May 2023 Chamber News

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Vol. 58, No. 7 May 2023 Chamber
2023 Legislative Scorecard


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As the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce represents its members by advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region. | Chamber News 3
issue Top stories Voters to select new school board member 28 YPN plans 2023 Crossroads Summit 32 In this issue Message from the Chair 5 Event Calendars 6-9 Economic Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Faces & Places 12-21 Community Appeals 22 Business Advocacy 28 Headlines 30-37 Member Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Ribbon Cuttings 40-42 New Members 43 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Five Questions 46
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Davenport Evans Law Firm is proud to announce our 2023 scholarship recipients. The scholarships, totaling $20,000 annually, have benefited over 270 students over 35 years. Scholarships are awarded through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation to seniors headed to institutions of higher learning in South Dakota.

O’Gorman High School

Roosevelt High School

Brandon Valley High School

West Central High School

Planning to attend Augustana University

Planning to attend Augustana University

Planning to attend University of South Dakota

Dell Rapids High School

Planning to attend South Dakota State University

O’Gorman High School

Planning to attend

University of South Dakota

Planning to attend South Dakota State University Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP

Roosevelt High School

Planning to attend Augustana University

Roosevelt High School

Planning to attend South Dakota State University

Kennadi Engel Amber House Grace Barnett
(605) 336-2880 Contact a lawyer:
Sanjeev Shyam Payton Pickering Chase Jones Elizabeth Johnson Allie Weber

Message from the Chair

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the leading business advocate for our region. We work hard to foster a healthy business environment and promote economic health.

When people hear “chamber of commerce,” they think business. And that’s a good thing! But it may mean people don’t always recognize all the things your Chamber does to build our community. This issue of Chamber News reminds me there is work happening on multiple fronts to help make Sioux Falls a great place to live and work.

Our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee can occasionally fly under the radar, but the work they do is deeply appreciated. This month, that committee will host the annual Armed Forces Day Ceremonies recognizing all members of our nation’s armed forces. The military installations in Sioux Falls are an important contributor to our community. For example, the National Guard Readiness Center that is currently under construction is a $20 million project that will support training requirements for a growing number of reservists.

There is an election scheduled this month for an open seat on the Sioux Falls School Board. Setting policy for our district’s 24,000+ students is a big responsibility. Your Chamber has organized a Candidate Forum to give the public an opportunity to ask questions and get to know the individuals seeking to fill that role. Working to support an informed and engaged citizenry is another way the Chamber fosters a strong community.

Strategically, one of the best investments we can make for the future of our city and region is to support and develop the next generation of leaders. The 37 members of this year’s Leadership Sioux Falls class graduated from the program this month. I am confident that they will help positively shape our businesses and other organizations in the years to come.

Finally, part of being an advocate for business means clearly communicating our policy positions. This issue contains our 2023 Legislative Scorecard, detailing how the votes of your local legislators align with the Chamber’s positions on bills from the most recent legislative session.

I am proud to be a part of the Chamber that does so many things well. We advocate for you in Pierre, provide a broad range of resources for your business and lead initiatives that support a high quality of life for our community.

All of this work is possible because you choose to invest in membership. Thank you,



Chair Paul Hanson, Sanford Health

Chair-Elect Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.

Vice Chair Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard

Treasurer Tamien Dysart, Think 3D Solutions

Immediate Past Chair Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV

Chamber President & CEO Jeff Griffin


Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers

Kim Burma, Midco

Kayla Eitreim, Junior Achievement of South Dakota

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Dakota State University

Jason Herrboldt, First Bank & Trust

Derrick Larson, Eide Bailly LLP

Jeff Lautt, POET

Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield Foods

Jacob Quasney, Lloyd Companies

Nancy Savage, Child’s Play Toys

Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities

Amy Stockberger, Amy Stockberger Real Estate

Vicki Stewart, Business Resource Network

Bob Sutton, Avera Health


Jean Bender, Minnehaha County Commission

Kyle Groos, Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools

Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County Commission

Kate Serenbetz, Sioux Falls School Board

Dr. Jane Stavem, Sioux Falls Public School System

Mayor Paul TenHaken, City of Sioux Falls


Jeff Griffin, President & CEO

Joan Bartling, Vice President of Finance & Accounting

Jill Blom, Graphics & Communications Manager

Casey Boerger, Young Professionals Network Manager

Kyle Davis, Member Services Specialist

Jennie Doyen, Vice President of Member Services

Becky Griebel, Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Heidinger, Member Services Specialist

Brooke Hendrickx, Agribusiness Manager

Steven Herman, Sales Manager

Pat Lund, Member Relations Manager

Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Investor Relations, Forward Sioux Falls

Holly Rader, Vice President of Member Relations

Teresa Schreier, Events Coordinator

Susan Seachris, Administrative/Accounting Assistant | Chamber News 5
I am proud to be a part of the Chamber that does so many things well
Paul Hanson 2022-23 Chair of the Board
Message from the Chair

Events Calendar CHAMBER

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, May 9 5–6:30 p m

Avera Specialty Hospital

6100 S . Louise Ave

*Please note the start time!


Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

$5 admission or use your Mixer Pass

DE&I Activator Series: Strategies for disrupting unconscious bias at work

Wednesday, May 10

8:15–9:45 a m

Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South, 5300 S Grand Circle

COST: Free

REGISTER: siouxfallschamber com/events

ChamberHood - Southeast

Wednesday, May 10

11:30 a .m –1 p .m .

Prairie Green Golf Course, 600 E . 69th St .

DETAILS: Who are the people in your neighborhood? Join us for an informative luncheon and a chance to meet some of those neighbors If you live, work, commute or do business in Southeast Sioux Falls, this event is for you!

COST: $30

REGISTER: siouxfallschamber com/events

Morning Mingle

Tuesday, May 16

7:30–9 a m

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historical Site, 1900 S . Perry Place

DETAILS: Start your day by making a new connection Drop by for a cup of coffee and conversation with other members of the business community

COST: Free

Agribusiness Awards Banquet

Thursday, June 8

5:30–9 p m

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

1415 Grand Falls Blvd , Larchwood, IA


Armed Forces Day Ceremonies

Saturday, May 20 10:30 a m .

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, Inc

1600 W Russell St

DETAILS: This annual event recognizes members of the Armed Forces for their service to our country Hosted by the Chamber’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee

COST: Free and open to the public

Business Sense Workshop: Networking 101The basics

Tuesday, May 9 Noon–1 p m

Chamber of Commerce, 200 N Phillips Ave , Suite 200

DETAILS: Back by popular demand, Jackie Payne of FranklinCovey will teach the basics of networking and share the best time-tested strategies You’ll learn how to begin with the end in mind, how to master introductions, how to listen empathetically and how to most effectively share your own story

COST: $10, bring your own lunch

REGISTER: siouxfallschamber com/events

DETAILS: Join us for our annual celebration of the people and events that have powered the Agribusiness Division throughout the past year

RSVP: bhendrickx@siouxfalls com

Business Fair & Mixer

Tuesday, June 20 4:30–7 p m

Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 West Ave

DETAILS: The annual Business Fair & Mixer combines our traditional networking event with the opportunity to view the products and services of other Chamber members Visit each of the exhibitor booths and bring plenty of business cards for door prizes

COST: $5 or use your Mixer Pass

Morning Mingle

Thursday, June 22

7:30–9 a m

Puetz Design + Build, Inc , 5100 W 63rd Circle N

DETAILS: Start your day by making a new connection Drop by for a cup of coffee and 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

Morning Buzz

Thursday, May 4

7:30–9 a m .

