Posts by Andrea Van Essen

Organization Focus: South Dakota Biotech

The bioscience and technology industry in Sioux Falls is strong, and South Dakota Biotech exists to make it even stronger. As the state affiliate of the national non-profit, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, SD Biotech is a trade association formed in 2006 to support the state’s bioscience industry. Executive Director, Joni Johnson, says the primary responsibilities include…

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Organization Focus: Great North Labs

An early-stage venture fund with a focus on tech startups may have its sights set on Sioux Falls’ emerging market. Spearheaded by an experienced team of tech investors and entrepreneurs, Great North Labs is a Minnesota-based fund committed to bringing powerful capital to the Midwest. Ryan Weber is co-founder and one of three managing partners…

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Organization Focus: Forward Sioux Falls

If you’ve ever been curious about the forces behind the city’s continuously growing economy and quality of life, a fitting place to turn is Forward Sioux Falls. While it’s just one facet of what goes into successful community development, the organization has provided Sioux Falls with vision, strategy, and financial backing since 1987, when the…

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Community Focus: Coffee ‘n Connections

After a successful career in nursing and overcoming a critical cancer diagnosis, Kim VanderPoel found herself part of a women’s group focused on encouraging them to live within their priorities. “I had only been given a 30 percent chance to live, so I sort of asked myself, ‘What do I want to do when I…

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Organization Focus: AIGA South Dakota

Are you a designer looking for a community of like-minded creatives? A business owner or agency employee who wants to understand design’s role in your organization? Then you might want to check out the South Dakota chapter of AIGA: the professional association for design. With a primary goal of advocating for design and local designers,…

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