Entrepreneur Spotlight

Party bike business coming to Brookings

Jessica Herrboldt is the owner of Bum’s Bike & Brew, and she’s getting ready to debut the first party bike in Brookings this spring. Officially known as commercial pedal cars or bars, the conveyance resembles a trolley car, but is powered by the pedaling of the people riding upon it, like a bicycle. They are…

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Unique Brookings business has international customers

Watch – EYE ON KELOLAND by Dan Santella We associate this time of year with a magical workshop which makes neat things for people all around the world. But this isn’t the North Pole; it’s Station 5 Productions in Brookings. They make stuff for haunted attractions, haunted houses, escape rooms, and more. “We do things for…

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City Council approves pedal car businesses

The Brookings City Council on Tuesday set guidelines for commercial pedal cars/bars to operate in the city. A commercial pedal bar, also called a party bike, is a non-motorized four-or-more wheeled bicycle-like vehicle that is human powered and transports passengers on bicycle-like seats and is propelled by five or more passengers, not including the operator,…

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SDSU alum sees success with online women’s boutique

By: Michaela Simcoe, The Brookings Register For most, the holidays are a time to relax and connect with family and friends. But for South Dakota State University grad Courtney Coughlin, it’s also a time to prepare for a holiday pop-up shop, post about new arrivals on Instagram and prepare for the biggest season of the…

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Researcher shows benefits of regenerative ag

By:Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News ARLINGTON (AP) – Jesse Hall is sold on regenerative agriculture. “(The soil) crumbles, and it looks like chocolate cake,” Hall said. “Once it’s got the consistency of chocolate cake, and it’s spongy, that’s what you want.” And it’s got more life in it, too, from invisible bacteria to earthworms.…

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Tee’d Off brings area golfers indoors

By: Miranda O’Bryan, For The Brookings Register Golf simulators open in Wilbert Square BROOKINGS – A Brookings business that opened Friday will give customers a new indoor entertainment opportunity this winter and a shot at improving their golf game at the same time. Sharon Brecher, part owner of Tee’d Off Golf Simulators, got the idea…

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Creating his own ‘Wilde’ blue yonder

By:John Kubal, The Brookings Register, BROOKINGS – Isaac Wilde is not a “crop duster.” Forget the movie scenes of a goggled pilot flying an old biplane 2 feet over a crop field and laying down a smoke-screen fog of bug- or weed-killing chemical. “We like to use ‘aerial application,’” he explained, smiling. “Those days are…

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Student-founded business participates in Arts Festival

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register “I decided I wanted to start on something,” said Laurel Diekhoff, sole owner and operator of Flume Bath & Body, a product line that specializes in handcrafted bath bombs, lip care, lip scrubs, perfume sprays and shower steamers.  She started her research in December 2016, made her first sale…

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KSFY One Day Getaway – Brookings Entrepreneur Stories

KSFY was in Brookings on July 12 as part of their “One Day Getaway” broadcast. Watch: Mayor Keith Corbett Watch: Brookings Arts Festival Impact Watch: Brookings Area Makerspace Watch: Eponymous Brewing Watch: Brookings Built Green Watch: Cook’s Kitchen Watch: SDSU Renovation Projects Watch: Prairie Mermaid Boutique    

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doTERRA Wellness Advocate

Brookings Entrepreneur Name: Londa Florey Business description:  I educate and empower people to use doTERRA essential oils & products safely and effectively. I also mentor and support others who join me in the doTERRA business opportunity. Why did you participate in the BEDC sponsored Pop-up Market?  I wanted to be a part of the Pop-up Market…

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