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Rural Business Owners Credit SDSU Extension Small Business Basics

January 17, 2019

Ruth Leines wanted to open her own business. At first the Wagner resident thought it would be a Christian bookstore and coffeeshop. But, a few weeks into SDSU Extension’s Small Business Basics she realized this idea may not succeed. So, she did some research and 18 months ago launched This That & More.

Business Development, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship

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Community Vitality Newsletter

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality Newsletter includes resources to enhance communities and improve their capacity to flourish.

Business Development, Developing Communities, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Small Businesses, Community Leadership

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Your Town Matters! Shop Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Christmas is typically the largest economic stimulus for many nations around the world as sales increase dramatically in almost all retail areas. When you shop at your locally owned businesses, your dollars are voting for your community success and for small business success.

Small Businesses, Developing Communities

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Save the Date! April 30 - May 1, 2019 Energize! Conference, Lemmon

December 17, 2018

The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and community of Lemmon will host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference April 30 - May 1, 2019 in downtown Lemmon businesses.

Business Development, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Community Leadership

Cake Lady Bakery and American Family Insurance businesses in a small town in South Dakota


Is your business established, new or somewhere in between? Our team has resources for every stage.

Business Development, Strategic Planning, Small Businesses

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SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality team supports citizens in their efforts to enhance the qualities that make their community special.

Business Development, Developing Communities, Community Leadership, Strategic Planning, Small Businesses

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Business Retention & Expansion

This economic development strategy targets specific industries in your community. The Community Vitality team can analyze a county, community, or economic development organization’s situation and determine what training might be appropriate to meet their specific development needs.

Small Businesses, Business Development, Developing Communities

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Business Owner Resources

Indicators suggest that population aging is the new normal. Boomers (born 1946-1964) and other older generations have meaningful buying power.

Older Adults, Small Businesses

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Craft Breweries: Impact on Small to Mid-Size Communities, Neighborhoods and Local Economies

Breweries, taprooms, and bars have always been about more than beer, serving as community hubs, gathering places, and sources of local identity and pride.

Small Businesses, Developing Communities

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Local Foods Legislation Introduced

Consumers who want to know more about where and how their food is raised are creating a bigger voice nationally. The increasing sales of local foods provides a bright spot for agriculture and a way to bring young farmers into agricultural production.

Farmers Market, Small Businesses