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

100 S . Phillips Ave .

DETAILS: Join other YPN members for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee) Morning-minded young professionals are invited to come to enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at our Morning Buzz

COST: Free

Power Lunch

Thursday, May 11

Noon–1 p m


5601 E Arrowhead Pkwy

DETAILS: Research says one of the best ways to improve your productivity at work is to take a lunch break So check out of the office for the noon hour and enjoy lunch with us! Please RSVP so we can monitor space requirements

COST: Free, food & drink on your own

Off the Clock

Thursday, May 18

4–7 p .m .

First International Bank & Trust

601 S . Minnesota Ave .

DETAILS: Join us for May’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

A Seat at the Table: Matt Paulson

Tuesday, May 23

Noon–1 p m

Startup Sioux Falls

100 E 6th St

DETAILS: Get to know Matt Paulson, Founder of MarketBeat, at this Seat at the Table event

COST: Free, registration required .

Intro Sioux Falls

Thursday, June 15 4–7 p m

Great Shots

2505 W Benson Road

DETAILS: Learn about the various neighborhoods, activities and attractions, resources for residents, and more Interns, new residents and lifelong locals – all are welcome to come discover what Sioux Falls has to offer Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while networking with other young professionals .

COST: Free

Find us on social media or visit siouxfallsypn com

Action Team Meetings

You can help shape key areas of YPN programming by joining an Action Team All team meetings 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, May 2 4–5 p .m .

Discovery Real Estate Co .

Personal & Professional Development/Civic Engagement Action Team

Wednesday, May 24 Noon–1 p .m .

Chamber of Commerce | Chamber News 7


Events listed on these pages are curated from entries submitted to siouxfallsevents com and experiencesiouxfalls com/events Visit these websites for details on the events listed here and more events happening in the Sioux Falls area

All events are subject to change. Please check the online events calendars for the most recent updates.


4 VOA Rise & Shine Breakfast

4-6 The Good Night Theatre Collective presents: Company

5 May Art & Wine Walk

5-6 98th Annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays

6 South Dakota Team Hope Walk

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Rhinopalooza at Great Plains Zoo
American Legion Post 15 pancake breakfast
Annual Visitor Industry Luncheon
Ministry at The District 11 Sioux Falls Canaries Opening Day
Kenny Chesney: I Go Back Tour at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 13 Avera Race Against Cancer
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 13-14 Spring Parade of Homes
Good Earth State Park Summer Concert Series opening night 15-16 15th Annual Knickers Fore Knockers 19 The Big Wu The District 20 Armed Forces Day Ceremonies 20-21 Spring Parade of Homes 21 Sioux Falls Skedaddle 26 Fridays on the Plaza at 12th Street begins 27 Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run 2023
14 | Chamber News 9 JUNE 1-2 The Good Night Theatre Collective presents: A Road Trip Cabaret 2 2023 Season Opening Night at Levitt at the Falls 2 Eastbank Block Party at 8th & Railroad Center 2 Brooks & Dunn at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 3-4 22nd Annual Siouxland Renaissance Festival 4 Indigenous Artists of the Prairie at Good Earth State Park 9 Matchbox Twenty at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 10 Sioux Falls Pride 10 26th Annual Festival of Cultures 12 Marcus King at The District 13 PROF: The Workhorse Tour at The District 15-18 The Premiere Playhouse presents: Grease 17 Juneteenth Sioux Falls at 8th & Railroad Center 19 Louis Tomlinson: Faith in the Future World Tour 21-22 Bluey’s Big Play at Washington Pavilion 22-25 The Premiere Playhouse presents: Grease 23 Warren Zeiders at The District 24 Zippity Zoo Day at Great Plains Zoo 24 14th Annual 605 Summer Classic 24 La Santa Cecilia at Levitt at the Falls 24 Alabama at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
7-9 Soo Foo Moto Fest at J&L Harley-Davidson 8 Randall King at The District 14 Larry Fleet at The District 20 Aaron Watson at The Alliance 21 An R-Rated Magic Show at Washington Pavilion 21-22 Sioux Falls Classic Car Auction 22 iMomSoHard at Washington Pavilion 22 6th Annual Hot Classics Night 22 Bear Grillz at The District 25 Incubus at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 27 Expedition ZooFalls at Great Plains Zoo 29-30 Sioux Falls Airshow

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


City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value

March 2023

Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview

March 2023

New Listings: 490 Days on the Market Until Sale: 86

Median Sales Price: $284,900

Inventory of Homes for Sale: 1,009

Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)

Regional Unemployment Rates

February 2023

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

Agriculture Trends | Chamber News 11 0 $4.00 $8.00 $12.00 $16.00 0 300 600 900 1200 1500
SIOUX FALLS RAPID CITY FARGO MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL ROCHESTER DES MOINES OMAHA Total Construction Value New Non-Residential Construction Value $270 3 million $169 7 million $376 3 million $275 2 million $213 0 million $66 6 million (IN MILLIONS) Source: City of Sioux Falls Source: City of Sioux Falls 2021 2022 2023
U.S. Department of Agriculture
2023 February January February 2022 2023 2023 Soybeans (per bushel) U S South Dakota Corn (per bushel) U S South Dakota $6.09 $6.09 $6.64 $6.75 $6.80 $14.80 $14.70 $15.10 $14.40 $14.50 $14.90 LINCOLN BISMARCK CEDAR RAPIDS 1,284 permits 1,320 permits 964 permits 2021 2022 2023 $6.60 2.4% 2.7% 2.0% 2.5% 2.4% 2.3% 3.2% 3.1% 3.6% 3.0%
Economic Indicators 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400

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

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 volunteers this month are Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage – Berkshire Hathaway, 22 years as an ambassador; Neil Hlebichuk, Gordon Flesch Company, first year as a diplomat; and Karlie Solum, Marsh McLennan Agency, three years as a diplomat.

The ACE Award is presented monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their efforts to bring new members into the Chamber. Jennifer Hoesing, Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons, received the award for March.

Diplomat of the Month honors for the month of April went to Nichelle Lund, Holiday Inn City Centre. Doug DeGroot, community volunteer, was named the Event Champion for his consistent participation at Chamber events.

