Posts by Andrea Van Essen

SBA launches second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding  

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When the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the first round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding—made possible by CARES Act legislation—South Dakotans received 11,400 loans totaling $1.6 billion. Across the country, the $349 billion in PPP funding dried up in less than two weeks. As the second wave of funding became available on Monday, April 27, SBA District…

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Virtual New & Aspiring Entrepreneurs Meetup brings ‘wantrepreneurs’ together during uncertain times

After the success of the first virtual Startup Social, Zeal’s new community manager, Peter Hauck, posed the idea for a New & Aspiring Entrepreneurs Meetup—an event focused on the dreamers, fresh businesses, and ‘wantrepreneurs,’ as Hauck put it.  The event, which took place via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon, attracted over 30 participants to listen to…

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Meet Peter Hauck, Zeal’s New Community Manager

As you’re reading this, Zeal’s newest hire, Peter Hauck, is in the midst of navigating his first day on the job—virtually.  We’ve never done a virtual first day before, but it’s just one of the many ways life has had to adapt these days. We’ll get through this in time, and here at Zeal we’re…

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Startup Social goes virtual this week

On Thursday, April 9, the startup community will gather virtually for the second iteration of the Startup Social, an event originally planned for March. When COVID-19 forced the organizers to cancel, the hope was to reschedule the in-person event for a later date. However, in an effort to maintain connection during this time of social…

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Sioux Falls small business owners offer resources, support for fellow entrepreneurs during COVID-19

As businesses find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented economic shift due to COVID-19, many have taken the opportunity to adapt and provide resources for both their customers and fellow entrepreneurs.  From support for those facing transitions in their careers to groups providing inspiration and ways to stay busy, Sioux Falls’ entrepreneurial community is…

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