Best Practices Academy, a healthcare services organization, provides focused leadership in the health care
delivery system to improve clinical expertise and enhance practice efficiency. The Academy serves through
a wide range of collaboration and shared knowledge with accountable care organizations, medical and
chiropractic professional communities and independent practices and health systems.
The Academy is an ongoing resource that provides a wealth of valuable information and connects health
care related businesses to enhance efficiencies within clinical practice. The result is improved clinical
excellence and efficiencies in business operations at the practice and patient care level.
Al Heuton, Director
The Brookings Area Makerspace is a non-profit, shared community workshop, creative space and laboratory for local entrepreneurs, hobbyists, artists, engineers, thinkers, creatives, tinkerers and makers to collaborate on group projects, experiment on innovative ideas, and encourage learning and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. The Makerspace provides individuals with access to equipment that they may not be able to afford. Classes in a variety of disciplines such as woodworking, 3D printing, prototyping, and creative arts will also be offered in the Makerspace. These classes will be taught by community residents and will be open to the general public as well as members of the Makerspace . Funding for equipment in the Makerspace was provided by USDA Rural Development and Brookings Economic Development Corporation with program support provided by Vision Brookings II. The Makerspace is a program of Brookings Economic Development Corporation.
Al Heuton, Director
The Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is a community partnership leading the way for positive, sustainable growth and change by shaping pathways of opportunity for the Brookings area. Through collaboration with public and private entities and evidence-based decision making, BEDC focuses on building the economy through business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, and recruitment.
Mark Westlund, Site Director
Discovery Benefits, housed in the Lloyds Building located in the Research Park, was founded in 1987 and has emerged as a leading provider of technology solutions in the benefits administration industry. We provide innovative and integrated solutions for clients looking for simplified management of FSAs, HSAs, HRAs, TSAs, COBRA and Billing Solutions. Our administration services are driven by a forward-thinking staff immersed in the latest technology — with the ultimate goal of accomplishing our company’s mission: To transform the complexity of employee benefits administration with innovative solutions and extraordinary customer service delivered by empowered and knowledgeable employees. Discovery Benefits has a presence in all 50 states, with physical office locations in Fargo, N.D. and Brookings, S.D.
Chuck Sjogren, HR Director
Diversified Technologies, Inc. engineers and builds products and solutions that embody the durability of our blacksmithing roots (1888- 126 years and counting!) and demonstrates the innovation that comes from decades of experience in manufacturing industry-leading agricultural equipment under our Sudenga Industries, Inc. brand. We also manufacture Dur-A-Lift mounted aerial lifts and three and four-wheel electric scooters through our Ranger All Season Corporation.
Steve Donovan, Manager of Conservation Programs
Ducks Unlimited is a conservation organization dedicated to the restoration,
protection and enhancement of waterfowl habitat throughout North America.
A private, non-profit corporation that provides business development and commercialization services to
researchers, inventors and start-up companies in the region. Customized assistance includes help with
intellectual property searches, competitive analysis, business strategy, financial analysis, business plan
review, and capital sourcing.
Glacial Lakes Capital, LLC is a private equity company founded in 2001 to invest in renewable
energy companies throughout the Midwest. The company completed its first investment in Glacial Lakes
Energy, LLC, a 40 million gallon ethanol production business in Watertown, SD. Since that time, Glacial
Lakes Capital has made a number of investments in bioenergy, seed technology, farmland, advanced
biofuel companies and commercial development property.
Healing Words Foundation is a nonprofit founded in Brookings, SD by Rick Holm, MD and Joanie Holm, CNP in 2011. Healing Words Foundation was developed for enhancing health and diminishing suffering by communicating useful information based on honest science, provided in a respectful and compassionate manner.
A non-profit organization with a focus on agronomic education and research support. IPNI is a global
organization with initiatives addressing the world's growing need for food, fuel, fiber, and feed. The primary
roles of the Brookings office are coordination of the nine regional programs in the Americas and directing of
IPNI's research program.
Britt Oligschlaeger, General Manager
Phone: 605.696.3570 (office) 262.501.6145 (cell)
Jackrabbit Sports Properties connects brands and businesses to the excitement, passion, tradition, fans and fun of SDSU athletics through customized marketing solutions and experiences. We create customized campaigns which utilize the multimedia assets surrounding SDSU to meet your marketing objectives.
Joshua Barber, Owner
Jbar Construction is a cutting edge construction company that specializes in highly energy efficient construction techniques and products. Jbar has a group of professionals ready to handle all of your remodeling needs. We now have an insurance consultant available to interpret your home owners policy and work side by side with the customer in order to get that restoration project finished.
