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Pig Farmer of Tomorrow: Footprint may seem small, but can reach many

Monday, December 10, 2018

During his time as America’s Pig Farmer of Tomorrow, Krause says one of the most-asked questions from consumers has been why do you keep pig indoors? With only a few days left to apply for the Pork Checkoff’s 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, many young industry members may be questioning if they’ve got what it takes to apply. That’s a fair question and one 2018 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow Adam Krause stumbled over himself at one time. After all it took the fourth-generation Clear Lake, S.D., pig farmer two times applying before he received the honor. Continue to full article
Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota governors share secrets of their states' bubbling economy

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Governors leading three contiguous states — Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota — shared thoughts on what makes for economic growth during Big Sky Economic Development’s annual meeting at Montana State University Billings. And, in time-honored chief executive tradition, Govs. Steve Bullock, Matt Mead and Dennis Daugaard pledged to steal one another’s best ideas. Continue to full article
Campbell County Economic Development: Growth Challenges in Northeast SD

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A solid infrastructure with capacity for growth is a prerequisite for economic development. In order to attract businesses and residents, towns need roads and utility services as well as commercial and residential properties — or land to build on. Campbell County, South Dakota has some fine attributes for businesses, including an independent telecommunications company. It was one of the first counties in the country to attain access to broadband internet. But the county has some basic infrastructure needs that are hindering its growth. This concerns Campbell County Economic Development Coordinator Andrew Van Kuren. “What we’re focused on right now is two driving...
SD cheese plant expansions to go online in '19

Friday, November 23, 2018

MILBANK, S.D.—Cheese plants in northeast South Dakota are booming, and that is providing economic opportunity for some farmers and communities in the Interstate 29 corridor, according to industry leaders in the region. Doug Wilke, chief executive officer of Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc., of Milbank, was one of the officials who met with a half-dozen journalists as part of a value-added dairy tour sponsored by the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development. The tour was coordinated by Development Counsellors International of Denver. Wilke explained that Valley Queen is owned 50-50 by the Nef and Gonzenbach families of Milbank, both of whom...
Locals bring artists to town to capture the vibrance of the small agricultural community of Faulkton, S.D.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Across America, small rural agricultural towns are losing young people at a rapid rate. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent population estimates, rural populations have declined for six consecutive years, dropping by 21,000 people in 2016 alone. This population decline can be attributed, in part, to a shifting geography to urban areas where jobs, schools, retailers and other opportunities are abundant. What's more, fewer young people are staying involved in production agriculture, which has impacted farming and ranching communities. That's the challenge of small towns in South Dakota and the surrounding areas. What's the best way to retain...
Eureka residents raise $2M in six months for brand new hospital

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

EUREKA, S.D. The only acute care facility in McPherson County is getting a complete makeover. Residents in Eureka raised around $2 million in just six months to fund the project. The current Eureka hospital is a three-story building built back in 1929. "So when the ambulance comes up, they pull up on the basement level, have to go through several hallways around to the elevator and then go up to the second floor, go down some hallways some more to the ER so it's a long trip," Eureka Community Health Services Avera Administrator Carmen Weber said. The new facility has been in the works...
Raising pigs: Love what you do, do what you love

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“I love my job, but I what I love more is showing others why I love my job,” Adam Krause says. Adam Krause is a pig farmer of tomorrow, but right now he wishes he was a crop farmer of today. The wet fall weather is keeping the Clear Lake, S.D., farmer (and a lot of other producers) from bringing in the corn and soybean crops. “We’re not super behind,” he says, “we’ve got about half the beans out, and we’ve got a start on the corn. Hopefully we can be back at it in a couple days. … we hope to...
What's Up With Twin Homes

Monday, November 19, 2018

What’s Up With the Twin Homes? If you’re not a Facebook watcher, you’ve not seen the most current project DADi is working on (www.facebook.com/deuelarea), Wildlife Estates Development in Clear Lake is working diligently on a possible twin home at the development.  Located in the cul-de-sac area, there are 4 lots for possible twin home development. This development started in 2014 with a merger between East Central Development Company and Deuel Area Development; two local non-profits.  With that merger came already purchased land prior for development from the Engle’s family, advocates of economic development.  The merged board of 17 members at the time,...
Reasons to Support Small Businesses on Nov. 24th and Beyond

Saturday, November 17, 2018

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday that urges consumers to patronize small and independent businesses rather than online retailers or big box stores. American Express was behind the first Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010. The initial goal was to counter the negative effects of the recession on small businesses and local economies. The holiday quickly caught on. In 2011, the Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday. Consumers have now spent an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants over the eight Small Business Saturdays since its inception. Small Businesses Make a Significant Economic Impact Research...
SDSU breaks ground on precision ag center

Friday, November 16, 2018

BROOKINGS – Raven and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council representatives, donors, lawmakers and supporters joined South Dakota State University officials on Saturday afternoon to break ground for the SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center. The $46.1 million facility will be constructed just south of the Animal Science Complex on the corner of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive. State lawmakers approved the center earlier this year, and Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries donated $5 million for the project. SDSU instructor Nic Uilk said Saturday that the building “will not only impact the future of SDSU, but will change our ability to serve this state,...
South Dakota sets its sights on disrupting the dairy industry

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CHICAGO — Interstate 29 is 745.5 miles of highway in the Midwest. It starts at the Canadian border in Pembina, N.D., and ends in Kansas City, running through both Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Along the route there are many farms and manufacturing companies, but it’s in South Dakota — with the state’s wide-open spaces and financial resources — where dairy farms are growing in herd count, new processing plants are being built and other companies are increasing capacity through expansion. “The state currently has about 122,000 milking cows,” said Bryan Sanderson, business development director, Department of Agriculture, Pierre,...
SD company offers grain bin on wheels

Thursday, November 01, 2018

FAULKTON, S.D. — In Australia, David Hedt says, many farmers don't run as many trucks at harvest as in the U.S. Instead, they rely on 4,000 bushel rolling grain bins, called, "mother bins." The use of the huge implements in Australia, Hedt explains, was a result of larger combine sizes and a dearth of workers to drive trucks and keep harvest moving about 20 years ago. Hedt came to Faulkton, S.D., to work in 2003 and eventually returned to live there permanently. And in recent years, he noticed that the same problems that used to slow harvest in Australia have slowed harvest...
Legend Seeds Transitions from Family Owned to Employee Owned

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DE SMET, S.D., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Legend Seeds proudly announces its transition from a family-owned independent regional seed leader, to an employee-owned independent regional seed leader through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as of August 1, 2018. Founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis, Legend Seeds has embarked on its 29th selling season in the seed industry serving dealers and growers across the U.S. and Canada. Since its beginnings, the company has grown to more than 100 employees across the upper Midwest. "With so much change in the seed industry, we've spent a lot of time planning for the future of Legend Seeds to provide certainty...
Beef Bucks, Inc. named 2018 SDSU Friend of the Beef Industry

Monday, October 29, 2018

BROOKINGS – Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers. “Beef Bucks is a very innovative program that enhances the visibility of beef and the industry,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “It has made a very positive impact on the beef industry.” Beef Bucks was formed in De Smet in 1997 by Bob and Nancy Montross, Delina Nagel and Joanne Hillman...
My Place Hotels start in Aberdeen and continue to expand nationally

Thursday, October 25, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The co-founder of Super 8 Motels is from Aberdeen, and he used this hotel chain's business model to start My Place Hotels. The first was in Dickinson, N.D. in 2012. Now in South Dakota you can find a My Place Hotel in Brookings, Sioux Falls, Fort Pierre, Rapid City and of course Aberdeen. Now there are more than 40 My Place Hotel locations with more than 100 in the works. According to www.myplacehotels.com, here is a little backstory: "My Place Co-Founder and Chairman Ron Rivett co-founded Super 8 Motels Inc. in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974, along with long-time friend Dennis...
FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR HARVEST

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What a difference a couple of weeks make. Two weeks ago Marshall County was digging out of a nine-inch October snow storm that carried with it about 1.6 inches of moisture. That snow came on the heels of three weeks of steady rain that had pretty much put on hold any ideas area producers had of trying to harvest crops. But Mother Nature followed that up with 13 days of dry, warmer days and farmers have taken full advantage of the quick weather turnaround. Continue to full article
SDSU Extension & Partners Form the South Dakota Agritourism Work Group

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recently SDSU Extension and partners formed a South Dakota Agritourism Work Group to explore opportunities to encourage, promote and support agritourism across South Dakota. In addition to SDSU Extension, the other partners include: the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism, South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture, South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Specialty Producers, Southeast Tech and USDA Rural Development. “Is agritourism a good fit for South Dakota?” asked Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension community vitality field specialist. “I think there are opportunities South Dakota’s agriculture producers should explore that may increase their business profits.” She goes on to list several facts...
Economic Development: Connecting businesses to educational partners

Monday, October 22, 2018

Our schools represent the largest pool of untapped talent in our state. Real workforce development starts with creating stronger bonds between companies and local schools, linking two essential elements of our state’s talent development efforts. It is important that we not leave the forging of those communication links solely to the schools themselves, but to engage with students from the business perspective and the community perspective. In addition to internships, apprenticeships and student-oriented job fairs, there are a variety of ways to let our students know that opportunities abound in local companies. In addition to financial donations to schools that make our...
Milbank: Defining Success From Within

Monday, October 22, 2018

Every community is unique. Each has its own distinct attributes and challenges. That’s why a one size fits all approach to encouraging economic development isn’t effective, particularly in rural areas. Leaders in Milbank, South Dakota recognize this point. In order to encourage sustainable growth in their small town, they decided to look within. In partnership with the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC), Milbank launched a campaign to engage citizens in re-envisioning their town. GCDC Executive Director Bobbie Bohlen points out that taxes and population are the standard measures for whether or not a rural community is successful. She argues that such data...
How Manufacturers Can Succeed During The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Thursday, October 18, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - What do you think of when you hear the words "Industrial Revolution?"  You might think of the 1800s when the country started using new machines, electricity and steam power, but we're going through another industrial revolution again.  That's creating challenges and opportunities for one of the state's largest industries. Gavin Hendrickson is studying automotive technology at Southeast Tech.  "I grew up working on cars with my grandpa," Hendrickson said. However, today's cars are a lot different. In fact, Hendrickson has to learn about computers and information systems. Continue to full article
What Is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Prices for the same goods are often much cheaper in states like Missouri or Ohio than they are in states like New York or California. As a result, the same amount of cash can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than in a high-price state. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has been measuring this phenomenon for three years now; it recently published its data for prices in 2016. Using this data, we have adjusted the value of $100 to show how much it buys you in each state. Continue to...
Five Sites Re-certified Under South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program

Monday, October 15, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. –  The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that five communities in South Dakota have re-certified their development sites under the South Dakota Certified Ready Program. The communities include: Aberdeen, Arlington, Colman, Madison and North Sioux City. "One of the best ways to get your community on a business's short list is to have a site that is ready for development," said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern. "The Certified Ready program assures companies that they are receiving the most accurate, detailed information about the site including availability, utilities, access and environmental concerns." In 2016, the CRS program...
Webster Recognized for Innovative Workforce Development Efforts

Friday, September 07, 2018

Across the country, rural towns struggle with “brain drain,” the process where young people move to urban areas for college and work opportunities. With innovative thinking and perseverance, small towns like Webster are aiming to reverse this trend. Webster was recently recognized as Innovative Community of the Year Award by Dakota Resources for its collaborative efforts to improve workforce development. The initial spark for this success was a community-wide design:SD visioning workshop in 2014 led by Dakota Resources. Thirty architects, developers and other creative professionals collaborated during the three-day event to create 22 vision boards after listening to more than 100 Day...
Art and history inspire new mural in Faulkton

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

FAULKTON, S.D. (KSFY) - "I've always loved nature, I've always loved animals, and I've always loved family, and those are the virtues that I find here," said Jonathan Imafidor, one of the authors creating a mural is Faulkton. A year ago, Jonathan Imafidor and his friend, Dotun Popoola of Nigeria received an email about the Faulkton community wanting a mural to be painted for them. "This is part of what we actually always wanted to do was to let our art spread around communities here to make people happy, to beautify the environment," said Imafidor. Having painted many murals in South Dakota already, plus...
Aberdeen Plant to Stay Open After Facing Uncertainty

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A wind turbine blade manufacturer has secured a multi-year order to keep its South Dakota plant in business after facing closure and announcing layoffs. ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A wind turbine blade manufacturer has secured a multi-year order to keep its South Dakota plant in business after facing closure and announcing layoffs. Ohio-based Molded Fiber Glass's new deal finalized last month will help its Aberdeen plant stay open for years, the Argus Leader reported. "We are happy to be in South Dakota and we hope to be a member of the Aberdeen business community as well as the state's business community for years to come,"...
Report: Over 11,000 South Dakota residents work in clean energy

Monday, August 27, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. — More than 11,000 South Dakota residents now work in clean energy industries in every county in the state according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). South Dakota’s clean energy workforce employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers, and web developers in South Dakota combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics. Energy efficiency once again led all clean energy sectors in South Dakota, employing 7,313 workers – accounting for more than six in ten of all clean energy...
New programs to be added for South Dakota universities

Friday, August 24, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University have new course offerings. The state Board of Regents approved several programs to “meet emerging economic development and workforce trends across the state,” a release stated. The new offerings at SDSM&T include a master of science degree in nanoscience and nanoengineering. The school already has a doctoral program in this area of study. “Nanoscience and nanoengineering focus on specialized training to visualize, manipulate, and delineate the laws of science that govern all forms of matter on the scale of one-billionth of a meter, which is roughly one...
State board approves loans and tax deals for businesses

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

PIERRE – The state Board of Economic Development agreed to several loans and incentives Tuesday for businesses expanding in South Dakota including at Rapid City. Board members approved a reinvestment payment for Intrinsic Materials Corp. of up to $107,730, equal to 75 percent, of state sales and use tax on its Rapid City project. “We’ve done a number of deals with Intrinsic,” said Aaron Scheibe, deputy commissioner for the state Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The company, which plans 60 new jobs, uses special fibers to clean toxins from blood and is a subsidiary of ImmutriX Therapeutics. Continue to full article
Engineering students to help develop materials for space station

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mechanical engineering students at SDState will help develop 3D printing materials that may one day be used at the International Space Station through a one-year, $25,000 NASA grant, according to assistant professor Todd Letcher. South Dakota State University was one of 10 university teams selected to work on technologies to support NASA’s deep space exploration capabilities. This is part of the eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge, also known as X-Hab. Other participating universities include the University of Michigan, University of Maryland and The Ohio State University. Letcher has been working with additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, since 2014...
South Dakota’s Q1 GDP Breaks $50B

Thursday, August 16, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. –  The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its estimated gross domestic product (GDP) by state for the first quarter of 2018. The estimates show South Dakota has the third highest growth rate in the nation, trailing only Washington and Utah, respectively. South Dakota grew by 3.1 percent. “South Dakota’s annual GDP is now estimated to be in excess of $51 billion,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  “We’re enthused about the first quarter results and hopeful the growth will continue throughout 2018.” According to the BEA report, strong showings from South Dakota’s production agriculture, finance/insurance and manufacturing industries helped...
USDA invests $3.9M in water infrastructure in rural SD communities

Friday, August 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Agriculture HURON – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. “Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity – no matter what zip code you live in,” Hazlett said. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities.” USDA is making investments in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan...
SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR CROPS

Friday, August 03, 2018

Some Corn, Rated As Best Ever So far, so good. That’s the way most area producers and agronomists are describing the current crop season in northeast South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota, but as usual bushels in the bin this fall will depend upon continued rains. “For the moisture we’ve had the crop looks really good,” said Full Circle Ag Agronomist Joe Gustafson in Britton. “We had some timely rains in the last week to 10 days that really helped, and hopefully we can keep them coming.” However, rains continue to be very spotty around the area. “We’ve had spotty rainfall for two full years...
Dakota Range gets state approval for Watertown wind-farm project

Monday, July 30, 2018

PIERRE – Developers received state government’s approval to construct the Dakota Range wind project in Grant and Codington counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed to issue a construction permit. The project would have up to 72 turbines and cost an estimated $380 million. State laws establish requirements for wind-electricity generation. “I believe the project has met that burden,” Commissioner Chris Nelson said. Steve Kolbeck, the South Dakota manager for Xcel Energy, and a former commission member, watched from the near the rear of the room. Xcel gave notice June 21 the company would buy the project. Continue to full article
What makes South Dakota the best state to retire in?

Friday, July 27, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study by Bankrate.com says South Dakota is the best state to retire in, but why do retirees like it? Vern Kemper moved from Pasa Robles, Calif. a little less than two years ago. His wife had passed away a few years prior and they never had children. His niece and her family live in Sioux Falls. With some health issues looming, he thought it might be nice to live nearby. With his house on the market for just a day when it was sold, he packed up with the help of his niece and her...
S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SIOUX FALLS — Jennifer Oberg has been helping businesses grow in South Dakota for 20 years. She has facilitated the creation of numerous jobs, secured funding from federal and state agencies to assist with community growth and helped establish affordable housing. Today, she serves as executive director of the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC), which specializes in low interest, fixed-rate loans through the Small Business Administration 504 program.  “This program helps businesses reach their goals,” said Oberg. “It was underused in our state before the creation of the SDDC.” Former Governor Bill Janklow saw enormous potential for small businesses in South Dakota through...
Centerville Saves Nursing Home, Secures Future Growth

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The number of older adults in our country will nearly double by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This dramatic change presents a host of social and economic challenges, particularly for rural areas with more limited resources. One of the challenges is to ensure an adequate number of long-term care facilities exist outside of urban centers. One quarter of elders currently reside in rural areas — and most people prefer to age in place near family and friends. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to address this issue. But some cities and counties are forging creative paths forward. An important lesson can be...
Spink Colony in SD works to double milk returns by making cheese

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

FRANKFORT, S.D. — It’s tough to stay in dairy production when milk prices are $15 to $17 per hundredweight. The Spink Colony at Frankfort didn’t want to give up its longstanding dairy enterprise so leaders decided to take the milk from their 82-cow herd up the food chain and market through the new Käsemeister Creamery cheese factory. The colony welcomed 300 well-wishers at an open house for the cheese factory and retail center on June 1, just in time for June Dairy Month. Paul Wipf, secretary-treasurer of the Hutterite colony, said the cheese plant was in the process of getting ramped...
Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Artist Guido van Helten is expected to arrive in Faulkton around June 27. The Faulkton area has been anxiously awaiting his arrival, as he will be painting his murals on the elevator on the east side of Faulkton. His plan is to take a couple of more photos and tweak his planned design a little. Grid lines will be painted before the end of June. Plans for the painting started early last year. Guido was able to stay in Faulkton in July where he visited with the locals, took pictures and toured the area. He has chosen his theme and subjects and is looking...
Farmers share their lives on working farms

Monday, July 16, 2018

VOLGA, S.D. — Spring and summer on a working farm. Who can beat it? For many people in the rural states of South Dakota, North Dakota and even outstate Minnesota, genuine agri-opportunities on real, working farms are limited. Happily, that's changing. I happened to be at Stoney Hill Farms near Volga, S.D., in mid-May when my brother, Mark, his wife, Phyllis, and their son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Courtney, hosted a "pet-a-lamb" opportunity. The family works in town but also farms "on the side" with a ewe flock, a few head of cattle and some corn, alfalfa and soybeans. They welcome visitors most anytime,...
WalletHub names Aberdeen 3rd best small city to start a business

Friday, July 13, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study shows that if you are looking to start a business -- Aberdeen is the place for you. According to personal finance website WalletHub, Aberdeen is the third best small city in the country to start a business. The study looked at a number of factors, including accessible financing, education in the workforce and labor costs. Rapid City also placed high in the study and came in at number 30. Holland, Michigan, took the top spot on the list and Suisun City, California, came in last of the 1,261 cities. Continue to full article
SD capitalizing on rising tourism from new market segments

Thursday, July 12, 2018

PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota tourism grew for the eighth straight year in 2017, although expansion was hindered somewhat by a lagging farm economy. "We're a rural state, and we depend a lot on our drive market," said Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism. "We definitely did feel the impact of the ag economy," he said. The picture drawn from the department's recently published 2017 annual report is broadly positive. Visitation increased 0.1 percent from a year earlier. Visitor spending reached $3.88 billion, a 1.2 percent increase over 2016. And travel generated upward of $291 million...
S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SIOUX FALLS — Jennifer Oberg has been helping businesses grow in South Dakota for 20 years. She has facilitated the creation of numerous jobs, secured funding from federal and state agencies to assist with community growth and helped establish affordable housing. Today, she serves as executive director of the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC), which specializes in low interest, fixed-rate loans through the Small Business Administration 504 program.  “This program helps businesses reach their goals,” said Oberg. “It was underused in our state before the creation of the SDDC.” Continue to full article
SD dairy industry continues to grow, add economic value

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

GOODWIN, S.D. — South Dakota's dairy industry is growing rapidly, and the public is getting to see that for themselves during June Dairy Month open houses hosted by Ag United of South Dakota. MoDak Dairy of Goodwin is just one of many dairy farms opening their doors to the public this month. Co-owner Greg Moes says they have been hosting people at the farm for many years and saw a record crowd at this year's event. "Now with livestock everybody wants to see everything that's going on with how we handle animals, how their food is produced," he says. MoDak's 2,000-cow dairy...
GROW SD Grant Supports Faulkton Elevator Mural

Monday, July 09, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received a grant that will support a unique mural going up in Faulkton this summer. Australian artist Guido van Helten, who has created large murals on public buildings around the world, will be painting images representative of the people of the Faulkton area on the grain elevator there. GROW SD received a grant from a Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) program meant to support arts and culture projects that help drive economic development.  Van Helten was recruited to Faulkton to paint the Agtegra elevator in order to create a one-of-a-kind South Dakota artwork in the town...
Faulkton to Feature Mural by World-Famous Artist

Thursday, July 05, 2018

For a small town, Faulkton, South Dakota has made some big investments in the arts. Its latest public art project will be a distinctive piece by an internationally acclaimed artist that’s sure to draw visitors from throughout the region. Australian artist Guido van Helten will use the side of a grain elevator in Faulkton as his canvas this summer. His aim will be to portray the essence of the town through a photorealistic, larger than life mural. Van Helten has been commissioned to create public works of art throughout the world, from Belarus to Ukraine. Public and private funds were raised for...
GROW SD Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Business Loan Special

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In 1978, GROW South Dakota made its first business loans. In the 40 years since then, the agency has had significant impact on businesses and communities throughout northeastern South Dakota and beyond. To celebrate this milestone, GROW SD is offering a business loan special.   GROW SD’s revolving loan fund was established in 1978 with the purpose of supporting economic development in 22 northeastern South Dakota counties through small business loans and job creation. Since that time, the agency has made 2,009 loans for a total of more than $69.7 million to 1,214 area businesses (as of 3/31/18). These loans have assisted...
Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June

Friday, June 15, 2018

Artist Guido van Helten is expected to arrive in Faulkton around June 27. The Faulkton area has been anxiously awaiting his arrival, as he will be painting his murals on the elevator on the east side of Faulkton. His plan is to take a couple of more photos and tweak his planned design a little. Grid lines will be painted before the end of June. Plans for the painting started early last year. Guido was able to stay in Faulkton in July where he visited with the locals, took pictures and toured the area. He has chosen his theme and subjects and is looking...
Celebrating Homeownership in June

Monday, June 04, 2018

June is National Homeownership Month. It’s a time to celebrate the positive effect homebuying can have on household wealth and neighborhood stability as well as our region’s overall economic health. Homeownership is a part of the quintessential American Dream. But for many people, the idea of buying a house is daunting. There are many common misperceptions about the homebuying process. One of the most prominent is that buyers must save 20 percent for a down payment. In reality, the majority of first-time homebuyers put down 6 percent or less.  GROW South Dakota has long been a valuable resource for homebuyers. The organization...
Aberdeen, Hoven, Webster make national list of must-see buildings

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The American Institute of Architects and USA Today Travel teamed up to find the best buildings in America — and three northeast South Dakota buildings made the list. In South Dakota, tourist favorites like the Mt. Rushmore Visitor Center in Keystone and the Corn Palace in Mitchell were included in the list of structures visitors should see. So were historic and unique sites from throughout the state. See what is included in the must-see South Dakota buildings from the northeast region. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Depot (now Burlington Northern) was built in 1911. It was the fourth and largest depot...
Testing new ideas: McCray brings fresh insight to Redfield

Monday, May 28, 2018

By Shiloh Appel On March 23rd, national speaker Becky McCray, who specializes in rural and small-town business, spoke at the Redfield High School Auditorium. McCray advised Redfield residents and small business owners in attendance to get involved in growing Redfield into a thriving and healthy community by taking "small but meaningful" steps. "There is a small step to every idea," said McCray. During her presentation, McCray gave an example of a small town that started with putting up Christmas lights. Instead of each business putting up lights, McCray said the town decided to have everyone choose a tree and decorate it with their...
Angel Funding for Aberdeen Area Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 24, 2018

One of the primary challenges in starting a business is finding a funding source. New ventures often don’t qualify for traditional bank loans due to lack of cash flow or collateral. That’s why angel investors are an attractive alternative for entrepreneurs. With angel investing, funding comes from an individual or group of people — typically successful business owners. Angel investing allows startups to gain quick access to money. In addition, since investors are hoping for a healthy return, they often offer new business owners expertise and mentoring. Aberdeen area businesses now have the ability to appeal to a local angel fund called...
The Infrastructure to Attract Industry

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Industrial parks are a valuable recruitment tool. But acquiring a large property and establishing the requisite infrastructure to attract companies is a major undertaking, particularly for a rural area.   The people of Faulkton, South Dakota have long prioritized economic development. According to Trevor Cramer, economic development director for the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC), the town has had the goal of building an industrial park since the 1980s. The main difficulty was finding a suitable property close to city limits. A site one mile east of town with a conservation easement was eventually identified. FAEDC went through a 15-month process with...
Attracting Millennials

Monday, May 21, 2018

It’s hard to know what to believe about Millennials; the overall impression is that they are lazy, entitled, and killing American culture one day at a time. If this is the case, then why do so many communities work to attract them? In truth, we know that there is a lot more to Millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what makes Millennials tick. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering...
Economic Developers Are a Great Resource

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Setting up a business is a challenge. Just managing the paperwork, accounting and regulations alone can be daunting to an entrepreneur. Not to mention the essential capital requirements every business needs to kick start operations. Where can a new business owner turn to get their questions answered? Look no further than Trevor Cramer of Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC) He is a valuable resource to help build your business or to help attract the right talent for your team. Resources to Help Your Business Trevor is familiar with business retention and expansion strategies and knows about available real estate properties that can...
Rebuilding America’s Rural Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Huron, S.D., April 16, 2018 - Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it’s in disrepair. This is why President Trump has made it a priority to rebuild America’s infrastructure. He proposes to devote $50 billion, which is 25 percent of new federal money, to improving infrastructure in rural America. This is an unprecedented commitment. His proposal will stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure...
Encouraging Homegrown Businesses

Monday, May 14, 2018

Small businesses can have a big impact. Did you know that two out of three new private-sector jobs in the United States since the Great Recession were created by small businesses? Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week. In 2018, this week falls between April 29 and May 5. It’s a time to honor the remarkable contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. For the first time this year, the Small Business Alliance is hosting a virtual conference as part of National Small Business Week. This is a wonderful opportunity for...
Local soybean growers take part in S.D. Soybean See for Yourself Tour in Mexico

Monday, May 14, 2018

SIOUX FALLS — Two area soybean growers, Larry Nielson of Tulare and David Struck of Wolsey, took part in a See for Yourself Tour to Mexico in February hosted by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC). Some funding was also provided by checkoff dollars. The tour provided South Dakota soybean growers with the opportunity to see where a portion of the nearly 255 million bushels of soybeans they harvest each year end up when they leave South Dakota’s fields. Close to 70 percent of soybeans harvested in South Dakota are exported.  “Before this tour, I didn’t realize the potential market for...
WalletHub names Aberdeen 3rd best small city to start a business

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study shows that if you are looking to start a business -- Aberdeen is the place for you. According to personal finance website WalletHub, Aberdeen is the third best small city in the country to start a business. The study looked at a number of factors, including accessible financing, education in the workforce and labor costs. Rapid City also placed high in the study and came in at number 30. Holland, Michigan, took the top spot on the list and Suisun City, California, came in last of the 1,261 cities. View the full study here. Continue to full article. 
Cryptocurrency mining firms eye S.D. as frontier of new digital gold rush

Monday, May 07, 2018

There's digital gold to be found on South Dakota plains. Cryptocurrency miners, companies who use large banks of processors to essentially dig for digital gold such as Bitcoin, are looking at South Dakota as a base for their expanded operations. At least one such company has already set up shop in North Sioux City and others are shopping for locations there, in Sioux Falls and elsewhere. The mining companies are drawn to South Dakota for three reasons: Its ready supply of relatively inexpensive electrical power, its welcoming business and tax climate and its long winters, which help reduce the cost of keeping processors cool...
No matter who is South Dakota’s next governor, change is coming to state economic development

Friday, May 04, 2018

All three Republican and Democratic candidates plan changes for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development when one wins election Nov. 6 as South Dakota’s next chief executive. Their words have the attention of Scott Stern. The commissioner brought up the topic to state Board of Economic Development members. Stern said the office landed 26 new or expanded businesses from within South Dakota during the past year, compared to 16 from other states. Stern said he would like “a healthy conversation” about what the balance should be. Gov. Dennis Daugaard gave the $20,000 Giant Vision award for economic development to SMRTGrid, a Baltic utility-technology...
Dakota Tan and Hair in Redfield bought by Muellenbergs

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Dakota Tan and Hair in Redfield bought by Muellenbergs In January, Jessica and Matt Muellenberg became owners of Dakota Tan and Hair on Redfield's Main Street. Jessica Muellenberg, who has been working at Dakota Tan and Hair under former owner, Pam Schmidt, since early October, is currently running the business following Schmidt's retirement. "This is something Matt and I decided to do together, knowing that I will be the person at the helm of everything, but he is behind me in it," said Jessica Muellenberg. Born an O'Daniel, Jessica was raised in Redfield and attended and graduated from Redfield School. She married Matt...
Celebrating Community Action Month

Monday, April 30, 2018

In May, community action agencies nationwide observe Community Action Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions that nonprofits, volunteers, and other committed citizens can make in improving their communities. The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) dba GROW South Dakota has been at it for 50 years. It was created in 1966, soon after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created Community Action Agencies as part of the War on Poverty. GROW South Dakota was established to wage the war on poverty by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and...
Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards at 2018 Annual Conference

Monday, April 30, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) hosted its annual conference in Sioux Falls, closing the two-day event with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s reception and economic development awards banquet. Approximately 250 business, education and development leaders from across South Dakota attended the conference to ‘Think Big’ in 2018. Among the award recipients for achievements and contributions to economic development in South Dakota were two individuals and a community. Gov. Daugaard presented awards to Dr. Christian Widener of Rapid City, S.D., Jim Fedderson, Mayor of Beresford, S.D., and the community of Beresford. The Entrepreneur of the Year award...
EVENT CENTER COMPLETION DATE SET FOR MID-JULY

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Britton City Council learned at its regular meeting that the target date for completion of the Event Center in Britton is now mid-July. Glacial Lakes Area Development (GLAD) Executive Director Lindsey Kimber met with the board to give an update on the project. She said that winter weather delayed construction and pushed back the original completion date from the end of May. The mid-July date does not include the completion of interior furnishings. Kimber said the current estimated cost of the project stands at $2.96 million. Of that total $2.8 million has been raised which includes $600,000 of pledges payable through 2020. Continue to...
The Infrastructure to Attract Industry

Monday, April 23, 2018

Industrial parks are a valuable recruitment tool. But acquiring a large property and establishing the requisite infrastructure to attract companies is a major undertaking, particularly for a rural area.   The people of Faulkton, South Dakota have long prioritized economic development. According to Trevor Cramer, economic development director for the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC), the town has had the goal of building an industrial park since the 1980s. The main difficulty was finding a suitable property close to city limits. A site one mile east of town with a conservation easement was eventually identified. FAEDC went through a 15-month process with...
New Milbank hospital gets help from REED Fund

Friday, April 20, 2018

MILBANK — Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative’s Economic Development (REED) Fund was recently utilized to help build a new hospital. The REED Fund, a joint economic development fund managed by Whetstone Electric and 21 other electric cooperatives in South Dakota and Minnesota, is used to fund projects to promote economic development and enhance the lives of people in rural communities. Whetstone Electric recently closed a $1 million loan from the REED Fund to Milbank Area Hospital Foundation of Milbank. The loan was used to purchase diagnostic equipment primarily for the radiology department for their new facility. Whetstone Electric and REED have been...
Gallup and Sharecare Announce 2017 State Well-Being Rankings

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gallup and Sharecare released 2017 results from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which found significant declines in well-being across U.S. states. Findings painted a bleak picture of the well-being of Americans with zero states improving well-being by a statistically significant measure – marking a first in the nearly 10-year history of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Despite the national downturn, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found improvement in several traditional measures of physical health in 2017, such as the proportion of Americans reporting participation in regular exercise, abstention from smoking and being overweight. Community well-being – defined as liking where you live, feeling safe...
An Opportune Time to Improve Financial Literacy

Monday, April 16, 2018

A recent survey by GOBankingRates indicates 57 percent of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. Without an adequate buffer of emergency funds, unexpected expenses like car repairs or doctor’s appointments can quickly translate into debt. April is Financial Literacy Month, a perfect excuse to get a jump start on healthier financial habits, such as budgeting, saving and taking general control of one’s finances for the future. Many of us were taught how to balance a checkbook in high school. But education about how to manage debt, reduce spending or establish a long-range financial plan is less common. Financial literacy is a life...
Revitalizing Rural South Dakota Communities through Entrepreneurism

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rural communities across the nation face significant challenges. They typically have higher rates of poverty and fewer job opportunities than their urban counterparts. But challenges can be framed as opportunities. Did you know that rural towns also have higher rates of entrepreneurism? In addition, rural startups have better 5-year business success rates than businesses opening in metro areas. A conference happening in De Smet May 8-9 will explore the ways in which entrepreneurism and community engagement can strengthen and revitalize rural regions. The Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities conference won’t follow a traditional conference format. Rather than sitting in a city conference center...
Down Payment Funds Deploying Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received $4.1 million in funding to support down payment assistance for families with low to moderate income. In April 2017, GROW SD received funding from Project Reinvest for 200 deferred loans at $10,500 each and was expected to deploy them within two years. In November, 2017, the Wells Fargo Neighborhood LIFT funding for 225 forgivable loans at $7,500 each was launched and also had a two-year deployment time. In both programs, the down payment assistance was paired with a first mortgage typically financed by a Grow SD approved lender. As of late March 2018, GROW SD has...
Attracting Millennials

Monday, April 02, 2018

It’s hard to know what to believe about Millennials; the overall impression is that they are lazy, entitled, and killing American culture one day at a time. If this is the case, then why do so many communities work to attract them? In truth, we know that there is a lot more to Millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what makes Millennials tick. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering...
Miller’s Youth Leaders are Already Leading

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In Miller, South Dakota, our youth are more than our future – they are our present leaders. We don't believe in waiting until our youth are grown to involve them in the community. Instead, On Hand Development (OHD) looks for ways to involve them in our community planning and growth today. That is why OHD sponsors the youth to attend the Rural X Summit. Every year, Miller’s youth leaders are able to hear ideas and use them to inspire annual projects at home. The youth in our community not only have excellent ideas but their ideas have helped to launch local...
Outdoor program offers new, unique experiences

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Outdoor Program at the South Dakota State Wellness Center gives students plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors through a variety of trips and services. Justin Parks, coordinator of the Outdoor Program, plans the trips for each semester. With every new outing, he hopes to make them more accessible and enjoyable for all students. “My job is to get people outside and provide them the resources to do that in a safe, fun and exciting manner,” he said. The program is only in its second year, but Parks is confident the program will continue to grow as more students enroll and use...
New farm cooperative, Agtegra, launches in 60 SD and ND communities

Monday, March 19, 2018

Agtegra, the big newly merged farmer-owned cooperative, was “officially launched” on Feb. 1, according to the officials who launched it out of Aberdeen.  “This is our first day in this new cooperative,” said Agtegra’s CEO Chris Pearson in a news release. “There is a lot of excitement here from all the work that has gone into preparing us for this moment. Our members have been very honest with what they expect from us and our employees have worked long and hard to make sure we’re ready.”  Formed by two former coops with long histories – North Central Farmers Elevator based in Ipswich and...
GOED Focusing on Value-Added Ag, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Bioscience

Friday, March 16, 2018

Agriculture plays a major role in South Dakota, even in a down economy like we had in 2017. Governor’s Office of Economic Development deputy commissioner Aaron Schiebe spoke at last night’s. Fort Pierre Economic Development Corporation annual meeting. He says what happens in agriculture has far reaching effects in South Dakota. Schiebe says GOED is focused on creating value-added agriculture opportunities in the state. Schiebe says GOED’s other three focus areas are financial services, manufacturing and bioscience. Continue to full article. 
Grow Spink: Empowering Citizens, Building for Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Declining populations and limited employment opportunities are common themes in rural America. Traditional methods of economic development rely on attracting businesses in order to bring in jobs. But if they want to grow, towns need the infrastructure to support a larger workforce. The availability of quality housing helps attract and retain workers. And a strong workforce increases a town’s competitiveness. Grow Spink in Northeastern South Dakota is tasked with helping promote business development and expansion throughout Spink County. Housing is one of its biggest priorities. “If you spec out real estate options, there’s not much on the market. If we want to keep...
South Dakota is poised to benefit from precision agriculture

