Training Programs

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship helps community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting and empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With our roots and hearts in rural America, we help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research, community engagement and strategy development to you through our many Solution Areas. Our Solution Area Teams empower communities to discover their own answers to the challenges and opportunities they face. Watch this video to learn more about our mission.

Training is a major component of every entrepreneurial strategy we develop. We feature a variety of in-person training opportunities ranging from on-site coaching to national institutes and conferences. Virtual training is also available through our webinars, video conferences and other online events. Contact the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at Phone (402) 323-7336 or E-mail

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The Small Business Learning Center is an online resource for multiple self-paced courses.  You may take these courses at no cost and when ever you need to update your skills on topics such as Marketing, Business Planning, Finances, Technology and so many more!  Check out their library of resources for business owners and entrepreneurs.


Put on by universities and technical institutes with help from the private sector, camps are geared toward middle school and high school students. The camps are typically daylong events where students learn about specific careers by hearing from professionals and participating in hands-on activities. 

The types of camps listed on the website include agriculture, business, engineering, health care, information technology, and trade and technical.

To learn more about career camps, visit the new website at

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Employer/Employee Customer Service Certification

"Serving Great Faces in Great Places" is the theme of the online customer service training created by the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University.

This training is primarily for front-line employees who are the first people to come into contact with travelers to South Dakota. You are our state's first impression and the goal of this training is to help you with awareness and ideas to make the best first impression possible.

Business owners/managers are required to register their businesses before any of their employees are able to register and access the training. Managers will be able to monitor each of their employee's progress. When finished, each employee will receive a certificate of completion. Participating businesses will also receive a certificate of participation.

This training does meet the requirements for the Employee Hospitality Training component of the Great Service Star program. Find out more.

Small Business Development Center

Offering no cost confidential business management consulting services to support potential and existing businesses in South Dakota.

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Dale Carnegie Programs have been providing innovative solutions for progressive companies since 1912 and now with a global network in over 80 countries and 30 languages. We support the growth of progressive organizations by creating successful individuals through innovative development solutions. The companies that we work with are serious about helping their develop the skills to be more successful. If you would like more information about the Dale Carnegie Programs in South Dakota, please send an email here or call (212) 750-4455.

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The Economic Development Institute is the only professional level program of its type in the U.S. to be offered on-line. Economic Developers — succeed in today's constantly changing economic development marketplace by acquiring the up-to-date knowledge and tools accessing courses at your own pace on a 24/7 basis. 

By enrolling in OU/EDI On-line you eliminate the need for extensive travel budgets and time out of the office!