SBA South Dakota District Office Announces Rural Lending Event in Pierre

SIOUX FALLS –On Wednesday, August 8, 2018,  SBA and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) will present  a panel on rural small business  lending and technical assistance.  The audience will learn about assistance and loans offered by the SBA, USDA RD, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Governor’s Office Economic Development (GOED) and representatives of banking and credit union associations that can assist entrepreneurs start or grow a business. The session will also provide valuable information for lenders wanting to assist rural entrepreneurs.  This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT:  Rural Lending Event in Pierre

WHEN: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 8:30am-12:00pm 

WHERE:  USDA facility at 1717 North Lincoln Avenue, Pierre, SD

WHO SHOULD  ATTEND: Entrepreneurs, Agricultural-based businesses, Businesses in rural areas, Lenders and other organizations interested in learning about programs and services to assist rural businesses.          

HOW:   Space is limited.  Pre-register for this event by contacting Jennifer Kelly, Public Affairs Specialist  at



8:30 – 9:00           Registration/Networking/Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15           Welcoming Remarks: USDA Rural Development  Director Julie Gross

9:15 – 9:30          Special Guest Remarks by The Office of Senator Rounds

9:30- 9:45            Speaker: Small Business Owners TBD

9:45 – 9:55           Break

9:55 – 11:00         Rural Lending Roundtable Panel Discussions

(SBA Dave Puls, Lead Lender Specialist, USDA Dana Kleinsasser, Business & Cooperative Programs Director, FDIC Tracie Greenway Morris, Senior Community Affairs Specialist , EDA Alex Smith Economic Development Representative (North Dakota l South Dakota l Western Iowa), ICBSD Representative, GOED Cassie Stoeser, Director of Finance and Jay Kruse, Chief Advocacy Office, the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas)

11:05-11:25          Resource Partner  Mingle