GROW SD in the News

Encouraging Homegrown Businesses

Monday, May 14, 2018

Small businesses can have a big impact. Did you know that two out of three new private-sector jobs in the United States since the Great...
Encouraging Homegrown Businesses

Monday, April 30, 2018

Small businesses can have a big impact. Did you know that two out of three new private-sector jobs in the United States since the Great...
Celebrating Community Action Month

Monday, April 30, 2018

In May, community action agencies nationwide observe Community Action Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions that nonprofits, volunteers, and other committed citizens...
NESDEC Board Member Sought

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota is seeking a board candidate for a Low Income Representative on the Board of...
An Opportune Time to Improve Financial Literacy

Monday, April 16, 2018

A recent survey by GOBankingRates indicates 57 percent of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. Without an adequate buffer of emergency funds, unexpected expenses...
Bringing Homeowners Warmth, Safety and Savings

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Taking steps to weatherize and increase the energy efficiency of a home can result in serious long-term savings. The average American homeowner that makes weatherization...
Tax Law Changes Demand Attention

Friday, February 16, 2018

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   For most small business owners, changes in the tax law take a back seat to the day...
Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is very important. Poor indoor air quality is currently one of the top five leading factors...
Boosting homeownership rates

Monday, January 29, 2018

After the housing crash, the U.S. homeownership rate fell to 50-year low. The economy has taken a while to turn around but Census Bureau data...
Promoting stable housing

Monday, January 22, 2018

One of the big benefits of owning a home is a stable living environment for children. Studies have shown that safe, secure housing improves children’s...
Homebuyer 101

Monday, January 15, 2018

Are you ready to buy your first home? This is a question GROW South Dakota wants to help you answer. Our knowledgeable staff can work with...
Making home ownership a reality

Monday, January 08, 2018

Experts have long recommend that people have 20 percent to put towards a down payment for a home purchase. But for countless families, saving up...
NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions

Thursday, January 04, 2018

NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC), dba GROW South Dakota, recently received a $780,800 Community Economic Development grant from...
Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018 Every year, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state....
An ally for first time homebuyers

Monday, January 01, 2018

Buying a home is a complicated endeavor. The paperwork and legalese involved are daunting, especially for first time homebuyers. Fortunately, South Dakota residents have an ally...
Homebuyer Coaching is a Success

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Homebuyer Coaching is a Success GROW SD received grants from the Citi Foundation and State Farm to support programs to help prepare people to buy homes...
Amplify your savings

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saving money isn’t easy. In a recent survey, 62 percent of Americans reported they had less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. Twenty-one percent didn’t...
Helping you save for homeownership

Monday, December 18, 2017

“There is something permanent, and something extremely profound, in owning a home.” ~Kenny Guinn Buying a house is life changing. It brings a sense of accomplishment...
Act now to breathe easy later

Monday, December 11, 2017

October is National Indoor Air Quality Month. It’s a great way to raise awareness, because even though we spend 80 percent of our time in...
Buying a home makes financial sense

Monday, December 04, 2017

There are many benefits to owning a home. One of the biggest is financial: homeowners build wealth over time in a way that renters do...
Rental Property Repairs Available

Monday, December 04, 2017

Whether it is for a new roof or a new bathroom, landlords looking to improve their properties have a great opportunity. Rental property owners can...
Triple your savings

Monday, November 27, 2017

Many Americans pay more than the recommended 30 percent of their income towards renting a home or apartment each month. This makes saving up for...
A home for the holidays

Monday, November 20, 2017

Do you have a house on your holiday wish list? Consider working with GROW South Dakota to make that dream a reality. The end of the...
A day for giving back

Monday, November 13, 2017

The day after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans head to the stores seeking Black Friday holiday bargains. On Cyber Monday, there are internet shopping deals to...
The benefits of shopping small

Monday, November 06, 2017

American Express started Small Business Saturday as a shopping “holiday” back in 2010. The idea was to encourage shoppers to support small, local businesses on...
Find an affordable apartment

Monday, October 30, 2017

If you struggle to afford to pay for housing, you’re not alone. Nearly 40 million Americans can’t afford the exorbitant cost of housing, according to...
Children benefit from stable housing

Monday, October 23, 2017

There are many advantages to owning a home. The financial benefits of homeownership are well established. Increasingly, we’re learning about the many social benefits of...
Need help buying a house?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rates of homeownership have hit an all-time low. Only about 63 percent of Americans own a home, the lowest rate since 1965. The primary reason...
Looking Towards the Future

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When Lindsey Jennings graduated from cosmetology school at Lake Area Tech, she started her career at a JC Penny’s salon. She worked there for five...
Weatherize to reduce heating and cooling costs

Monday, October 09, 2017

Low-income families spend a disproportionate amount of their incomes on energy bills. For more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program...
Celebrating women in business

Monday, October 02, 2017

The proliferation of women in the business world is a recent phenomenon. An American Express OPEN report indicates the number of women-owned businesses increased by...
GROW SD Seeking Two New Board Members

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota is seeking two board candidates to represent the Private Sector on the Board of...
Meeting the need for affordable housing

Monday, September 25, 2017

Housing is a basic human need. Without a roof over one’s head, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the future. Yet, a recent study by...
Benefits of Homeownership

