Promoting prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.
This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's October 2021 E-Newsletter.
Take a few moments to enjoy an update from the Chamber as we promote prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.
-Your Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Staff
Sara Rankin, Chamber Chief Executive Officer
Fall is officially here. The leaves are beginning to change, and the temperatures are starting to drop. With these changes, we begin to turn our thoughts to the quickly approaching holiday season. This time of year is a favorite around the Chamber, and we are excited to continue with the tradition of hosting many of the areas favorite holiday events!
It may not be a universally recognized holiday, but it sure is in South Dakota – pheasant hunting season opener is Saturday, October 16, and boy, are we excited! Show off your enthusiasm for the upcoming hunting season by participating in Rooster Rush week, October 11-17. Join us as we roll out the orange carpet and welcome hunters and their families to our area!
November brings our 21st Annual Parade of Lights, a kickoff to the holiday season. Monday, November 22, the Parade of Lights will be marching down our streets spreading holiday cheer! Pierre’s most famous holiday tradition, Christmas at the Capitol, will hold its Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 23. The annual tree display will be showcased until December 26 and is open to the public every day from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM. November 27 is Small Business Saturday and, as always, the Chamber would like to remind the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities to shop small and support our local retail stores as we head into the holiday season.
The Chamber’s Annual Celebration and Community Christmas Party is on Thursday, December 9, featuring hypnotist Kellan Marson. Sure to be a hit, we invite you to join us and bring your friends. We’ve booked the room, planned the meal, and arranged for the entertainment and we welcome you to sit back and enjoy the evening! Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office or on our website at pierre.org or contact Mallory. Back by popular demand, the Chamber will be hosting a meet and greet with Santa and his reindeer on Sunday, December 12 at East Pierre Landscape and Garden Center. Bring the kids, grab a cup of cocoa, and get up close and personal with Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the gang.
As you begin thinking about your holiday shopping, or start to add to your own wish list, we urge you to keep our local retailers in mind. We are truly blessed to have so many great options. I also encourage you to support our local non-profits as they roll out their holiday campaigns. There are countless non-profits whose work becomes increasingly important during the holiday season, and it is up to us as community members to help them make a difference! This holiday season we encourage you to stay Loyal2Local!
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Monday, October 11 in observance of
Native American Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, October 12 at 8:00 AM.
Improve Your Networking Results with a Four-Point Plan
Chrstina R. Metcalf, Contributor, Chamber Blog Post
If you joined the chamber to meet new people, grow your network, and get more customers, you’re on the right track. But do you have a plan to make the most of your time investment? If not, you need one.
What Am I Doing Here? Map Out an Effective Networking Plan
There may be many reasons you’re interested in that networking event. First, ask yourself who it is you want to meet. Are you there for:
People in your target market
Vendors that provide services and items you need for business
Partners or complementary service providers (partnering with the healthy juice bar when you’re a gym, can be mutually beneficial)
Industry peers for a best practice exchange or referrals
Beth Bridges, the Networking Motivator acclaimed speaker and author of several books on networking, says “A smart networker never goes to a networking event ‘hoping’ to find a prospect. Instead, they will be ready to act on one of several very specific plans that they will have set in advance—or are ready to pivot to—if the event turns out to be something different than they anticipated.”
Here are two potential plans she suggests:
Networking Plan 1: Meet "The one." If you know who is attending in advance, research and choose one or two people you must absolutely meet. When you walk in the door, tell the host "I am here to meet Pat Vang. Are they here yet?"
Networking Plan 2: Build social capital. Walk into the event with something to offer. An event invite (a private mastermind? an online speed networking event?), a line on a new business opening, or a great webinar (not necessarily yours!). Anything that gives value to other people so that you can build up your social capital with them for future use.
Which brings us to Beth’s third suggestion on how to make the most of your networking time. She advises:
Networking Plan 3: Get a referral or resource. If you don’t have a guest list for the event but know the audience type (i.e. CEOs, accountants, solopreneurs), hone in on a problem that type of person could solve for you with a referral or resource. When meeting someone, your intro remarks end with "I'm here to find someone who knows a good bookkeeper / copywriter / etc."
