Best Small Business Resources in the Sioux Falls Area

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 Sioux Falls 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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Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising

Offers Free Service

Description

The Southeast Enterprise Facilitation Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the larger South Dakota community through empowering entrepreneurs. The organization offers various free services in business consulting, strategy planning, as well as assistance in seeking out funding.  

CONTACT INFORMATION:

501 S Broadway Ave.
Marion, SD 57043
888-233-1239


Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program at SD Mines

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

The Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program at SD Mines is an excellent resource for affiliates of the school interested in starting a business; the program assists with business planning, funding, and connecting entrepreneurs to other resources and networks. The in-house experts that mentor entrepreneurs are sure to be very valuable. 

Restrictions

Restricted to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology affiliates.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-5168
economic.development@sdsmt.edu


International Trade Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Sioux Falls 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.