Monday, September 04, 2017

Owning a home has long been a part of the American Dream. Buying a house helps build personal wealth. Owning a house is associated with...
Are you signed up for our newsletter?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Our monthly newsletter is a great way to stay informed about all the positive developments at GROW South Dakota. Our website has an archive of past...
Need help buying a house?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rates of homeownership have hit an all-time low. Only about 63 percent of Americans own a home, the lowest rate since 1965. The primary reason...
GROW SD Provides Lasting Improvements

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A disabled man was having problems with his house to the point that the city had issued citations requiring him to make improvements by a...
Take steps towards home ownership

Monday, August 07, 2017

A recent report indicates housing affordability has declined since 2012. It’s no wonder many consider homeownership a lofty goal. This makes loan programs to help...
Encouraging small business success

Monday, July 31, 2017

Did you know that more than half of all small businesses fail within the first four years? How does an entrepreneur avoid the typical startup...
Keep up with GROW South Dakota

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt These wise words from our 26th president are a gentle reminder to help...
Keep up with GROW South Dakota

Monday, July 03, 2017

For more than 50 years, GROW South Dakota has been a driving force behind growth in the state’s rural communities. The nonprofit won a Bush...
Stop Energy Leaks

Monday, June 26, 2017

GROW South Dakota is committed to working with you and providing energy savings information.  GROW South Dakota can perform a home energy assessment which will...
Homeownership Education

Monday, June 19, 2017

Are You Ready to Buy a Home? Would you like information on how to obtain a mortgage loan? Do you need assistance with Money Management?...
GROW SD Celebrates NeighborWorks Week

Monday, June 05, 2017

On June 7, GROW South Dakota will celebrate NeighborWorks Week and Homeownership Month in Sisseton by offering refreshments and information in its headquarters parking lot....
Newsletter Archive Page

Monday, June 05, 2017

  We want to keep you informed about our latest programs and services. That’s why we’re archiving our monthly e-newsletter that highlighted the latest news on...

Monday, May 29, 2017

GROW South Dakota provides a Programs Directory for all available applications. Whether you are looking for Apartment Applications, Business Loan Applications, Down Payment Applications, Weatherization...
A safe place to raise a family

Monday, May 22, 2017

Did you know that homeownership is good for children? Families that own rather than rent their homes tend to be more stable, which translates to...
FREE Business Workshops to be Held in June

Monday, May 22, 2017

In June 2017 GROW South Dakota will be hosting a free workshop titled Get Your Business Online in Clear Lake, Eureka, and Highmore. Attendees will learn from...
Helping people afford homes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Have you always dreamed of owning your own home? The biggest hurdle to homeownership is the down payment. But even for those who struggle to...
Offering a helping hand, not a handout

Monday, May 08, 2017

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made...
GROW SD Celebrates Community Action Month

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

In May, community action agencies nationwide observe Community Action Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions that nonprofits, volunteers, and other committed citizens...
GROW SD Increases its Rental Portfolio

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

GROW SD added two new properties to its rental portfolio in January when it took on apartment buildings in Pollock and Sisseton. Altogether, the organization...
Age Friendly Communites

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

  May is Older Americans Month. Anytime is a good time to recognize the contributions as well as the needs of America’s seniors, and this month...
Small businesses have big impact

Monday, May 01, 2017

The first week of May is National Small Business Week, a time to celebrate the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Did you...
Sisseton Landmark Selected for Art Installation

Friday, March 31, 2017

Markus Tracy is preparing his canvas for one of the public art project to be completed on Veterans Avenue in Sisseton in preparation for the community's 125th celebration...
Annual Statistics Tell Positive Story

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2016 was big year for business development in S.D. The South Dakota Small Business Development Center was a significant force in job development in 2016. Its...
Community Profile

Monday, February 27, 2017

Today, South Dakota is characterized by very favorable attributes. As the #1 business tax climate in America, according to the Tax Foundation, South Dakota offers...

Monday, February 13, 2017

GROW South Dakota provides a Programs Directory for all available applications. Whether you are looking for Apartment Applications, Business Loan Applications, Down Payment Applications, Weatherization...
GROW SD Staff Earn Professional Designation

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Sandy Leiseth and Wade Veflin with GROW South Dakota received certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). HDFP...
Joint participation

Monday, February 06, 2017

As getting financing has become increasingly difficult for a large number of individuals, the ability to pursue dreams such as owning a business or a...
Energy Assistance Available

Monday, February 06, 2017

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps eligible South Dakotans Pay for home heating costs. Energy assistance can be applied for from October 1 through...
South Dakota Native Home Ownership Coalition

Monday, January 30, 2017

As an intermediary of a Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Grant, GROW South Dakota supports the efforts of the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition by...
Grow Housing

Monday, January 23, 2017

Grow Housing is a technical assistance track that will collaborate with GROW South Dakota to propel rural communities in the commitment to move forward. The...
Is Small Specialty Retailing Coming Into Its Own?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   According to some retail experts, we have entered into a new phase of retailing where customers are...
Goodshop and Amazon Smile

Monday, January 16, 2017

GROW South Dakota has partnered with and Amazon Smile to help you save money when you shop online and donate a portion of your...
Agency Partners

Monday, January 09, 2017

GROW South Dakota is incredibly appreciative of the agency partners that work with GROW South Dakota on a daily basis. Take a look at our agency...
Duenwald Transportation

