The Community Vitality team can provide customized training for your board. The team can analyze your board’s situation to determine what training might be appropriate to meet their specific development needs to help it effectively meet its goals and overcome its challenges.
This economic development strategy targets specific industries in your community. The Community Vitality team can analyze a county, community, or economic development organization’s situation and determine what training might be appropriate to meet their specific development needs.
This training helps employers and employees establish and improve customer relationships to grow your business and strengthen your organization.
Our trained facilitators use participatory strategies to ensure all voices are heard and great ideas are captured at your meeting or event. We bring impartiality, focus on your purpose, and a little humor when needed to make people comfortable.
Our planning process helps organizations set a direction for their future and move forward. We use Appreciative Inquiry to help identify strengths and build on them.
This innovative, research-based leadership program is for those who have a passion and a desire to effect change, stretch their goals, and lead others. We encourage people to step up, and we offer current topics to help potential leaders create a climate that turns challenges into success.
We can help communities develop successful local foods projects such as community gardens, farmers markets, or cooperative marketing. We meet with community leaders to research community needs and potential markets, gather the right people to do the work, and develop strategies to create sustainable projects that provide fresh, local food to your area.
Marketing Hometown America empowers communities to create a vision to attract new residents. Designed as a tool to create dialogue that moves people toward action, the process can be the spark to help a rural community look at itself in a new way.
Small Business Basics is an opportunity for current and potential business owners to complete or update a business plan and develop valuable contacts with resources to give your business a boost. Make your business work for you!
I met Andrew Van Kuren, Coordinator for the Campbell County Economic Development Organization on a cold blustery day this past February 2018. We met in Herreid and then he drove us over to Mound City for lunch at The Safe House.
Richard Leider, a founding partner of the Inventure Group, wrote in Forbes magazines, “People don’t leave companies; they leave leaders.” In our world where internet openness provides a format for making quick, and sometimes regrettable comments, and where email and text communication is used too frequently in place of a personal conversation, how important are people skills in leaders?
The New Year brings new hope for people. If you are a leader, manager, supervisor, team coordinator, parent or spouse, you have an obligation to keep hope alive in those looking up to you.
For those of you who manage employees or work with family members, the issue of conflict can be especially challenging. Learning how to express your suggestions and give critical feedback can mean the difference between maintaining a solid relationship and losing a valuable person on your team.
How can you tell if someone is listening to you? I mean truly paying attention and comprehending the words you are saying. Being present has become a profound topic because we seem to come up with more distractions all the time. We can easily blame our distractions on our electronic devices, our workload, and the appointment we need to keep tomorrow. While we value connection, we often fail in connecting with the people who matter the most.
There are a couple of regional projects developing that I am lucky to be a part of because great people keep coming back together to work towards a common goal. What encourages them continue to make these projects, and the necessary meetings that go along with them, a priority? According to Abigail Stevenson, Collective Impact Forum, some “f-words” could be the deciding factor in keeping steering committee members coming back.
For many years, experts have noted that if communities and organizations want to be effective at tackling complex problems, they need to be intentional about continuing to learn. Continually being open to learning new things keeps one nimble, flexible, and responsive in timely and meaningful ways.
Every year experts make predictions about the new trends to watch in the future. This year is no exception, but I came across an interesting article by James Manyika, Director of McKinsey Global Institute that really hit some trends that I think are worth noting. Manyika cites four powerful forces disrupting the global economy and throwing many of our old assumptions into question. Each one is big on its own, but they are happening together and amplifying each other.
Great leaders make tough decisions and do whatever it takes to get results – right? According to author and BlackBird, Inc owner Jeff Haden, that is probably backwards. Instead, he has seen the power of vulnerability as a key trait for respected leaders.
Every organization, large or small, has a culture. Sometimes that culture is intentional and strategic, and sometimes it happens through a reputation that is built organically. Some organizations post their mission statements visibly and others would have a hard time finding theirs’. Other subtleties make culture evident when meetings are allowed to consistently start late, or in the way new Board members are selected.
The balance between face-to-face interactions and other fast, easy ways to communicate with many people at the same time is in question. Today’s technology offers options never before possible like mass email messages, Facebook alerts, Twitter feeds and even meetings over personal computers. How do you measure the impact of fast and easy versus the importance of in-person contact?
SDSU Extension adds another tool to their tool box of programs they can offer. Paul Thares (SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist) is now a certified Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Coordinator.
SDSU Extension can provide what is called situational leadership program design. The Community Vitality Team will analyze the situation that the board is in and determine what training might be appropriate. The program can be tailored to meet your specific board development needs. The Board Development Program can be delivered in blocks of 4 hours of training. The content varies depending on the analysis of the individual board.
SDSU Extension programming in sustainable local food systems is a multidisciplinary programming area involving Community Vitality, Food Safety, Horticulture, Livestock and Nutrition. Extension Community Vitality focuses on increasing access to food by helping local teams develop or enhance their community food projects. We work to provide development opportunities for local food entrepreneurs through trainings and personal coaching. Additionally, we partner on state-wide efforts to enhance the local food system of South Dakota.
Marketing Hometown America empowers communities to create a vision to grow. Designed as a tool to create dialogue that moves toward action, it can be the spark to help a rural community look at itself in a new way.
Small business is a vital part of South Dakota’s economy, representing nearly 97% of all employers and more than 60% of the state’s private sector workforce. SDSU Extension has developed a series of tools designed to provide technical assistance to early stage entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing small firms. These tools assist business owners in determining the feasibility of a proposed business venture and creating a solid business plan to support it.
Growing Leaders SD is a one day leadership development workshop that focuses on building your individual leadership and learning how to apply those skills in group settings.
