FEB. 8, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 5

Chair's Column
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Enjoy a cup of Legislative Coffee

One of the most important responsibilities of Chamber public affairs/communications staff is to help members stay current on advocacy and convey how the decisions of elected officials may affect their business. Beyond following us on Twitter @SFAdvocate, reading articles such as this in Chamber News as well as a weekly calendar of upcoming events in Quickly, members also have an opportunity to attend several events firsthand.

During the legislative session, these events include the Good Morning Sioux Falls breakfast, held annually in January, and Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19. Your Chamber has also scheduled three Legislative Coffees to provide a forum where constituents can hear about current bills and communicate with their elected officials. . .

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Positive things happening in FSF 2021 campaign

Every five years the Forward Sioux Falls program is re-evaluated to meet the ever-changing community challenges and explore new economic opportunities for the Sioux Falls region. Forward Sioux Falls is the vehicle that transforms visions into region-wide initiatives that make a difference in how Sioux Falls can keep pace with peer cities and regions. It is through the visions of public and private sector leaders, plus the expertise of staff at the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Sioux Falls Development Foundation, that this vision becomes a reality and is then executed on a daily basis.

Forward Sioux Falls has demonstrated a "will-do and can-do" attitude in this community for more than 29 years. Since 1987 and over the course of six previous programs, Forward Sioux Falls has raised more than $37.5 million that has facilitated a shared vision, goals and collaboration between the public sector and the business community. A new five-year initiative, a seventh Forward Sioux Falls program – Forward Sioux Falls 2021 Momentum, is ready to begin. . .

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Planning is underway for the Young Professionals Network (YPN) peer mentoring program, which will launch later this summer. YPN members who have a hunger for personal development are encouraged to apply.

This mentoring program is an adaptation of the YPN Mentoring Program started in 2014. Its sole purpose is personal development facilitated by young professionals for young professionals.

Groups of five will be led by a fellow YPN member through a year of monthly discussions, concentrated on four focus areas: building relationships; problem solving and goal setting; emotional intelligence; and mindset. . .

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Each year, the Chamber surveys its membership to see what services or programs they find most beneficial for their business and professional development. And each year, networking finishes among the top for benefits most appreciated by the membership. Attendance at Membership Mixers, committee meetings and other events offer great opportunities to meet new people and share the great story of your business or organization. You should also consider the many networking opportunities available when you attend the annual Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature, which will be held Friday, Feb. 19 in Pierre.

The day begins bright and early at 6:15 a.m. when approximately 100 people will board two chartered buses from the Empire Mall parking lot. You´ll be traveling and visiting with a group of like-minded people from the area business community who are dedicated to the success of the Sioux Falls community. . .

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