Help Langford, SD win a $25,000 grant

You can help the community of Langford, SD win a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist Grant from State Farm! The funds will help establish The Front Porch, a unique gathering spot where community members and visitors can gather together for social, business and family connections. Visit facebook.com/LangfordFrontPorch to cast your vote today!

Community Development Need

With a population of 318, Langford has been slowly losing Main Street storefronts for the past two decades. Although dilapidated buildings and empty lots dot the downtown area, the residents are proud of the businesses that serve local needs. Several years ago, a group of residents with a vision gathered together to discuss the decline and find ways to reverse the trend. They came up with the Langford Main Street Center – a project that is reviving the town and community spirit.

Locally funded and constructed, the center is a 5,000 square-foot structure that will include a hair salon, two office spaces and a restaurant and sports bar. It is owned by the community, managed by a local board of directors and financed by local investors. Nearing completion, the center’s trickle-down effect is already being realized as the city is seeing new housing construction and other business opportunities are being planned.

Grant Funding

According to project officials, the grant funding from State Farm will be used to help create an atmosphere that reflects local pride and shares the story of Langford and its history. The group hopes to create signage, logos, framed historic photos, local art and decor that is reflective of the community’s 130-year history and success.  The money will help Langford Main Street Center “create a unique gathering spot that welcomes customers and recognizes our citizen’s talents and accomplishments, great pioneer history, and tells the story of our existence as a rural community.”

Lasting Impact

The spirit and theme of “Hard Work Together” is woven deeply within the community and this community project. Residents believe the momentum created by this project and within local residents has spurred potential for new growth and a change in mindsets and actions. In fact, they believe surrounding communities have already begun to take notice what Langford can achieve.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program will award forty causes grants of $25,000 each. Voting is open and determines where the money is allocated. People can vote up to 10 times per day through June 3 using their Facebook account. Links to the voting site are available HERE or on the Front Porch Facebook page, facebook.com/LangfordFrontPorch.

The Front Porch construction progress in April of 2015.

The Front Porch construction progress in April of 2015. Photo courtesy The Front Porch.

Celebrate local entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

National Small Business Week events will be held in multiple cities, including Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York City and Washington, D.C. Follow along via live streaming on www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw or using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz on social media.

U.S. SBA will also be hosting numerous training webinars this week covering a variety of common business topic areas regarding pay, digital footprints, new chip card payment technologies, benefits packages and online payment strategies.

NSBW 2015- Webinar Schedule

Monday, May 4, 2015
4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and ADP
Register here

Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That?
Common and Not-So Common Workplace Scenarios
Join us as we discuss some of the common pay and time-tracking questions ADP’s HR HelpDesk fields every day. Participants will learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), correctly classifying employees as exempt, non-exempt or as an independent contractor, and more.

Monday, May 4, 2015
6:00-7:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and YP
Register here

The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint
Consumers are serious researchers. When they are on the hunt for a new product or service, they will search across devices, use multiple sites, and make decisions after reading quality content and reviewing videos and images. Join Steve Strauss, USA Today Small Business columnist, and Jeff Biesman from YP for this action-oriented conversation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and Visa
Register here

What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts
Liability for counterfeit fraud on chip card accounts will shift from the chip card issuer to business owners who have not upgraded to chip-activated terminals. Visa will bring together experts to help you understand how new payment technologies impact your business’ bottom line.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and Colonial Life
Register here

Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys
Many small businesses do not offer benefits. Many business owners don’t think they can afford them, don’t know that their business is large enough to qualify, or think they’re too much of an administrative hassle. But the truth is, you can offer a strong benefits package to your employees, even though your business is small. Join this webinar to learn more about voluntary benefits and how can they help your business.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
2:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time
SBA and PayPal
Register here

Payments as a Trigger for Small Business Growth
PayPal and the SBA present a special National Small Business Week webinar about payments as a trigger for small business growth. Tune in to an interactive discussion featuring Crisloid, a PayPal merchant, and hear how simple steps like adding a payments button to your website can spur growth.