But there might be something else you can take away from networking. How about a fourth plan of action?
There’s a group of people you might not be thinking about when it comes to networking. And yet, they may be able to shape your company culture and help you grow much faster than you would’ve expected.
The Fourth Person You’ll Want to Meet
Who are they?
Well, it’s different for everyone.
Networking Plan 4: Find a Solution. Think about the proverbial, “what keeps you up at night?” question. There’s a problem you’re likely struggling with. There’s also a professional, company, or industry out there that has solved your problem. Let’s look at an example from Henry Ford. He wanted to make cars more efficiently, so he instructed his employees to place the car parts in a line on the floor making them easy to access. While that reduced some of the time required, shaving a few hours off the original 12 it took to build a car, there were still hiccups. He thought there had to be a quicker way.
So, he studied flour mills, breweries, and meat packing plants (or maybe he went to a chamber networking mixer and talked to professionals from those industries; who’s to say?). By studying how they mechanized their systems, he used pieces/ideas from each and created the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. He reduced the time it took to manufacture from over 12 hours to one hour and 33 minutes!
With that change he could afford to produce cars for less, making them available to a greater number of people. This revolutionized not only his business but car production in general. All because he spent some time thinking about other businesses and their mechanization practices!
I recently talked to a rocket scientist (yes, really) who pulled methodologies from tech companies to learn quickly and fail often. He looked outside of his company to find a way to make his business goals attainable.
At your next networking event, know that there’s someone who has already solved the problem you’re facing. They may not be in the same business or industry but the lessons they learned are likely still applicable.
So, when you’re making a list of networking interests, think about the problems you face and strike up a conversation asking other attendees if they’ve faced the same. You may be pleasantly surprised by the insights and advice they can give you. Plus, that type of in-depth beginning conversation and sharing can lead to much deeper relationships down the line.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
For more than a decade, I’ve worked on local government budgets. They aren’t always fun; at times, they could even be painful. But I’m pleased to say the 2022 budget planning season was a good one!
At last week’s commission meeting, we approved a $57 million budget. With those funds we are able to improve infrastructure in the community (we included an extra $1 million for street projects), get staff the equipment it needs to operate efficiently, and continue to provide quality service to our community members.
That’s all happening without raising wastewater or electrical rates! You might remember, we are raising water rates as part of the drinking water treatment facility project. You might also remember, that increase was approved by voters and required by the state funding used for the project.
But more importantly, this means our revenues are covering our expenses! It doesn’t mean we’re sitting on a pot of gold, but it does mean we’re not sacrificing new equipment for operational expenses. It means our current needs are being met.
Since becoming Mayor, I have asked the team to take a conservative approach to the budget process and to focus on infrastructure, equipment, and buildings. It has worked out really well. With that goal we are modernizing all of utilities –drinking water, wastewater, and electric. We are making significant headway on street upgrades. We’re giving a boost to community assets that have fallen into disrepair. You’ll notice much of that work in our park systems where facilities, including the outdoor pool, are being replaced or repaired. And we have returned our reserves to a healthy state.
Aiding in those improvements and positive outlook has been our local spending and sales tax receipts. We saw those jump considerably this year. I think a significant piece of that can be attributed to the shop local commitment we realized during the pandemic. By allowing businesses to stay open, we allowed our community to keep progressing. We also received some one-time pandemic related funding from the federal government that provided us with additional confidence to keep projects pushing forward.
Prudent financial planning paired with healthy sales tax returns and one-time funding gave us the financial resources we needed. But that’s just one piece necessary to complete the budget. For the last couple of years, we have taken a different approach with our budget process as well. Rather than a top-down approach, we have our departments prioritize their needs. This helps ensure the full commission understands what our team needs to efficiently and effectively do their jobs.
We are ending 2021 on solid financial footing, and 2022 looks to bring more of the same!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
During the last few Council meetings, we received questions from an individual about transparency, so I thought that would be a good topic to cover in this column.
Getting information out to the general population in Fort Pierre has always been a high priority of mine, and is somewhat of a challenge. In the “old days,” everyone read the newspaper so that was an easy call. But now we get our news from a variety of sources; some people read it online, some people rely on the radio, some watch TV, and others read the paper.
