• Brookings Health website recognized as top 5% in the nation as a Gold winner in the 2019 Aster Awards competition
    Julia Yoder, Brookings Health System, 605-696-8028, jyoder@brookingshealth.org  
    Ashley Bott, Blend Interactive, 605-334-7077, ashley@blendinteractive.com
    Brookings, SD, May 20, 2019 –Brookings Health System, a non-profit, city-owned health system, has won a Gold Award in the national 2019 Aster Awards competition. The competition — one of the largest, most respected of its kind — is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc.
    Brookings Health System was awarded a Gold award in the Website category, one of only 13 gold awards in the nation. The new brookingshealth.org was designed in partnership with Blend Interactive, a web development company based in Sioux Falls, SD.
    “Research indicates the majority of patients begin their healthcare journey online,” said Julia Yoder, marketing and PR director at Brookings Health System. “We chose to invest in our website with Blend Interactive to create a patient-centric site for our local patients when they start their healthcare journey. The Aster Award affirms our website is built to put patients first.”
    “The Brookings Health System website was kind of a perfect project,” says Corey Vilhauer, director of strategy. “Working with Julia and her team was wonderful, and together we were able to take a full web strategy from ideation to launch — with some pretty great results.” More detail on the work that was completed can be viewed in this case study from Blend Interactive.
    To receive a Gold Award, an entry must receive a score of 95-99 out of 100, which represents the top 5% of nearly 3,000 entries submitted to the competition from organizations in the United States, Canada, and South America. All entries are reviewed by a panel of industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria including creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.
    “The quality and creativity of the entries submitted seems to increase each year. The 2019 Aster Awards program brought together some of the best and most creative advertising in the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards Program Coordinator.
    All winners are currently posted on the Aster Awards website (www.AsterAwards.com), as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today, a national healthcare marketing magazine.


  • Ton Promoted to Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Director

    Release Date: May 10, 2019

    Contact: info@brookingschamber.org

    Brookings, SD – Kimberly Ton of Brookings, SD was recently promoted from Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator to the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Director.

    “Anyone that knows Kimberly knows she is a go-getter. I think we are all excited to see what she will do with this position,” President and CEO Kelsey Doom stated.

    “I’m beyond ecstatic to further my career with the Chamber.  Our team is stronger than ever and ready to promote, connect, enrich, and advocate for our members.  I’m looking forward to meeting as many Brookings businesses as I can so please reach out if we haven’t met or if you just want to chat,” Ton said.

    Ton is starting her new position immediately. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce is currently searching for a part time administrative assistant to fill Ton’s previous role. Those interested are invited to email your cover letter and resume to kelsey@brookingschamber.org.

    For more information, please contact the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-692-6125.


  • President Trump Proclaims National Small Business Week May 5 – 11
    Release Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
    WASHINGTON – Today, National Small Business Week celebrations commence in the nation’s capital with a two-day award ceremony at the U.S. Institute of Peace where more than 75 national award winners from across the country and U.S. territories are gathered to be recognized for their major accomplishments.  The two-day award ceremony will conclude Monday, May 6 with the announcement of the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year and two runners-up. 
    Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the annual event honors the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business advocates. National Small Business Week events will continue through May 11, with SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton hosting additional events taking place in Utah, as well as more than 200 events across the nation. Their courageous innovation makes our cities and towns vibrant places to live, work, and raise families.  Small businesses employ almost 59 million workers, more than one-third of our country’s labor force.” He added, “This week, we celebrate the pioneering spirit, creativity, and determination upon which America has always been built.  This undaunted conviction drives our entrepreneurs and small business owners, whose hard work and perseverance give our Nation economic strength.  Their initiative, combined with the greatest workforce in the world, is enabling us to convert the unlimited potential of America into great wealth and prosperity.”
    The President’s proclamation closes with “by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5 through May 11, 2019, as National Small Business Week.  I call upon all Americans to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation’s economy.”
    The Washington, D.C. award ceremonies and workshops on digital commerce and social media will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/sbagov.  In addition, there will be a free Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week, May 7-8 between 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET daily. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without traveling.  Registration is required, individuals interested in the conference can register here. Virtual Conference viewers will be able to watch educational webinars, get free business advice and network with fellow business owners.


  • Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Doom as President and CEO
    Release Date: April 8, 2019
    Contact: info@brookingschamber.org
    Brookings, SD –  After months of searching, interviewing, and deliberation amongst the board, the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their new President and Chief Executive Officer as Kelsey Doom from Wagner, South Dakota. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Wagner Area Growth, Inc. as well as the Wagner Chamber of Commerce.
    “I am very excited and honored by this opportunity to work with the Brookings community. The Brookings Chamber of Commerce already has some great systems in place, so I plan to do a lot of listening and learning from the business community in order to understand what other needs they have and how we can help. I’m looking forward to building new relationships and helping to make Brookings an even greater place to be,” Doom stated.
    Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors Staci Perry, said, "We had interest from nearly 60 candidates across the country. Kelsey Doom was the ideal choice for the Brookings Area Chamber. She brings chamber organization, development corporation, and community collaboration experience to the Chamber. With her exceptional background and experience, she is positioned to represent our Chamber members and stakeholders as a participative leader.”  Perry added, “We are pleased to welcome Kelsey to Brookings and feel that her leadership and high performance will complement the Chamber’s exceptional staff and keep the organization on its path of success and ever-increasing achievements.”
    Former President and CEO David Merhib announced his resignation in December 2018. During the transition, former Chair of the Board of Directors Jim Schade has served as Interim President and CEO.
    Doom will be present at the 2019 Annual Meeting hosted by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Brookings Economic Development Corporation on April 2, 2018. She will officially begin her new position on April 8, 2019.
    For more information, please contact the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-692-6125.

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