouse is now in his 27th year with First PREMIER Bank. When he started, the bank was about a $150 million bank with about 150 employees at five locations in eastern South Dakota. Today, it is about a $3 billion bank with about 2,400 employees at 16 banks in eastern South Dakota. It includes a credit card division, electronic funds transfer business and ATM service business. He notes banking has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. He remembers the days of counter checks and having to recognize the signatures on the check to determine whose account they should come out of.
Now, technology has taken over banking. Most of their customers interact with them by text message, the internet or other electronic means. Even though customers are interacting differently with the bank, relationships remain important. “In my observation in 40 years of banking, they have changed the way in which they interact, but the relationship doesn’t change. They still want to have that relationship with the customer and with their banker,” Dykhouse said. “PREMIER’s vision is, even though those ways of interacting and communicating and transmitting documents and money change, the relationship won’t. That’s a constant. That’s what we look for.” In addition to his growing up on a farm and having multiple roles in banking, he credits FFA and his instructor who put him in public speaking contests as an instrumental event in his life that has helped him in his career. “No matter what your job is, to be able to put your thoughts or words into a way in which you can convince other people of your plan, or of your goal, or of your vision is just critically important. When we did all those years of speaking contests, they helped really organize your thoughts and how to present yourself and present your ideas,” Dykhouse said. “So an FFA speaking contest was a big deal to me.” Dykhouse will be formally recognized as the 2022 Agribusiness Citizen of the Year at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions on Jan. 28, 2022. chambernews.com | Chamber News 27
Celebrate agriculture at the 2022 Sioux Empire Livestock Show The Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts the Sioux Empire Livestock Show each January at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The 2022 show will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and run through Sunday, Jan. 30. Now in its 69th year, the show features more than 1,000 agricultural exhibits throughout the week of the annual event. People travel from around the country to buy and sell purebred cattle, watch the market livestock shows and visit the trade show. The trade show is set up on the north side of the Expo Building and runs Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 26-27. The event features exhibits ranging from agricultural products, animal supplies and agricultural services to western clothing boutiques, colleges/universities and home goods essentials. Attendees can visit with industry experts from across the nation. All events associated with the Sioux Empire Livestock Show are free to attend. Whether you are returning to your agricultural roots or getting your first introduction to South Dakota’s largest industry, the Livestock Show is a fun way to support ag in our area.
Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions The Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions is the culmination of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from across the community gather to show their support for the ag industry by participating in a dinner, livestock auction and silent auction. The program features a presentation of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer from the week’s purebred shows, an auction of the best market livestock and recognition of the 2022 Farm Family of the Year and the 2022 Agribusiness Citizen of the Year. In addition, a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses will be held. All proceeds from the silent auction go to fund scholarships for youth exhibitors. 28 Chamber News | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022
Friday, Jan. 28 Expo Center (north side), W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds 5 p.m. Social, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program/Auction Cost: $400 for a table of eight, individual tickets are $50 RSVP at siouxfallschamber.com
The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for youth producers to attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. In 2021, more than $60,000 in premiums was paid out to 25 market livestock producers. A successful Sale of Champions encourages these youth livestock exhibitors to return to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, as well as pursue a career in the agricultural industry. As a business, when you participate in the Sale of Champions, you demonstrate your support for agriculture. Buyers who participate in the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions are paying a premium to the market livestock producer. This means you are not purchasing the animal on which you are bidding, rather the dollar amount is in addition to the market price they receive for their animal. Livestock premiums can be purchased by cooperative bidders to increase buying power. Partnering with another business is a great way to bump up the premiums for the young producers. Contact a member of the Chamber’s Agribusiness Division if you would like more information on how to partner.
Schedule of Events TUESDAY, JAN. 25
FRIDAY, JAN. 28
Mini Trade Show, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
4:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcome to Sioux Falls! Kickoff Party
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prospect Calf Show
5 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H/FFA Invitational Calf Show
9 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Goat Show
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26
5 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social
Trade Show, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
6 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions $12,000 Supreme Row Cash Awards Presentation, Sponsored by Tri-State Neighbor, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls and Runnings
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simmental Show 8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hereford Show 9 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angus Show 9 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Limousin Show 10 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Other Breeds (AOB) Show 1 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simmental Sale 2 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angus Sale 2:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hereford Sale 3 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Limousin Sale
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Center Tickets available at siouxfallschamber.com
SATURDAY, JAN. 29
Mini Trade Show, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
3:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Other Breeds (AOB) Sale
10 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breeding Heifer Show
THURSDAY, JAN. 27
SUNDAY, JAN. 30
Trade Show, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Swine Show
1 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest
3 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Beef Show 5 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Market Lamb Show 7:30 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supreme Row Judging
BARN HOURS ARE FROM 5 A.M.-11 P.M. DAILY.