The diplomat team of the month for April was Team Solum: Captain Karlie Solum, Marsh McLennan Agency; Tyler Schulte, Plains Commerce Bank; Nicole Garber, PREMIER Bankcard; Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort; and Tyrel Kool, Levo Credit Union


Vice President of Public Policy

View the position descriptions and find more information at

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Faces & Places
Lynda Billars The Lynda B. AdvantageBerkshire Hathaway Nichelle Lund Holiday Inn City Centre Karlie Solum Marsh McLennan Agency Neil Hlebichuk Gordon Flesch Company Jennifer Hoesing Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce partners with business, community and government leaders to ensure our community continues to thrive. We are hiring for two key leadership positions: President of Finance & Administration

New Faces & Promotions

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has named Drew Woelfel as chief operations officer and senior vice president. Woelfel has more than 25 years of banking experience, including operations and management.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls recently promoted seven employees. Weston Hansen is promoted to vice president. He is a business banker and has been with the bank for six years. Paula Bindert is promoted to assistant vice president. She is a wealth advisor and joined the bank in February 2022. Sara Baus is promoted to assistant vice president. She is a personal trust officer and has been with the bank for four years. Tyler Urban is promoted to assistant vice president. He is a

Honors & Awards

Tim Dardis, Principal Financial Group, has qualified for MDRT’s Top of the Table, an internationally recognized mark of excellence reserved for the most successful in the financial services industry. Dardis has 31 years of experience working in the financial services industry, serving clients in the Sioux Falls area since 1989.

Ron Staebell, Principal Financial Group, has qualified for MDRT’s Court of the Table, an internationally recognized mark of excellence reserved for the most successful in the financial services industry. Staebell has 44 years of experience working in the financial services industry, serving clients in the Sioux Falls area since 1982.

Vicki Stewart, Executive Director of Employment Disability Resources, was honored by KELOLAND Media Group as the local winner of the national 2023 Remarkable Woman award. Stewart has dedicated her life to advocating for and raising awareness for people with disabilities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

crop insurance specialist and has been with the bank for seven years. Amy DeYonge is promoted to officer. She is a retirement plans specialist and has been with the bank for six years. Tim Ginter is promoted to officer. He is the facilities maintenance manager and has been with the bank for nearly 15 years.

Lisa Karsky has joined Maximizing Excellence as a consultant. Karsky has 13 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. She holds a degree in business and marketing from Dakota State University.

First PREMIER Bank has hired Faycal Kabre as Treasury Officer. Kabre is responsible for policy development and implementation,

short- and long-term investment and cash management, and asset liability management. He has nearly 10 years of professional experience.

Reliabank has hired Cole Tirrel as a commercial and ag loan officer. Tirrel has four years of experience in banking and finance. Araceli Hernandez was named consumer loan officer for the bank. Hernandez has over 20 years of experience in finance and real estate.

Ryan Mazurek has joined Principal Financial Group as a financial representative.


Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. presented three awards to individuals and organizations for their valuable contributions to the downtown community. The Carole Pagones Vitality Award was given to Terri Schuver, Sticks and Steel. This award recognizes a person, small business, or organization that has activated the downtown community in a notable way.

The Steve Metli Visionary Award was given to Confluence. This award recognizes forwardthinkers and innovators who have made a positive impact on the development of downtown. The Spirit of Downtown Award was presented to Dick and Sandy Murphy, owners of Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts. This award honors a person or organization that has a legacy of advocating for downtown, making substantial contributions to our community through their passion for the heart of Sioux Falls.

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is one of six nominees for the Arena of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music. This award is presented to an outstanding indoor arena, not associated with a casino, selected by a professional panel of judges. The awards will be presented on May 11.

Joshua Hogue, President of Reliabank, was elected to serve on The Independent Community Bankers of America’s Rural America and Agriculture committee. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks and is committed to its founding mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.

Four new directors were recently elected to serve on the Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. Board of Directors. They are: Ivy Oland Dandar, Oland Consulting; Luke Jessen, Lloyd Companies; Paige Pearson Meyer, Midco; and Taneeza Islam, South Dakota Voices for Peace

Sioux Empire United Way elected four individuals to a three-year term of service on its Board of Directors. They are: Matt Hocks, Sanford Health; Shelly Johnson, Montgomery’s; Bob Mundt, Sioux Falls Development Foundation; and Vicki Stewart, Employment Disability Resources | Chamber News 13
Faces & Places
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Dow Rummel Village hosted the April Membership Mixer. Retiring CEO Darla VanRosendale and incoming CEO Josh Hofmeyer welcomed guests, who enjoyed networking and refreshments.
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5 Superintendents from four local school districts participated in a panel discussion on K-12 public education at the Chamber’s spring edition of Good Morning Sioux Falls. Superintendents Graf, Larson, Lowery and Stavem addressed growth, safety, career training, funding and more. Vernon Brown, South Dakota State University, moderated the discussion.

6-7 Chamber members gathered at Flynn Wright for coffee and conversation at Morning Mingle in March. 8 YPN members toured the new Amazon distribution center on a Community Connections tour. 9 Active Generations launched their Community Appeal campaign “All Access” on April 3. CEO Gerald Beninga spoke about the need and impact the project will have for the community. Funds raised through the Chamber-endorsed capital campaign will help construct a second location on the east side of Sioux Falls.

Faces & Places 6 7 9 | Chamber News 17 10
10 Melissa Hiatt, Levav Leadership Consulting, taught effective communication strategies to participants of a recent Business Sense Workshop.
18 Chamber News | MAY 2023 ISG and the State of South Dakota will make a difference for 18 communities across the state with capital improvement planning through 2024. 101 South Reid Street + Suite 202 Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | INVESTED IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES 11 11 Members of the Young Professionals Network met at Starbucks for Morning Buzz in April.

12 Reservations for Six brought a small group of YPN members together for lunch and networking at 22Ten Kitchen Cocktails. | Chamber News 19 12

Be Seen

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13 14 15 16 13 The Chamber’s Spring Member Drive
off in April with a volunteer rally at Blue Rock Bar & Grill. 14 State Chamber President David Owen
a recap of the 2023 legislative session for members of the Chamber’s Issues Management Council. 15 Young professionals learned about the state legislative session from four lobbyists at a recent Topics of Tap event. 16 YPN members had the chance to try a new sport when they attended a night out with Sioux Falls Curling.
presented | Chamber News 21 17
17 Angela Lammers, Cetera Services, addressed members of Leadership Sioux Falls class 37 during their final meeting.

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.

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.


APRIL 1, 2023–JULY 31, 2023

To add a second Active Generations location on the east side of Sioux Falls.


NOV. 1, 2023-MARCH 31, 2024

To build a village of 25 tiny homes for homeless veterans in the Sioux Falls area. A Village Center will also be constructed to facilitate behavioral/physical wellness, serving to link to other services.


APRIL 1, 2024-JULY 31, 2024

To construct a new campus to increase residential service capacity, specialty school capacity and outpatient services.

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Community Appeals

The 2023 Legislative Scorecard

Communication is an important aspect of the Chamber’s advocacy work. We communicate with elected officials on what issues are important to the business community. We communicate with our members on the impact policies may have on their business and how we are serving as their voice in government.

The Chamber’s advocacy efforts are led by members through the work of the Issues Management Council (IMC) and the Board of Directors. The IMC proposes Policy Statements and a Legislative Platform, both of which are reviewed and approved by the Board prior to the start of legislative session. These documents guide the Chamber’s position on issues and advocacy efforts in Pierre.

