South Dakota District Office Updates

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Virtual Celebration and Webinar

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 10 AM CST

MS Teams Live



Enjoy a panel conversation that explores Latino business ownership in South Dakota including impact and COVID-19 economic recovery. Despite hardships Latino owned businesses faced during the pandemic, there’s optimism for the future. Tune in for a conversation with SBA SD, Hispanic business owners, and ecosystem partners to explore business ownership opportunities and support.  This virtual event promises to be educational and engaging as we:

  • Listen to local Latino business owners share their small business experiences including challenges and triumphs in South Dakota and beyond.
  • Share numbers, statistics and trends about Hispanic owned businesses in SD
  • Hear from SBA and ecosystem partners.

No pre-registration necessary.  To join this engaging webinar, please log in at 10:00 am CST on Tuesday, October 12th, at


SBA Upcoming Events



Join us for the Spotlight on Manufacturing Webinar Series

Looking to build your bottom line through new export sales? Please join us in recognizing Manufacturing Month 2021 with a series of virtual roundtables featuring accomplished small business manufacturers and experts. Hear their secrets and insights to help you grow your company’s international sales.

This month-long series of free webinars will provide an overview of federal government tools, resources, and services available to support U.S. companies of all sizes. They also will feature U.S. small businesses sharing how they worked with multiple government agencies to successfully boost their international sales.

The webinar topics include:

  • Early-stage Manufacturers – October 7: Explore federal resources available to support the idea phase, commercialization, and global growth journey of early-stage manufacturers.
  • Financing/Credit Insurance – October 14: Listen in on a discussion of finance challenges and solutions for manufacturers. 
  • Supply Chain – October 21: The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will facilitate a discussion on supply chain solutions for SME manufacturers. Learn how your company can improve operations, reduce costs, and mitigate risk through effective supply chain management.
  • Celebrando el Mes de la Manufactura – October 28: This Spanish language webinar will feature Hispanic-owned manufacturers sharing their export success stories and an overview of Federal export promotion resources.




WOSB Certification Eligibility and Application Process Webinar

Thursday, October 14, 2021 3-4:00pm ET

SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program oversees the process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business certifications. This seminar session will give a general overview of the program, eligibility for the program, preparing to apply, completing and submitting an application. The session will also go over relevant issues and trends in the program and include a question and answer portion.

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Save the date! The SBA will host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon. 

SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, also released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.


SBA Resource Partner Upcoming Events



Pandemic Planning: How to Create Facebook Ads in Business Manager

Wednesday, October 13, 10:30am-12:00pm MDT

Want to learn how to use Facebook ads for your business? Join SD CEO WBC West for their Pandemic Planning: How to Create Facebook Ads in Business Manager webinar with Ashley Smith from Social Jargn.

Ashley Smith is an expert when it comes to all things social media marketing. She'll give the inside scoop on the importance of creating ads for your business online, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to create Facebook ads in Business Manager. 

This webinar is FREE to join and will be taught via Zoom with the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

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Women In Networking Luncheon (Spearfish)

Join SD CEO WBC West for their Women In Networking (WIN) Luncheon on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at The Joy Center. Early networking starts at 11:30 AM.

Guest speaker is Ayesha Meer, Executive Director of the Spearfish Artemis House. Ayesha has a wide range of experience in the non-profit sector, particularly in gender justice, racial equity and education policy. She will be speaking on the current epidemic of violence against women and how leaders in our community can take action to prevent violence before it takes place.

Registration and payment by Thursday, October 14 at midnight is required. Seating is limited. We will not be accepting walk-ins.

Early Bird Ticket Price: $17 (Before October 14)

Regular Ticket Price: $22 (After October 14)

Interested in promoting your business or organization? Bring a door prize!

Any questions about WIN or the luncheon, please call Julie Hinker at 605.642.6435.

Women In Networking (WIN) is an organization under the SD CEO Women's Business Center for women in business that provides an opportunity to widen their professional networks, promote their business or organization and network with other women.

WIN connects women, familiarizes participants with other businesses and/or upcoming events, and supports the SD CEO Women's Business Center.

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South Dakota “FAST Launch” Program Kicks-off

The South Dakota “FAST Launch” program is designed to assist South Dakota entrepreneurs and small businesses with starting and growing their business through a focused training program culminating with Governor’s Giant Vision Competition and SBIR/STTR funding. Introductions to the program will be held at a series of regional meetings in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Madison, Brookings, Vermillion and Mission.

Register Now for “FAST Launch” Boot Camp -    The South Dakota FAST Launch Business Boot Camp – a seven-hour crash course in starting a business — takes place virtually Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, detailing how to start and grow a business as well as develop and commercialize innovations.

Katherine Cota, director of economic development at Dakota State University, will be leading this intensive workshop that includes lean methodology, business model canvas, and other business processes. Anyone interested in starting a business, non-profit or internal organizational project – and anyone interested in growing their existing business – should attend this event.

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