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Sioux Falls, SD 57104


(605) 336-1620


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Committee Information

Committee Information

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has numerous ways to get involved with committees. Click on the committee below to learn more about its purpose, activities and meeting times. Call (605) 336-1620 or email the staff contact to find out more information.

Committee Chair: Gina Beers
Purpose: To advance and promote the Sioux Empire as an agricultural center.
Activities: Ag Appreciation Day and the Sioux Empire Livestock Show.
Meeting Time: Third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Holly Rader
Committee Chair: Mark Luke, Mark Luke Companies
Purpose: To provide a stable source of income via dues by securing new Chamber members through combined efforts with the Membership Department.
Activities: Membership sales and ribbon cuttings/groundbreakings.
Meeting Time: Third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Amy Farr
Committee Chair: Karla Santi, Blend Interactive
Purpose: To enhance corporate responsibility in the Sioux Empire and to increase the number and percentage of businesses active in the Sioux Falls area community by subscribing to and becoming high-quality, corporate citizens.
Activities: Executive briefings and business tours and guest speakers.
Meeting Time: First Thursday of each month at 11:30a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Pat Lund
Committee Chair: Julie Choudek, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
Purpose: To qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives.
Activities: Research, interview and select capital fund drives
Meeting Time: Second Wednesday August-January and as needed, at 7:30 a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Mike Lynch
Committee Chair: Sara McMahon, Comfort Inn & Suites
Purpose: To market and showcase the city of Sioux Falls in order to expand the numbers and accommodate the needs of visitors to the city.
Activities: Involvement in the Sioux Falls visitor industry´s efforts to bring visitor business to the city.
Meeting Time: Fourth Thursday of each month at noon
Staff Coordinator: Kathie Puthoff
Committee Chair: Marshall Selberg, Lloyd Residential Group
Purpose: To maintain membership strength in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Activities: Membership Mixers, Good Morning Sioux Falls, Operation Thank You, ribbon cuttings/groundbreakings, Member to Member Discount program, new member visits and membership retention.
Meeting Time: Second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Pat Lund
Committee Chair:
Purpose: To promote and enhance the contributions of education to the Sioux Falls area.
Activities: Superintendents´ Roundtable, education presentations and school-business partnerships.
Meeting Time: Periodically on the fourth Thursday.
Staff Coordinator: Justin Bentaas
Co-chairs: Brian Grady, Lloyd Companies, Vice Chair Sarah Larson, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
Purpose: To proactively identify and study issues that impact the Sioux Falls area business community and propose solutions and positions that preserve and enhance the business climate.
Activities: Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature, Good Morning Sioux Falls, Inside Washington, Candidate Forums, Legislative Coffees
Meeting Time: Monthly
Staff Coordinator: Debra Owen, Director Public Policy
Committee Co-Chairs: BG (ret.) R.J. Clifft and BG (ret.) Ronald W. Mielke
Purpose: To advocate for the future of Joe Foss Field, the South Dakota Air National Guard and other military units in the Sioux Falls area
Activities: Advocating on behalf of military units in the Sioux Falls area and South Dakota
Meeting Time: Various times
Staff Coordinator: Mike Lynch
Committee Chair: Maj Gen (ret.) Robert T. Bray, Sioux Falls School District 49-5
Purpose: To coordinate, promote and monitor military, veteran and veterans support facilities activity within the Sioux Falls area.
Activities: Armed Forces Day program, Veterans Day program and guest speakers.
Meeting Time: Third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Staff Coordinator: Valerie Willson
Committee Chair: Chuck Hughes, Small Business Administration
Purpose: To provide assistance and support responsive to the needs of small business.
Activities: Business Sense Workshops, Chamber Café, and business start-up information.
Meeting Time: Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
Staff Coordinator: Jason Ball
Committee Chair: Kim Burma, Midco
Purpose: To develop and promote Sioux Falls as a regional sports and recreation center, provide volunteer support and create a positive economic impact through sporting events.
Activities: State tournament hospitality events.
Meeting Time: Every other month
Staff Coordinator: Justin Bentaas
Committee Chair: Amber Schwiesow, Midco
Purpose: To cultivate an informed a nd involved young professional community in the Sioux Falls area in order to retain and attract young and diverse talent.
Activities: Create opportunities for personal development, civic involvement, networking with peers and interaction with community leaders.
Meeting time: Visit for a calendar of YPN events.
Staff Coordinator: Kayla Huizing

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