Sioux Falls small businesses expand in 2020 despite COVID-19 pandemic
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - According to the U-S small business association’s South Dakota district office, small businesses provide over 200,000 jobs across the Rushmore state.
That is over 58 percent of the private work force.
Even with all that was happening because of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota saw an increase of over 1,000 new businesses.
Organization in Sioux Falls did their best to try and help small businesses through the rough year.
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. worked to get the word out about stores that were open despite the pandemic.
“That is what we really wanted to focus on. Making sure that people know that they can still eat shop, and do that locally with small business owners, those are really our friends and family, our neighbors who are following their dreams. Who are following their dreams and following their passions,” said Sadie Swier, Community Outreach Coordinator for Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
Another organization that helped small businesses thrive was the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.
and small business owners also took it upon themselves to make the changes needed to adapt to the pandemic.
“I think they have been very creative, very innovative about way in which they can continue to operate, I think they have done a lot of stuff with online marketing, a lot of stuff with online selling,” said Bob Mundt, President and CEO of Sioux Falls Development Foundation.
It wasn’t just the businesses that stayed open that impressed these organizations.
It was also how many new businesses opened for the first time in the middle of the challenging pandemic.
“Businesses open to find a solution to different problems, so if you are opening during a pandemic or a recession you are extremely resilient, I think that speaks a lot to the people in this community,” said Swier.
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