The annual Legislative Scorecard is a tool used to report to Chamber members how their local legislators voted on issues that are important to the business community. The 2023 Legislative Scorecard tracks the votes of 33 state legislators from the Sioux Falls area. The bills included in the Scorecard are those that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce took a position on during the 2023 legislative session.

Lawmakers were given the “Sioux Falls Community Champion” designation if they voted with the Chamber on 100% of the bills on this scorecard. The “Sioux Falls Supporter” designation was given to those legislators who voted with the Chamber on 80% or more of the bills. Designations are based on the 2023 voting records alone. A cumulative percentage is included to show a lawmaker’s record of voting in line with Chamber positions over time.

It is important to note that the Legislative Scorecard is not necessarily indicative of all legislation or issues in which the Chamber was involved during the 2023 legislative session. Further, this document is not intended as an evaluation of any lawmaker but is presented as a factual record of how votes were cast on select issues of importance to the Chamber, its members and the Sioux Falls business community. | Chamber News 23
Legislative Scorecard

2023 Legislative Scorecard

Rep. Amber Arlint (12)

Sen. Jim Bolin (16)

Sen. Steve Kolbeck (2)

Rep. David Kull (2)

Rep. Taylor Rehfeldt (14)

Sen. Jim Stalzer (11)

Rep. Tyler Tordsen (14)

Rep. Tony Venhuizen (13)

Sen. Larry Zikmund (14)

Rep. Erin Healy (10)

Rep. Greg Jamison (12)

Rep. Brian Mulder (11)

Rep. Kenneth Teunissen (9)

Rep. Kadyn Wittman (15)

Sen. Liz Larson (10)

Rep. Kameron Nelson (10)

Rep. Ernie Otten (6)

Rep. Linda Duba (15)

Rep. Sue Peterson (13)

Sen. Jack Kolbeck (13)

Sen. Herman Otten (6)

Sen. Reynold Nesiba (15)

Rep. Randy Gross (25)

Rep. Kevin Jensen (16)

Sen. Arch Beal (12)

Rep. Chris Karr (11)

Rep. Jon Hansen (25)

Rep. Bethany Soye (9)

Sen. Brent Hoffman (9)

Rep. John Sjaarda (2)

Rep. Karla Lems (16)

Sen. Tom Pischke (25)

Rep. Aaron Aylward (6)

Note: If an elected official did not vote on an issue, the issue is not counted when tabulating the annual score.

HB1011 HB1039HB1046HB1049HB1055HB1056HB1075 HB1137 HB1193 HB1207 HB1208 HB1235

Opposed Chamber’s position Supported Chamber’s position Did not

Cumulative 2023 100% 100% 92% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 98% 100% 87% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 94% 100% 96% 94% 93% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 93% 93% 89% 89% 86% 89% 93% 88% 78% 88% 92% 88% 84% 88% 86% 78% 76% 76% 74% 76% 75% 72% 65% 72% 71% 71% 53% 71% 67% 67% 65% 65% 59% 59% 54% 56% 39% 41% HB1239 SB13 SB14 SB41 SB59 SB76 SB109 SB120 SB154 SB174 SB178 COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS SUPPORTERS

Bills included in the 2023 Legislative Scorecard

Employer unemployment contribution rates: HB 1011 sought to reduce employer unemployment rates by $18 million. The new rate schedule has lower rates than the two previous rate structures.

The Chamber actively supported HB 1011. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (70/0) and the Senate (30/3). It was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 1, 2023.

SD National Guard tuition: HB 1039 sought to raise tuition scholarship for active members of the SD National Guard from 50% to 100% for both the Regental and the Technical education institutions.

The Chamber actively supported HB 1039. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (66/4) and the Senate (33/0). It was signed into law by the governor on March 16, 2023.

SD National Guard Technical tuition: HB 1046 sought to provide tuition at technical institutions for children and spouses of SD National Guard members disabled or deceased in the line of duty.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (64/2) and the Senate (35/0). It was signed into law by the governor on March 2, 2023.

General Appropriation bill: HB 1049 sought to revise the general appropriations for fiscal year 2023.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (66/4) and the Senate (30/1). It was signed into law by the governor on March 20, 2023.

Increase SD Opportunity Scholarships: HB 1055 sought to raise the four-year total of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship from $4,300 to $7,500.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (62/8) and the Senate (30/4). It was signed into law by the governor on March 23, 2023.

Modify terms for Board of Technical education: HB 1056 sought to increase the term of service on the Board of Technical Education to three years from two years.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (67/2) and the Senate (31/3). It was signed into law by the governor on March 8, 2023.

Lower the sales tax rate on food to zero percent: HB 1075 sought to remove the state sales tax on food and food ingredients while exempting alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, cigarettes, cannabis or cannabis products, and prepared food.

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “YEA” vote, in support of deferring the bill to the 41st legislative day, was in accord with the Chamber’s position. It was defeated by the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 21, 2023 by a vote of 8/1.

Lower gross receipt tax rate: HB 1137 sought to reduce the entire state sales tax from 4.5% to 4.2%.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (70/0) and the Senate (31/2). It was signed into law by the governor on March 21, 2023.

Amend provisions of the UCC: HB 1193 sought to update the Uniform Commercial Code with provisions developed over several years by the Uniform Laws Commission and private industry.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (49/17) and the Senate (24/9). The governor vetoed the bill on March 9, 2023. The House voted (30/37) to sustain the veto on March 27, 2023.

*The Scorecard reflects the representative’s Veto Day vote on this issue.

Prevent financial services providers from denying service based on certain grounds: HB 1207 sought to govern the way private businesses operate by prohibiting financial institutions (banks) from making any business decisions based on standards or guidelines that are not “financial and traditional.” Specifically, the bill sought to restrict banks from making any business decisions based on environmental, social, governance, diversity, equity, political, and other standards (“ESG”).

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “YEA” vote, in support of deferring the bill to the 41st legislative day, was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill was defeated by the House Commerce and Energy Committee on Feb. 15, 2023, by a vote of 10/3.

Prevent government entities from entering contracts with companies that promote certain economic boycotts: HB 1208 sought to govern the way private businesses operate by prohibiting state and local governments from contracting with businesses that allegedly engage in certain “economic boycotts” related to ESG. (see definition of ESG in HB 1207 above)

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “YEA” vote, in support of deferring the bill to the 41st legislative day, was in accord with the Chamber’s position. It was defeated by the House State Affairs Committee on Feb. 3, 2023, by a vote of 12/1.

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Provide a conscience exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination: HB 1235 sought to create an absolute right to a universal exemption from any requirement that a person receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “NAY” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill was defeated by the House on Feb. 16, 2023, by a vote of 30/39.

Prohibit a ban of fuel gas appliances used by consumers: HB 1239 sought to prohibit cities and counties from enacting ordinances that would ban fuel-gas appliances used by consumers.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the House (67/3) and the Senate (35/0). It was signed into law by the governor on March 14, 2023.

Authorize and fund the construction of an addition to the BG Dean Mann Readiness Center: SB 13 sought authorization and funding for an addition to the National Guard Readiness Center in Sioux Falls.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (34/1) and the House (68/0). It was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 22, 2023.

