(Spearfish, SD) – Spearfish has been chosen as a top ten finalist for a small business reality show.
The City of Spearfish is under consideration to be featured on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution. The television series helps small businesses – and the towns where those businesses are located – reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back. Spearfish was the only South Dakota town to be picked as a top ten finalist.
Each season features one USA town. The winning town and six of its small businesses win a half-million dollars to revitalize the community. The show is hosted by Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover fame.
Starting in December, the Small Business Revolution team will visit all top ten finalists and begin evaluating which city is the best candidate for the show. Spearfish will receive its visit on December 4th and during their stay, they would like to meet as many small businesses in our community as possible. Businesses are welcome and encouraged to submit themselves for a chance to meet the Small Business Revolution team by visiting www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution/business-application
This part of the process is meant to help the team at Deluxe get a better sense of our town’s business community, including our businesses and non-profit organizations. Applications are due November 29th. The Top 5 will be announced in January.
Located in the northern Black Hills, Spearfish represents one of the most broad-based economies in western South Dakota. With roots in education, health care, tourism, natural resources, and light industry, our local economy has grown and diversified substantially over the past several decades. The past five years has seen the average yearly new construction valuation nearly double that of the previous five years.
Recognizing the attraction of Spearfish’s strong economic advantages -as well our area’s outdoor recreation and active lifestyle appeal- Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has launched a strategic initiative to recruit additional outdoor product companies to our growing community.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $887 billion in consumer spending and supporting 7.6 million jobs. Every year, American consumers spend more on outdoor recreation than they do on pharmaceuticals and fuel, combined. In fact, the impact of outdoor recreation on America’s economy is almost as big as that of hospital care.
Spearfish, SD – June 25, 2019 – Recognizing the attraction of Spearfish’s strong economic advantages -as well the area’s outdoor recreation/active lifestyle appeal- Spearfish Economic
Development Corporation (SEDC) continues our strategic initiative to recruit additional outdoor product manufacturing companies to the Spearfish community. As part of these efforts, SEDC Marketing Coordinator Laine Mitchell recently attended the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow in Denver.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor industry drawing attendees from throughout the world, including over 600 exhibitors from a variety of industries including backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. “This show ignited conversations directly with key decision makers and influencers and gave us the opportunity to share the Spearfish story,” said Mitchell. “Our participation was especially timely as MarketWatch recently recognized Spearfish as one of ‘The best little cities to live if you love the outdoors.’”
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $887 billion in consumer spending and supporting 7.6 million jobs. Every year, American consumers spend more on outdoor recreation than they do on
pharmaceuticals and fuel, combined. In fact, the impact of outdoor recreation on America’s economy is almost as big as that of hospital care. “Spearfish is very fortunate to already be home to a handful of outdoor product manufacturers,” explained Executive Director Kory Menken. “SEDC’s goal is to attract and foster more companies of this nature, as they create the type of clean industry and good-paying jobs our community desires.” Last year, Menken attended the same show and which resulted in numerous prospective leads and a site visit to South Dakota.
In addition to attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, SEDC has also placed strategic advertisements in numerous regional and national publications including the Summer 2019 issue of The Drake magazine. Founded in 1998, The Drake has become one of the premier fly fishing magazines and is sold in nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. SEDC will also be participating in the International Fly Tackle Dealer tradeshow in Denver later this year.