Small Business Grant Contest

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Articles, Featured |

FedEx is running its fifth annual Small Business Grant Contest in 2017. The contest offers grants and services to ten small businesses, gifting a prize pool of $120,500. The winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services. The awards include: Grand prize: One winner of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services Silver prize: One winner of $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services Bronze prize: Eight winners of $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services For information on how to enter (by March 29), visit...

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Economic Gardening for Business Growth

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Articles, Featured |

Training Opportunity for 2nd Stage Growth Companies   Rapid City Economic Development has partnered with the National Center for Economic Gardening and the Edward Lowe Foundation to form the Rapid City Economic Gardening Network. The first of its kind in South Dakota, this new program is an opportunity for ‘second stage’ growth-oriented companies to get consulting, training, and research at no cost to them. To begin, we are offering economic grants to 8 companies to complete the program. All fees and expenses will be covered by Rapid City Economic Development. We are currently taking applications to attend this acclaimed program.   Apply Today! at www.rapidcity.nationalcentereg.org...

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SD Amendment R Means Jobs For South Dakota

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Articles |

Currently, a number of industries in South Dakota are experiencing a critical shortage of skilled workers. Businesses are starving for more of these specialized and well-trained employees. This is in part because there has been a failure to recognize the importance of job-focused, post-secondary education in the state and no clear and distinct level of support for the Technical Institutes’ mission. It’s time for that to change! YES FOR R- POST CARD Let’s support the men and women who pursue skilled, technical careers. And let’s give our local industries and businesses the support they need to thrive. Amendment R, which will be on the ballot in November, is the foundational requirement for fixing the shortage of skilled workers in South Dakota. It will, for the first time, elevate the mission of the Technical Institutes in educating and training skilled workers to a constitutional mandate. What Can You Do? What we need from our industry partners is the political and financial support to conduct a media campaign to educate the public on why it is important to our State economy that this amendment passes. Please consider the following ways you can help: • Letter of support from your organization • Permission to use your name as a supporter of this amendment • Financial support for the campaign This is a one-time shot at trying to reset the importance of a skilled workforce to our economy and we need everyone on board to get this done. Below, you will please find additional materials and a commitment form for you to provide support for this proposed amendment. Sincerely, West River Members of the Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council (SWAC) David Lust Scott Knuppe Dr. Ann Bolman Benjamin L. Snow GPNA, LLP Caterpillar Western Dakota Tech Rapid City EDP EDP Board Chair EDP Member EDP Board Member President Amendment R...

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Lost Cabin Brewery Open

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Articles |

A new 7-barrel brewery and tasting room is now open on Omaha Street in Rapid City. The company continues the trend of new micro-breweries around the area and the Nation. Lost Cabin Brewery offers about six of its own beers with a selection of other local beers to round out their selection. The brewery sits adjacent to Founders Park, just below M-Hill trail system making it a great meeting point for residents and tourists alike. The area is a new pocket of sports, recreation, and entertainment for Rapid City. Visit their website to see when they will be open for business-...

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