• May 2020
  • A PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Bright Side of Business
Stories of positive persistence in the face of a pandemic

There is not a corner of our community, or even the world, that hasn't been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The harsh reality is that much of that impact is negative and difficult. Businesses are navigating financial strain and regulatory uncertainty, leaders are facing tough decisions with no good options, and individuals are struggling with health concerns and job security.

As in most storms though, there is still light.

In the following pages, Chamber members share their stories of how their businesses are adjusting to a new way of operating in the midst of COVID-19.

This special feature section, created by Chamber members for Chambers members, is positive and inspiring. There are lessons learned, challenges overcome, employees who go out of their way to create positive interactions with coworkers and customers – the list goes on.

The stories below offer an uplifting reminder that we live in a community of people that embrace the idea that we are better and stronger together.


CellOnly

As an independently owned business, CellOnly is about supporting other local businesses. To help customers invest in our community during this time, we are including gift cards to local restaurants and businesses with device purchases as a thank you. We want everybody to make it through this situation and come out stronger on the...

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Chef Lance Catering

Truth is, I've been delivering family meals for quite some time, but when this virus hit it was the only thing I had left. When I opened my cafe almost two years ago, I knew I needed multiple ways of marketing my product, or in my case, food. I had a plan….five revenue streams:...

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Click Rain

In all aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has shown up in force. And while it has impacted each of our businesses uniquely, the pandemic has driven the business community to collectively rise up in these three pretty awesome ways...

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First Dakota National Bank

First Dakota's response to the coronavirus has been three-pronged to date. First, we created a brief video message entitled "Not Canceled." At a time when local news feeds seemed to be a steady stream of event cancellations, our message offered a glimmer of hope and...

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The Inn on Westport

At the Inn on Westport, socialization is an important aspect of retirement living! During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to do things differently and change our life enrichment activities...

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Koch Hazard Architects

Koch Hazard Architects has implemented several innovative strategies to adapt our business and culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these adjustments are allowing us to fulfill our mission in collaborating with great clients to achieve their goals through innovative design...

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Pinnacle Productions

When the event industry came to an abrupt halt in March, it found us working through several scenarios. None of which seemed familiar to the "normal" way our business worked...

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POET

More hand sanitizer will soon be available to individuals working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in and around Sioux Falls thanks to a local partnership. POET is creating a new sanitizer product and has partnered with Senproco Inc. for bottling...

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SDN Communications

In our contagious environment, work becomes personal. With user-friendly video technology, we see our coworkers' spouses, children and pets in meetings. We now know those photobombers' names, schedules and a bit of their personalities...

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Stone Group Architects

If there's one thing Todd Stone has learned since launching the South Dakota-based Stone Group Architects in 2012, it's that no two days are...

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Time Management Systems

Rewind back to March 23, 2020: Day one of Time Management Systems' remote working changeover. The same day our two official offices grew to 26 home offices. Reluctant to do so? Sure. Grateful to be in the type of business that remote working...

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Washington Pavilion

On March 17, 2020, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Team members were motivated to find creative ways to continue to uphold and deliver on our mission to...

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Xcel Energy

At Xcel Energy, we have a long history of giving back to Sioux Falls and all the communities we serve. We're committed to doing everything we can to help keep our employees and customers safe and healthy during this unprecedented global...

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