Schedule subject to change
8 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supreme Row Social
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Candidate school conducted for next generation of civic leaders The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce continues to encourage businesses to support their employees who have an interest in running for public office. This would include serving in both local (school board, city council and county commission) and state (legislative) office. Electing business-friendly policy makers will ensure our region continues to enjoy a strong economic climate with a robust economy. At the request of our volunteer leadership, in 2020 the Chamber established a political action committee, BIZPAC, to support candidates with business acumen. Debra Owen
Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
...we need to create a pipeline of people who are prepared to step forward and become policy leaders in our city and state.
The Chamber believes that business-friendly policy makers should be in the room when important decisions impacting our community are made. To ensure this happens, we need to create a pipeline of people who are prepared to step forward and become policy leaders in our city and state. As we seek to engage and encourage those business-friendly policy makers, this year the Chamber took the next step and organized a pilot version of a non-partisan candidate school. The program was titled Developing the Greater Sioux Falls Next Level of Civic Leadership (NLCL) and it sought to support individuals who are considering a future run for public office. Whether the participants are in the early stages of considering a run for office or are ready to file the paperwork tomorrow, NLCL was a crash course in everything that goes into running for a local or state office. The pilot program of the NLCL, which was held in November of 2021, sought to educate and empower the next generation of civic leaders. The goal of the program was to give participants a deeper understanding of what it takes to run for and to serve in public office. The three-session program offered information about the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government, provided a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of serving in public office, and equipped participants with the knowledge and skills to run a campaign. Eighteen business-friendly community leaders participated in the pilot NLCL program. Attendees gained the following benefits and skills: • Participants heard from nearly 30 current and former elected officials, campaign managers and political insiders on the merits and challenges of running for and holding public office. • Participants expanded their knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government. • Participants expanded their networks by connecting with other passionate, civic-minded community leaders. • Participants now have the opportunity to be mentored by a former elected official to help them strengthen their platform and make decisions about their personal civic journey. The undertaking of creating and launching NLCL was no small feat. The Chamber could not have undertaken such a large project without the help, support and expertise of our members. We want to thank the nearly 30 elected officials and campaign experts who provided the content for NLCL. In addition, we thank those individuals who attended who are considering public service.
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Engage in the legislative process The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce engages in advocacy on behalf of the business community. As a Chamber member, your input is valued and helps set the direction for the Chamber’s work. Participating in a Chamber legislative event is one way you can maximize your membership. The annual Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature is a way to connect members to the legislative process and an opportunity to show support for issues affecting the Sioux Falls area that are being discussed in Pierre. The all-day event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. It allows Chamber members to meet and visit with state legislators and see the legislative process first-hand. Participants depart Sioux Falls early in the morning and travel on coach buses to Pierre. A mid-morning arrival time provides the opportunity for participants to observe committee meetings taking place throughout the Capitol building. The Chamber hosts a luncheon in the Capitol Rotunda that includes legislators and top government officials – giving Sioux Falls Day participants direct access to leadership. In the afternoon, participants can watch the full legislature in action as the House and Senate are in session.
Cost to participate in Sioux Falls Day is $60 for the full day, $30 to only ride the bus or $30 to only attend the luncheon. To register, call (605) 373-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Legislative Coffees are another opportunity to interact with local legislators. The Chamber will host three Legislative Coffees featuring legislators from Districts 6, 9-16 and 25. The Coffees provide a forum for constituents to hear about current bills and communicate with their elected officials—a vital aspect of forming legislation. They are also an opportunity for citizens to learn more about legislators’ positions, to ask questions and to formulate a better understanding of the impact that a prospective law might have upon them. The Coffees will take place from 10-11:45 a.m. on February 5, 12 and 26. All three sessions will be held in the Hub on the campus of Southeast Technical College. Finally, you can keep up with activity happening in Pierre through The Chamber Advocate, which is emailed to members and posted online at chambernews.com each Friday during session.
