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Organization Focus: Prairie Family Business Association

When it comes to running a business, every owner faces a unique set of challenges. For family-run businesses, those challenges can hit closer to home. Working with loved ones and creating a family-oriented culture is rewarding, but it can also cause unexpected tensions and communication issues. Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA) exists to mitigate these…

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Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and Startup Sioux Falls announce merger

Two well-known Sioux Falls entrepreneurial organizations have announced their intent to merge. Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, founded by Forward Sioux Falls in 2004, will assume operations of Startup Sioux Falls, founded by Matt Paulson, DBA MarketBeat, earlier this year. The merger is slated for completion by January 2020. “Zeal and Startup Sioux Falls are now…

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Founders retreat offers entrepreneurs a chance to reflect, engage

The Fargo-based ecosystem organization, Emerging Prairie, will host its annual Founders Only Retreat next month from November 6-8. Similar to Startup Sioux Falls, Emerging Prairie is an organization committed to connecting and celebrating its city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Emerging Prairie co-founder and executive director, Greg Tehven, says the organization’s thesis states that entrepreneurs need three things:…

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Zeal and Startup Sioux Falls partner to host Morning Marketing Party

On Friday, October 4, over 55 local business minds gathered at the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship to share their collective marketing knowledge over coffee, doughnuts, and gluten-free cupcakes. The event drew a diverse blend of people, from entrepreneurs to startup founders to freelancers and employees of small businesses and large corporations alike. Age and experience…

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Organization Focus: Expansion Capital Group

In a world of instant gratification, nearly anything an individual wants or needs can be acquired at the click of a button. As a business owner, you can purchase a new laptop, branded merchandise, or critical production equipment online, and it will be delivered to your door the next day.   However, one thing that hasn’t…

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Think3D kicks off 12-week Leaders of Tomorrow program

On Monday, September 30, the Leaders of Tomorrow program, powered by Think3D Solutions, held its first session on the campus of Southeast Technical Institute. The program, which teaches valuable skills to emerging young leaders, consists of 12 two-hour sessions followed by the opportunity to continue the relationship with a six-month mentorship.  Think3D co-founder, Vaney Hariri,…

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Featured Event: Morning Marketing Party

A new event has been announced. The Morning Marketing Party will take place on Friday, October 4th at 9am. This event is targeted toward small business owners and marketing professionals. It will be a casual gathering over coffee and donuts. Every attendee will bring one marketing tip to share with the group. Being an entrepreneur…

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Organization Focus: Sioux Falls Business Resource Network

Established in 2010, the Sioux Falls Business Resource Network (SFBRN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting local businesses in employing people with disabilities. SFBRN’s resources are available to businesses completely free of charge. “It’s a well kept secret,” said Vicki Kerkvliet, SFBRN’s executive director.  According to Kerkvliet, job seekers with disabilities are an untapped…

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Organization Focus: DRACO

While pursuing an advanced degree in biomedical engineering from the University of South Dakota, Eric Sandhurst noticed a startling lack of job opportunities in his chosen field.  Simultaneously, he was surprised to see a stark mismatch between the amount of dollars being funneled into Sioux Falls’ biotech scene and the amount of students leaving the…

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