GROW SD in the News

Loan Supports Young Entrepreneur’s Daycare Dreams in Philip

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A young entrepreneur is pursuing her dream of owning her own daycare business, thanks to the help of a loan from GROW South Dakota. Hallie Konst was born and raised in Philip, South Dakota. She has always loved children and caring for people. She considered pursuing a teaching degree but opted to study business management because she thought it would translate to a higher paying job after graduation. In the end, she figured out a way to combine her passion with her schooling by purchasing an existing Philip daycare in 2017 and opening Konst Kids Daycare. The daycare facility in Philip has been...
GROW SD Grant Supports Faulkton Elevator Mural

Monday, July 09, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received a grant that will support a unique mural going up in Faulkton this summer. Australian artist Guido van Helten, who has created large murals on public buildings around the world, will be painting images representative of the people of the Faulkton area on the grain elevator there. GROW SD received a grant from a Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) program meant to support arts and culture projects that help drive economic development.  Van Helten was recruited to Faulkton to paint the Agtegra elevator in order to create a one-of-a-kind South Dakota artwork in the town...
Unique Board Structure Guides GROW South Dakota

Monday, July 09, 2018

GROW South Dakota is not a typical nonprofit organization. Governing an affiliation of three separate, independent nonprofits with complementary missions and shared staff can be a challenge, but the boards of directors of the three agencies are up to the task. Each organization has its own board of directors. NESDCAP, founded as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, has a 15-member board, divided into groups serving from three sets of counties in the 17-county service area. By law, board members must represent low-income, private, or public official constituencies. NESDEC also has a 15-member board representing its 22-county service area....
GROW SD Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Business Loan Special

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In 1978, GROW South Dakota made its first business loans. In the 40 years since then, the agency has had significant impact on businesses and communities throughout northeastern South Dakota and beyond. To celebrate this milestone, GROW SD is offering a business loan special.   GROW SD’s revolving loan fund was established in 1978 with the purpose of supporting economic development in 22 northeastern South Dakota counties through small business loans and job creation. Since that time, the agency has made 2,009 loans for a total of more than $69.7 million to 1,214 area businesses (as of 3/31/18). These loans have assisted...
Celebrating Homeownership Month

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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 stable lives for families and creating stronger neighborhoods and communities. Homeownership is always a focus for GROW South Dakota, as we provide a variety of products and services to help people purchase or improve their homes. GROW SD has made 324 loans this year. GROW SD is putting three newly constructed single family homes on the market in Sisseton. These two bedroom, two bath homes include a two-car garage and are 1,140-1,230 square feet. Construction of...
GROW SD Celebrates Community during NeighborWorks Week

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

During NeighborWorks Week, GROW South Dakota will host two open houses on June 6, 11 AM to 6 PM, with lunch being served 11 AM to 2 PM. The homes are located at 616 8th Ave E., and 105 Arnie Dr., Sisseton, SD. This year’s theme is “Advancing Opportunity,” and NeighborWorks organizations advance opportunity by empowering residents and communities with the tools, skills and services they need to help everyone thrive. GROW South Dakota and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness,...
Celebrating Homeownership in June

Monday, June 04, 2018

June is National Homeownership Month. It’s a time to celebrate the positive effect homebuying can have on household wealth and neighborhood stability as well as our region’s overall economic health. Homeownership is a part of the quintessential American Dream. But for many people, the idea of buying a house is daunting. There are many common misperceptions about the homebuying process. One of the most prominent is that buyers must save 20 percent for a down payment. In reality, the majority of first-time homebuyers put down 6 percent or less.  GROW South Dakota has long been a valuable resource for homebuyers. The organization...
Facilitating Strong Communities, Celebrating NeighborWorks Week

