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2021 Energize! Conference attendees gathered outside a brick building.

Energize!

The Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference is designed to empower South Dakota’s rural communities by inviting them to network with community leaders from across the state to share success stories, get new ideas and take action to improve their own communities.

Young entrepreneur meeting with community members.

Connections: An Overlooked Factor in Startup Success

If you are considering starting a business, your community network will be one of your most-important tools. Learn some expert tips for connecting your business with your community today.

Baskets of fresh vegetables at a farmers market

Register Now for 2022 South Dakota Local Foods Conference

November 08, 2022

The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference will take place Nov. 17-19, 2022, at the Sturgis Community Center in Sturgis.

Stagecoach at a parade in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

SDSU Extension to Host Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 11-12 in Fort Pierre

July 06, 2022

The conference is designed to energize South Dakota’s rural communities by inviting them to network with community leaders, share success stories, get ideas and take action to improve their communities.

A group of attendees at the Small Business Basics course at Volga, South Dakota.

Small Business Basics

The Small Business Basics program covers an extensive list of topics, including writing or updating business plans, tax and licensing, employee relations, pricing and marketing, customer service, social media, and aspects of financing.

A group of attendees at the Small Business Basics course at Volga, South Dakota.

Strategy, Service and Social Media Among Skills Taught at SDSU Extension’s Small Business Basics Course

The Small Business Basics program covers an extensive list of topics, including writing or updating business plans, tax and licensing, employee relations, pricing and marketing, customer service, social media, and aspects of financing.

Book Cover: The Growing Season by Sarah Frey

SDSU Extension to Host Third Community-Focused Book Read

November 01, 2021

“The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life—and Saved an American Farm,” by Sarah Frey, will be the focus of the November/December book read.

A person visiting the U.S. Census website on a laptop computer.

Why the 2020 Census Matters to Your Community

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The 2020 Census will provide data that will impact communities for the next decade, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and determine congressional representation.

2021 Energize! Conference attendees gathered outside a brick building.

Third Annual 'Energize!' Conference Sees Sustained Success

October 26, 2021

An opportunity to hear about successful revitalizations, community projects and business opportunities, this year’s Energize! Conference drew more than 100 people.

A local official wearing a mask handing a set of instructions to a woman also wearing a mask.

Staying Connected: Crucial Actions for Community Leaders in Rural America During COVID-19

Clear, concise steps for rural community leaders within our collective experience of COVID-19 are crucial. Here are three actionable areas for community leaders to consider.