Statewide Event Rural for Rural Small Businesses
Third South Dakota MarketPlace in Aberdeen in March
Aberdeen, SD – For every business in town with 5 or more employees, there are five businesses with fewer. Microenterprises make up over 84% of rural businesses. Rural communities rely upon their small businesses and those areas with an active entrepreneurial and small business environment are flourishing.
“Small businesses are absolutely critical to the survival and growth of our rural economies,” noted Mark Olchefske, Director of Northern State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship & International Business. “In every election, the importance of small business to the U.S. economy is touted. MarketPlace is important because it helps small rural companies grow by giving rural small business owners and entrepreneurs what they need- networking opportunities and access to information.”
The third South Dakota MarketPlace event will be held Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.
MarketPlace presenters, exhibitors and other attendees are a great source of both information and inspiration. This year there will be a choice of 20 presentations made by content experts, service providers and serial entrepreneurs- including Scott Meyer of 9 Clouds, Travis Schaunaman of Production Monkeys and Heidi Martilla-Losure of Dakotafire.
The afternoon keynote speaker is Fairfield, Iowa’s Burt Chojnowski. Chojnowski is a serial entrepreneur who was actively involved in turning a small (pop. 9,500) farming community into a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. He is a national expert and presenter on grassroots, bootstrapping economic development strategies involving asset quilting and economic gardening.
Chojnowski produced and directed the documentary, Kora, the circumambulation or parikarma of Mount Kailash, considered the holiest mountain on earth and the world’s largest and environmentally sensitive watershed. Revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and others, a circumambulation, or kora, of Mount Kailash and dip in the holy waters of nearby Lake Mansarovar removes the sins of all lifetimes. Kora includes visits to sacred places in Sichuan Province of China, “the heavenly state,” and Kathmandu, Nepal.
He also won a ribbon at the 2010 Iowa State Fair during the cow-chip toss.
MarketPlace offers training, networking, and professional development opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses, service providers, rural community leaders, as well as family farmers and ranchers. You can find out more at www.marketplacesd.com.
Media Contacts: Mark Olchefske, firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 626.7721 or Kathy Micheel, Kathy.Micheel@GreatThingsSouthDakota.com or 605-354-4829