Free online resource walks through steps of starting a business

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the launch of an online program for anyone thinking about starting a business.

The Start-Up Academy introduces participants to the start-up process and walks them through the steps, terminology and templates of starting a business. The program covers seven different modules – Assess Yourself, Assess Your Idea, Business Plan, Legal, Financing, Accounting and Marketing. Each module has an audio component and supplementary resources including templates, how-to guides and examples.

“Brookings has been success in building momentum within its entrepreneurial community,” said Jennifer Quail, BEDC’s Director of Entrepreneur Support and creator of the Start-Up Academy. “We did not want the coronavirus to impact the delivery of services these entrepreneurs need. Being able to offer the Start-Up Academy will support the continued growth of the Brookings area economy through new business development.”

To access the Start-Up Academy, visit In-person, individual meetings are also available, and Quail encourages entrepreneurs at all stages of business development to contact her. She is a certified entrepreneur coach and offers free, confidential consultations. Quail can be reached at (605) 697-8103 or by email at

The Start-Up Academy is funded in part through a grant from USDA Rural Development, which supports programs intended to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The Start-Up Academy is just one of BEDC’s many events and programs that are part of the Brookings Start-up Hub, supporting ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. These resources have helped establish Brookings as one of the top communities for entrepreneurs in the nation. For more information, visit

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