Thursday, May 31, 2018

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community … Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~Cesar Chavez This quote by Chavez speaks to the importance of community engagement. June 2-9 is NeighborWorks week, an opportune time for citizens, businesses and public officials to reflect on local efforts to better our communities and celebrate the progress we’ve made. GROW SD is a part of NeighborWorks America, along with a vast network of local organizations throughout the country. During this week, we...
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 Recession were created by small businesses? Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week. In 2018, this week falls between April 29 and May 5. It’s a time to honor the remarkable contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. For the first time this year, the Small Business Alliance is hosting a virtual conference as part of National Small Business Week. This is a wonderful opportunity for...
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 can make in improving their communities. The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) dba GROW South Dakota has been at it for 50 years. It was created in 1966, soon after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created Community Action Agencies as part of the War on Poverty. GROW South Dakota was established to wage the war on poverty by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and...
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 Recession were created by small businesses? Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week. In 2018, this week falls between April 29 and May 5. It’s a time to honor the remarkable contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. For the first time this year, the Small Business Alliance is hosting a virtual conference as part of National Small Business Week. This is a wonderful opportunity for...
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 like car repairs or doctor’s appointments can quickly translate into debt. April is Financial Literacy Month, a perfect excuse to get a jump start on healthier financial habits, such as budgeting, saving and taking general control of one’s finances for the future. Many of us were taught how to balance a checkbook in high school. But education about how to manage debt, reduce spending or establish a long-range financial plan is less common. Financial literacy is a life...
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 Directors. The board member will represent constituents from Clark, Codington, Day, Grant, Marshall, and Roberts counties. If you would like further information, please contact Lori Finnesand at 605-698-7654 or lori@growsd.org.  For more information about GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services, please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call (605) 698-7654.
Down Payment Funds Deploying Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received $4.1 million in funding to support down payment assistance for families with low to moderate income. In April 2017, GROW SD received funding from Project Reinvest for 200 deferred loans at $10,500 each and was expected to deploy them within two years. In November, 2017, the Wells Fargo Neighborhood LIFT funding for 225 forgivable loans at $7,500 each was launched and also had a two-year deployment time. In both programs, the down payment assistance was paired with a first mortgage typically financed by a Grow SD approved lender. As of late March 2018, GROW SD has...
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 to day operations.  Here’s a couple reason why you should pay attention to the recent tax law changes. Payroll Issues – The tax tables used to calculate withholding for paychecks have changed significantly.  First, make sure you (or your payroll service) is using the most recent tax tables (IRS Publication 15).  If you are using a payroll software, be sure to update it before every payroll so you are using current tables.  The new 2018 tables...
GROW SD Receives State Farm® Grant to Support Small Business

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota (GROW SD) recently received a Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm for its technical assistance (TA) program for small business borrowers. The purpose of the project is to assist small business loan applicants prepare to borrow money and grow their business. The TA provided by GROW SD business loan officers will support business owners in various aspects of their operations. Each business will have different needs, but in general, TA comprises starting or expanding a business before, during, and after financing. NESDEC primarily serves northeastern South Dakota, but the...
Aberdeen to Host 2018 SD Women’s Business Conference

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

On March 9, 2018, women business leaders from across the state will gather in Aberdeen, South Dakota for The Women’s Business Conference. The one-day will, encourage, inspire and educate female executives and entrepreneurs. For more than a year, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (Women’s Business Center) has been planning the event along with a team of local volunteers. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dee Dee Raap, BHSU School of Business Professor Dr. Barbara Looney, a panel of local women executives, and local women-owned business entrepreneurs. Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director, and GROW South Dakota’s Loan Officer,...
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 that affect respiratory health in the United States. There are many tips you can take to improve indoor air quality in your home: • Cleaning up any mold problems and controlling moisture • Changing furnace filters and keeping air ducts clean • Living in a smoke-free environment • Keeping your home clean and dust free • Installing carbon monoxide alarms • Installing an air purifier to help keep the air inside your home as clean as possible • Using safe practices when renovating Weatherization...
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. The count is mandated by HUD. Again this year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW SD will support the 17 NESDCAP counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for this year’s count is January 23.   Last year, participation in the count by NESDCAP’s 17 counties increased from...
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 the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will allow NESDEC to help finance the expansion of the Dakota Provisions Turkey Processing Plant in Huron, South Dakota, to provide a retail ready-to-eat food line of lean meat turkey products. NESDEC will provide a working capital loan along with no-cost business development services to Dakota Provisions in order to help create a...
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 through coaching efforts that helped hundreds of potential home buyers. These interested people received assistance in learning more about the process and making them ready to be successful. The following highlights success with the coaching program: A single mother reached out to GROW SD for guidance on applying for a home loan, when she first came to our office, she had credit issues as she had unpaid judgements.  After being instructed to pay off the judgments and...
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 receive up to $15,000 in matching funds to renovate their single family properties under a program operated by the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC). The financial support will be in the form of a forgivable loan.   The program requires that property owners supply funds at least equal to NESDEC funding for a proposed project. The minimum total cost of a project is $6,000 ($3,000 from the owner and $3,000 from NESDEC). NESDEC’s maximum contribution may...
GROW SD Uses State Farm® Grant to Prepare Homebuyers