Authorize and fund a National Guard readiness center: SB 14 sought to authorize further construction associated with the National Guard Center in Sioux Falls.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (33/1) and the House (67/1). It was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 22, 2023.

Establish the state program and parameters for the workforce housing program: SB 41 sought to provide for workforce housing infrastructure funds, and the program and parameters for the state loans and grant, through $200 million in state and federal funds.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (29/2) and the House (54/16). It was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 1, 2023.

Appropriation to support career and technical education programs: SB 59 sought to provide grants to school districts for the construction, addition, and equipping of new or existing area career centers.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (25/5) and the House (51/17). It was signed into law by the governor on March 17, 2023.

Expand the scope of licensure by endorsement: SB 76 sought to make the existing statutory process for licensure by endorsement open to all licensed professions and occupations.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (33/1) and the House (62/6). It was signed into law by the governor on March 1, 2023.

Require employers to disclose compensation and benefits to applicants and employees: SB 109 sought to require employers to disclose wages, salary, and benefits to applicants and employees.

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “YEA” vote, in support of deferring the bill to the 41st legislative day, was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill was defeated by the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee on Jan. 31, 2023, by a vote of 8/1.

Increase the amount of assessed value exempted from property tax for property owned by a local industrial development corporation: SB 120 sought to exempt $2.5 million of assessed property value for land owned by a local industrial development corporation.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (29/6) and the House (43/25). It was signed into law by the governor on March 23, 2023.

Incentivize a paid family leave program: SB 154 sought to incentivize private businesses to purchase family leave products for employees through the paid family leave program offered by the State of South Dakota.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill was defeated by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Feb. 15, 2023, by a vote of 4/2.

Prohibit local ordinances that would ban natural-gas utility service: SB 174 sought to prohibit local governments from enacting an ordinance, resolution, or policy that prohibited natural gas.

The Chamber actively supported this bill. A “YEA” vote was in accord with the Chamber’s position. The bill passed the Senate (34/0) and the House (64/5). It was signed into law by the governor on March 14, 2023.

Create provisions for the protection of warehouse distribution employees: SB 178 sought to establish several additional requirements for the benefit of employees who work in warehouses and distribution centers.

The Chamber actively opposed this bill. A “YEA” vote, in support of deferring the bill to the 41st day, was in accord with the Chamber’s position. It was defeated by the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee on Feb. 21, 2023, by a vote of 5/4.

Legislative Scorecard | Chamber News 27

Voters to select new school board member

Voters will select a fresh face to represent them as a member of the Sioux Falls School Board this month. An election will be held Tuesday, May 16 to fill the seat that has been held by Cynthia Mickelson since 2017.

Three names will appear on the ballot, but only two candidates are actively seeking the position. Dawn Marie Johnson, Brian Mattson and Nick Zachariasen all filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot. However, following the withdrawal deadline, Zachariasen decided to step back and throw his support behind Johnson.

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce will host a School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, May 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the school district’s Instructional Planning Center. Both Johnson and Mattson have agreed to participate in the discussion, which will be moderated by a volunteer from the League of Women Voters. The forum is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on the Sioux Falls School District YouTube channel and KLRN TVMidco cable channels 20 and 595.

Voters can participate in the election by voting in-person on Tuesday, May 16 at one of the thirteen vote centers around the city. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available at the Instructional Planning Center (201 E. 38th Street) beginning May 1 through May 16 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

In order to vote, you must live within the boundaries of the Sioux Falls School District and have registered by May 1, 2023.

Mickelson will complete her second term on the School Board at the end of June. She served as Board President from 2019-2022.


Social Media: Facebook: Dawn Marie for School Board

Occupation: Director of Leadership and Culture for the South Dakota Afterschool Network

Education: Master of Social Work from the University of South Dakota

Family: Nine-year-old daughter, Rhayn Medrano

Hometown: Waubay, South Dakota

Years residing in Sioux Falls: 3

Why do you want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board? I chose to run for Sioux Falls School Board because I believe our best investment is in our children, and I want to continue contributing to the great work already being done. Much of my work over the last decade has been supporting youth to boost their positive self-identity and improve their mental health, ultimately leading to academic and personal success. By working together, we can help all young people have access to the education they need to succeed.

2023 School Board Candidate Forum

Thursday, May 4

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructional Planning Center, 201 E. 38th St.

Polling Locations

Voting will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the following locations:

Peace Lutheran Church 5509 W. 41st St.

Memorial Middle School

1401 S. Sertoma Ave.

Career & Tech Ed Academy

4700 W. Career Circle

Maricar Community Center

400 N. Valley View Road

Oyate Community Center 2421 W. 15th St.

Our Redeemer

Lutheran Church

2200 S. Western Ave.

First Lutheran Church 327 S. Dakota Ave.

Wesley United Methodist Church

1700 E. 6th St.

Kenny Anderson Community Center

3701 E. 3rd St.

Morningside Community Center

2400 S. Bahnson Ave.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

5500 E. 57th St.

Faith Baptist Fellowship

601 W. 57th St.

Instructional Planning Center

201 E. 38th St.

Brian Mattson

Social Media: Facebook: Brian Mattson for Sioux Falls School Board

Occupation:  Investor

Education: B.S. Electronics Engineering Technology from SDSU

Family:  Wife, Jane, two adult children and one grandson.

Hometown:  Graduated from Brandon Valley High School.

Number of years you have lived in Sioux Falls: 15

Why do you want to serve on the Sioux Falls School Board? Sioux Falls is the largest and most diverse school district in the state. Our challenge is to provide quality education while also being mindful of how our decisions affect the taxpayers who are paying the bill. I bring an outside perspective to the board and its decisions. I am not beholden to any interest group. I will put the interest of our children and taxpayers first in all my decisions.

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Business Advocacy

Leadership Sioux Falls graduates 37th class

Members of the 37th class of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls (LSF) program graduated on Wednesday, May 3.

Michael L. Wyland addressed the graduates and their guests, encouraging them to pursue excellence in their service to the community. Wyland is the co-founder of Sumption & Wyland, which specializes in nonprofit board governance, executive coaching and strategic planning. He has presented at Leadership Sioux Falls sessions for more than 20 years, discussing the nonprofit sector and volunteer leadership.

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has facilitated Leadership Sioux Falls as a community development program for 37 years. It is designed to meet the need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders. Main objectives of the program are: to inform and motivate participants by providing

information on community resources; to identify community issues and challenges; to interact with other community leaders; and to gain a sense of community trusteeship.

LSF class sessions are held monthly from October through May at various times and locations in the community. Session topics change over the years to mirror the current issues, challenges and opportunities in the Sioux Falls area. Core topics include economic development, public safety, human services, healthcare, education, non-profit volunteerism and quality of life issues.

The quality of the participants is the true strength of the Leadership Sioux Falls program. They represent the public and private sectors, and civic and community organizations in the Sioux Falls area. This year’s participants were selected from more than 70 applications.

Applications for the 38th class, which will begin in October, will be available at in June 2023.

