Starting today, small businesses facing economic hardship due to COVID-19 are again eligible to apply for forgivable loans through a new extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  In March 2020, President Donald Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law which contained a variety of emergency relief resources for businesses, including the PPP.…

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2020 was a year like no other, and business owners and entrepreneurs continue to experience its effects. Through it all, we’ve been encouraged by the stories of resilience, grit and spirit that continue to rise up out of our community.  At Zeal, we had to adapt quickly in order to continue engaging and supporting the…

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Christmas is finally here, after what has felt like the longest year of all time—2020. Holiday celebrations might look different this year, but there are still ways to find joy and merriment.  To put us in the festive spirit, we asked our team to share some of their favorite holiday traditions and treats. Keep scrolling…

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Eric Weisser is the CEO of Weisser Distributing, and the facilitator of Co.Starters’ inaugural cohort. We asked him a few questions about what he’s learned from building a business and why he thinks Co.Starters would be a valuable experience for early-stage entrepreneurs. Keep reading to hear what he had to say! The following Q&A has…

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Applications are now open for the first cohort of Zeal’s CO.STARTERS accelerator program.  CO.STARTERS is a ten-week experience that walks a small group—typically 10-16 participants—through an effective program designed to provide structure, support and resources for entrepreneurs to execute on their business ideas. The program is also suitable for more established, growth-stage startups who are…

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Nanopareil LLC, a biopharma startup based in South Dakota, was recently acquired by Gamma Biosciences, a life sciences tools platform. The acquisition will accelerate Nanopareil in the development and marketing of their product—an advanced purification method for monoclonal antibodies and other next-generation biopharmaceuticals.  Nanopareil has patented a nanofiber-based purification membrane for use in biopharmaceutical processing.…

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Today kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), a celebration hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from November 2-6. Held in advance of Veterans Day on November 11, NVSBW is an opportunity to lift up service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses, with a focus on small business…

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