Attending the Chamber’s legislative events gives you one of the best returns on investment for your membership dues. Events such as Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature, Good Morning Sioux Falls, and the legislative coffees are all excellent opportunities to interact one on one with your Sioux Falls area legislators and to get their perspectives on issues being considered in Pierre. As business leaders, it is important that we take every opportunity to educate our elected officials about issues of importance to us. Take advantage of your membership and get involved with the legislative process by showing up in support of your Sioux Falls Chamber. —Pam Bonrud, NorthWestern Energy
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Using Your Membership
Make networking work for you By Pat Lund Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
We all know networking can be an effective and efficient way to promote yourself and your business. For some people, it might be easier said than done though. That is why the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce offers networking opportunities in a variety of formats – so you can find one that works for you. Our signature networking event is the monthly Membership Mixer. These are held monthly, typically on the second Tuesday, from 4:306:30 p.m. Chamber member businesses host the Mixers, and welcome guests into their facilities. Mixer sponsors see the value of bringing together Chamber members to network and connect. In addition, they enjoy the opportunity to educate others about their business. Mixer attendance typically ranges from 150-200 people…but don’t let the numbers intimidate you! There are volunteer Diplomats at each Mixer who will be happy to greet you and help you get started networking. Quite often, people who feel a bit apprehensive about walking into an event with so people in attendance are surprised by how many people they actually know in the room, either from work relationships, their kids’ school activities, or even people from their neighborhood. Morning Mingles are another option for those seeking to network. Like Mixers, these are hosted by Chamber member businesses at locations around Sioux Falls. These events tend to be smaller, with attendance ranging from 40-80 people. As the name suggests, Morning Mingles are held at the start of the day, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending by 9 a.m. The ultimate goal of both Mixers and Mingles is to provide an environment where you can form connections that will help you grow your business or expand your professional sphere. Both events can be “drop by” participation, so if you can’t stay for the whole event from start to finish, that’s no problem. While these two events are networking-focused, the opportunity to connect is woven through almost all Chamber events. We encourage you to maximize your chamber membership by attending an upcoming event where you can make networking work for you!
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Upcoming Mixers Tuesday, Jan. 11
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Tuesday, March 8
Tuesday, April 12
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Frontier Bank & The Diamond Room, 3501 W. 57th St.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Jer Events 2101 W. Industrial Place, Tea
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reliabank 608 W. 68th St.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Concrete Materials 1500 N. Sweetman Place
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Seventy years of resettlement
LSS welcomes refugees to South Dakota by Elizabeth Duffy In the wake of World War II, Congress enacted refugee legislation to allow the resettlement of over 250,000 Europeans who had been displaced from their homes. In 1948, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) became South Dakota’s first and only resettlement agency when they formally resettled a group of Lutherans from Lithuania. Since that time, the places refugees flee from have changed based on which part of the world is experiencing conflict, but many of the key components have stayed the same. For one, LSS continues to be the only agency in South Dakota to provide resettlement services, in furtherance of its mission to serve. Unfortunately, the other consistent factor is the increase in the number of refugees in the world. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, a refugee is a person who “generally, has experienced past persecution or has a wellfounded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” In other words, refugees are fleeing imminent danger in their home countries. “People can have less than 24 hours’ notice before they have to leave their home, and they often have family members who’ve been killed,” said Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, chief executive officer of LSS. In short, no one hopes to be a refugee. Even though a person flees their home country, it’s unlikely they will be resettled in another country.
Knudsen “Less than 1% of the world’s refugees ever LSS get resettled into a third country,” said KiesowKnudsen. “Most people stay in their refugee camp or stay in that second country until the conflict subsides and then go back home.”
For that small percentage of people who can’t return to their home countries, being resettled isn’t as simple as raising a hand. There are international, national, state and local funnels to pass through before resettlement can occur. The extensive process can take anywhere from 18 months to 18 years. “In the United States, we have a family reunification program. Most cases that come into South Dakota are connecting with family that are [already] here,” said Kiesow-Knudsen. “We want to make sure that people are positioned for the best chance of success in their new communities. We find that if they are surrounded by others from their same ethnic background, same language and especially their family, they’re going to be more successful.”