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BROOKINGS — By the end of this year, $4 billion will be spent globally on precision agriculture with satellites, sensors, machines, data, and drones. It’s a collective industry opportunity and offers challenges which South Dakota is ready to embrace. As director of operations for the Applied Technology Division of Raven Industries, Sarah Waltner was the keynote speaker at the recent South Dakota Corn Growers annual meeting in Sioux Falls. Waltner grew up on a family hog farm and says she spent a lot of time in the hog barns, in the family fields and neighbor’s fields. She graduated with an Electrical...
South Dakota a top 5 state in net migration

Monday, March 12, 2018

Many more people are moving to South Dakota than leaving it. That’s according to the 41st annual United Van Lines National Movers Study which ranked South Dakota fifth among the top 10 states with inbound migration. United tracked 416 moves in South Dakota with 252 (60 percent) of those by people coming into the state. South Dakota trails Vermont, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada, with Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado and Alabama rounding out the top 10. Julie Schmitz Jensen believes the desire to move to South Dakota starts with the favorable impression the state makes on those coming here for the first time. “It...
The Infrastructure to Attract Industry

Monday, March 12, 2018

Industrial parks are a valuable recruitment tool. But acquiring a large property and establishing the requisite infrastructure to attract companies is a major undertaking, particularly for a rural area.   The people of Faulkton, South Dakota have long prioritized economic development. According to Trevor Cramer, economic development director for the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC), the town has had the goal of building an industrial park since the 1980s. The main difficulty was finding a suitable property close to city limits. A site one mile east of town with a conservation easement was eventually identified. FAEDC went through a 15-month process with...
Bringing Homeowners Warmth, Safety and Savings

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Taking steps to weatherize and increase the energy efficiency of a home can result in serious long-term savings. The average American homeowner that makes weatherization upgrades saves $300 per year in reduced utility costs. Unfortunately, the upfront cost of completing such home improvements can be prohibitive for many homeowners. Thankfully, there is assistance available. GROW South Dakota has an income based program, funded by the federal government, to help people weatherize their homes. Weatherization provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden families endure. GROW South Dakota completes weatherization projects on approximately 30-40 homes each year. Applicants are placed on...
Get Personalized Business Assistance

Monday, February 26, 2018

Do you have a business concern but don’t know where to turn? This is more common than you may think. Whether businesses have challenges securing inventory, funding cashflow, hiring the right employees, coordinating international trade deals or expanding, running a business is hard work. Sometimes it takes a team of experts to get things done or to accomplish a goal – experts you may not have within your internal team. This is where On Hand Development Corporation comes in. We are here to assist you with whatever your business needs to overcome a challenge or meet a goal. If we don’t...
Tax Law Changes Demand Attention

Friday, February 16, 2018

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   For most small business owners, changes in the tax law take a back seat to the day to day operations.  Here’s a couple reason why you should pay attention to the recent tax law changes. Payroll Issues – The tax tables used to calculate withholding for paychecks have changed significantly.  First, make sure you (or your payroll service) is using the most recent tax tables (IRS Publication 15).  If you are using a payroll software, be sure to update it before every payroll so you are using current tables.  The new 2018 tables...
GROW SD Receives State Farm® Grant to Support Small Business

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota (GROW SD) recently received a Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm for its technical assistance (TA) program for small business borrowers. The purpose of the project is to assist small business loan applicants prepare to borrow money and grow their business. The TA provided by GROW SD business loan officers will support business owners in various aspects of their operations. Each business will have different needs, but in general, TA comprises starting or expanding a business before, during, and after financing. NESDEC primarily serves northeastern South Dakota, but the...
Aberdeen to Host 2018 SD Women’s Business Conference

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

On March 9, 2018, women business leaders from across the state will gather in Aberdeen, South Dakota for The Women’s Business Conference. The one-day will, encourage, inspire and educate female executives and entrepreneurs. For more than a year, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (Women’s Business Center) has been planning the event along with a team of local volunteers. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dee Dee Raap, BHSU School of Business Professor Dr. Barbara Looney, a panel of local women executives, and local women-owned business entrepreneurs. Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director, and GROW South Dakota’s Loan Officer,...
Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is very important. Poor indoor air quality is currently one of the top five leading factors that affect respiratory health in the United States. There are many tips you can take to improve indoor air quality in your home: • Cleaning up any mold problems and controlling moisture • Changing furnace filters and keeping air ducts clean • Living in a smoke-free environment • Keeping your home clean and dust free • Installing carbon monoxide alarms • Installing an air purifier to help keep the air inside your home as clean as possible • Using safe practices when renovating Weatherization...
Boosting homeownership rates

Monday, January 29, 2018

After the housing crash, the U.S. homeownership rate fell to 50-year low. The economy has taken a while to turn around but Census Bureau data indicates homeownership is on the rise. In July of 2017, the rate was up to 63.7 percent. GROW South Dakota has been helping people realize their dreams of homeownership for over 50 years. With our help, eligible South Dakota residents can obtain zero percent interest loans towards a home purchase. These loans of up to $10,500 are deferred for the term of the mortgage. Check out our website for details and get started on the path to...
DSU part of new workforce development partnership

Monday, January 29, 2018

Four state organizations are joining forces to create a new workforce development program designed to benefit students, area businesses and the state. Dakota State University, Southeast Tech, the Sioux Falls School District and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR)  will collaborate with businesses to create a South Dakota Partnership for Student Success, or SDPaSS. Features of SDPaSS will include: -- Internships in business/industry, supervised by faculty at Dakota State University, Southeast Tech or the Sioux Falls School District -- Registered apprenticeship connections and guidance through DLR -- Academic certificates in cybersecurity, or network services or software development -- Associate degrees in network and...
Home - Yes I Am Home!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Be it ever so humble - there’s no place like it – and it’s where the heart is… On Hand Development has been knee deep in housing this past fall. At our Strategic Planning session a year ago in November, one of the housing goals was to place at least one Governor’s House in Miller and now 13 months later, we have two Governor’s Houses under our belt. It’s exciting to see the interest in Governor’s Houses and to learn about the program and what it can do for the community. The Governor’s House Program was started in 1996 putting prison inmates...
South Dakota Population Increases by 0.9 Percent in 2017

Friday, January 26, 2018

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that South Dakota's population growth last year was slightly ahead of the national rate, and better than the rates of neighboring states. MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's population growth last year was slightly ahead of the national rate, and better than the rates of neighboring states, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state's population grew by 0.9 percent between July 2016 and July 2017, the Daily Republic reported . Nebraska's population grew by 0.7 percent and Iowa's increased by 0.5 percent. The U.S. population increased by more than 1 million people last year. "The fact that...
Mexican grocer fills unique niche in Madison

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The new grocery store in Madison -- Tienda Hispana -- is a dream come true for business owner Cesar Cortez. For 26 years, he's been working at John Morrell and Company in Sioux Falls, while keeping his eyes open for the opportunity to open his own business. When he noticed how many Hispanics were driving from Madison to Sioux Falls to pick up basic supplies at Nikki's, he saw a niche that he could fill. Tienda Hispana, a Mexican grocery store, is now open at the intersection of Union Avenue and N.W. 2nd Street. The store is open from 10 a.m. to...
Building Housing in Miller

Monday, January 22, 2018

New housing units are important to any growing community and in Miller, we are pleased that Jones Construction has formed as a new business ready to take on the challenge. Will Jones and Jones Construction are invested in the community and an excellent resource if you are looking to buy a home, renovate or need a new building for your business. As general contractors, they can handle all your needs and we are looking forward to seeing their continued work throughout the community. Already, they have been using their skills to help homeowners and On Hand was pleased to participate in...
Promoting stable housing

Monday, January 22, 2018

One of the big benefits of owning a home is a stable living environment for children. Studies have shown that safe, secure housing improves children’s well being. If you want to give your family the stability that comes with homeownership, consider getting in touch with GROW South Dakota. You might be surprised at the resources out there to help first time homebuyers. Our knowledgeable staff can help you translate your dream of owning a house into reality. Zero percent interest deferred loans for down payments are available to qualified applicants. Loans of up to $10,500 are possible. Learn more by visiting our website.  
SD farmers look at marketing options at Growing On

Monday, January 22, 2018

South Dakota farmers who wanted direction in marketing another year of bumper crops received some expert advice at the Growing On meeting series, which made a stop in Yankton, S.D., on Dec. 1. Iowa State University Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist Steven Johnson has been leading the workshops for the last 15 years. He says in that time he's never seen as much on-ground storage of corn in bags or in piles at elevators in the region. He anticipates the big 2017 corn crop and a record 2.5-billion-bushel carryout will keep the market sideways unless there is a major weather scare...
Roger Scheibe recognized as Agvocate of the Year

Thursday, January 18, 2018

South Dakota Farm Families SIOUX FALLS — Roger Scheibe of Brookings, S.D., was named AgVocate of the Year by the board of directors for Agriculture United for South Dakota at the organization’s annual luncheon Dec. 13 in Sioux Falls. The fourth annual AgVocate award recognizes South Dakotans for their work in sharing their story of modern farming with the public. Roger was raised on a dairy farm near Wolsey, South Dakota, and attended South Dakota State University where he earned a B.S. in dairy science and manufacturing. Since then, Roger has held a variety of roles, always focused on helping dairy farmers....
Group plans to build hotel here; Land purchased in industrial park; conference center possible

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A group of local investors hopes to bring a new hotel and conference center to Madison. Madison Hospitality Group, LLC announced its plans at the LAIC Forward Madison 3 Investor Social. The group is led by Terry Schultz and Ron Howe. "We've been working on this project for some time and are excited about the impact it will have on the community," said Schultz. "We first launched the idea in 2011, but at the time things didn't line up. Studies have shown a need for this type of hotel in Madison, and we look forward to seeing it -- and hopefully a...
Aberdeen among Top 20 cities in Small Business Revolution - Main Street competition

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Hulu show "Small Business Revolution" has received 2,000 nominations from communities hoping to transform their main streets. Now, Aberdeen has moved onto the Top 20 towns in the running for a big cash prize to help out six small businesses on Main Street. Being in the running for the big $500,000 prize is incredibly exciting for the Aberdeen Downtown Association, but also for those small businesses in and around Main Street ready to make some changes. CJ's Patisserie was founded back in 2015 with hopes to move onto Main Street if Aberdeen wins the prize. "We want to be in downtown. We...
Homebuyer 101

Monday, January 15, 2018

Are you ready to buy your first home? This is a question GROW South Dakota wants to help you answer. Our knowledgeable staff can work with you to assess your finances and determine how much house you can afford. GROW SD’s free homebuyer coaching helps you set financial goals and improve your credit score. We can also help you shop around for the best loans and get through the preapproval process. Contact GROW SD to set up your homebuyer education today! You can email us at info@growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654.
Video hopes to draw visitors, job seekers

Monday, January 15, 2018

A video making the rounds over social media the past few weeks was officially released at the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday mixer. The video was commissioned jointly by the GMACC and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation to promote the community. "Research suggests that over 60 percent of internet traffic is now video," said GMACC Executive Director Eric Hortness. "Information is better retained when video accompanies content, and we thought this was the perfect way to ensure people remember all the great things Madison has to offer." The video will be featured on both the LAIC and GMACC websites and both...
Wells Fargo Invests $2 Million to Boost South Dakota Homeownership

Monday, January 15, 2018

Governor Daugaard joins Wells Fargo to announce NeighborhoodLIFT program that will offer homebuyer education plus $7,500 down payment assistance grants for all 66 counties and rural communities SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), NeighborWorks® America and its network member, GROW South Dakota, announced the NeighborhoodLIFT® program is coming to South Dakota with a $2 million commitment by Wells Fargo to boost homeownership for eligible homebuyers across the state’s 66 counties. This will be Wells Fargo’s 56th LIFT program and second-statewide effort in the U.S. “Our great state is the land of plenty, and this investment by Wells Fargo will create opportunities for...
Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tyra Gefroh Photography of Britton is one of eight South Dakota businesses that have been selected for a 2017 Dakota Rising Fellowship. Over 100 entrepreneurs across rural South Dakota applied for the opportunity to be part of the unique Dakota Rising Fellowship, an experience designed to help rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities. A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a start-up business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth. Gefroh’s two-year experience with the impactful rural entrepreneur development program will allow her to...
Find affordable housing in Faulkton

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Across much of the United States, the price of housing has risen to unmanageable levels. Since rent regularly costs more than the recommended 30 percent of one's income, fewer people can afford to buy homes. In Faulkton, South Dakota, we’re pleased to report there are affordable housing opportunities. An assortment of apartment rentals are available, with prices ranging from $350-$700 a month. For those dreaming of buying a home, it’s possible in our town. Homes are currently priced as low as $36,000 or $50,000. Commercial real estate is available too. Continue to full article. 
More businesses may come to South Dakota after housing boom

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Officials of a southeast South Dakota city hope that a housing boom in a portion of the city will soon be followed by an increase in businesses. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that southeast Sioux Falls has a population growth rate that’s three times faster than the rest of the city. However, there are still few retail and restaurant options in the area, the Argus Leader reported. That portion of the city used to be farm land, but is now divided up among investors and developers. More residential development had to happen in that portion of the city in order to get businesses interested,...
SDHDA Awards $9 Million for Affordable Housing in South Dakota

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

DHDA Awards $9 Million for Affordable Housing in South Dakota Pierre, SD - South Dakotans’ will be seeing additional housing development and preservation across the state. South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s (SDHDA) Board of Commissioners approved the award of more than $9 million in funding for housing activities. The developments will receive $2.7 million in Housing Tax Credits, $3.7 million in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, $1.2 million in Housing Opportunity Funds and $1.4 million in Housing Trust Funds.   The 21 projects funded will provide South Dakotans with 249 newly constructed multifamily housing units, four single-family homes, 30 rehabilitated multifamily housing units,...
DAUGAARD: Wind power contributing to South Dakota's economy

Monday, January 08, 2018

As most people in rural South Dakota can tell you, the wind is almost always blowing. Living on the prairie, windy days are inevitable. It just comes with the territory — which is why it only makes sense for us to develop this fast resource and put it to good use. Over the past decade South Dakota has been doing just that. Wind power has contributed more than $2 billion in capital investment to our state for the construction and maintenance of the 14 wind projects now in operation. These projects, along with the South Dakota businesses that supply goods and...
Honoring a local farm family

Monday, January 08, 2018

Agriculture remains South Dakota’s number one industry. That’s largely due to the incredible perseverance of the people raising the crops and tending the livestock. The South Dakota Farmers Union recently highlighted the Martinmaas family of Orient, South Dakota. The family has a long tradition of farming and raising cattle in the area. Bill and Wanelda Martinmaas raised 12 children on their family farm, established in 1949. Their sons continue to farm in the area, operating two, drug-free cow/calf herds. To keep up with the changing industry, they’ve established a unique partnership. Each owns separate land to raise crops and/or livestock. The brothers...
Making home ownership a reality

Monday, January 08, 2018

Experts have long recommend that people have 20 percent to put towards a down payment for a home purchase. But for countless families, saving up that much money while paying 30 percent or more of their income towards rent each month isn’t realistic. Low and moderate income families can get help with this common home buying hurdle from GROW South Dakota. Those eligible may qualify for $5,000-$10,500 in down payment assistance. The zero percent loans are deferred for the mortgage period. Visit our website to apply online and turn your dream of buying a home into reality.  
Miller Nonprofit Building Houses, Empowering Youth

Monday, January 08, 2018

There’s a lot more to economic development than trying to attract big companies to a town to create jobs. Promoting truly sustainable growth is more nuanced, particularly in rural areas. It involves proactive planning and developing leadership from within. Since 1987, a small group of citizens has been working to grow the economy in Miller, South Dakota through On Hand Development Corporation (OHDC). The nonprofit has been cultivating some creative solutions. Recently, its two primary areas of focus have been housing and youth. In an effort to address housing needs in Miller, OHDC spurred the development of two Governor’s Houses in 2017. The...
South Dakota Arms Launches in Miller

Monday, January 08, 2018

We have a rich history of entrepreneurialism in Miller, SD, and are proud to celebrate the launch of new businesses, including South Dakota Arms. They carry a sizeable assortment of ammunition and guns for the hunter, gun enthusiast, farmer, etc. Located on 1st Street, you can stop by and see their ever-changing inventory or visit their Facebook page for pictures of recent additions. Their prices are good and many of their guns come with mail-in rebates which further lower the cost. As a community, we are pleased to have them join our thriving town and look forward to years of their...
New program for grads homebuying assistance

Sunday, January 07, 2018

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced recently that South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) has launched a brand new program aimed at assisting postsecondary graduates in purchasing a first home in South Dakota. The “Grants for Grads” program will launch Jan. 2, 2018, and will be open to first-time homebuyers who: Meet certain income requirements Are purchasing a primary residence in-state Have not owned a home in the past three years Select a home with a purchase price of $250,200 or less Have earned a degree from an accredited postsecondary educational facility within the past 60 months. “Under this program, graduates will have another incentive to live in...
Snake Creek Dev. Corp. receives $20,000 grant

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) congratulates Snake Creek Development Corporation, Inc. on their recent South Dakota Fund grant award. Accepting the check are, left, Roger Deiter FAEDC president and Trevor Cramer, FAEDC Director. Pictured left in back representing Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation are, Dan Ramsdell, Kelly Melius, Beverly King, Linda Bartholomew, Brandon Spanier, Gloria Bode and Cody Cotton. The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) awarded the Snake Creek Development Corporation, Inc. with a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds will be used to supplement their Revolving Loan Fund Program. “This SDCF grant will help provide opportunities to support the Faulkton...
Cultivating art in the community

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Since 1975, the Faulkton Arts Council has been dedicated to bringing top-notch arts events and opportunities to area residents. Spring was filled with a number of artful events. The council held its 27th annual Hats Off to the Artists Art Show and its biennial Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. Both were wonderfully successful and well attended. In April, children in grades 1-6 had the chance to work with the Dakota Players as part of an arts residency. After a week of collaborative work, the community was treated to a full-scale, musical production of The Superhero Show. During Wild West Days and the All School...
Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018 Every year, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state. The count is mandated by HUD. Again this year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW SD will support the 17 NESDCAP counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for this year’s count is January 23.   Last year, participation in the count by NESDCAP’s 17 counties increased from...
NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions

Thursday, January 04, 2018

NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC), dba GROW South Dakota, recently received a $780,800 Community Economic Development grant from the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will allow NESDEC to help finance the expansion of the Dakota Provisions Turkey Processing Plant in Huron, South Dakota, to provide a retail ready-to-eat food line of lean meat turkey products. NESDEC will provide a working capital loan along with no-cost business development services to Dakota Provisions in order to help create a...
Fort Pierre and Miller Buildings Among New Historic Register Properties in SD

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Six more South Dakota properties—including ones in Fort Pierre and Miller– have recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to the South Dakota State Historical Society, the newly listed properties are: • the American Legion Community Hall in Fort Pierre, • the McWhorter House in Miller and • the Arthur and Ellen Colgan House in Edgemont, • the Happy Times Carousel in Faulkton, • the First Presbyterian Church in Flandreau, • the Stadum-Green House in Sioux Falls. The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. Jay D. Vogt, state historic preservation officer...
An ally for first time homebuyers

Monday, January 01, 2018

Buying a home is a complicated endeavor. The paperwork and legalese involved are daunting, especially for first time homebuyers. Fortunately, South Dakota residents have an ally in the home buying arena. GROW South Dakota walks people through the home buying process. The point is to ensure first time homebuyers have the resources and knowledge they need to make informed decisions. Staff works with clients to check their credit history and evaluate finances in order to gauge homebuyer readiness. They can also help determine loan eligibility. Apply online today to get the process started.
Otter Tail wants to build $165M gas-fired plant in South Dakota

Monday, January 01, 2018

Otter Tail Power is seeking permission from South Dakota regulators to construct a $165 million, 250-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Deuel County. The plant, known as Astoria Station, will replace capacity-purchase agreements that are expiring and also close its 1950’s era coal-fired 150 MW Hoot Lake plant near the company’s headquarters of Fergus Falls, Minn, the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal reported. Astoria Station would tie into a new switching station that Otter Tail and Northern States Power want to build as part of a transmission network, Kallanish Energy learns. Otter Tail also intends to add 150 MW of electricity from wind production near Merricourt, N.D., according to the...
Homebuyer Coaching is a Success

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Homebuyer Coaching is a Success GROW SD received grants from the Citi Foundation and State Farm to support programs to help prepare people to buy homes through coaching efforts that helped hundreds of potential home buyers. These interested people received assistance in learning more about the process and making them ready to be successful. The following highlights success with the coaching program: A single mother reached out to GROW SD for guidance on applying for a home loan, when she first came to our office, she had credit issues as she had unpaid judgements.  After being instructed to pay off the judgments and...
De Smet receives 2017 state community philanthropy award

Friday, December 29, 2017

In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized individuals, businesses and communities for their extraordinary work in philanthropy in South Dakota recently at an awards luncheon in Mitchell.  De Smet was named the 2017 South Dakota Outstanding Philanthropic Community of the Year at the luncheon.  The awards, given annually by the AFP, recognizes those who have given time, talent and treasure to improve the lives of other South Dakotans. “The De Smet community, with a population of only 1,086, has raised more than $6.1 million for area projects,” noted the AFP Board of Director's statement...
South Dakota Man Helps Veterans Through Hunting Program

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

South Dakota man helps fellow veterans through a military outreach program that takes active duty and combat veterans on outdoor adventures.  Alex Russo grew up knowing he'd give back to his country. But he never imagined it'd be in the way he is now. "I was medically separated from the Marines, but that didn't end my service," he told the Aberdeen American News . "My mission now is to reach out to (veterans) and say, 'You are not left behind. We're going to pick you up, and you're going to get the appreciation you deserve.'" Last week, Russo and his family hosted five veterans...
Aberdeen ranked in the top 11 cities that Millennials are moving to

Monday, December 25, 2017

Big cities may have a run for their money when it comes to keeping Millennials around. According to the mortgage data firm Ellie Mae, Aberdeen is the second-ranked city in the nation where more Millennials are choosing to live. Aberdeen has a population around 26,000 and is three hours from major cities like Fargo and Sioux Falls, so what makes this town so appealing to Millennials? "I like the downtown scene a little bit, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when I'm not working. You know, you have many different places to go to watch football games, basketball, baseball," Hub City Radio...
Planning for Your Business Future

Monday, December 25, 2017

Eventually you may want to retire and what will happen to your business when you do? This is something that few business owners think of while busy running the shop, managing employees and helping customers. It can be difficult to find the time for succession planning but it is necessary if you want to build a retirement for yourself and create a legacy at the same time. In other words – your business doesn’t have to retire just because you do. On Hand Development Corporation is on hand to assist you. We help local business owners to plan for the future...
Lyft now operating in Aberdeen

Thursday, December 21, 2017

At least one Lyft driver is operating in Aberdeen, according to a driver icon seen on the ride-sharing company's app. City officials tell KSFY News that they were not aware that the service was available. “To my knowledge, they have not contacted any City office," Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said. "Not me either. So, we have no insight on their plans." “It appears from its website that Lyft is available in Aberdeen," City Attorney Ron Wager said. "There is nothing the City has to do to make it available. At this time, the City doesn’t have any special requirements for Lyft to follow...
Lawmakers push for tax credit for workforce housing developers

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

South Dakota lawmakers hope that approving a tax break for developers could spur the construction of workforce housing across the state. A summer study tasked with addressing the gap in housing for those with 80 percent of the median income or below advanced a bill Thursday that would allow developers to receive tax refunds or credits paid in constructing an affordable housing facility. The draft proposal advanced on a 4-3 vote with six lawmakers excused from the meeting. It moves now to the Executive Board and will be taken up during the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers expressed concerns about the measure prior to...
The Role of Housing in Economic Development

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Housing is an often-overlooked aspect of economic development. Communities geared toward growth cultivate housing opportunities that meet the needs of all residents. The availability of quality housing attracts workers and can increase a town’s competitiveness. The Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC) is making housing a priority. It surveyed Faulkton residents in early 2017 to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the community’s housing needs. It recently completed the Faulkton Westside Addition, a 24-lot housing development, as well. “There really wasn’t a place for people to build houses in town. This development was something the community really needed,” says Trevor Cramer, FAEDC’s economic...
More businesses may come to South Dakota after housing boom

Monday, December 18, 2017

Officials of a southeast South Dakota city hope that a housing boom in a portion of the city will soon be followed by an increase in businesses. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that southeast Sioux Falls has a population growth rate that's three times faster than the rest of the city. However, there are still few retail and restaurant options in the area, the Argus Leader reported. That portion of the city used to be farm land, but is now divided up among investors and developers. More residential development had to happen in that portion of the city in order to get businesses interested, said Joel...
Just a Reminder: SDHDA Offering $1500 Closing Cost Assistance - All loans must be closed on or before Dec. 31, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) recently announced a new borrower benefit for first-time and repeat homebuyers. Instead of depleting a savings account to pay for closing costs, eligible homebuyers are now able to receive a $1,500 Closing Cost Grant from SDHDA, enabling those much-needed savings for a rainy-day account. Assistance is in the form of a grant and does not have to be repaid. Borrowers must meet certain qualification requirements including income and purchase price restrictions. The income limits vary by county and are different from SDHDA’s other homeownership programs. Grants are available for a limited time, until funds are depleted,...
Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that economic conditions continued to improve last month for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.8 in October from 58.2 in September and 57.5 in August, the report states. "Both the national and our regional indices indicate the manufacturing sector is expanding at a very healthy pace and that this expansion will spill over into the broader national and regional economies in the next three to six months," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. The survey results are compiled into a...
Need-based financial aid program in the works for South Dakota

Sunday, December 10, 2017

South Dakota is one of the only states that doesn’t offer a need-based financial aid program. The South Dakota Board of Regents has been working on a program, Dakota’s Promise, to change that. Dakota’s Promise is a five phase, state-funded aid program that could support 6,000 students once fully implemented. SDBOR has sent a recommendation to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to include the plan in the next year’s fiscal budget. Josh Sorbe, a Student Government Association senator, recently sponsored a recommendation in support of the plan. It was passed unanimously by SGA. “The SGA recommendation is to just show that the University of South Dakota...
Deuel Community Kitchen: Feeding Entrepreneurism

Thursday, December 07, 2017

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky, entrepreneur and co-founder of Behance. As this apt quote from Belsky suggests, entrepreneurship is more than just innovative ideas. Putting ideas into practice isn’t easy, especially for startups. Businesses have a better chance of success if they have access to supportive infrastructure. In rural northeastern South Dakota, budding food entrepreneurs have a valuable resource: the Deuel Community Kitchen. The kitchen incubator was created with the help of a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the USDA and a unique partnership between Deuel Area Development, Inc. (DADi) and the Deubrook Elementary School in...
Looking Towards the Future

Thursday, November 16, 2017

When Lindsey Jennings graduated from cosmetology school at Lake Area Tech, she started her career at a JC Penny’s salon. She worked there for five years before she learned the store was going to close by year-end.  Although she was an experienced cosmetologist, it left her with an employment uncertainty. The owner of a small town hair salon in a neighboring community recently retired and was looking to rent out her existing space. That opportunity couldn’t have came at a better time for Lindsey. She decided to take a leap and start her own business in a rural South Dakota community....
Webster celebrates new tech ed center

Thursday, November 02, 2017

On the first day of school this year, students in the Webster Area School District got to take courses in construction and manufacturing. Enrollment in the classes was more than double what the district planned, said Amy Miller, assistant high school principal in Webster. The district planned for about 80 students, and 170 enrolled. “We’re over-the-moon excited about that,” Miller said. “They’re loving the new opportunities.” At the end of September, the district, along with the Webster Area Development Corp. and several area industry partners, got together to celebrate the grand opening of the Career and Technical Education Center in the Lake Region...
Maynards Food Center & Lewis Drug Expand Togetner for Great Shopping Experience

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Come to De Smet to experience the great newly expanded one-stop shopping destination for your pharmacy needs, grocery items, greeting cards, gifts and more. Maynards Food Center has expanded their store and welcomed Lewis Drug in partnership with them enabling Lewis Drug to increase their retail inventory also. It has a wonderful convenient location on the north end of Main Street in De Smet and is a wonderful addition to the community. It is handy to walk down to the post office, the many other retail stores and coffee shop/ restaurant on Main Street and have a great shopping experience. Or if you are in...
De Smet housing market improves

Monday, October 30, 2017

Little signs have been popping up all over front yards in De Smet for the past few months. Some are red and black, some are blue, but they all say the same words — FOR SALE. According to Reed Hauck, associate broker at Lake Area Realty in Lake Preston, now is the time to buy a house in De Smet. “De Smet has been very hot for the past few years,” Hauck said. “This is the most houses I’ve had on the market in De Smet at one time since I went into business in 1994,” he added. County records show that for...
Faulkton to feature mural by world-famous artist

Monday, October 30, 2017

For a small town, Faulkton, South Dakota has made some big investments in the arts. Its latest public art project will be a distinctive piece by an internationally acclaimed artist that’s sure to draw visitors from throughout the region. Next spring, Australian artist Guido van Helten will use the side of a grain elevator in Faulkton as his canvas. His aim will be to portray the essence of the town through a photorealistic, larger than life mural. Van Helten has been commissioned to create public works of art throughout the world, from Belarus to Ukraine. Public and private funds were raised for...
Aberdeen ranked in the top 11 cities that Millennials are moving to

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. Big cities may have a run for their money when it comes to keeping Millennials around. According to the mortgage data firm Ellie Mae, Aberdeen is the second-ranked city in the nation where more Millennials are choosing to live. Aberdeen has a population around 26,000 and is three hours from major cities like Fargo and Sioux Falls, so what makes this town so appealing to Millennials? "I like the downtown scene a little bit, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when I'm not working. You know, you have many different places to go to watch football games, basketball, baseball," Hub City...
Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities at statewide gathering

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RENNER — Seventy-five rural economic development leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers convened in Watertown October 5-7 to learn, connect and to celebrate the vitality of South Dakota’s small communities. The “Empower Sessions” event was hosted by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities across rural South Dakota. In addition to breakout sessions, a panel discussion and motivating keynote speakers, the Empower Sessions included a gathering for Dakota Rising fellows, alumni and finalists competing for the next class of Dakota Rising fellowships. Dakota Rising is a two-year entrepreneur development program that helps rural business owners discover new ways to...
FEATURE STORY: Twin City Fan: A Big ‘Fan’ of Manufacturing

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. – “My best advice to someone who’s beginning the job search is to stay true to yourself, and know that there are many career options out there for your consideration.” That’s what Paul Hopkins says is key for students, educators, school counselors and parents to keep in mind in terms of career opportunities in manufacturing. Hopkins is the operations manager for Twin City Fan Companies (TCF) in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He moved to South Dakota from Milwaukee in 2014 and served three years as the plant manager at Regal Beloit before accepting the operations manager position at TCF in...
Kelly Weaver Recognized for Providing Exceptional Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017

News announcement from Small Business Development Center & America's SBDC ABERDEEN, S.D - Kelly Weaver, regional director of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen, is being recognized as a strong advocate for small businesses. Weaver, who has been with the SBDC since 1998, has been named South Dakota’s “State Star” for 2017 by America’s SBDC, the national trade association for the SBDC network. Weaver and State Star winners from other states were honored recently at the America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville. Weaver was selected for the award by her peers, in part, for her work with the South Dakota...
Looking Towards the Future

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When Lindsey Jennings graduated from cosmetology school at Lake Area Tech, she started her career at a JC Penny’s salon. She worked there for five years before she learned the store was going to close by year-end.  Although she was an experienced cosmetologist, it left her with an employment uncertainty. The owner of a small town hair salon in a neighboring community recently retired and was looking to rent out her existing space. That opportunity couldn’t have came at a better time for Lindsey. She decided to take a leap and start her own business in a rural South Dakota community....
NESDEC Seeks Board Members

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota is seeking two board candidates to represent the Private Sector on the Board of Directors. The board members will represent constituents from two different areas:  Area B: Beadle, Buffalo, Faulk, Hand, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Miner, Sanborn, and Spink Counties. Area C: Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter, and Walworth Counties. If you would like further information, please contact Lori Finnesand at 605-698-7654 or lori@growsd.org. For more information about GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services, please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654.   GROW SOUTH DAKOTA is an Equal Opportunity...
New GLAD director wants community input

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lindsey Kimber, the new executive director of Glacial Lakes Area Development is an optimist. When she sees a vacant building or learns about a retiring business owner, she envisions opportunities for growth rather than stagnation. The regional economic development organization she’s heading up focuses on five priority areas, including economic development, community development, tourism, youth engagement and housing. It serves the Greater Marshall County Area of South Dakota, which includes the communities of Britton, Eden, Lake City, Langford and Pierpont. Kimber has a background in business consulting and has worked with startups and existing companies on many aspects of business development, from...
Everyone needs office skills

Monday, September 04, 2017

Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint are everywhere. Whether it is a home business, doctor’s office, or corporate office, these programs are essential for anyone seeking an office job or running a small business. That’s why the Aberdeen Development Corporation offers an ongoing selection of classes that get users up to speed with this vital computer programs. The Training Place at ADC is a busy place with classes planned throughout the month. But it doesn’t stop there. The Training Place offers classroom training to help you get a Commercial Driver’s License. Learn Spanish. Get advice on how to manage employees. See what’s happening.  
Get healthy by computer?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Telehealth is revolutionizing patient care. Imagine not having to go to the doctor’s office. Instead, you can visit the doctor via video and computer monitoring equipment. The electronic home visit is in full swing at Avera Health Services. The organization provided care to patient #1,000,000 in August, 2016. The patient visit program is making healthcare more accessible to thousands of rural residents. Avera hasn’t stopped there. Now it also offers eEmergency, ePharmacy, eICU CARE, eConsult, eLongTermCare, eSchool Health and more. All of the care is the highest quality. For example, it is partnering with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth...
A business-friendly climate

Monday, August 21, 2017

The state government in South Dakota “does everything it can to help you be successful,” says Duff Kruse of Adams ISC. Companies are delighted with a political environment that is friendly to business, especially oil and gas, With more and more states raising taxes and adding regulatory control, companies in this sector breathe a sigh of relief when doing business in South Dakota. It helps that the state is just 100 miles from Bakken Shale, and that the Williston Basin reaches into its borders. These oil-rich areas are a short drive from the major towns in South Dakota. Oil and gas need...
The Mindset of a Woman in Business and Women in Leadership

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This seminar is designed to acknowledge, inspire, and cultivate the leadership and entrepreneurial potential of women. The seminar offers participants a chance to explore common attributes associated with successful leaders and develop a keener sense of the unique gifts and skills they can bring to their organizations or business. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Cost for this seminar is $30 Buffalo Ridge Resort 1312 Coteau St. • Gary, SD Click here to download the flyer with all the details!
Tech career with no student debt?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Did you know the average 2016 graduate has over $37,000 in student debt? Many people don’t think the education is worth the cost. What about getting trained in a tech career, and no student debt when you graduate? That’s what Build Dakota Scholarship Fund is offering. These scholarships let you train in agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, engineering, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and welding, all good paying careers. More info. The goal of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund is to provide a skilled workforce and meet shortages in the tech area. Students team up with businesses. The benefits: for the student, a free degree. For...
A place for young entrepreneurs to thrive

Monday, August 14, 2017

It’s hard to beat living in Faulk County, South Dakota. The costs are low and the quality of life is high. The school system is stellar and there’s a vibrant arts scene. It’s no wonder people who grow up here want to stay. Take the example of Cody Cotton. He grew up in rural Faulkton and left briefly to attend college to pursue an Ag business degree. He returned to his family farm soon after. In order to stay in the community, he and his wife Leah created their own opportunity. With Codah Sales in Orient, the Cottons have built a successful...
Know about perpetuity and absolute privacy?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Then you know about South Dakota. Internationally, its trust laws are recognized by financial service firms. The state holds $28 trillion in bank assets. That’s a lot of money, in fact more than any other state! South Dakota is home to Citibank NA, The Bancorp, Well Fargo & Co., TCF Bank, Meta Payment Systems and more. They are here because the state has a regulatory climate that is friendly to the financial service sector. The state also offers a wide range of incentives for companies doing business here. The Business Incentives page at South Dakota Prairie Gateway lists 47, including tax help...
'Business-to-Business Speed-Dating': Investing in International Trade

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Business-to-business speed-dating. That’s how Rock Nelson, director of the South Dakota International Trade Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D., describes his participation in Centrallia, a three-day business forum event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that attracts close to 700 people from 30 countries. The opportunity to attend global business-to-business forums in hopes of expanding South Dakota’s footprint is something Nelson enjoys. Since 2010, Nelson has led the South Dakota delegation to Centrallia. This year, the delegation includes the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Department of Agriculture and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF). Representatives from several South Dakota companies...
2016-2017 Business Start-Up Packet just released online!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Starting a new business can be overwhelming. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, with the assistance of several other agencies, has updated the latest version of the Business Start-Up Packet, available online at www.sdreadytowork.com/Build-Your-Business/Start-Your-Business.aspx. In the packet you can find pertinent information on how to start and maintain a successful business from the ground up. This is a tool we encourage local economic development corporations and city offices to link to on their websites as well. The Licensing & Registering Your Business section contains information about the different types of licenses needed for a variety of industries. The intent of this packet is to provide a...
Certified Ready Sites: The Future of Development

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

As so many South Dakota communities have now had their development land awarded the title of “Certified Ready Site”, I wanted to talk a little bit about what that means and how you can turn development land in your community into a Certified Ready Site. What is a Certified Ready Site? The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program was established to provide consistent information on sites available throughout the State of South Dakota. The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program is an economic development tool available to all cities, counties, and developers in the state. The purpose of the program is to promote...
Dakota Diners: Ward's in De Smet has a legacy of service, commitment

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

We're hitting the road again this month looking for small town eateries that you have told us we need to check out. Our first stop time town around is in the community of De Smet and a second generation businesswoman who runs her shop, in part, to help keep the small town economy strong. The most recent numbers show just over 1,000 people live in De Smet, South Dakota. It's a quiet town. On occasion, you'll even come across someone walking their horse. And on Main Street, you'll find the hard to miss facade of Ward's Store. "Of course we have all of our specialty coffees...
Madison, S.D. man carries on agricultural aviation dream

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Morris Riggin has always been fascinated by the speed and solitude of an agricultural pilot’s job — flying 10 feet off the ground at speeds between 90 and 160 mph while spraying chemicals over acres of crops. For the Milbank native and former Aberdeen resident, flying has always been a passion. His father, a pilot and flight teacher beginning in the 1940s, taught Riggin to fly at a young age, and Riggin started teaching lessons himself at age 19. He now runs Riggin Flight Service in Madison, but lived in Aberdeen from 2003 to 2010. “We always gave flying lessons,” he said....
Northern South Dakota farmer goes all-in for strip till

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Aberdeen area farmer Terry Cutler sold his combine, but he said he won’t miss the harvest work. His neighbor will do that for him this fall. In return, Cutler will strip till all their fields. He has been using his strip tiller for the last three years. Before that, he hired someone else to strip till for him. Cutler farms near Mina Lake is in northeastern South Dakota. It’s typical for the soil there to take a long time to warm up enough for planting each spring. Many farmers there choose to till their fields in order to get the soil to warm...
Tulare restaurant offers farm-to-fork food

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Marie Kimlicka says everyone knows two things: • The heart of a small town is its café. • And farmers’ wives are the best cooks and bakers. She’s melded those two truisms when she took over Auntie Mimi’s Farmhouse Kitchen — also known as the Tulare Café — in January. “When I came into the business, my goal was to represent all farm wives. Basically, I moved my farmhouse kitchen to here,” she said during a phone interview. Kimlicka and her partner Kurt VanVleet saw taking over the café as a way to diversify their farm, something that was needed due to the “sketchy” agriculture...
Low taxes, high quality of life?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is there a direct correlation? Many citizens were certainly say yes on April 15. Businesses too are seeking out tax-friendly states during the current, difficult economic times. South Dakota has $0 corporation tax. The town of Aberdeen is also proud of its numbers: $0 paid in personal income tax and median home prices at an amazing low $136,900. The Aberdeen Development Corporation is aggressively seeking businesses that want a business-friendly climate. Aberdeen is also proud of its quality of life. It offers outdoor recreation all four seasons of the year, with bike trails, parks and hunting. Check out what the area has to offer.
Cutting-edge healthcare for children

Monday, July 24, 2017

There’s nothing sadder than a sick child. It seems so unfair, especially when the illness is severe. Major health research conducted at respected hospitals around the country is finding cures. The good news for Sanford Health users is that the hospital is a center for health research, receiving major grants and earning recognition for the quality of its care. The hospital currently has grants from the National Institutes for Health for research on environmental affects on children, and clinical trials related to head and neck cancer in children. It is part of a nationwide, six-hospital consortium that is looking at treatments...
What’s in it for me?

