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Development Foundation invests in growing SAB Biotherapeutics
SME to honor Chamber President/CEO Evan Nolte
St. Patrick´s Day activities set for March 14
Business Sense Workshops provide learning opportunities
Registration now open for South Dakota BIG Job Fair
Forward Sioux Falls seeks internship partners
City seeks applicants for new workforce development pilot program

DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INVESTS IN GROWING SAB BIOTHERAPEUTICS

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is investing $3 million in Sioux Falls-based SAB Biotherapeutics to help grow the company´s unique disease-fighting platform.

SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB) is a biopharmaceutical company on the leading edge of innovation. The company is developing natural technologies that have the potential to transform the treatment and prevention of diseases like cancer, Ebola, diabetes or influenza. SAB´s technology, the DiversitAb Platform, is a natural system for producing clinical-grade, fully human antibodies to treat human diseases.

"Biotherapeutics, along with a wide array of medical research and biotech industry expansion, has been a long-term target for our economic development program," said Slater Barr, Sioux Falls Development Foundation President...

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SME TO HONOR CHAMBER PRESIDENT/CEO EVAN NOLTE

The Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls (SME) will honor Evan Nolte as the 2015 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year at the annual SME Excellence Awards to be held Feb. 17 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel.

Tickets are available for $50 each, with reserved tables of eight ($400) or 10 ($500). The event begins with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the SME office at (605) 336-5626.

Nolte´s career with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce spans more than three decades and he currently serves as the President and CEO. Nolte joined the Sioux Falls Chamber staff in 1979 as its Executive Vice President. In 1992, he was appointed President and CEO. Prior to coming to Sioux Falls, Nolte served as Executive Vice President of chamber of commerce and economic development organizations in Mason City, Iowa; St. Joseph, Mo.; Yankton, S.D.; and Nebraska City, Neb...

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY ACTIVITIES SET FOR MARCH 14

The 36th Annual St. Patrick´s Day Parade will be held in downtown Sioux Falls on Saturday, March 14. The traditional reading of the proclamations and Painting of the Shamrock will take place at 9th Street and Phillips Avenue at 11:45 a.m. to officially kick off the day´s events. The parade will begin at 2 p.m.

The parade forms at 5th Street and Main Avenue beginning at 12:30 p.m. Vehicles will be lined up on a first-come, first-served basis, and is at the discretion of parade officials and will proceed through the downtown area, starting at 6th Street and Main Avenue. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. The official parade packet can be found on the Chamber´s website, siouxfallschamber.com, under the Events/Annual Events tab.

There is no entry fee to participate in the parade. The only requirement is that each adult (age 16 and older) participating in the parade must purchase and wear an official St. Patrick´s Day Parade button. The cost is $3 per button...

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BUSINESS SENSE WORKSHOPS PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

You´re busy and you don´t necessarily have a lot of time to devote to long classes and programs to keep you up-to-date on current business trends.

To assist members in this endeavor, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce offers low-cost training to all Chamber members and their employees through the annual Business Sense Workshop series, planned and sponsored by the Chamber´s Small Business Council. These one-hour workshops deliver ongoing business and management training led by talented and engaging Chamber member presenters.

The weekly sessions, held over the noon hour at the Chamber office every Tuesday in January, February and March, cover topics in customer service, technology, marketing, sales, workforce, management and professional development – and more. And remember, the Business Sense Workshops and all Chamber events are open to business owners AND their employees. Feel free to send your employees and take advantage of these valuable informational sessions. For certain professions, attendance at these workshops can even qualify for Continuing Education Credit...

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SOUTH DAKOTA BIG JOB FAIR

The 25th Annual South Dakota BIG (Business, Industry and Government) Job Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students, graduates and alumni from colleges and technical institutions throughout South Dakota and the multi-state region are invited and encouraged to attend. Many employers consider the BIG Job Fair one of the best recruiting events they attend each year to identify outstanding interns and employees for their business.

The South Dakota BIG Job Fair is sponsored by the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers (SDACCC), with support from Forward Sioux Falls and others committed to the marketing and placement of the region´s fine graduates...

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FORWARD SIOUX FALLS SEEKS INTERNSHIP PARTNERS

Students need quality, academically-challenging internships. Businesses need new and creative talent. Interns in Industry is a Forward Sioux Falls program developed to grow the number and variety of Sioux Falls business internship opportunities for post-secondary students, with a focus on marketing, accounting, business and technology.

Each winter, Sioux Falls area businesses are invited to participate in the Interns in Industry program. Up to 50 interns can take part in each summer´s program, with a $500 scholarship paid to every intern selected upon completion of the internship. Since 2003, more than 65 Sioux Falls area businesses have offered a combined 367 internships through this effort...

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CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PILOT PROGRAM

The City of Sioux Falls launched a Workforce Development Pilot Program to support and explore activities to drive workforce growth and development within the community. As part of the 2015 budget, $500,000 was included to support these efforts.

Four key areas of focus have been identified: strategic planning and implementation, attracting and recruiting new employees, training and re-employment and educational partnerships.

The program is seeking applicants from any business, organization or entity with operations in Sioux Falls. The maximum amount for any single proposal is $100,000 and the minimum amount is $2,000. Matching funds are not required, however the availability of matching resources...

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