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Chair's Column

Invite someone to share the benefits of Chamber membership

By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Dana Dykhouse
Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

An invitation is a powerful tool. Our community has many success stories because someone asked someone else to donate time, talent or treasure – and that someone else said yes.

The culture of the Sioux Falls business community is that we all want to be on board for projects that benefit the greater good; when it comes to community progress, we´re all on the Sioux Falls team. I think that´s why we´ve seen so much success and engagement with Forward Sioux Falls.

Like many others of my generation, I´ve benefited from someone taking the time to encourage me to get involved and inviting me to participate. Those invitations have led to numerous opportunities for me to help make an impact on my community in my personal and professional life.

I look at our next generation of leaders and I´m proud of how they have stepped up to claim their seat at the table. As organizations transition leadership, it´s important we share the culture of giving and involvement that has served us so well. One of the ways the Chamber has provided opportunities for burgeoning community leaders is through our Leadership Sioux Falls program and Young Professionals Network. Next month we´ll graduate our 29th LSF class and in March, we welcomed our 1,000th YPN member.

We think the culture of our Chamber of Commerce is also a valuable tool to share. I have benefited from the opportunities I´ve taken advantage of through the Chamber, from networking to discussion about issues. I know that there´s also a great value for all businesses whether you have the time or inclination to be involved – the Chamber serves as a seal of approval that says you´re an active part of the community.

If you´re a Chamber member reading this, I encourage you to invite a friend or someone you do business with to learn more about us. We have a ton of events and activities (see the calendar on page 7). Our Spring Membership Drive is currently underway and we´re hoping to add 90 new members. One of our volunteer Ambassadors or staff members would be happy to share the many benefits of belonging to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

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