Monday, July 17, 2017

That’s what every savvy business owner needs to ask. It’s a competitive marketplace and a tough economic climate. Any incentives help. So ask away! The South Dakota Prairie Gateway has the answers. The Business Incentives page has 47 opportunities for businesses. They include revolving loans, graduated taxing for building, agricultural loan program, block grants, abatements, help with housing construction, venture capital, workforce training programs and more. Check out this page for a full list. South Dakota Prairie Gateway is an informative hub for businesses interested in moving to the area, expanding or hiring skilled workers. See what’s available.    
Can you train your workforce online?

Monday, July 10, 2017

In states like South Dakota, travel can be a major deterrent for workers who want to get the training they need to upgrade their skills. But that hasn’t stopped the Training Place, which offers state-of-the-art technical training online so workers, wherever they live, can meet the needs of the area’s employers. What’s available? One big field is training people working in tourism. See more. And managers and workers in a range of industries can learn about social media with Sandbox. Plus the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is empowering new businesses. There’s more! South Dakota takes workforce training seriously. For a complete look at what’s available,...
Walleye and perch and pheasants

Monday, July 03, 2017

If you’re a hunter or fisherman, the Glacial Lakes region is the perfect spot for a vacation. It is well stocked for pheasant shooting and catching walleye and perch. But what does the rest of the family do? Around the Glacial Lakes, lots and lots. The area has attractions for everyone. Love Little House on the Prairie? Don’t miss the Laura Ingalls Wilder center. Children love to paint, play and climb at the Children’s Museum. The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum brings back memories. For arts and crafts, stop off at the Redlin Art Center. Shop til you drop at Lakewood...
Sprucing up Sisseton for its Quasquicentennial

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sisseton, South Dakota was incorporated on April 15, 1892, which means the charming town on the northern edge of the Coteau des Prairies is now 125 years old. The town will celebrate this important milestone and its rich history with a weekend of fun festivities planned for July 14-16. People of all ages will enjoy the wide range of revelry planned during the Sisseton 125th celebration, including concerts, helicopter and pony rides, bean bag and golf tournaments, a parade, fireworks and more. The city has prioritized a number of projects aimed at distinguishing and beautifying the town in preparation for the influx...
Want a business and a life?

Monday, June 19, 2017

It’s a serious dream for business owners and their workers. Getting on the treadmill of work, eat, sleep has no charm for anyone, whether they own the company or labor there. That’s why manufacturers choose South Dakota. The state lets owners operate successful businesses, and have a successful life at the same time. That’s why Dan Smith from Magnum Enterprises chose the state for his company. And he’s just one of many. Only four states saw an increase in the number of manufacturing jobs in the decade 2003 to 2013. South Dakota was one of them.  Manufacturing is a going concern in...
Welding a better future

Monday, June 12, 2017

Is your goal to work as a welder? Now’s your time! The Welding and Manufacturing program, part of South Dakota Wins, is working hard to train people to fill the welder shortage that is a major concern of a range of industries in the state. The program gets students ready for entry-level welding jobs. If you choose the 18-month option, it leads to an Associate degree. Also available is a distance learning alternative. Here more info: http://ow.ly/zYsZ304tENL Welding not your style? Check out programs like Build Dakota Scholarship Fund, or help for high school students, or Community Development Block Grants for local...
When a business wants SD data

Monday, June 05, 2017

How does a company outside the area figure out if South Dakota is a good spot to put down roots? Getting several hundred thousand search results on Google isn’t helpful. It’s pertinent data that’s needed. That’s why the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development has a page called Site Selection. It’s an information hub for businesses looking for answers to all kinds of questions. Wondering about taxes? What about broadband, mobile wireless and fiber optics? Have questions about the demographics, utilities and major employers? You’ll find it here. The state is making it easy for new companies to find a home here,...
Huntin’ and shootin’, naturals for the Badlands

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Badlands conjure up thoughts of Wild West posses and strong, silent types armed and ready for anything. Firearm companies are a natural match for the wide-open spaces of South Dakota. Says Irv Stone of Bar-Sto Precision, “The tax climate can’t be beat; there is little red tape.” The state tax system is pro-business, a real boon for companies in the firearm and hunting sector. It was the first state to protect manufacturers from lawsuits involving injuries from one of their guns. As a workforce, they are skilled and knowledgeable in modern technology. The state residents are firearm-friendly and hunting and fishing are...
BIO Presents Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Legislator of the Year Award

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) presented Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) its Industrial & Environmental Section Legislator of the Year Award. The award recognizes Senator Thune’s support of the biotechnology industry and steadfast commitment to growing South Dakota’s and the nation’s biobased economy. The award was presented by Doug Berven, a member of BIO’s governing board and vice president of corporate affairs at POET, which is headquartered in Sioux Falls, and Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. Erickson stated: “Senator John Thune has been a strong and constant champion of policies that support industrial biotechnology companies in creating...
Cutting edge research in the biosciences

Monday, May 22, 2017

Did you know that South Dakota is a major player in the bioscience field? According to David Ure, CEO of Inanovate, which is headquartered in Sioux Falls, the area is accessible, and filled with world-class talent and facilities. South Dakota has a bioscience infrastructure, including research parks like the one at South Dakota State University and the 80-acres of the USD Discovery District. Avera Research and Sanford Research between them are conducting almost 450 clinical trials. Get more information on this page. The state’s small size means it is easier to collaborate, a major plus for scientists. And the workforce is educated. South...
Local South Dakota small town is among the best in America to visit this summer

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DE SMET, S.D. A small town in South Dakota is getting some big recognition. De Smet has been named one of the top 20 small towns to visit this summer by the Smithsonian Magazine. We take a look to see what this means for the little town on the prairie. De Smet is a town that's often passed by while driving on the interstate and many people may not know what it actually holds. Residents would tell you they're more than just sun bonnets and have quite a bit going on, but would rather have you experience it for yourself. This type of...
Driving the big rigs in South Dakota

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hankering to drive 18-wheelers? You’ll need a commercial driver’s license, called a CDL. If the highway is calling you, there’s training available. To get your CDL, you need time on the truck itself, plus classroom time. The Training Place at the Aberdeen Development Corporation is offering classroom training on September 26 and 28. Prefer office work? It is also offering classes on Excel and PowerPoint and Managing Difficult Employees in September. Here are the details. The Training Place is the Aberdeen area’s workforce development partner. Check out how they can help your career plans.  
CITY PLANS STUDY OF PROPOSED CENTER

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Britton City Council decided to ask the Northeast Council of Governments (NECOG) to put together a financial feasibility study for operation of the proposed Britton Event Center at its regular meeting. Fourteen area residents were present for the discussion. The city has an annual agreement with NECOG to provide services, so the study would not be an expense to the city. After completing the study, the city plans to ask NECOG representatives to moderate a second public meeting concerning plans for the center. “I don’t think the city needs to be involved in the financing aspect of the building construction because I’m...
Dakota Diners: Pereboom's Cafe

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WEBSTER, S.D. Tonight, we stop by a family-owned restaurant that's been successful because of the hard work of four different generations. We'll take a closer look at what's cooking at Pereboom's Cafe in Webster. Meet the Pereboom's: one founder, two owners and multiple waitresses of Pereboom's Cafe. The restaurant is definitely a family affair. Working with each other every single day gets to be fun to see all the things they go through. It's almost the way the family bonds. The last time the cafe was on the market was back in 1976. Founder Junior Pereboom and his ex-wife saw the for sale...
Is there a simpler way of life?

Monday, May 08, 2017

People in big cities start out loving the speed and variety, then end up frazzled. Is there an alternative? People are making the move to a simpler, quieter life in South Dakota with the help of Dakota Roots. This program, sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, offers job advisors to help people made the move. Advisors connect workers to dynamic businesses in the area looking for qualified workers.  See what they can do. The advisors assist job seekers with applications, interviews and resources for moving and housing. The service is free. Here is the application.  
South Dakota City Begins Big Soybean Plant Project

Thursday, May 04, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A northeastern South Dakota city is building a soybean processing plant that is expected to handle 20 percent of the region's beans. The Aberdeen News (http://bit.ly/2qICLwh ) reported that the city of Aberdeen held a groundbreaking for the Ag Processing Inc. plant. The facility is expected to employ about 50 people and will buy soybeans within a 100-mile radius of the city. It's scheduled to begin operating in 2019. The cost of the project hasn't been disclosed, but Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said the facility is expected to be the biggest economic development project in city history. Levsen said...
Business development with less risk?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Sounds like heaven for growing businesses—the chance to expand without taking on too much risk. The sad fact is, fewer businesses want to chance the precarious economic climate. The result is slower growth in the community. Certified Ready Sites, part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is tackling the problem head-on. It reduces risk by certifying specific sites. The group provides detailed data about price, utilities, access and ecological issues. Read about it here. The sites are suitable for heavy industry, light industry, business services, research and development and mega parks. Want to apply? Here’s more info.  
Deuel County ranch earns Leopold Conservation Award

Friday, April 28, 2017

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the Blue Bell Ranch near Clear Lake as the 2017 winner of the S.D. Leopold Conservation Award. The Blue Bell is owned and operated by Herb and Beverly Hamann and their two children Arla and Breck. The Hamanns are the eighth family to receive this prestigious award since its 2010 inception in South Dakota. The Hamanns’ story is an impressive one, and a story that will be feature more fully as the weeks and months unfold during the year of their award. You will see articles featuring the family and their ranch as well as a formal presentation...
12 photos from the AGP soybean plant ground breaking

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AGP Ag Processing Inc., a soybean processing plant under construction on Eight Avenue Northeast near the Aberdeen Industrial Park, held a ground breaking ceremony. Keith Spackler, CEO of AGP Ag Processing Inc, greeted South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard before a ground breaking ceremony for a soybean processing plant under construction Eight Avenue Northeast near the Aberdeen Industrial Park.  Continue to view all photos.
Redfield Energy celebrates 10 years in operation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ten years ago, Renewable Fuels Association member company Redfield Energy began production at its 55-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Redfield, South Dakota. After two years of planning, fundraising, construction and training, Redfield Energy began production on April 26, 2007. Since that time, the company has produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of ethanol coproduct distillers grains, purchased more than 194 million bushels of corn at an average price of $4.47/bu and generated $43.5 million in net income.  Redfield Energy has also distributed more than $36 million to its members, many of whom are farmers. The company currently...
Single family housing direct home loans available

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HURON, S.D. – With homes for sale across the country, buyers continue to have plenty of choices and lots of bargaining power. With the help of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s No Down Payment home loan programs, those dreams of homeownership may still come true. “USDA Rural Development offers homeownership opportunities to South Dakotans and we are helping to improve the quality of life for South Dakota residents while assisting with the growth of rural communities,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones. USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Direct Home Loan Program offers 100...
Agribusiness: 98% of SD farms family owned

Monday, April 24, 2017

The fact that 98% of all farms in South Dakota are family owned is the friendly face of agribusiness. This industry gets credit for feeding the country, keeping food prices low and grocery stores amply stocked. Agriculture is the #1 industry in South Dakota, contributing over $20 billion to its economy. Its Value-Added Agriculture Development Center offers help with technical services, feasibility assessment, planning your business and funding. It can help you choose the best site and come up with an operational strategy that works. Whatever part of the ag sector you are in, the state wants to make your agricultural...
Students plan to evolve and adapt to the future of ag

Monday, April 24, 2017

As technology and economics in agriculture change, three of the top high school seniors in northeastern South Dakota plan to pursue ag careers. Alan Masat of Redfield High School, Benjamin Pond of Ipswich High School, and Carl Cronin of Gettysburg High School, have spent their lives working and living on farms. They are three of 40 area seniors selected as 2017 American News/Farm Forum Scholastic Stars. "I see agriculture becoming more dependent on technology," Masat said. "Just in the past 50 years it's grown so much. Just talking to my grandpa and hearing how much it's changed since then, I wonder if that'll...
Whimsy On Main Hosts Ribbon Cutting at New Location

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Whimsy On Main and the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on April 20. The gift boutique is celebrating its grand re-opening at their new location on Main Street in Milbank. Owners and sisters Amy Thue and Sara Snaza, established Whimsy On Main in November 2015 at a small corner shop just south of the Milbank Mall. The boutique quickly outgrew that location and moved into the VPD building on South Main in April 2016. Last January, Whimsy On Main opened its doors at its new home – 214 South Main Street – after the couple purchased and renovated...
OUTDOOR REC WORTH $1.3 BILLION

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Outdoor and wildlife-associated recreation contributes $1.3 billion annually to the South Dakota economy according to a recent report from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). “Large numbers of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts spend many days enjoying the great outdoors of South Dakota,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary. “Hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor recreation have long been a fundamental part of the South Dakota experience. Those who participate in these activities create a significant economic engine, supporting thousands of jobs and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in labor income and growth within our state’s economy.” Both residents and...
Cool data and hot savings

Monday, April 17, 2017

Data centers, those mega collections of servers holding umpteen terabytes of information, love cool weather and no storms. That’s why South Dakota is attracting operation centers and other professional business service companies. Each year South Dakota has about 176 days with temperatures under 55 degrees. That saves data centers on artificial cooling costs. And typhoons, hurricanes or tropical storms are not part of the weather picture at all. Actually, the state hasn’t endured any major weather disaster in three decades. The state’s electricity and utility rates are low. Telecom speeds are about one-fifth faster than many areas of the country. All in...
Who and what are in South Dakota?

Monday, April 10, 2017

A family moving to an area wants to know how many students are the same age as their children. Businesses want to know how many workers can fill their tech jobs. It’s all about demographics. So who and what are in South Dakota? Turns out, just about everyone and everything. The South Dakota Prairie Gateway has a Community Profiles page. It lets businesses and families choose a location in the state and then customize a report. Want to know about quality of life, wages, workforce occupations, leading employers and transportation? You can find out all of that, and more. Prairie Gateway is a fund...
Featured In SDPB TV Program This Thursday

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

For over 100 years the Strand Theatre in Britton has been offering the latest in movie entertainment for area residents. In a time when many small-town theaters have closed their doors, Britton’s theater still survives. That survival story was highlighted as part of the “Dakota Life” show featured on South Dakota Public Broadcasting (Venture Channel 10.) The Strand is one of three theaters featured on the program that will be shown each Thursday at 8 p.m. in April. Sept. 27, 1915, was a big day in the history of the Britton community. That was the day of the grand opening of the theater...
Britton saves its movie theater

Monday, April 03, 2017

Can a small town in South Dakota support a movie theater, when they are closing down all over the country? It can if it’s Britton, official 2016 Community of the Year. The town now owns a $70,000 projector, needed to keep the Strand Theater viable. It required a concerted, collaborative effort. This is part of the can-do attitude that caused Governor Daugaard to recognize the town for turning their ideas into realities. Here’s the video. The town is just one that is actively working for the economic health of the area, with the help of South Dakota Prairie Gateway, REED and GrowSD.
Is homeownership feasible in today’s economy?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Homeownership rate in the U.S. as a whole has dropped to its lowest levels since 1965, according to experts at Bloomberg. Is homeownership in America just a dream for young couples? Not in South Dakota. Grow Spink is building split-level houses in several areas, including Redfield (see the video here http://ow.ly/k14V304tc2u) and Northville (more info: http://ow.ly/eo8y304tbdb) The program assumes the risk with their first-time homebuyer’s program, and buyers pay a reasonable down payment to get started. Affordable, up-to-date housing keeps young families in the area. Grow Spink is just one of the many groups promoting economic development in the area, in conjunction...
Are small rural towns stagnating?

Monday, March 20, 2017

  Young people are chasing jobs in the big cities, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Can small towns hope to thrive? They can in South Dakota. The Governor’s Economic Development Conference in April featured examples of towns in the state that are thriving. Pat Costello, the head of the conference, reports that it featured a bonus seminar about several “in-state examples of community development done right.” Attendees also discussed the many benefits of living in a small town. Three of the most active groups leading the push for local development are South Dakota Prairie Gateway, GrowSD and REED. More...
Dill pickle chips for serious cravings

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ever been hit by a sudden craving for dill pickles (you know who you are), but then can’t decide if potato chips would soothe your frazzled taste buds better? The solution to this serious dilemma for comfort food lovers has been solved by a local company, Dakota Style in Clark. The company produces 15 flavors of chips, all with “industrial strength” crunch in every bite. For all the flavors, look here: http://ow.ly/oUri304sZGe Dakota Flavors reports that potato chip production was not affected by the fire earlier this year. Good news for those with the hankering for local chips. More news on the...
Money in that electrical socket?

Monday, March 06, 2017

  Residents of South Dakota depend on electrical cooperatives for most of their power. East River Electric and Touchstone Energy Cooperative provide power to over 90,000 homes and businesses, over more than 40,000 square miles in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. But they also deliver money! Through Rural Electric Economic Development, they’ve financed $32 million for projects that encourage development in the area over the last decade. Read here for more information: http://ow.ly/Vyr2304sYx0 REED is working with GrowSD and South Dakota Prairie Gateway to help create jobs, improve agriculture and help the community succeed. Check it out: http://ow.ly/KJPj304sYWo
Cutting edge research in the biosciences

Monday, February 27, 2017

Did you know that South Dakota is a major player in the bioscience field? According to David Ure, CEO of Inanovate, which is headquartered in Sioux Falls, the area is accessible, and filled with world-class talent and facilities. South Dakota has a bioscience infrastructure, including research parks like the one at South Dakota State University and the 80 acres of the USD Discovery District. Avera Research and Sanford Research between them are conducting almost 450 clinical trials. Get more information on this page: http://ow.ly/mlfa304tK1N The state’s small size means it is easier to collaborate, a major plus for scientists. And the workforce...
Who and what are in South Dakota?

Monday, February 20, 2017

A family moving to an area wants to know how many students are the same age as their children. Businesses want to know how many workers can fill their tech jobs. It’s all about demographics. So who and what are in South Dakota? Turns out, just about everyone and everything. The South Dakota Prairie Gateway has a Community Profiles page here: http://ow.ly/4WaS304tJrO It lets businesses and families choose a location in the state and then customize a report. Want to know about quality of life, wages, workforce occupations, leading employers and transportation? You can find out all of that, and more. Prairie...
What’s in it for me?

Monday, February 13, 2017

That’s what every savvy business owner needs to ask. It’s a competitive marketplace and a tough economic climate. Any incentives help. So ask away! The South Dakota Prairie Gateway has the answers. The Business Incentives page has 47 opportunities for businesses. They include revolving loans, graduated taxing for building, agricultural loan program, block grants, abatements, help with housing construction, venture capital, workforce training programs and more. Check out this page for a full list: http://ow.ly/7wDx304tIYx South Dakota Prairie Gateway is an informative hub for businesses interested in moving to the area, expanding or hiring skilled workers. See what’s available at http://ow.ly/7rX5304tJ40
Tech career with no student debt?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Did you know the average 2016 graduate has over $37,000 in student debt? Many people don’t think the education is worth the cost. What about getting trained in a tech career, and no student debt when you graduate? That’s what Build Dakota Scholarship Fund is offering. These scholarships let you train in agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, engineering, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and welding, all good paying careers. More info here: http://ow.ly/b3jD304tIkL The goal of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund is to provide a skilled workforce and meet shortages in the tech area. Students team up with businesses. The benefits: for the student, a...
Driving the big rigs in South Dakota

Monday, January 30, 2017

Hankering to drive 18-wheelers? You’ll need a commercial driver’s license, called a CDL. If the highway is calling you, there’s training available. To get your CDL, you need time on the truck itself, plus classroom time. The Training Place at the Aberdeen Development Corporation is offering monthly classroom training. Prefer office work? It also offers monthly classes on Microsoft Office products and management issues. Here are the details: http://ow.ly/7vQv304tHlq The Training Place is the Aberdeen area’s workforce development partner. Check out how they can help your career plans: http://ow.ly/C9h7304tHxp  
FEATURE STORY: Cleaning up the range

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dakota Tschetter and his brother, Lance, didn’t have the idea of shooting range reclamation in their strategic plan, but when the opportunity was presented, as young entrepreneurs, the Tschetters accepted the challenge. It was after a day at the shooting range in the fall of 2014 that Colin Treeby took notice of how cluttered and unkempt the shooting range looked after multiple fired rounds. There were remnants of shells, clay pigeons and other scraps of material strewn about that range. Treeby knew there had to be a way to quickly and easily clean up the range. Click here for the complete article.
Gov. Daugaard Awards Eight Community Development Block Grants

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota. The money, awarded to Bowdle, Bristol, Huron, Parkston, South Shore, Watertown, Webster and Winner, will assist with projects totaling nearly $13 million. “Quality of life is of the utmost importance, and in South Dakota we’re fortunate to have so many community-minded leaders who are committed to improving their towns and cities,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “In 2016, more than $6.3 million in CDBG funds were awarded to community projects and I hope we can continue that trend in 2017.” Click here...
Retirees Moving to Mountain and Pacific West

Sunday, January 29, 2017

South Dakota narrowly overtakes Oregon, which held the top spot for the previous three years, as the nation’s “Top Moving Destination.” This is the first time South Dakota has held the no. 1 spot. Vermont inched out Oregon for the no 2. position, with Oregon rounding out the top three. Those are the results of the United Van Lines’ 40th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year. Click here for the complete article.
Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors in South Dakota

Sunday, January 29, 2017

South Dakota is an outdoor paradise for sportsmen and businessmen alike. We have a knowledgeable workforce that embraces firearm-friendly attitudes and pro-outdoor views, an established firearms cluster, and business and regulatory climates that can't be beat. South Dakota is the place for your shooting, hunting and outdoor company. Click here for the complete article.
Welding a better future

Monday, January 23, 2017

Is your goal to work as a welder? Now’s your time! The Welding and Manufacturing program, part of South Dakota Wins, is working hard to train people to fill the welder shortage that is a major concern of a range of industries in the state. The program gets students ready for entry-level welding jobs. If you choose the 18-month option, it leads to an Associate degree. Also available is a distance learning alternative. Here more info: http://ow.ly/zYsZ304tENL Welding not your style? Check out programs like Build Dakota Scholarship Fund and SD WINS. See more information here: http://ow.ly/mx29304tFmg
Is there a simpler way of life?

Monday, January 16, 2017

People in big cities start out loving the speed and variety, then end up frazzled. Is there an alternative? People are making the move to a simpler, quieter life in South Dakota with the help of Dakota Roots. Sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, this program offers job advisors who help people made the move. Advisors connect workers to dynamic businesses in the area looking for qualified workers. See what they can do: http://ow.ly/kywL304tl1V The advisors assist job seekers with applications, interviews and resources for moving and housing. The service is free. Here is the application: http://ow.ly/Zrm5304tlUO
When a business wants SD data

Monday, January 09, 2017

How does a company outside the area figure out if South Dakota is a good spot to put down roots? Getting several hundred thousand search results on Google isn’t helpful. Pertinent data are what’s needed. That’s why the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development has a page called Site Selection. It’s an information hub for businesses looking for answers to all kinds of questions. Wondering about taxes? What about broadband, mobile wireless and fiber optics? Have questions about the demographics, utilities and major employers? You’ll find it here: http://ow.ly/Bn9e304ti04 The state is making it easy for new companies to find a...
Business development with less risk?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Sounds like heaven for growing businesses—the chance to expand without taking on too much risk. The sad fact is, fewer businesses want to chance the precarious economic climate. The result is slower growth in the community. Certified Ready Sites, part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is tackling the problem head-on. It reduces risk by certifying specific sites. The group provides detailed data about price, utilities, access and ecological issues. (Read about it here: http://ow.ly/oNGH304tgKd) The sites are suitable for heavy industry, light industry, business services, research and development and mega parks. Want to apply? Here’s more info: http://ow.ly/Pbea304tfXK
Are small rural towns stagnating?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Young people are chasing jobs in the big cities, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Can small towns hope to thrive? They can in South Dakota. The Governor’s Economic Development Conference in April featured examples of towns in the state that are thriving. Pat Costello, the head of the conference, reports that it featured a bonus seminar about several “in-state examples of community development done right.” Attendees also discussed the many benefits of living in a small town. Three of the most active resources leading the push for local development are South Dakota Prairie Gateway, GrowSD and REED. More...
Britton saves its movie theater

Monday, December 19, 2016

Can a small town in South Dakota support a movie theater, when they are closing down all over the country? It can if it’s Britton, official 2016 Community of the Year. The town now owns a $70,000 projector, needed to keep the Strand Theater viable. It required a concerted, collaborative effort. This is part of the can-do attitude that caused Governor Daugaard to recognize the town for turning their ideas into realities. Here’s the video: http://ow.ly/vwkH304tdON The town is just one that is actively working for the economic health of the area, with the help of South Dakota Prairie Gateway, REED and...
Deuel Area Development Opens Wildlife Estates

Friday, December 16, 2016

Nestled in East Central South Dakota, is Deuel Area Development’s new housing development project Wildlife Estates!  Do you farm, are you looking to retire, looking to work or raise your family in rural America?  Wildlife Estates is for you!   Wildlife Estates is a new housing development in Clear Lake started by Deuel County’s Deuel Area Development. Active throughout Deuel County, Deuel Area Development works to keep the business landscape, lifestyle, and the economy strong and flourishing.   In Wildlife Estates you’ll find lots for single family units as well as for twin homes. All infrastructure is in place and lots are ready to...
Is homeownership feasible in today’s economy?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Homeownership rate in the U.S. as a whole has dropped to its lowest levels since 1965, according to experts at Bloomberg. Is homeownership in America just a dream for young couples? Not in South Dakota. Grow Spink is building split-level houses in several areas, including Redfield (see the video here http://ow.ly/k14V304tc2u) and Northville (more info: http://ow.ly/eo8y304tbdb) The program assumes the risk with itsfirst-time homebuyer’s program, and buyers pay a reasonable down payment to get started. Affordable, up-to-date housing keeps young families in the area. Grow Spink is just one of the many groups promoting economic development in the area, in conjunction with...
Dill pickle chips for serious cravings

Monday, December 05, 2016

Ever been hit by a sudden craving for dill pickles (you know who you are), and then wonder if potato chips would soothe your frazzled taste buds better? The solution to this serious dilemma for comfort food lovers has been solved by a local company, Dakota Style in Clark. The company produces 15 flavors of chips, including dill pickle, all with “industrial strength” crunch in every bite. For all the flavors, look here: http://ow.ly/oUri304sZGe Dakota Flavors reports that potato chip production was not affected by the fire earlier this year. Good news for those with the hankering for local chips. More news...
Powering local development

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Residents of South Dakota depend on electrical cooperatives for most of their power. East River Electric and Touchstone Energy Cooperative provide power to over 90,000 homes and businesses, across more than 40,000 square miles in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. But they also finance businesses in local communities! Through Rural Electric Economic Development, they’ve financed $32 million for projects that encourage development in the area over the last decade. Read here for more information: http://ow.ly/Vyr2304sYx0 REED is working with GrowSD and South Dakota Prairie Gateway to help create jobs, improve agriculture and help the community succeed. Check it out: http://ow.ly/KJPj304sYWo
FEATURE STORY: Manufacturing: Breaking the gender stereotype

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In a day and age where women have an increasing presence in the workforce, one woman has been working to engage and empower young women in the manufacturing sector in South Dakota. “When I first started out in manufacturing, I quickly realized that I had nobody to talk to—there weren’t any women leaders I could brainstorm with or bounce ideas off of,” Anja White recalled. “It struck me one day that that could be a detriment to my professional development.” White, who was born and raised in Germany, is the general manager of Sparton Corporation in Watertown, South Dakota. Although she loves...
Life in South Dakota

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Check out this South Dakota lifestyle video and see why so many people are choosing to live in South Dakota.
SD mHealth Partnership Explores Value of Remote Monitoring

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A new public-private collaboration is looking to improve remote monitoring services and chronic disease management for patients in South Dakota. The partnership between the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business, South Dakota’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and Health Factors, Inc. seeks to provide insight into how mHealth technology could produce better health outcomes and reduce spending through at home monitoring for patients with COPD, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure. “Chronic conditions are a primary driver of health care costs,” said Dan Spors, Health Factors chief commercial officer, in a press release. “This partnership is helping to quantify the...
South Dakota Receives US Small Business Administration STEP Grant

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that it was awarded another grant from the United State Small Business Administration (SBA), this time a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant in the amount of $116,250. The SBA recently awarded GOED a FAST grant to promote entrepreneurs and commercialization of innovations. “Trade is vital to our economy. South Dakota had close to $1.4 billion in exports in 2015,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “This grant will support businesses in our state that wish to export products to new markets across the world.” The STEP grant program is an export initiative that...
Redfield works for a bright future with new housing, new school, new faces and community pride

Monday, September 19, 2016

Redfield, S.D., could be called a small city or a big town. It has features that are the best of both. “Main Street is a very interesting, fun place to go visit on a Saturday afternoon. You’ve still got those good, enjoyable family things and shopping” as in a larger community, according to Lisa Zens, executive director of Grow Spink, Inc., headquartered in Redfield. But children “can still go outside and play or ride their bike, and someone will let us know if there’s a problem.” Zens, who raised her two biological children mostly in Sioux Falls before moving to Redfield, where...
2016 Export Awareness Workshops

Friday, September 16, 2016

Do you know a South Dakota company new to exporting? Or maybe you know a company considering exporting their goods overseas? If so, over the next two months they can attend Export Awareness Workshops designed to connect companies with resources to help them begin their exporting journey. Click here for the complete article.
GROW South Dakota enhances board governance with $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America

Friday, September 16, 2016

GROW South Dakota today announced that it received a $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to recognize its work building a stronger and more effective board of directors. Effective boards of directors have been shown to be an essential part of a nonprofit community development corporation’s ability to efficiently deliver services and sustain business operations long-term. The Excellence in Governance program involved a small team of board members and the CEOs to lead the process with the full board. The GROW South Dakota Leadership Team members were Chair Debbie Anderson of Peever, Vice Chair Dwight Hossle of Faulkton, and Secretary Vikki Day...
The Real Value of $100 in South Dakota

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Tax Foundation is back with an updated look at which state offers the biggest bang for your buck by adjusting the value of $100 by cost of living. For the record, South Dakota is pretty great, and by living here you can buy more with $100 than 92% of the county. That’s because we rank 4th with the real value of $100 sitting at $113.64. Click here for the complete article.
Think Like a Hacker: Taking the Path of Least Resistance

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cybersecurity can be intimidating to think about …unless you’re Dr. Kevin Streff, CEO and owner of Secure Banking Solutions (SBS), based in Madison, South Dakota. For this Dakota State University professor, cybersecurity is what makes him tick. In the late 1990s, Streff began developing a cybersecurity program to address the concerns of small-and medium-size banks in the region. “Soon after, I was approached by more bankers in South Dakota that needed help understanding and implementing comprehensive security protocol in their banks. And in 2004, I founded SBS at the request of bankers seeking assistance to meet regulatory needs,” Streff said. SBS has...
YOU CAN LIVE HERE!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sit on the sidelines and watch your life go by. Or get into the game and live the life you really want in South Dakota. You make the call. South Dakota’s low cost of living, rapidly expanding job market and bustling communities make it easy to find afulfilling career and a lifestyle you’ll love. It also means you’ll have more time, money and opportunity. So what’s it gonna be? This year, make the right call and score big in South Dakota. Learn More!
GROW South Dakota Enhances Board Governance with $10,000 Grant from NeighborWorks America

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

GROW South Dakota has received a $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to recognize its work building a stronger and more effective board of directors. Effective boards of directors have been shown to be an essential part of a nonprofit community development corporation’s ability to efficiently deliver services and sustain business operations long-term. The Excellence in Governance program involved a small team of board members and the CEOs to lead the process with the full board.  The GROW South Dakota Leadership Team members were Chair Debbie Anderson of Peever, Vice Chair Dwight Hossle of Faulkton, and Secretary Vikki Day of Highmore, as well...
Homebuyer Education

Monday, September 05, 2016

Are you ready to buy a home? How can you easily obtain a mortgage loan? How does credit affect your ability to own your dream home? These are questions that can be answered during a Homebuyer Education Class offered by GROW South Dakota (HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency and Housing Education Resource Organization (HERO). Topics include Protecting Your Investment, Understanding Credit, Are You Ready To Buy A Home, Money Management, and Obtaining a Mortgage Loan. Click here to schedule your class today: http://www.growsd.org/growsd/housing
Ellen Schlechter featured in South Dakota Magazine for creating “The Calving App”

Friday, September 02, 2016

Technology from the farm makes calving season simpler Editor’s note: Ellen Schlechter, a senior at Faulkton High School, was featured in the September/October 2016 issue of South Dakota Magazine. The story on page 12 features how Schlechter created the calving app available for iPhone in the App Store and from Android in the Google Play Store. South Dakota Magazine Keeping track of cattle is now as easy as a few taps on a smartphone screen, thanks to the dogged determination of a Faulkton High School senior. Ellen Schlechter lives on a farm between Miller and Faulkton. She says her family had been searching for...
Tentative schedule for Wild West Days 2017

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Record has been contacted by several people wondering if there was a tentative schedule for next year’s All School Reunion and Wild West Days. The following is a tentative schedule for Wild West Days 2017: Friday, June 30: The Dweeds Band at Dot T’s. Saturday, July 1: 1972 class reunion at Lakeside Country Club; 1952 class reunion at Dot T at 5:30 p.m.; live music at J & J Bar. Sunday, July 2: Lakeside Wild West Days Golf Tournament; Faulkton All School Reunion, social hour 6 p.m., supper 7 p.m., program/entertainment 8 p.m., and dance 9 p.m. Monday, July 3: Dacotah Bank Brat...
Shop local

Monday, August 29, 2016

Casual local purchases builds relationships and community cohesiveness, strengthens the local economy, and keeps taxes lower! Each dollar you spend at independent local businesses returns three times more money to your local economy – a benefit that will keep on giving to your community! On Hand Development provides an online business directory for your convenience! Please click here and give one of our local businesses a call or stop in to see them today! http://www.millersd.org/miller/miller-c-and-c/business-directory
Heartland Region Backpack Program Receives $50 Pay-It-Forward Donation

Monday, August 22, 2016

Strong communities cannot be built without supporting their most vulnerable citizens, especially the youngest. With that mission in mind, the Heartland Region Backpack Program provides supplemental food items to more than 400 children in the Huron area every week. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Gene Ellenson, a NESDCAP board member, donated to the Backpack program for its role in supporting the future....
Ensuring Community Success through Housing

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Quality housing is scarce in rural South Dakota and the solution to create more housing is challenging to solve. One small town in northeast South Dakota, Northville, is doing something to increase available housing. Northville has an estimated population of 148 and former mayor Ruth Clemens has lived there nearly all of her life. She owned land in town and didn’t want to see it sit idle. Ruth sold the property to Grow Spink, a non-profit development organization; with aspirations they would develop the land and build a new home. Grow Spink, who serves all of Spink County, spearheaded the construction...
Grow Spink Inc.

