Business Development

One business becomes three

Hitch Studio grows, sells and expands BROOKINGS – In 2014, Renee Bauman and Carrie Kuhl founded Hitch Studio as business partners in a design studio for wedding invitations.  Over time, it grew to include three divisions: web and graphic design, wedding planning, and a downtown retail store full of cards and gifts. This month, the…

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New store offers baby, maternity items

BROOKINGS – Teresa Holloman noticed a lot of babies in Brookings, but nowhere to buy higher-end items for them, so she opened Baybeeluv Boutique to see to their needs. She’s only been open since July 1, but she’s already been adding things because people have requested them. “I’ll continue to do that. I want to…

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‘Geography is taste’

Brookings man roasting, selling small batches of coffee BROOKINGS – You wouldn’t ordinarily imagine an entire world, culture and geography in a single cup of coffee.  That’s precisely the notion that barista, manager, coffee roaster and businessman Andrew Litz aims to achieve with every cup of coffee brewed from his company: Westbound Coffee Company.  “It…

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Van Den Top first SDSU student to receive international research award

BROOKINGS – It’s a first for South Dakota State University – and for doctoral student Trevor Van Den Top. Van Den Top is the first SDSU student to receive a research award at the 13th Workshop on Cyanobacteria in Boulder, Colorado. The international event, begun 40 years ago, is held every three years in North…

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SDSU research finds Vitamin D metabolite helps stop drug-resistant cancer

BROOKINGS – What’s good for our bones may also help stop cancer cells that develop resistance to multiple chemotherapy drugs. The vitamin D metabolite calcitriol and its analog calcipotriol can block one of the mechanisms through which cancer cells gain resistance to chemotherapy drugs – and can selectively kill those drug-resistant cells, according to Assistant…

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Spotlight on Spotlight

New theatre studio training, encouraging young actors BROOKINGS – Spotlight Theatre Studio is a new and growing troupe of inspired young actors training and performing in the theater located within the center of the 1921 Building. Spotlight Theatre Studio is designed to cultivate middle school and elementary school-aged children in theater performance using acting, singing,…

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BEDC awarded $35,000 grant for Innovation Summit

Brookings Economic Development Corporation has received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant to hold a day-long event that will help existing businesses and entrepreneurs remain competitive in the next generation economy.   The Brookings Innovation Summit on Oct. 17 will feature keynote speaker Mitch Ditkoff. Ditkoff is an award-winning author and co-founder of “Idea Champions,”…

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Volga’s growth not going unnoticed

Volga selected as a Community of the Year this spring VOLGA – Volga is a thriving small town, growing both in population and business opportunities over the past few years. And its efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, even at the state level. This spring, Volga was announced as the recipient of the 2019 Community of the…

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Mickelson Middle School work continues

BROOKINGS – Brookings School Board members toured Mickelson Middle School (shown above and below), Hillcrest Elementary and Medary Elementary on Monday to inspect construction progress as well as construction needs and opportunities.  Mechanics and architects Eric Anderson, Blayne Parkos and Ron Spoden showed the board members around the new construction at MMS and where maintenance…

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Workforce events to be held in Brookings July 25

BROOKINGS – Brookings Economic Development Corporation is hosting the Brookings Area Workforce Conference on Thursday, July 25, at the Swiftel Center. The conference seeks to address issues facing the region’s employers and help them find solutions for continued growth and success.   “One of our workforce priorities is sharing best practices and ideas to assist our…

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