In order to try to hit all the bases, we use our Facebook page and web site. In addition, we put together a quarterly newsletter and mail it to every utility customer. I personally am scheduled regularly on the two local radio stations 5-6 times a month, and write a monthly column for the Pierre Area Chamber newsletter and Capital Journal.
The City Council meeting agendas are posted in the Capital Journal, on our website, and on the doors of the Court House (home of City Hall). Approved minutes are printed in the Capital Journal and posted on our web site.
As a staff, we make ourselves available to respond to questions and concerns from the general public and the media. The experience of COVID-19 made it necessary to use teleconferencing and Zoom for our City Council meetings. As a result, we now have the opportunity to make it easier for residents and media to attend the meetings virtually. All you need to participate is a phone.
As a small town, the staff and I are easily accessible at the office or by phone.
The greatest improvement we could make would be to televise our public meetings. I have looked into the cost, both the initial investment and the ongoing production costs, and the Council agreed with me that we don’t have available funds at this time.
I am always open to suggestions for more effective ways to communicate with our residents. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
Happy Fall! Rooster Rush is right around the corner on October 11 – 17, 2021. Don’t forget to contact the Chamber to make an appointment to take pictures of your hunting displays for Paint the Town Orange. To make an appointment, call the Chamber at 224.7361 or email email@example.com. We are excited to be personally welcoming the hunters arriving at the Pierre Regional Airport. However, Rooster Rush isn’t just for hunters, there are activities for families as well. Make sure to check out the Autumn Wine Walk and the Hunters’ Wives weekend at Northridge Plaza.
Over the last year, I have been working hard to grow our social media presence. Part of the social media growth is due to a social media co-op program the CVB is offering for industry partners. Currently the focus is on boosting posts geared towards hunting and fishing. Chamber membership participation in this program allows us to grow in this area of marketing to encompass more than just hunting and fishing and to broaden our reach to visitors. If you are interested in partnering in the social media co-op marketing program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the social media marketing, you may see other ads from the South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks, as well as ads from the CVB this fall. Both campaigns will be promoting hunting and outdoor activities. These types of campaigns are important to the Pierre area. Tourism is Pierre’s fourth largest industry and is vital to the community as a income generator. For every dollar spent on marketing and advertising, we receive $52 in visitor spending to support local businesses and generate tax revenue for Pierre. Tourism also creates local jobs. In Hughes County alone there were 1,301 jobs created or sustained by travel spending in 2019. These are unprecedented times, but for the success and survival of our community, it is important to continue to promote travel and tourism to the area.
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
It’s October - my favorite time of year! The hoody sweatshirts, the crisp air, and of course all the beautiful fall colors. I couldn’t imagine living in a place where the seasons didn’t change!
October is also the beginning of pheasant hunting season, and Rooster Rush is alive and well in the Pierre area. Many families and friends will be returning for the long-standing tradition of hunting; filling our homes, hotels, restaurants and shops with prospective customers. Now is the time to start thinking about how you want to welcome hunting guests into our area and encourage their patronage. Decorate your store fronts and offer some great South Dakota hospitality when they come through the door.
It isn’t too early to start thinking about your holiday shopping. We hope you will consider being Loyal2Local this holiday season. There are many reasons to Shop Local, here are just a few:
- Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is. Support your friends, neighbors, and yourself. Invest in the community you love to live in; help to create a stronger and healthier Pierre area by keeping our money here.
- What Goes Around Comes Around. Two or three times as much money spent stays in the local economy when you buy goods and services from locally owned businesses.
- Community Sustainability. Local stores help sustain vibrant, walk-able areas which reduce gas consumption and pollution, and improves quality of life.
- Keep Our Community Unique. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of the Pierre area.
- Create Collective Prosperity. Locally owned businesses invest more in local labor, pay more local taxes, spend more time on community-based decisions and create local events. In doing so, they create more opportunity for all of us here in the Pierre area.
- Local Owners Care About the Pierre Area. Local business owners live in and love the Pierre area. They are less likely to leave and are more invested in the future of our whole community.
- Give Back and Take Care. Local business owners make more local purchases themselves. Locally owned companies and employees are statistically more likely to give to local charities.
