Case Studies

Lotus Up Espresso & Deli Great Addition to Lead

LEAD, S.D. – Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel admits that she’s a dreamer. She also wants to be an inspiration for Lead, a former mining town of about 3,000 residents.  Judging by the growing business at her relocated and expanded coffee shop and restaurant, she’s succeeding. Dona Leavens, Regional Director for the Rapid City SBDC, worked with Gilcrease-Heupel […]

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Nordstrom’s Automotive Expanding

GARRETSON, S.D. – A small fire in 2012 prompted Shannon Nordstrom to think bigger and longer term about increased building needs at his family’s auto recycling and parts business. Executives with Nordstrom’s Automotive Inc. got advisory help from a representative with the South Dakota Small Business Development Center and other experts, and the company is […]

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SBDC programs assist startup technology company, SMRTGrid

Baltic, SD – When power poles get damaged or knocked down in storms, utility crews scramble to fix them. But first they have to locate the problem. SMRTGrid Inc., a startup business, has developed an electronic sensing device that makes problems in a company’s electrical grid easy to locate. “It’s a device that you put on […]

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Aberdeen entrepreneur pursues ambitious goals

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Aberdeen, entrepreneur Travis Kiefer’s passion is developing technology-based businesses. He thinks big and sets large goals.  The 28-year-old has racked up some impressive achievements since graduating from Groton, 20 miles east of Aberdeen. He attended Stanford University on a full-ride scholarship. While in California, he experienced his first big success with a […]

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Dakota Butcher’s expansion goes better than expected.

WATERTOWN, S. D. – Randy Gruenwald has been quite pleased since he and his wife, Karen, expanded their meat business from Clark to Watertown.  The Gruenwalds fully opened their second Dakota Butcher, a full-service meat locker and specialty foods shop, in early 2015. Belinda Engelhart, Regional Director for the SD Small Business Development Center has […]

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