Community Organizations


The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship (Zeal) is the physical hub for entrepreneurship in Sioux Falls. Zeal offers flexible leases and co-working memberships to startup businesses seeking affordable and flexible office space. Many organizations that support entrepreneurship are located at Zeal. Learn more about Zeal at realzeal.com or read our article.

 

 

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Startup Sioux Falls is a digital hub that connects entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem and startup community in the Sioux Falls metro area. It features news about local startups, a listing of local startup events and information about organizations that offer services, resources and capital to business owners. Learn more at siouxfalls.eco.

 

Every week entrepreneurs deliver powerful presentations at events across the nation. Each week brings a new speaker, talking about their business endeavors. Attending 1 Million Cups is a great way to meet like minded individuals and learn about who is doing what in the Sioux Falls startup scene. You can view upcoming dates and speakers using this link.

Fierce Female Business Leaders (formerly Women Entrepreneurs of Sioux Falls) was founded on the idea of bringing the areas entrepreneurial women together in unity to make an impact on their local community. They believe strongly that women possess unique abilities and traits that make them especially qualified to work in their chosen field. They aim to foster leadership, self-confidence, and boldness in business. Learn more.

Business Woman Sioux Falls is a group that aims is to provide supportive, uplifting encouragement for the wealth of women in business, from small business owners to company CEOs, to the entrepreneurial woman just getting started on her business journey.
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The Sioux Falls Developers Group is a community of software developers and technology entrepreneurs in the Sioux Falls area. Each month they bring in speakers to present on a wide variety of software development topics. Learn more.

Non-Profits and State Agencies

The South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive.  Learn more at sdbusinesshelp.com or read our article.

The Enterprise Institute is a private, non-profit corporation that provides customized business development and commercialization services to entrepreneurs, inventors, and start-up companies in South Dakota. Learn more at sdei.org or read our article.

 

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) works to retain and expand existing businesses, foster new businesses, facilitate business succession and recruit out-of-state businesses. GOED also administers a variety of financing opportunities available to businesses. Learn more at sdreadytowork.com.

Sioux Falls SCORE provides free and confidential one-on-one business counseling by phone, email, and in-person in South Dakota. They also conduct workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners. Learn more at siouxfalls.score.org or read our article.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their business. Learn more at www.sba.gov or read our article.

 

The South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions’ (SDMTS) mission is to provide solutions which will assist all of South Dakota manufacturers to prosper and grow”. They support industry and business in the workplace—whether that's in the office, on the factory floor, at a hospital, in a bank, or on the job site. Learn more at sdmanufacturing.com or read our article.

Venture Capital Resources

Falls Angel Fund is a Sioux Falls-based community angel investment fund that invests in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota and surrounding states. Learn more about Falls Angel Fund at www.sdei.org.

The Enterprise Institute operates a network of community-based angel investment funds in South Dakota. This network includes Falls Angel Fund (Sioux Falls), Black Hills Regional Angel Fund (Rapid City), Hub City Capital (Aberdeen), Park Capital Fund 1 (Brookings) and Kampeska Capital (Watertown). Learn more at www.sdei.org.

Bluestem Capital is a mid-west private equity company based in Sioux Falls, SD. The officers of Bluestem have over 85 years of collective business and private equity experience. Learn more about Bluestem at www.bluestemcapital.com.

South Dakota Equity Partners is a public-private partnership that aims to invest up to $30 million into early and growth-stage companies in South Dakota. The partnership aims to invest in a variety of projects, primarily research commercialization and knowledge-based companies. You can learn more by reading our article or by contacting Blaine Crissman at [email protected]

Cresten Capital Holdings is a venture capital firm based out of Sioux Falls led by Kevin Tupy. Partnering with talented entrepreneurs and executive teams, Cresten takes a hands-on approach to unlock underlying value, enhance profitability, and scale businesses. Learn more at CrescentPE.com or read our article.