Monday, July 25, 2016

South Dakota is the top state to do business as well as the top state to retire according to CNBC and NBC News. In addition, the Tax Foundation ranks South Dakota second in business tax climate. Grow Spink Inc. works with the Spink community “to promote growth and to secure the economic well being of Spink County.” They dedicate their efforts in “building strong relationships to improve the quality of life” for the business community and citizens of Spink County. “The purpose of Grow Spink Inc. is to promote, stimulate and expand economic, commercial, industrial and residential growth for Spink County and...
Certification aid available to organic producers, processors

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Producers and processors of organic food in South Dakota can now apply to have up to 75 percent of their certification costs reimbursed. The state Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from producers and processors interested in getting a reimbursement through a partnership between the agency and its federal counterpart. Kimberly DeSchepper is a grant and loan specialist with the state Agriculture Department. She says annual certification costs are a major expense for new and established organic producers. Click here for the complete article.
City Commission adopts TIF plan for South Town development

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A tax increment financing plan to provide incentives to lead to the private sector development of open land commonly referred to as South Town south and east of Coborn’s has been adopted by the City Commission. Establishing a tax increment financing district – the third one in Huron in the past 30 years since the Crossroads parking ramp was constructed – will mean the taxes on the 41 acres will be fixed at predevelopment levels. Increases in taxes after the land has been developed will be used to repay the debt incurred by GHDC to pay for new infrastructure and site development...
South Dakota Economic Development Finance Programs

Thursday, July 21, 2016

In South Dakota, we’re fortunate to work cooperatively in a business climate that’s second to none. Our people are dedicated, prepared and productive—and our financing programs are evidence of that. We understand the needs of growing businesses. Our programs are structured to meet your longterm and short-term financing needs. We also know time is of the essence, especially your time. Rest assured, as we walk you through the process, we’ll do it quickly and efficiently and will represent you well to our boards that finalize our loan decisions. Whether you’re just laying the ground work or you’ve been around for a...
South Dakota Housing Unit Growth 6th in the Nation

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Census Bureau recently released Housing Unit Estimates for 2015 and South Dakota ranked 6th in housing unit growth from 2014-2015 with a 1.1% increase in units (or 4,026 new units). Even better, from 2010-2015, South Dakota ranked 4th in housing unit growth, increasing the number of units by 4.6% (or 16,889 new units). Click here for the complete article.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit for Rural Renewal Counties

Thursday, July 21, 2016

As economic developers, we’re always on the lookout for incentive programs we can utilize to sweeten the deal. So today we’re going to talk about The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The WOTC is a federal income tax credit available for employers who hire individuals from certain targeted groups.  It has been around for a while and was set to expire at years-end 2014, but it was reauthorized through 2019 this past December. Click here for the complete article.
The pheasant capital of the world

Monday, July 18, 2016

Redfield, South Dakota is located in Spink County. The city provides many services to help the community as well as businesses grow and develop economically. In addition, Redfield is a great place for hunting, camping, golfing, and nature walks as well as other fun activities for tourists. On the Redfield community website, site selectors as well as new and existing businesses are supplied with resources such as area information and commercial properties and sites for sale in the area. Plus, the site has access to the state and county economic development sites. Redfield works with Grow Spink in economic development for the...
Absolutely! Aberdeen

Monday, July 11, 2016

Aberdeen, South Dakota is recognized as the center of “regional and federal government offices, education, healthcare, financial services, retailers, wholesale and manufacturing.” Aberdeen works to improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors alike with the fortunate help of various organizations. Aberdeen strongly emphasizes the well-being of children, so the quality of education is highly valued. The city offers both public and private (Catholic) K-12 school systems, as well as other private, public, and religiou elementary schools. In addition, Aberdeen also has higher education available through Northern State University and Presentation College. The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) continues to assist the...
De Smet Event Center Now Open

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Desmet Economic Development hosted the Regional Economic Development Meeting in Desmet on June 8th with a tour of community and event center.  
State grant helps fund Faulkton industrial park

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Grant funds from the South Dakota State Board of Economic Development will be used to develop an industrial park in Faulkton, SD, it was announced on June 14th. Trevor Cramer, Economic Development Director for Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation, said a $384,000.00 grant approved by the State Board of Economic Development will provide half the money necessary to install public infrastructure for a new industrial park east of Faulkton on U.S. Highway 212. "It's a really great location," Cramer said of the 32-acre industrial park.  Now that the state grant has been awarded, he said, plans can move forward to secure the remaining funds...
South Dakota is the leading state for financial services industries

Monday, July 04, 2016

South Dakota strives to help financial services companies succeed. Their longstanding regulatory climate is beneficial to the financial services industry, and “leaders statewide make every effort to make South Dakota’s rules and regulations business friendly.” In addition, “South Dakota offers the lowest capital requirement in the United States, effective asset protection, no rule against perpetuity and absolute privacy.” Because of this, companies have taken note. According to gross domestic product (GDP), the finance industry is the number one industry in South Dakota, accounting for more than 15 percent of the economy, the agriculture industry a close second. The state also boasts...
Grow with Faulkton

Monday, June 27, 2016

Faulkton, a small and friendly town of about 785 people, is located in the north central region of South Dakota. As a farming and ranching community, Faulkton relies heavily on agriculture. A wide range of crops from wheat, oats, corn, rye and sunflowers, are grown in the area, as well as livestock such as beef, hog and sheep operations dominating the industry. Faulkton Area Economic Development is committed to economic development in Faulk County. Their website is a great resource for site selectors as well as new and existing businesses. On the website, businesses can locate community demographics of Faulk County....
Eureka Community Development

Monday, June 20, 2016

Eureka is located in the north central region of South Dakota. It is a small town with a population of about 868, and has a beautiful lake and park area for recreational use. Many people come here to fish, hunt, and camp, and residents enjoy the numerous sporting opportunities. The Eureka Community Development Company (ECDC) works “to promote and demonstrate innovative grassroots economic development in the community, attract new industry, assist with expansion/retention of existing industries and promote industrial/commercial development.” In order to accomplish this goal, ECDC facilitates partnerships with residents, businesses, civic organizations and governments;maintains a strong and diverse tax base...
Aberdeen, South Dakota takes health care seriously

Monday, June 13, 2016

Aberdeen Sanford and Avera St. Lukes provide health care and jobs to the surrounding area. Both of their websites offer links to careers and employment so you can become part of the medical team. The Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital built to meet the growing health care needs of the Aberdeen region and its communities. The medical center is directly attached to the Sanford Aberdeen Clinic, both of which provide the medical care you need. Avera, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent...
Relocation: still a good thing

Monday, June 06, 2016

You CAN go home again. Really.  If you’d like to make your way back to the place where you grew up, you are not alone. Download Dakotafire Media’s Homecoming Guide at http://dakotafire.net/homecoming/ When business owner, Irv Stone, decided to relocate Bar-Sto Precision Machine from California to South Dakota in 2009, he wasn’t disappointed. What drew Stone in was the tax and regulatory climate as the difference in business taxes was like night and day between California and South Dakota. But that wasn’t the only factor he took into consideration. “And, perhaps just as important, is the outdoor-friendly and firearm-friendly atmosphere South Dakota...
Be treated like family

Monday, May 30, 2016

Located near the historical Fort Sisseton, Hidden Hill Lodge is a hunting and fishing lodge in the Glacial Lakes Area of northeast South Dakota. The lodge offers 11 bedrooms (sleeps 34), seven bathrooms, two kitchens, a hot tub, a game room, and two large decks, which makes it a perfect place for family reunions, weddings, and corporate retreats. The property is surrounded by natural prairie grasslands and cattail sloughs, the perfect habitat for wild pheasant and migrating waterfowl, and the lakes around the area offer world class walleye fishing. There are 30 lakes within 30 miles of Hidden Hill Lake, which...
Discover the unexpected

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Lake Area Improvement Corporation (LAIC) is a non-profit economic development organization dedicated to the growth and prosperity of Madison and the communities that reside within Lake County, South Dakota. The LAIC aims to create an economic atmosphere for both local and regional businesses. Economic development provided by the LAIC gives opportunities for businesses to expand and relocate. The LAIC is a great resource for businesses seeking to grow in Lake County, and it is the only resource they will need. “The LAIC will provide workforce, building, land and tax information that will satisfy the economic needs of growing companies.” The...
Centerville Development Corporation

Monday, May 16, 2016

Centerville, South Dakota is located on the western edge of the beautiful Vermillion River Valley. A family-oriented community, Centerville strives to provide youth with a quality education, to support and promote local businesses, and to ensure residents maintain a high quality of day-to-day living. Centerville Development Corporation (CDC) serves as the main economic development engine for the Centerville community. CDC is non-profit and aims to “create a friendly, family-oriented community built on traditional values.” In order to achieve this, CDC works to encourage, support, and promote the development local businesses as they expand and retain. Also, CDC strives to improve the quality...
South Dakota is affordable

Monday, May 09, 2016

South Dakota has affordable housing for everyone. South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) “was created to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income South Dakotans.” With an SDHDA Tax Credit, first-time homebuyers can get up to a $2,000 tax credit every year to help them buy their first house. The Governor’s House Program was created as a way to provide reasonably sized, affordable homes to income-qualified individuals and families. More than 2,000 Governor’s Houses have been sold to elderly, persons with disabilities, and income-qualified families in South Dakota.These South Dakota residents have a quality, low-cost, low-maintenance, energy...
An outdoor paradise

Monday, May 02, 2016

South Dakota is an outdoor paradise for sportsmen and businessmen alike. Irv Stone of Bar-Sto Precision says, “South Dakota is a spectacular location for firearms and outdoor companies. The tax climate can’t be beat; there is little red tape, and the hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities are incredible.” South Dakota has “a knowledgeable workforce that embraces firearm-friendly attitudes and pro-outdoor views, an established firearms cluster, and business and regulatory climates that can't be beat. South Dakota is the place for your shooting, hunting and outdoor company.” The state has pro-business tax, and the regulatory climates are beneficial to companies in...
Experience the Wilder life in DeSmet

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome to a land of wide open spaces and enjoy an outdoor paradise in the heritage of Laura Ingalls Wilder. DeSmet is known as the Little Town on the Prairie, which brings many visitors to this lively town. Not only do residents love DeSmet, but businesses are also attracted to the area because of its “quality of life, undeveloped land, abundant resources, business appreciation and the ability to ‘fast-track’ getting a business started.” The South Dakota Rural Development Council said, “DeSmet certainly raised the bar for what we would consider an impressive community” after their community assessment. In a business review for...
iGrow

Monday, April 18, 2016

iGrow is the teaching platform used by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension to assure program delivery. Each week on the iGrow website, SDSU Extension staff publish new information on the latest events on 4-H and youth, as well as community development, livestock, and healthy families. Recently, 130 South Dakota youth participated in the 4-H Teen Leadership Conference in Brookings, South Dakota.The event focused on leadership training, personal growth, and fun. "It's impressive to see teen leaders develop a camp through which their peers can learn about themselves, develop confidence and have fun," said Audrey Rider, SDSU Extension State 4-H Events...
Sisseton Wahpeton College—you’re with family here

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) is one of the 36 tribal colleges in the United States and is located on the Lake Traverse Reservation in the eastern region of South Dakota. SWC’s mission is to prepare students to live and work in the 21st Century and give them the opportunity to learn and know their Dakota culture through language and history classes. President Harvey DuMarce says, “We are a family oriented people. Everything we know and learn comes from family. We have taken this idea of family and transported it to the Sisseton Wahpeton College, and have connected it to the concept...
Brookings: stop for the day, decide to stay

Monday, April 04, 2016

Brookings, South Dakota is a wonderful community to visit and to live. The eastern city offers a variety of attractions for all ages. Not only that, but Brookings is a great place for a business trip. Visitors have access to many accommodations whether they choose to stay in a hotel, or decide on a night out under the stars in one of the many campgrounds. Either way, Brookings provides you with a comfortable place to stay while exploring the city attractions. Businesses should strongly consider making trips to Brookings. Brookings offers many places to hold events. There is the Swiftel Center,...
GLAD

Monday, March 28, 2016

Glacial Lakes Area Development (GLAD) is a regional economic development organization that serves the Greater Marshall County Area. They assist individuals as well as support industries with business development goals. GLAD works for private, public, and nonprofit entities that offer various programs, education, or referrals to resource providers in the area. GLAD’s purpose is to facilitate regional economic development collaborations and communities’ access to resources, be a conduit for enterprise, and strengthen the ability to get economic and community development initiatives done. Also, GLAD offers online and on-site customer service training, which is helpful for small businesses that may not have the...
4-H Youth Development

Monday, March 21, 2016

4-H offers encouragement and support for kids who want to organize and carry out volunteer projects. It involves many service learning projects including cleaning up river banks and keeping highways litter free. Plus, youth involved in 4-H have the opportunity to work with older adults as well as mentor young adults. The 4-H clubs are a great way to get involved in the community. Many of the older members “serve as youth representatives in city or county governments or as panelists on teen courts.” These clubs hold regular meetings and officers, and the kids “learn new things by completing dozens of...
New foundation to fund the future of Ag in South Dakota

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The newly formed South Dakota Agricultural Foundation announced its existence and the creation of an endowment fund aimed at paying for programs or projects in four broad categories related to agriculture Tuesday. The fund will be managed by the South Dakota Community Foundation. So far foundation partners have committed $1.5 million to the fund over the next five years. Click here for the complete article.
SDTBC and Augustana University Partner on Entrepreneurship Initiative

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC), an entrepreneurship organization serving emerging businesses today announced a partnership with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Augustana University to launch a new “Entrepreneurial Mindset Academy.” The Academy is an eight-week program designed to educate participants on how to discover problem-solving opportunities and think like entrepreneurs. While Augustana is utilizing faculty to lead the program–focused on fundamental aspects and practical applications of an entrepreneurial mindset–the SDTBC is tapping its broad network of Sioux Falls entrepreneurs and business leaders as speakers. Click here for the complete article.
The entrepreneurial power of women

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Women-owned businesses are making significant contributions to today’s economy. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are creating jobs, bolstering economies, strengthening families and communities, and providing creative solutions to 21st century problems. Click here for the complete article.
Lake Area Technical Institute—be where your passion is

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown is know as the first technical school in South Dakota. The classes are small and interactive, and there is always new and updated technology. Out of their 19,000+ graduates, 98 percent are employed or continuing their education, and 90 percent have stayed to live and work in South Dakota. LATI has been the recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence three times since the Aspen Institute started distributing it in 2011. Each of the three years the Aspen Prize has been awarded, LATI has been a finalist-with-distinction. Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of...
Eastern South Dakota: take the back roads

Monday, March 07, 2016

Rural Retail --You've seen those wonderful stores and really unique places that sit along a forgotten or 'off the beaten path' highway. They're entrepreneurs in rural America; in this case rural Dakota (or surrounding borders), that work to keep their businesses open, their communities supported and many times are a diamond in the rough. These places are a 'must-see' and you want others to check them out as well. They're like a "best kept secret".  Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BackroadsDakotaRuralRetail South Dakota is not only known for its wide selection of job opportunities, but also for its great tourist attractions....
Campbell County Economic Development

Monday, February 29, 2016

Campbell County is made up of the three small communities of Pollock, Mound, and Herreid, and is located in the north-central region of South Dakota. Even though Campbell County is a rural area, they are very modern, being one of the first areas in the country to gain high-speed internet. In addition, Campbell is a great place for families and businesses. The area has wonderful schools and medical facilities, churches, and also has great land for hunting and fishing. Plus, there is adequate building space, no corporate or individual income tax, and property land tax incentives. So why not expand or relocate...
Grant County Development Corporation

Monday, February 22, 2016

Grant County is in the nation’s heartland. The people here have superior work ethic and a strong belief in helping companies grow and expand, which is where the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) comes in. Their mission is “to promote, encourage and advance the development of private enterprise, local employment opportunities, area tourism and growth through the expansion of business and industry in Grant County.” One of the biggest priorities for GCDC is connecting clients to resources such as “site selection, packaging of financial incentives and information on labor availability, Grant County’s major employers, and other detailed data on why Grant...
5 tax tips for small business owners

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Starting a business can be intimidating, but with a solid business plan and guidance from the small business community of experts, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you own a local restaurant or an online Etsy shop, one of the biggest things to get used to as a new small business owner is filing taxes for the first time. If you’re filing a business return, hiring an experienced professional tax preparer can help you avoid making common mistakes that can impact the success of your small business. Click here for the complete article.
5 tips that will help your small business make the most of 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is there any time of year more important for a small business than right now? The business you do in these months will go a long way toward not only determining your day-to-day success, but the very outlook for the rest of 2016. So how do you make sure your small business is up to the task and makes the most of the here and now? Click here for the complete article.
University of South Dakota's business school is one of few colleges to implement outside industries

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The University of South Dakota is elevating its business school, but not in a way that you might expect. Business students will now be able to produce 3D objects for entrepreneur opportunities. The university  is beefing up the business school by adding different elements of other industries into the curriculum. Dr. Venky Venkatachalam, the dean of the department says, the innovate technology of 3D printing is going to take their students to an ultimate level as entrepreneurs. Click here for the complete article.  
GROW SD Acquires Mid-Dakota Economic Development Corporation Loan Fund to Strengthen Rural Businesses

Friday, February 19, 2016

GROW South Dakota, a non-profit agency, received $250,000 in funding from Mid-Dakota Economic Development Corporation to support small businesses in central South Dakota. “We’re grateful for Mid-Dakota’s investment in our revolving loan fund for businesses. It allows us to support entrepreneurs with affordable business loans in South Dakota communities,” said Lori Finnesand, GROW South Dakota CEO. The funds from Mid-Dakota Economic Development Corporation are available to small businesses in Buffalo, Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Haakon, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Perkins, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Tripp, Walworth and Ziebach counties.   Jim Protexter, Executive Director of Mid-Dakota, says GROW South Dakota is the...
What’s the BIG Idea?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Not only do businesses and college students have the opportunity to compete with their business ideas, but high school students can too. The BIG Idea Competition exposes youth to new ideas and innovation in the hopes that students will view entrepreneurship as an option for your future. “Rather than leaving the region to look for a job, you can have the confidence to create your own opportunities close to home and know that there is support for you should you choose to do so.” The competition includes a 1,075-word description of a business idea, an optional Marketing Design competition which includes...
Northern State University—Be you. Be us. Be northern.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Northern State University (NSU) “has been recognized as one of the best and most affordable institutions in the Midwest.” The campus is conveniently located in walking distance of downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota, so students can easily explore the small but growing community. NSU keeps the class sizes small with a roughly 17 to 1 student-faculty ratio. In addition, about 80 percent of the professors here have Ph.D’s. At NSU, their Business Administration program is extremely accessible. In addition to being offered at the main campus, the major is also available online and at the Capital University Center in Pierre, South Dakota....
Value Added Agriculture

Monday, February 01, 2016

The County Site Analysis Program, developed by South Dakota Department of Agriculture in 2013, provides counties with information on where ag development could take place, based on zoning rules, water availability and other factors. http://dakotafire.net/ag-sites/ South Dakota has a long-standing and successful background in agriculture. Having a $20.7 billion economic impact makes agriculture the largest industry in the state. In addition, 98 percent of South Dakota’s farms are family owned, which benefits both citizens and the state since the products are already being produced. One great example of a value added agriculture success story is Dakota Harvest Farm owned by Bob Corio....
Madison Housing Study Is Released

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Lake Area Improvement Corporation and the Madison Housing and Redevelopment Commission partnered to contract a housing study for Madison. The study was conducted over the past six months with a final copy presented to the LAIC board on January 26. Click here for the complete article.
Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. (REED) Fund “provides business and community project financing in partnership with commercial and other economic development lenders to leverage private investment and make a difference in the region it serves.” The REED Fund assists projects that promote growth, as well as improve infrastructure. REED provides loans to not-for-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and local governments. Some of the projects they assist in include: producer owned business and cooperatives that add value to agriculture; multi-family rental housing with strong community support; and community projects relating to water/wastewater, healthcare, education, telecommunications, public safety, recreation and the arts. In order...
Governor’s Giant Vision Awards

Monday, January 18, 2016

As of April 15, the 2015 winners of the Giant Vision Business Awards and student competition have been announced. “After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants to eight qualifying business and ten qualifying student entries, the competition concluded with day-long judging activities.” For the business competition, Equinox of Sioux Falls and VRC Metal Systems of Rapid City tied for first place. As for the student competition, the first place winner was Farnsworth Downs Technology, School of Mines and Technology. In order to enter the Giant Vision Business Competition, applicants must submit an extensive written business plan outlining...
Location is everything

Monday, January 11, 2016

Higher education is important and picking the right school can be difficult. However, location is just as important. Luckily, South Dakota has a wide selection of colleges to choose from sprinkled all over the state. South Dakota offers colleges that pertain to different jobs and different students. Students can choose from public, private, community, tribal, and technical colleges. These colleges have great business and agriculture-related programs, as well as many other programs such as health care and education. Just in the eastern region of South Dakota there is a wide array of schools to choose from. There are Presentation College and Northern...
Certified Ready Sites

Monday, January 04, 2016

Finding property ready for development can be difficult, which is why South Dakota has a selection of Certified Ready Sites (CRS). The South Dakota CRS program “is an economic development tool available to all cities, counties, and developers in the state. The purpose of the program is to promote commercial and industrial sites that are development ready.” It is operated under the supervision of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). So how exactly does a site become certified? Well, those who qualify include “politiical subdivisions of the state such as counties, cities, townships, planning districts, or business improvement districts, and...
Write your story

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) is a private non-profit organization that strives for primary job creation. The Workforce Development Coordinator “is dedicated to assisting and facilitating workforce development, recruitment, retention and training in the Aberdeen area” because workforce development is extremely important to the Aberdeen area. The ADC’s goal is to “maximize our local and regional resources to improve and mitigate Aberdeen’s workforce challenges.” In order to do that, the Workforce Development Coordinator focuses on augmenting existing research and compiling data; expanding marketing and recruitment efforts; developing a streamlined approach for newcomer and refugee integration; enhancing and expanding our technical education...
Start, grow, and improve your business in South Dakota

Monday, December 21, 2015

“The South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive.” The services South Dakota SBDC offers “enable entrepreneurs to make better, more informed business decisions, to avoid costly mistakes, and to prepare thorough and complete business plans needed both to obtain financing and to effectively manage their venues.” SBDC offers one-on-one, confidential no cost business consulting; assists existing businesses in remaining competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy; performs research and industry benchmark comparisons; provides development and improvement of business plans...
GLRP Approved for REDI, Expanding and Relocating

Friday, December 18, 2015

Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics (GLRP), based in Watertown, S.D., has outgrown its current facility. Thanks to a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan, approved last month by the Board of Economic Development, GLRP will soon be relocating to a 30,000-square-foot building within Watertown’s Pheasant Ridge Industrial Park. “It’s always exciting to see our companies grow and evolve, but it’s especially encouraging when such a young, homegrown company like GLRP grows so quickly,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “When Minnesota Rubber closed in 2014, Robb Peterson stepped up to the plate. This expansion underscores the resiliency of Watertown’s manufacturing sector.” Click...
South Dakota State University Extension video programs discuss agriculture issues

Friday, December 18, 2015

With increasingly complex issues facing agriculture, being informed on up-to-date information is more important than ever. South Dakota State University Extension iGrow started Contours for that reason. Contours is a series of video episodes that discuss issues in the agriculture industry and the state. Click here for the complete article.
South Dakota has great ratings in education

Monday, December 14, 2015

Overall, South Dakota’s education ratings are outstanding. As of 2011, the enrollment rates from preschool to 12th grade was about 127,800 students, 14 percent of those students being children with special needs. Of the 127,800 students that enroll, about 8,100 students graduate; however, the district dropout rate is on 2 percent. The district also has an amazing attendance rate at 95.4 percent as well as a helpful student to teacher ratio of 14.0. Most of the staff average experience of 14.9 years, 32 percent of them with advanced degrees. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act expresses the importance of the quality...
Holiday Reading List for Community Economic Developers

Thursday, December 10, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close and we look forward to the slower pace of work that the holidays bring, we want to offer a few suggested readings for the season. We've collected these from our staff, fellows, board members and other partners.  We hope you enjoy! Holiday Reading List  From Center for Rural Entrepreneurship Staff: The Kauffman Foundation, How to Cook Up a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Policy Digest, November 4, 2015. And, you might want to compare to this classic piece done by the former National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), Five Myths About Entrepreneurs, to see what has changed - if anything!   Thomas Lyons, Entrepreneurship...
Job Opportunity

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Community Development Extension Field Specialist.
Winners Announced for BIG Idea Competition

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

(December 3, 2015, Aberdeen, SD)  The 9th Annual BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 263 entries involving over 400 students from 37 schools.  The event wrapped up Thursday, December 3rd, on the campus of Northern State University and the winners were determined from among the eight final entries with over $5,000 in cash and scholarships awarded.   Haley Ketteler of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School took first place with Bent Perspective, an Origami store focusing on teaching the customers how to make origami artwork.  Her prizes included a $1,000 cash prize, a $1,000 scholarship to NSU, and a $1,000 scholarship...
Day County has a job for you!

Monday, December 07, 2015

Day County is an amazing region to work, play, and live! Located in the northeastern corner of South Dakota, Day County is a great spot for job hunting. Many people come for the multitude of job openings and offers, which are accessible through South Dakota Prairie Gateway, and stay for the rolling hills, beautiful lakeshores, and abundance of wildlife. Through SD Prairie Gateway, looking for jobs is fast and simple. Prairie Gateway partners with many economic development corporations focusing on jobs around the northeastern corner. Some of the bigger cities include Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Huron, and Mitchell. Finding a job in South...
GROW South Dakota Helps Strenghten Rural Communities

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

By Jennifer Jones, South Dakota Public Radio An organization in Sisseton is working to impact towns in the northeast part of the state through housing, community, and economic development.    Listen Listen Listening...   2:14 Full story GROW South Dakota Co-CEO Marcia Erickson says you can see the organization’s impact up and down Sisseton’s main street.   “A business loan with that second business down there,” Erickson says. “We had a business loan with this restaurant. He has paid off, very successful, thriving business. We have done a business loan over here on this side of the street.”     During a tour of her community, Erickson points out several homes that have...
All you need is an Associate’s degree

Monday, November 30, 2015

Many believe that in order to get a decent job, they need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree. However, this is not always the case. In fact, “22 percent of workers with associate's degrees earn more than median bachelor's degree holders, and 14 percent earn more than median graduate degree holders.” South Dakota is abundant in job opportunities, and offers some of the top-rated colleges, like Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), which is ranked in the top 150 of America’s two-year colleges. MTI has a 99 percent job placement rate for their students, and also participates in the Build Dakota Scholarship...
Whimsy on Main

Friday, November 27, 2015

There will be one less empty building on Main Street beginning this weekend when Whimsy on Main Popup Shop opens its door on the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. Amy Thue and Sara Snaza are busy preparing the space for a product reveal on December 5th. Whimsy will feature regional artisan’s handmade wares and boutique gift products. There will also be several offerings of Parties in a Box that can be customized for many different themes and occasions. The sisters will feature sweet treats from the Conrad Cookie Company and coffee from the Mighty Missouri Coffee Company. Both products...
GROW South Dakota

Monday, November 23, 2015

GROW South Dakota is a statewide non-profit organization that provides programs and loan products to advance housing, community, and economic development. Their goal is to support business owners through loans and business technical assistance with affordable financing. GROW SD is a statewide lender and finances both new and existing businesses. They will also partner with a bank if necessary to provide joint financing. Borrowers can also have free business assistance from GROW, which offers “one-on-one consulting for cash flow and sales analysis, pricing, marketing, and customer service regardless of the size or maturity of the business.” In addition, the “Small Business Development...
Moore expands writing range

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The play may be the thing for Shakespeare, but Brookings native Tracy Moore has gone from films to writing books. Click here for the complete article.
SDSU asks city for $6M for PAC?II

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It’s time to update the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University and make it a “destination place in South Dakota,” said SDSU’s president and a dean at the Brookings City Council meeting Tuesday. Click here to view the complete article.
Beacom School of Business

Monday, November 16, 2015

Beacom School of Business is offered through the University of South Dakota located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The Beacom School of Business is “the region’s leader in business education.” As you work toward your bachelor’s degree, “you will be encouraged to pursue a business major that meets your current interests and your future career plans in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, health services administration, human resource management, management, or marketing.” Either way, the Beacom School of Business provides a solid foundation for students wanting a general or specialty focus in business. The Career Success Center at the Beacom School of Business is...
Girton/Heston parking lot is new proposed Beacom Center site

Friday, November 13, 2015

By Madison Daily Leader n an email newsletter release on Friday afternoon (Nov. 13), DSU president Dr. José-Marie Griffiths announced that “We are proposing that the new [Beacom Building] be built on what is presently the parking lot between the Girton House and Heston Hall.” Previously, the proposed location for the new IT building was south of East Hall, on the campus lawn. Some area residents and alumni felt this location was not ideal, and promoted preserving the campus greenway. The group, calling themselves “Keep DSU Green,” held an informational meeting recently at the public library. In Friday’s email, Griffiths said DSU administrators...
Children’s Museum in South Dakota

Monday, November 09, 2015

Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the Children’s Museum is a place that relates to its region, its community, its children, and their learning wants and needs. An entertaining environment helps spark learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery. Exhibits are located both inside and outside, and include subjects such as history, science, engineering, literature, art, culture, and geography. Not only is the Children’s Museum in South Dakota a great place for family trips, but it’s also a perfect outing for school field trips, preschool activity groups, and for homeschool activities. They hold classes and events for kids of all ages, and can...
Why not Aberdeen, South Dakota?

Monday, November 02, 2015

Aberdeen is home to over 26,000 people, and you could be one of them. The family friendly community has a wide range of available jobs across all industries from nursing to construction. Plus, 58% of those jobs are full-time positions. Aberdeen is growing in hundreds of new career opportunities in renewable energy, bio-agriculture, technology, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, retail industries, and more. Not only that, but the community has many recreational opportunities that are family friendly-oriented. Aberdeen is only 187 miles away from Fargo, 198 miles from Bismarck, and 204 miles from Sioux Falls. In order to find out more about beautiful Aberdeen, SD,...
On Hand Development Corporation

Monday, October 26, 2015

On Hand is a “private, non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the economic health of Miller, SD, and the surrounding area.” On Hand works to maintain and assist in the expansion of existing businesses in the area, as well as supports the growth of new businesses. In addition, On Hand strives to improve the Miller economy.   The On Hand Development Corporation website can help you find and apply for jobs in the Miller community, or just Hand County in general, as well as assists you in finding rental properties or a new home.   Even though Miller is small in size, having a population...
Rural nonprofits weather challenges with home repairs

Monday, October 26, 2015

For a family that must scrape together monthly mortgage payments, rehab and weatherization projects that repair structural damage, update heating and plumbing systems, and fix leaky roofs can save enough funds to assure they no longer must choose between food or fuel. Instead, they may finally be able to save or invest enough to grow their own assets.  More generally, home-rehab programs improve air and water quality, and eliminate harmful contaminants like asbestos and lead paint. Weatherization improvements not only save money and energy; they also are the first line of defense when it comes to climate adaptation and disaster mitigation. Click...
Wildlife Estates - Clear Lake Housing Project

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

                      From The Courier...October 2015 Wildlife Estates, the development to the east of Clear Lake water becaue part of the city with approval given by the city council October 12. After approving the zoning ordinance for the new city addition, the council convened as the board of adjustment to accept the final plat of Wildlife Estates First Addition to the City of Clear Lake.  Rory Olerud, representing Deuel Area Development, Inc., explained the final layout of the area.  He also siad that tiling in the new area was adjusted to meet the concerns of the adjacent landowner and operators. Street work will...
Online customer service training

Monday, October 19, 2015

The theme of the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s online customer service training is “Serving Great Faces in Great Places.” The training program was created by South Dakota Department of Tourism with the help of the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University. The online training provided is “primarily for front-line employees who are the first people to come into contact with travelers to South Dakota.” Front-line employees are those who make the first impression of the state because they are the first to come into contact with travelers of South Dakota. The goal of the online customer service...
65 Percent Goal is Starting Point to Address Workforce Needs

Friday, October 16, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – At its meeting last week, the South Dakota Board of Regents discussed the need to equip more South Dakotans with higher levels of education to meet growing workforce demands. Creating a statewide goal for young, working-age residents to hold a postsecondary credential is an important starting point for discussions with other higher education providers, policymakers, community advocates, and business leaders.   The regents decided to look at a provisional statewide attainment goal of 65 percent of South Dakotans, ages 25 to 34, holding some type postsecondary credential by 2025. If agreed to, all postsecondary education partners—public, private, technical, and...
Little House on the Prairie

Monday, October 12, 2015

Visit the place where all the of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories come to life. Located in DeSmet, South Dakota, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes is a fun place to discover where all the Little House adventures begun. You can join the costumed guides on a tour to the original Surveyors’ house, Laura’s school, and the historic Ingalls home, built by Charles Ingalls. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes is also a great place for field trips. Educators can customize field trips for their students, which include hands on activities for everyone. All fields trips start at the Surveyors’ House where...
New hospital up and running

Monday, October 12, 2015

By Madison Daily Leader The Madison Community Hospital served the community well for over five decades. Even as the 1963 facility was about to close at 10 p.m. on Sunday, an emergency room patient came in at about 9:45 p.m., so the hospital provided health care for the community until the last minute. Recognizing that history, The Rev. Warren Uecker walked down the block from Our Savior Lutheran Church. "I'm just saying `good-bye'," he said as he stood outside the front doors, watching hospital staff post signs on the doors. While the new hospital "is a wonderful change for the community," Uecker said, "this building...
Open House on October 14th to Showcase Revitalized Home in Huron

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Now that GROW South Dakota has remodeled the kitchen and installed the floor coverings, it's time to welcome everyone to our most recent home revitalization project in Huron, South Dakota. Please join us for an open house on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at 1290 Kansas Ave SE, Huron, SD. We will be offering beverages and light snacks, as well as providing tours of the newly remodeled home.  A short program will be provided by GROW South Dakota and Wells Fargo at 4:30 pm.   This home was originally donated to GROW South Dakota by the National Community...
Continuing The Workforce Marathon

Monday, October 05, 2015

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: Supplying our employers with needed workforce continues to be a major challenge for our state. Our low unemployment rate is a sign of economic strength, but it also means it’s difficult for employers to add more jobs even if they have the business to justify it. Still, whenever we face a challenge, South Dakotans roll up their sleeves and work together to find a solution. One year ago, I challenged all sectors – business, education and government – to work together to address workforce challenges. Using feedback and information gained from six regional workforce summits, we identified the...
Get Ready to Apply for Healthcare Coverage on November 1st

Monday, October 05, 2015

The 2016 Open Enrollment Period is November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. FYI: Plans and prices for 2016 will be available by late October.  Check out the website. If you’d like to learn more before you apply, use the following links to get ready: Get a quick Marketplace overview with these 5 Health Insurance tips to help you apply. See if you qualify for savings on health coverage. Learn how to estimate your income for the Marketplace before you fill out an application. Use this simple checklist (PDF) to gather the documents you’ll need to fill out your application. Sign up for Marketplace email and text message reminders to get important health coverage...
Why South Dakota?

