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Organization Focus: SCORE

How often do you hear successful business owners saying they made it on their own? More often than not, it’s the opposite. The guidance and assistance of investors, mentors, peers and others are often hailed as key factors of a business’ success. Perhaps you’ve felt the urge to seek out mentoring on topics related to…

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Organization Focus: South Dakota Equity Partners

An equity fund focused on South Dakota is investing in early-stage companies who plan to develop and grow within the state. Plans for South Dakota Equity Partners (SDEP) began in October 2015 after former governor, Dennis Daugaard, encouraged one of the partners to pursue a state-focused equity fund. By 2016, the partners were actively pursuing…

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Organization Focus: Small Business Innovation Research

For startups and small businesses in STEM fields, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a little-known funding resource with the power to propel early-stage research efforts to full potential. Formed in 1984 as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the purpose of the SBIR is job creation and commercialization. Around the time…

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Organization Focus: USD Discovery District

Things are heating up on the northeast edge of Sioux Falls. The USD Discovery District, a project that’s been in the works for more than 20 years, officially opened for business in 2017 when its first two streets, West Nobel Street and North Frances Avenue, were completed, creating access to the first building sites. West…

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Organization Focus: Crescent Capital Holdings

Kevin Tupy has been successful in the Sioux Falls business community for some time now, but his latest venture should have local business owners and startups pricking up their ears. Crescent Capital Holdings is an investment firm started by Tupy in 2016, with a focus on retail and real estate. “I really use it as…

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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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