Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Found by Funky Junk opens in Downtown Brookings

By Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register One of downtown Brookings’ newest stores might be located in a basement, but make no mistake: the bright, cozy location is packed with an eclectic assortment of items to make any space feel a little more homey. Started by Aaron and Noelle Morford, Found by Funky Junk specializes in…

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SDSU hopes to build $31.8M precision ag laboratory

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register The South Dakota Board of Regents earlier this month approved of South Dakota State University’s facility program plan for a $55 million project that would build a new Precision Ag Classroom and Laboratory building and renovate Berg Ag Hall. The state Legislature must next approve of the plan before…

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Researchers explore complex carbohydrates to protect water quality

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications Brainstorming sessions between a food chemist and a hydrologist at South Dakota State University have produced an innovative, potentially money-saving idea that will put nutrients back in the field. Assistant professors Srinivas Janaswamy of the Department of Dairy and Food Science and Laurent Ahiablame of the Department of Agricultural and…

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Maker Studio opening at Children’s Museum

By: Children’s Museum of South Dakota Following a summer of research and prototyping, a Maker Studio is opening at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Designed for making, inventing, tinkering and creativity, the space will offer those age 5 and older a place to collaborate and learn new skills. The studio will be open Tuesdays…

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SDSU grads team up to start design, video business

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – The power of visuals is at an all-time high in this digital era, and with it comes the need to harness it in marketing. For more than a year, the crew at Johnson Design & Video has been busy helping businesses in and out of Brookings market…

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Entrepreneurs: ACTION LEADS TO IMPACT

By: Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support Entrepreneurs come in all sizes and shapes, from all walks of life and across all markets and industry sectors. One “title” for such a varied and diverse group seems a bit misrepresented or under appreciated. So, what is the common thread that binds this group together? Is…

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Consumers, utility companies to reap savings from energy management system

By: Christie Delfanian, SDSU Marketing and Communications Two South Dakota State University researchers are developing an energy management system that will help utility companies decrease peak-time power usage and pass those savings on to their participating customers. Zhen Ni and Tim Hansen, assistant professors in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received a…

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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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