Monday, October 05, 2015

South Dakota is a place where business and pleasure intermingle. South Dakotans enjoy the shortest commute time in the nation, limitless recreation opportunities, one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, and high-quality schools and health care systems. Plus, they have a remarkable tax climate. But they definitely have room to grow. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9jURFFvNF8) In 2013, South Dakota was ranked the top state for business, and still proves to be a great contender. South Dakota is always looking for new business opportunities, and South Dakota Prairie Gateway can help with that. SD Prairie Gateway gives access to many workforce resources to...
Make Webster your hometown too

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Webster community appeals to the locals and attracts substantial industry and visionary entrepreneurs. Webster is a sportsman’s paradise, and fishermen flock here “where the water abounds and fish are practically jumping into the frying pan.” The Webster area is also a great place for duck and goose hunting since it’s “on the direct migration route for thousands of geese making their way down the central flyway, as well as located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole region with the largest duck production in the continental U.S.” The Webster Area Development Corporation works to facilitate economic growth in the Day...
Presentation College

Monday, September 21, 2015

Presentation College, located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is a four-year private Catholic college sponsored by the Presentation Sisters. There are two other campuses located in Fairmont, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the college also offers online instruction. Undergraduate programs include arts and sciences, education, nursing, business, social work, and allied health. “Presentation is known for its excellence in academics, offering Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Certificate programs through a number of delivery methods to suit the individual student’s needs.” Presentation offers two Certificate programs: medical coding and surgical technology. The Certificate program is a one-year...
Seven Communities to Compete for $15,000 Strong Communities Award

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Who helped with the recruitment of new business and jobs after losing a major community employer? Who supported the needs of small and micro businesses? Who was instrumental in the construction of a business and community center? FHLB Des Moines members! We are excited to announce the seven finalists for our annual Strong Communities Award. The award honors the projects, the people and the programs that promote small business growth and retention in community and also highlights the great work that our member financial institutions are doing every day to help their communities thrive. The 2015 Strong Communities Award attracted a strong...
Down Payment/Closing Costs Assistance Available

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Currently, the GROW South Dakota office, located in Sisseton, SD, has funding available for Down Payment/Closing Costs for individuals and families looking to purchase, or construct a home.  These funds are available to individuals in the Rapid City and Sioux Falls areas, as well as all other residents in South Dakota.  The Down Payment/Closing Cost assistance program can provide eligible homebuyers purchasing or constructing a home in South Dakota with two opportunities:   Rapid City or Sioux Falls Residents- up to $10,000 down payment/closing cost, 0% interest deferred mortgage, for the purchase of their owner-occupied principal residence. All Other South Dakota Residents- up to...
Storybook Land and Wylie Park

Monday, September 14, 2015

Aberdeen, South Dakota is full of fun activities for the family, including Storybook Land. Here, families can enjoy a world of imagination inspired by familiar nursery rhymes such as Hickory Dickory Dock or Humpty Dumpty. Kids can slide down Jack and Jill’s hill or visit Goldilocks and the three bears. There is also the Storybook Land Express where the whole family can enjoy a ride around on a miniature train. A popular attraction located in Storybook Land is the Land of Oz, which portrays the well-known characters and settings created by L. Frank Baum. Visitors can stop by Dorothy’s House and...
South Dakota WINS

Monday, September 07, 2015

South Dakota is a beautiful state full of friendly communities. The cost of living is the third lowest in the nation, and the career opportunities are limitless, so why not move to the land of Great Faces and Great Places. South Dakota Prairie Gateway gives access to many great workforce resources, one of them being South Dakota WINS, “a workforce development program that brings together government, education and business leaders to capitalize on South Dakota’s tremendous potential.” SD WINS’ goal is to “develop and attract a stronger, better educated workforce, positioning us well to compete in a dynamic global economy.” Not only...
HIGH SCHOOL BIG IDEA COMPETITION LAUNCHES STATEWIDE

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

In its eight years of existence, the BIG Idea Competition has received 1,315 entries involving nearly 1,800 students representing 67 schools.  The competition is open to any high school student in the state. Find out more at http://bigideasd.com/  
Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism

Monday, August 31, 2015

Are you planning a trip to South Dakota and looking for something fun to do? Need a place to stay? Then check out Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism. The website has everything from events and attractions to lodging and dining for everything there is to do in the eastern region. Glacial Lakes is a non-profit organization and they specifically cover the 20 counties located in the eastern region, however towards the bottom of their webpage, you can access information for other regions as well. Also, their office is located on the third floor of the Terry Redlin Arts Center in Watertown. Their...
Blaze a new trail

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sisseton is rich with Native American and immigrant history. “Established on the northern fringe of the vast Coteau des Prairies (hills of the prairie), this active community of more than 2,500 commands an idyllic position in South Dakota with a diverse economy and ease of access to six nearby state parks and recreation areas, wooded coulees, clear lakes and rolling grasslands, as well as exceptional camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, biking and hiking opportunities.” Looking to relocate? Sisseton is a great place to visit and to live! Sisseton is a full service business community that serves as a hub for an active...
Aberdeen Business Offers ‘University’ for Guns

Friday, August 21, 2015

The addition of three new businesses at the Smart Center in Aberdeen makes the facility nearly full, according to Aberdeen Development Corp. officials. The businesses recently set up offices in the facility that has been in the Aberdeen industrial park for the past 20 years and is presently home to the Aberdeen Development Corp. Click here for the complete article.
Aberdeen’s East Business Park Approved as ‘South Dakota Certified Ready’

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) celebrated 60 years in business at its annual banquet today with Lt. Gov. Matt Michels serving as the keynote speaker. Topping off the celebration, Lt. Gov. Michels presented ADC officials with a certificate for the East Business Park in Aberdeen, which the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved as the 25th South Dakota Certified Ready Site. The Lt. Governor commended Aberdeen for its pro-active approach to economic development. “The development of this certified ready park is just one more tool Aberdeen can use in attracting quality companies to the area,” Lt. Gov. Michels said. “The...
Daktronics manufactures college football’s largest scoreboard

Friday, August 21, 2015

The largest LED video display in college football has been designed and manufactured by Brookings-based Daktronics Inc. for Auburn University. Measuring 10,800 square feet, the video display will be ready for the 2015 season. It will be paired with Daktronics’ control and audio systems at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Click here for the complete article.
The Fabric Inn Approved for MicroLOAN

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Fabric Inn, a fabric and craft store located in Miller, S.D., was approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC). Marla Bertsch, who recently bought the business, will use the funds to purchase new and existing inventory, fixtures and equipment. Bertsch plans to expand the product line to include craft paints, general craft items and offer sewing, quilting and craft classes. “We’ve seen a lot of success this year with small businesses utilizing the MicroLOAN program,” said Commissioner Pat Costello, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “The Fabric Inn has been around for a long time in...
Webster Community facilitates discussions on past, present, future

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Public hears progress reports by Amanda Fanger reporter@reporterandfarmer.com There’s a lot going on in the development of Webster and people from outside the region are even taking notice. That’s what the general consensus was, anyway, during the community gathering at the Day County Fair Aug. 7. The crew from Design:SD and the South Dakota State University’s Department of Architecture (DoArch) were at the meeting to both speak and listen to Webster community members and leaders.  The community vision boards were displayed at the meeting, which was held at the expo building at the fairgrounds.  Community involvement When asked what has been happening in Webster recently, residents responded...
The Training Place

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Training Place (formerly known as NewTech) is a great place for job seekers to improve their skills and for employers to enroll in training classes to better their businesses. With a variety of classes to choose from, the Training Place offers “personalized training for highly sought after jobs in today’s workplace.” For those seeking jobs, the Training Place offers a variety of courses including those in computer applications like Microsoft for those who just want to enhance their skills as well as for those who need to learn how to use those computer applications. Some popular classes include those for...
Madison Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

Thursday, August 13, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                              For Immediate Release: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 Contact: Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard 605-773-3212  |  http://sd.gov PIERRE, S.D. –On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Madison will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social with the Governor, a Main Street walk, tours around Madison and a roundtable meeting. Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social at the Second Street Diner (610 S. Washington Ave.) at 10 a.m., where they will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Gov. Daugaard. The First Lady will accompany the Governor for the day and will be reading at the...
Madison Capital For A Day!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Madison will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social with the Governor, a Main Street walk, tours around Madison and a roundtable meeting.   Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social at the Second Street Diner (610 S. Washington Ave.) at 10 a.m., where they will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Gov. Daugaard.    The First Lady will accompany the Governor for the day and will be reading at the Madison Public Library (209 E. Center St.) at 11 a.m. All children from the community are invited to...
South Dakota, you can live here

Monday, August 10, 2015

Find a fulfilling career and climb the ladder faster with more opportunities and fewer obstacles to overcome (we have the 4th best job market in the country). http://youcanliveinsouthdakota.com/ Is your pay keeping pace with rising costs? Or are you falling behind inflation? Calculate your real wage and compare how South Dakota may help you increase your wealth. http://apps.sd.gov/ge102sdreadytowork/aspnet/wagecalculator.aspx How We Rate ·       #1 Shortest Commute Times - U.S. Census Bureau 2014 ·       #2 Top State for Credit- -CardRatings.com 2014 ·       #2 Most Charitable State- WalletHub.com 2014 ·       #3 Best State for Overall Well-Being & Happiness-Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index 2015 ·       #4 Best Job Market in the Country- WalletHub.com...
Aberdeen’s East Business Park Approved as ‘South Dakota Certified Ready’

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) celebrated 60 years in business at its annual banquet today with Lt. Gov. Matt Michels serving as the keynote speaker. Topping off the celebration, Lt. Gov. Michels presented ADC officials with a certificate for the East Business Park in Aberdeen, which the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved as the 25th South Dakota Certified Ready Site. The Lt. Governor commended Aberdeen for its pro-active approach to economic development. “The development of this certified ready park is just one more tool Aberdeen can use in attracting quality companies to the area,” Lt. Gov. Michels said. “The...
Join the South Dakota workforce

Monday, August 03, 2015

South Dakota is always an open place for the job market. Many existing and new businesses are expanding and looking for new recruits as economic development grows in the state, which is where Prairie Gateway steps in. South Dakota Prairie Gateway (hosted by GROW South Dakota) is a portal for economic development information in Eastern Rural Communities of South Dakota. SD Prairie Gateway was launched in June 2012 with the financial support from USDA Rural Development. SD Prairie Gateway is “committed to expanding our reach to site selectors and businesses looking to locate in one of our communities. SD Prairie Gateway supports...
The dairy industry is strong in South Dakota!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Growing In Agriculture | Celebrating June Dairy Month A column by Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch   Like many South Dakotans, dairy was a part of my life growing up.  The milk cows helped provide us a living that allowed our family to move home to South Dakota from Waterloo, Iowa where my father had worked for John Deere.   Today, we have more than 250 dairy operations that generated more than 246 million gallons of milk in 2014 - that’s almost 4 billion glasses of milk!  Our dairies make significant contributions not only to our food supply, but to our rural economies. One dairy cow...
Great Business Opportunity!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Looking for a career? Want to own your business? Interested in the community? Enjoy working with people?   Have you ever considered becoming the publisher/owner of the Faulk County Record, the oldest business in Faulk County? We have been the publishers of the paper for nearly 38 years and are now ready to sell. Our hope is to find someone with local ties to take over.   We would be available to help in training if the new owner so desired. That could include offering help and advice in handling the gathering of news, advertising, technical aspects of putting out the paper, mailing program, the on-line edition and the preparation of commercial printing.   Interested? Contact us, 598-6525   Faulk County Record Jim & Jody Moritz David...
USDA Awards Grant to GROW South Dakota to Help Rural Communities Strengthen Economic Development Capacity

Friday, May 15, 2015

Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO, is pleased to announce that the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program dba GROW South Dakota was one of 31 community-based organizations selected nationally to receive a maximum grant award of $250,000 to help the rural community economic development organizations of Wagner, Redfield, Faulkton, and Campbell County boost economic development. The grants are being made available through USDA Rural Development's Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. "These grants bring increased economic opportunities to rural residents and communities by strengthening the capacity of the organizations that serve them," Marcia Erickson said. "Through this program GROW South...
Ft. Pierre holds public forum on housing needs

Thursday, May 07, 2015

By Stephen Lee Stephen.lee@capjournal.com A  forum aimed at finding new answers through public input on housing issues in Fort Pierre was held Thursday, April 30, 2015. “It’s so we can better determine what our housing needs are and what some of the answers are,” said Mayor Gloria Hanson. “My personal opinion is our greatest need is not enough entry-level housing, for young singles and young couples.” She just had a lunch meeting with four other people on Wednesday, Hanson said.  “Two of the people at the meeting had sons coming back to Fort Pierre who were having a hard time finding a house.” Hanson said...
Milbank To Be Capital For A Day

Thursday, May 07, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11.   “I look forward to the Milbank event, and thank community leaders for offering to host it,” Gov. Daugaard said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for me to get better acquainted with them and more informed about local issues in the Milbank area.”   The Governor’s activities for the day will include a main street walk, business tours around town, and a community social and coffee hour. The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet...
Are You Too Busy to Volunteer?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

By Dakota Resources Blogger:  Jaime Spomer, Post Author Many of us who attended high school in smaller communities grew up with a strange phenomenon surrounding extra-curricular activities. It seemed that the students who were the most active were involved in everything. Athletes were musicians, student council members took the lead roles in school plays and just about everyone was on the yearbook staff, worked hard during homecoming week and still found time to go to choir practice. If you went to a smaller school, as so many South Dakotans did, you saw it: people who get involved, get involved in everything. Things haven’t really changed much...
SD Community Foundation Awards more than $137,000 in Community Innovation Grants

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) awarded $137,250 to 14 South Dakota nonprofits through its Community Innovation Grant program. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. These Community Innovation Grant recipients were selected during the first grant round of 2015. "Nonprofits have creative ideas to address the complex challenges South Dakota communities are facing,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF program officer. “Community Innovation Grants provide the funding needed to spark change and implement inclusive, collaborative and resourceful solutions in communities. The SDCF Grantmaking Committee chose...
The Training Place offers Welding Courses

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welding  (Course Capacity - Min/max - 2/10) 40-HOUR BASIC WIRE-FEED WELDING -$995/person  CALL (605) 725-1833 FOR MORE INFO! __________________________ HOBBY WELDING - $99/person CALL (605) 725-1833 FOR MORE INFO! This one day, 8-hour class will teach you the basics of Wire-feed welding. Create a unique welding project to wrap up the class! __________________________________ ADVANCED WELDING TRAINING & CODE CERTIFIED WELDING Welding training offered by the hour and qualification testing performed at The Training Place or offsite by special arrangement. Training coupons and prepared test plates in specified metal, wire tips, and cones to be provided by the client or as arranged. CALL (605) 725-1833 FOR CUSTOMIZED PRICING & MORE INFO!   Contact The...
The Training Place - Online Health Courses

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Online Healthcare Courses Learn more at www.healthedtoday.com/NEWTEC Highly interactive courses provide an enriched learning experience and developed to ensure students gain necessary skills to excel in a professional healthcare environment. Programs include access to online community, robust student services. Pharmacy Technician - $1,299  Clinical Medical Assistant - $2,499 ? Dental Assisting - $1,299 ? Medical Billing & Coding - $1,399 ? Medical Coding ICD-10 - $999 ? EKG Technician - $1,299 ? Electronic Health Record Mgmt. - $1,299 ? Phlebotomy Technician - $1,299 ? Medical Administrative Assistant - $1,299 ? Dialysis Technician - $1,299 ? Medical Terminology - $499 ? ECG/EKG Course for Nurses - $699 Healthcare...
Development centers want to do more

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

South Dakota business-advisory network celebrates 30 productive years   An experienced network of business advisers across South Dakota is celebrating its 30th anniversary by encouraging business people and entrepreneurs to check with one of the organization’s regional offices for free help. South Dakota Small Business Development Centers have an impressive record of assisting new and growing businesses throughout the state, and they can provide even more help, says Jeff Eckhoff, state director. “We’re one of the unsung gems of South Dakota’s growing business community, and we want to do more to help bolster the state’s economy,” Eckhoff says. “We want to spread the word...
State workforce plan to shed new light on South Dakota’s image

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – After months of research and planning, the state officially launched its workforce development campaign at the Governor’s Economic Development conference held last week in Sioux Falls.      “We knew we needed to get some solid research done to understand what it’s going to take to attract people to South Dakota and what the messaging needed to be,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).   “The findings?  People lack salient images of South Dakota and therefore think we lack development and a forward economy,” Costello said. “They don’t picture themselves being able to live in...
A business role model

Friday, April 17, 2015

Al Kurtenbach, co-founder and retired CEO of Daktronics of Brookings, recently received Junior Achievement’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Click here for the complete article.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lake Area Technical Institute is honored and privileged to join the White House in announcing that President Barack Obama will be Lake Area Tech’s commencement speaker to the graduating class of 2015. The White House announced today its intentions for President Obama to speak at the ceremony.   The release noted that Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the top community colleges in the nation, and is recognized for rigorously preparing its students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy.   With graduation rates among the highest in the nation, Lake Area Technical Institute focuses on providing...
Video tells Obama what Brookings has to offer

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tell the story of Brookings in less than three minutes and, while you’re at it, entice the President of the United States to stop by for a visit. That was the mission for three Brookings men when they heard the news a few weeks ago that Barack Obama had stopped in Utah, leaving South Dakota as the only state in the Union he had not visited. Click here for the complete article.
Tending the flame: Leveraging resources to bring back South Dakotans

Friday, April 10, 2015

By Jason Uphoff |  March 1, 2015 Dakotafire Magazine “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” —Thomas Jefferson How does a governing body—whether it be a board of directors, a municipal, a county seat, a state legislature or the fed—help spark rural revival? What followed were several drafts of this commentary, never intended to be autobiographical, which describes the mini-plot of one South Dakotan’s journey out of rural America and back...
Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference to be Held April 24, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference to be Held April 24, 2015 March 27, 2015 – SDSU Extension will host the Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference April 24, 2015 at eight locations across the state. GROW South Dakota, based in Sisseton, will be a host for our region. The local session will be held at the Sisseton High School DDN Classroom from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Other site locations for this virtual conference include:  DeSmet, Faith, Gregory, Irene, Newell, Tri-Valley School, and Wall. For registration and location details, visit http://igrow.org/store. Seating is limited. “Rural communities have real advantages...
Small Business is Everybody's Business

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rural communities have real advantages when it comes to attracting new entrepreneurs and retaining small businesses. This virtual conference will provide communities an opportunity to hear nationally-known speakers share information about how rural places can support small businesses. A local panel will also provide information on local outlook and support. Community teams will also have time to strategize about ways they can promote small business in their area.   Speakers include: Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Dell has spoken across the nation on entrepreneurship based economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems and developing local rural and urban economies...
Miller Community Center Grand Opening & Celebration

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Please join On Hand Development in celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Miller Community Center, Friday, March 27 from 4-7 pm. Tours of the Community Center begin at 4:00 pm and will continue throughout the event. A social and complimentary appetizers will be held from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Community Center gym. Following the social a Community Center celebration will take place with new business recognition as well as On Hand Development and the Miller Civic and Commerce holding their annual meeting and election of officers. For more information contact On Hand Development at 853.3098.
Paint South Dakota Application Due May 1st

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Applications are now available for the 2015 Paint-South Dakota Campaign. Please  click here to fill out an application. The program qualifications are below:      Nominee’s home must be single family, owner occupied      Nominee’s home must be in need of new paint      Nominee must own and currently reside in the home to be painted      Nominee must be physically or financially unable to paint the home on their own Applications are due May 1, 2015!
What’s in a Name (for your Business)?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   One of the hardest decisions a new business owner can make is choosing a business name.  It is important to pick a name that reflects your business activity without being too restrictive. The name must also be available to be properly registered (both offline and online) and protected as needed.  Here are some things to consider in choosing your business name:   Keep the long term in mind.  While you may be the only employee or offering limited services to start, is that the long term vision for your business?  Choose a name that...
GROW South Dakota to Host Premiere Philanthropy Gala

Friday, March 06, 2015

GROW South Dakota is cordially inviting friends, clients, and partners of the organization to attend our premier philanthropic event to benefit the GROW South Dakota Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Ramkota Convention Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. You may purchase your tickets online for $50 each or a table of 8 at the discounted price of $350.   The evening will include a social and silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner and guest speaker, Bob Sutton, to begin at 7:15 p.m. Bob Sutton is currently the Regional President and CEO at...
2015 SPRING HOSPITALITY TRAINING CO-OP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In order to encourage and support local organizations in offering hospitality training, the Department of Tourism offers this cooperative opportunity for matching funds to help defray speaker costs. Special consideration is given to those groups/organizations that partner with other groups or communities in their area. This opportunity is being offered to regional tourism associations, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, tribal tourism associations, economic development corporations, commercial clubs, and various industry associations and groups. The Department of Tourism's goal is to provide financial assistance to at least one community in each of the state's four tourism regions. Maximum award amount...
VIEWPOINT: Legislators can help state keep growing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

With the legislative session in full swing, our senators and representatives are addressing a wide range of issues. A glance at key topics being debated in the Capitol reminds us that many are tied to economic development. Numerous community volunteers and personnel across the state are fortunate to be engaged in work that affects the economic prosperity of our state through economic development. A big issue on the table is the condition of our state's roads and bridges. Infrastructure improvements are critical to commerce and our ability to attract new and expanding companies. Often, the first questions that come up when we...
Home Improvement Grants Available for North Dakota and South Dakota Homeowners

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines has awarded a $487,500 grant to GROW South Dakota, a nonprofit housing organization, in partnership with the Peoples State Bank, Summit, South Dakota, "Member FDIC" an Equal Housing Lender.    The purpose of the Affordable Housing Program is to provide one major improvement to a homeowner’s primary residence which may include, but is not limited to:  Roof repair/shingles; siding; plumbing; minor foundation repair; handicapped accessibility; or wiring.  The grant funds will rehabilitate 75 homes in the following counties:   Five Southeastern North Dakota counties:  Cass, Dickey, Ransom, Richland and Sargent   Eastern & Central South Dakota counties:   Aurora,...
Using Your Business Numbers for Success

Friday, January 09, 2015

Using Your Business Numbers for Success by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   As one year comes to a close, it’s a good time to make a plan for the year to come.  Fortunately, it’s also the time of year when businesses are forced to look at their numbers because Uncle Sam requires them to. (For the record, I am a strong proponent that you look at the numbers for your purposes and more often than once a year.)   While numbers may not ‘be your thing’, successful business owners figure out a way to understand their numbers and use them to...
Room for Growth

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Addressing Housing Needs in Flandreau Carleen Wild, Enterprise staff Where are the biggest needs for housing in Flandreau and how will the city work to meet those needs in 2015 and beyond? That is a big question, one a joint housing needs study done last year by the City of Flandreau and Community Partners Research, Inc, worked to address. What to do with the information gathered, remains the question.  There are projects currently underway to address what many see as a housing shortage in the community, the development of a new subdivision, South View Heights, is among them. But even how to properly build out...
THANK YOU to Denny Sanford for His Multi-Million Solution To Worker Shortage

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, SD - "South Dakota has been so good to me, truly. Look at the wealth it has created for me and all the jobs it has created," Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford said.    T. Denny Sanford is giving back to South Dakota once again. Sanford will gift the state with $25 million toward solving a workforce shortage that has reached a crisis level.   Sanford's money provides half of the funds for a $50 million scholarship program at the state's technical schools to train workers to fill jobs.   While four-year universities have traditionally benefited the most from scholarship programs, Sanford's donation will bridge the gap...
$11.5 Million Britton Rail Upgrade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Department of Transportation will upgrade the Britton Line in northeast South Dakota through a public-private partnership.   The $11.5 million project includes constructing the south leg of a wye at Jarrett Junction and replacing 29 miles of light rail with heavy rail to enable the railroad to handle heavy modern traffic.   The funding package includes $5.25 million from the Dakota Missouri Valley & Western Railroad; a $5.25 million Railroad Trust Fund loan; and $1 million in Future Funds.   “I want to thank Dakota Missouri Valley & Western for making this project a possibility,” said Daugaard....
Survey is Starting Block for Community Revitalization Plan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) invited former Milbank resident Hugh Weber to be the featured speaker for the most recent annual meeting, none of the board members had an inkling where it would lead.  Weber, founder, curator and host of the OTA, as well as current Director of Continuing Education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has offered his knowledge and experience to assist the Milbank community in defining a new revitalization plan.  Weber plans to spend the second Monday and Tuesday of each month in Milbank working with the city officials, Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce, GCDC and other...
GROW South Dakota Statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With new federal funding from Assets for Independence, South Dakota’s Dakota Dream Savings Fund, a matched savings program is revived across the state.  Administered by GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Rural Office of Community Services, and Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership, the statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund matches individual savings to create an opportunity for low- to moderate-income individuals to build wealth through home ownership.   Assets for Independence, a division of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, awarded federal funds to South Dakota’s statewide program in the amount of $66,189.  These federal funds will...
Keep Your Profits

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

South Dakota Not Taking Chicago’s No for An Answer Using Newspaper Ad to Showcase Difficulty of Doing Business in the Windy City   PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is firing back at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city hall officials who said the state could not advertise certain messages in the Chicago O’Hare Airport.   “We want companies to know that doing business is easy in South Dakota,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Our experience in Chicago has made us realize just how important that is.”   In August, the GOED launched the second phase of its “Where Big Things...
Milbank Industrial Park Approved as South Dakota Certified Ready Site

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MILBANK, S.D. – The Grant County Development Corporation announced today at its board meeting that the Milbank Industrial Park has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.   “On behalf of the GOED, I’d like to congratulate the Grant County Development Corporation and the Milbank Industrial Park on achieving certified ready status,” said Commissioner Pat Costello. “To date, we’ve approved 18 sites as shovel-ready. I appreciate community leaders like Bobbie Bohlen who see the value in the program, and continue to encourage other communities throughout South Dakota to utilize it.”   The Milbank Industrial...
The Power of Possible

Friday, December 05, 2014

The POWER in POSSIBLE: 2014 Annual Dakota Rising Report for Faulkton Area December 2014 We believe in Possible. Years ago, we did not believe in possible.  We groomed our sons and daughters to leave. We literally told our young, “We have no place for you.”  Our community had no dreams for a future.. Over time, the efforts of the Faulkton area gave birth to a new hope. We bravely said, “If we build, they will come”.  And so we constructed this community center, then a new hospital, then a Retail Center. And they did come - families began returning to the Faulkton area. In 2010, Faulk...
U.S. Treasury Awards Funding to Two South Dakota CDFIs Serving Low-Income Rural Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 185 organizations more than $195.4 million through the fiscal year 2014 rounds of the CDFI Program.  Two South Dakota certified CDFIs, GROW South Dakota and Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) were successfully awarded funding to recapitalize their revolving loan funds. GROW SD received a $700,000 grant to provide housing and business lending and NESDEC was awarded a $205,800 grant and a loan of $1,389,975 for small business lending.   “CDFIs are important community partners providing critically needed financing that not only allows families to buy their first...
Learn More about the Health Insurance MarketPlace

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Whether you're uninsured, know of someone who is uninsured, or just want to explore your choices for your business, the Marketplace will help find coverage that's right for you.  As you explore your options on the Marketplace, you may want to get some additional assistance.  Join us Tuesday, November 25, at the Pierre Area Chamber at noon for our brownbag Lunch & Learn to meet Carla Burns, GROW South Dakota Certified Navigator for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.  She will give an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace and answer your questions.  Carla Burns will be also be available to meet with individuals, business owners, or...
Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

Monday, November 10, 2014

This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, poverty, and population trends. Upload the full report HERE.  
USDA Announces Opportunities to Increase Economic Development in South Dakota

Monday, November 10, 2014

USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien recently announced the selection of 44 development organizations for the Rural Microloan Assistance Program (RMAP) loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities, including a $500,000 loan and $100,000 grant to GROW South Dakota. “The RMAP Loan Program assists GROW SD in meeting the current statewide loan demand for small business start-ups and expansion in our rural communities,” says Lori Finnesand, GROW South Dakota CEO.  GROW SD will utilize the RMAP to make direct loans of $50,000 or less to micro-entrepreneurs statewide at fixed interest...
GROW South Dakota Receives $5,000 Community Innovation Grant

Friday, October 31, 2014

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the Northeast South Dakota Economic Development Corporation, dba GROW South Dakota, as one of eight nonprofit recipients in its most recent round of Community Innovation Grant awards.   GROW South Dakota will use the funds to host a Community Appeals Workshop to tackle key issues with a group of municipalities, county representatives, local employers and community organizations. Then GROW South Dakota will provide follow-up webinars and direct technical assistance to keep the regional partners engaged and working to accomplish their community or regional action plans.   “For the past 15 years, GROW South Dakota's regional strategy has...
SD Community Innovation Grants Awarded

Friday, October 31, 2014

The following grantees make up the second round of Community Innovation Grants awarded in the state. The third and final application round opened September 1, 2014 and will close for applications on November 30, 2014. The recipients will be selected on January 15, 2015. To apply or for more information visit the Community Innovation Grants page. The SDCF Grant Selection Committee chose the following eight recipients from 43 applicants:  Black Hills Knowledge Network - $10,000 The Black Hills Knowledge Network has created a unique information resource for policymakers, nonprofit organizations and engaged citizens in the Black Hills. The organization will launch the South Dakota Dashboard...
Brookings Visual Arts & Entrepreneurship Conference

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Brookings Economic Development Corporation would like to invite you to the first Visual Arts & Entrepreneurship Conference. Our goal is to provide you with the tools needed to take your creative mind and turn it into a career.  
South Dakota Seeing Success in Economic Development

Monday, October 20, 2014

  A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:   Earlier this month, I spent the day in Brookings attending a number of economic development celebrations: a groundbreaking ceremony for SDSU’s Swine Teaching and Research Facility, ribbon cuttings at Bel Brands and Counterpart, and an expansion announcement at 3M.   The day was truly a testament to Brookings’ growing economy. The city has seen success after success thanks to cooperation among business, university and civic leaders in the community. SDSU is producing graduates with technical skills in high demand, and local business leaders have built a team that welcomes development.   Brookings isn’t the only town that’s been seeing success....
Mission Main Street Grants

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vote now and help Smith's Lumber in DeSmet SD get the opportunity to receive one of 20 $150,000 Mission Main Street grants in January 2015 from Chase!   VOTE HERE   Smith's Lumber is a retail lumber and building products store. Our prices are competitive with friendly and helpful staff.
Bush Foundation is Coming to DeSmet

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Bush Foundation will be in South Dakota this month and there will be a number of opportunities to meet with their staff, starting with a community conversation in Brookings. Join us and SDSU Extension for networking activities and facilitated group discussions on Monday, October 20, from 1:00 - 4:30 pm, followed by a reception from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Learn more and register online at http://iGrow.org. We'll also be in Flandreau, De Smet, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign up for a one-on-one chat with Bush Foundation staff about our grant and fellowship programs. Click on the...
Growing Webster is now in the people’s hands

Monday, October 06, 2014

by Amanda Fanger reporter@reporterandfarmer.com Lots of ideas were presented last Saturday at the design:SD charrette presentation, but design professionals told the community members that the work is now in their hands. The first of 22 design boards presented to the public Sept. 27 read, “Webster needs you.”  Community coach Joe Bartman of the design:SD program said, “We want to help you build on the great things you already have (because) this community is pretty awesome. We’ve been very impressed.” He went on to say during his opening remarks, “It became really clear to us that there’s a lot already here. All you need to make...
Another Successful South Dakota Manufacturing Week Wraps Up

Friday, October 03, 2014

By: Pat Costello, Commissioner, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development  As the 2nd annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to extend thanks to all of the communities, companies, organizations and individuals who participated this week in celebrating South Dakota’s manufacturing industry. Our manufacturers truly do play a vital role in our state’s overall economic health, and based on historical data, we are optimistic about its future, too. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in planning and participating in local events throughout South Dakota during Manufacturing Week. Special thanks also...
Dairy In South Dakota

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:   As a boy, one of my chores was to get up at 5:30 a.m. each morning to milk our Holstein cows. It wasn’t always fun, and often looked like a scene from one of Bob Artley’s “Memories of a Former Kid” cartoons, especially if one of our cows kicked off the Surge milker.   We weren’t wealthy, but our small herd of dairy cows ensured our family always had plenty of milk on the table.   Many things have changed in the years since I milked cows before school, but dairy farms remain an important aspect of rural economic development...
Mitchell Manufacturer Hopes to Debunk Manufacturing Stereotype

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As a kid growing up in the small town of Canby, Minn., Dustin had no intention to go into the manufacturing industry. In his mind, he believed manufacturing was a dead end, and had set his sights on something different.   “Manufacturing is something almost everyone goes into in Canby, and when I was young, I told myself I’d never end up there,” Knutson recalls. “Like most kids, I thought manufacturing was shoveling coal in a mine and I thought ‘I’ll never do that.’”   After a year at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, Knutson felt unsettled. He decided to...
SBDC Awarded Abby Award

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GROW South Dakota is proud to announce that the Small Business Development Center of Aberdeen was awarded the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Abby Award for Customer Service. This award is presented to a business that demonstrates exceptional customer service. Kelly Weaver and Carla Burns as SBDC staff provide professional, confidential and no-cost business consulting services, including one-on-one counseling and training, to individuals starting a business or looking for ways to improve an existing business in 13 counties across Northeast South Dakota. SBDC services enable South Dakota's entrepreneurs to make better, more informed business decisions, to avoid costly mistakes, and to prepare thorough...
5 Myths About Rural Youth

Monday, September 22, 2014

By Craig Schroeder, Senior Fellow Introduction: Over the past decade, through the active involvement of community leaders and educators, surveys have been completed with more than 30,000 middle school to high school age youth across rural America and in Victoria Australia. In addition, representative groups of young people have participated in focus groups, providing further insights into attitudes and perspectives about their future and the future of their rural communities. Finally, rural community leaders have been actively engaging youth  and cultivating opportunities for them to stay or return to their hometowns. The following five myths discuss important misconceptions about young people and the future of rural communities based...
Matching Funds Available to Communities for Workforce Development

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.   “As a result of the workforce summits, we know the business, education, government and other sectors all need to work together to meet our challenges,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I want to hear community-specific ideas and innovative plans to meet those communities’ workforce needs.”   Applications will be reviewed by the South Dakota Workforce Development Council in December to make recommendations to the Governor. The program is being administered by the Department of...
Workforce Summit Report Released

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has released the workforce summit report as he travels around the state to share the findings.   The Governor is hosting six meetings September 2 and 3 to share the results, outline the opportunity for cross-sector collaboration and provide an update of new state government strategies.   “Over 1,000 people provided input for this report. We heard from educators, community leaders, businesses and elected officials from all across the state,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We’ve been actively engaged in workforce efforts over the past few years. By exploring the new tools and strategies laid out in the report, we can improve those...
Faulkton to be Capital for a Day

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.   “I look forward to the Faulkton event, and thank community leaders for offering to host it,” Gov. Daugaard said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for me to become better acquainted with the community and learn about the issues impacting the Faulkton area.”   The Governor’s activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour with the public. The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet and discuss the...
Community Appeals Workshop

Monday, August 18, 2014

GROW South Dakota invites community organizations, municipalities, and county government representatives to attend a Community Appeal Workshop on September 10-11, 2014, at the Aberdeen Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.  This free community event is sponsored by The Bush Foundation and Northeast Council of Governments.  To register for this training event please click here.   Craig Schroeder, Director of Youth Engagement at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and Milan Wall, Co-Director of Heartland Center for Leadership Development will provide an interactive workshop that focuses on the regional issues of mindset and workforce/people attraction which are a starting point to addressing other key factors affecting our...
FIVE RURAL NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM BUSH FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANT

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program doing business as GROW South Dakota has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for the implementation of Grow Housing, a technical assistance track to lunge rural communities forward in the community housing dialogue to the point of actively solving housing issues.  The five communities committed to moving forward with Grow Housing are Ft. Pierre, Gettysburg, Sisseton, Britton, and Campbell County, South Dakota.   “GROW SD's expertise in housing and community development will engage residents and local organizations over the next two years to build up their capacity to ultimately create sustainable housing opportunities,”...
GROW SOUTH DAKOTA RECEIVES BUSH FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INNOVATION GRANT

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Dakotafire Media, has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for the implementation of a two-year project called the Prairie Idea Exchange.   This goal of the project is sparking regionwide conversations to help rural communities, especially those in northeastern South Dakota, be more successful in their efforts to create positive change. The project will make use of the expertise of the region’s economic development leaders to start the conversations, and it will use the journalism skills and reach of Dakotafire magazine to explain those ideas and spread them across the region. These conversations will...
Anderson Industries expands to Webster

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several employees are needed for new Webster facility, including: Manufacturing Engineer, Welders, Tackers, General Labor and Shipping/Receiving Clerk. Training will begin mid-August at the Aberdeen location.
Growing Entrepreneurial Communities

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Professional Development Training Webinar #2 - Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Register for this webinar series NOW. The Center has a wide range of customized services for economic developers wanting to work with entrepreneurs as a development strategy. Contact us for more information on how we can help at don@e2mail.org or at 402-323-7336. Series 2 – Working with Entrepreneurs Our five webinar series on “Working with Entrepreneurs” is targeted for those who are actively working with entrepreneurs and want to up your game and impact.  Live webinars will run from Halloween to Thanksgiving 2014. Webinar #1 – Working with Entrepreneurs Success with entrepreneur-focused economic development depends on how well we can work...
How to innovate

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We can all place ourselves in situations that encourage out-of-the-box thinking.
3 Reasons to Choose Your Community

Monday, July 28, 2014

Participating in Your Community = Better Community Most of us know that participating in your community makes your community better. When you start a business, do your best work at your job, join an organization or start an event in your community, you are creating the community you want to live in.
Success in the County Site Analysis Program

Monday, July 21, 2014

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:   South Dakota has long been a state that values local control. From cities, townships and counties to fire protection, rural ambulance and soil districts, local government officials serve their neighbors quickly and efficiently.     In fact, South Dakota has more local units of government per capita than any other state except North Dakota.     Using local control as the starting point, the state has created the County Site Analysis Program (CSAP), a proactive planning tool that uses data to help counties identify sites conducive to agriculture-related development. The CSAP was developed and implemented by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture,...
The 10 best states for retirement in 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Article by: MSN Money   |   By Chris Kahn, Bankrate.com Move over, Arizona and Florida: When it comes to your golden years, these 10 states are tops.   No. 1: South Dakota That's right. South Dakota. The home of Mount Rushmore tops our list as the best state in the nation for retirees. Yes, of course, it can get frigid in South Dakota. But the state also received excellent scores for all of our other criteria. It had one of the stronger health care quality rankings in the country and was second only to North Dakota in its wellness score. Gallup's Dan Witters says states that...
GROW South Dakota receives Rural Community Development Initiative Awards to Provide Economic Opportunities in Rural Communities

Thursday, July 17, 2014

 USDA Rural Development has announced the selection of 48 community-based organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for Rural Community Development Initiative grants to promote economic growth through rural housing, community and business development.     “These grants will bring increased housing and economic opportunities to rural residents and communities by strengthening the capacity of regional organizations through training and technical assistance for three years,” said Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO.    USDA makes these rural investments through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI) and by partnering with Intermediaries like Northeast South Dakota Community Action...
10,000 Friends of Rural America

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get to Know 10,000 Friends of Rural America 10,000 Friends of Rural America is an informal partnership of 30 nonpartisan national, regional and local nonprofits coordinated by Stand Up for Rural America, a project of The Center for Rural Strategies based in Whitesburg, KY. It was formed because we feel Rural America is not getting a fair share of the nation’s policy attention and investment for rural people and places by creating a fresh rural and urban voice to speak up and combat their growing marginalization.   Why It's Important?      To secure a fair share of the nation’s policy attention and investment for rural people and places...
Retail Management: Inventory Turnover

