Economic Gateway http://www.growsd.org GROW South Dakota News RSS Feed Sat, 20 Oct 2018 16:36:04 -0500 en-US Recognizing Women in Business http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/5853/recognizing-women-in-business http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 October is National Women's Small Business Month. It’s an opportune time to recognize and celebrate the impact female entrepreneurs have on our economy. About one-third of businesses in the U.S. are now owned by women. When women hold visible business leadership roles, it encourages other women to consider starting their own... GROW SD Recognizes Women’s Small Business Month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/5355/grow-sd-recognizes-womens-small-business-month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 October is National Women’s Small Business Month, raising awareness of the increasing role women are playing in business ownership in the United States. Nationally, 38% of businesses are owned by women. GROW South Dakota has also increased its attention on supporting women-owned businesses. Women-owned businesses in South Dakota are mixed. The... BIG IDEA COMPETITION LAUNCHES STATEWIDE http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/5356/big-idea-competition-launches-statewide http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Youth! Entrepreneurship! Cash! Scholarships! These are the key ingredients in the 2018 BIG Idea Competition, which launched on September 1. High school students across South Dakota are invited to compete in this business idea competition where winners will receive over $5,500 in cash awards and scholarships. Students may work individually or as a... GROW SD Receives Over $1.4 Million in CDFI Funding http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/5358/grow-sd-receives-over-14-million-in-cdfi-funding http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 GROW South Dakota was recently awarded $1.45 million in two grants from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). GROW South Dakota and the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC), both of which are certified CDFIs, received the awards, which will expand their housing and small business... GROW SD to Celebrate Weatherization Day http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/5357/grow-sd-to-celebrate-weatherization-day http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Each year, October 30 is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day highlights 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. The US Department of Energy has supported... Back to a Place Called Home http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/4896/back-to-a-place-called-home http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Returning to his roots was something Michael Raver always wished for throughout his adult life. The perfect opportunity presented itself when he landed his dream job at Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation in 2016. Having grown up in the Hills, he knew he wanted his children to have the same experiences... 40 Years of Helping Businesses Grow http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/4897/40-years-of-helping-businesses-grow http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 For 40 years, entrepreneurs and existing businesses have benefitted from GROW South Dakota’s business lending program. It has now given 2,022 loans to 1,220 companies in northeast South Dakota, directly financing more than $70.3 million in business loans. It began in 1978 when the Northeast South Dakota Energy Conservation Corporation (now... BIG Idea Competition Opens September 1 http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3930/big-idea-competition-opens-september-1 http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director Entrepreneurship - taking initiative and risk in a business venture - is one key to supporting our rural economies The BIG Idea Competition, entering its eleventh year, seeks to promote entrepreneurship, spur creative thinking, and encourage students to start a business. The BIG... Loan Supports Young Entrepreneur’s Daycare Dreams in Philip http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3798/loan-supports-young-entrepreneurs-daycare-dreams-in-philip http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 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... GROW SD Grant Supports Faulkton Elevator Mural http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3796/grow-sd-grant-supports-faulkton-elevator-mural http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 09 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... Unique Board Structure Guides GROW South Dakota http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3797/unique-board-structure-guides-grow-south-dakota http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 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... GROW SD Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Business Loan Special http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3795/grow-sd-celebrates-40th-anniversary-with-business-loan-special http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 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... Celebrating Homeownership Month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3793/celebrating-homeownership-month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Tue, 05 Jun 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... GROW SD Celebrates Community during NeighborWorks Week http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3794/grow-sd-celebrates-community-during-neighborworks-week http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Tue, 05 Jun 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... Celebrating Homeownership in June http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3791/celebrating-homeownership-in-june http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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.... Facilitating Strong Communities, Celebrating NeighborWorks Week http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3792/facilitating-strong-communities-celebrating-neighborworks-week http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Thu, 31 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 “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... Encouraging Homegrown Businesses http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3788/encouraging-homegrown-businesses http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 14 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... Encouraging Homegrown Businesses http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3789/encouraging-homegrown-businesses http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 30 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... Celebrating Community Action Month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3790/celebrating-community-action-month http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 30 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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.... NESDEC Board Member Sought http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3786/nesdec-board-member-sought http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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... Down Payment Funds Deploying Ahead of Schedule http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3785/down-payment-funds-deploying-ahead-of-schedule http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 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,... Tax Law Changes Demand Attention http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3783/tax-law-changes-demand-attention http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... GROW SD Receives State Farm® Grant to Support Small Business http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3782/grow-sd-receives-state-farm-grant-to-support-small-business http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Aberdeen to Host 2018 SD Women’s Business Conference http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3780/aberdeen-to-host-2018-sd-womens-business-conference http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Improve the Air Quality in Your Home http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events/p/item/3781/improve-the-air-quality-in-your-home http://www.growsd.org/news-&-events Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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...