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Michael Wyland Sumption & Wyland The members of Leadership Sioux Falls class 37.

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Tolosa Angasa, Smithfield and Co.

Chad Biegler, Raven Industries

Leah Blom, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Jessica Carlson, University of Sioux Falls

Austin Claeys, Lloyd Companies

Olivia Essig, Sioux Empire United Way

Ryan Fargen, Legacy Law Firm P.C.

Jesse Fonkert, Sioux Metro Growth Alliance

Kevin Gansz, Siouxland Heritage Museums

Nicole Garber, PREMIER Bankcard

Breanna Garbers, First Bank & Trust

Mychelle Garrigan, Firelink Digital Marketing

Erik Gilbertson, Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company LLC

Arin Gonseth, MarketBeat

Elizabeth Heidinger, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Jason Kann, CO-OP Architecture

Sarah Kappel, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Nathan Kasselder, Regency Hotel Management / ClubHouse Hotel & Suites

Tyler Klatt, Minnehaha County

Andrea Leesch, SDN Communications

Sara Lum, Startup Sioux Falls

Micki Lundin, Avera

Sara Mayer, Office of U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

Holly Meier, City of Sioux Falls

Laura Mitchell, Lawrence & Schiller

Ryan Nepodal, Interstate Office Products

Kelly Nyberg, Nyberg’s ACE and “What’s Up Sioux Falls”

Melissa Otten, Central Payments

Ondrea Patzlaff, Children’s Home Society

Paige Pearson Meyer, Midco

Jason Pittmann, Architecture Incorporated

Dustin Powers, City of Sioux Falls

Cole Robbins, Dacotah Bank

Brooke N. Schmidt, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P.

Kassidi Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire

Natasha Smith, Sanford Health

Kayleigh Stender, Farm Credit Services of America | Chamber News 31

YPN plans 2023 Crossroads Summit

Nominations sought for 4 under 40 Awards

The Crossroads Summit, a signature event of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network, will be held Thursday, August 17 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The theme of the 2023 event is Grow Together, Lead Together.

The Crossroads Summit is a one-day, professional development conference that encourages people from around the region to network, learn and grow. The biennial event features two keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions and the presentation of the YPN’s 4 under 40 Awards.

The 4 under 40 Awards honor young professionals who are changemakers in their business, industry and community. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards. To qualify, an individual must be under 40 years of age and have demonstrated a commitment to their industry, successful collaboration, leadership by example and/ or a willingness to mentor and motivate others.

Nominations can be submitted via an online form at All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on June 25. A panel of YPN members will review nominations and select the individuals to be honored.

The cost to attend the 2023 Crossroads Summit is $130. More information and tickets are available at

Crossroads Summit Crossroads Summit

Grow together. Lead together.

Crossroads Summit

Thursday, August 17

Sioux Falls Convention Center

Tickets and information at

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Small business owners honored by the Small Business Association

Two members of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce were honored along with other businesses from across South Dakota as part of National Small Business Week. The South Dakota District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named Denise Cotter and Michelle Marino as Small Business Persons of the Year and Stone Group Architects as Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Cotter and Marino co-founded Houndstooth House in 2005, offering a range of design services for residential and commercial clients. In 2020 they added a retail location selling furniture, home décor, housewares and gifts.

Stone Group Architects was established in 2012 by Todd Stone, a retired Army reservist. The firm provides expertise for the planning and design of healthcare, educational, commercial and residential facilities. They have five offices located in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Fargo, Sioux City, and Wayzata, Minnesota.

National Small Business Week, which takes place annually in early May, celebrates the achievements of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Award winners are selected based on creation of employment opportunities, positive revenue history, excellent delivery of goods and services, community volunteering and active participation in leveraging SBA’s portfolio of small business resources and programs.

The 2023 National Small Business Week is April 30 – May 6. A virtual ceremony honoring the SBA South Dakota District award winners will be held on May 2.

2023 Small Business Award Recipients

Small Business Persons of the Year: Denise Cotter and Michelle Marino, Houndstooth House, Sioux Falls

Small Business Exporter of the Year: Alisa Turner, Ruff Land Performance Kennels, Tea

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: The Willard Family, CAW Industries, Rapid City

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Dan Duenwald, Dan Duenwald Transportation, Clark

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Todd Stone, Stone Group Architects, Inc., Sioux Falls

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Tia Berens, The Barn at Aspen Acres, Spearfish

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Fallon Deutsch, Distinctly Drey, Langford

Small Business Champion of the Year: Dew Bad Warrior-Ganje, Rapid City

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Todd Stone (second from right) receives the award for Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year from Jaime Wood of SBA South Dakota District. Michelle Marino and Denise Cotter (holding plaques) receive awards for being named the SBA South Dakota District Small Business Persons of the Year.

Application period open for Community Appeals

Beginning May 1, non-profit educational and social organizations may apply for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals scheduling consideration for the campaign cycle beginning November 2025. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2023.

Applicants will present to the committee early this fall, and the selection of the campaigns to be scheduled will be made by calendar year-end.

The Community Appeals vetting process is highly regarded to facilitate the capital campaign process for both the organizations soliciting, as well as for the businesses contributing to these causes.

The Community Appeals Committee prioritizes organizations that show an unmet need that exists within the Sioux Falls community

and provide evidence that the solicitation plans have taken the private, public and business sectors of the community into consideration when targeting available dollars for the capital campaign drive. Additionally, it is important that solid justification is provided on how the organization’s mission fulfills both a community quality of life and economic impact component.

The Chamber assists scheduled organizations to market their campaign, encourages members to contribute and provides a membership list to facilitate solicitations.

Contact Mike Lynch at or (605) 373-2008 with questions and to receive an application. | Chamber News 35

Children's Home Society receives national recognition

Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (CHS) was recognized with a prestigious award for outstanding leadership and workforce transformation during a ceremony last month.

The Children’s Bureau, which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented CHS Chief Executive Officer Michelle Lavallee with the Children’s Bureau Champion Award. The award recognizes innovative and impactful ways CHS has attracted, retained and supported a workforce committed to supporting the overall health and well-being of children and families.

“All employers are facing workforce challenges, but in our world, keeping an exceptional and consistent team in place to serve the people we serve is vitally important,” said Lavallee.

In a time when employers across the nation are struggling to retain talent, Lavallee and her leadership team have developed a national model for how to create a workplace culture that fosters professional growth, personal respect and leads to positive impacts on the lives of the children the agency serves.

Under Lavallee’s leadership, CHS has made significant improvements in its workforce culture and retention of its nearly 350 employees. One of the changes was the creation of a new employee reward package, which includes student loan and tuition reimbursement, improved time off, competitive insurance coverage and more. The agency also launched CHS University, a leadership development program for staff. The goals include leadership effectiveness, self-awareness and leveraging individual styles and talents to shape a cohesive team.

Within the agency’s six core programs, 75% of staff provide direct care to people impacted by traumatic events. Working daily in an emotionally charged environment can impact the mental health and well-being of staff. So, CHS has focused on creating a traumainformed organization. That work has resulted in employee interactions that are grounded in empathy, awareness and accountability.