Monday, July 14, 2014

Retail Management: Inventory Turnover by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Managing inventory has to be one of the biggest challenges for retailers, and it is certainly a key to running a profitable retail business.  There are some measurements that can help you manage the inventory and make decisions about how to get the most out of what you stock in the store.    Gross Margin (in dollars or percent of sales) is a foundational number to track.  It is defined as the dollars remaining from a sale once you pay for your product.  Assume you buy an item for $5 and...
$40K In Rural Business Grants Awarded

Thursday, July 03, 2014

By KEALEY BULTENA SD Public Broadcasting Four entrepreneurs in rural South Dakota each get $10,000 to develop and expand their businesses. The money comes through grants from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The money comes with other opportunities to foster their work in the community.   Leaders of the Dakota Rising program say their goal is to cultivate economic growth in rural South Dakota by supporting and encouraging local businesspeople. The organization is designating $10,000 each to four people to expand their businesses.   Kristi Wagner is the coordinator of the Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellow program. She says the money helps elevate local businesses to...
SD Ag Secretary Urges Youth To Come Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By Rob Nielsen rob.nielsen@yankton.net  The tone of the ninth annual Yankton Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Gala was simple — there’s a bright future for South Dakota agriculture and a reason for youth to return to the state.   Keynote speaker, S.D. Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, told gala attendees that it’s time to stop telling young people in ag families to leave the state.   “All we’ve been doing for generations now is telling our children to leave get away from South Dakota and make something of their lives,” Lentsch said. “I’m here to tell you, the closer you are to agriculture, the closer you are...
SD's GDP up 6.8 percent

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PIERRE — South Dakota's economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the national economy, according to the most recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce. 
GOED Awards Economic Development Partnership Program Grants from Building SD Fund

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PIERRE — Business projects in eastern South Dakota received approval for $4 million in low-interest loans and nearly $700,000 in grants Tuesday from the South Dakota Board of Economic Development. The money comes the state Revolving Economic Development Initiative and Building South Dakota fund.   DBI Holdings Inc. will get a REDI loan of nearly $2.2 million to acquire a manufacturing building at Watertown and build an addition of 45,000 square feet. Total cost for the DBI project is $4,941,112, and the equivalent of 115 full-time jobs would be created. Dakota Bodies Inc. makes work-truck bodies, parts and accessories.   JMo Holdings Inc. won approval for...
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs and Economic Opportunities in Rural Communities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 48 community-based organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to promote economic growth, support rural business development and create jobs.   "These grants will bring increased economic opportunities to rural residents and communities by strengthening the capacity of regional organizations to help small and emerging businesses,” Vilsack said.  “They also will help organizations experienced in economic development create more job opportunities for rural residents across the country.”   USDA is making the investments through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI). ...
Deuel Community Kitchen Valuable to Local Chefs/Producers

Monday, June 16, 2014

Everyone wants large companies to come to their area for jobs and opportunities, but those opportunities may already exist in our communities. The Deuel Community Kitchen is the first partnership of its kind in South Dakota and gives rural South Dakotans a starting place for entrepreneurship. By creating and supporting this kitchen incubator, Deuel Area Development, Inc. (DADI) is helping to connect rural entrepreneurs with new market opportunities, contributing significantly to community economic development. The kitchen incubator gives local growers an opportunity to try out their favorite recipe and the potential to grow from a one person operation to a business with several employees. With people’s concerns about healthy and safe food,...
Be a Good Local Tour Guide

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By:  Small Biz Survival (June 11, 2014) In the past month, Laura and Lila both asked about how to get travelers to stop in their small town. Lila put it this way:  "Here in Goldendale, WA we are suffering from what I call 'Radiator Springs Syndrome.' Like the town in the Cars movie, a main hwy used to go through our town, but now that a new hwy has been built people drive on by and don't know that there is more to Goldendale than just the gas station/mini mart that sit along the hwy. What suggestions do you have to let people...
Creating a Positive Narrative About Rural

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Craig Schroeder had the great privilege of working with colleagues and rural leaders at the Center for Small Towns' Rural Migration Symposium in Morris, MN in June 2014. The purpose of the symposium was to explore rural migration research completed by Ben Winchester, Randy Cantrell and Jim Russell and to learn how rural practitioners can build upon their pioneering work in attracting new residents to their communities.   The following are interesting perspectives that were shared at the symposium: The historical and current context for "the rural narrative" is predominantly negative at the national level, so when something positive is reported in the...
State Continues To Gather Workforce Needs Findings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

According to the latest jobs report released Friday, June 6, 2014, employers are adding jobs across the country but unemployment remains steady. Meanwhile, here in KELOLAND, state leaders are still working to fill open positions throughout South Dakota. The governor and others have held five workforce summits in communities across the state and have one left in Sioux Falls later this month. Finding enough workers to fill open positions at Banner Engineering is getting tough. Its neighbors in Aberdeen's industrial park face the same challenge. "And we're going to have to continue to look for new and different ways to let people know...
Governor Grants Daycare Home to Doland SD

Monday, June 09, 2014

Governor’s Daycare Facility Awarded In Doland   PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Doland Community Daycare has been granted a Governor’s Daycare Facility.   “There’s a real need for daycare in Doland,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Right now there are no permanent daycare facilities or in-home daycares in the community. Families have to spend extra time and money driving to another town for quality daycare.”   After conducting a local assessment and holding public meetings, community leaders determined that there was no appropriate facility in Doland to start a daycare and that building a new facility would be cost prohibitive. Local leaders then applied...
Exploring Entrepreneurship

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Exploring Entrepreneurship Series 1:  Growing Entrepreneurial Communities, A Pathway to Prosperity Need a comprehensive overview of entrepreneurship-focused development options? Our summer webinar series will break it all down for you in 3 sessions! Click HERE for session details.  Registrants will receive access to recordings of the sessions, copies of the slides and reference materials used, and copies of our books, Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity and Transfer of Wealth in Rural America. REGISTER
Regional Economic Developers Roundtable

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The next Regional Economic Development Roundtable quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lake Area Technical Institute beginning at 10 a.m. in Room 512, Building 5.  This regional group is growing and now includes rural community representatives from throughout Eastern South Dakota. The 30+ community representatives that regularly attend these quarterly meetings find them to be extremely valuable due to the sharing of housing, community, and economic development resources, peer-to-peer relationship building, and learning opportunities that are provided. Plan to join us!  Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to lori@growsd.org. The afternoon session will include a Governor's...
Employers Looking To Fill Jobs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  More than a quarter of the state's workforce is at or nearing retirement age and many employers are concerned about filling jobs.
Now Is The Time!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To schedule a time to visit about opportunities to attract young people to your community, please contact Craig Schroeder at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at craig@e2mail.org.
Governor: SD has more jobs now than ever

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Future workforce summits are planned for May 21 at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown; May 22 at Days Inn Convention Center in Brookings; June 3 at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City; June 4 at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen; and June 17 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. 
Valley Queen Cheese Factory Expands Into Infant Formula Ingredient Market

Friday, May 09, 2014

Valley Queen Cheese of Milbank is hoping its new Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is just what the Chinese consumers are looking for to keep their babies healthier and happier.   Production of Valley Queen’s newest product, WPC, will begin later this year. WPC is a common ingredient in infant formula. “China’s need for infant formula is really booming,” said vice president of sales Jason Mischel. “Our mission when we travel to China this week is to visit with infant formula manufacturers to determine how our whey protein can fit into that market.”   So why the sudden infant formula-boom? Mischel says it’s because Chinese...
Growing South Dakota Outside Sioux Falls

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Economic development officials from different communities in the northeast meet regularly to brainstorm ideas for the whole region. Rather than competing, they're trying to help each other grow, saying it's beneficial for everyone.
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In South Dakota

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Despite what much of the U.S. thinks, there’s more to South Dakota than snow and ice. Mind you, there’s a lot of that too, but this state is honestly just fantastic. Mt. Rushmore calls this place home, as did Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. It’s the site of some of the most amazing fossil beds for mammoths and dinosaurs in the world, and honestly does have some very beautiful summers. South Dakota is full of history, majesty, and some seriously friendly people. This begs the question: Which place in South Dakota is the best?
Governor Invites Communities to Celebrate 125 Years of Statehood

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Governor Invites Communities to Celebrate 125 Years of Statehood   PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year.   Gov. Daugaard explained, “Our state’s 125th birthday is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our state, understand our history and heritage, and do something good for future generations.”   Local committees are encouraged to plan celebration events, promote local history and perform community improvement projects. Participating communities will be eligible for special commemorative highway signs and help with planning and promoting their local efforts.   Statewide events, such as a special wagon train from Yankton to...
GOED Kicks Off 2014 Training Opportunities

Friday, April 11, 2014

he GOED will also be offering training on its Request for Information (RFI) process in Pierre on April 10 and Rapid City on April 25 and in Watertown on June 11.
Capital For A Day Invitations

Monday, April 07, 2014

Interested communities should fill out an application and submit it to the Governor’s Office. For more information, contact Kris Erickson at 605.773.3661 or Kris.Erickson@state.sd.us.
Career Camps

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state. A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state. A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state. A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state.
Leadercast Aberdeen

Monday, March 31, 2014

Registration now open, click HERE to learn more: For the sixth straight year, Leadercast is coming to the Aberdeen Area.  Last year, we served over 200 attendees from all areas of the community, including business, service and nonprofit organizations. This is one of the premier leadership training events in the country and we are excited to be broadcasting it once again.  Leadercast Aberdeen is brought to you by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce.  Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year's theme - Beyond You - challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. This is...
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Rising up

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

South Dakota program fosters entrepreneurial growth through community By: Kris Bevill, Prairie Business Magazine Entrepreneurship can be a lonely endeavor, particularly in rural areas where businesses are few and networking opportunities are even fewer. For new business owners, who often benefit greatly from a guiding hand or occasional word of advice, connections with established business owners in supportive communities can be invaluable. Dakota Rising, a program of South Dakota-based nonprofit rural economic development group Dakota Resources, focuses on creating those types of environments within communities to foster small business growth and develop successful entrepreneurs. The program requires a great deal of community support, because...
Hobbies Not Best Business Opportunities

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Turning a hobby into a successful business also requires that the owner bring in new skill sets such as bookkeeping, marketing, inventory control and customer relations. It also might include taking out the trash. 
Faulkton: A Model of Community Possibility

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We Believe in Possible! At a recent community meeting to inform and celebrate Faulkton’s development successes, leaders speak to how Dakota Resources has assisted in expanding community engagement and supporting development initiatives. Faulkton is a Dakota Rising Site, a Home Address Site, GROW South Dakota Rural Community Development Initiative Community, and has been engaged in the Bush Foundation's Regional Systems Engagement pilot.  Community Coaches and technical assistance providers have been working with five initiative teams: housing, economic development, leadership, quality of life and philanthropy.  The goal of the work has been not just to get projects done, but to practice a more...
South Dakota MarketPlace moves to Aberdeen

Saturday, March 01, 2014

MarketPlace brings together two things that rural small business owners and entrepreneurs need- networking opportunities and access to information.  The presenters, exhibitors and other attendees are a great source of both information and inspiration.
GROW South Dakota makes housing a development priority

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Most people know us for economic development,” said Lori Finnesand CEO of GROW South Dakota, “but we’ve seen a need for housing in every community we serve. Really, housing and economic development go hand in hand.”
Rural Community Action in Eureka SD

Thursday, February 27, 2014

By Wanda Jundt, Executive Director of ECDC The Eureka Community Development Company is always interested in new ideas, new ways of doing things, involving new people in the community, and hearing constructive ways to improve Eureka.  With those thoughts as a base, Eureka Development hosted the first Community Action session . Each board member personally invited members of the community to join in a discussion and share thoughts about making Eureka a better place to live and do business.   There were great conversations and the Eureka Development board is very appreciative of everyone taking their time on a cold night to be a part of the session. The...
Gov. Daugaard Promotes South Dakota Dairy Industry in California

Monday, February 24, 2014

Secretary Lentsch stated, “With an annual economic impact of over $14,000 per dairy cow, both direct and in-direct job creation, a market for locally grown feed and high value nutrients for surrounding cropland, the dairy industry has a very positive influence on the future of South Dakota’s rural communities.”   
South Dakota Small Business Lending Programs Awarded Additional $4.4 Million

Monday, February 24, 2014

South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development   PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that it has secured an additional $4,477,239 in funding for the state’s small businesses through the third disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). South Dakota is the 15th state to receive its third disbursement. “I am pleased to see our success is being rewarded with an additional $4.4 million to fund the growth of South Dakota’s small business community,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner. “With the help of South Dakota’s financial institutions, we hope to leverage...
Affordable Care Act Update For Small Businesses

Friday, February 21, 2014

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   As implementation of the Affordable Care Act kicks into high gear, here’s a few items that small business owners should keep in mind.   If you are a sole proprietor with no employees, you can apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace as an individual.  At this point, no business is required to provide health insurance.   If you insure your employees now, you can keep the coverage you have. Businesses with less than 50 full time equivalent employees can apply for coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Plan (SHOP).    By using the SHOP,...
SHOT Show 2014 a Success

Thursday, February 20, 2014

South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development   PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota economic development officials are reporting another successful year at last month’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. “This was the 13th consecutive year South Dakota has exhibited at the SHOT Show,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “We have always found this to be a successful and beneficial trade show to attend, and this year was no different.” Twelve communities and one company joined the GOED in Las Vegas to promote South Dakota’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor (SH&O) industry.  “Our delegation was pleased with the number of...
3 Reasons High Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No longer does a college education guarantee a secure, well-paying job, so students need to be equipped with the skills to be self-sufficient in this new marketplace — no matter what their post-graduation plans may be.
S.D. comes in second to N.D. for job creation

Friday, February 14, 2014

For the fifth consecutive year, North Dakota took the top ranking for job creation in the United States, according to a Gallup report. South Dakota came in tied for second with the District of Columbia.  North Dakota scored a 40 in the job creation index, surpassing D.C. and South Dakota's 30. Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa also were at the top of the rankings. Nationally, job creation was flat in 2013, with Gallup's overall index inching up two points to 20.
South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund Makes $1.9 Million in Awards

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund has announced $1.9 million in awards to a variety of applicants providing safe affordable homes throughout the state. The funds will support 21 projects resulting in the new construction of 20 single family homes, 50 multifamily apartments, and the rehabilitation of 70 single family homes.  Assistance will also provide for 83 individuals to receive homebuyer education and for 29 individuals to receive homelessness prevention activities. Funding to the Rapid City Good Samaritan Housing will support the construction of 50 apartments for seniors in a congregate care apartment complex as part of their St. Martin Village,...
Aberdeen's Mayor lauds Regional Vitality

Friday, February 07, 2014

By Elisa Sand esand@aberdeennews.com Aberdeen News Co. Aberdeen is a big draw to area residents, Mayor Mike Levsen said Thursday in his annual State of the City address at the Ramada Inn. It wasn’t just an opinion, Levsen had the data to prove it. The statistics came from a University of South Dakota study that examined retail trends from 2000 to 2010. That study, he said, revealed a 72.2 percent increase in retail sales, an increase that was leaps and bounds ahead of Sioux Falls, which saw a 4.9 percent increase and Rapid City, which saw a 15.7 percent increase. “The only one close...
Online Healthcare Courses

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New Tec, Inc offers Healthcare Courses that are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience.  Each course was developed to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to excel in a professional healthcare environment. 
USDA Rural Development Offers Grants That Promote Business Development in Rural Areas

Friday, January 31, 2014

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.  Applications are due April 15, 2014. You can use this grant for 4 different purposes: Establishing/re-capitalizing a revolving loan fund  Technical Assistance  Site development or spec building  Other – Contact Darlene Bresson (Phone: 605.886.8202, Ext 120) 
answer to South Dakota’s Workforce Shortage

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

South Dakota’s businesses have been routinely hobbled in recent years by a shortage of skilled laborers, most evidently within the manufacturing industry.
The Best Towns in South Dakota for Young Families

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When young families settle down, they look for more than just a home. Beyond a reasonable cost of living, they look for a community to invest in, both in its job market and its schools.
How to build more cooperation in your community

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What if you made implementation your watch word?  You'd choose to act now, instead of waiting for the perfect time, or the perfect funding or the perfect people. This is your implementation assignment for the week. Read How to build more cooperation in your community. Take the first step to reach out to another community organization and make this happen. 
Common Sense Manufacturing Expands Headquarters

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This new complex is huge. Really huge. Fully loaded semi’s can drive inside and with the use of three bridge cranes, freight can be hauled anywhere in the building. Also, finished Common Sense products can be loaded directly from the manufacturing floor and shipped out.
Community Representatives to Promote South Dakota at SHOT Show

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Representatives from Aberdeen, Black Hills Power of Rapid City, Chamberlain, Glacial Lakes Area Development, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Mobridge, North Sioux City, Pierre, Rapid City, Sturgis and Watertown will be located at booth 2950 representing economic development in South Dakota at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 14-17, 2014.
SD gets $19 million windfall from uncollected tax refunds

Saturday, January 04, 2014

PIERRE — The legislature has an extra $19.4 million to spend next year, because businesses didn’t take everything they were owed under South Dakota’s construction-tax refund program. -    See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com
Dakota Style is spitting out sunflower seeds all across the nation

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Riley Dandurand, general manager of Dakota Style, is shown near a sunflower packaging machineat the Dakota Style building in the Clark Industrial Park. In the background are employees Terri Bremmon and Katie Wangsness. With 25,000 points of distribution, sales have increased dramatically, and the company is expanding, adding second shifts at both the potato chip plant and the sunflower seed packaging plant. The packaging plant opened in February.
And the winner is...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

We were pretty excited earlier this year when CNBC named South Dakota the best state in the nation to do business. See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/16516/#sthash.lJ3gYylI.dpuf
January 2014 Newsletter

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In this issue: Grow South Dakota Launches Endowment in 2014 Winners Announced for Big Idea Competition South Dakota Housing Awarded $1.8 Million i Housing Opportunity Funds $487,500 in Housing Grants Awarded to GROW South Dakota Tips for Energy Efficiency in the Home Upcoming QuickBooks Workshops Click here to download the January 2014 Newsletter Click here to sign up to receive our Monthly Newsletters!
SDHDA Awards $1.8 Million in Housing Opportunity Funds

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The new SD Housing Opportunity Fund awarded $1.8 million for 21 projects that will result in the new construction of 20 single family homes, 50 multifamily housing units and the rehabilitation of 70 single family homes. Assistance will also provide for 83 individuals to receive homebuyer education and for 29 individuals to receive homelessness prevention activities.
Study: State Must Address Shortfall of Qualified Workers

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The supply of jobs in the state is growing, with more than 41,000 new jobs expected to be created in South Dakota between 2008 and 2018. However, the next generation of South Dakota’s homegrown workforce will almost certainly be smaller than its current working population.
Strengthen Your Workforce

Friday, December 27, 2013

Strengthen Your Workforce   Posted on December 2, 2013 by lou   “Your employees are not assets to be bought and sold, but treasures that must be preserved at all costs.” W. Edwards Deming would use this statement to make a point about the fact that you have made a big investment in hiring, training, coaching, and enduring mistakes while employees are in the learning phase of the job. Rather than writing off that investment, if you have an employee whose performance is not up to your expectations you are should investigate why. Have they been put in poor processes or systems, have they been given adequate training,...
Lake Region Electric Gets Federal Loans

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Electric co-ops in Dakotas getting federal loans BISMARCK — Several electric cooperatives in the Dakotas are getting federal loans for infrastructure improvements. By: Associated Press, Associated Press   Several electric cooperatives in the Dakotas are getting federal loans for infrastructure improvements. The Agriculture Department recently announced more than $1.8 billion in funding for such projects in 25 states, to improve electrical service for more than 37,000 rural customers. Officials say the money will build or improve more than 6,500 miles of electrical distribution lines. In the Dakotas, Traverse Electric Co-op, Capital Electric, Verendrye Electric, Minnkota Power, Nodak Electric and Lake Region Electric all are getting loans. They...
Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season

Monday, December 23, 2013

Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season   Posted on December 4, 2013 by The Village Family Service Center By Denise Hellekson, Clinical Associate, The Village Business Institute Well, Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, and the beginning of the holiday season is upon us. I love the holiday season. Bing, Andy and Nat serenading me with the Christmas songs that shape my memories. Christmas decorations adding a warm glow to the cold, dark December nights. Holiday movies like old friends reminding me of the magic and miracles and goodness of the season. Gathering with friends and family to bake cookies, decorate the...
Mediation services give farmers options

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mediation is a negotiation that is conducted by a neutral third party. Jodi Bechard, director of Mediation and Ag Finance Counseling Services in South Dakota, explains that the Farm Loan Mediation Program was established in 1988 by the S.D. Legislature as a response to the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Faulkton Lunch and Learn event explains advantages of social media and business

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

“These are real people, who use the Internet to make real social connections,” she said. “And making your products and services easily available to these people can generate very profitable business. More often than not, people head for the Facebook page nowadays, rather than the official website, because it is more personal. 
Home Improvement Grants Available

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peoples State Bank, Summit "Member FDIC" an Equal Housing Lender and GROW South Dakota are currently implementing an Affordable Housing Program for home improvements. The $487,500 grant award was made possible with funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.   The funds will be used to rehabilitate 75 income eligible owner-occupied housing units in the following counties; Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Minnehaha (in...
Local businesses count on holiday shoppers

Friday, December 13, 2013

Small businesses competing for Christmas shoppers generally face two challenges: Offering the same prices as the big stores, and offering similar selection.
Area towns receive economic grants

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Article By: Bob Mercer   |   American News Correspondent PIERRE — Six South Dakota communities received approval for grants Tuesday from the state Board of Economic Development.   The funds were awarded under the new Building South Dakota Fund created by the Legislature last winter.   The state board approved economic development partnership grants for staff, training and equipment purposes of $52,230 for the Faulkton-area program; $21,700 for the Gettysburg-Whitlock Bay Development Corp.; $62,275 for the Lake Francis Case Development Corp.; and $54,000 for the Wounded Knee Development Corp.   The board also awarded two infrastructure improvement grants of $100,000 for the city of Castlewood for its grain...
Ag helped SD rebound from recession

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Agriculture played an important part in helping South Dakota get through the recession without worse economic damage. Farm income surpassed $2 billion for the first time in 2008 and continued strong in 2009 and 2010, then rocketed to $4 billion in 2011 and nearly $3.5 billion in 2012. - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/17031/#sthash.FU04751m.dpuf
Trade and Investment with TPP Countries Benefits South Dakota’s Economy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Article By: Business Roundtable   New Business Roundtable Fact Sheet Details How Expanding U.S. Trade with the 11 Other TPP Countries Will Help to Support Growth and Jobs in South Dakota.   Washington – In 2011, trade – exports and imports – with the 11 other countries participating in the U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations supported nearly 47,000 jobs in South Dakota, according to new economic data released today by the Business Roundtable. In addition to the United States, the TPP countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The new data provide analysis on how expanding...
December 2013 Newsletter

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Be sure to check out this exciting December issue of GROW South Dakota's newsletter! In this issue: 35 Years of Combined Service with GROW South Dakota Understanding the Affordable Care Act Support the work of GROW South Dakota Home Improvement Funds Available Are you looking for a place to call home? Are you a veteran who is looking to purchase a home? GROW South Dakota will not be offering Free Tax Preparation in 2014 Energy Assessments Available Tips for Energy Efficiency in the Home Become a Dakota Rising Site GROW South Dakota Selected for Pilot Program Keep in Touch Happy Holidays! Holiday Hours Download the Newsletter here.   Click here to sign up to receive our Monthly Newsletters!
Apartments, Ace Hardware coming to Faulkton

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By AberdeenNews.com   |   Elisa Sand   Faulkton will be home to an Ace Hardware and a new apartment building in 2014. Both items were announced at a recent Faulkton Development Corp. community meeting.   Joel Price, chairman of the FDC, said the local economic development group is spearheading the development of the housing in partnership with the city. The facility will be an eight-unit building with three-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.   Stacy Hadrick, FDC economic development coordinator, said the housing project is a result of a community assessment conducted with funding from a Bush Foundation grant.   "The biggest issue was housing," she said. "We have no housing. That's...
Building cost-effective stores in South Dakota communities

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

KSFY   |   By Denise DePaolo   Over the past two decades the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has worked to make Lakota Thrifty Mart a thriving grocery business.   The tribe is now opening a second store in Dupree, to better serve the west end of the reservation. This is made possible through a Tribal emphasis on economic development, and a Minnesota builder's cost effective design that's been popping up in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest.   Lakota Thrifty mart in Dupree will soon open its doors, and when it does, customers will find a few differences from older grocery stores.    "This section here, this is the...
10 States Where Youth Rules 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

by Richard Barrington  |  MoneyRates.com Senior Financial Analyst, CFA     Where should a young person go today to make his or her fortune? With student loan burdens soaring and youth unemployment rates in the double-digits, this isn't an easy question to answer.     There are plenty of obvious candidates, such as the traditional youth meccas of New York and California. But what if you ignored the clichés and considered the question with an open mind? A young adult starting out today would benefit from a place with plenty of opportunity, reasonable living costs and just enough lifestyle amenities to keep things interesting.     Where do such...
SD manufacturing plant gets loan for expansion

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

By: Governor's Office of Economic Development   PARKSTON, S.D. — MDS Manufacturing Co. in Parkston will expand its operations with the help of a $600,000 Revolving Economic Development and Initiative Fund Loan.   The Board of Economic Development approved the loan earlier this month.   “Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry. It generates economic activity and employs many South Dakotans,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “With an industry that large, we need companies like MDS who serve the agricultural community. I hope this loan will help MDS to expand and create more jobs so they can continue to produce the things our farmers and ranchers need.”   Steve,...
Studies: Income growing at good pace in South Dakota

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Article By:  Aberdeen News   |   Jeff Natalie-Lees   South Dakota wages are increasing at a rate much faster than the rest of the country, according to studies released in the past month. The U.S. Department of Labor recently published data showing that gross wages in South Dakota increased 6.43 percent from 2010 to 2012. That is almost double the national average of 3.63 percent. In another study conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, South Dakota led the nation in total and per capita income growth from 2010 to 2011. Total per capita income rose 12.8 percent while personal per...
Faulkton Elementary School – Blue Ribbon School

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Faulkton Area Elementary school lies amidst the rolling fields and small communities of north central South Dakota. The school is the cornerstone of a district that encompasses over 900 square miles of rural South Dakota and has a student population of 145 in grades Pre K-6. The student/teacher ratio is 18-1 and includes class sizes between 10 and 26. This provides for many small group and cooperative learning activities in the classroom and also with other class groups. Faulkton Area Elementary is a very close knit community with strong ties to the school and a sense of ownership and responsibility to...
Dakota Rising Picks Cheryl's Catering as a 2013 Fellow

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nine more South Dakota small business owners have been chosen as the 2013 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows. Three of them are right here in this area: Cheryl Schaefers, Lisa Mueller and Melanie Hoke. The first of these entrepreneurs that the Record inter- viewed was Cheryl Schaefers of Cheryl’s Catering.   “Back this past December, I wasn’t sure that this would be for me,” Schaefers said. “I worried that they might not accept me because I’m pushing 60, and although I’ve been self-employed for a long time, I will have less working years left than many others might. I’ll be looking to scale back...
Dakota Rising picks Melanie Hoke of the Burger Shack as a new 2013 Fellow

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nine more South Dakota small business owners have been chosen as the 2013 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows. Three of them are right here in this area: Cheryl Schaefers, Lisa Mueller and Melanie Hoke. The second of these entrepreneurs that the Record inter- viewed was Melanie Hoke of the Burger Shack. Hoke took over the operation of the Burger Shack three years ago from her mother, and founder of the business Marvel Hustead. Since it’s inception the Burger Shack has been a wildly popular destination for both locals, tourists and hunters. “I wanted to be involved,” said Hoke. “I had heard nothing but good...
South Dakota Small Business Development Center, sponsored by USD, receives full accreditation from state directors

Friday, October 11, 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota Small Business Development Center has received notification that they have received full accreditation after passing their accreditation review with no conditions.   The report, by a peer group of state and associate state directors, cited several areas for commendation but is especially complimentary of the organization’s ability to add value to its key stakeholders, which include the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Planning and Development District III, Grow South Dakota, West River Foundation, the University of South Dakota and the Citi Bank Foundation. “Receiving accreditation with no conditions is challenging and...
Governor Announces Economic Development Grants

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Article by:  SD Ready to Work     PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Daugaard announced today the award of nine grants, totaling close to $1.8 million, for economic development efforts in the state. The grants, which were approved last week by the Board of Economic Development, were awarded under the newly established Reinvestment Payment Program, Local Infrastructure Improvement Program, Economic Development Partnership Program, and the South Dakota Jobs Program. “These programs will help our communities to advance their economic development and job growth efforts,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Many people came together to create these new programs, and I am happy to see them bear...
Webster Area Development Corporation invests in youth

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Instill optimism. Connect them with careers of interest. Empower them to be citizens, not just occupants. These were concepts covered during a recent webinar about how to get high school students to invest in their hometown, all concepts which the Webster Area Development Corporation is looking to introduce to the area.
South Dakota Community Foundation Awards $15,000 to Home Address Program

Monday, August 26, 2013

The South Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Dakota Resources has been awarded a $15,000 grant to assist with their Rural Housing Collaborative (RHC). This grant was presented through the South Dakota Community Foundation’s statewide grant program.
Trade supports 124,000 jobs in South Dakota

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. -- International trade supports an estimated 124,000 jobs in South Dakota and generated $3.8 billion in goods exports in 2012, according to the Business Roundtable, which highlights these and other facts about trade in a new state-by-state analysis. By: Forum News Service, Forum News Service - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/15512/#sthash.USnjuZnv.dpuf
Waubay apiarist as busy as his bees

Monday, August 12, 2013

When he isn’t keeping busy as a county commissioner or working with his construction equipment, Waubay resident Gary Block is the travel agent for a semiload of “busy bees” who pollinate crops all over the country on a year-round basis.
Current Issue Prairie Business

Monday, August 05, 2013

Current Issue of Prairie Business Magazine is available at http://prairiebusiness.epubs.forumprinting.com/publication/?i=168890  
ND, SD universities get bioprocessing grant

Friday, August 02, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. — Four universities in North Dakota and South Dakota have been awarded a $6 million grant to establish a research consortium that will study the use of a plant material to replace petrochemicals.
Five entrepreneurial strategies that work in Dakotafire country

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Starting a business can be difficult anywhere. Starting a business in the rural Dakotas, where the population is fairly small and spread all over the map, takes not only hard work but a little ingenuity. Luckily, ingenuity is something we’ve got. The five businesses featured in the links each looked at the market they were in and came up with a strategy to take advantage of it. Their definitions of success vary from creating a job for the entrepreneur alone to forming a mature company with spinoffs in many states—but, large or small, these entrepreneurs have come up with ways to make...
South Dakota Recognized as a Top State for Business

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CONTACT: Mary Lehecka Nelson, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301   PIERRE, S.D. – For the 10th straight year, South Dakota is being recognized as one of the top 10 pro-business states, according to Pollina Corporate Real Estate. This year, South Dakota received an eighth place ranking.     “As Governor, I have made job creation one of my top priorities, and I’m proud to say that our efforts are paying off,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Thanks to a long history of stability and balanced budgets, South Dakota is the place to do business.”     The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study uses 32 factors to...
Rural Attorney Recruitment Pilot Program

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Recruitment Assistance Pilot Program The Unified Judicial System and the State Bar of South Dakota are committed to assuring that all citizens within the State of South Dakota have access to quality attorneys.
DEUEL COMMUNITY KITCHEN

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

We have found a home!!! We are pleased to announce that DADI’s Community Kitchen is beginning at the Deubrook School in Toronto. After hitting snag after snag with businesses closing, we failed to find a place to launch our kitchen until now. Deubrook School will be our county’s newest venture allowing entrepreneurs to create their business with food products. The “Kitchen Incubator” has been a quest of DADi’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant since 2010. It is part of Goal 3 of the grant along with the Business Resource Center which is located in the County’s Courthouse. This incubator makes it financially possible...
Set It in Stone! South Dakota Is 2013 Top State for Business

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Article By: CNBC  |  Scott Cohn   We have a winner—and a new champion!   South Dakota has climbed to the top of America's Top States for Business for 2013.   It is the best finish yet for the Mount Rushmore State, which has always been a quiet contender in our annual study, rarely finishing outside the Top 10. But more impressive, South Dakota's point total this year—1,639 out of a possible 2,500—is the highest logged by any state since we began keeping score in 2007.   (Read more: More Than Mount Rushmore by SD Gov. Daugaard)   Each year, we rate all 50 states on more than 50 metrics...
SD Gross Domestic Product UP!

