Established in 2003, McGowan Capital Group is a local firm dedicated to making an impact on growing companies in eastern South Dakota. They achieve this through careful risk analysis and a commitment to their clients for the long haul. Founder and CEO, Gene McGowan, brings a broad range of expertise to the table, including 20…

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Business owners seeking long-term, low interest financing for hard costs such as land, buildings, or equipment can benefit from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504 loan program.  The 504 program was designed to provide another lending avenue for small businesses that would promote growth and advancement. Because assets like land or equipment act as collateral…

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An organization dedicated to promoting women in science is celebrating its tenth year in eastern South Dakota. Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is a membership-based organization with 34 chapters across the United States, as well as one internationally. South Dakota is home to the Eastern South Dakota chapter and the Black Hills chapter. GWIS was…

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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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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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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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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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Ten years ago, a group of civic entrepreneurs set out to create an early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on commercializing research. Today, they have built an experienced firm with a track record of transforming ideas into successful industrial complexes. The idea for the firm came from former South Dakota State University president, David…

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The state’s first fintech accelerator will kick off its inaugural 10-week program in March 2020, welcoming a cohort of five early-stage businesses to Sioux Falls.  Falls Fintech was formed in 2019 as a subsidiary of Central Payments, the payments division of Central Bank of Kansas City. Based in Dell Rapids, Central Payments administers payment cards…

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In 2012, after a decade of teaching theology at O’Gorman High School, Joe Rutten decided it was time to pursue his idea of forming a men’s group centered on faith and business. Seven years later, the Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity (CMBF) is an active, multifaceted organization serving men in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.…

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