Lavallee said “Empowering our team members and energizing this incredible group of people is not just about building a strong culture. It is about creating an environment in which we can all best serve the children and families we are blessed to share our lives with.”

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Michelle Lavallee Children's Home Society Leadership and staff of the Children’s Home Society celebrated their organization’s national recognition for outstanding leadership and workforce transformation.

Public invited to attend Armed Forces Day ceremonies

The Military & Veterans Affairs Committee of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Armed Forces Day program on Saturday, May 20. The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, located at 1600 W. Russell St.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of the country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

The 2023 Armed Forces Day ceremony features a keynote address from Brigadier General Deborah Bartunek. Brig. Gen. Bartunek is the first female to hold the rank of brigadier general for the South Dakota National Guard. In this role, she serves as the principal advisor to SDNG Adjutant General Jeff Marlette for all staff issues relating to domestic operations, supporting civil authorities and homeland

Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 20 10:30 a.m.

Dakota Military Heritage Alliance

defense. During her 40-year career in the military, Brig. Gen. Bartunek has held positions at all officer leadership levels and several enlisted positions. She most recently served as Chief of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Brig. Gen. Bartunek lives in Rapid City with her husband, Ted, and two sons, Trevor and Austin.

In addition to a formal military program and an Avenue of Flags Ceremony, “Stars & Stripes” awards will be presented to selected Sioux Falls citizens who proudly fly the American flag year-round. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to selected guardsmen/women and reservists for outstanding military achievement and commitment to their country and community.

Oath of Enlistment Ceremonies will induct South Dakota volunteers into the U.S. Armed Forces. | Chamber News 37
South National Guard Brigadier General Gregory W. Lair addresses guests at the 2022 Armed Forces Day ceremony.

Everyone wins when CSPs are fully funded

We all know Sioux Falls is growing. There are signs of it all around us – new apartment complexes going up, roads being widened, and schools pushing capacity as more students enroll each year. In 2022, Sioux Falls added an estimated 6,200 people to our population. Our average growth rate of 3% per year means that in the next decade, we expect to add roughly the equivalent of Rapid City’s population to Sioux Falls.

Growth means more people shopping and dining out, buying and renting houses, seeking health care and more. It also means more needs to be met by the community.

At DakotAbilities, we work to meet the needs of the Sioux Falls community by creating opportunities for people with disabilities. Everyone deserves a meaningful day and the opportunity to live their best life. We are proud to champion inclusive communities that actively include people of all abilities through advocacy and education.

The 2023 legislative session saw the passage of a historic increase in reimbursements for CSPs.

But we can’t meet these needs without funding. DakotAbilities is 1 of 20 agencies in South Dakota known as a Community Service Provider (CSP). CSPs are heavily reliant on Medicaid and other public funds to operate. The 2023 legislative session saw the passage of a historic increase in reimbursements for CSPs. It was the result of many people working together, and a willingness on the part of lawmakers to listen, learn and understand the needs of our communities and the value of inclusion for all people.

The funding model

Under federal law, the state is obligated to provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. South Dakota contracts with CSPs to provide quality care to individuals, professional development and training for workers, and accreditation, licensure and quality assurance. The state legislature is responsible for approving and providing funding at a level that allows CSPs to meet these mandates.

There was a time when the State provided these services directly – and it was much more expensive. South Dakota sees significant cost savings by contracting with CSPs. In other words, while it is true that CSPs rely on public funding, we save taxpayer money by providing necessary services more efficiently than the State could.

Last year, a workgroup was convened to study the methodology that was being used to set the rate of reimbursements to CSPs. The last time this was evaluated was 2001. The group consisted of representatives of the State’s Department of Developmental Disabilities, CSPs, legislators and an outside consultant. The study determined that the CSPs were being reimbursed at a rate that was 78.9% of the cost of providing the services.

Governor Noem included in her December budget address a plan to increase the rate to 90%, which CSPs found encouraging, but we remained committed to reaching the 100% threshold. Moving that last 10% required an objective, bipartisan approach. As with any healthy, public-private partnership we needed committee leadership from both chambers and the Governor’s office to be successful.

Collaboration brings maximum impact

DakotAbilities enjoys a cooperative relationship with the other CSPs in the state that provide services for more than 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leaders from these agencies meet regularly to share best practices and tackle challenges in the industry.

Many people joined forces prior to and during session to inform and educate legislators about the work and needs of CSPs. I was proud to work alongside Steve Watkins of LifeScape, our counterparts from Mitchell, Aberdeen and Rapid City, and Dan Cross of the CSP Association. Representative Brian Mulder, who is employed by Volunteers of America, helped to educate his fellow lawmakers. Rep. Chris Karr was

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Nathan Stallinga DakotAbilities

instrumental in moving the discussion forward. There were countless conversations in the halls of the Capitol, testimony in committee, and weekend coffee meetings. To their credit, legislators sought to fully understand the issue. Several brought forth bills in support of adjusting the funding model for providers.

Many people worked together to meet the needs of our communities by fully funding CSP reimbursements. The Joint Appropriations Committee put forth a budget that includes funding providers at 100% of methodology. It was approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Noem.

The difference and impact of this historic increase will be felt in the lives of people for years to come. The new funding model covers our cost of providing the service, but it does more than that. It helps us create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live their best lives. It makes room for appropriate and overdue pay increases for staff, which boosts our ability to attract and retain qualified workers. All of this supports the high quality of life and strong economy that the Chamber champions.

In DakotAbilities’ mission statement, the word “we” is meant to be inclusive for all who come together to impact the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This past year has been a powerful example of what can be achieved when we come together for a common goal. | Chamber News 39
Nathan Stallinga CFRE is the Executive Director of DakotAbilities, a nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls focused on supporting and uplifting persons with a range of disabilities.

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.

Buff City Soap

5902 E. 18th St.

Buff City Soap opened their second Sioux Falls location in the Dawley Farm Village. L to R: Natali Amaya, Annie Wold, Stomp, Brianna Brumfield, Jennifer Hoesing, Tammy Beintema and Julie Varilek.

Converdia Health Staffing

1911 W. 57th St.

Converdia Health Staffing is a locally run healthcare staffing agency. They provide travel nursing and PRN jobs, as well as Allied and locum tenens placements. L to R: Nikita Hunt, Jessica Rahman, Brad Nelson, Cody Rahman, Brian Rahman (president/owner), Megan Jansick, Jay Soukup, Jeff Griffin and Kaylee Wiese.

Cookie Co.

6004 S. Cliff Ave.

Cookie Co. is a local, family-owned, gourmet cookie shop with a weekly rotating menu of flavors. L to R: Deacon Storm, Cindi Johnson, Aaron Storm, Sarah Storm (owner), Archer Storm, Craig Fischer, Lynda Billars and Wesley Storm.

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Huether Family Match Pointe

4210 N. Bobhalla Dr.

Huether Family Match Pointe broke ground on a four-court expansion to their existing facility at the Sanford Sports Complex. L to R: Scott Lawrence, Councilor David Barranco, Steve Kolbeck, Mark Vellek (executive director) and Tom McDowell.