Friday, July 05, 2013

“Although South Dakota’s increase in GDP isn’t quite as high as last year’s, there are a number of positive findings in the report,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. 
State Economic Development Plan to Boost Local Efforts

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Article By:  Associated Press South Dakota economic development officials say two programs aimed at attracting large projects to the state are ready to help local governments and non-profit development corporations. The Economic Development Partnership Program offers grants to pay for new staff, elevate part-time staff, start or replenish local revolving loan funds, buy equipment or train employees to expand local economic development. The Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program provides grants to build or rebuild infrastructure to serve economic development projects. The programs begin accepting applications on Monday, said Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg. “It works to try to tie the state’s efforts a little more...
Building South Dakota Programs to Launch July 1st

Monday, July 01, 2013

"These new programs are going to be great for economic development in South Dakota, said Commissioner Costello. “We are looking forward to using these new tools to continue to create jobs and foster business development within the state.”  For more information on the programs, please visit www.sdreadytowork.com.
South Dakota Can Compete With The Best Of States: Governor Dennis Daugaard

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Article by Mark Brown   |   WTAQ 1360AM, 97.5FM   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – South Dakota is one of a few tax free states that competes for businesses to locate them here.  Texas is another that wants many of the same businesses to locate to their state.  Governor Dennis Daugaard believes that South Dakota offers as much and more to potential businesses looking for a state most beneficial to their needs.  Disaster relief is another priority for the Governor to assure South Dakota’s infrastructure remains intact.  “If the total damage for the state of South Dakota exceeds over a million dollars, we would qualify...
USDA Uses Grant Funds to Expand Businesses and Create Jobs in South Dakota

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

By providing industry information, community data, commercial real estate information, and quality of life information, the northeast South Dakota region collectively markets through the South Dakota Prairie Gateway website. Lori Finnesand, Chief Executive Officer for GROW South Dakota, said, “ This regional approach to a website and social media incorporates regional collaboration and shared values while generating benefits and marketing for the people and businesses of our region.” 
June 2013 Newsletter

Saturday, June 01, 2013

In this issue: Open House: Help NESDEC Celebrate 35 Years June is National Homeownership Month NeighborWorks Week is June 1-8 National Small Business Week Bush Foundation Coffee Chat Download the June Newsletter here
REED CAPITALIZES RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

“Without the partnership of USDA Rural Development, and the REDL&G and IRP programs, the REED fund would not exist, and over $50 million in financing (issued through REED) would not have been able to leverage over $375 million in additional investment in our region,” stated Linda Salmonson, Economic Development Manager at East River Electric Power Cooperative and a member of the back office team that manages the REED fund.  
USDA Uses Grant Funds to Expand Businesses and Create Jobs in South Dakota

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Article By: USDA   |   South Dakota Rural Development Coordinator Christine Sorensen   Last fall, South Dakota USDA Rural Development highlighted a valuable partner; GROW South Dakota, formerly known as the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation, for its 18 year partnership in community lending. While giving back to the communities they serve, GROW South Dakota has also contributed to the region as a whole through its fiscal administrative support of regional planning and development through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) and a Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG). Said South Dakota State Director Elsie Meeks, “The total impact that GROW has had is not...
Digital Foundations Workshop

Friday, May 17, 2013

SD Prairie Gateway invites you to learn more about  "Using the Internet to Grow your Business/Organization" Join Scott Meyer of 9Clouds on June 12, 2013 at the Ramada Convetion Center in Aberdeen, SD to stay up-to-date on the technology you need to succeed in this digital age. Registraion is FREE, please RSVP  by June 10th to paula@growsd.org or 605-698-7654 Ext 133 Co-Sponsored by:
Grant Writing Conference for Communities

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Writing Your Future Grant Conference will be held Friday, June 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Technical Institute Technology Center at 1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell. Registration is free to Horizons community members and $40 to non-Horizons community attendees. Register on-line at iGrow or contact Kelly Roseland or call 605-852-2633. Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. CST on May 31, 2013. 
South Dakota Farmers Hopeful for New Farm Bill

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Article By: KELO Land News   |   Perry Groten   SIOUX FALLS, SD - As South Dakota farmers finally head into their fields for spring planting, the legislative seeds of a new farm bill are starting to take root on Capitol Hill.  The cold, wet spring has forced many South Dakota farmers to play catch up with their field work.  But Washington politics have been as much a hindrance as the weather when it comes to their prospects for a profitable growing season. "I feel insured, I hope I am," farmer Tim Burns said. Burns says they need the financial assurances that a long term farm bill...
JEM Design Solutions

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Jem Web Design is one of Clear Lake’s newest businesses and with the assistance of Deuel Area Development, In. has launched their business and website.
Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

Sunday, April 28, 2013

BIOtechNow   |   Farmer Gene Colleen Lerro   On Wednesday at the BIO International Convention a panel called “Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty” focused on challenges facing agricultural biotech in the social media and regulatory worlds. Moderated by Peter Whitfield of Baker Hostetler, the panelists included David Bartlett of Levick and Geri Edens and Christopher Marraro, both of Baker Hostetler. Peter opened up the discussion by involving the audience in an interactive poll to determine their willingness to eat genetically engineered (GE) salmon or use GE insulin to treat diabetes. The salmon question garnered a 57 percent yes vote while...
What's Growing in South Dakota?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why Recent Grads Are Choosing To Stay - Some explanations from the locals: "We're a no-risk, no-return culture. Just look at farming. [...] People discovered they don't have to leave for San Francisco. Now they can stay to collaborate here." --Jeff Slobotski Cofounder, Silicon Prairie News "The youth equation shifted: College grads once fled; now they stay or move back. [...] The governor is pushing to increase entrepreneur education--for grade school, college, and beyond." --Mel Ustad Director of commercialization, Governor's Office of Economic Development "South Dakota State University's 44,000-square-foot Innovation Center has become the infrastructure that startups craved." --Dwaine Chapel CEO, Research Park and Innovation Center...
GROW South Dakota A Valuable Parnter

Friday, April 12, 2013

USDA Rural Development’s Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) has been a valuable partner in funding the continued expansion and shared success of the revolving loan fund. GROW South Dakota received its 10th IRP loan in August of 2012 continuing an 18 year partnership with USDA Rural Development.  
South Dakota Establishes the Housing Opportunity Fund

Monday, April 08, 2013

New tool for providing needed housing in communities across state.   PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA-- With Governor Dennis Daugaard’s signature making SB 235 law, housing and homeless advocates across the state are celebrating the creation of the South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund, which will be used to preserve and expand sustainable, affordable and safe housing in communities throughout the state. “We will be able to develop the housing our communities’ need, while also generating jobs and local economic activity. South Dakota neighborhoods thrive when there is a wide variety of affordable housing available” reflects Patty Bacon, Habitat for Humanity - SD. The SD Housing Opportunity...
State to Benefit from Building South Dakota Legislation

Friday, April 05, 2013

Tax incentives for new projects costing more than $20 million as well as targeted increases for education, infrastructure and housing will help boost economic growth, said State Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, one of the bill's co-sponsors. 
Bush Foundation Work Continues

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Area residents who have been involved in a regional community enhancement effort gathered Monday, March 25 at the United Methodist Church in Faulkton for a six-hour follow-up meeting. This program is sponsored through a Bush Foundation grant. Faulk County is one of two groups in the three state region of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota to be awarded grant money from the Bush Foundation, the other being Prairie Vision of the Brown County area. The grant application was initiated by the Faulkton Area Development Board. The board members serve on the various focus groups with others from the various...
Governor Daugaard Announces Nearly 39 Million for Environmental Projects

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $39 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and recycling projects. The board met Wednesday and Thursday in Pierre. The $38,617,000 total includes $9.95 million in grants and grant amendments and $28.7 million in low-interest loans, with nearly $4.4 million of the loan total in principal forgiveness. “Making the grant and loan funds available for these projects will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment, and enhanced protection of the environment,” the Governor said. The grants and loans...
GROW South Dakota Receives $132,500 to Strengthen Neighborhoods through Housing and Community Development Initiatives

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sisseton, South Dakota – GROW South Dakota, a member of the national NeighborWorks® network, is receiving $132,500 in flexible grants from NeighborWorks® America – a much-needed boost that will support its affordable housing and community development activities. The NeighborWorks network is supported by NeighborWorks America and consists of more than 240 independent nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening communities in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. "For every dollar in NeighborWorks grants, an average of $34 is in invested in America’s communities like the ones served by GROW South Dakota resulting in a total direct investment of almost $4.7 billion in communities in 2012,” said NeighborWorks America...
Company to add 1,000 tech jobs in SD

Friday, March 15, 2013

Article By: Bloomber Businessweek  |  Dirk Lammers   VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota company will bring 1,000 information technology consultant jobs to South Dakota as part of an effort to keep high-tech positions from being shipped overseas, Gov. Dennis Daugaard planned to announce Wednesday. Eagle Creek Software Services, which provides tech support to large health care, financial services and other companies, plans to build a new 200-employee office in Vermillion and partner with the University of South Dakota to help train its potential hires, Chief Executive Ken Behrendt told The Associated Press ahead of the public announcement. Daugaard was expected to join company...
South Dakota Benefits from Economic Impact of Hunting

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Article By: National Shooting Sports Foundation   NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a major new report documenting the importance of hunting activities to the South Dakota economy. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. The report, Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, provides detailed information about participation and expenditures by America's hunters. In South Dakota alone, hunting added $972,014,097 to the state's economy and supported 11,034 jobs. Information on 40-plus categories of U.S. hunting-related expenditures, which grew 55 percent, is contained in the report, as well as state-by-state statistics...
South Dakota ranks 12th in personal income

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PIERRE — South Dakota ranks 12th in the nation for personal income. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says that South Dakota’s personal income from 2000 to 2011 grew by 82.5 percent. This is greater than the national growth rate of 51. 4 percent. Since 2000, South Dakota’s per capita personal income has increased by 67.4 percent. The state’s per capita personal income in 2011 was $44,217. State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts says South Dakota ranked 36th in 2009 in the midst of the recession. She says that the state has improved dramatically in a few years.
South Dakota ranks 12th in personal income

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PIERRE — South Dakota ranks 12th in the nation for personal income. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says that South Dakota’s personal income from 2000 to 2011 grew by 82.5 percent. This is greater than the national growth rate of 51. 4 percent. Since 2000, South Dakota’s per capita personal income has increased by 67.4 percent. The state’s per capita personal income in 2011 was $44,217. State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts says South Dakota ranked 36th in 2009 in the midst of the recession. She says that the state has improved dramatically in a few years.
SD Senate Passes Build South Dakota Legislation

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SD Senate passes economic development incentive plan PIERRE — South Dakota’s commissioner of economic development told state lawmakers Thursday they are filling a need with their proposed incentives for large business projects. By: Bob Mercer, Forum News Service  
How to Transform a Good Local Business Into a Great Local Brand

Thursday, March 07, 2013

  Mark your calendars for a FREE marketing seminar that will transform your business Wednesday March 20th         8:30AM-Noon Ramada Convention Center 2727 6th Avenue SE Aberdeen, South Dakota RSVP by 18 March to 605-725-5551
Ipswich's faith in newcomer pays off

Thursday, March 07, 2013

  By Jeff Natalie-lees, business@aberdeennews.com 11:50 p.m. CST, February 21, 2013    When Glorya Kackman moved to Ipswich 18 months ago from Minnesota, she was uncertain how she would employ herself. She had more than 30 years experience sewing for drapery companies and designing theatrical costumes, but what would she do in Ipswich?
Bottom-line numbers from BFM revenue estimates

Monday, March 04, 2013

Bob Mercer   |   Pure Pierre Polotics   |   South Dakota Government Blog   Here’s what the Bureau of Finance and Management is predicting, as of this morning, fresh as today’s donuts, for the remainder of fiscal 2013, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2014, which starts July 1, 2013, for the major categories of state tax revenue: State sales and use tax — After 4.82 percent growth in FY12, reaching $744.4 million, BFM predicts FY13 growth will total 3.95 percent and FY14 growth will be 3.77 percent. The annual average for the period of 2004 through 2012 was 4.89 percent. Contractor’s excise tax — After the...
Navigating Obamacare for the Small Business

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Business Connections for March, "Navigating Obamacare for the Small Business" will be on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30-7 in the NSU Student Center Centennial Rooms. This FREE event is open to the public.
Co-op looking to build fertilizer, seed plant

Friday, February 22, 2013

COLTON, S.D. -- A farmer’s co-op is looking to consolidate two older facilities into a multimillion dollar fertilizer and seed plant in eastern South Dakota. By: Associated Press, Associated Press
South Dakota attempting to lure Minnesota businesses

Friday, February 22, 2013

By Jeff Natalie-Lees   |   Aberdeen News   Over the years, a steady trickle of Minnesota companies have been coming to South Dakota because of its favorable business climate, but that might turn into a gusher if Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to increase taxes on Minnesota businesses becomes law.   At least that is what business leaders in Minnesota fear, according to an Associated Press story.   The increased business taxes would boost Minnesota's personal income tax rates from eighth to fourth highest in the nation, behind only Hawaii, California and Oregon, according to the story.   That makes Minnesota vulnerable to other states, such as South Dakota, which...
Legislators look for new plan for business incentives

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PIERRE — Just four months after South Dakota voters rejected their previous plan, many members of the Legislature and Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration seem undeterred about pursuing new tax breaks for business projects.
Daugaard signs tourism tax measure into law

Monday, February 18, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed his first bill of the 2013 legislative session. By: Associated Press, Associated Press
Roslyn Centennial efforts start with summer concert

Monday, February 18, 2013

By George Thompson, Webster Reporter and Farmer Roslyn will celebrate its centennial in 2014 and to get the ball rolling the centennial committee is putting on an outdoor concert June 7.  Kelly Hanson, co-chairman of the centennial with Danny Jensen, says this summer’s concert will headline the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and an opening act at the softball field.
Study to identify Britton’s housing needs

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Britton Journal A grant for a housing needs survey in Britton has been approved by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA).  
Five entrepreneurial strategies that work in Dakotafire country

Friday, February 15, 2013

  Starting a business can be difficult anywhere. Starting a business in the rural Dakotas, where the population is fairly small and spread all over the map, takes not only hard work but a little ingenuity. Luckily, ingenuity is something we’ve got.
Want to grow your own entrepreneurs?

Friday, February 15, 2013

By Heidi Marttila-Losure   Don Macke of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Beth Davis ofDakota Resources shared a few ideas for where a community should start if they want to build up their own community of entrepreneurs.
OSHA 10 Training-General Industry

Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Date/Time Feb 20 - 21 8:00am-5:00pm   1:00-5:00pm   Location Smart Center  416 Production St N, Aberdeen SD
QuickBooks Pro Training

Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Date/Time Feb 25 - Mar 1 8:00am-12:00pm Location NEW TEC, Inc.  2911 Industrial Avenue, Aberdeen SD
State awards $278,000 to 23 SD hospitals

Thursday, February 14, 2013

PIERRE — Twenty-three rural hospitals in South Dakota will receive a total of $278,037 in federal funding for projects to improve patient access, reduce medication errors, reduce hospital re-admissions and improve operations. By: Associated Press, Associated Press
Big Stone AQCS Project Brings Workers to the Region

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

http://www.bigstoneplantaqcs.com/about-aqcs During the next two or three years, starting in 2013, hundreds of workers and technicians will call the Big Stone region their home away from home as they install an air-quality control system (AQCS) at Big Stone Plant. The AQCS project team launched a web site January 21 in an effort to help the nearly 500 workers coming to the plant during the next three years find housing, laundry, food, service stations, and other amenities. “It’s optimized for use on mobile devices so it should be convenient,” said Cris Oehler, Otter Tail Power Company’s public relations director. “But it’ll only be...
Lawmaker offers economic development plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aberdeen News   |   By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent   PIERRE — The Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders want to go back to the future with their support for a new package of tax incentives for economic development projects in South Dakota.  The plan from Rep. Scott Munsterman, R-Brookings, would combine concepts from South Dakota’s tax-refund program, which ended Dec. 31, and the governor’s proposed business-grants program, which voters rejected in the November election.  Munsterman’s bill, House Bill 1161, was officially introduced Wednesday in the state House of Representatives. His five co-sponsors are a who’s who of political power in the Legislature.  In the House are...
Future Site for New Avera Area Health Care Campus Selected

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Eighteen acres neare the State Auto Building have been purchased by the Northeast South Dakota Healthcare Foundation as the site for the new hospital and clinic.  "After looking at many sites throughout the community - a number of which would be ideal but for one reason or another didn't work out - I firmly believe we have come up with what is the best site available," said Jim Gesswein, foundation board chairman.  "Now that we know the location, the next steps include design development." said Natalie Gauer, adminstrator of  Milbank Area Hospital Avera.  "  As of now we are planning...
REED Success Story

Friday, January 18, 2013

Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. (REED) Fund provides business and community project financing in partnership with commercial and other economic development lenders to leverage private investment and make a difference in the region it serves.  One of those successful businesses is Dakota Style (read more)  
QuickBooks Workshops

Thursday, January 17, 2013

  Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Classes offered are: The Basics and Inventory & Payroll
Teton Family Farms, LLC receives approval to build in Grant County.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Grant County Planning and Zoning Board by a vote of 6/1 approved a conditional use permit for a Class A farrowing barn. The permit was approved with two conditions, the installation of bio filters and the planting of trees to serve as odor abatement. Barry Kerkhaert, DVM, Vice President of Pipestone Veterinary Clinic gave an overview of the project. The Pipestone Systems which is comprised of 250 independent family farms plans to build a sow farm that will produce 140,000 weaned pigs annually which are then shipped to family farms for finishing. Estimated construction and land costs are 11 million....
General manager focuses on North Central Farmers Elevator

Monday, January 07, 2013

Mike Nickolas, North Central Farmers Elevator general manager, said the company's growth has been calculated. The company will begin building a fertilizer plant in Tulare with Archer Daniels Midland this year and recently merged with Custom Air Inc. to expand aerial application services. (American News Photo by Kay Nguyen / January 7, 2013)  
Travel to another time with stories about, and written by, South Dakotans

Monday, January 07, 2013

The South Dakota Humanities Council has published five collections of stories written by and about the people of South Dakota. Our most recent edition, What Makes A South Dakotan?, was published this fall and released at the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books. The stories in these books were born in various chapters of our state’s history, and each collection documents a large theme of life in South Dakota.
Governor Invites Business Leaders to Join Him on Trade Mission to China

Thursday, January 03, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Daugaard is inviting South Dakota business leaders to join him on his second trade mission to China April 5-12, 2013.  The Governor had the opportunity to lead a similar trade mission last spring. “One area of focus for my office has been increasing our state’s exports, which in turn will help grow South Dakota’s economy through job creation,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We are returning to China because the Chinese market offers South Dakota businesses tremendous potential for growth.” Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello and South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones will represent their departments on the...
MERCER: Jumping over the moon for SD dairy expansion?

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Daily Republic  |  By Bob Mercer   PIERRE — Peaceful milk cows could lead the Legislature into some big arguments this winter over the future of dairy production and processing in South Dakota. There is the $4 million-plus in tax rebates that Gov. Dennis Daugaard promised to Bel Brands for the proposed processing plant at Brookings. And there is the broader effort by his administration to help double the milk cows in South Dakota from the present 92,000. More dairy is an economic development priority for Gov. Daugaard and state Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones, himself a dairyman. They are recruiting outside South Dakota. They...
DakotaFire Articles

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Faulkton Area Economic Development is pleased to partner up with DakotaFire Media. DakotaFire is a new journalism project that pools the resources of community newspapers and rural experts to report on issues of importance to rural communities in the James River watershed area of North and South Dakota.   Read the latest Faulkton news from Dakotafire here.
S.D. lawmakers ponder how to entice businesses

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ArgusLeader.com  |  Written by Jonathan Ellis  |  December 9th In the days after last month’s election, a group of economic development officials from across South Dakota sat down in Sioux Falls to take stock of their situation. To them, things did not look good: ? Voters had just killed an economic incentive program championed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and passed by the Legislature. ? Starting Jan. 1, the state no longer would have a program to encourage big-dollar business investment, either by attracting new businesses or fostering the expansion of existing businesses. Such a program had been in place for more than 15 years,...
SD: Joining forces – Economic development groups launch regional website to attract and expand business

Friday, December 14, 2012

By: Kris Bevill, Prairie Business Magazine For rural community leaders, the task of promoting their towns to prospective businesses in a global landscape can easily make one feel as though they are the needle in the proverbial haystack. There may be a number of project developers and businesses seeking compatible sites that would make a great fit with the community, but drawing site selectors’ attention to lesser known regions of a state with minimal resources can be a gargantuan challenge. Many economic development divisions in rural communities consist of just one person working with a tiny operating budget. How can they...
Energy Audits: Lowering utility bills by increasing energy efficiency

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The thermostat – a small but mighty device. For some, it’s a godsend. For others, it’s the bane of their existence – especially when it reads 70 degrees, and yet it feels as if someone switched out the house for an igloo overnight. In a typical home with a forced-air heating and cooling system, about 20 percent of the air moving through the system is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The result – higher utility bills and uncomfortable temperatures. Energy auditor Dan McNeil visits leaky houses on a daily basis, and he has good...
SD’s oil, gas assets might lure developers

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Article by: Chris Mueller  |  The Daily Republic   State officials hope South Dakota’s untapped oil and gas resources will attract developers, even with a full-blown oil boom happening across the northern border.   “I think we can realize some economic development in our state,” State Geologist Derric Iles said, speaking Thursday at Highland Conference Center in Mitchell for the South Dakota Telecommunications Association’s Fall Outside Plant Workshop.   “There is potential we have that is unexplored,” Iles said.   To promote oil and gas development in South Dakota, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has created an online program with interactive maps and a searchable database...
Big growth in little Alpena, SD

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ALPENA, S.D. — Demand for beef jerky is rising, and the Jack Link’s plant in Alpena is answering the call. Link Snacks Inc., or LSI, which produces Jack Link’s products, has nearly finished a 26,000-square-foot addition to its plant and has invested in the expansion of the Alpena wastewater treatment plant. The upgrades could bring 75 more jobs to the massive jerky plant within five years.
SD Looks to Lure Dairy Farmers from Wisconsin

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Thirsty for milk, and the money that comes with it, South Dakota has ramped up efforts to recruit dairy farmers from other states and countries, including England, Ireland and The Netherlands.
Wire Me Awake Conference 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

SAVE THE DATE!  Wire Me Awake 2013 will be back in Yankton on Thursday, October 3! Wire Me Awake presents a passion for growth and innovation. A huge culture shift happening right before our eyes, as people are seeking better ways to run their professional and personal lives. Information is more open and easier to obtain. People are attracted to collaboration instead of isolation. The idea behind Wire Me Awake is not only to bring world-class speakers here, but to bring them from the heartland. We want to show Midwestern community leaders, small businesses, educators and startups that cool, innovative ideas are not...
Mini-conference links SDSU research, economic development

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The links between South Dakota State University research and economic development will be strengthened at a special event on the SDSU campus. The “University Driven Economic Development Mini-Conference” will bring together state economic development leaders and SDSU researchers Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Room 262 of the University Student Union. The event is co-sponsored by SDSU’s Teaching Learning Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research. “Connecting university research to economic development is a key part of our land-grant heritage at SDSU,” said Vice President for Research Kevin Kephart. “This event will bring us all a better awareness of the ways...
FiredUp: Let’s get those returnees back to small towns, not just Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Friday, November 23, 2012

By Heidi Marttila-Losure  |  November 4, 2012  |  Blog from Dakotafire.net    I received a call from Gov. Dennis Daugaard the other day. It was a recording, but a person pays attention when the governor calls nonetheless. The call was part of a new effort of Dakota Roots, which aims to help bring former South Dakotans back to their home state by connecting them with job opportunities here. (You don’t have to have Dakota roots for them to help you—you just need a desire to plant new roots here.) I didn’t record the message, and I couldn’t find a transcript of it, so I...
Dakota Style is spitting out sunflower seeds all across the nation

Thursday, November 22, 2012

By the Clark County Courier Dakota Style continues to put Clark, S.D., on the map—most recently with a booming business in sunflower seeds and kernels. A new warehouse/office space is now in use at the Clark Industrial Park, primarily for sunflower seed production. The Dakota Style brand started with potato chips, but sales of sunflower seeds have surpassed chips sales for the company. “We’ve got a good product,” said Riley Dandurand, the general manager of Dakota Style. “Our distribution ratio is currently 30 percent of chips and 70 percent seeds (in the shell and kernels).” Dakota Style revved up their sunflower seed expansion in...
Grant County Development Corporation Launches Online Web Solution

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grant County Development Corporation has teamed up with Golden Shovel Agency to launch a brand new website using Economic Gateway, an online web solution. The purpose of this site to be a comprehensive resource for site selectors and for new and existing businesses in the Grant County, South Dakota area. The new site can be view at http://www.grantcountysd.com.   Grant County Development Corporation’s new website will also connect its viewers to community and area information including real-estate, training, and other valuable material.   Aaron Brossoit, Vice President of Business Development for Golden Shovel Agency, has stated, “Golden Shovel is proud to be...
Horton honored for its role in Britton’s development

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Officials of Horton, Inc., and Britton community leaders got together on Oct. 19 to do a little reminiscing and to recognize the important role that the fan clutch manufacturing business has had on the city since it came to town 38 years ago. A noon luncheon was held at the plant followed by plant tours to showcase recent new additions and changes.  A Community Open House was held Saturday on the east lawn with a lunch, inflatables, door prizes, plant tours and displays. Britton Mayor Dr. David Kleinberg kicked off the luncheon on Friday by proclaiming Oct. 19 as Hugh Schilling Day...
South Dakota small business has big impact

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 12, 2012 4:33 pm  •  Associated Press PIERRE | If believing there's a niche for a business that adds zing to something familiar makes you an entrepreneur, SonJa Boe is one. Just a few weeks ago, she opened the Spiceleaf, a bistro at 113 S. Pierre St. The added zing comes from the freshness. She uses spices, meats and vegetables so fresh she doesn't even keep a freezer on hand. Boe said finding a niche is part of the excitement of doing business. "I guess I've always enjoyed being a business person," she said. "I like to create jobs for other people." But...
SD officials seek to attract medical device makers

Monday, November 19, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials plan to attend an event in Minnesota next week as part of an effort to attract companies that make medical devices. Representatives of the Governor's Office of Economic Development and officials from Aberdeen, Mitchell, Vermillion and Watertown will attend the Medical Design and Manufacturing Exposition in Minneapolis on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. State economic development commissioner J. Pat Costello says the officials will seek to persuade companies that make medical devices to expand or relocate in South Dakota. Officials say South Dakota currently has 25 businesses that manufacture medical devices and equipment. Those companies employ...
Communities and State Partner to Recruit Companies

Friday, November 16, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. – In an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and create jobs, four South Dakota communities will join the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in attending the Medical Design and Manufacturing Exposition in Minneapolis October 31-November 1. Representatives from the GOED, Aberdeen, Mitchell, Vermillion, and Watertown will use next week’s event to connect with out-of-state companies looking to expand or relocate their operations to South Dakota. “The combination of South Dakota’s stable economy and pro-business regulatory environment has positioned South Dakota as an ideal location for medical device companies,” said J. Pat Costello, commissioner, GOED. “We...
2012 Milbank Holiday Promotion

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Milbank Chamber announces " The Grinch's Christmas Give Back".This years Holiday Promotion will have five opportunities for some lucky shopper to win  $1000,00. Starting Sat. Nov. 24th and continuing thru Dec. 22nd, the lucky shopper must have signed up in one of the participating stores and you must be present on Saturday at a participating business to win .  If now one wins the pot will grow!
2013 SHOT Show

Thursday, November 08, 2012

January 15-18 Sands Expo & Convention Center Las Vegas, NV
Daugaard Inviting People to Return To South Dakota

Monday, November 05, 2012

     South Dakotans may soon be receiving a phone call from a surprising source: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. A new online feature at the website for the worker recruitment program Dakota Roots allows family and friends to send a recorded message from the governor to out-of-state loved ones, urging them to return to South Dakota. The recorded messages from Daugaard focus on job openings, quality of life, recreational opportunities and the state's tax structure. Daugaard says he is excited to personally invite friends and family members to move back to South Dakota. Dakota Roots is a program to grow the South Dakota workforce by...
Frontier and Rural Medicine

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five towns have been selected as the first clinical sites for a rural ealth care project sponsored by the University of South Dakota medical school. The Frontier and Rural Medicine program, know as FARM allows USD medical students nine months of training in rural areas.  The goal is to increase the number of doctors in rural South Dakota. Eligible communities for the clinical sites had to have fewer than 10,000. people. Milbank, Mobridge, Winner, Platte,and Parkston were chosen
New Businesses Inducted and "Fellows" of Dakota Rising

Friday, October 19, 2012

Last weekend two more local businesses were officially inducted as 2012 Dakota Rising Fellows at the Dakota Rising Conference and gala in Spearfish at the Holiday Inn.   The events began on Friday, Oct. 12 and lasted until Sunday, Oct. 14. At the banquet on Sept. 13, The Potting Shed and Commonsense Manufacturing were given their 2012 Rural Entrepreneur Fellowship Awards.   The area was strongly represented by Faulkton Site Coordinator Joel Price and representatives from the Faulk County Development Corp., hosting a booth and entering a commercial competition in which Price and Linda Bartholomew, Pastor Bill Hoffman and Chad Homan performed a rap,...
$730 Million Transmission Line to Harness Wind Energy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

  The Big Stone South to Ellendale (BSSE) Transmission Line is a proposed approximately 150-175 mile transmission line from the proposed Big Stone South substation near Big Stone City, SD, to the proposed Ellendale 345 kV substation near Ellendale, ND. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Otter Tail Power Company jointly will develop, construct and operate it. Wind energy developers and clean energy advocates say grid congestion has stymied expansion of the wind industry. New transmission improves the reliability of the grid for all users and provides an outlet for wind generation, Rebenitsch said. “This will help those projects that are ready to go and...
Healthland to Release New Ambulatory Care Solution Designed for Rural Clinicians

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Healthland NewsRx.com By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, announced it will launch Centriq Clinic, an ambulatory solution designed to improve patient care by enabling complete and instant access to patient information across both the hospital and clinic. Designed with input from rural healthcare providers, Centriq Clinic streamlines data access and provides a full view of patient information, helping improve provider productivity and patient safety. Horn Memorial Hospital in Iowa and Faulkton County Memorial Hospital in South Dakota are currently working with Healthland...
Ag secretary, others focus on keeping Faulk County strong

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

September 30, 2012  |  BY SCOTT WALTMAN swaltman@aberdeennews.com Faulkton — The prospect of spurring economic development was enough to lure about 60 Faulk County residents from their homes and combine cabs to a meeting at which they discussed how to nurture a community that offers opportunities and jobs. The meeting also attracted several speakers, including S.D. Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones. The gathering, though, was neither the beginning nor the end of the process. Joel Price, who also attended the meeting, is the superintendent of Faulkton schools and one of the people working with the economic development effort. It was about two years ago when...
SD: Joining forces

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Economic development groups launch regional website to attract and expand business
Big Idea Competition, Aberdeen

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Contest for high school students to share entrepreneurial ideas and compete for cash, prizes and scholarships.
PowerPoint Workshop

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!
Pumpkin Fest, Webster

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Celebration held annually with activities such as: Parade of Lights, Amazing Race/Poker Run, 5K, inflatables, contests, wagon rides, food, music, and more!
South Dakota MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success Conference.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

is a comprehensive two-day event focused on energizing small businesses and rural communities, supporting potential or existing entrepreneurs and helping community and economic development leaders build their communities.
Move Miller Move

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE MILLER AREA HEALTH BOARD CAMPAIGN TO GET MOVING! STARTING OCTOBER 8TH WE ARE  ASKING ALL RESIDENCE OF MILLER AND SURROUNDING AREAS TO GET MOVING. WE HAVE DESIGNED A MILLER OLYPMIC CHALLENGE FOR ALL AGES! BE WATCHING THE MILLER PRESS and the MILLER FACEBOOK page for DETAILS. REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE FOUND AT BOTH SCHOOLS, ON HAND DEVELOPMENT AND CARR CHIROPRACTIC.
Sandbox

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sandbox is an online community that helps businesses and individuals understand and use social media and digital tools provided by the professionals at 9Clouds.  
Brown County Awarded Block Grant For Worker Training

Thursday, September 13, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Brown County a $164,500 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to expand workforce training programs in northeastern South Dakota.
Innovation Expo - Where Suits & Shirts Connect

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Innovation Expo is a conference focusing on connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and the many others who are involved in developing startup companies.
South Dakota Included on List of Top States for Business

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PIERRE, S.D. – For the ninth year in a row, South Dakota has earned a spot on the Pollina Corporate Real Estate list of Top 10 Pro-Business States. South Dakota is listed as the seventh best state in the nation for business in 2012. South Dakota was also ranked No. 7 last year. The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study evaluates and ranks states based on more than 30 factors, including taxes, human resources, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers’ compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts. “Economic development continues to be one of my top priorities, and...
MarketPlace Conference: Opening Doors to Success

Friday, September 07, 2012

This event is for entrepreneurs, community developers, farmers, teachers and nonprofit leaders. Business can promote their products in the MarketPlace Store, you can attend learning sessions, hear great speakers and network with other business leaders and community developers from across the state of South Dakota. This is a great opportunity for our communities, so share the information and register today by visiting www.marketplacesd.com.
Global Polymer Industries, Inc to Move Operations to Madison, SD

Monday, September 03, 2012

MADISON, S.D. – Global Polymer Industries, Inc. announced today they will be moving their manufacturing plant to Madison. The company currently employs 125 people and is expected to add an additional 50 jobs within the first two years of operating in Madison. Global Polymer was founded in 1993 by co-owners Todd Huntimer and Dan Palli. From its beginning, Global Polymer made products for some of the world's largest equipment manufacturers. They specialize in Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. UHMW-PE is a polyethylene with a molecular weight of 4.5 – 6 million. It is this high molecular weight that gives UHMW-PE its...
South Dakota Included on List of Top States For Business

Friday, August 24, 2012

  NEWS RELEASE         FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CONTACT: Grace Kessler, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301 PIERRE, S.D. – For the ninth year in a row, South Dakota has earned a spot on the Pollina Corporate Real Estate list of Top 10 Pro-Business States. South Dakota is listed as the seventh best state in the nation for business in 2012. South Dakota was also ranked No. 7 last year. 
South Dakota Included on List of Top States For Business

Friday, August 24, 2012

  NEWS RELEASE         FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CONTACT: Grace Kessler, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301  PIERRE, S.D. – For the ninth year in a row, South Dakota has earned a spot on the Pollina Corporate Real Estate list of Top 10 Pro-Business States. South Dakota is listed as the seventh best state in the nation for business in 2012. South Dakota was also ranked No. 7 last year.
Sustainable Hospitality

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sustainable Hospitality movement saves money and provides marketing advantages Join us for a FREE WEBINAR on September 18, 2012 at 2:00 CDT, 1:00 MDT You can join the conversation by attending the webinar at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mammel Hall room 118 - or log in from your computer.  Click here to register The lodging industry is increasingly deploying sustainable practices that reduce properties' operating costs and help them gain a market advantage. Hotels and inns have found ways to cut energy and water use, reduce solid waste and use safer chemicals—while improving their bottom line.  Attend this webinar and learn what...
Making Good Business, Better

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 Two more local businesses have been made fellows of the Dakota Rising project. Kelly Melius of Common Sense Manufacturing and Cindy Kopecky of the Potting Shed, have not only been made fellows, but have just gone through their first training and mentoring sessions.     For Kopecky and Melius, their first fellowship meeting was held in Pierre on July 25-27.     “I suppose I became interested in the program when I first heard that Faulkton had become a site,” said Melius. “I might have applied when Chad Homan (of Homan Welding) and Lori Holt (of Quilters Corner) did, but the application process happens during my...
SD Get Your Business Online

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Small businesses are vital to America’s economic future; the nation’s 27.5M small businesses comprise half the U.S. GDP and create two-thirds of all new jobs. Although nearly all consumers look online for local products and services, 58% of U.S. small businesses do not have a website. Many of these businesses are invisible to potential customers. Getting online gives businesses the opportunity to find new customers, increase sales and grow. South Dakota Get Your Business Online is designed to make it easy, free and fast for any business to get online.  Small businesses are vital to America’s economic future; the nation’s...
Connect with Your Future Workforce Today!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 SDMyLife Network’s mission is to: • Help businesses and industry play an active role in connecting with the future workforce • Develop the talent pipeline to address the future workforce needs in South Dakota • Connect students, job seekers, and educators to real-world career opportunities in our community • Engage our youth to see that South Dakota is a great place to live and work    
Proposed Transmission Line Would Go Through Dakotafire Region

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A map compiled by the Center for Rural Affairs shows new and proposed electric transmission lines designed to take wind power from the plains where it is generated to the Midwestern cities where it will be used. One proposed line on that map (although an approximation, since no routes have been finalized) goes through the Dakotafire region: Wells, Stustman, LaMoure and Dickey counties in North Dakota, and Brown, Edmunds, Faulk and Hand counties in South Dakota.
Sheyenne Dakota, Inc. to Bring Jobs to De Smet

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sheyenne Dakota, Inc. (SDI), a West Fargo-based wire and cable harness manufacturer, will expand into South Dakota with a location in De Smet and help ceate 30 jobs.
Where You'll Want to Live in the Future

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The West North Central region, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas, is the region poised for the brightest future.
What brought you back to your rural roots?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Reporting by Bill Krikac, Clark County Courier; Doug Card, Britton Journal, Garrick Moritz, Faulk County Record; George Thompson, Reporter & Farmer; and Becky Froehlich, Dakotafire Media Many, if not most, communities in the Dakotafire area have seen some of the youth that left after high school return years later. Here are some of their stories. To read the full article on DakotaFire.net click here »
Faulkton, SD Launches Online Portal Economic Gateway

Monday, July 09, 2012

Founded in 1882, before South Dakota even became a state, Faulkton is the county seat of Faulk County. A lot has changed over the years, but Faulkton still remains the epitome of a friendly, small town in the heartland of America.
Computer allows Car Talk exec to work from Webster

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The chance to move closer to her parents and get back to a small town atmosphere proved irresistible to Twyla Olson, Car Talk’s director of business development who does her job almost entirely on the internet.
Farley Fest in Milbank, SD

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We kick the Week end off with Arts in the Park and a Burn Out Competition at Lake Farley.  We have a new event this year a, Wing Competition.  Come share your best "wing" recipe with us and maybe win a prize  The evening will continue with Spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will fearute Country music's brightest new stars to light up the Milbank night, Chris Cagle , with David Nail
New Vet at Animal Health Center

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Visitors to Animal Health Center in Redfield and Faulkton will more than likely have the opportunity to meet the newest staff member, Veterinarian Derek Petersen. Petersen, who is originally from Ipswich, graduated high school in 2004 and went on to attend school in Brookings There he earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2008. He then went on to Iowa State where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the Spring of 2012. While in school he completed Preceptorship training in Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. His interest in larger animals led him to Feedlots in Texas and Kansas...
NESDCAP, NESDEC and GROW South Dakota United Under One Name!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For more than 45 years northeast South Dakota counties have been served by GROW South Dakota and its community action programs. Consistent, reliable, services have been evolving to fit the needs of local individual, families and business owners in order to improve the quality of life for low-income and rural communities. Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) was established in 1966 servicing three counties. The program evolved from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 legislation to fight “a war on poverty.” Funded by federal, state and local money the non-profit agency opened its doors to provide ways and means to help...
Farley Fest is Coming!

Friday, June 01, 2012

June 29, 30 - July 1 in Milbank, SD! Welcome to the 6th Annual Farley Fest! We kick the weekend off with Arts in the Park and a Burnout Competition at Lake Farley Park. We have a new event this year, a Wing Competition. Come share your best “Wing” recipe and maybe win a prize. The evening will continue with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will be jammed packed with activities starting with our 5K/10K Run/2 Mile Fun Walk/Kid’s Run. To top the day off, there will be a big outdoor concert featuring some of Country’s greatest entertainers, Chris Cagle, along...
Farley Fest is Coming!

Friday, June 01, 2012

June 29, 30 - July 1 in Milbank, SD! Welcome to the 6th Annual Farley Fest! We kick the weekend off with Arts in the Park and a Burnout Competition at Lake Farley Park. We have a new event this year, a Wing Competition. Come share your best “Wing” recipe and maybe win a prize. The evening will continue with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will be jammed packed with activities starting with our 5K/10K Run/2 Mile Fun Walk/Kid’s Run. To top the day off, there will be a big outdoor concert featuring some of Country’s greatest entertainers, Chris Cagle, along...
Best and Worst States for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to relocate you may want to consider South Dakota, which was ranked no. 1 in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s Business Tax Index 2012.
Going green? Go to South Dakota

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

South Dakota boasts a world-class wind resource and is consistently ranked among the top in the nation when it comes to wind-energy potential. Currently, South Dakota is producing 785 megawatts of wind power .
5th Annual Lake Eureka Carp Classic

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Linited to the first 30 two-man boat teams. Entry Fee: $25.00 per team member ($50.00/boat) Prizes awarded for largest carp caught and most caught. Check-In will be at the south picinic shelter locateed by the sports complex on the north side of the East half of Lake Eureka. Following check-in will be a rules meeting and a "Calcutta. NOTE 10% of the entry fee and 10% of "Calcutta" proceeds will be deducted to cover tournament expenses, with the remainder going to the 2011 Lake Eureka Kids Shore Fishing Derby. City camp sites are available. Please contact Terry Schultz at...
Eureka Fireworks

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Come to Eureka and celebrate the 4th of July with a bang! Join us for our fireworks display on July 4th, after dark.
Eureka Quasquicentennial Celebration

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Eureka, South Dakota, the wheat capital of the world in the late 1890's, will be celebrating 125 years in July 2012. Activities include a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Concert, II Amendment, parade, car show, carnival, water show, fireworks, magician, ventriloquist, hypnotist, Elvis impersonator, much more. Time Event Location Saturday, July 7, 2012 9:45 Eureka Hymns Directed by Charles Koerner EHS Gymnasium 10:00-12:30 Opening Ceremony -VJ Smith - Keynote Speaker - Performances by - Chorus Directed by Earl Mehlhaff - Community Band - Brothers of the Brush Whisker Judging - Sisters of the Swish Antique/Pioneer Dress Revue EHS Gymnasium 12:30 - 2:00 Bob Downey Big Band Entertainment Tent 2:00 - 3:30 EUREKA: The Show Entertainment Tent 3:30 - 4:15 Children’s Magician Show Entertainment Tent 4:30 - 6:00 Hypnotist...
Launch of SD Prairie Gateway

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Join us on June 5th as we launch our new website: www.SDPrairieGateway.org. This event will be held from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Ramkota Convention Center, Aberdeen SD.
Schmeckfest

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On September 14-16, 2012, Eureka will celebrate their heritage. In 1987, the Eureka chapter of the Germans from Russia hosted an annual "Schmeckfest" in the Eureka School Auditorium. They hosted a meal, which they prepared and served, and local entertainment followed. As the event grew, it became an annual event held every third weekend in September. We hope you will enjoy a weekend full of local entertainment, good food, old-time Eureka Re music, and time to visit with family and friends. Friday - September 14 Time Event Location 2:00 PM Entertainment Avera Health Care Center 7:30 PM Prairie Winds Eureka Reformed Church Saturday - September 15 9:00 AM Eureka-Bowdle JV Football Kuchen Jamboree Eureka Football...
South Dakota Prairie Gateway Conference

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Register Today for the SD Prairie Gateway Conference, Tuesday June 5, 2012 in Aberdeen, SD. The registration deadline in May 25 and this event is free to attend.
Going green? Go to South Dakota.

