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How Does Your State Compare?
Compare your state to South Dakota and others, and see how our tax structure will affect your bottom line.
Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors
A Great Fit for South Dakota
Outdoor recreation is widespread in South Dakota, and with many residents enjoying hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports, we have cultivated a firearm-friendly philosophy. The GOED will be exhibiting in Las Vegas at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show January 20-23, 2015.
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See Your Life Differently
With four full seasons of outdoor recreational opportunities and world class, destination attractions, South Dakota has something for everyone. The faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the moonscape of Badlands National Park, and the trails followed by Lewis and Clark along the Missouri River all offer.
South Dakota: Best For Business
But Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Study after study consistantly puts South Dakota among the top when it comes to Business Friendliness among the 50 states. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council ranked South Dakota No. 1 on its Small Business Policy Index; and, in 2013, South Dakota was named CNBC's Best State for Business.
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South Dakota Map Center
Location is everything. That’s why we have compiled a collection of maps to visually show you why South Dakota is good for your business. Whether you are looking for cities towns or counties in South Dakota, highways, rail lines, fiber infrastructure or other information – you will find it here.
'Proud to Call South Dakota Home'
"South Dakota is where a positive business climate, low business and property costs, and financial growth incentives have come together. We work in many states but are proud to call South Dakota Home." -Jason Glover, Neutraferma
How Much Do You Really Earn?

After taxes, how much do you take home? How much can you buy with your hard earned wages? Does it matter where you work and live?

We answered these questions by assessing purchasing power across the nation. We looked at median wages by occupation and then analyzed the impacts of taxation and cost of living. The verdict? Location matters. 

Meet Governor Dennis Daugaard

As Governor of South Dakota, I have made Economic Development a top priority. As you start to research various locations for your company to start in, expand in, or grow in, you will see that South Dakota’s advantages are plentiful. Please explore my site, and contact us if any questions should arise. My economic development staff is knowledgeable, trained, and eager to assist.

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Steve Watson
Business and Community Development Director
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Joe Fiala
Business Development Rep
Region 3, Shooting, Hunting & Outdoors Industry
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Jeff Haverly
Region 4, Oil & Gas Industry
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Alex Smith
Business Development Rep
Region 5, Professional Business Services Industry
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Mike Turnwall
Business Development Rep
Region 1, Financial Services Industry
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Alissa VanMeeteren
Business Development Rep
Region 6, Bioscience Industry
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Miracle Steel Parcel 1
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East Yankton Industrial Building
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    South Dakota Certified Ready Site to House New CTE Program
    Opportunity. That’s what educators and development officials are hoping to create for their high school students with the newly established Career & Technical Education (CTE) machinist program at the Sturgis Brown High School.
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Financing & Incentives
In South Dakota, we understand the needs of growing businesses. We’ve tailored our financing programs to fit you and your business. And, our programs are structured to meet your lon...
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Where Big Things Happen
Why do leading companies call South Dakota Home?
No Corporate Income Tax  -  No Personal Income Tax    No Personal Property Tax  -  No Business I...
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