We are launching a new series in which we will introduce you to each of our 15 individual board members and let them share about economic development and the impact it has to the Brookings County area. To kick things off, let’s say “Hello!” to Carla Gatzke who serves as President of our BEDC Board.…

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Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is requesting information from individuals or businesses that would have an interest in taking over the over-site and management of the Brookings Area MAKERSPACE. The MAKERSPACE was established in February 2016 as a program of BEDC to assist innovators and entrepreneurs in Brookings county to fuel economic growth through new…

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Brookings, S.D. – Two Brookings’ area businesses shined at this year’s SD Governor’s Giant Vision Awards competition held in Sioux Falls on April 28, 20201 as part of the annual SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Conference. Placing second in the Student Competition was Prairie BioTech, a team from SDSU, and placing second in…

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Recognition of Committed Entrepreneurs and Local Champions Brookings, S.D. – April 30, 2021. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) are excited to announce the recipients of five awards to celebrate small businesses in Brookings. The program was launched in April and online nominations were received from members of the community.…

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Fund prioritizes direct relief to women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and includes $9.5 billion in set-asides for smaller businesses NEWS RELEASEApril 27, 2021             SIOUX FALLS – SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May…

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BROOKINGS, SD – April 21, 2021 – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Economic Development, and Visit Brookings are partnering together to continue to promote the recently created Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).  The American Rescue Plan Act, signed on March 11, established a $28.6 billion Fund within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to…

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BROOKINGS, SD – April 6, 2021 – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development are partnering together to promote the recently created Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).  The American Rescue Plan Act, signed on March 11, established a $28.6 billion Fund within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide tax-free federal grants…

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By: Matthew Rhodes, The Brookings Register – Updated: 4 days ago Posted Mar 19, 2021 Hello Larsons Coffee Roastery starts small, hopes to open coffee shop someday VOLGA – The scent of roasted coffee in Volga from time to time won’t lead you to a coffee shop – but maybe someday. That lovely aroma now…

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By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register – Updated: 22 hours ago Posted Mar 17, 2021 ‘Lots of room for new businesses’ BROOKINGS – “I’m passionate about downtown,” said Kirsten Gjesdal, owner and operator of The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. in downtown Brookings. “I want to make sure it’s full and vibrant.” As a step toward…

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March 12, 2021 South Dakota State University student Paul Schlotman had the opportunity to engage in conversations with other students across the nation around diversity in agriculture through a virtual experience hosted by Agriculture Future of America (AFA). The series for young professionals studying in agriculture and related fields, called AFA Bridge: Thriving through our…

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