August 2009

Special Events


South Dakota Chamber Of Commerce - Venture Capitol

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Volume:3 Issue:2

Retirement Forces
Reluctant Farewell
Charlotte Conway and Sylvia Moisan announce retirement plans


After a combined service of nearly fifty years, Youth Business Adventure Executive Director Sylvia Moisan (below) and Youth Business Adventure Executive Assistant Charlotte Conway (left) will both be retiring later this month. Conway has assisted with many organizational and staff changes since her State Chamber career started in 1972. Moisan has directed the activities of two Youth Business Adventure (YBA) campuses since 1998. This article is only a snapshot of how of each these remarkable women has impacted the organization.


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New YBA Executive
Director Announced
Jasper DesLauriers Joins State Chamber Staff


Jasper DesLauriersSioux Falls native Jasper DesLauriers has been hired to replace retiring YBA Executive Director Sylvia Moisan. USD graduate DesLauriers joined the staff earlier this summer to begin the transition process.

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YBA to Benefit from SME
Youth Benefit Auction


Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos to play for SME Youth Benefit Auction

Sioux Falls, SD (September 3, 2009) -- Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls (SME) announced today that Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos will be the entertainment at their annual SME Youth Benefit Auction to be held on September 25, 2009 at C J Callaway’s in Sioux Falls. Funds raised at the auction go to support Youth Business Adventure and SME College Scholarships.


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Economic Outlook Seminars
Slated for October


In today's uncertain economic times it is crucial for South Dakota business leaders to fully understand the state's economy, as well as national trends that impact the workforce available to them. In an ongoing effort to assist with that understanding, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry is presenting the third annual Economic Outlook Seminar series.


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Fourth Annual South Dakota Biotechnology Summit
& Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls

SD BIO LogoThe South Dakota Biotech Association presents the Fourth Annual SD Biotechnology Summit. The biosciences are outpacing other industries in growth, investments and employment base. South Dakota is poised to capitalize on biotechnoogy opportunities. Attend this Summit and learn how we can come together to grow the industry in South Dakota.

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Visitor Industry Alliance
Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The Visitor Industry Alliance (VIA) will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Best Western Ramkota in Pierre. Lunch will be provided for VIA members but RSVPs are required. Please email or call the office at 605-945-2846 no later than Friday, October 9.
The meeting agenda will include a legislative discussion with VIA Lobbyist Lorin Pankratz. Specific topics to be addressed are the previously proposed second penny sales tax. Various groups in the state appear interested in bringing this to the legislature in 2010 in a format that would allow for very specific uses of the revenue generated.


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