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dan Duenwald knows transportation. He had been in the business twenty seven years when he decided to take a risk and start his own business....
Home Repair for Hire

Monday, December 26, 2016

GROW South Dakota understands the need for home maintenance. Hire GROW South Dakota today to replace windows or doors, insulate attics, exterior walls, and crawlspaces,...
Path to Home Ownership

Monday, December 19, 2016

The path to owning your own home just got easier because GROW South Dakota knows the process and knows that you have a lot of...
Stop Energy Leaks

Monday, December 12, 2016

GROW South Dakota is committed to working with you and providing energy savings information.  Use GROW South Dakota to perform a home energy assessment which...
Housing Loan Prequalification Application

Monday, December 05, 2016

Interested in purchasing a home? GROW South Dakota provides resources for individuals to better understand their home purchasing decisions. GROW South Dakota offers a Housing...
Giving Tuesday

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is a day charities, families, community centers, and students around the world can come together for one common purpose – to...
November is Small Business Saturday

Monday, November 21, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday – the day after what is known as Black Friday. This day is a day to celebrate...
Homeownership Education

Monday, November 14, 2016

Are You Ready to Buy a Home? Would you like information on how to obtain a mortgage loan? Do you need assistance with Money Management?...
GROW SD Featured in NeighborWorks America Book

Sunday, October 30, 2016

NeighborWorks America recently published NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network.  The book, published in December 2016, inlcudes GROW South Dakota. The book consists of case...
National Weatherization Day

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mark your calendars: October 30 is Weatherization Day! Weatherization Programs across the country band together to make a strategic push to raise the public’s awareness...
Success Stories

Monday, October 17, 2016

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” – Colin Powell While preparation, hardwork, and learning...
Newsletter Archive Page

Monday, October 10, 2016

We want to keep you informed about our latest programs and services. That’s why we’re archiving our monthly e-newsletter that highlighted the latest news on...
October is Women in Business Month

Monday, October 03, 2016

“Women business owners are a driving force in this nation’s economy. Many of them are small business owners. When women business owners do well, so...
Mark Nelson Awarded the Heart of Dakota

Friday, September 16, 2016

Congratulations to Mark Nelson, GROW South Dakota Loan Officer, on being name a Heart of Dakota recipient by the Britton Journal. Mark was one of...
Regional Roundtable Serves Northeastern South Dakota

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Yesterday, the Regional Roundtable welcomed the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Scott Stern. The recently appointed Commissioner addressed the group and took time to answer...
Preparing for the New Overtime Rule Change

Monday, August 15, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director So you’ve heard about the new overtime rules going into place, right?  If not, the key change...
South Dakota Community Needs

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Every few years, GROW South Dakota conducts a survey of South Dakota residents to help it understand how citizens view their state and how GROW...
Ensuring Community Success through Housing

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Quality housing is scarce in rural South Dakota and the solution to create more housing is challenging to solve. One small town in northeast South...
A bridge to homeownership

Monday, July 18, 2016

Owning a home is still very much a part of the American Dream. But in these tough economic times, saving up for a down payment...
How energy efficient is your home?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Most houses are not as energy efficient as they could be, which leads to a number of significant problems, from the personal discomfort of drafty...
GROW SD Earns FHA Designation

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

GROW South Dakota has received approval from the Federal Housing Administration to provide down payment closing cost assistance to FHA-qualified homebuyers. The US Department of...
Cultivating startup businesses

Monday, July 04, 2016

Launching a business requires start up capital. But finding funding is a huge challenge for startup businesses. Banks are often reluctant to loan large sums...
Banish burdensome utility bills

Monday, June 27, 2016

Next to a mortgage, utilities can be one of the biggest monthly expenses, particularly when heating during cold winter months and cooling during the summer....
GROW South Dakota Seeks Opinions

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GROW South Dakota, the statewide housing, economic and community development nonprofit organization, is conducting its three-year Needs Assessment Survey and invites South Dakota residents to...
Encouraging home ownership

Monday, June 20, 2016

Homeownership has serious financial benefits. Rather than paying money on rent each month with nothing to show for it, your mortgage payment builds equity. You...
The benefits of home ownership

Monday, June 13, 2016

“Owning a home has historically been the principal vehicle for Americans to build equity, start businesses, put kids through college, and retire with comfort and...
Affordable housing boosts the economy

Monday, June 06, 2016

Affordable housing can improve the economic vitality of communities. It helps attract (and retain) employees to a community, which benefits local employers. Affordable housing is...
Being a good neighbor

Monday, May 30, 2016

When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities. ~Jennifer Pahlka, Executive Director of Code for America. Each year, NeighborWorks America organizes NeighborWorks Week, an event to...
Celebrating National Homeownership Month

Thursday, May 26, 2016

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to recognize how owning a home relates not just to achieving the American Dream, but also to providing...
The importance of affordable housing

Monday, May 16, 2016

Any financial advisor will tell you that it’s not wise to commit to spending more than 30 percent of your income on housing. But the...
Tools for debt control

Monday, May 09, 2016

Eight in 10 Americans are in debt. Often the debt is due to a mortgage, but 34 percent of Americans carry credit card debt. And...
Honoring small businesses

Monday, May 02, 2016

Many people are surprised to learn that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. And did you know that...
GROW Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Gala

