By: Dakota News Now https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2020/08/04/brookings-commercial-kitchen-brings-new-opportunities-for-business-owners/ There’s a new opportunity in Brookings for chefs and bakers with big orders to fill or for those looking for a large event hall for festivities. The Brookings Commercial Kitchen and Ben Franklin Event Hall are open for business on Main Avenue. The commercial kitchen space is a place where…

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South Dakota State University professor Stephen Gent is the regional director of the North Central Sun Grant Center, based at SDSU. Gent, who has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 11 years, is the first engineering researcher to hold the position, which he began July 21. The Sun Grant Initiative…

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Rajesh Kavasseri has a doctorate in electrical engineering; not the background one would expect to find in a cheerleader. But in some ways, that is the job of the new associate dean of research in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. After an 18-year career in electrical power systems…

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Assistant professor Srinivas Janaswamy of the Department of Dairy and Food Science is extracting cellulose from agriculture biomass to make biodegradable films. This film is made of cellulose extract from corn stover as part of a Sun Grant-funded pilot study. Strength and biodegradability—these are the benefits of using cellulose to make plastics and other packaging…

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An underwater drone capable of carrying seven sensors and taking leaf and soil samples is increasing research capabilities at the South Dakota Water Resources Institute. However, the sampling capabilities are not what makes it unique. “What’s new is the ability to revisit a specific place multiple times over a season,” explained assistant professor Aaron Franzen.…

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With the state gradually reopening and easing restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Brookings Farmers Market is set to open at 9 a.m. Saturday at its normal location between the Brookings Public Library and the Brookings County Courthouse. A series of new restrictions and modifications as to how the market functions…

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New Program Recognizes Committed Entrepreneurs and Local Champions 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 new program was launched in April and online nominations were received from members of the community. “It’s always fun to…

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New online resource to support entrepreneurs Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the launch of a new online platform to support local entrepreneurs, the Mentor Match-up. This new tool will help facilitate the connections between experienced mentors and entrepreneurs in the Brookings community.  Research has shown that mentors can provide immense value.…

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Two groups of South Dakota State University students finished in the top five of the 14th Governor’s Giant Vision entrepreneurial college student business competition. South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry event Chairman Brad Wheeler, president of Wheeler Manufacturing, announced the top finishers Tuesday. After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants…

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The battle against the novel coronavirus has begun at South Dakota State University. More than 20 researchers are investigating ways to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes COVID-19. One engineering researcher has already received National Science Foundation funding and the university’s COVID-19 working group has submitted its first proposal.…

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