Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Second Annual Maker Festival to be held Sept. 27

Family-friendly “Show and Tell” event is free for makers and the public. Do you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer? Do you enjoy building, inventing, making, problem-solving and experimenting? Share your talents and inspire others at the second annual Maker Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Kidoodle Way, in front of…

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SDSU opening new plant science research facility

By: SDSU Extension iGrow The South Dakota State University Plant Science Research Support Facility grand opening will be Aug. 31. The program and ribbon cutting will begin at 2 p.m. at the site west of the motor pool near 1601 Stadium Road in Brookings. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to speak at the…

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YEP! New entrepreneur program for kids starts this fall

By: Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support YEP, you can do it! We all know how impactful positive words and encouragement can be.  I’d like to think we all have at least one story or memory of someone giving us encouragement, sharing kind words or simply a smile that made a difference.  Positivity and…

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SDSU ranks 27th in world for remote sensing research

By: SDSU Marketing and Communications South Dakota State University was ranked 27th worldwide and 7th in the United States for research productivity in the area of remote sensing, according to ShanghaiRanking’s 2017 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The ranking is based on the articles published in remote sensing journals between 2011 to 2015. Geoffrey Henebry,…

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Developing the next generation of entrepreneurs

Free program for area 4th and 5th graders starts this fall If your child has hopes of running their own business someday, you might want to take advantage of a new program being offered this school year by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). The purpose of the Youth Entrepreneur Program (Y.E.P.) is to offer an…

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Kool Beans opening shop

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Kurt Osborne is no stranger to a good cup of coffee. Already known locally for his work as co-owner of Kool Beans Coffee, a coffee roasting business run out of his garage, Osborne and Kool Beans co-owner Joy Nelson are ready for the next step: a coffee shop, called…

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S.D. Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab to get $58M makeover

By: SDSU College of Ag & Bio Media Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) in Brookings will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Officials say the $58 million facility will both serve as the front line of defense in protecting South Dakota’s $7.3 billion livestock industry…

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Entrepreneurs open area’s only full-care equine stable

By: Vicki Schuster, The Brookings Register Two local entrepreneurs have taken their combined 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and have opened a special five-star hotel. But this one isn’t for people. It’s for horses. Both tired of the corporate world, Adam Welch-Hagemann, a former assistant restaurant manager, and RJ Welch-Hagemann, a former…

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Woodworker Carving Out a Second Career

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register In a quiet shed out in rural Volga, Larry Ust is right at home among the piles of lumber awaiting his attention. Out here, away from hustle and bustle, he can pluck away at a piece of pine or saw some cedar down to size in relative comfort. Planks…

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Coding Bootcamp for Girls at SDSU

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register There’s a push to get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and that’s exactly what Code Bootcamp at South Dakota State University is doing by offering all-girls camps on how to write video games. “It’s good that we offer these programs to have them be able…

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