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Dakota Midday: Chef To Plate

Nov 19, 2015

It's Global Entrepreneurship Week and guest host Jackelyn Severin welcomed Moriah Slade, owner and creative director of Chef to Plate, a new Sioux Falls-based business that offers healthy family meals to go.  Slade shared her experience in starting a new business in South Dakota.

Businesses Offer Vets Veterans Day Discounts

Nov 10, 2015
Courtesy American Legion

Veterans Day is the time we honor those men and women who have served our country as members of America’s armed forces. And though communities across the country participate in this national day of recognition with parades and a variety of other celebrations, hundreds of businesses – large and small – also do their part to say “thank you” to our veterans. SDPB’s Jim Kent has more.

Dakota Midday: BH Power VP On Clean Power Plan

Nov 10, 2015
Black Hills Power

We’re continuing a series of interviews on energy and the environment with a conversation with Vance Crocker Vice President of Operations for Black Hills Power.

Last week we heard from Dr. Bull Bennett  an author of the Third National Climate Assessment on the necessity to deal with global warming.

Courtesy Cuny Communications

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is working with the City of Pierre to establish a plan that would assist tribal members in filling employment needs in the state’s capital. SDPB’s Jim Kent visited with the Mayor of Pierre and a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal spokesperson to learn more about joint plans to fill at least some of the city’s 600 job openings.

In a way, networking and building community in the digital age is easier than a generation ago.  A new connection in your field of work is sometimes just a Facebook click away.  But there is more to building community, business relationships and innovation than just social media.  This is where the group Pollen comes in.  The non-profit is based in Minnesota and the Dakotas.  Pollen is attempting to build cross community networks and relationships that spur new ideas and possibilities in the three-state region.  Pol

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The conversations of Dakota Midday on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 are woven together with an economics thread.

Workforce initiatives can't rely on the quality of jobs in South Dakota if they want to attract people from other regions. Research shows the way younger people choose careers is different than you might expect. J. Mac Holladay is the founder and CEO of Market Street Services based in Atlanta, Georgia. He explains why place may matter more than a certain kind of employment.

Dakota Midday: Creativity Week 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Creativity Week 2015 begins Friday in Brookings.  It's a week-long festival celebrating the creatives in the Brookings community - everything from artists to local business, lectures to architects, music and everyone in between.  Scott Meyer, "brofounder" and Head of Business Development at 9 Clouds Digital Marketing talked about the Creativity Week schedule.  A full listing of events can be found at

SD Secretary of State

Efforts to improve tribal state relations and new economic development in Indian Country are continuing in South Dakota.  
The Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reaching out to tribes and forming new memorandum of agreements that help tribal governments maintain commercial codes that are a foundation for economic development.
Tribal business leaders say they welcome the efforts but add that much more work is needed to boost tribal sovereignty, smooth state relations, and pave the way for improved economic development.

Rally Temp Vendor Sales Tax Revenue Skyrockets

Sep 15, 2015
Chynna Lockett

One early indicator shows the 2015 Sturgis Rally topped all previous records by a large margin.

The sales tax revenue generated from temporary vendor booths for this year’s rally is 76 percent higher than last year.

Temporary vendors who came in for the rally brought in about $2.4-million in sales taxes. 

Lori Haupt  is with the South Dakota Department of Revenue.  

She tracks Sturgis Rally tax receipts year by year and she says 2015 blew past all previous records.

Courtesy Clinton Foundation

The executive director of a Native American Community Development Financial Institution was recently invited to attend a gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative. SDPB spoke with Tanya Fiddler to ask what it was like to offer her perspective on economic development in Indian Country at a forum that reaches leaders from around the world. 

Karl Gehrke SDPB

The price at the pump is falling in South Dakota and across the nation. The average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota today is $2.72, according to the gas price tracking site That's just under two cents cheaper than a week ago. A year ago the average price was $3.48.  The national average for gas is just under $2.69. Analysts expect  that the latter half of the summer will bring cheaper gas prices while the fall could see gas prices dropping below $2.00 a gallon.

Beyond Yogurt: Ongoing Greek Crisis Can Impact SD Exports

Jul 20, 2015

On Monday banks in Greece reopened after the approval of a European Union backed bailout for the country’s economy.

Some economists worry the crisis in Greece has only been averted temporally–and experts who promote international trade of South Dakota goods say the ripple effects from economic instability in Europe could even impact this state.

Greece is not a huge trading partner with South Dakota businesses.  The state exports less than a half-million dollars in goods annually to Greece, and that’s mostly agricultural products.  

NYC Director Talks About "Buffalo Returns"

Jul 15, 2015
Courtesy Tribeca Digital Studios

A documentary about a Native American-owned South Dakota business premieres in over 40 million homes tonight on cable platforms such as Comcast, Time-Warner Cable and the American Express You Tube Channel. We spoke with the director of “Buffalo Returns” to ask what attracted her to making a film about Native American Natural Foods. 

Tanka Bar Documentary Has National Premiere

Jul 15, 2015
Courtesy Tribeca Digital Studios

A documentary about a Native American-owned South Dakota business is making its world premiere today as part of a series of short films that celebrate small businesses.

