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September 2021 Membership Report

September 2021 Membership Report

Oh September, my favorite month of the year! Kids are back to school, the daily routine is a little more normal, the days are warm with the nights cool, and soon the leaves will start to change color. After a very hot and dry summer I am looking forward to the cooler days ahead!

Business After Hours will be Tuesday, September 21st at the Silver Spur in Fort Pierre; note the change from our usual Thursday night event. As always, we will have five other businesses participate, there will be beverages for purchase, complimentary appetizers, and door prizes to win. If you have not attended a Business After Hours (BAH) event yet this year, be sure to mark this on your calendar! It is a great way to network in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting a future business after hours, I would love to chat! We are currently securing our 2022 participating businesses.

Understandably, Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies have slowed down due to COVID and its ripple effects. If you have started a business, are a new owner, have redecorated your space, have made a name or location change, or have had any other reason to celebrate your business over the last year and a half, it’s not too late to host a ribbon cutting! Owning a business is hard work, and we love being able to help celebrate both the big and small victories of our members. We have options to help circulate the word about what is happening at your business, and work with you to make it as seamless as possible.

Looking ahead, Leadercast 2021 – Shift kicks off on Monday, September 13. Participants will have the whole week to watch the twelve world-renowned speakers at their own pace. You can register for the event until September 9. Rooster Rush week will be October 11-15th and we will be encouraging businesses to roll out the orange carpet to welcome the visitors in our community. Don’t forget, the 21st Annual Parade of Lights is scheduled for Monday, November 22, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be the next day, November 23, and Shop Small Saturday will be November 26. Please consider shopping #Loyal2Local, not only during the holidays, but every day. Our community depends on it.  
Have a happy and healthy fall!
Katie Johnson

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