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

GROW SD Uses State Farm® Grant to Prepare Homebuyers New homebuyers in South Dakota are more prepared for homeownership thanks to GROW South Dakota’s Preparing Homebuyers project and the help of a Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm. The project supports prospective homebuyers in evaluating their readiness to purchase a home, preparing to apply for a mortgage, and building their understanding of all aspects of owning a home. The grant funded an information sheet on basic steps in preparing for homeownership. GROW SD began the project with a goal of reaching at least 200 people with homeownership information. Through a variety of...
Kelly Weaver Recognized for Providing Exceptional Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017

News announcement from Small Business Development Center & America's SBDC ABERDEEN, S.D - Kelly Weaver, regional director of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen, is being recognized as a strong advocate for small businesses. Weaver, who has been with the SBDC since 1998, has been named South Dakota’s “State Star” for 2017 by America’s SBDC, the national trade association for the SBDC network. Weaver and State Star winners from other states were honored recently at the America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville. Weaver was selected for the award by her peers, in part, for her work with the South Dakota...
BIG Idea Competition Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Special Speaker and Entrepreneurship Survey

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The BIG Idea Competition—the business idea contest for South Dakota high school students—is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017 with a few new wrinkles. The basics of the competition remain the same as they have since its founding in 2007. High school students are invited to work individually or in small teams to produce a description of a business idea and enter it at www.bigideasd.com by October 31. After judging by hundreds of volunteers statewide, the top eight finalists will present their ideas at a final event on December 7 in Aberdeen. Winners receive cash prizes and scholarships from Northern...
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 years before she learned the store was going to close by year-end.  Although she was an experienced cosmetologist, it left her with an employment uncertainty. The owner of a small town hair salon in a neighboring community recently retired and was looking to rent out her existing space. That opportunity couldn’t have came at a better time for Lindsey. She decided to take a leap and start her own business in a rural South Dakota community....
Down Payment Loan Makes New Home a Possibility

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jeff and Judy lived in a Sioux Falls apartment and had been planning to buy a home for years. They found a place they liked, and they could afford the monthly mortgage payment, but after years of increasing rent, it had been hard for them to save money for a down payment. Jeff’s disability and their fixed income further complicated the situation. So they approached GROW South Dakota. The GROW SD loan officer connected Jeff and Judy with a down payment and closing cost loan, which provided funds to cover those costs. The result is that they now have a home...
GROW SD Receives State Farm® Grant to Prepare Homebuyers

Friday, March 31, 2017

GROW South Dakota recently received a Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm for its Preparing Homebuyers project. The purpose of the project is to support prospective homebuyers in evaluating their readiness to purchase a home, preparing to apply for a mortgage, and building their understanding of all aspects of owning a home. The grant will fund the preparation of an information sheet on basic steps in preparing for homeownership as well as coaching by GROW South Dakota staff to make a successful application for a home mortgage. The project has a goal of particularly supporting low-income potential homebuyers. The grant...
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 in June. Using a unique "inside-out" concept, the exterior doors and windows of the Siston Theater will become individual screens projecting images that reflect the community's identity for people passing by on the sidewalk or street. The project is a joint effort of GROW SD and the Sisseton Arts Council with support from a Rural LISC Arts and Culture Grant and the South Dakota Arts Council. Next week's Courier will feature another of the art projects to...
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 Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive housing development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of housing development with instruction in single-family home ownership finance, multi-family housing development finance, housing development finance including problem solving and deal structuring, and the creation and implementation of development programs. The four HDFP Certification Program courses range from three to five days in length and concludes with an exam....
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 May 15. Eligibility for the program is based on the number of people in the household and the gross income of everyone in the household.   Applications can be obtained by calling toll free 1-800-233-8503 or online at http://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/energyassistance. Energy assistance funds are distributed on a first-come, first serve basis.
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 in the driver seat more than ever.  Accustomed to having an unlimited selection of products at their fingertips, customers are beginning to crave experience over stuff.  The good news is that small independent retailers are better positioned to offer that experience. Consumers are looking for products and services customized to their specific needs and in line with their values and interests.  We have begun to see the decline of mass marketers with store closings by the...
GROW SD Celebrates Anniversary by Giving Back and Paying Forward

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

In 2016, GROW South Dakota celebrated its 50th anniversary of the establishment of NESDCAP and the beginning of its mission of serving the people of South Dakota in housing, economic and community development. In recognition of that milestone, the boards of each GROW SD organization authorized the expenditure of funds to give back to the communities the organizations have supported through the Pay-It-Forward Program. Through the program, each staff member and board member received $50 to donate to a community organization. The program was supported in part through a grant from NeighborWorks America. “We value our board members and staff and...
GROW SD To Participate in the 2017 Homeless Count

