Best Small Business Resources in the Brookings Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. South Dakota has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Brookings area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in South Dakota.

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Brookings Economic Development Corporation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Research
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

The Brookings Economic Development Corporation is the premier resource for business development in the Brookings region, supporting and facilitating business relationships with the public and providing resources for businesses. Its startup assistance includes free consultation on various subject matters such as business planning, networking and connecting to funding opportunities. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113
Brookings, SD 57006
605-697-8103
bedc@brookingsedc.com


Brookings SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Enterprise Institute

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Financial
  • Sales & Marketing

Offers Free Service

Description

The Enterprise offers free business consulting services through the SBDC; in addition to its general consultative services, however, the non-profit gives more specialized and targetted consulting for entrepreneurs who need assistance in seeking funding. This includes coaching and helping entrepreneurs come up with pitches and presentations. Additional services include help with market analysis and the patenting process.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Research Park at SDSU, 2301 Research Park Way
Brookings, SD 57006
605-697-5015
info@sdei.org