 

 

Dakota Business Finance is a SBA 504 lending program to finance land, buildings, and long-term equipment. Learn more at dakotabusinessfinance.com.

Bird Dog Equity Partners holds true to a disciplined investment philosophy that is focused on the people behind the investment. Their funds are characterized by a relatively small number of diligently-selected investments that meet all of our long-established criteria. Learn more at BirdDogEquity.com.


 

McGowan Capital provides select investors with exceptional private equity and income opportunities and to bring creative financing solutions to business owners. They invest in promising companies with strong management and solid business models. Learn more at McGowanCapitalGroup.com.

 
 
The Funding Farm brings businesses, products and ideas together with investors from rural America, and provides business consulting services to many types of companies. Learn more at TheFundingFarm.com.

Great North Labs is an early-stage venture fund for the upper Midwest that is actively looking to do make venture investments in South Dakota companies. They apply capital, operating experience, relationships, and market intelligence to cultivate the next generation of leading tech companies across the upper Midwest. Learn more at GreatNorthLabs.com or read our article.

 

 

The South Dakota Development Corporation was formed in 1983 to help South Dakota businesses access loans from the SBA 504 loan program. Through the program, business owners can borrow between $100,000 to $5.5 million with 10, 20 or 25 year repayment periods if eligible. Learn more.

 

Based in western North Dakota, Annie Capital believes in the unlimited potential of the prairie and the Badlands and invests in companies in North Dakota and South Dakota to keep talent here. They are offering funding to companies that are majority-women owned. Learn more at GoAnnie.com or read our article.

Economic Development Organizations

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce aims to be the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, with the mission of advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region. Learn more about the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at siouxfallschamber.com.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is a non-profit development corporation that facilitates the attraction of new businesses, the retention, and expansion of existing firms and the formation of new companies. Learn more at siouxfallsdevelopment.com or read our article.

Forward Sioux Falls is a joint venture economic development partnership between the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Since 1987 it has raised more than $52 million to enhance economic development efforts and improve the quality of life of the region. Learn more at www.forwardsiouxfalls.com or read our article.

 

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. provides leadership to the downtown business community by fostering diverse experiences, economic growth, and a healthy environment. Learn more at dtsf.com or read our article.

 

Dakota Resources helps rural communities help themselves through innovative processes, tools, training and resources. Their ambitious initiatives are designed to enhance rural entrepreneur and business development, rural housing development, community and leadership development and financial development!! Learn more.

Reseach Parks

The USD Discovery District is an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls. It is a resource to help grow companies in South Dakota and connect universities with innovation-driven businesses. Learn more at usddiscovery.com or read our article.

Professional Associations

AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. AIGA SD is one of 70+ chapters advocating for design's value in the community through monthly speakers, workshops, social events, community projects, and grant programs. Read our article or Follow along at with AIGA.

South Dakota Biotech is the state affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). This non-profit organization is dedicated to developing biotechnology through expanding research, advocacy, funding, education, infrastructure development, and promotion. Learn more at sdbio.org or read our article.

It takes hard work, persistence, and determination for a family business to succeed. Owners have the unique challenge of overlapping family and business systems, resulting in dynamics unlike any other type of organization. Prairie Family Business Association, the center for family business education in the Midwest, exists to help family business succeed for generations through quality education and networking.  Learn more.

Media Outlets

The Sioux Falls Business Journal (SFBJ) is a weekly news magazine published by Argus Leader Media. Read the latest stories from SFBJ at argusleader.com.

SiouxFalls.Business is a digital media outlet published by Jodi Schwan that covers startup and business news in the Sioux Falls metro area.  Learn more at siouxfalls.business.

Chamber News is the monthly publication of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. It covers news and trends related to the Sioux Falls Business Community. Learn more at chambernews.com.

Silicon Prairie News is a regional publication that aims to grow, connect and inspire the tech innovation communities in the Great Plains and the Midwest. Learn more at siliconprairienews.com.

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