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On April 7, nearly 180 people attended the Gala for GROW South Dakota celebrating its 50th anniversary as a Community Action Agency. GROW SD invited...
GROW Celebrates Community Action Month

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In May, community action agencies nationwide observe Community Action Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions that nonprofits, volunteers, and other committed citizens...
Half a century of helping others

Monday, April 25, 2016

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~Napolean Hill Did you know that GROW South Dakota has...
A Lasting Legacy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Coping with the loss of...
The Idea Is Only The First Step

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Having a great business idea is the springboard for getting your business off the ground, but it...
Help us achieve sustainability

Monday, April 11, 2016

For nearly half a century, GROW South Dakota has been providing a variety of services to meet the needs of rural communities in Northeast South...
2015 BUSH PRIZE Winner Video

Monday, April 11, 2016

On November 10, 2015, GROW South Dakota was one of eight organizations in the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota region to be awarded the...
A Safe & Sound Home

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Robert and Nicole Ingvalson have discovered that a safe & sound home creates so much more than just a roof over their head. The recent...
Commitment to sustainability

Monday, April 04, 2016

Sustainable economic development has a variety of benefits for citizens. It means a healthier environment, cost savings through efficient and effective use of resources, and...
A little help can go a long way

Monday, March 28, 2016

GROW South Dakota has been working to promote economic development in Northeast South Dakota, spurring growth by providing financial and technical assistance to rural communities....
Sign up for our newsletter

Monday, March 21, 2016

We want to keep you informed about our latest programs and services. That’s why we’re distributing a monthly e-newsletter to highlight the latest news on...
Breaking The Myths of Small Business Funding

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Over the years I have worked with hundreds of existing and prospective business owners. There are some...
Programs to help potential homeowners

Monday, March 14, 2016

Our nation has come a long way since the collapse of the housing market in 2006. We’ve been making steady progress towards recovery. The latest data...
Helping businesses evolve

Monday, March 07, 2016

“Mistakes will not end your business. If you are nimble and willing to listen to constructive criticism you can excel by learning and evolving.” ~Meridith...
2015 Annual Report

Thursday, March 03, 2016

We hope you will take the time to read our 2015 annual report detailing our statewide efforts to improve housing, impact communities and support economic...
Supplemental Food Boxes

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

For most of us, when we need food we head to our local grocery store.  However, for some of our elderly population, this may not...
When small businesses do well, we all succeed

Monday, February 22, 2016

Successful small businesses are crucial for a vibrant economy. Don't just take our word for it; check out some numbers from the Small Business Administration....
Making connections through social media

Monday, February 15, 2016

Social media is a wonderful tool to help people connect. It can also be a great vehicle for organizational networking. An organizational page can be...
Cash Flow Pitfalls

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Perhaps you have heard the phrase “Cash is King”.  You may have also heard that a major...
GROW South Dakota to Host 50th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GROW South Dakota is cordially inviting friends, clients, and partners of the organization to attend our 50th Anniversary Gala, to benefit the GROW South Dakota...
Cultivating business success

Monday, February 08, 2016

According to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, companies less than 5 years old create the most jobs. This finding illustrates the importance of...
Staff Pay-It-Forward for 50th Anniversary

Thursday, February 04, 2016

  We’re celebrating a half century of serving South Dakota. To mark our 50th anniversary, each staff member and NESDCAP Board member has been given $50 to donate...
Otter Tail Power Company Supports GROW SD

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Thank you to Otter Tail Power Company for their continued support of GROW South Dakota's Community Services. Pictured are Ottertail staff Cindy Essington and Collin...
Giving businesses the help they need

Monday, February 01, 2016

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear...
Charming and Cozy Describe Home of Aberdeen Family

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Our overall feelings toward the home are inexplicable joy and relief. It feels….like it was time and meant to be….home,” said new homeowner, Jennifer Hornedeagle.   The Hornedeagle...
NESDCAP Elects New Board Officers

Monday, January 04, 2016

Deb Anderson is taking on the leadership role as Chair of the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP), Board of Directors. Tom Farber, previous...
Winners Announced for BIG Idea Competition

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

(December 3, 2015, Aberdeen, SD)  The 9th Annual BIG Idea Competition was a BIG success with 263 entries involving over 400 students from 37 schools. ...
Sometimes Life Throws Us a Curveball

Monday, December 07, 2015

Sometimes life can throw us a curve ball, and we end up in situations that are beyond our control.  As unpredictable as life can be,...
Want Customers? Meet Their Expectations

Monday, November 09, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Customer loyalty is not a given.  If you want to get and keep customers you must meet...
Bariki International Market

Monday, October 26, 2015

Edwin Obara, Owner; Sioux Falls, South Dakota   In April of 2015, after years of saving his own money, Edwin opened Bariki International Market in Sioux Falls,...
Family Crisis Center is Thriving

Friday, October 02, 2015

The Family Crisis Center (FCC) is a non-profit corporation that provides education, awareness, and temporary housing for domestic violence and assault victims in Spink, Faulk,...
Down Payment/Closing Costs Assistance Available

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Currently, the GROW South Dakota office, located in Sisseton, SD, has funding available for Down Payment/Closing Costs for individuals and families looking to purchase, or...

