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Chair´s Column

Foster connections to encourage
growth for the future

By Dave Kapaska, D.O.
2016-17 Chair of the Board

Dave Kapaska
Dave Kapaska, D.O.
2016-17 Chair of the Board

Each April, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates our Young Professionals Network (YPN). Launched in 2009, the program now boasts nearly 1,000 members.

It is so encouraging to see the large number of active and engaged young professionals. Look around... Sioux Falls is full of young people who are stepping out, stepping up and leading the way. We can be confident that our community will have strong leadership and active, engaged citizenry for years to come.

Early in my career, I benefitted from experienced leaders who took the time to invest in my professional development. Mentorship, whether formal or informal, is a powerful tool in nurturing our workforce. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple act an invitation to participate in a volunteering opportunity or encouragement to attend a professional development event. We must all continue to work together to build our next generation of leadership.

Perhaps you or someone you know could benefit from a better understanding of how federal policy can impact your business. This month, I invite you to learn more about what is happening in our nation's capital and how it may affect your business here in South Dakota. John Kirchner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will share his inside perspective at our Good Morning Sioux Falls breakfast on April 27.

Our volunteer Ambassadors and their associates wrapped up their annual spring membership drive April 3. I thank them for their efforts to invite new businesses to participate in bettering our community through Chamber membership. The drive may be over, but it is never too late to join! I encourage you to talk to your colleagues and clients. . . share with them why you choose to be a Chamber member and invite them to consider membership for themselves.

When you invite others to participate, you are helping facilitate connections that will strengthen our workforce. We have seen over and over that connections can be the foundation for new ideas, new initiatives and the betterment of our community as a whole. Thank you for encouraging others to get engaged!

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