“Buffalo Returns” is a documentary film produced by Tribeca Digital Studios and American Express that tells the story of the “Tanka Bar”. Manufactured by Native American Natural Foods in Kyle, South Dakota the all-natural, buffalo and cranberry snack bar is sold at over 6000 locations in all 50 states.

Advance Health has announced it's locating a new office and customer service center in an unused building at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Company officials say the new site is its third location and they expect to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three-to-five years.

Courtesy Four Bands Community Fund

A Lakota woman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation has received a national award recognizing her work in helping individuals and families in communities of color build wealth and achieve economic security.

Four Bands Community Fund Executive Director Tanya Fiddler has been honored as an Asset Builder Champion by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

The award was presented at The Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative’s Color of Wealth Summit in Washington, DC.

Slower Growth Ahead

Jun 1, 2015
Creighton University

"Slower Growth Ahead for Mid-America Region: Job Losses for May" is the business index headline for the latest survey of Ernie Goss, Creighton University MacAllister Chair in Economics.  Goss joined guest host Cara Hetland on Monday's Dakota Midday and said the news isn't all bad.

Dakota Midday: Summer Travel

May 21, 2015

With the summer travel season in clear sight, Wanda Goodman, Deputy Secretary with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said last year's state tourism records are likely to be broken.  She shared last year's figures and visited about popular tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Patrick DeHaan of said fuel prices should remain steady in the mid-$2 range throughout the season.

Native Business Gathering In Deadwood

May 19, 2015
Public Domain - Wikipedia

Native American business owners and tribal leaders will gather with representatives from lending institutions and government agencies for the 2015 South Dakota Indian Business Conference in Deadwood this week. Native entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn about the successes and challenges in creating an Indian business.

The biennial South Dakota Indian Business Conference has become a “must attend” for anyone interested in starting, maintaining or assisting a Native-owned business, says Tanya Fiddler.

"Oil To Die For"

May 18, 2015

"Oil To Die For" is a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom producer Todd Melby.  The documentary explores how North Dakota became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.  It also examines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Dustin Bergsing, a 21-year-old well watcher, who died on the job.  Melby's new project debuted Monday at  Users can watch interviews, access court documents and browse through the details at their own speed.

The Center for Western Studies

A recent survey from Forbes ranked South Dakota fourteenth in the magazine’s list of the best states for business. It put South Dakota at the top for the cost of doing business. In 2013, CNBC named South Dakota “America’s Top State for Business.”

Farmers Face Possible Drought And Market Drop

Apr 27, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Officials in the agriculture industry are eyeing a drop in the price of corn and other crops grown in South Dakota, on top of that the state as seen a record dry spell in the start of 2015.

The drought and lower commodity prices are making many farmers cautious about spending.   Ag is the number one industry in South Dakota and the slowdown is already having ripple effects on some sectors of the state economy.

When Citibank moved its credit card operations to Sioux Falls in 1981, the company promised to bring some 400 jobs to the area. Today Citibank employs around 2,300 workers. 35 years ago, Sioux Falls’ population was around 80,000 with an economy built on agriculture and meat packing. Today the city’s population has more than doubled at nearly 170,000 and the economy has grown and diversified.

SDSU Extension

The total number of farms and ranches in South Dakota decreased last year by about 300 from 2013. That’s according to numbers recently released by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 31,700 farms and ranches in the state last year. Numbers of farms and ranches with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales declined by 400 compared to 2013 while operations with more than $100,000 were up by 100.

Charles Michael Ray SDPB

This is National Consumer Protection Week. The South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is joining federal, state and local government agencies and national organizations in a coordinated campaign encouraging consumers to take full advantage of their rights and make better-informed decisions.

A new survey of business leaders in South Dakota and eight other Midwest and Plains states suggests that economic growth lies ahead over the next three to six months. That’s according to the latest monthly report  from Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index.


Feb 13, 2015

Samantha Ellis discussed a new platform from which women can run their businesses.  It's called The OWN and is based in Rapid City.  Freelancers, skilled professionals, crafts women and even CEO's of existing businesses can use the network community and facility.

Black Hills Vinyl

Last year was another bad one for the music industry. Sales of compact discs and digital albums fell for another year as more music fans consumed music through on-demand streaming services. But the sales of vinyl records - which seemed like a dead format after the introduction of the CD  - grew by 52 percent in 2014.

Since September, 40 members of the inaugural Leadership South Dakota class have visited several communities around the state for insight on the organizations, businesses and industries important to the state. This weekend they’re in Sioux Falls exploring health and financial services. As the first year of the program ends this spring, applications for the second open in March.

A new initiative has been launched by a Native American non-profit on the Cheyenne River Reservation to help boost the local economy through cultural tourism. Over the next two years, Four Bands Community Fund will implement the “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project to assist artists in marketing their work. Tanya Fiddler, executive director of Four Bands, says that Cheyenne River offers unparalleled beauty and a rich cultural experience for visitors. She says the project will help people on the reservation to embrace that culture and think of it as an asset.