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Dee Dee Rapp to host Service Matters! training

Join us Thursday, April 21st from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm for Dee Dee Rapp's Service Matters! customer service training. Dee Dee is a national speaker and professional facilitator, homegrown right here in South Dakota!  In our upcoming session, Dee Dee will provide both the “how-to” deliver great service to every customer as well “why-to” inspiration. Employees will learn specific techniques to communicate with a positive attitude, a process to solve problems fast, and effective strategies to engage with customers to build customer loyalty. And registration is only $10!


An additional training opportunity is available free of charge immediately following the service Matters! training entitled "Leading to Achieve Great Service" for supervisors and those wishing to adance their careers.


Click here to register!

Register for the FREE Social Media Marketing Workshop!

Click here to register for the free Social Media Marketing Workshop hosted by SDSU Extension at the Wagner Theatre Tuesday, October 13th from 9am - noon.


This is a great opportunity for those wanting to learn more about particular ways social media can help your business. Whether you have never touched Facebook or are a Twitter genius, this workshop will help you understand ways to get your business MORE BUSINESS!

Read the latest Employer Newsletter from the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor & Regulation has just published it's Spring 2015 Employer Newsletter, and it is definitely worth the read. Click here to take a look!

Wagner Area Health & Wellness Consoritum sets date for Best Dam 5k

The date has been set for the 5th Annual Best Dam 5k Run/Walk at Fort Randall for Saturday, June 13, 2015. Registration is due by May 30th ($15) to include a t-shirt. Registration day of will be from 8:00am-8:50am at the Randall Creek Recreation Area. The flyer, registration form, and map can all be opened through the links below. For more information, contact Mark Small or Craig Noteboom at 384-3621.


2015 Best Dam 5k Run/Walk at Fort Randall Flyer


2015 Registration Form


Route Map

Wagner's "Let's Help Delmont" Fund Reaches $10k in 5 days

After 5 short days, 92 people have donated to the "Let's Help Delmont" fund to raise over $10,000! Donations are still coming in, and Delmont still needs our help. Keep the donations coming!

Wagner Area Growth creates "Let's Help Delmont" fund

In reaction to the devastating tornado that hit our neighbors in Delmont on May 10, 2015, Wagner Area Growth has created a local fund to help the many families who lost their homes get back on their feet. Donations will be taken through the website GoFundMe, or checks can be made out to the City of Delmont and dropped off at the Wagner City Finance office on Main Street. The donations will be given to the mayor of Delmont, who has requested monetary donations to assist families above all else.

South Dakota's "Die on Mars" campaign reaching the nation

New marketing campaign directed to attract young people to South Dakota has been a hit nationwide! Some good, some bad feedback. Either way, the 30 second video clip did it's job getting South Dakota's name out there!

Southern Charles Mix Dakota Rising to host Resource Fair!

The date has been set--March 10, 2015 will be Southern Charles Mix Dakota Rising's first annual resource fair entitled "Business Basics: A Resource Fair." The fair will be taking place at the Wagner Theatre on Main Street in Wagner, South Daktoa. Over 15 state and local entities will be represented to answer local business' questions regarding all facets of business.


Lunch will be available and a FREE Facebook marketing workshop will be held at 5:30pm for Facebook beginners interested in creating a business Facebook account. 


Entities represented at the fair include Department of Labor, Governor's Office of Economic Development, local financial institutions, local insurance agencies, marketing specialists, and many more!


Click here to view the flyer!

South Dakota Department of Revenue to Host Business Tax Workshops

The South Dakota Department of Revenue has released their 2015 Training Schedule for businesses who might need assistance in understanding the in's and out's of sales tax and excise tax. Classes range from basic to advanced and deal with border taxes, as wel.


Click here to view the schedule.  

Local from the ground up 'Time is ripe' for food hubs

Written by Marcus Traxler, Daily Republic, on January 6, 2015


WAGNER -- If there is one thing South Dakota has, it's food.


"We might never have a professional football team in South Dakota or have a lot of fancy department stores. But we have food here," SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist Kari O'Neill said. "And we can grow a lot of it."


South Dakota State University Extension is leading the effort to gauge the interest of creating a collective group of producers who could better market their locally-grown goods to area restaurants and food service providers.


About 20 interested individuals met Tuesday at the Wagner Theater to discuss the idea of a food hub, which aggregates food and intends to fill gaps in the food-to-market process. Ideally, it allows small scale producers to be able to sell their food to larger buyers.


Read the full story and watch a clip from the presentation here.

Wagner to Host First of Food Hub Meetings

WAGNER — Current producers or those newly interested in producing local foods will have an opportunity to learn about food hubs during a meeting set for the Wagner Theater in Wagner Tuesday, Jan. 6. The meeting runs from 6-8 p.m.

Usually run by the producers, a food hub is a means of aggregating and distributing local foods to restaurants and institutions interested in a constant supply of local foods for their establishments.


Kari O’Neill, SDSU Extension Community Development field specialist, has led a coordinated effort to research food hubs in other states and to assist producers in developing a plan that can work in South Dakota. She applied for the grant after producers in the southeastern quarter of the state indicated a commitment to planning for some way to collectively market fresh foods in a more coordinated effort.


The goal of the initial meeting is to find interested producers or potential producers of edible food crops such as vegetables, grains, fruits, herbs and meat and gauge the interest in producing such food and collectively marketing it to consumers within the same region.


Come to the meeting and also learn why growing our own food makes sense and how this can be a good opportunity for beginning farmers and anyone that wants to farm and ranch in this area.

Governor Completes Workforce Summits
Recommendations to be Released this Fall

Governor Daugaard and the SDWINS Cabinet have finished all six Workforce Summits.

More than 1,000 people from the business, education, government and community sectors attended to contribute their ideas for future strategies.

A final report of recommendations will be released this fall. The summits took place in Aberdeen, Brookings, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown.

From carving mountains to building businesses, big things are happening in South Dakota! The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Developmetn recently debuted their newest YouTube video highlighting some of the many reasons to visit and do business in South Dakota. Check it out here!

Big Things are Happening in South Dakota!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the national economy, according to the most recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.


South Dakota’s GDP grew 6.8 percent from 2012 to 2013 compared to a 3.47 percent growth nationally. South Dakota’s percentage increase was the fourth highest in the nation, trailing only North Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho.

“For the fourth year in a row, South Dakota’s GDP has increased,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “During the last five years, our state’s economy has grown by 25 percent compared to the national growth rate of 14 percent.”


South Dakota’s economic growth was led by the agricultural sector which rebounded from a drought year in 2012 and then posted a 34 percent increase this year. The state also saw strong growth in the banking, wholesale and health care industries.


Read the full article and more press releases from South Dakota's Governor's Office of Economic Development here. 

South Dakota’s GDP Up 6.8 Percent

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