JUNE 03, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 9

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Evan Nolte to retire at the end of 2016

Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte has led the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for more than 37 years, building this Chamber into one of the strongest, most vibrant chambers of commerce in the U.S. Evan has announced his retirement at the end of 2016.

The Chamber President/CEO position plays a key leadership role in this area, serving as our region´s No. 1 business advocate and a catalyst for progress in our region.

We believe a well-organized search process conducting by a professional recruiting firm with expertise in chamber searches will produce the best candidates for the position and make the best use of our Chamber resources. Waverly Partners, LLC are experts in recruiting chamber leaders. The Chamber Executive Committee will appoint a Search Committee. . .

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Observations on initiatives/referendums

The general election is scheduled each even-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. When South Dakota voters go to the polls on Nov. 8, 2016, they will be faced with 10 ballot issues to consider as well as electing a president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state legislators and more. Your Chamber, through the Issues Management Council (IMC), is very busy researching each issue and preparing issue briefs. Our first goal is to provide our membership and leadership with a clear, concise and objective explanation of each issue.

When you go to the polls this November, here is what you will see: Five proposed constitutional amendments, one placed on the ballot by the 2015 Legislature and four placed on the ballot through the petition process; two referred laws: both are referred laws enacted by the 2015 Legislature; and three initiated laws through the petition process.

The IMC research and writing process includes draft issue briefs prepared by staff that are then reviewed and edited by select volunteers. During the summer, we will hear presentations on certain issues and conduct a membership survey. . .

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Apply now to be part of the YPN peer mentoring program

The Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network (YPN) will launch a peer mentoring program this summer and anyone with a hunger for personal development is encouraged to apply. Groups will be led by a fellow YPN member through a year of monthly discussions focused on four areas: building relationships, problem solving and goal-setting, emotional intelligence and mindset.

Three months will be dedicated on each of the focus areas, taking participants through an intensive, but well-balanced series of complimentary topics that can be applied to everyone´s life, independent from someone´s current industry or career level.

Selected participants will be matched with an appropriate group of no more than five people, based on interest and availability. Each group will meet monthly throughout the year at a time determined by the group. . .

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Advertising opportunities available in 2016-17 sioux falls community guide

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity to promote their businesses to individuals interested in learning more about living and working in Sioux Falls and to fellow Chamber members in the annual Sioux Falls Community Guide.

The guides will initially be distributed at Operation Thank You, a one-day event where volunteers visit Chamber members to share information about the Chamber and thank them for their membership investment; this year it will be held Sept. 29. The publication is distributed year-round and can also be found as a digital flipbook at

The Chamber contracts with Argus Leader Media to produce the Sioux Falls Community Guide. Advertising is open to all Chamber members, and is only available to Chamber members, with sales closing in late September. . .

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