Novita Nutrition, LLC, is an animal nutrition company producing NovaMeal, a high quality protein that is
a valuable ruminant feed supplement, and NovaOil, a high energy animal feed and a non-food grade
vegetable oil for use in renewable diesel, biodiesel, renewable chemicals and personal care products.
Daidre Burgess, Patent Attorney
Bradley ThorsonEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patterson Thuente IP helps creative and inventive clients worldwide protect - and profit from - their ideas.
Practicing in the areas of patents, trademark, IP litigation, copyright and trade secrets, international IP law,
licensing, post issuance proceedings, and overall IP portfolio management, the firm's attorneys excel at delivering
insightful solutions to complex intellectual property matters. The firm's technically inspired clients include
innovators in industries such as agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, chemical, computer, defense, entertainment,
manufacturing, medical device, nanotechnology, optics, robotics, software, and telecommunications.
Dave Nomsen, VP of Governmental Affairs
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
Shane Swedlund, Facility and Engineering ManagerPhone: 605.212.6800
Raven Industries is a diversified technology company that embraces an integrated approach, where all operations support each other, sharing knowledge and best practices. Raven was founded in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1956 as a manufacturer of high-altitude research balloons for the American space program to help solve a great challenge in space exploration. From that single product line, we grew into a successful publicly traded corporation (RAVN:NASDAQ). We continue to solve great challenges through our high-quality, high-value products in areas of safety, feeding the world, energy independence, and resource preservation. Today, Raven is represented by three businesses: Applied Technology Division, Engineered Films Division, and Aerostar Division.
Ty Eschenbaum, Operations ManagerPhone: 605.203.1082
It all started with a cornfield and a common vision of a vertically-integrated egg products solution, managing the entire process from grain to finished product. This vision led Rembrandt Foods to become a leading egg ingredient producer in the United States, with global distribution. We supply egg ingredients to food manufacturers, brand owners, foodservice industries, and pet care manufacturers. Our expertise touches virtually every food category, including: mayonnaise and sauces, baked goods, confections, pasta and noodles, nutritional beverages and bars, and prepared foods.
Melissa Werner, Director of Operations Phone: 605.696.5600
The Administration Office is located in the Innovation Center at the Research Park at SDSU. It is
responsible for the oversight and development of the entire Research Park. Responsibilities include
leasing of office and lab space, as well as leasing of parcels within the 125-acre research park.
meet your specific needs, as well as provides a variety of services and benefits to assist you and your
Ben Stout, Ag Development Representative
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has a Regional Development Office located in the Innovation Center. In addition to being a general point of contact for the entire Department of Ag, this office specializes in ag development and international trade. The recruitment, expansion, financing, and market enhancement of livestock operations, ag processing facilities, and agribusiness ventures are the focus of this office.
SBDC helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses
in their efforts to remain competitive. Through a network of seven offices across the state and 1,100 SBDC
offices around the country, we provide professional, confidential and no-cost business consulting services,
including one-on-one counseling and training.
In 1980, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The EPSCoR program is designed to assist states to establish a self-sustaining academic research enterprise with the competitive capability that will contribute to the states’ economic viability and development. SD EPSCoR’s mission is to strengthen research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across South Dakota to increase science literacy and drive science-based economic development. SD EPSCoR helps build South Dakota’s research infrastructure and increases its capacity to successfully compete for federal funding. Today many federal agencies have developed a similar program including NASA, DOE, DoD, NIH, etc.
A 501(c)3 non-profit corporation responsible for spurring knowledge-based economic development in
eastern South Dakota by developing the Research Park at South Dakota State University.
Seroba Technology Inc. is a 100% daughter company from Seroba SAS France. In the United States, Seroba Technology is responsible to install, set and start up machines and whole automatic lines engineered and built by Seroba SAS France. Seroba SAS France specializes in engineering and manufacturing equipment, machines, and whole automatic lines for Food Industries including: cheese factories, meat processing, preserves, fish and seafood transformation, chocolate industries, and pet food. Seroba SAS is recognized from over 45 years as a specialist in washing equipment, tunnels, and cabinets. Over 90% of the machines and equipment produced are customized for each case and application. Many important food industry groups place their confidence in Seroba to improve their ways of production or to develop new products. These groups include Bel Brands, Nestle, Pedigree, Cocoa Barry-Callebaut, and Mars to name a few. Seroba Technology Inc. is installing and starting up the new Bel Brands cheese factory in Brookings, SD. Seroba will train the production and maintenance operators on the new full automatic lines that produce the famous Mini Babybel.
A diverse innovative investment company engaged in venture capital investments, livestock feeding and
marketing, stock, bond, foreign exchange and commodity future trading.