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

In its eight years of existence, the BIG Idea Competition has received 1,315 entries involving nearly 1,800 students representing 67 schools.  The competition is open to any high school student in the state. Find out more at  
Home Network

Friday, July 31, 2015

When Sarah Tharp decided to take over her family business, it was a big undertaking.  Her dad invested a lot of time and effort into...
GROW South Dakota Helps to Revitalize the Community

Monday, July 27, 2015

GROW South Dakota Helps to Revitalize the Community Celebrating NeighborWorks Week 2015   As a NeighborWorks® America chartered member, GROW South Dakota hosted a NeighborWorks Week  open house...
GROW SD Awarded Down Payment Funds

Monday, June 22, 2015

The South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) has awarded GROW South Dakota $550,000 for the purpose of expanding GROW South Dakota’s Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance...
A Great Experience

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bert Williams contacted GROW South Dakota in need of housing as she had recently moved to the area from Ohio and was renting a one...
Revitalized Home in Huron SD

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tour and Open House Part of NeighborWorks® Week On Monday, June 8, 2015, GROW South Dakota will engage volunteers and showcase the improvements that have taken...
GROW SD to Host Cyber Security Workshop

Monday, May 18, 2015

On Tuesday June 9, 2015 GROW South Dakota will be hosting two half-day workshops on cyber security in Britton and Webster, South Dakota. Helix Security...
South Dakota Real Wage First of its kind

Friday, May 15, 2015

Things just got a whole lot easier for job seekers trying to decide which state will stretch their dollar furthest, thanks to The South Dakota...
Get Your Message to Stick

Friday, May 15, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   One of the hardest things for a business to do, especially when starting up or launching a...
Spot On Printing

Monday, May 11, 2015

Darci James and Jackie Hoven, Owners; Webster, South Dakota   With a graphic design degree, Darci James had yearned to get into a career where she could...
Ag Technology Firm Defies Crop-price Trends

Monday, May 11, 2015

International sales and farm-efficiency movement drive record business Terry Schiltz, president of AgSense, has a problem. Business at the high-tech company in Huron, S.D. is up...
Milbank To Be Capital For A Day

Thursday, May 07, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11.   “I...
Ft. Pierre holds public forum on housing needs

Thursday, May 07, 2015

By Stephen Lee A  forum aimed at finding new answers through public input on housing issues in Fort Pierre was held Thursday, April 30, 2015. “It’s so...
May is Community Action Month

Friday, May 01, 2015

“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across South...
The Training Place offers Welding Courses

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welding  (Course Capacity - Min/max - 2/10) 40-HOUR BASIC WIRE-FEED WELDING -$995/person  CALL (605) 725-1833 FOR MORE INFO! __________________________ HOBBY WELDING - $99/person CALL (605) 725-1833 FOR MORE INFO! This one...
Celebrating National Small Business Week

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For more than 35 years, GROW South Dakota has been working hard to assist South Dakotans in starting, and growing, their own businesses. May 4-8...
The Training Place - Online Health Courses

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Online Healthcare Courses Learn more at Highly interactive courses provide an enriched learning experience and developed to ensure students gain necessary skills to excel in...
Development centers want to do more

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

South Dakota business-advisory network celebrates 30 productive years   An experienced network of business advisers across South Dakota is celebrating its 30th anniversary by encouraging business people...
The Feeling of Owning Your Own Home

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How do you know if home ownership is right for you?  There are many factors to think about when weighing this decision.  For Katlyn and...
Help for Your Business Workforce Needs is Nearby

Monday, April 13, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Hiring and keeping employees is one of the biggest struggles for businesses of all sizes and even...
A Birds Eye View

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When Boni contacted GROW South Dakota she was researching housing options.  She recently lost her husband of forty years, was living on a limited income...
Small Business is Everybody's Business

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rural communities have real advantages when it comes to attracting new entrepreneurs and retaining small businesses. This virtual conference will provide communities an opportunity to...
Paint South Dakota Application Due May 1st

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Applications are now available for the 2015 Paint-South Dakota Campaign. Please  click here to fill out an application. The program qualifications are below:      Nominee’s home must be...
What’s in a Name (for your Business)?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   One of the hardest decisions a new business owner can make is choosing a business name.  It...
Looking for Success? Don't Do This!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   While there are many steps one can take to be successful in business, we can also get...
Red Door Salon

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Red Door Salon Emily Hanson; Sisseton, South Dakota “I always wanted to be my own boss,” said Emily Hanson, owner of Red Door Salon in Sisseton, South...
2014 Annual Report

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We hope you will take the time to read our 2014 annual report detailing our statewide efforts to improve housing, impact communities and support economic...
La Bella Vita

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

La Bella Vita  Cynthia Premus and Julianna Stern, Owners; Webster, South Dakota   “Small town people deserve the big city feel,” stated Julianna Stern, co-owner of La Bella...
Using Your Business Numbers for Success

Friday, January 09, 2015

Using Your Business Numbers for Success by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   As one year comes to a close, it’s a good time to...
Room for Growth

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Addressing Housing Needs in Flandreau Carleen Wild, Enterprise staff Where are the biggest needs for housing in Flandreau and how will the city work to meet those needs...
Area Groups Meet in Pine Ridge

Monday, January 05, 2015

In September 2014, an advocacy group met in Pine Ridge to discuss and tour the new housing initiatives and challenges being faced in the Pine...
Creating a Fresh Start

