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COVID-19
Governor Kristi Noem and our team at the GOED continue to work closely with the US Small Business Administration following South Dakota’s approval of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in South Dakota.

The GOED and Department of Tourism have spent the last two weeks reaching out to businesses across the state to make sure they are aware of the SBA and other funding programs.
 
To find out more about what is available, go to our website, sdreadytowork.com/covid-19
Please call our office at (605) 773-4633 if you have additional questions.
GOED Spring Forum
The CDC has stated on their website:

"Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals."

The 2020 South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development's Spring Forum has been cancelled.

Please be safe and practice social distancing!
Week of Work Canceled
Governor Kristi Noem announced that the 2020 South Dakota Week of Work will be postponed until the fall.

“As our state, businesses, and schools address COVID-19, it is in our best interest to pause plans for the South Dakota Week of Work until a time when students and businesses can fully participate,” said Noem. “I want to thank the hundreds of businesses across the state who have made thousands of opportunities to learn about the world of work available to our young people.”

The South Dakota Week of Work will introduce students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. The week will provide employers opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.

The inaugural South Dakota Week of Work was set for April 20-24, 2020. Dates have not yet been determined for the postponed event.
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Happy Anniversary!
A special congratulations to Joe Fiala (8 years), Ashley Moore (9 years), Cassidy Kulesa (4 years), and Nate Graf (1 year) on their work anniversaries with GOED! We are lucky to have you!

Below are a few things that our GOED staff loves about working at GOED:

"We have amazing businesses and ag producers across the state and I love getting to visit with them to see what they do. It is a great feeling to assist businesses, producers, and communities grow and prosper so that South Dakotans have more opportunities." - Joe Fiala

"What I love about working at GOED is watching businesses, big and small, grow and expand in South Dakota." - Ashley Moore

"What I enjoy most about working for GOED is that vast array of different people and companies I get to work with on a daily basis. Seeing the whole application process through to the final result is rewarding for the company, the state, and for me personally!" - Cassidy Kulesa

"My favorite part of my job at GOED is expanding small businesses in our state. Small businesses are the real economic engine in our economy." - Nate Graf
In Case You Missed It...
Advanced Ag Products (AAP), a company specializing in animal feed ingredients and supplements for livestock, aquaculture, pets and companion animals, in Canton, was recently approved for a $787,500 REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund loan. The monies, which were approved by the Board of Economic Development, were used to assist the company with the purchase of a building.

To read more, head over to our website.
GET TO KNOW US!
Matt Brunner, Business Development Representative

Q: How many years have you been with GOED?
A: I started with GOED in August of 2019 as a Business Development Representative

Q: What is the most surprising thing you've learned about economic development?
A: The number of programs and resources available to businesses if they are willing to ask questions and spend time researching what is out there.

Q: If you could sum up GOED's purpose, what would that be?
A: Increase the quality of life for all South Dakotans.

Q: What are your favorite snacks?
A: My go-to is cereal. I could (and have) eaten a whole box in one sitting. Also, toast with peanut butter on it. There is a local craft peanut butter company in Rapid City called Nerdy Nuts, and I basically just eat their peanut butter by the spoonful... or jarful!

Q: What do you most about GOED?
A: I love the opportunity to learn more about local businesses and the entrepreneurs that make up our communities. Additionally, being a resource provider and helping these businesses grow and expand is incredible to be part of.

Q: How do you and your family like to spend time together?
A: We enjoy spending time outdoors, especially at Angostura Lake/Reservoir in the summer.
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