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Organization Focus: USD Center for Professional Development

For business professionals who seek career growth, taking advantage of continual learning and development opportunities is critical. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find time for those opportunities in today’s workplaces and busy schedules.  That’s where the USD Center for Professional Development (CPD) comes in. The program grew out of USD’s Beacom School of Business…

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Organization Focus: South Dakota Development Corporation

Created in 1983, the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC) exists to support businesses in the pursuit of low interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 program. The 504 program provides fixed asset financing to cover hard costs such as land, buildings, or equipment. Because fixed assets act as collateral, 504 loans are…

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Failure Fest shines a light on trials of entrepreneurship

When it comes to inspiration, it’s often success stories that garner the most attention.  But a comment made by a local entrepreneur generated interest in an event that would highlight just the opposite—failure. “The idea for Failure Fest originally came from Josh Sopko,” said Startup Sioux Falls founder, Matt Paulson. “He made the offhand comment,…

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Organization Focus: Bird Dog Equity Partners

Founded by Paul Schock and Chad Hatch, Bird Dog Equity Partners is a later-stage private equity firm with a focus on the hospitality industry. While the firm has enjoyed a variety of successful investments since its founding in 2010, it’s an enduring mantra of “People First, Business Second,” that makes Bird Dog truly stand out…

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Re:Boot Sioux Falls Beneficiaries: Glory House

We asked each of the twelve beneficiaries of Re:Boot Sioux Falls to share a bit about their organization. Read about how the Glory House is supporting Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Since 1968, Glory House has helped people struggling with addiction, mental health problems, and poor life skills claim their lives by using evidence-based…

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Zeal’s Top 10 of 2019

Celebrating another great year! 2019 was a busy year for the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. From new hires to new partnerships and a host of other events and developments, the team worked hard to support Sioux Falls’ vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Below are Zeal’s top ten highlights of 2019. 10. Welcoming a new team In April,…

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Organization Focus: USD GEAR Center

Home to the University of South Dakota’s graduate program in biomedical engineering, the Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center provides students and startups with a state-of-the-art facility for research and collaboration. The university’s biomedical engineering program began in 2006, and it moved into the GEAR Center facility within the USD Discovery District in 2009.…

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Featured Event: Morning Marketing Party #2 Has Been Announced

Startup Sioux Falls and Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship first hosted a Morning Marketing Party on October 4th. It was a great success with over 55 people in attendance, and as a result, the second iteration has been scheduled! Please join the Sioux Falls startup community at Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship on Friday, February 14th at…

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