The great news for South Dakota employers is that refugees are eligible for employment from the first day they arrive. LSS helps each refugee find employment, coordinates housing and provides extensive community orientation. “We have a great network of volunteers who serve as mentors who come into our English language classrooms and help students with their English language skills,” said Kiesow-Knudsen. “We have a very supportive business community and a long track record of working with employers here to place people into employment.” LSS gets calls from businesses seeking employees every day, but there are not enough refugees resettling in South Dakota to fill the open positions. Businesses who are fortunate enough to employ refugees understand that the challenges of language barriers and learning new social cues are far outweighed by the incredible work ethic and loyalty displayed by refugee employees. “We understand the value and importance of a culturally diverse workforce and are working in a number of ways to ensure our employees represent the communities we serve. Hiring refugees is just one step we’ve taken to bring diverse experiences and perspectives to our organization, and we’ve seen the positive impact on both employee engagement as well as our culture,” said Natasha Smith, head of diversity, equity and inclusion at Sanford Health. “We want every employee to feel like they belong here and are contributing to our vital mission of bringing health and healing to our patients.”
Natasha Smith Sanford Health
LSS assists with cultural integration, matching each refugee family with a volunteer mentor who can acclimate them to American cultural traditions. Other volunteer opportunities include teaching English language classes, which is critical for refugees, half of whom are children, to enjoy long-term success in the Sioux Falls community. With our friendly nature, business-friendly environment, and quality schools, South Dakota is nationally known to be a great resettlement site. Taking the time to gather accurate information about the process is key to maintaining a welcoming community. “This is probably the most controversial program that we have in the agency,” said Kiesow-Knudsen. “But I always appreciate when people take the time to call and ask their questions.” For more information on refugee resettlement or to volunteer, contact Lutheran Social Services at (605) 731-2000 or visit lsssd.org.
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Does farm business accounting matter? What is one of the most important jobs on the farm that is also the most neglected job? Without a doubt, it is the farm business accounting portion of the operation. Many operations view this task as a necessary evil, making it a job that may only be completed once a year before the meeting with the bank or before it is time to file a tax return. Most operators would agree that managing the farm’s finances is one of the most imporAdam Bormann tant jobs on the farm despite the neglect it ELO CPAs & Advisors receives. There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, flowing through the farm’s account each year. Yet there is a simple question that goes unanswered: “Did the operation make money last year?” This cannot be determined by simply looking at the balance in the checkbook. Most farms keep their accounting on the cash basis of accounting because that is how the Schedule F on the tax return is reported. This means that income is recorded when there are deposits and expenses are recorded when there are checks written. If deposits are greater than checks written, an operation made money that year, right? Not necessarily. Let’s look at how deposits and checks flow through in a crop year. Often, the farm is collecting income and writing checks that cover three crop cycles. For example, in 2021, operations will have likely sold 2020 and/or 2021 crop; paid for 2021 overhead expenses such as insurance, repairs and utilities; and will pay for 2022 crop inputs such as seed, chemical and fertilizer.
Moving to an accrual basis is the first step for an operation to allow its accounting system to start paying dividends for the farm. Accrual accounting transforms your accounting system from a purely compliance tracking system to a managerial tool that increases visibility that allows an operation to make more informed decisions to drive profitability. It answers these simple yet complex questions of: • “Are we profitable?” • “Which crops are making us money?” • “Are we in a good working capital position?” • “Are we cash-flowing enough to cover our debt payments?” • “Should we take on that ground at that price?” Given the dollars and risk that is at stake in farming, these are important questions to know the answers to. Getting your accounting system moved from cash to accrual accounting can be a tough task for those unfamiliar with the structure and process. Working with a trusted agribusiness advisor that not only understands accounting but also understands the business of farming is critical to your success. An agribusiness advisor can be much more than just someone to manage your taxes, they can understand everything you go through as a farmer. They can be a key business partner to help provide you with accurate financial information that drives decision making in your operation. Farm sustainability is what this boils down to. It is a desire of farmers to pass the farm down to the next generation and to leave the land in better shape.
Couple this with the fact that an operation’s revenue fluctuates daily with changes in grain and livestock prices – accounting on the farm is more complex than it gets credit for. In fact, it is more complicated than most small businesses due to constant fluctuations of input costs, output value and the inconsistent flow of those expenses and revenues. So, what’s the answer?
