• April 2020

Message from the Chair

By Bobbi Thury
2019-20 Chair of the Board

Fellow business leaders – we have been presented with an opportunity and a responsibility of protecting our citizens, employees and loved ones while supporting our economy. Corporate social responsibility has taken on new meaning in these unprecedented times.

Since the Chamber's founding in 1907, we have been the leading advocate for the Sioux Falls Area business community to advance and promote the economic health and quality of life of the region. Today we remain even more dedicated to that cause.

Bobbi Thury
...I remain confident in the resiliency of our businesses and community.

Whether you are a solopreneur to serial entrepreneur, from cupcakes to biotech, to our nonprofits who are saving and changing lives, the diversity of our members is our strength and the commonality of one goal – to see our businesses and quality of life prosper – unite us.

To our business and nonprofit members, I commend the steps that have been taken to allow us all to shop, eat, work and worship safely. To our fellow citizens and neighbors, I commend you for taking the recommended precautionary safeguards. Let's stay diligent and on top of everchanging recommendations and circumstances. Let's stay smart, calm, and committed to helping each other.

Now is a good time to take inventory of blessings as well. I am grateful for our healthcare systems, city leadership, first responders, schools and nonprofits that have kept hungry kids fed, extra and unplanned time with family, and the list goes on. A heartfelt thanks to all in our community for coming together.

I remain confident in the resiliency of our businesses and community. And as a Chamber, we will be working diligently at finding innovate ways to encourage connections and business building. Please reach out to the Chamber if we can assist you in some way. Let's stick and work together. Americans are resilient and always rise to the occasion, and as South Dakotans we have a little extra sprinkle of grit.


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