• January 2020
  • A PUBLICATION OF THE SIOUX FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Message from the Chair

By Bobbi Thury
2019-20 Chair of the Board

Happy New Year! At the Chamber, we are embracing the future with the start of our new President and CEO, Jeff Griffin, who takes the reigns on January 20. Jeff has a track record of leadership success and a heart for helping others succeed. We couldn't be more excited!

Bobbi Thury
...Whatever your vision in 2020, the Chamber is here to support your success.

Please mark your calendars and join us for a celebration thanking Dr. Dave Kapaska for serving as our Interim President on January 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Chamber. Dr. Kapaska kept us progressing during this transition and we are so grateful for his leadership.

The year 2020 brings to mind the "perfect vision." I'm sure you have a vision for the future of your life and business, and time is already ticking. Here are some ideas to help make the vision a reality:

1. Take care of yourself at a Chamber Member's business. Let's face it, there is a reason you're instructed to apply the oxygen mask to yourself before others. I stooped to a new low during the busy holiday season when I dug through the trash to retrieve a contact lens because I realized I wouldn't have time to pick up new ones until the next day. Later, I was talking with some smart women who were just as busy as me, but they made taking care of themselves a priority. Because they are fully oxygenated, they have more power to be givers and doers in their businesses and community. Whether you need to break a sweat, get a massage, see a doctor, meet with a financial planner or hire that cleaning service – look to our awesome Chamber members! Check out the membership directory on our website and identify who you should visit with to help you achieve new heights in 2020.

2. Sharpen your saw. Look at our Chamber calendar or give us a call to find out what Chamber programs can help you and your business be the best in class. It might be attending a Business Sense Workshop, participating in Leadership Sioux Falls or sharing ideas with a fellow member at Morning Mingle. Make sure you are working on your business and not just in it. The Chamber is here to help!

3. Experience life and be a doer. January 21-25 is the Chamber's annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show and the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions is January 24. I encourage you to go and experience these fun events. Bring your family...your friends...whatever you do, do not miss it! Try new things such as visiting a Chamber member restaurant, try a new activity with your kids or volunteer at one of our local nonprofits. Make 2020 a year to remember.

Whatever your vision in 2020, the Chamber is here to support your success in this year and beyond. Let's all stop trying to make it through the day and be fully and meaningfully flourishing in business and in life. Let's get after it!

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