• July/August 2019

Message from the Chair

By Tim Sturdevant
2018-19 Chair of the Board

As business leaders, I'm sure you spend time thinking about ways you can and should invest in your company. As Chamber members, many of us also spend time considering how we can best invest in our community. One way to do both is to invest in your employees.

Tim Sterdevant
Investing in people pays dividends.

Investing in people pays dividends. Employees who feel valued at work tend to be more productive and less likely to leave the company. That directly impacts our community as we address challenges in attracting and retaining workforce. It is important that we continue to both train and support the workers we already have here, while we work to bring new qualified workers to Sioux Falls.

The Chamber offers a variety of opportunities to invest in yourself and your employees. Business Sense Workshops are offered on a regular basis – check out an upcoming workshop to gain practical information you can use in your business. Educate yourself on public policy issues this summer by attending our Inside Washington series with each member of South Dakota's Congressional delegation. Or perhaps you know someone who would benefit from participating in the Leadership Sioux Falls program. Encourage him or her to apply – the application period is open now.

In August, the Young Professionals Network will host the 2019 Crossroads Summit – a one-day event for professionals from all industries to learn, network and grow. With two keynote speakers and a great lineup of local experts leading breakout sessions, the day is sure to be valuable for young and more seasoned professionals alike. If you are a supervisor or manager of young professionals, consider investing in them by giving them a day out of the office to attend the Crossroads Summit.

You can find information on all these programs and more in this issue of Chamber News, or online at siouxfallschamber.com. Pick one or more that makes sense for you, and I look forward to hearing about your return on investment!


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