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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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Two Sioux Falls Startups Featured at 1 Million Cups in Fargo

The startup community in Fargo, North Dakota invited two Sioux Falls entrepreneurs, Andy Jorgensen from Firebrothers Fireworks Matt Paulson from MarketBeat, to speak at their 1 Million Cups event this week. Paulson and Jorgensen each had a chance to tell the story of their respective businesses and answer audience Q&A. The team at Forum Communications…

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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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Introducing Startup Sioux Falls

Today, I am pleased to announce the creation of Startup Sioux Falls. Startup Sioux Falls is a digital hub that connects entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem and startup community in the Sioux Falls metro area. You can think of Startup Sioux Falls as one-stop shop to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs and small business…

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How to Grow the Startup Ecosystem in Your City

Are you looking to help grow the startup community or ecosystem in your city? There are three key things that you can do to help bring more startups to your city. (Watch this Video on YouTube) Want to read instead of watch? Here’s a rough script I used for this video. I live in Sioux…

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Announcing Sioux Falls Entrepreneurship Day on March 6th

March 6th, 2019 marks the five year anniversary of 1 Million Cups in Sioux Falls. In March 2014, we held the first 1 Million Cups event at Queen City Bakery and heard from Andy Traub of Take Permission Marketing. 1 Million Cups has since expanded to more than 100 cities across the country, helping answer the question…

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The State of Venture Capital in South Dakota

Mike Vetter (CEO of DataSync), Tom Eitreim (Manager of Angel Funds and Market Research at The Enterprise Institute), Dwaine Chapel (Executive Director of The Research Park at South Dakota State University) and I sat down with Jackelyn Severin from South Dakota Public Broadcasting for their Making a Living program to discuss the start of venture…

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