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Every year, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state. The count is mandated by HUD. This year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW SD will support the 17 NESDCAP counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for this year’s count is January 24. Less than half of South Dakota’s counties participated in the 2016 count, and only eight of NESDCAP’s 17 counties did. To...
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. In 2012, Duenwald Transportation, LLC submitted, and won, the bid for the Clark School District school bus contract. It was then that Dan established Duenwald Transportation, LLC. The business consists of multiple lines of business including; school bus routes, party buses, luxury coach buses, isowean pig hauling, servicing many area school buses and school bus driver in-service training. In 2014 the business was growing leaps and bounds. New busses were being added to the fleet and...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Eureka Thrift Store

Monday, December 26, 2016

Successful communities depend on organizations and people that make things happen. Sometimes organizations make things happen for other organizations. The Eureka Thrift Store is one of those. The store is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Craig Rau, a GROW SD board member, chose to support the Eureka Thrift Store because it in turn supports the women’s shelter, local food pantry, and ministerial association in...
Marshall County VFW Receives Pay-It-Forward Donation

Thursday, December 22, 2016

America as a whole owes a debt of gratitude for the service of its veterans who have served the country. The same applies at the local level, and many communities rely on local organizations to carry out that sense of appreciation. Service organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars are involved in many volunteer and charitable activities to support local communities and veterans in particular. For that reason, Marshall County VFW Post 3507 is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone,...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Britton Lions Club

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Successful communities are made up of many people and organizations who contribute to the overall good of their hometown. Service clubs are the backbone of many rural communities, and the Britton Lions Club is one of the reasons Britton was recognized as South Dakota’s Community of the Year. The Lions Club is involved in many volunteer and charitable activities to support the quality of life, in Britton and for that reason it is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Webster Library

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Libraries are important to communities that want to get ahead. As more and more information becomes available, libraries remain one of the primary places where anyone can have access to information in all kinds of forms. As a result, the Webster Public Library is a vital part of its community. The library is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Katie Rasmus, GROW South Dakota program...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Miller Helping Hands

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Successful communities depend on organizations that look out for people in need. Miller Helping Hands is one of those. The food pantry and thrift store is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Lori Finnesand, co-CEO of GROW South Dakota, chose to support Miller Helping Hands because it meets food, clothing and other needs in the Miller area through its food pantry and thrift store. “We value...
South Dakota Community Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) has awarded a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC). Since 1978, NESDEC has significantly impacted economic development in its 22-county service area by supporting business ownership, jobs, and homeownership. This grant will assist with supplementing NESDEC’s Revolving Loan Fund's Loan Loss Reserve for loans.   Pictured are: Ginger Niemann, SDCF Program Officer and Dustin Bragg, Grow SD   About the SDCF Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF administers approximately $250 million in total assets for over 760...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Langford Daycare

Monday, November 28, 2016

Childcare is an obvious priority for parents and is becoming more and more important for communities. For two-working parent or single-parent families, daycare is a crucial need, and daycare businesses are growing. The Langford Daycare is the only one in Langford, and is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Rebecca Honl, GROW SD loan officer, chose to support the Daycare because they are fundamental for...
Weatherization Day Celebrated on October 30th

Monday, October 31, 2016

Each year, October 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day marks 40 years of the weatherization program and is an annual opportunity to bring attention to the fact that low-income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. Weatherization provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden these families endure. Weatherization programs not only save energy through advanced technologies to improve the energy affordability for low-income families, but also save lives and improve the health and safety of families by identifying carbon monoxide hazards, poor indoor air quality, mold, and other health...
Certified Navigators to Assist During Open Enrollment

Monday, October 31, 2016

With open enrollment for 2017 under away, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced $63 million in Navigator grant awards to returning and new organizations.  These awards will support local in-person assistance to help consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in the wide variety of Marketplace coverage options.  “We are committed to making sure consumers have all the resources they need to find the right plan,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplace.  “We know in-person assistance is critical to connecting individuals and families with quality, affordable health coverage that best meets their needs.” Navigators are trained individuals and...
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 studies of the outstanding work being done in community development, as well as innovative solutions in affordable housing.  The strength of the NeighborWorks network and GROW SD’s experience and peer-to-peer resources allow it to not only leverage expertise, but also build an elite solution-based platform to improve lives and strengthen communities to overcome even the toughest of challenges.   The GROW SD case study in the book focuses on its work with regional partners to promote...
Customer Service: What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Monday, October 24, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director As we embark on the busiest retail season of the year, a focus on customer service is important.  Let’s face it, no matter how well trained your staff, things can still go wrong.  While companies providing good service try to limit those occurrences as much as possible, a company can truly set themselves apart by the way a bad situation is handled.  Your response could be the difference between winning over a customer for life and creating a vocal detractor of your business.  Here are some specific steps to Professional Recovery – how...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Groton Baseball/Softball Program