There is a missing piece to that equation for this to happen – financial stability. What would happen if an operation placed as much emphasis on passing on a better financial position to the next generation? Doing so will enhance the chances that there is a viable and profitable operation there for the next generation. That is what leaving a legacy is all about.
Accrual accounting is the answer to this problem. To describe it simply, accrual accounting is the way an operation thinks about the farm’s year. If an operation completed harvest after harvesting a record crop with a profitable price, they would say it was the best year on record. At the end of the year though, why don’t the financial statements reflect that success? That begs the question, what good is an accounting system if it cannot answer the simple question - “Did we make money this year?”
Adam Bormann, CPA, is an agribusiness professional with ELO CPAs & Advisors, a leading southeastern South Dakota accounting and consulting firm with offices in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Yankton, Huron, Chamberlain and Miller.
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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.
6009 W. 41st St., Suite 4 amedisys.com AseraCare Hospice is an independently owned and operated, premier hospice provider serving Sioux Falls and 27 surrounding counties in South Dakota. L to R: Michelle Helm, Lynda Billars, Lenn Patterson George, Jay Soukup, Jennifer Doblar, Lucas Fiegen, Holly Hines (director of operations), Anna Jankord and Steve Nelson. NEW MEMBER
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sioux Falls Real Estate
1205 E. 57th St. bhhs.com Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. L to R: Lorna Nielsen, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Anna Jankord, Frank Perdichizzi, Valerie Loudenback, Austin Nielsen (president, broker), Lynda Billars, Andrea Carstensen and Shelby Fideler.
City of Sioux Falls Public Safety Campus
4300 E. 60th St. N. The Public Safety Campus will be a 42-acre campus along east 60th Street at Sycamore Avenue. It will have facilities for police and fire training (tactical and classroom), Public Safety Answering Point, Emergency Operations Center and departments administration. L to R: Chad Westrum, K9 Robi, Curt Soehl, Gerald Beninga, Brad Goodroad, Matt Burns, Jon Thum, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Matt McAreavey, Rick Kiley, Dean Karsky, Gene Peska, Rod Harms and Holly Brunick.
Friends of Eastbank Friends of Eastbank supports the artists, musicians and makers that document life along the Big Sioux River. L to R: Jeanine Visser, Lynda Billars, Jim Heroux, Brian Sittig, Alex Ramirez, Stacy Evangelista (president), Cheryl Longseth, John Nelson and Beverly Eckholt.
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3608 S. Southeastern Ave. interimhealthcare.com/sxfallssd Interim HealthCare celebrated 30 years of excellence in home healthcare and supplemental staffing. L to R: Vickie List, Justin Zandstra, Jay Soukup, Abigail Woodford, Paul Millman, Lori Millman, Nathan Stallinga, Carly Manahan, Doug DeGroot and Nancy Bartz. MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY
2020 W. Trevi Pl. parkwoodlife.com The Parkwood, an Essex community, will be an active 55+ rental community located near 85th Street and Western Avenue. The community will be three stories, have an underbuilding garage and will offer one-and two-bedroom floor plans, some including an option with a den. L to R: Alex Ramirez, Lindsay Wiese, Mike McGillick (CEO), Mayor Paul TenHaken, Pat Costello, Julie Bennett and Todd Klein.
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2308 S. Westlake Dr. pillardental.com Pillar Dental has grown and relocated to Lake Lorraine. Along with beautiful views, the lakeside location offers increased appointment availability with the addition of Dr. Tara Palmer. L to R: Dustin Bonn, Lynda Billars, Kayla Eitreim, Dr. Tara Palmer, Anne Pillar (owner), Bobby Barlett, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Brian Sittig. NEW MEMBER
South Dakota School for the Deaf
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4101 W. 38th St., Suite 101 sddeaf.org South Dakota School for the Deaf (SDSD) moved to its new location in November 2019. SDSD serves children ages birth through high school graduation living in South Dakota who have been professionally identified with a varied hearing status. L to R: Beth Driesen, Jim Riswold, Tony Venhuizen, Nichelle Lund, Andrea Carstensen, Kim Wadsworth (superintendent), Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Jay Soukup, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Dr. Sarah Johnson and LeAnn Grate.