Monday, December 01, 2014

Eileen and Clinton Ellingson reached out to GROW South Dakota in August, 2014, after they had lost their home to a fire. Knowing that they...
GROW South Dakota December 2014 Newsletter

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free, Confidential Homebuyer Support Because your List is Long Enough Pick up the kids, get milk, don't be late for the doctor's appointment, life is crazy -...
Selling Your Business

Thursday, October 16, 2014

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Most people do a lot of planning when they are starting a business.  Unfortunately, the same is...
Mission Main Street Grants

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vote now and help Smith's Lumber in DeSmet SD get the opportunity to receive one of 20 $150,000 Mission Main Street grants in January 2015 from...
Bush Foundation is Coming to DeSmet

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Bush Foundation will be in South Dakota this month and there will be a number of opportunities to meet with their staff, starting with...
Growing Webster is now in the people’s hands

Monday, October 06, 2014

by Amanda Fanger Lots of ideas were presented last Saturday at the design:SD charrette presentation, but design professionals told the community members that the work is...
SBDC Awarded Abby Award

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GROW South Dakota is proud to announce that the Small Business Development Center of Aberdeen was awarded the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Abby Award...
5 Myths About Rural Youth

Monday, September 22, 2014

By Craig Schroeder, Senior Fellow Introduction: Over the past decade, through the active involvement of community leaders and educators, surveys have been completed with more than 30,000 middle...
Workforce Summit Report Released

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has released the workforce summit report as he travels around the state to share the findings.   The Governor is hosting six meetings September...
Faulkton to be Capital for a Day

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.   “I look forward to...
Community Appeals Workshop

Monday, August 18, 2014

GROW South Dakota invites community organizations, municipalities, and county government representatives to attend a Community Appeal Workshop on September 10-11, 2014, at the Aberdeen Ramada Hotel and...
Anderson Industries expands to Webster

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several employees are needed for new Webster facility, including: Manufacturing Engineer, Welders, Tackers, General Labor and Shipping/Receiving Clerk. Training will begin mid-August at the Aberdeen location.
Helpful Hiring Hints

Monday, August 11, 2014

HELPFUL HIRING HINTS by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director If you ask nearly any business owner, they will tell you that staffing is one...
3 Reasons to Choose Your Community

Monday, July 28, 2014

Participating in Your Community = Better Community Most of us know that participating in your community makes your community better. When you start a business, do your best work at your job, join an organization or start an event in your community, you are creating the community you want to live in.
Success in the County Site Analysis Program

Monday, July 21, 2014

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:   South Dakota has long been a state that values local control. From cities, townships and counties to fire protection, rural ambulance...
10,000 Friends of Rural America

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get to Know 10,000 Friends of Rural America 10,000 Friends of Rural America is an informal partnership of 30 nonpartisan national, regional and local nonprofits coordinated by Stand Up for...
Retail Management: Inventory Turnover

Monday, July 14, 2014

Retail Management: Inventory Turnover by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   Managing inventory has to be one of the biggest challenges for retailers, and it...
A House Where Memories Will be Built

Monday, June 30, 2014

“We wanted to do something more for our children, to give them a home to grow up in and start to build their memories,” said...
Pricing your Products and Services

Thursday, June 19, 2014

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   One of the hardest jobs for a small business is effectively pricing their products or services.  Effective...
SD Ag Secretary Urges Youth To Come Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By Rob Nielsen  The tone of the ninth annual Yankton Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Gala was simple — there’s a bright future for South Dakota agriculture...
GROW South Dakota Receives Grant

Monday, June 16, 2014

Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program dba GROW South Dakota was recently awarded a $9,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.  This grant will...
Creating a Positive Narrative About Rural

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Craig Schroeder had the great privilege of working with colleagues and rural leaders at the Center for Small Towns' Rural Migration Symposium in Morris, MN...
Regional Economic Developers Roundtable

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The next Regional Economic Development Roundtable quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lake Area Technical Institute beginning at 10 a.m. in...
Now Is The Time!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To schedule a time to visit about opportunities to attract young people to your community, please contact Craig Schroeder at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at
Employers Looking To Fill Jobs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  More than a quarter of the state's workforce is at or nearing retirement age and many employers are concerned about filling jobs.
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In South Dakota

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Despite what much of the U.S. thinks, there’s more to South Dakota than snow and ice. Mind you, there’s a lot of that too, but this state is honestly just fantastic. Mt. Rushmore calls this place home, as did Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. It’s the site of some of the most amazing fossil beds for mammoths and dinosaurs in the world,...
GOED Kicks Off 2014 Training Opportunities

Friday, April 11, 2014

he GOED will also be offering training on its Request for Information (RFI) process in Pierre on April 10 and Rapid City on April 25 and in Watertown on June 11.
Capital For A Day Invitations

Monday, April 07, 2014

Interested communities should fill out an application and submit it to the Governor’s Office. For more information, contact Kris Erickson at 605.773.3661 or
Leadercast Aberdeen

Monday, March 31, 2014

Registration now open, click HERE to learn more: For the sixth straight year, Leadercast is coming to the Aberdeen Area.  Last year, we served over 200...
March 2014 Newsletter

Monday, March 17, 2014

In this issue: GROW South Dakota Receives Funding to Strengthen Rural Communities Housing Funds Available!!! GROW CEO Completes Leadership Program   GROW South Dakota Receives Funding to Strengthen Rural Communities GROW...
Hobbies Not Best Business Opportunities