Monday, October 24, 2016

Providing recreational opportunities helps build communities in many ways. It develops personal fitness as well as team-building, competition, and cooperation skills. The Groton Youth Baseball/Softball Program supports many age levels in pursuing the national pastime. The Baseball/Softball Program is a recipient of a donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. GROW SD Housing loan officer Brenda Waage donated $50 to the Groton Youth Baseball/Softball Program in honor of her own sons’...
Britton Baseball and Softball Program Receives Pay-It-Forward Donation

Friday, October 07, 2016

Community development builds the strengths and resources of a community in many ways. A key resource to build in any community is its youth. The Britton Baseball and Softball Program is a program that does just that by offering recreational opportunities that develop fitness as well as team-building, competition, and cooperation skills. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Kristin Hofland, GROW SD assistant...
Local Entrepreneur Celebrates Women's Small Business Month

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Janelle Swanson is an entrepreneur and has always found a way to get paid for something she is passionate about. This time, it was animals. “I have always loved animals,” stated Janelle, "and I was hearing that people were taking their pets outside of town to board them." So she decided to startup a business called Paws & Claws – this is in addition to the business she already operates as a commodity broker. Paws & Claws is a facility located in Britton and specializes in boarding and grooming pets. Janelle contacted GROW South Dakota and Glacial Lakes Area Development, a...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Eden Fire Department

Thursday, September 22, 2016

All communities do their best to maintain safety and security and to prepare for the possibility of something going wrong. Fire departments can seem to be an invisible form of preparation, until they are needed.  In small rural communities, volunteer departments can seem even more valuable, because of the commitment made by people in all walks of life to protect their neighbors. The Eden Volunteer Fire Department is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member...
Beautification Projects Take Shape in Sisseton

Monday, September 19, 2016

A soaring bald eagle will soon grace the north wall of the former Boys and Girls Club on Oak Street. GROW South Dakota, which owns the building, received a grant from the Sisseton Economic Development Corporation to upgrade its façade and has engaged Sisseton Middle School visual arts teacher Alexis Monroe and Nick Blaske to produce a mural that represents the diversity of the Sisseton community. The mural will depict a bald eagle flying against a multi-colored sunrise. In describing the design, Ms. Monroe said, “We chose an eagle design for its symbolism: our national bird, a ruler of the skies,...
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 four recipients who received the honor this year.
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Fort Pierre Economic Development

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For decades, South Dakota’s rural communities have seen the need to be proactive about sustaining growth. Since 1986, the Fort Pierre Economic Development Corporation has been promoting business growth and retention, tourism, and quality of life and making a difference in Fort Pierre and Stanley County. The program is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Marcia Erickson, GROW South Dakota CEO, chose to support the Fort...
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 questions and listen to group concerns. The Commissioner was joined by Deputy Commissioner Aaron Scheible, Research and Community Development Director Joe Fiala, and Finance Director Cassie Stoeser. For several years, GROW SD has facilitated quarterly Regional Roundtable meetings of the group in northeastern South Dakota. Dozens of leaders attend these impactful meetings, which typically include one or two speakers on topics relevant to rural development, followed by discussion and roundtable sharing. Participants share challenges and learn...
GROW South Dakota Participates in Media Relations Program

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Early this summer, NeigborWorks America notified GROW SD that it had been selected to participate in its regional media relations program. In the program, the NeighborWorks media relations team will work with GROW SD and other network organizations to cultivate editorial and news coverage in print, online and broadcast outlets. Loan officer Rebecca Honl, who also leads GROW SD’s marketing and public relations efforts, is the point person for the project and will participate in a national kickoff in September to launch the program. Honl will also attend a national editorial planning meeting at NeighborWorks in Washington D.C. at the end...
GROW South Dakota Enhances Board Governance with $10,000 Grant from NeighborWorks America

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

GROW South Dakota has received a $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to recognize its work building a stronger and more effective board of directors. Effective boards of directors have been shown to be an essential part of a nonprofit community development corporation’s ability to efficiently deliver services and sustain business operations long-term. The Excellence in Governance program involved a small team of board members and the CEOs to lead the process with the full board.  The GROW South Dakota Leadership Team members were Chair Debbie Anderson of Peever, Vice Chair Dwight Hossle of Faulkton, and Secretary Vikki Day of Highmore, as well...
Heartland Region Backpack Program Receives $50 Pay-It-Forward Donation