SafeSplash Swim School Sioux Falls

603 S. Highline Place

Building on their growth over the past four years, SafeSplash celebrated the opening of a second location on the east side of Sioux Falls. L to R: Rachael Neiman, Kim Burma, Stan Sobocinski, Christa Sobocinski, Dan Sobocinski (owner), Linzie Stratmoen, April Schulte, Jennifer Hoesing and Nichelle Lund. | Chamber News 41

Ribbon Cuttings

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

2801 N. Jaycee Lane

The Sioux Falls Regional Airport broke ground on a new four-level parking ramp with a skyway connection to the main terminal building. L to R: Councilor David Barranco, Dan Letellier (executive director), Joe Bunkers, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Lon Stroschein, Kent Cutler, Eric Ellefson, Jared Nesje, Jake Braunagel and Richard King.


Toastmasters is a non-profit social club where members practice public speaking and build leadership skills. L to R: Laura Smith-Hill, Megan Kjose, Terry Liggins, Carol Woltjer, Scott Lawrence, Emily Fink, Shane Wuebben, Josh Muckenhirn and Sam Alfred.

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New Members

Catalyst Behavior Solutions

Education–Specialized Learning

Kemari Blumhardt, (605) 262-2162

1105 W. Russell St., 57104

Crestone Companies

Real Estate–Developer

Joe Quinn, (605) 868-0070

Functional Kids

Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

Nicole Fluth, (605) 759-8466 5048 E. 57th St., Suite A, 57110

Huether Family Match Pointe

Associate Member

Mark Vellek, (605) 338-4036 4210 N. Bobhalla Drive, 57107

Impact Wealth Management LLC

Financial Services

Richelle Hofer, (605) 333-0123

4301 W. 57th St., Suite 110, 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.

Keller Williams Realty - Codi Nincehelser

Affiliate–Real Estate

Codi Nincehelser, (605) 370-9991 6300 S. Connie Ave., 57108

KSFL-TV/Sioux Falls Live Television & Outdoor

Joshua Rohrer, (701) 237-6500 5208 N. Annika Ave., 57107

Next Level Technology

IT Consulting

Clint Parsons, (605) 681-8324 530 N. Kiwanis Ave., 57104

Northwestern Mutual - Melissa Dellman Affiliate–Insurance

Melissa Dellman, (605) 370-0486 2307 W. 57th St., #200, 57108

Paul Bruflat Associate Member

SBS CyberSecurity

IT Consulting

Robb Nielsen, (605) 923-8722

700 S. Washington Ave., Madison, SD 57042

Schwartzle Construction Contractors

John Schwartzle, (605) 728-1159

P.O. Box 787, Tea, SD 57064

South Dakota Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Associate Member

Selene Zamorano-Ochoa, (605) 370-0929

The Tanner Leadership Consulting Companies LLC

Business Consulting

Jeffrey Tanner, (605) 376-3121

P.O. Box 90342, 57109

Vital Animal Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Services

Dr. Lisa Coder, (605) 339-9261 2809 S. Spring Ave., 57105 | Chamber News 43
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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 Find a complete Membership Directory online at

Founding members

Electric Supply Co., Inc.

Electricians & Electrical Contractors

Member since 1923

Innovative Office Solutions Office Equipment & Supplies

Member since 1907

Thomas James and Bechtold Jewelry Jewelry

Member since 1907

85 Years

Builders Supply Co. Building Materials

Harold’s Photo Centers Photography, Sound & Video

75 Year

Scott’s Lumber & Supply Co. - A Division of Lampert Yards, Inc. Building Materials

65 Years

Karl’s TV, Audio & Appliances, Inc. Electronics & Appliances

60 Years Howe, Inc. Heating & Cooling

50 Years

DGR Engineering Engineering

Kitchens & Windows Unlimited Building Materials

45 Years New York Life Insurance Company Great Plains General Office Investing

35 Years

Dakota Splash Specialty Retail

Geotek Engineering & Testing Services, Inc. Engineering

30 Years

ARS, a Tecta America Company, LLC Exterior & Roofing

The Inn on Westport Nursing Home, Assisted & Independent Living

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20 Years

Harr & Lemme Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Real Estate-Commercial

Minnehaha County Commission

Elected Officials

Morton Buildings, Inc. Contractors

15 Years

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Associate Member

Flower Mill Florists

10 Years

Vance Thompson Vision Physicians & Surgeons

5 Years

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes Family Fun Center Recreation & Amusement

Landscapes Unlimited, LLC/ City of Sioux Falls Golf Golf Courses

Pioneer Property Management Property Management

ScrapMart Garbage & Recycling

First Year Reinvestors

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Beyond Real Estate-Residential

Coldwell Banker Empire Realty Real Estate-Residential

European Wax Center Salons & Spas

Jason W. Freeman, LLC Professional Development & Training

JJ’s Axes & Ales Entertainment

JN Enterprises Inc. Heavy Equipment

Lucky’s Bars & Breweries

Pancheros Mexican Grill Restaurants

Rudy M. Navarrete’s Tex-Mexican Food Restaurants

Select Specialty HospitalSouth Dakota Hospitals Sioux Metro Growth Alliance Associate Member

Strategic Retirement Partners Employee Benefits

UPS Stores Mail Services & Shipping | Chamber News 45
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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 Brooke N. Schmidt

Brooke N. Schmidt is an Associate Attorney, practicing employment law, at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P. A native of Aberdeen, Brooke earned a bachelor’s degree from USD then spent time doing missionary work for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She went on to study at Washburn University School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. Brooke and her husband Nolan are the parents of three young children and a brand-new puppy. Brooke enjoys volunteering her time and talents with the South Dakota Bar Association, Sioux Empire Teen Court and Sioux Falls Thrive. This month, she will graduate from the Chamber’s Leadership Sioux Falls program as a member of Class 37.

How did you choose your profession?

I started to notice a sincere interest regarding the judiciary and legal system when I was in high school. Once I started volunteering for the Brown County Teen Court as a volunteer defense and prosecuting attorney, my interest deepened.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

My favorite professor, Dr. Michael Roche, always told his students to “look around the lantern.” This saying was to remind us that everyone’s view through the lantern is different, depending on where the person is standing. Everyone’s life experiences and circumstances shift their view through the lantern, and this enlightens our decisions and thoughts. We must physically move around the lantern, move from where we are comfortable, and “do the work” even when we do not agree with someone.

What is something you are optimistic about?

I see so many of my friends investing their time and being intentional with their children. I see them striving to share the inherent worth of all people and answering hard questions. I’m optimistic this will affect our future in a positive way.

What is a skill that you’d like to learn and why?

I would like to learn how to bake an awesome apple pie. If you know me, you know I am not the cook in my family. I would love to shock people with this new skill.

How do you approach challenges?

I start by acknowledging something is challenging and remind myself it is okay and normal not to know everything! Then I try to dive into the challenge whether this is through research or deeply analyzing the issue. Sometimes I make lists or timelines of events to help with the research or analysis. I also love talking through difficult issues with my colleagues and I’m grateful to work with individuals who are welcoming and supportive.

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Brooke N. Schmidt Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P.