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Turning a hobby into a successful business also requires that the owner bring in new skill sets such as bookkeeping, marketing, inventory control and customer relations. It also might include taking out the trash. 
Housing Funds Available

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

If you are purchasing a home or are in need of housing repair, GROW South Dakota is your one stop shop for anything housing related....
Faulkton: A Model of Community Possibility

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We Believe in Possible! At a recent community meeting to inform and celebrate Faulkton’s development successes, leaders speak to how Dakota Resources has assisted in expanding...
South Dakota MarketPlace moves to Aberdeen

Saturday, March 01, 2014

MarketPlace brings together two things that rural small business owners and entrepreneurs need- networking opportunities and access to information.  The presenters, exhibitors and other attendees are a great source of both information and inspiration.
GROW South Dakota makes housing a development priority

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Most people know us for economic development,” said Lori Finnesand CEO of GROW South Dakota, “but we’ve seen a need for housing in every community we serve. Really, housing and economic development go hand in hand.”
Rural Community Action in Eureka SD

Thursday, February 27, 2014

By Wanda Jundt, Executive Director of ECDC The Eureka Community Development Company is always interested in new ideas, new ways of doing things, involving new people in...
Affordable Care Act Update For Small Businesses

Friday, February 21, 2014

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   As implementation of the Affordable Care Act kicks into high gear, here’s a few items that small...
3 Reasons High Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No longer does a college education guarantee a secure, well-paying job, so students need to be equipped with the skills to be self-sufficient in this new marketplace — no matter what their post-graduation plans may be.
Aberdeen's Mayor lauds Regional Vitality

Friday, February 07, 2014

By Elisa Sand Aberdeen News Co. Aberdeen is a big draw to area residents, Mayor Mike Levsen said Thursday in his annual State of the...
Online Healthcare Courses

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New Tec, Inc offers Healthcare Courses that are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience.  Each course was developed to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to excel in a professional healthcare environment. 
Business Lending Newsletter

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In this Newsletter: Business Cards Do's and Don'ts Apply Here for a GROW South Dakota Business Loan The Governor's Giant Vision Awards Read the newsletter here
January 2014 Newsletter

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In this issue: Grow South Dakota Launches Endowment in 2014 Winners Announced for Big Idea Competition South Dakota Housing Awarded $1.8 Million i Housing Opportunity Funds $487,500 in Housing...
Home Improvement Grants Available

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peoples State Bank, Summit "Member FDIC" an Equal Housing Lender and GROW South Dakota are currently implementing an Affordable Housing Program for home improvements. The...
December 2013 Newsletter

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Be sure to check out this exciting December issue of GROW South Dakota's newsletter! In this issue: 35 Years of Combined Service with GROW South Dakota Understanding the...
Governor Announces Economic Development Grants

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Article by:  SD Ready to Work     PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Daugaard announced today the award of nine grants, totaling close to $1.8 million, for economic...
Awesome Feeling Being New Homeowner in Mobridge

Monday, July 08, 2013

Article by: South Dakota Housing Development Authority Mobridge, SD – June 18, 2013 Across the country, events and celebrations are underway to recognize the American Dream of...
Small Business Marketing Seminar

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Join us for this FREE seminar to develop and implement a marketing plan for your small business.   Are you getting the most out of your marketing...
June 2013 Newsletter

Saturday, June 01, 2013

In this issue: Open House: Help NESDEC Celebrate 35 Years June is National Homeownership Month NeighborWorks Week is June 1-8 National Small Business Week Bush Foundation Coffee Chat Download the June...
USDA Support Helps Foundry Workers Save their Jobs

Monday, May 20, 2013

Article By: USDA   |   Tammi Schone, South Dakota USDA Public Information Coordinator   It has been nine years since the employees of the Mereen-Johnson Foundry banded together...
May is Community Action Month

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The national office of the Community Action Partnership designates May as National Community Action Month to recognize Community Action Agencies’ work fighting poverty on the...
May 2013 Newsletter

Friday, May 03, 2013

In this issue: GROW South Dakota Awarded Funding from Federal Loan Bank May is Community Action Month "I wanted to stay in my own home. I didn't want...
April 2013 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In this issue: South Dakota Establishes the Housing Opportunity Fund Home Matters GROW South Dakota Receives Funding from NeighborWorks Staff Members Receive Certifications Download Newsletter Here
GROW South Dakota Valuable Partner

Friday, April 05, 2013

Since 1978 GROW South Dakota, also known as NESDEC, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has managed a revolving loan fund that serves new and existing...
South Dakota ranks 12th in personal income

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PIERRE — South Dakota ranks 12th in the nation for personal income. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says that South Dakota’s personal income from 2000...
January Newsletter

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In this Issue: - Energy Audits: Lowering utility bills by increasing energy efficiency - Volunteer Spotlight: Viola Hanson - Big Idea Competition Winners Announced - Quick Books: The Basics Training - Quick Books: Inventory and Payroll Training   
SBA Newsletter - October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

IN this issue: 8 Common Website Mistakes you Don't Want to Make. Also, Information on Profit Mastery University and Individual Staff Contact Information.
September Newsletter