Monday, August 22, 2016

Strong communities cannot be built without supporting their most vulnerable citizens, especially the youngest. With that mission in mind, the Heartland Region Backpack Program provides supplemental food items to more than 400 children in the Huron area every week. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Gene Ellenson, a NESDCAP board member, donated to the Backpack program for its role in supporting the future....
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 to be aware of is a doubling of the salary test from $455 to $913 per week effective December 1, 2016.  How do you go about figuring out what it means for your business?  Here’s a few steps to get you started. No salaried employees in your business?  No problem.  Keep paying overtime as required; this rule change does not affect you. If you have any salaried employees that fall below the new threshold salary of $47,476...
Sisseton Swimming Pool Association Received Pay-It-Forward Donation

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Recreation and fitness are key parts of any community, and the people who provide opportunities for residents to play and get in shape make important contributions to the success of their hometowns. The Sisseton Swimming Pool Association does just that for the people of Sisseton, and it is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Joann Curran, GROW SD program support associate, chose to support SSPA....
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 SD might contribute through its programs and services. We are still collecting responses for our 2016 Needs Assessment Survey, but it may be interesting to take a look at some of the results found so far. Looking at their communities, respondents rated the need for a variety of types of programs, products, and services. The following were ranked as the greatest needs by combining ratings as high or moderate needs. Business counseling/training Business loan to start or expand...
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 Dakota, Northville, is doing something to increase available housing. Northville has an estimated population of 148 and former mayor Ruth Clemens has lived there nearly all of her life. She owned land in town and didn’t want to see it sit idle. Ruth sold the property to Grow Spink, a non-profit development organization; with aspirations they would develop the land and build a new home. Grow Spink, who serves all of Spink County, spearheaded the construction...
“Picturing South Dakota” Facebook Photo Contest Winners Named

Monday, August 01, 2016

GROW South Dakota, the statewide community development nonprofit, has announced the winners of its “Picturing South Dakota” photo contest, which invited South Dakotans to submit a photo of their favorite place in the state. Christine Feltes of Yankton won with a photo she called “Beautiful Clouds over Yankton’s Two Bridges.” As the winner, the Yankton Homeless Shelter, the organization she chose, will receive a $50 Pay-It-Forward donation from GROW SD. About her winning entry, Christine said, “I took the photo one evening as I was out for an evening stroll. The cloud formations that evening were beautiful and very unique. I...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Aberdeen Area Humane Society

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Most think of community development as being about building the strengths and creating opportunities for the people of a community. While that’s usually the case, sometimes quality of life is improved when non-humans are taken care of, especially pets that can make life better for their humans.  The Aberdeen Area Humane Society takes on the task of caring and finding homes for pets who are left with them. It’s an important service for any community, and the Society is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years,...
New Overtime Rules to Affect 9,000 South Dakotans and Their Employers This Year

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   In one of the more significant changes of labor laws in recent history, small businesses could be impacted greatly by the new overtime rules that go into effect December 1, 2016.  Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act exempts certain white collar workers from overtime requirements based on a duties test and a salary threshold.  While the duties test has not changed, the salary level for this exemption will nearly double on December 1 from $455 per week to $913 per week (or $47,476 per year).   It is estimated that this change will...
Sisseton Area Partners for Progress Receive Pay-It-Forward Donation

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Successful communities depend on volunteers who care about their hometowns and make things happen. Sisseton Area Partners for Progress (SAPP) is made up of those people. It is a civic/community club that raises money for school and community projects and does several community service projects. SAPP is a recipient of a $150 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Three GROW SD staff members—NESDCAP Finance Director LeAnn Glynn, Project Director and...
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 Housing and Urban Development’s Denver Homeownership Center notified GROW SD of its new status in June. GROW SD has limited funding designated for down payment assistance in South Dakota’s urban areas of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Homebuyers in those cities may be eligible for up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance – a 0% interest deferred mortgage for the purchase of an owner occupied principal residence. For more information on the down payment...
GROW South Dakota Launches “Picturing South Dakota” Facebook Photo Contest