Thunder Road Entertainment
201 N. Kiwanis Ave. thunderroadsiouxfalls.com Thunder Road Entertainment celebrates its 25th year and the opening of its new indoor facility. L to R: Bill Peterson, Justin Zandstra, Kim Haiar, Kayla Eitreim, Ryan Friez (owner), Kameron Nelson, Al Novstrup (owner), Joey Rotert and Samuel Huntington.
3101 W. 41st. St., Suite 211 tiger29.com Tiger29 creates organic search engine optimization campaigns that generate traffic, leads and sales for our clients. L to R: Brad Jans, Marc Pickelman, Jay Soukup, James Gaspar, Lynda Billars, Lucille Kleinjan, Pete Kleinjan (founder), Nathan Stallinga, Evelyn Kleinjan, Tom Kleinjan, Johanna Kleinjan, Katherine Kleinjan, Carol Kleinjan and Jess Eiesland. NAME NEW MEMBER CHANGE
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find a complete Membership Directory online at siouxfallschamber.com.
Founding Members Argus Leader | LOCALiQ Publications argusleader.com Member since 1907
Christopherson, Anderson, Paulson & Fideler, LLP Attorneys capflaw.com Member since 1907
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Beverages-Wholesale chesterman.com Member since 1907
Concordance Healthcare Solutions Medical Services & Supplies concordancehealthcare.com Member since 1907
First PREMIER Bank Banks firstpremier.com Member since 1914
George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory Funeral & Cremation Services georgeboom.com Member since 1919
Getty Abstract & Title Company Title Companies getty-midwest.com Member since 1919
Henry Carlson Construction, LLC Contractors henrycarlson.com Member since 1919
MidAmerican Energy Company Energy midamerican.com Member since 1907
Minnehaha Country Club Golf Courses minnehahacc.com Member since 1907
Parker Transfer & Storage, Inc. Moving & Storage Services parkertransfer.com Member since 1924
Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center Building Materials schoenemans.com Member since 1907
Shipley’s Garment Spa Dry Cleaners garmentspa.com Member since 1907
Sioux Falls YMCA
Fitness Health & Recreation siouxfallsymca.org Member since 1919
Taylor Oil Co., Inc. Specialty Industrial gsfw.com Member since 1947
Utilities xcelenergy.com Member since 1916
Dakota Beverage Company, Inc. Beverages-Wholesale dakotabeverage.com
Sioux International, Inc. Ag Equipment & Supply siouxint.com
Clarity Wealth Consultants - Thrivent
All About Travel, Inc. Travel Agencies allabouttravel.org
Cutler Law Firm, LLP Attorneys cutlerlawfirm.com
Building, Hardware & Garden Stores nybergsace.com
Sun Enterprises, Inc. Real Estate-Commercial
AMERI/STAR Real Estate, Inc. - Jeff Koch Affiliate-Real Estate soldbykoch.com
Steak-Out Char-Broiled Delivery Restaurants steakout.com
Center of Hope Associate Member centerofhopesf.org
Specialty Manufacturing daktronics.com
NCDS (National Community Development Services, Inc.) Associate Member ncdsinc.net
South Dakota Retailers Assn. Associate Member sdra.org
Financial Services connect.thrivent.com/mark-schlueter
The Community Outreach
South Eastern Council of Governments Associate Member secog.org
Monarch Sales Company, Inc. Promotional Products monarch-sales.com Member since 1947
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Associate Member thecommunityoutreach.org
Computer Sales & Service advancedtechinc.com
Heating & Cooling recom-inc.com
Waste Management of South Dakota, Inc. Garbage & Recycling wmsouthdakota.com
Weller Brothers Landscaping Landscape & Garden wellerbrothers.com
Hom Furniture / Gabberts
Sioux Equipment Co., Inc.
Prairie Family Business Association
Arthur B. deWit
Specialty Retail homfurniture.com
Business Support Services fambus.org
Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy theempoweru.com
Dental Care & Orthodontics wisemanendo.com
Automatic Security Company Inc.
