CURRENT ISSUE
DEC. 1, 2017 - VOL. 54 No. 3

Headlines
Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
Print Advertisers
 

ARCHIVED ISSUES

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
 

Chair´s Column

Message from the Chair

By Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

Steve Van Buskirk
Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

No matter what industry you are in, your business is affected in some way by government regulation. As you make long-term plans for your business, you hope for a consistent regulatory environment-but we all know that regulatory change is a common occurrence. So, it is critical that you understand what issues are being considered, what decisions have been made, when they take effect and what impact those regulatory changes might have on your company.

Staying informed on the issues and being prepared to voice your perspective is no small undertaking. Many business leaders do not have the time to adequately engage with legislative issues while juggling their daily responsibilities. This is one reason that you belong to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. You can be assured that if an issue is important to your business, you have access to a team of professional staff and volunteers who are organized and ready to assist the business community.

Legislative advocacy is an important activity for the Chamber, and our team works hard to stay informed. The chamber reviews ballot initiatives, attends summer studies, organizes legislative coffees, attends city and county meetings and more. We report all this activity to the membership through Chamber Advocate, bill tracking and personal contact. Information gathered and feedback received from members is used to prepare position recommendations through the Issues Management Council. And, if necessary, we rally our partners to lobby for positive outcomes. This is not an exhaustive list of what your Chamber accomplishes, but it would be exhausting if you tried to accomplish this on your own. Advocacy is a tremendous benefit of membership for you and your business.

The Chamber uses policy statements as principles to guide us in advocacy efforts. The statements are guidance from our membership on issues that we may face during the coming year. They can also serve as goals for positive change that we hope to achieve. For example, last year we adopted a statement on diversity and inclusivity. I encourage you to look over the words, they matter.

In this issue of the Chamber News you'll find more information on our advocacy efforts, as well as a guide to your local representatives to the state legislature. Watch for information in the coming months from the chamber on activity taking place in Pierre. And if you see an issue that you'd like us to engage on, please contact our Public Affairs and Communications staff at the Chamber, or any member of the Issues Management Committee. We rely on your feedback to make good decisions for our membership.

Thank you for your membership - without your investment we could not accomplish this important work.


Advertising Opportunity

 
Join the Chamber of Commerce

Members Only Section


 

Copyright © 2017 Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Service.

  Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce CoSentry