Entrepreneurship Resources

Aberdeen Downtown Association

The Aberdeen Downtown association is committed to creating vitality in the heart of Aberdeen. Downtown is the traditional commercial district of a community. The Revolving Loan Fund was created to assist new and existing businesses in the downtown Aberdeen area. The Aberdeen Business Improvement District has received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist new and existing businesses in the core area.

Heidi Appel, Economic Manager
103 ½ S. Main St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 226-3441
Fax: (605) 725-3616

Dakota Rising

A program of South Dakota Rural Enterprise. Dakota Rising cultivates entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves and their businesses by connecting them to a system of support, resulting in economic growth. They commit resources to the creation of environments that support and nurture entrepreneurs and keep people engaged in rural businesses.

South Dakota Rural Enterprise Inc.
Beth E. Davis, President
629 S. Minnesota Ave., Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 978-2804
Fax: (605) 978-2805

Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Whether you are looking to start a new business, or relocate or expand your existing business, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) can probably help. We have all the information you need to take your company to the next level and stories of success from companies that have been in your shoes before. We’ve compiled our best resources to help you take your concept from an idea to a thriving company. The GOED offers a New Business Checklist, and Licensing documents will help you get started.

The local region representative in Aberdeen is Joe Fiala.

Small Business Development Center

The South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive. The South Dakota SBDC provides professional, confidential, no cost business consulting services to individuals starting a small business or improving their existing businesses.
Aberdeen Office

Kelly Weaver, Regional Director
416 Production St. N.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 626-2565
Fax: (605) 626-2667