First Year Reinvestors
Fire Protection automaticsecuritysd.com
Betz Blinds Inc. Home Furnishings betzblinds.com
Hegg Realtors - Dan Hindbjorgen
Affiliate-Real Estate thatdanrealtor.com
Business Consulting devo.fivefourtraining.com
Dental Care & Orthodontics wermersonorthodontics.com
Customs Direct LLC
Business Consulting customs.direct
Industrial Equipment & Supply siouxequipment.com
Home Furnishings simplyperfectshop.com
Construction Management mcgough.com
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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 siouxfallschamber.com. Want to become a member? Call (605) 336-1620.
Dakota Sales & Rental LLC
605 Real Estate
Photography, Sound & Video Vince Danh, (605) 360-7842 600 N. Main Ave., #109, 57104 4frontstudios.com
Real Estate–Residential Tonya Madsen, (605) 789-1492 6330 S. Western Ave., #150, 57108 realestate605.com
Marketing/Advertising Agencies Thad Clabaugh, (605) 251-3562 218 W. 13th St., Suite 102, 57104 adtaxi.com
Arete Wealth Management, LLC Investing Dennis P. Thurman, (605) 335-3200 P.O. Box 91347, 57109 aretewealth.com
The Canton Barn
Event Venues Kalli Blackstone, (605) 368-4050 28079 481ST St., Canton, 57013 thecantonbarnllc.com
Restaurants Tonya J. Niewald, (605) 271-9891 3617 W. Avera Drive, 57108 capriottis.com
Specialty Retail Jenna Snyder, (605) 274-7626 720 S. Highline Place, 57110
CenterPoint Wealth Planning
Ag Equipment & Supply Harvey Hup, (605) 946-5855 P.O. Box 287, Corsica, 57328 dakotasalesandrental.com
East Ridge Dental
Ellie Stone Bride
Keller Williams Realty – Dino DePerno
Family Service, Inc.
Kelli Moffitt Realtor – Moffitt Insurance Agency
Dental Care & Orthodontics Dr. Ryon Reckling, (605) 373-0245 518 N. Sycamore Ave., 57110 eastridgedentalsf.com
Specialty Retail Kalli Blackstone, (605) 332-8841 6205 S. Old Village Place, 57108 elliestonebridge.com
Associate Member Tracey Quint, (605) 336-1974 2210 W. Brown Place, 57105 sdfsi.org
First Choice Business Brokers/ Legendary Capital Solutions Associate Member Scott A. Kranz, (515) 302-1073 legendarycapitalsolutions.com
First State Bank Southwest Banks Jordan Huisken, (605) 271-0517 5800 S. Remington Place, 57108 firststatebanksw.com
Friends of Eastbank
Giving Hope, Inc. (Giving Hope Bingo)
Religious Organizations Mendel Alperowitz, (605) 206-7700 jewishsd.org
Daily Clean Food & Drink Restaurants Shaley Bolks, (605) 271-1736 6215 S. Western Ave., 57108 dailycleanfood.com
Jacky’s Restaurant (Empire Mall) Restaurants Evelyn Haro, (605) 271-5686 5000 W. Empire Mall, Suite 676, 57106
Associate Member Brian Aust, (605) 295-1492 401 E. 8th St., Suite 116, 57104 friendsofeastbank.org
Chabad Jewish Center of South Dakota
Restaurants Eric Oolgl, (605) 336-0588 702 E. 8th St., 57104
Associate Member Debra Peterson
Financial Planning Laura Reinders, (605) 350-0333 7400 S. Bitterroot Place, Suite 200, 57108
Financial Services Melissa Otten, (605) 354-5451 101 S. Phillips Ave., 57104 central-payments.com
Jacky’s Restaurant (8th Street)
Associate Member Alissa Headrick Ford, (605) 610-9483 1605 W. Burnside Ave., 57104 givinghopebingo.com
Business Consulting Candy Hanson, (605) 941-2417 hansoncraneco.com
Interior Design Richard Kelly, (605) 334-0303 421 N. Phillips Ave., #123, 57104 siouxfallsinteriors.com
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Television, Radio & Outdoor Kim Haiar, (605) 681-6624 1212 N. Main Ave., 57105 kbackradio.com
Affiliate–Real Estate Dino DePerno, (605) 728-6366 6300 S. Connie Ave., 57108 dinodeperno.kw.com
Real Estate–Residential Kelli Moffitt, (605) 940-3551
Keystone Group International Business Consulting Rana DeBoer, (605) 351-3363 P.O. Box 668, Tea, 57064 keystonegroupintl.com
Restaurants Michael B. Haskett, (605) 367-1100 324 S. Phillips Ave., 57104 mbhaskett.com
McDowell Financial Group
Insurance & Benefits Tom McDowell, (605) 323-3330 609 E. Tan Tara Pl., #101, 57108 mcdowellfinancialgroup.com
Medicare 605 – Tamara Solum Insurance & Benefits Tamara Solum, (605) 496-8946 P.O. Box 88051, 57109
Moxie Services, Inc.