SDSU Extension Community Vitality offers individuals and communities a variety of opportunities to build and strengthen their leadership skills. We can work with any type of group, and will come right to your area. Topics we cover might include: organization, communication, understanding group dynamics, identifying assets, making meeting work, empowering others and problem solving.
Horizons IV offers rural South Dakota communities a chance to take action in building a strong leadership base to address difficult issues such as poverty, economic decline and youth leaving the area. The program is available for communities with less than 10,000 people. It is designed for communities ready to commit to gathering citizens and working toward positive change.
Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a partnership between USDA Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center and SDSU Extension. The program has been used in 25+ states and has a proven track record. Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multicounty region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
The Great Community Book Read is offered to encourage citizens to learn about and discuss community-wide issues that are impacting the sustainability of South Dakota’s small towns. Each participating community will be challenged to identify and implement simple action steps to address the issues that are selected. SDSU Extension Community Vitality will provide community coaching during the implementation of the action steps.
Breweries, taprooms, and bars have always been about more than beer, serving as community hubs, gathering places, and sources of local identity and pride. However, craft breweries are steadily serving as mechanisms for economic development in small to mid-size communities in rural areas.
Maybe you call them ground rules. I prefer to refer to them as guiding principles. To me, rules sound like something that some people just like to break so I tend to avoid that term.
It’s fall and evidently, it’s also the time of year that many groups are holding conferences or annual meetings as I have recently had several people call to ask me if I had some ideas for ice breakers – and that request is usually followed up by the statement, “but none of those touchy-feely ones.”
While you are at Dakotafest, be sure to stop at the SDSU Extension booth (#600) on Wednesday, August 16 at 10:00 am (CST). The SDSU Extension Community Vitality team will be hosting a panel discussion “Farm +: Adding Value Through Value-Added Ag and Agritourism.”
Congratulations to all the young people celebrating graduations this month, whether is it a high school graduation or a college graduation. You have a reason to be proud. You have dedicated years of learning and now it is time to go out and spread your wings! Yes, this is an exciting time for you. There are so many options! You can continue your education. You can get a job. You can start a business. And then remember, once you have had some of the adventures you always dreamed of, you can go home.
Members of the SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team spent two days in April attending a “Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities” Conference in McCook, Nebraska. The conference, hosted by University of Nebraska Extension, offered an interesting venue twist: conference sessions were held in main street businesses. First tried by Michigan State University with success, McCook replicated the innovative idea.
Like many small rural areas, Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED) faces challenges and they have succeeded in overcoming these challenges to attain several wins with economic development within Lemmon. I had an opportunity to speak with Dave Johnson, executive director for Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED). Below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.
Like many small rural areas, Campbell County Economic Development Corp. faces challenges and they have succeeded in overcoming these challenges to attain several wins with economic development within their rural communities. I had an opportunity to speak with Andrew Van Kuren, coordinator for Campbell County Economic Development Corp. and below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.
Spread the Tunes, Inc. started in 2015, by several friends that live in or around Spearfish. The nonprofit spearheads the Canyon Acoustic Series that has raised over $8200 the past two years (2015 & 2016) for the Booth Society, the nonprofit group that supports the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.
SDSU Extension uses the Appreciative Inquiry approach as we assist organizations and communities with strategic planning. Our 1-day session, recently used by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, allows groups to find their strengths, and then to build on those strengths for future growth. As participants reflect on what has gone well in the past, they can vision about possibilities for the next 1-3 years that eventually turn into action ideas for the future.
Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again where everyone seems to set a New Year’s resolution. Perhaps rather than setting a resolution that will more than likely get broken it would be worth your time to develop a vision and mission statement.
You might think a Job Fair is an event for larger communities or college towns. The Badlands Bad River Region in South Dakota set out to prove that concept wrong.
Aspiring and current business owners in the Wagner and Lake Andes area recently participated in Small Business Beginnings, a series of five business classes offered by SDSU Extension Community Vitality an organized by Wagner Area Growth. During these classes, participants planned for success in business by having the opportunity to write or update their business plans, participate in “board” meetings, and learn from a variety of speakers that covered everything from business structure to taxes and licensing to financial statements and finance options.
Each year Black Hills Economic Development names a Small Business of the Year. This year’s award was earned by 4th Avenue Floral of Wall, S.D. Owner, Cindy Hauk and her husband Dan, grew up in the region and are proud to support their area with a business that brightens people’s days.
For a business that started out over 50 years ago as a junk yard, Scotchman Industries has come a long way to become an employer of eighty people in the small Western South Dakota town of Philip. With sales in the metal industry now in 38-40 different countries, you might wonder why the company chooses to base its headquarters in such a rural area.
Each year the Governor’s Office of Economic Development hosts a conference aimed at promoting and growing business in South Dakota. This year’s conference was held in Sioux Falls in mid-April, and featured a keynote speaker on customer service, common-sense breakout sessions for communities of all sizes, and awards given to individuals and a community for their efforts in economic development.
The Kauffman Foundation releases a Startup Activity Index every year. Their 2015 release shows ascending activity for the first time since 2010. The 2015 rise represents the largest year-over-year increase in the past two decades, giving new hope to the revival of entrepreneurship.
Are you one of those people who clocks more than 55 hours per week on the job? If so, you may be interested in knowing that a new study from Stanford shows that productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours. In fact, productivity drops off so much after 55 hours, there is no point in working any more.
TED Talks have some really interesting topics by well-educated people. I just finished watching Ernesto Sirolli, a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development, talk about the best ways to help entrepreneurs.
What is the difference between making a sale and building a business? Making a sale is just that. You exchange money for the purchase of a good or a service. Building a business is what you do to encourage that customer to return to make future purchases. There are businesses that do a good job of what you may call “catch and release”. The customer is there, makes a purchase, and then leaves – maybe to never return again.