It's true, Sioux Falls gives entrepreneurs a leg up.
Ours is a community built by entrepreneurs. We have people with great work ethic, strong core values, and a will to succeed. We have official resources created for entrepreneurs like the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship as well as unofficial places that act as homes for entrepreneurs like Queen City Bakery. We have 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend, and Code Bootcamp. We have notable companies, large and small, who have tackled great problems and hired amazing people. But most importantly, we have people who want entrepreneurs to succeed.
Any entrepreneur knows that "consistent" is the last word anyone would use to describe entrepreneurship, but as a young entrepreneur with lots to learn, Sioux Falls will consistently provide invaluable help along your journey.
Help from people who will point you in the right direction to find the answers you need. Help from people sharing their expertise to tackle your latest challenge. Help from people who will grab coffee and listen to you with genuine interest and no expectations of their own.
You have big aspirations and dreams yet to accomplish. Being based in Sioux Falls is your greatest advantage.
In 2012, I was living in the Twin Cities in St. Louis Park near Lake Calhoun. I was at a point in my public relations career where I knew I needed to make a move but I was not very interested in just hopping PR agencies. I also knew that I wasn't going to spend my whole life in the Twin Cities. I was never going to get used to the rush hour traffic.
That was when my college classmate, John Meyer, called to gauge my interest in joining 9 Clouds, a small start-up in Sioux Falls. I had always thought that I would likely start my own business sometime in my career and John and Scott had already done the hard work to get one going. It wasn't an easy decision but I decided to take the chance and joined 9 Clouds in September of 2012. I knew it was something I would always regret not having done. I'm now CEO.
I grew up on a farm between Cherokee and Quimby, Iowa, so knew of Sioux Falls and had taken a few trips to the Empire Mall during my life. That was all I really knew of Sioux Falls though. Until I moved into my loft downtown, I had no idea there were actual falls in Sioux Falls. I was sure I was going to have to give up sushi when I left the cities but was proven wrong very quickly by the two options I had downtown alone.
I love it here, especially Downtown Sioux Falls (DTSF). I can walk to work and have amazing food out my doorstep. We have also been able to build a fantastic team at 9 Clouds that I love going to work with every day. Although the move was a risky one, I don't regret it one bit.