Monday, April 30, 2012

South Dakota boasts a world-class wind resource and is consistently ranked among the top in the nation when it comes to wind-energy potential. Currently, South Dakota is producing 785 megawatts of wind power.
Profit Mastery Course

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Prairie Gateway is excited to offer the Profit Mastery University Financial Course. This 10 hour course that will help your business survive and thrive is available at a special rate of only $95 plus shipping.
GM seeds to go through a faster approval process under new USDA rules

Monday, February 27, 2012

Which is more important: Gaining fast approval for genetically modified seeds so they can better compete with foreign companies, or giving the public and interest groups time to learn about the planned release and possibly voice their objection to it? Under new rules soon to be put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, faster approval will win out. The Rural Blog reported, via a Bloomberg story, that the new procedure will be in place when the Federal Register is published, probably March 1.
Old School Giving Town of Veblen a Boost

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

It’s been informally named the Veblen Strip Mall, and the transformation of the former school building is indicative of the positive change happening in the small community in northeastern Marshall County.
Britton Youth Start Their Own Garden Business

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Love garden produce but not the gardening? Then, Coteau Sunrise Farm has a summer bargain for you. Tom and Marcey Jones of Britton started their children on a new adventure last summer. Junior Tomi Lynn, freshman Blaze and eighth-grader Trey run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business that they’ve named Coteau Sunrise Farm. It is a local food system in which they produce food and provide it directly to consumers under a membership agreement. They sell shares of their garden. As their brochure says, “Locally produced fruit and vegetables decreases the miles that food travels before it arrives at your table.” Click here to...
Record Earnings, Growth for North Central Farmers Elevator in 2011

Thursday, February 02, 2012

According to reports in the North Central Farmers Elevator’s newsletter Solutions for Your Success (October 2011), the co-op’s last fiscal year was historic, with a record-breaking $515 million in sales volume. Profits for the fiscal year were $9.055 million, before tax. The last four months of their fiscal year saw huge volumes for the company, even with the condensed spring planting window. Volumes for this fiscal year compared to 2010 were: Click here to view the full article on DakotaFire.net »
Requests for Information; In Other Words, RFI's

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

10/2/2018   Request for Information Forms; In Other Words “RFI’s”   Did you know there are people all the time relocating to SD; businesses as well?  The Governor’s Office of Economic Development on occasion sends by email, what they refer to as “RFI’s”.  RFI’s stand for Request for Information.  Many time businesses are looking to move to South Dakota and they are looking for specifics in way of land, property, water rights, natural gas and more.  Communities receive these RFI’s from the State and respond back to their requests.    If a community or county has no idea what is available should a business want to...
Bank of the West awards BASEC and Grow Spink $10,000 grant for Workforce Development Event

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bank of the West awards BASEC and Grow Spink $10,000 grant for Workforce Development Event On Monday, July 9th, the Bank of the West awarded BASEC and Grow Spink a $10,000 grant to fund BASEC and Grow Spink's  Workforce Development Event.  According to BASEC'S Executive Director, Margot Gillette, BASEC and Grow Spink have formed a partnership to create an area Workforce Development Event for elementary and high school students as well as any adults curious about job options in the area. The event will feature various jobs in the area with hands-on opportunities, equipment and routines. Gillette says it is not a job...
Govenor Daugaard's Think Big

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deuel Area Development, Inc. April 17, 2018   Governor Daugaard’s Message – Think Big   This time of year there are always so many conferences, workshops, and webinars to register for.  Sometimes I feel like, as a ED Director, that my brain is on overload in this information age we find ourselves in.  I will forever be learning about this position and all the possibilities out there.  I recently returned from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Conference on “Think Big.”  Governor Daugaard has led the charge these past two terms, where economic development is concerned.  He’s done a marvelous job in being an ambassador...
When a Business Closes Their Doors

Monday, April 02, 2018

April 2, 2018   When A Business Closes Their Doors   As the Director of Deuel Area Development and attending so many conferences on community and economic development, I wonder a great deal about what is ahead for the rural lifestyle and the counties we live in.  A colleague of mine once shared what seemed like an outrageous number as to the number of Baby Boomers that will be retiring in the next 8-10 years.  His statistic is that nearly 6,000 Baby Boomers will be retiring in the Brookings area alone.  It’s going to affect them hugely in housing needs, and changing the landscape...
Those Big Box Stores

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Those Big Box Stores   I have wondered if it is about aging that I do not really care to walk to walk through “Big Box Stores” anymore; even with 'falling prices." The whole "Big Box" idea seems so impersonal and I'm not crazy about the size of these mega beasts. I don't mean to point fingers at some of these stores, I realize they provide many jobs and meet many budgets.  I really do not want to walk from the dog food aisle to the back corner for a gallon of milk.  I have a close friend that owned her own...
Sustaining a Healthy Business Climate

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lately, it has been driven home to me how crucial the timeline is for many businesses in our small communities to survive.  It’s not a matter of doing something next year to promote business, but it is about today. Promoting commerce has to be done daily. We cannot afford to put off until tomorrow or next year in finding ways to support our business sector.  The new Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce change is on a new journey to find this out. New direction and ideas are a must in this ever-changing world and “online warfare’.  We are seeing an...
Small Town Entreprenuer has Big Potential

Monday, October 30, 2017

  FEATURE STORY   FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 CONTACT: Natalie Likness, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.4633     Small Town Entrepreneur has Big Potential     CLEAR LAKE, S.D. – Every great invention begins as a means to solve a problem. Simple, every day gadgets like windshield wipers, to complex, yet easy-to-use smartphones—manufacturers around the world make products that simplify our lives.   Daniel Gates would agree that that’s how his story goes, too. Gates, a South Dakota businessman and owner of Gates Heating & Air Conditioning in Clear Lake, SD, says his invention started when he was out on a service call one day.   “I was servicing a furnace...
Never a Dull Moment

Monday, October 16, 2017

Never a Dull Moment   Coffee and Calendars—A new twist on communication will be held at August 17th, Wednesday morning, November 15th at 7:30 am.  Not a long meeting, but is geared to all organizations, school, clubs, and businesses to come together to make sure their dates for fundraisers, activities, events get on a master calendar.  This meeting will take place quarterly and DADi invites everyone to come for coffee at August 17th!!    The Deuel Area Development Board will hold their final meeting of 2017 at High Mountain Supper Club on Tuesday evening, November 14th at 5:30pm.  Members are invited as well as...
Affordable Housing Options for Deuel County

Friday, September 08, 2017

      An informal meeting is planned for Monday evening, September 25th at 5:30 - 7:00pm  to be held at Clear Lake City Building's meeting room. Interested persons in Deuel County communities that have empty lots, need housing, or clearing away run down lots, should come to this. This is your opportunity to see what other small towns are doing. Margot Gillette, BASEC (Beadle and Spink Economic Development) Director will present a slide presentation on what their communities of Redfield, Doland and others have been doing on housing.  BASEC and other entities assists communities with lot acquisition and development to create safe, energy efficient, affordable housing options for area...
Webster Celebrates the New Year with Economic News

Monday, February 06, 2017

In January, South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development awarded $309,000 in grant funds to City of Webster for fire hall renovation and expansion, and also $285,750 in grant funds to City of Bristol for improvements to the wastewater treatment facility. Great news for Day County!   Also, check out highlights presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting of Webster Area Development Corporation on January 10, 2017. To learn more, contact Melissa at 345-3159 or wadc@itctel.com.
2016 Seasonal Positions Wanted

Monday, December 28, 2015

Seasonal Positions Wanted   The City of Redfield is now accepting applications for the following summer seasonal positions:   aquatic supervisor, water safety instructor, assistant pool manager, lifeguards, pool front desk/concession stand workers, recreation assistants; Street Department summer maintenance workers, park caretaker, ball diamond caretaker, flower caretaker, Hav-A-Rest attendant, and Hav-a-rest Campground Host.     Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at City Hall at 626 Main Street, Redfield, SD or Park & Rec. Office located in the Armory at 309 3rd St. W, Redfield, SD.    Some positions require a minimum age of 18 in accordance with South Dakota Child Labor Laws.    The closing date will be 5:00 pm on Friday January 29, 2016.
Entrepreneur Connection Luncheon

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Deuel Area Development, Inc. October 19, 2015   Entrepreneur Connection Luncheon   An “Entrepreneur Connection” Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 29th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rock Room at Buffalo Ridge Resort in Gary, SD. Cost of the luncheon to attend is $8.00 per person.  You must RSVP to Deuel Area Development, Inc. at 874.8038 or email dadi@itctel.com by October 27th.   This luncheon is available to individuals who are thinking of starting their own business or already have one and wanting to know more about finances, grants, loans, and how to get more information on what is out there to help. ...
Rural nonprofits weather challenges with home repairs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

For a family that must scrape together monthly mortgage payments, rehab and weatherization projects that repair structural damage, update heating and plumbing systems, and fix leaky roofs can save enough funds to assure they no longer must choose between food or fuel. Instead, they may finally be able to save or invest enough to grow their own assets.  More generally, home-rehab programs improve air and water quality, and eliminate harmful contaminants like asbestos and lead paint. Weatherization improvements not only save money and energy; they also are the first line of defense when it comes to climate adaptation and disaster mitigation. Click...
Workforce Development and Company Leadership Helps Make Business Go ‘Round

Friday, October 02, 2015

Design Tanks, once a division of Raven Industries, moved into its existing location, broke off from Raven and became a stand-alone company in 2000. Fifteen years later, the new company president and CEO is ready to develop Design Tanks and take it to the next level. Enter, Marty Comes. Comes grew up in Waverly, S.D., joined the military for three years of active duty, and returned home, graduating from South Dakota State University with a mechanical engineering degree. He started his career with Angus-Palm in Watertown, quickly moving up into a quality management position for the South Dakota and Minnesota facilities....
Wells Fargo: Full Time 40 hours / week

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CLOSING DATE: November 13, 2015   Basic Qualifications: 1+ years experience interacting with people or customers   Our vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. It is about building lifelong relationships one customer at a time. Come join the fun!   Tellers are the face of our company and represent Wells Fargo in the community.  A teller position with our team offers an opportunity to be part of one of America’s greatest companies.  You'll have exposure to a variety of responsibilities, people and experiences in a professional work environment – that is part of the fun!    We value what’s right for...
FEATURE: Family, Business Relationship Brings 40 Years of Success

Thursday, June 18, 2015

As the ribbon was cut, Falcon Plastics of Brookings celebrated another milestone in the company’s 40 year history. But Falcon Plastics is no ordinary company.  This is a company that was built on strong family ties, a loyal employee base and company partners who have been with them every step of the way. Click here for the complete article.
State, Governor to Promote Bioscience Industry at Annual BIO Convention

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will lead a delegation of state officials to Philadelphia, Pa., this week to promote South Dakota’s growing bioscience industry at the annual BIO International Convention. This is Gov. Daugaard’s fifth consecutive year attending the BIO International Convention. The conference begins tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, and goes until Thursday, June 18. “I am looking forward to attending the convention so that we can promote the progress South Dakota’s biotech industry has made in the last few years,” said Gov. Daugaard. “South Dakota has world-class research facilities, an educated workforce and a premier business climate – all of which make...
ALLSTATE JOB CREATION IN GOOD HANDS IN SOUTH DAKOTA

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Personal lines insurer Allstate is appointing new agency owners in South Dakota as it expands its footprint in the Mount Rushmore State. As each agency owner is required to have at least two support staff employees, the expansion is expected to create about 10 jobs. Click here for the complete article.
Discovery Benefits expands in Brookings

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fargo-based Discovery Benefits, a third-party employee benefits administration firm, is expanding its recently opened location in Brookings, S.D., to accommodate its significant growth. Since opening in September at the Research Park at South Dakota State University, the company has hired 27 full- and part-time employees. The company plans to move into a 15,000-square-foot spec building at the park this summer and add up to 75 more employees over the next year. Click here for the compete article.
WHY DIE ON MARS WHEN YOU CAN LIVE IN SOUTH DAKOTA?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

While some people may dream of living on the planet Mars, those of us who aren’t astronauts or wildly wealthy are likely stuck here on Earth. However, according to a new, tongue-in-cheek TV spot developed by theSouth Dakota Governor’s Office for Economic Development (GOED), life in South Dakota offers all the same amenities as the planet Mars, except with jobs, a livable climate and a whole lot more oxygen. Click here for the complete article.
A Paradigm in Economic Development

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Paradigm in Economic Development March 3, 2015 The word ‘paradigm’ or ‘paradigm shift’ was something new I had never heard of several years ago. Today, a ‘Paradigm shift’ is terminology we are more familiar with today through our educators, politics, agriculture and more.  One can think of a “Paradigm shift” as ‘a change from one way of thinking to another; basically a revolution, a transformation perse.’  It does not just happen, but rather is driven by agents of change.  Agents of change are now driving that paradigm shift in our lifetime. The printing press was a major factor at one time.  Today,...
The Past and the Future of DADi

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Past and the Future of DADi Deuel Area Development is heading into a new year with new ideas and new happenings as well as past successes.  Three new board members were accepted on to the DADi board beginning 2015.  They are Craig Evenson, Amber Peterreins and Ren Preheim.  Five members went off the board and they were Margit Fritz, Larry Stangeland, Warren Wiesner, Matt Hotzler and Jerry Heiberger.  The next DADi board meeting will be held in March and they are open to public. DADi applied this past summer for a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program for Wildlife...
GRANT HELPS GROW STEM JOBS IN SOUTH DAKOTA

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) will help strengthen South Dakota‘s academic research infrastructure, enhance access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and grow the state’s economic and workforce development. Click here for the complete article.
NEW ANGUS BEEFS UP HIRING IN ABERDEEN

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Angus LLC is reopening a closed beef slaughter plant in Aberdeen. The facility, which is planning to resume production next year, will be hiring for about 600 new jobs. Click here for the complete article.
5 Myths on Rural Youth (Continued, Part 2)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Myths on Rural Youth Continued... The Youth Myths of Rural Youth October 28, 2014 In my previous article, I mentioned that I would be sharing about 5 Myths about Rural Youth.  The first myth mentioned in that article was young people don’t appreciate rural communities.  Forty-six% of rural youth surveyed nationally rate their hometown as an above average to excellent place to live as a young person. Myth #2:  Youth don’t want to be involved in their community.              Young people express frustration that they are not asked for their input on important community decisions and they are interested in being involved. They...
Funding for Two South Dakota CDFIs Serving Low-Income Rural Communities

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 185 organizations more than $195.4 million today through the fiscal year 2014 rounds of the CDFI Program.  Two South Dakota certified CDFIs, GROW South Dakota and Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) were successfully awarded funding to recapitalize their revolving loan funds. GROW SD received a $700,000 grant to provide housing lending and NESDEC was awarded a $205,800 grant and a loan of $1,389,975 for small business lending.   “CDFIs are important community partners providing critically needed financing that not only allows families to buy their first home,...
TECH ORD All Community Open House Event

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tech Ord is under new management and invites the community to come out and join them for their All Community Open House Event at the plant.  You are welcome to view their layout, tour the facility and buildings and ask questions.  Employees will be on site to answer questions.    Tech Ord is a dynamic employer located in Clear Lake, SD.  The manufacturing facility produces ammunition pellets, release cartridges, aircraft pyrotechnics, energetic materials, and similarly related components.  Our customers range from private, commercial business to government entities.  In early 2014, Tech Ord was purchased by AMTEC Corporation, who is a subsidiary of...
History Channel's American Pickers Deuel County to Look at Your Items!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 You can be picked!!!  Mike and Frank may not be here as hosts but American Pickers wants to come to South Dakota. They hope to come here towards the middle of June so there isn't much time to get your information to them.    Read the information below and send your information or call them as listed on the poster!!!  Don't wait though, do it today!!!!
ITC's Best SEAT TV Basketball Classics in the Area

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ITC is proud to have the opportunity to broadcast several area basketball classics in the coming weeks! These games can be seen on ITC’s Best Seat TV. I have attached a schedule of the games, times, and channels. They realize some of you do not have teams playing in the Classics but there might be parents/grandparents who might want to watch teams from other schools, maybe you're into Basketball. Either way you'll benefit from ITC.
DADi's 2014 Capital Campaign Membership Drive

Friday, December 13, 2013

Our vision for Deuel County is real and sustained prosperity. We want an economy that affords its residents opportunities to make a decent living and enjoy a rural and small town quality of life. The mission of Deuel Area Development or DADi is to help make this vision into reality. Development is always hard and challenging, particularly in these times, but we believe we are making a difference and our action plans for the future will continue this progress. With this in mind, we have set the following goals over the next three years (2014-2016): Please read publication here... /media/userfiles/subsite_41/files/MembershipDrive2014.pdf
America’s Favorite Bird Hunting TV Show is coming to Redfield!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

        Scott Linden’s Wingshooting USA has chosen Redfield as the destination for their annual “Take Your Friend Hunting” sweepstakes. Scott and his crew, plus the contest winners, will be in Redfield October 24-27, 2014 to film a show and visit with area residents. The program will air on all seven TV networks that carry the show, including Discovery’s Destination America, in 2015. See more details HERE!
2013 December Newsletter

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In this issue: 2014 DADI Capital Campaign Membership Drive The Need for Development Leave Your Legacy Statistics as DADi Wraps up 2013 Calling all Entrepreneurs Deuel Business Update DADi Moving into 2014 Events Calendar on Website Deuel County Business Directory Deuel Community Kitchen Dance, Dance Lessons, Classes? DADi & ECDC Merger Senior Housing Available Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Deuel Area Development, Inc.   To read this newsletter, click here.
Promoting Your Business

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Deuel Area Development Website to Promote your Business!   Calling all Entrepreneurs in Deuel County! For several articles now I have written about entrepreneurs in our county. We have them; perhaps they do not identify themselves as entrepreneurs, but they are. Do you have a product that you are selling or a service? Then you are an entrepreneur.   Our website www.deuelarea.com is always evolving. A county calendar has been added to it and if you send in your special events, we will be glad to put them on the calendar. We also have a Business Directory that features all the existing businesses in...
Entrepreneurship--Who Me?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Entrepreneurship---Who me?   Sometimes when I’m given an idea or project to run with, I don’t stop. I feel that way about “Entrepreneurs” maybe because I’ve been one since I was a young girl growing up, but I would never have thought of myself in that term. In talking with vendors at craft shows and other people I sense that the word ‘entrepreneur’ is a bit daunting or intimidating. People are quick to say “Oh I’m just a hobbyist” and they do not seem comfortable thinking of themselves as an entrepreneur. But they are in essence.   This past weekend at the Harvest...
SD Marketplace - A Business Conference

Monday, October 21, 2013

SD MarketPlace is a business conference held specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses and will be held on March 26, 2014 in Aberdeen, SD. This has been a great conference in the past to connect with business owners and economic development experts. They are currently looking for presenters for the conference. This is an opportunity to network and build relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners. They are looking for speakers to fill a 75 minute session. Presenter proposals are due by Oct. 25. You can also find more information and the presenter form at http://www.greatthingssouthdakota.com/sd-marketplace.html.
GARY CELEBRATION 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

GARY JULY 3rd-7th CELEBRATION!!   Tractor and Truck--4 Wheeler and Lawn Tractor Pull: See below information:   WHOOPER WAGON - Noon July 3d! Funds support The Gary's Community Club.   Craft Show JULY 3-4 Outside the Sundance Ballroom at Buffalo Ridge.   Gary Historical Society - Open House and MORE..check out the poster below:   4th Annual Great Development Duck Race City Park at 4:00 pm see below PHOTO CONTEST AMATEUR   FUNDRAISER -CHUG RUN JULY 6TH   COME ON OVER AND CELEBRATE ON JULY 3RD WITH GARY!
Microsoft Excel Class-Summer 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

SIGN UP for the Microsoft EXCEL Class Beginners to Intermediate: Check out the poster and be sure to tell others about it!!!
AREA Classes this Summer: Check 'em Out!

Friday, May 24, 2013

    Grant Writing: June 7, 2013 Mitchell Technical Institute Technology Center 1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell, SD 57301 SDSU Extension will host the Writing Your Future Grant Conference for community leaders and local volunteers who are interested in learning how to create winning grant applications. In addition to the skill building sessions, attendees will be given a first hand look at many grant opportunities that are available now. The conference will cover a variety of topics including: · assembling a local leadership team · resources for identifying grants · finding matching funds · administration of funded projects · creating a community charitable foundation A panel of public and private grant funders will...
Dakota Seeds!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Need an Intern or Assistant? An exicting new program called Dakota Seeds can help your business advertise and pay for student internships and assistantships!
Technological Changes and Additions

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fight techincal advances, or join in and keep our community viable and productive? Insight found in this article.
Buffalo Ridge Resort

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Director's Blog... Economic Development in small rural America in middle America.  Keeping things alive and kicking...a conversation with a SD citizen, I engage in a conversation about rural development and an 'attraction' in Deuel County. Check out this article and see why we need to 'educate' our own!!
Artists Revitalize Rural Manufacturing

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rural Towns in the USA have been dwindling.  In North Carolina, combing with public and private support, is spurring an innocative approach: combining the creative talents of seasoned artists with the skills of local workers!
SERIES of 3: Part #1: Is Entrepreneurship for You?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Series of 3 Articles:  Are You Right for Small Business Ownership?? #1 Is Entrepreneurship For You? #2  Franchising #3 Home-Based Businesses   (Taken from the U.S. Small Business Administration)
Young Entrepreneurs --Senior Expo

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Youth Entrepreneurs -- Senior Expo   “Young entrepreneurs are not just America's future. They're America's present. The Empact100 list (www.empact100.com) represents the talent and potential of today's young entrepreneurs. It is meant to inspire others to join the movement to revitalize our economy by starting a business.” ~~~Carl Schramm, former CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.   I recently had the opportunity, along with many others who attended or judged, the Class of 2013’s Senior Experience Expo. Career clusters were explored through a self-created learning experience. The students then, in picking the direction they would go for a career experience, presented the results for judges...
Meet the Young Entrepreneurs Who're Fixing the Economy and Creating Jobs

Friday, March 22, 2013

Many young people do not consider themselves entrepreneurs because the images of entrepreneurs promoted by the media are often of ONLY ONE TYPE of entrepreeneurs - those in the tech space, the 'overnight' successes! The reality is that there are many different types of entrepreneurship - enough to make entrepreneurship relevant for nearly any personality. This article talks about Empact and Empact 100 - their goal is to expose individuals to the many different faces of entrepreneurship.
Online Course - 9 Clouds Offer through Prairie Gateway

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Through Prairie Gateway, our regional partner, take these online courses that introduce you as a business owner to Social Technology.  Sandbox, a company of 9Clouds is available to help with your digital literacy questions!
Myself as an Entrepreneur?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Myself as an Entrepreneur   I wish I’d known so many years ago, when I was getting my higher education, that this field where I find myself employed, was an option.   Years ago my father pushed me to go into business. After all, I had marketed and sold so many items in my growing up years and in my adult life from raising guppies and snails, to earthworms for fishing, to lemonade stands and rummage sales, to selling cinnamon toothpicks and plastic film flowers. Then I went into craft shows with baskets I’d woven, jewelry and beading, sewn items, learning tole painting and...
iDevice Class Coming Soon!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This class is coming up soon!!! Are you using your iPad for just playing games?  Curious as to what the Cloud is?  Take advantage of this class and learning all about your iDevice!! This is an 8 Hour Class spread over two Monday evenings, January 14th and January 21st. And the total cost is $25.00 for 8 hours   Contact DADi to learn more!  
DADi Opens Business Resource Center in Courthouse

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DADi Opens Their Business Resource Center in Deuel County Courthouse (Taken from The Clear Lake Courier - November 2012)   The Business Resource Center (BRC) is a real, physical infrastructure of support that will help Deuel County residents launch new businesses. It has enabled DADi to provide low cost office space, equipment and support for the new start-ups.   “Very few new entrepreneurs and start-ups can afford to rent office space in the community and perhaps their home is not conducive to meeting clients,”?notes DADi executive director Joan Sacrison.     More than one business can use this office space; scheduling might be necessary, however. After one business...
Organic Agriculture Conference and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Mini School

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  The 2012 Organic Agriculture Conference will offer area producers an inside look on organic farming and management practices. The two-day session will offer producers a chance to learn new management methods and practices along with an opportunity to to network with area organic producers. Agenda Monday, December 3, 2012 Introduction 9:00 a.m. - Holistic Management – A Look Toward the Future - Joshua Dukart: ND Farmer & Rancher 9:40 a.m. - South Dakota Climate Trends -Laura Edwards: SDSU Climate Specialist 10:10 a.m. - Break & Trade Show 10:40 a.m. - Nitrogen in Organic Systems -Dale Mutch: Michigan State Agronomist 11:10 a.m. - Some Biocontrol Options for Weeds on...
The Rural Business Enterprise Grant in Deuel County

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rural Business Enterprise Grant Because of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant, what we refer to as the RBEG grant, Deuel Area Development has been given direction to encourage start-up businesses in Deuel County. The RBEG is broken down into hefty goals to accomplish. One of those goals is to develop the Business Resource Center (BRC), and a commercial kitchen we are calling the Deuel Community Kitchen. Both of these will not operate by themselves. They’ll require not only the proprietor of the R-place or the office of DADi to work in cooperation with others, to get these off the ground. But...
Miller, SD Launches Online Web Solution

Friday, October 05, 2012

Founded in 1881, before South Dakota even became a state, Miller strives to stay ahead of technology and trends and makes a major advancement with their new website. The city of Miller, South Dakota, On Hand Development Corporation, Miller Civic and Commerce, and Golden Shovel Agency has teamed up together and launched an online web solution, Economic Gateway. The purpose of this website is to raise awareness of the area of Hand County, SD and all that it has to offer to its residents, current and future business enterprises, and site selectors. The new site can be viewed at http://www.millersd.org According...
Does your business have a website?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I recently read an article titled “Google Brings Website Assistance to South Dakota Businesses”.  That got me thinking, how many of our local businesses have a website?  If I was to type in a few key words related to a local business, would I be able to find that business?  Chances are I would not find what I was looking for which leads to missed opportunities not only for the local business but for Miller as well.  I would be safe in saying that many of the small businesses tend to shy away from websites because what they are doing has...
Employee Recruitment Program

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Last fall, our business community let us know that they were looking for qualified applicants to fill numerous jobs in Miller and Hand County. In response, On Hand Development implemented an employee recruitment program to assist our businesses. The program includes an advertising campaign to spread the word about the job opportunities and an incentive program to entice applicants to accept a job in Hand County. Our goal has been to help our businesses hire a total of 10 new employees. The results of the program have been successful so far. Four people have filled job openings in a variety of positions....
Where You'll Want to Live in 2032

Saturday, July 28, 2012

If you want to find the U.S. states and regions with the brightest future, look west. Gallup analysis shows that the West North Central, Mountain, and Pacific regions are likely to be the best areas to live in 20 years, based on the strong economic, health, and community foundations they are building today.
Business Owners Need to be Lifelong Learners

Friday, July 20, 2012

Each of us has a need for continuing education no matter what profession we are in. For small business owners, this need is heightened. There are so many things a business owner needs to know and so many demands on your time. It's not likely the boss (i.e., you) is going to send you off to a week-long training session. Fortunately, the Internet is a great source of information available 24/7 whenever your schedule allows - even if it's between midnight and 2 a.m. Online training comes in various shapes and sizes ranging from an electronic work, a talking slide...
Acronyms! What Does DADi Stand For?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Acronyms!!  In a technological age we are faced with ‘acronyms ‘daily.  They can be used while typing text, newspaper articles and in emails.; and we see them all the time when we do research online.  Here are a few acronyms from around Deuel County: DADi – Deuel Area Development Inc. DCCF – Deuel County Community Foundation CLGC – Clear Lake Golf Course ICAP – Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership Acronyms exist to help us abbreviate but it’s always a good idea to use the full name; it keeps organizations in front of you, our citizens.  DADi is the acronym for Deuel Area Development Inc; a non-profit corporation...
Patriot 5K Run/Walk

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

When: Friday, July 6, 2012 Where: Eureka Track Complex,Eureka, SD Registration/Check-in: 7:15am to 7:45am Race time: 8:00am Fees: Early Registration (ends July 1st): $15, Same day registration: $20 Divisions: Male/Female Divisions, Age groups: (0-17), (18-30), (31-50), (50+) Early registration forms must be mailed by June 29th to: Kaci Vander Vorst PO Box 452 Eureka, SD 57437   Awards: T-shirts given to all 5K runners and walkers Prizes will be awarded to overall individual winners and age group winners For more information or to register click here »
Incubators: Developing a Business Resource Center and Kitchen Incubator

Monday, April 23, 2012

Incubators: Developing a Business Resource Center and Kitchen Incubator   A great deal is happening these months at Deuel Area Development.  I think all the area organizations can say that though.  I know the CL Community Foundation is equally pushing to reach their goal.  I know too that Gary’s Historical Museum has plans to build a new building since the old one collapses a couple years ago.  Great things are happening in Deuel County!   I mentioned last time about one goal of our Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG); the kitchen incubator.   Another goal we are reaching towards in this grant is creating a...
Directions our USDA Grant is Taking Us

Monday, March 26, 2012

Direction Our USDA Grant is Taking Us   I had the opportunity this past weekend to attend the Toronto Farm and Home Show.  It was an excellent chance to introduce Deuel Area Development to them, but mostly for me to meet more citizens and friends of Deuel County.  I find it fascinating to discover a plethora of resources and individuals to talk to and learn about, especially at this juncture of being in my 7 month of discovering more about the county and DADi.   One of the items you will see more of in the future from us at DADi is the develop-ment...
Made in South Dakota: Daktronics

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So here at KSFY we thought we'd share some of those companies' stories with you in a segment called 'Made in South Dakota.' KSFY takes us through a Brookings-based company who's products you probably drive by every day. It's likely no surprise that company we're talking about is Daktronics. Their signs and scoreboards can be seen across South Dakota, the country and the globe and as we found out, it all started from humble roots.
One job That Could Lead To More: Hiring Economic Development Staff

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

By Heidi Marttila-Losure // Britton Journal, Clark County Courier, Communities, Faulk County Record, Reporter and Farmer, Workplaces At a meeting in November, leaders in the Clark community decided they needed to take their economic development game to a higher level. Clark School Superintendent Brian Heupel had initiated the meeting, which pulled together the members of six organizations in the community to talk about how they might work together to help the community grow. “It seems as if at some point, we as a community need a development director to try and move the community forward,” Heupel said. The groups formed a task force...
What is an Entrepreneur?

Monday, January 09, 2012

What is an Entrepreneur?   Who and what is an entrepreneur? I recently posed that question to a couple individuals and the answer varied. If you work in the field of “business” or “finance” you might know the term “Entrepreneur” quite readily. If you do not, it might sound like a word that pertains only to business men and women in suits and ties and carrying briefcases. As I’ve stated earlier in these columns, Deuel Area Development began with a Community Coordinator and then through grants received, turned the corner and headed heavily into Economic Development and the development of businesses.   Through entrepreneurship,...
NCFE Coop Building New Facility Just East of Faulkton

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

By Garrick Moritz, Faulk County Record North Central Farmers Elevator is building a full service agronomy center to better serve the Faulk County area. The new center will offer dry and liquid fertilizer, chemicals and seed. It will include a bulk soybean system with a seed treater. Custom application will also be available. An agronomy warehouse will be constructed to store seed and chemicals as well as house the office space. The warehouse will be a 60 X 200 ft. building and will be located on a 30 acre site 2 miles east of Faulkton on Highway 212. To view the full article...
Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

In his 1958 State of the Union address, Dwight D. Eisenhower relayed this message to our country’s citizens :  “Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”    Deuel Area Development along with all the other organizations in our communities in Deuel County is about sustaining, envisioning, investing, organizing and empowering rural development in some form or other. One of the key ingredients in DADi is encouraging entrepreneurship.  Several years ago, the catch phrase was coined “cottage industries”.  Entrepreneurship has been one of DADi’s key components in the...
South Dakota Small Business Workshop

Friday, April 15, 2011

The South Dakota Department of Revenue is presenting a Small Business Workshop on April 21st in Watertown on the Lake Area Technical Institute Campus.
Getting Down to Business with Social Media

Friday, March 04, 2011

Deuel Area Development hosted “Getting Down to Business With Social Media” a workshop for new and existing businesses on Friday, February 25th. The workshop helped participants learn how integrate social media into their business marketing strategy.
Social Media Marketing In Your Business

Friday, February 11, 2011

We hear that social media is the way of the future… but how can my business utilize and benefit from social media? Deuel Area Development, Inc. (DADi) is bringing you a Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing lunch & learn workshop. You’ll learn how to develop a strategy to incorporate social media marketing into your business and also look at how to effectively use social media to connect to your customers and build relationships that can impact your bottom line.
DADi’s Create Your New Website Workshop

Monday, January 31, 2011

This past Friday, Deuel Area Development, Inc (DADi) hosted the “Create Your New Website” lunch and learn workshop at the Clear Lake City Building. Workshop instruction was provided by Michael Hope with Hope Studios and 11 participants were in attendance.
Rick’s Snowmobile Poker Run – Sat. Jan 29th

Monday, January 31, 2011

Are you and your snowmobile ready for some fun? Then Rick’s Bar is your place this Saturday! Rick’s Bar in Toronto is hosting Rick’s Snowmobile Poker Run. Starts at 12pm from any location, must be back to Rick’s by 5pm. $5 per hand, must have 7 stops.
Website Workshop #2: Create your new website!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Need a new website for your business and don’t have time to mess around? Then this is the workshop for you! You’ll walk into this workshop without a website, and walk out with a new, usable, live website… WE PROMISE! So come prepared with your laptop, a debit or credit card, and a can-do spirit, and together, we’ll help you get ‘er done!
Gary to host legislative coffee

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Area residents are invited to Gary on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Gary Fire Hall for an opportunity to visit with state legislators and hear updates on bills and the state budget. Sen. Tim Begalka from Clear Lake, Rep. Steve Street from Revillo, and Speaker of the House Val Rausch have all indicated that they plan to be in Gary that morning to meet with residents and report on legislative happenings.
What is DADi? We Need Your Input!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Who and what is DADi? We are trying to understand how our organization is known and understood in our community, and would appreciate your input in this very short survey. Click here to take to the survey – it will only take a couple minutes, I promise!
Business Owners and Entrepreneurs, Help is on the way!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

You are invited to attend the “Developing New Markets Lunch & Learn”, the first in a series of workshops tailored to existing and expanding businesses. This workshop will help your business with the process of discovering and developing new clients through new markets.
Your Business, From the Ground Up

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

You are invited to attend the “Your New Business…from the ground up”, the first in a series of lunch & learn workshops tailored to new and aspiring businesses and entrepreneurs. The workshop will reveal business management methods that will make you a highly effective entrepreneur, and help your business thrive.
Name that Restaurant — your vote needed

Monday, June 07, 2010

News alert!… Buffalo Ridge Resort will be opening a new restaurant & bar on July 3rd! They have taken some name suggestions, and would like your vote in making the final decision. Vote for your favorite of the Top 5 name suggestions today!
Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Note that the original date and time published for the Farmers Market was incorrect. The original post has been updated with the correct times. The SoDak Farmers Market will be held on: Thursdays: 3-7pm Saturdays: 9am-12pm
More ways to save money

Monday, May 24, 2010

Do you know what your energy costs are and how much you could save through some energy efficiency improvements? Well then, let Ottertail help you out. Ottertail offers business and homeowners energy audits to their customers.
Hiring incentives employers should know about

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act), a $17 billion jobs package that includes temporary tax incentives to encourage employers to hire new workers that were previously unemployed. The payroll tax forgiveness provision expires at the end of the year. The IRS press release states:
Resources for Deuel County businesses

Monday, May 17, 2010

Calling all business owners and entrepreneurs! I’d like to introduce you to a number of resources that may be valuable for your business. Deuel Area Development has a new business development program created specifically for our Deuel County businesses. Our Business Coach services and Area Resource Team can help with your specific situation or get you connected with the resources that can.
Corporate training – free webinar

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Who wouldn’t like to improve their home and work environment? Speaker Bryan Dodge is presenting a free 30-minute webinar on Thursday, May 13th, at 10:00am as part of the Ziglar Success 2.0 series. Click here to sign up for this free webinar on the Power of Coaching Up. Bryan Dodge also spoke at Buffalo Ridge Resort in April.
Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Is your business interested in cutting your energy costs, saving money, and making your place of business more energy efficient? Then the USDA Rural Development Energy Efficiency Grant Program might your new best friend. This is a grant program for farmers and small businesses to make energy efficiency improvements such as replacing furnaces, insulating, windows, coolers, etc.
Value-Added Ag Grants

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Value-Added Producer Grant Program is offered through USDA Rural Development. Grants can be used for planning or working capital. Our USDA Rep, Darlene Bresson, has advised that “the program is an excellent source for funds for feasibility studies and business plan development, and it is critical that the applicant get a 3rd party involved (hopefully, a university).”