The Crop Quality Laboratory or CQL, which is just one of the entities in the new SDSU Seed Technology
Laboratory located in the Research Park, will help with the investigation of the quality of food
crops in relation to health, disease prevention, and economic development. Timely research information will
enable wheat breeders to develop new varieties to meet the needs of the U.S. and export markets. The
improved facilities give plant science researchers an enhanced ability to study the fundamental traits of
cerealgrains and oilseeds and to exploit these traits to enhance their economic value. The new lab will be
easily accessible to private enterprise, grower organizations, and entrepreneurs in the state, and the new
facility should streamline the processes of examining and working with plan samples. A world-class facility
like this will continue to bring more industry projects to help share the cost and resources for finding data as
well as maintaining the facility.
The State of South Dakota Crop Improvement Association (SDCIA) was formed in 1925 through
consolidation of the SD Corn Growers and Breeders Association, the SD Grain Growers Association, and
the SD Experiment Association. The Crop Improvement Association headquarters is housed in the new
Seed Technology Laboratory located in the Research Park at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota. While
the organization has evolved through many changes over the years, including changes in its name, its motive
has remained the same: To foster a more stable agriculture for the state of South Dakota.
The SDSU Plant Genetics Lab is housed in the Seed Technology Laboratory located on the SDSU
Innovation Campus. Lead molecular genetics researchers from SDSU have drafted the "genetic road map"
of biofuels crop. The first rough draft of a "genetic road map" of a biomass crop, prairie cordgrass, is giving
scientists an inside look at the genes of one of the crops that may help produce the next generation of
biofuels. The study already has produced the "transcriptome" of the species. The transcriptome can be
used somewhat like a map — it records the genes the plant uses to reach certain goals.
The SDSU Plant Pathology Lab, housed in the Seed Technology Laboratory located in the Research Park,
provides cutting-edge molecular studies and an increased level of collaboration for
work in thwarting diseases that threaten small grains. Collaboration between SDSU wheat breeders and
other scientists, along with a world-class molecular biology program, will occur as a result of being in the
same building. In addition, the new greenhouses will allow for cultivating plants throughout the year with
better lighting and temperature control.
Seed Science and Technology is a public seed testing lab that is maintained by SDSU and located in the
Research Park to test seed samples for farmers, seedsmen, South Dakota Crop Improvement
Association, and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The lab is equipped with modern testing
equipment necessary to perform tests on all kinds of agricultural crops, vegetables, trees, grass, and flower
seed. It is staffed with experienced, technically trained and accredited analysts (CSA and RST) and
part-timeassistants who work under constant supervision. All analyses performed by the lab are made
according to the Rules for Testing Seeds published by the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA). The
report issued by the lab is an official test of the sample submitted.
South Dakota State University's spring wheat breeder housed in the new Seed Technology Lab located in
the Research Park, is hoping a new spring wheat cultivar can help build up the country. "Brick"
spring wheat offers disease resistance and top baking qualities. It is South Dakota State University's spring
wheat cultivar that is most resistant to Fusarium head blight, and it will be widely available to producers.
Brick's characteristics include good yield potential, exceptionally high test weight, and early heading date. It
also has a gene that confers a good level of Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance.
|TruCount CPA PC provides support for businesses in stages of business development from start-up
through maturity. This includes recommendations on setting up entities, registering with reporting agencies,
designing and implementing accounting systems, budgeting, financial statements, tax preparation and
planning. Services for individuals include tax planning and preparation and financial planning.
United Development is a contracting, construction and development business focusing on new dairy
facilities, as well as other agricultural development.
Western Ag Professional Agronomy (WAPA) provides farmers with a deeper understanding of their soils and gives them the support and knowledge needed to optimize both yield and profit. WAPA empowers farmers through delivery of the patented PRS CropCast™ (Plant Root Simulator). This is a complete crop selection, nutrition and yield forecasting service which is delivered through our network of Professional Agronomy Consultants (PACs). Western Ag Global was formed in 2012 with the purpose of growing the WAPA business through recruiting, training and supporting franchise partners on a global scale. These licensed business partners then hire and support PACs to deliver the PRS CropCast™ to farmers.
Initially established in 1994, the Western Ag Group of Companies is a privately owned and rapidly growing group of companies. To date, the PRS™ Technology has been used for soil science research in 58 countries and has been the basis for over 1300 peer reviewed papers.”
Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C. is a team of legal professionals committed to providing quality legal services since the firm's inception in 1887. Our clients come from all over the world, but our roots are in South Dakota. All of our lawyers are licensed in South Dakota. We have lawyers that are also licensed in North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Georgia.
Over the years, the law has become more complicated. We have responded to continuing changes by broadening our services. Our lawyers have the talent to serve your short and long term needs and offer a variety of services with an unmatched commitment to quality. Our firm is large enough to serve all of our clients' needs, but small enough to provide personal attention.