Brookings native, Erika Klein is the Learning & Development Manager at First Bank & Trust. She graduated from SDSU in 2006 with a degree in German and minors Business and Communication Studies & Theatre. Erika has a passion for people and loves helping others grow their skills! Name: Erika Klein Title: Learning & Development Manager Hometown: Brookings, SD…

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Ben joined the A1 Development team in the fall of 2019 and has a strong background in the food production industry. Ben grew up on a small grain and beef cattle ranch in western South Dakota, and worked closely with his family as they managed a restaurant and catering business in his hometown. Ben received…

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The next spotlight in our series features Daniel Scholl who serves as Vice President of the BEDC Board. His full-time role is working as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at South Dakota State University. In his interview, He highlights the connection between SDSU, BEDC, and the broader work of building the economy…

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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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Meet Chris Brozik, Vice President & Principal Engineer at Civil Design, Inc. Chris has a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and has a proven track record of successfully completing transportation and structural projects over his 10+ year career. Name: Chris Brozik Title: Vice President & Principal Engineer Hometown: Madison, SD Company:…

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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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