The Yankton area has a wealth of resources and organizations that offer services to help you achieve your vision and increase your odds of long-term business success.
In April 2006, Dakota BUSINESS Finance was designated as a Certified Development Company (CDC) by the Small Business Administration and began offering the SBA 504 program to businesses throughout South Dakota.
The SBA 504 Program complements the existing program offered through Dakota BUSINESS Finance's sister organization - the South Eastern Development Foundation (SEDF). SEDF was incorporated in 2002 to serve as a regional revolving loan fund for southeastern South Dakota, including Clay, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, and Union counties. SEDF provides loans, in conjunction with bank financing, to businesses throughout the region. For more information about the SEDF revolving loan fund, click here.
Dakota BUSINESS Finance and SEDF were both created by the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG), which serves municipalities in the six southeastern counties of South Dakota. SECOG provides staffing for both Dakota BUSINESS Finance and SEDF.
Dakota Resources helps rural communities help themselves through innovative processes, tools, training and resources. Our ambitious initiatives are designed to enhance rural entrepreneur and business development, rural housing development, community and leadership development and financial development.
1808 Summit Street, Yankton, SD | (605) 665-4408 | Visit Website
Planning and Development District III is a voluntary association of county, municipal and Tribal governments. Its mission is to provide comprehensive development assistance to its membership and the private sector. The district offers a full range of services that help the region maintain public services and expand economic opportunities.
The association is governed by a committee of elected officials, non-profit organization representatives and business interests. The district employs a professional staff with extensive experience in a variety of development and technical fields.
1200 W. 21st Street, Yankton, SD | (605) 668-5700 | Visit Website
RTEC offers high quality, accessible, affordable technical education and training opportunities which can enhance the ability of individuals to obtain and retain employment while also finding creative learning experiences which will serve to “home grow our own workforce.”
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD | (605) 773-3423 | Visit Website
1808 Summit Street, Yankton, SD | (605) 665-0751 | Visit Website
The mission is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assist existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive. SBDC offices provide professional, confidential, and no-cost business consulting services, including one-on-one counseling and training, to individuals starting a business or looking for ways to improve an existing business.
2329 N. Career Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD | (605) 367-5757 | Visit Website
SBIR provides increased opportunities for small businesses to meet federal research and development needs by fostering and encouraging participation in technological innovation programs offered by federal agencies. It is a highly competitive three phase grant program. The SBIR program provides $2.5 billion dollars per year through 4,800 awards to small businesses to develop new products and processes that address federal research and development needs.
1818 Broadway Ave, Ste. 2, Yankton, SD | (877) 405-3522 | Visit Website
The Social Security Administration is here to assist you with any questions regarding your retirement benefits, disability benefits, social security card, and other federal government services. This non-partisan group serves all people of South Dakota and offers a comprehensive website and customer service team that is your resource for frustration-free interactions with our federal government.
3113 Spruce Street, Ste. 124, Yankton, SD | (605) 668-2900 | Visit Website
Their mission is to promote economic opportunity and financial security for individuals and businesses through quality, responsive and expert services; fair and equitable employment solutions; and safe and sound business practices. Along with being a good source to list your business job postings they also work with individuals to complete a National Career Readiness Certificate to verify to employers that they have the essential core employability skills.
The Department of Labor also has the Registered Apprenticeship Program. The Office of Apprenticeship is a service agency of the U.S. DOL which provides technical assistance to employers who have an interest in establishing a registered apprenticeship program for their workforce. There are no charges or fees involved with the services/partnership. View Brochure
2329 N. Career Ave., Ste. 314, Sioux Falls, SD | (605) 697-5015 | Visit Website
The Enterprise Institute is a private, non-profit corporation that provides customized business development and commercialization services to researchers, inventors, and start-up companies in South Dakota.
711 E. Wells Avenue, Pierre, SD | (605) 773-3301 | Visit Website
No matter what your economic development needs in South Dakota are, the GOED exists to help. They have an array of resources from financing to research, and networking to cutting red tape. GOED offers a variety of flexible financing options to new and expanding companies including the REDI fund, EDFA, SBA 504, MicroLOAN and more. Visit their website for information on financing & incentives to how to build your business.
1 W. Weather Lane, Ste. 400, Sioux Falls, SD | (605) 338-3424 | Visit Website
SD ITC serves as a source of management assistance to small businesses considering exporting, new to exporting, and analyzing your business’s international trade needs.
2329 N. Career Avenue, Ste. 117, Sioux Falls, SD | (605) 367-5757 | Visit Website
SD MTS assists manufacturers with addressing today’s highly complex business challenges. Their consultants work with you in areas of strategic planning, lean enterprise, process improvement, plant layout, training, new product development, and more. They’ll help you customize solutions, become more productive, deliver on-time, fix quality issues, cut costs, develop leadership and grow your business.
807 Capitol Street, Yankton, SD | (605) 668-5289 | Visit Website
The Yankton County Emergency Services help you make sure your business is prepared for emergencies. Their offices have a document for your use to assist in disaster preparedness, specifically for businesses.