GOED offers training for new economic development practitioners

The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is offering a four-hour workshop for new economic development practitioners Thursday, April 16 in Sioux Falls. Attendees will learn about the economic development landscape in South Dakota as well as gain an overview of the GOED and the services it provides. Staff members from the various GOED departments will also be on hand to answer questions, including finance, research, community development, business development, and marketing and public relations.

The full agenda is available here: GOED Overview Agenda.

A similar workshop will also be held September 1 in Pierre. To register for either event, email Rachel Graves at Rachel.Graves@state.sd.us.

Public Power Consultants Forum

Learn about leading economic development issues, strategies and best practices while networking with peers from across the country at the inaugural Public Power Consultants Forum from Area Development in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA). The new annual event will feature expert presentations and roundtable discussions on drivers of the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, growth industries, and guidance on how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses.

The lineup includes:

Current Landscape of Industrial Site Selection
Brad Migdal, Executive Manager and Director, Industrial Site Selection & Business Incentives, Transwestern

Economic Development and Energy Incentive Program Trends
John Wolfram, Founder/CEO, Catalyst Consulting

Winning Community/Utility Strategies in the Business Attraction Hunt
Thomas Stringer, Principal, Credits & Incentives, Ryan LLC

Successful Retention and Attraction in the Country’s Most Active Sectors
Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield

Opportunities for Economic Development in Today’s Automotive Industry
Dennis Cuneo, Managing Director, Fisher & Phillips

Food Processors: How They Make Their Site Selections
David Sours, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services Food Facilities, CBRE

Data Centers 101: Trends and Site Selection Considerations
Neale Rath, Manager, Global Expansion Optimization, Deloitte Consulting; and Tennessee Valley Authority representative

Rural Outsourcing: Swapping Mumbai for Mobile
Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.

The Competitive Workforce: Thing Global, but it’s Really Local
Jones Lang LaSalle (speaker TBA)

Anatomy of a Deal: How it Gets Done Right
Panel Discussion

The forum is designed to educate public power utility economic developers, CEOs and executive leadership–as well as the policymakers, community officials and state/regional economic developers they work with–on success strategies and best practices in economic development.

For more information, visit the Area Development website or contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Director of Education at 202-467-2921 or HLambert@PublicPower.org.

Hear from top site selectors and real-estate professionals

American Public Power Association is partnering with Area Development — a leader in site selection/relocation information and education — to host the first annual Public Power Consultants Forum, March 30 – April 1, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The forum educates public power utility economic developers, CEOs, and executive leaders — as well as policymakers, community officials and state/regional economic developers — on success strategies and best practices in economic development. This new annual event offers sessions on the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, and how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses.

What You’ll Learn

This new annual event features expert presentations and roundtable discussions on drivers of the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, growth industries, and guidance on how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses. Nationally recognized site selectors, top real-estate professionals, and industry executives offer insights on business trends and tools for success.

Specific topics include:

  • Current landscape of industrial site selection
    Brad Migdal, Executive Manager and Director, Industrial Site Selection & Business Incentives, Transwestern
  • Economic development and energy incentive program trends
    John Wolfram, Founder/CEO, Catalyst Consulting
  • Winning community/utility strategies in the business attraction hunt
    Ginovus, LLC (speaker TBD)
  • Successful retention and attraction in the country’s most active sectors
    Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Opportunities for economic development in today’s automotive industry
    Dennis Cuneo, Managing Director, Fisher & Phillips
  • Food processors: how they make their site selections
    David Sours, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services Food Facilities, CBRE
  • Data centers 101: trends and site selection considerations
    Neale Rath, Manager, Global Expansion Optimization, Deloitte Consulting
  • Rural outsourcing: swapping Mumbai for Mobile
    Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.
  • The competitive workforce: think global, but it’s really local
    Speaker TBA
  • Anatomy of a deal: how it gets done right (panel discussion)

For more information or to register, click HERE. APPA members with inquiries: email Heidi Lambert or call 202/467-2921.

Area Development has been a leader in site selection/relocation information and education since 1965. APPA and Area Development have partnered for decades to bring the best in economic development education and resources to public power utilities. Area Development has led sessions at APPA’s annual Customer Connections Conference and we’re proud to expand our offerings through the new Public Power Consultants Forum.