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

GROW South Dakota, a statewide community development nonprofit, is launching “Picturing South Dakota,” a photo contest on its Facebook page. Beginning July 15, the agency invites South Dakotans to take a photo of their favorite place or thing in their South Dakota community and submit it to the contest. In the spirit of community development, the winner will choose a non-profit of their choice to receive a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota.   Picturing South Dakota runs from July 15 through July 25. Contestants must email their photos to picturingSD@growsd.org and include a brief caption for the photo. GROW SD will...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Roncalli Junior Achievement

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Youth are the future of any community; that’s a given. But the future won’t be bright if attention isn’t paid to youth today. By bringing business volunteers into the classroom, Junior Achievement of South Dakota helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. Students learn to own their economic success. The Roncalli fifth grade class program is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Heartland 4-H Rodeo

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The purpose of community development is to build a community’s strengths and resources. One of the most important resources of any community is its youth, and building up youth is a key community development goal. The Heartland 4-H Rodeo is part of the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo program and will be held in Huron on July 16-17. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization....
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Webster Diamond Club

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

When we think about our own recreation, we tend to think of something that’s enjoyable and relaxing and don’t consider the community development aspect. Providing recreational opportunities helps build communities in many ways, developing personal fitness as well as fostering team-building, competition, and cooperation skills. The Webster Diamond Club has a special focus on the community’s baseball and softball facilities, having overseen the building of the Veterans Memorial sports complex. The Diamond Club is a recipient of a donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Pheasant hunting is the national pastime of South Dakota, but it’s not just a recreational activity. The bird represents a major part of the state’s economy and drives significant tourism and economic development support. Pheasants Forever is an organization dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. The Pheasants Forever youth pheasant hunt is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Sisseton Tribal Elderly Program

Monday, June 06, 2016

Communities that are moving forward don’t forget where they’ve been or who got them there. While some might overlook their elderly citizens, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Elderly Program makes sure that the generations who built their community remain part of it. The program is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Sherri Skjonsberg, GROW South Dakota project coordinator, chose to support the Tribal Elderly Program because...
Business Loans Available from GROW SD Current 3.99% Special

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

GROW South Dakota, the statewide community and economic development nonprofit, has invested more than $64 million in small businesses in South Dakota over 50 years, and it continues to make affordable financing available for local businesses. Currently, it is offering a business loan special: a 5-year, 3.99% loan for up to $50,000—available through August 31, 2016.   Overall, business loans can range from $500-$250,000. GROW SD will finance new or existing businesses, supporting real estate, equipment, inventory or working capital. Loans are secured by collateral. GROW SD often partners with banks to provide joint financing. Businesses interested in the current special or...
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 stable lives for families and creating stronger neighborhoods and communities. Homeownership is always a focus for GROW SD, as we provide a variety of products and services to help people purchase or improve their homes. Our talented GROW SD staff members are prepared to help households with their housing goals, and many recently upgraded their skills by attending a variety of training programs at the NeighborWorks America National Training Institute in Los Angeles, May 2-6. All...
GROW SD Pays-It-Forward and Gives Back for NeighborWorks Week

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Across the country, residents and volunteers are doing a variety of projects as part of a weeklong celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week (June 4-12). For GROW South Dakota, NeighborWorks Week represents a chance to continue its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary of supporting community and economic development in South Dakota. One way GROW SD is recognizing this milestone has been to invite board members and staff to Pay-It-Forward by giving back to organizations that share its mission of building communities. The organization has provided $50 to each board and staff member to make such donations...
Langford Summer Rec Program Receives Pay-It-Forward Donation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Community development is fundamentally about building the strengths and resources of a community, and it can occur in a variety of ways. One of the key resources of any community is its youth, and building up youth is a key community development strategy. The Langford Summer Recreation Program is a program that does just that by offering recreational opportunities to develop fitness as well as team-building, competition, and cooperation skills. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff...
Family Crisis Center Receives Pay-It-Forward Donation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years and to celebrate each staff and board member has been given $50 to donate to a community organization. The Family Crisis Center in Redfield received a $50 donation as part of GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative.     Mark Nelson, a GROW South Dakota loan officer, matched it with a personal $50 donation for a combined $100 donation. The Family Crisis Center is a non-profit corporation that provides education, awareness, and temporary housing for domestic violence and assault victims in Spink, Faulk, and Hand Counties. Since completion of the facility in August...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Aberdeen Library Project

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Forward-thinking communities need places to think. Information is more valuable than ever these days, and libraries still remain one of the best places for people of all ages and all means to have access to information. In Aberdeen, the community is moving forward with a project to build a 21st century library. The project is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative.   GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to donate to a community organization. Patrick Gallagher, GROW South...
May is Community Action Month-Observing 50 Years of Community Action Service to South Dakota

