Special Events


The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry bylaws state that our purpose is to promote, foster, and encourage the economic development of the State of South Dakota. It is a broad goal but simply stated it means that if business has a problem with state laws, we exist to fix those problems. If our members do not have problems with state regulations and laws, we exist to keep it that way.


The Chamber functions as an advocate for our members and for all businesses in South Dakota. This advocacy is done in the legislature, before state agencies and directly with the public in the form of initiative campaigns.  The South Dakota Chamber is not only working to promote business but is the organization that appreciates the role of the public sector and looks for solutions to pressing problems. 


While the core mission of the State Chamber has always been to serve as the voice of business during the legislature and to provide the leadership in statewide issues, we also maintain a series of important programs for the benefit of our membership and the betterment of the state of South Dakota.  Here is a reminder of the programs offered.


Business Day at the Legislature – Also serving as our annual meeting, Business Day brings local business and community leaders to Pierre for a legislative update, Business Caucus event, an opportunity to observe the legislature in process, meet with state officials, and enjoy the evening’s reception and program.

Governor’s Giant Vision Start Up Competition – This program was established in 2005 to help South Dakota citizens realize that our state is the best place to start a successful business. The program was designed as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for seed money and a chance to achieve the dream of operating their own business. Visit southdakotagiantvision.com for program details.


Economic Outlook Seminar – This annual fall event provides members with updated information on the state’s economic trends and speakers addressing the challenges and opportunities of doing business.  


The South Dakota Chamber frequently takes a leadership or partnership approach to a number of other issues as they arise.  We have partnered with the state on addressing Re-employment Insurance and property taxes issues; and are currently collaborating at the local, regional, state and federal levels to identify and foster workable solutions to childcare challenges. 


The State Chamber communicates regularly through the publication “Capitol-ism”, providing timely information on legislative activities and actions.  


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