Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Working on wellness

b.well Brookings expands to include food program BROOKINGS – Longtime athlete, fitness enthusiast and foodie Bri Austin believes her b.well Brookings brand is the best option for creating a healthy community. The b.well brand was created four years ago and is a brand that inspires both healthy eating and fitness. Austin opened her gym next…

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A design dream

ID8 Architecture opens new office in downtown Brookings BROOKINGS – Interior designer, architect and owner of ID8 Architecture Angela Boersma has a unique philosophy when it comes to design – and it’s the same philosophy she uses in her position on the Brookings County Commission.  ID8 is an interior design and architecture firm that has…

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Local Brookings teen tackling opioid abuse

Project to deter opioid tampering wins top Addiction Science Award A Brookings 14-year-old’s innovative approach to prevent tampering and misuse of opioid pills won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The first-place distinction was awarded to Brookings High School freshman Aditya Tummala for his project “Tampr-X: A…

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Bum’s Bike & Brew pedal pub is open in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) – Bum’s Bike & Brew is a human-powered bicycle bar giving 14 passengers a tour of the city of Brookings. Jessica Herrboldt opened the business after attending a small business conference in Brookings looking to add something new to the city. You must be 21 or older to ride the bike. The company…

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Little workshop of horrors (and more) in Brookings

Fear Asylum success transitions into Station 5 Productions making props, attractions for others BROOKINGS – The Brookings workshop at Station 5 Productions is unlike any other you might encounter.  A tall, gray-skinned ghoul with a bladed hand stands vigil at the entrance, and further in awaits a grimy autopsy table complete with a figure, chest…

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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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