I hope you have a great fall season!
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Dakota Wesleyan University - Learn & Earn Program Pierre
925 E. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Affordable and efficient 16-month path to career and degree for students with industry-recognized certifications in areas such as insurance and banking, data analytics, human resources, project management, social media marketing and business administration. This program is developed in partnership with businesses and industries in the Pierre region designed to meet the specific needs of Pierre area employers.
Chamber Events & Reminders
Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses
Leonard Managment McDonald's
Leonard Management McDonald's in Pierre kicked off their three-day Grand Opening event with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, September 8. As part of the Grand Opening, McDonald's donated a percentage of sales to the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.
Dakota News Now was finally able to cut the ceremonial ribbon on Thursday, Sept. 23 after having to put the event on hold due to COVID-19. The news organization moved into 455 S Pierre Street in February of 2020, and is a shared partnership with KOTA Territory News and Black Hills Fox in Rapid City.
South Dakota Discovery Center
The South Dakota Discovery Center celebrated its new Soil is Life exhibit with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, September 24. From the soil beneath your feet to the farthest reaches of the universe, find out how everything is connected in the new exhibit!
Fall Business After Hours
The Chamber held Fall Business After Hours on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at The Silver Spur Restaurant. Co-hosts included the Capital Area Pickleball Association, Pierre Educational Foundation, First National Bank, Quality Quick Print and the South Dakota Historical Society. Event participants and attendees enjoyed food, beverages and getting back to building relationships in person.
The next Business After Hours will be on Thursday, November 18 at The Longbranch. If you would like to participate in a future Business After Hours, contact Katie via email or call 605.224.7361.
Leadership Pierre 2021-2022
The 2021-2022 class of Leadership Pierre got to know each other at their Kickoff event at the Missouri Avenue Event Center on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The following Thursday, Leadership Pierre enjoyed their first session with the objective to learn more about business, financial and professional development in the Pierre area.
October 2021 Calendar of Events
2021 Chamber Board of Directors
Thomas Allerdings - President, ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Aaron Fabel - Vice President, Oahe Family YMCA
Jodie Anderson - Secretary, Strategic Association Services
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer, First Dakota National Bank
Meredith Lee - Past President, Lee Real Estate
Avera St. Mary's
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance
Delta Dental of South Dakota
Reinke Gray Wealth Management
Black Hills Federal Credit Union
Oahe Federal Credit Union
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota
Drifters Bar & Grille
Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
Chief Executive Officer
Events & Communications Director
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2021 Investor List
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.
Platinum Investors - $1000
Avera St. Mary's/Avera Medical Group
First National Bank
Gold Investors - $600
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.
First Dakota National Bank
Midwest Development Inc.
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.
Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.
American Medical Response
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.
Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic
Dakota Prairie Bank
Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP
Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel’s Salon, BPRO Inc., Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice Inc, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Country Carpet & Flooring, Cowboy Country Stores, DJ’s Convenience Store, Dakota Radio Group KGFX – KPLO – River 92.7 – 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Floss Dentistry, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas Inc., Governor’s Inn, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake’s Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., Korner Grocery, Krueger Contracting Inc., La Minestra, Lee Real Estate, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary’s Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, McDonald’s, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperative, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Bachand Hruska & Scheibe PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency Inc., Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Sports Center, Pizza Ranch, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Richie Z’s Brickhouse BBQ, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Runnings, South Dakota Community Foundation, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, Slumberland Furniture, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance – Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, Titan Machinery Inc., TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zach Clark Insurance Inc.
Individual & Non-Profit Investors $60
Capital City Campus, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Discovery Center, Rev. Jon B. Urbach
2021 PEDCO Board of Directors
Andy Hubbart - Chairman,
Mark Anderson - Secretary,
Kim Easland - Treasurer,
American Bank & Trust
Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm
Trustee - Rick Dockter
Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank
Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline
Avera Medical Associates Clinic
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel
Allied Plumbing & Heating
Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Chamber of Commerce
Pierre City Commission
Area Director of Sen. Mike Rounds
Pierre City Administrator
Hughes County Commission
Chief Operating Officer
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