Construction Management Dan Grossman, (605) 644-7900 47070 104th St., Suite 103, 57108 moxiesd.com
Northern Plains Endodontics, PLLC Dental Care & Orthodontics Dr. Zachary Goettsche, (605) 961-9092 4824 E. 57th St., 57108 northernplainsendodontics.com
Northern Tool + Equipment
Northwestern Mutual – Thane Hein
Quantum Business Solutions
Specialty Retail Jared Bymers, (605) 373-5885 2601 S. Louise Ave., 57106 northerntool.com
Affiliate–Insurance Thane Hein, (605) 361-9788 2307 W. 57th St., 57108 thanehein.nm.com
Northwestern Mutual – Brookings Firm Associate Member Sean Binker, (605) 305-3787 603 5th Ave., Brookings, 57006 seanbinker.nm.com
Pets Melissa Brandner, (605) 212-8214 7740 S. Dakota Hawk Ave., 57108 petwants.com/siouxfalls
Associate Member Dr. Christopher Montgomery, (605) 332-2777 327 S. Dakota Ave., 57104 projectcarsf.org
Associate Member Shawn Peterson, (712) 389-4639 thequantumleap.business
Roundhouse Brew Pub
Restaurants Chris Sperle (605) 271-2050 1515 E. 69th St., 57108 roundhousebrewpubsf.com
Business Consulting Vandhanna Baireddy, (605) 221-3448
Squealer’s Smoke Shack Bar & Grill Associate Member Dustin & Andrea Kuipers, (605) 679-7675 Lowell & Shelley Kuipers P.O. Box 786, Tea, 57064 squealerssmokeshack.com
Wings Gymnastics Academy Sporting Clubs & Associations Wyeth Lynch, (605) 271-8242 5825 S. Bahnson Ave., 57108 wingsgym.com
Wings Gymnastics Academy (Wings West) Sporting Clubs & Associations Wyeth Lynch, (605) 271-8242 2556 S. Lorraine Pl., 57106 wingsgym.com
IT Consulting Amos Kittelson, (605) 215-1270 7503 S. Arrowhead Pkwy., #1, 57110 sidewalktech.com
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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 Abby Bischoff Abby Bischoff is the Executive Director of Stockyards Ag Experience. A farm kid who grew up showing livestock, she attended South Dakota State University and earned a bachelors degree in Journalism. In addition to agriculture, Abby loves photography and is the artist behind the Abandoned: South Dakota project. Abby and her fiancé Chuck reside in the All Saints Neighborhood of Sioux Falls with their cats Nancy and Nora.
Why do you choose to volunteer your time with the Chamber’s Agribusiness Division? Our organization benefits greatly from the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Whether that’s support on our capital campaign or volunteers for our other events, chamber members show up to support us. Volunteering my time with a group of people who love ag and love Sioux Falls is the icing on top!
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Stockyards Ag Experience
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The best advice I ever got was from a college professor of mine that told me I’ll probably never be the best at ONE thing, but I might be the best at a unique combination of things. As someone who’s always been a jack-of-all-trades/master of none, this advice resonated with me greatly. It taught me that developing more than one of your strengths is what makes you a valuable team member.
If you could try out any job for a day, what would it be? I would love to be a writer for a TV show. Someday, I’ll write that midwestern farm comedy that everyone is clamoring for.
If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be? This is a tough one! Maybe the inauguration of the first woman president of the United States of America.
What is one opportunity or challenge you see in the ag industry today? The biggest challenge facing the ag industry is consumer education. We live in a time when fewer people have an ag background and so the disconnect between ag producers and consumers is real. We are incredibly fortunate to do that work at the Stockyards Ag Experience, but we have lots more work to do and many ag stories to share!
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