Monday, May 02, 2016

On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.   Recently, the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) dba GROW South Dakota celebrated their 50th year of community action in South Dakota. GROW South Dakota is a non-profit agency serving the following 17 counties in South Dakota:...
Future Business Leaders of America Receives Pay-It-Forward Donation

Monday, May 02, 2016

GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate each staff and board member has been given $50 to donate to a community organization. During the state conference the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) received a $50 donation as part of GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative.     Kelly Weaver, the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center (hosted by GROW South Dakota), donated $50 to the youth organization. FBLA is a nation-wide organization for high school students whose mission is to bring business and education together. This is done through innovative leadership and career development...
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 clients, board members, volunteers, staff, and other supporters to its second Gala, which was held at the Ramkota Convention Center in Aberdeen.   In addition to enjoying food and good conversation, guests enjoyed a great program. Tom Farber, GROW SD Board member, served as MC for the evening and provided a historical overview of the contributions and highlights of GROW’s first 50 years. Farber noted since 1966 more than $63.1 million has been invested in single and...
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 can make in improving their communities. NESDCAP dba GROW South Dakota has been at it for 50 years, since soon after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created Community Action Agencies as part of the War on Poverty.   GROW South Dakota was established to wage the war on poverty by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of families and individuals by providing support and instruction...
Small Business Week Highlights GROW SD Economic Development

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that May 1-7 is National Small Business Week featuring the theme “Dream Big, Start Small.”   Supporting small business has been an integral part of GROW South Dakota’s economic development focus for 50 years. Since it launched in 1966, GROW SD has invested over $64.4 million in small businesses across South Dakota. Through 2015, nearly 2,000 new and existing businesses have received small business loans from GROW, and these investments have helped create or maintain nearly 11,500 jobs. Loans have primarily supported companies in the service, retail, and wholesale sectors as well as several dozen small...
Staff Pay-It-Forward to Sisseton Youth Baseball Association

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years and to celebrate each staff and board member has been given $50 to donate to a community organization. This month the Sisseton Youth Baseball Association received a $150 donation as part of GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative.     Three employees (Cory Peterson, weatherization installer, Jared Groos, loan officer, and Wade Veflin, housing loan officer) donated a combined $150 to the Sisseton youth baseball association. The youth baseball association serves to support both the existing area youth baseball teams and to revitalize the Sisseton baseball field. “The association has made a number...
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 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation.  This prestigious annual award honors and supports innovative organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. This is a tremendous opportunity for GROW South Dakota to celebrate our breakthroughs in addressing rural community needs more effectively, equitably and sustainably.    As a winner of the Bush Prize, GROW South Dakota receives a package of recognition, networking opportunities to create new partnerships, and a grant of...
GROW South Dakota Pays-It-Forward to the Britton Youth Wrestling Program

Friday, February 05, 2016

Community development aims to build strengths and resources, and it happens in many ways. Vital to any community is its youth, and building up youth is a key community development strategy. The Britton Youth Wrestling Program is a program that does just that by offering young people educational and athletic opportunities and developing fitness as well as team-building, competition, and cooperation skills. It is a recipient of a $50 donation from GROW South Dakota’s Pay-It-Forward initiative. GROW South Dakota has been helping communities for fifty years, and to celebrate that milestone, each staff member and board member has received $50 to...
Dakota Dream Savings Funds - A Dream Come True

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The process of purchasing a home can be an exciting and rewarding time; but are you aware of the resources available to help you navigate the process?  “I contacted GROW South Dakota after I saw a story about a savings fund, not knowing at the time the purpose of this savings fund was to save for a house” said David Souhrada.    David was referencing the Dakota Dream Savings Fund, through GROW South Dakota.  The Dakota Dream Savings Fund is a matched savings account, designed to help families and individuals establish a pattern of regular saving, with the end goal of using...
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, South Dakota. Edwin saw a need for residents to have access to African foods, beauty supplies, music and movies without leaving the country.   After opening the store and experiencing initial success, Edwin found himself without sufficient capital to purchase additional inventory. Not being able to qualify for traditional business financing, Edwin was puzzled. So he turned to the internet to search or another lending option. Through the Small Business Administration LINC referral system, Edwin was connected...
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, and Hand counties. Although the FCC provides a great service, they were lacking a facility to house victims. If there was a need, they had to hope the local hotel had vacancies.   An individual donated a home to the FCC to use for their services. Although this was a great gift, it also provided challenges to fundraise and finance the costs associated with moving the house and renovating it into a facility. The facility has six...
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