Entrepreneur Spotlight

Local Start-up Grows National Customer Base

Makerspace integral to Station 5 Productions expansion A unique locally-owned business has been able to increase its national client base thanks to one of the many entrepreneurial resources available through Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Station 5 Productions started almost 12 years ago as a hobby for a haunted house enthusiast. Owner Buck Burdick was…

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Brookings 2019 Idea Competition Winners Announced

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at a public reception held at the Research Park at SDSU. This year marked the twelfth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding product lines…

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‘Fit My Feet’ moves into former Brookings Payless store

BROOKINGS – What Nick Kolterman, owner and founder of Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes, calls an “old fashioned sit-and-fit shoe store that used to be like Kinney shoes” is coming to Brookings.  It’s occupying the former Payless Shoe Source at 720 25th Ave. and opens for business Friday. There are two other Fit My…

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Students brewing up success at BHS

BHS students start, run their own coffee and pastry business BROOKINGS – Starting and running your own business is a difficult task for anybody to take on, but a group of Brookings High School students are learning firsthand the basics of running a business by starting their own as part of class. BHS seniors Stephen…

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Sisters take ownership of Brookings Sylvan Learning Center

BROOKINGS – The wellbeing and education of children matter to sisters Colleen Halbur and Michelle McGuckin; that’s no surprise with 16 children between the two of them.  Along with their husbands, they took ownership of the Brookings Sylvan Learning Center in December 2018. The sisters themselves come from a large family and grew up on…

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Super Bowl Stadium Features Daktronics Displays

When the best football teams from each conference collide in Atlanta for the biggest game of the year, Daktronics of Brookings will have a hand in creating the atmosphere and experience for everyone in attendance.  This year, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams to see who will be…

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Ambiance Salon opens in downtown Brookings

Erica Davis hopes her new salon has the right ambiance, so that’s what she named it: Ambiance Salon. The shop is located at 408 Third St. in Brookings and caters to just about everything hair, skin or nails. Davis and her crew of two are available by appointment only.  “I had a lot of trouble…

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Brookings artist creates unique jewelry

If there’s a symbol that especially spells South Dakota, it’s the ring-necked pheasant. People from all around the globe come to hunt the bird that brings big bucks to the state.  Now a Brookings woman has found a way to design hand-made jewelry that also has a distinct touch of the Mount Rushmore State. “I…

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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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