The Zeal team recently welcomed Sara Lum as an operations intern. Sara sought out this internship to gain experience with a local non-profit organization as part of her MBA program at the University of South Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Design-Architectural Studies as well as a Master of Architecture, and she currently…

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A group picture of Falls Fintech's second cohort

After the onset of COVID-19 sent Falls Fintech’s first cohort packing, just days after arriving in Sioux Falls, it was unclear how the pandemic would affect the program going forward. Though the team had hoped for an entirely in-person program the second time around, health and safety took priority and they designed a hybrid experience. …

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If you’re not familiar with SCORE yet, it’s time to check out this free, accessible resource for business owners. SCORE, which stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives, is a national nonprofit organization that provides guidance and mentoring to entrepreneurs and businesses at any stage of growth. The organization boasts over 10,000 volunteers representing 62…

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Established in 2003, McGowan Capital Group is a local firm dedicated to making an impact on growing companies in eastern South Dakota. They achieve this through careful risk analysis and a commitment to their clients for the long haul. Founder and CEO, Gene McGowan, brings a broad range of expertise to the table, including 20…

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Only about one in three businesses achieve the milestone that Cindy Elifrits Peterson just marked: one decade as a small-business owner. Elifrits Peterson celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her business, Maximizing Excellence, on July 15. It’s the latest chapter in a success story built on the passion and drive she brings to her work that started…

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Business owners seeking long-term, low interest financing for hard costs such as land, buildings, or equipment can benefit from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504 loan program.  The 504 program was designed to provide another lending avenue for small businesses that would promote growth and advancement. Because assets like land or equipment act as collateral…

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