As Thanksgiving approaches, I've been reflecting on all the individuals and businesses in our city and region that make this a great place to live and work. I am thankful to be part of this community and part of this Chamber.
As the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, we are part of a vibrant economic community – one that extends beyond the boundaries of this city. There is a mutually beneficial relationship that exists between Sioux Falls and our surrounding towns and rural communities. We share our successes – we also share our challenges.
...the challenge of finding, keeping and training good employees is felt across the spectrum
There is one challenge in particular that we are all familiar with: workforce development. The need may look different from one industry to the next, but the challenge of finding, keeping and training good employees is felt across the spectrum – from retail to construction, manufacturing to health care, and everywhere in between.
In this issue of Chamber News, we spotlight the skilled trades and some of the strategies being used to address the demand for more skilled workers in our region. It is not a single-solution problem. It is encouraging, however, to see the collaborative work being done to tackle the issue.
November also brings Veterans Day. The Chamber's Military & Veterans Affairs Committee works diligently every year to honor the sacrifice and dedication of veterans. I'm confident that all of our members are grateful for the service provided by the members of our armed forces, and the Mil/Vet Committee does an excellent job of expressing that appreciation. I invite you to join us in honoring local veterans at the Veterans Day program on Nov. 11.
Finally, we close the month with Small Business Saturday. I appreciate this calendar reminder of the impact I can have by spending my dollars locally – and with other chamber members! I encourage you to support each other through your dollars – not just this one day, but all year long.