Small Business

Sioux Falls Mayor Proclaims Small Business Saturday

Nov 27, 2019
Jackie Hendry

According to the Small Business Administration, 99% of businesses in South Dakota are small businesses. That includes everything from family farms to specialty boutiques.

In Sioux Falls, Mayor Paul TenHaken issued a formal proclamation recognizing tomorrow as Small Business Saturday.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been an occasion to support local and small businesses for about ten years. But after the press conference at Luca—an Italian leather goods store in downtown Sioux Falls--Mayor TenHaken practiced what he proclaimed.

Jackie Hendry

U.S. Senator John Thune visited a tech-based small business in Sioux Falls Wednesday to answer questions on policy…and polish his golf swing. He says issues facing small businesses in South Dakota aren’t so different from others around the nation. 

Senator Thune limbers up with a few practice swings in front of a large projection of a golf green. Then he takes the shot.

The golf ball hits the screen, and the program tracks the shot…all the way into the digital rough. But the senator’s a good sport.

Gary Archamboult is the Director of the South Dakota Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is hosting a Road Tour May 23 in Sioux Falls. Twenty-two program managers will provide insight with inventors, researchers, tech based companies and start-ups.

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