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Meet Zeal’s New Community Manager: Kate Flemming

On Monday, Zeal welcomed its newest employee, Kate Flemming, in the role of Community Manager. Kate has a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and she recently moved to Sioux Falls from Decatur, IL with her husband and young son. Previously, she served as the program coordinator for Millikin University’s Center for…

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Featured Event: Mini-Mastermind

Do you have a business problem you don’t know how to solve? Is there an area where your business is sorely lacking? Not sure how to keep growing your business? Please join Startup Sioux Falls and Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship for a mini-mastermind event. This event will be a round-table discussion where anyone can present…

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2019 Hey Sioux Falls Award Winners Announced

Six local entrepreneurs and companies were recognized for building great businesses or pushing the Sioux Falls entrepreneurial community forward at the second annual Hey Sioux Falls awards program on Thursday. Recipients were selected from eighteen finalists and more than 70 nominees. The 2019 Hey Sioux Falls award recipients are: New Startup of the Year: Advanced…

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Organization Focus: Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity

In 2012, after a decade of teaching theology at O’Gorman High School, Joe Rutten decided it was time to pursue his idea of forming a men’s group centered on faith and business. Seven years later, the Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity (CMBF) is an active, multifaceted organization serving men in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.…

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Technology drive provides local nonprofits with refurbished systems

In partnership with the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and SEAM, local biotech consulting firm, DRACO, launched its technology drive, Re:Boot Sioux Falls, on Monday, November 4. Re:Boot evolved from a project that one of DRACO’s founders, Eric Sandhurst, had initially been operating on his own. He collected used computers, had them refurbished by friends who…

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Featured Event: Failure Fest

A new event has been announced: Failure Fest! Most small businesses and startups fail, and that’s okay. Failure Fest is a unique event that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes that trying and failing to do something important is better than never trying at all. At Failure Fest, we will hear from two entrepreneurs who…

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Innovation Expo Finance Panel

A group of venture capital experts and startup founders discuss the challenges founders face while raising capital in the Great Plains. This is a talk from the South Dakota Innovation Expo conference that was held in Sioux Falls, SD in October 2019.

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Finalists Announced for Hey Sioux Falls Awards

Eighteen finalists have been selected for six awards celebrating entrepreneurship in the region. Award winners will be named at the second annual Hey Sioux Falls event, which will be held Thursday, November 7th at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls. Six local entrepreneurs will receive awards for building great businesses or pushing the…

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Organization Focus: Bluestem Capital

When Steve Kirby formed his private equity firm, Bluestem Capital, back in 1996, one aspect of the business was crucial—the people. “You can’t do a good deal with bad people, and you can’t do a bad deal with good people,” Kirby said. “It’s the same criteria we have today.” While their commitment to working with…

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