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stories included in this month's issue:  GROW South Dakota Staff Members Attend Rockyford School Grand Opening  |   GROW South Dakota Receives Community Economic Development Award   |   GROW South Dakota Receives Grant
What brought you back to your rural roots?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Reporting by Bill Krikac, Clark County Courier; Doug Card, Britton Journal, Garrick Moritz, Faulk County Record; George Thompson, Reporter & Farmer; and Becky Froehlich, Dakotafire...
September 2013 Newsletter

Monday, September 02, 2013

In this issue: Home Energy Assesments and Improvements Are you looking for a place to call home? Let GROW South Dakota help! GROW South Dakota Receives Certification for...
July 2013 Newsletter

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

In This Issue: NESDEC Celebrates 35 Years During NeighborWorks Week Mobridge Renter Becomes Homeowner after Twenty Years GROW Staff Visit Washington DC Veterans Home Loans Business Lending Download the July 2013...
Business Owners Need to be Lifelong Learners

Friday, October 05, 2012

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director Each of us has a need for continuing education no matter what profession we are in. For small business owners, this need is heightened. There are so many things a business owner needs to know and so many demands on your time. It's not likely the boss (i.e., you) is going to send you off to...
Business Owners Need to be Lifelong Learners

Friday, July 20, 2012

Each of us has a need for continuing education no matter what profession we are in. For small business owners, this need is heightened. There are so many things a business owner needs to know and so many demands on your time. It's not likely the boss (i.e., you) is going to send you off to a week-long training session. Fortunately, the Internet is a...
Newsletter, December 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

More than 110,000 South Dakotans are living at or below federal poverty level, according to the 2010 census. “This is the everyday reality of thousands of South Dakotans. Understanding that reality will help us change it,” said Marcia Erickson, NESDCAP Chief Executive Officer.
Newsletter, February 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The 2010 tax season is in full swing. The NESDCAP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program reaches residents of northeast South Dakota who are in need of free tax preparation through a variety of methods: 1) Two Site Locations: NESDCAP has tax preparation sites in Webster, Sisseton and Aberdeen available for appointments from January 19 through April 15, 2011.
Newsletter, December 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program was pleased to host a series of listening sessions in conjunction with the Bush Foundation. These convening's provided an opportunity for community members to connect with others and hear how they talk about the future and the opportunities and challenges that each community and its individuals face. Each of the participants suggestions for the future were shared with...
Newsletter, July 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program is pleased to announce their partnership in the 502 Direct Loan Program. The purpose of this agreement is to increase participation in USDA Rural Development Direct Section 502 Single Family Loan Programs. The main focus of these low-interest loans are individuals and families living in persistent poverty and predominately Native American communities and underserved counties in eastern South...
Newsletter, March 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

The NESDCAP office is offering tax preparation again this year with their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). VITA is an IRS program designed to help low and moderate income tax payers complete their annual tax returns and e-file at no cost. This years VITA staff includes Paula Jensen, Linda Eggers, LeAnn Glynn, Deb Kuecker and Wade Veflin.
Newsletter, December 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

As of December 31, 2009, Bob Hull will be leaving his position as advisor for NESDCAP and NESDEC. As we wish him the best on his future endeavors, the NESDCAP and NESDEC offices would like to reflect on Bob’s years of service throughout the agency. Bob was the key instrument in founding the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation in 1978, which he sites as “his...
Newsletter, September 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) finances business development in the counties of Beadle, Brown, Buffalo, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hand, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Marshall, McPherson, Miner, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink and Walworth in northeast South Dakota. NESDEC loans, in partnership with other local lenders, have proven to be a useful tool for economic development in the region. NESDEC?s mission is to...
Newsletter, June 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

GROW South Dakota was awarded a $5,000 grant to assist with building a Revolving Loan Fund for business start ups or expansions. This grant was presented through the South Dakota Community Foundation’s statewide grant program.
Newsletter, March 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The beginning of February meant the beginning of the 2009 VITA Income Tax program at the NESDCAP office. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), is an IRS program designed to help low and moderate income tax payers complete their annual tax returns and e-file at no cost. This years VITA staff includes Paula Jensen, Linda Eggers, LeAnn Glynn, and Deb Kuecker.
Newsletter, December 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

The tax season will soon be upon us and the question is, “What will you do with your tax refund?” Splitting a refund enables taxpayers to deposit their money where they want it in the first place and build wealth for their future. A taxpayer can now allocate the refund among up to three different accounts at up to three different U.S. banks, mutual funds,...
Newsletter, September 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Given the long history of the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation in the 22-county target area, its products and services are well known in the region. Under the leadership of Lori Finnesand, Executive Director, and Marcia Erickson, Deputy Director, NESDEC provides economic opportunities to the residents of its service area, through small business loans, business development services, and partnerships with financial institutions and other business...
Newsletter, June 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What is National NeighborWorks® Week? National NeighborWorks® Week is a celebration of the accomplishments of the NeighborWorks® network working in more than 4,414 communities across the nation. It offers a chance for all of us to contribute to the remarkable transformation of distressed neighborhoods in our communities.
Newsletter, March 2008

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Tax credits can help you pay part of the cost of raising a family, going to college, saving for retirement, making energy-saving improvements to your home and getting daycare so you can work or go to school. Each year, many taxpayers overlook them, even though they often qualify for one or more of these credits. Though both tax deductions and credits can save you money,...
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