Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Local Start-up Grows National Customer Base

Makerspace integral to Station 5 Productions expansion A unique locally-owned business has been able to increase its national client base thanks to one of the many entrepreneurial resources available through Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Station 5 Productions started almost 12 years ago as a hobby for a haunted house enthusiast. Owner Buck Burdick was…

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SDSU To Host Launch’19 Entrepreneurship Conference on April 12

Launch: South Dakota’s Entrepreneurship Education Conference is a one day event advancing entrepreneurship education throughout South Dakota.  It is geared for students, educators, and economic development and community leaders.  This year’s event will be held April 12, 2019 at Club 71 in the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Keynote speaker is Harris III, an illusionist and entrepreneur. The title of…

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Brookings 2019 Idea Competition Winners Announced

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at a public reception held at the Research Park at SDSU. This year marked the twelfth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding product lines…

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Students brewing up success at BHS

BHS students start, run their own coffee and pastry business BROOKINGS – Starting and running your own business is a difficult task for anybody to take on, but a group of Brookings High School students are learning firsthand the basics of running a business by starting their own as part of class. BHS seniors Stephen…

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Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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Super Bowl Stadium Features Daktronics Displays

When the best football teams from each conference collide in Atlanta for the biggest game of the year, Daktronics of Brookings will have a hand in creating the atmosphere and experience for everyone in attendance.  This year, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams to see who will be…

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Ideation to Commercialization – Entrepreneur Coaching Now Available in Brookings

BEDC partnering with SDSU to identify the business value of new innovations Many new ideas and innovations have great potential, but how do people determine the real world impact their ideas could have? Entrepreneurs in Brookings now have a resource for helping them discover the business value of their ideas. Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur…

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SDSU Group Receives Community Innovation Grant for Prototype Development

Courtesy of the South Dakota Community Foundation The South Dakota Community Foundation recently presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant to South Dakota State University. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the CIG program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will provide partial support for the Rich…

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Ambiance Salon opens in downtown Brookings

Erica Davis hopes her new salon has the right ambiance, so that’s what she named it: Ambiance Salon. The shop is located at 408 Third St. in Brookings and caters to just about everything hair, skin or nails. Davis and her crew of two are available by appointment only.  “I had a lot of trouble…

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Entrepreneurs begin grappling with new patent priority

Should an entrepreneur protect an invention with a patent sooner rather than later? That’s the question that confronts innovators struggling to determine how recent patent law changes will impact their businesses. The America Invents Act, which went into effect in 2013, replaces a system that recognizes the first to invent with one that gives priority…

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