Buffalo Round-Up helps South Dakota court new businesses
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. (KTIV) - In this economy, no state wants to take its industries and small businesses for granted.
Most are trying to land new companies to bring in new jobs.
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds uses events like the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park as a recruitment tool.
Representatives from 15 different companies came to the Black Hills to talk business... and check out the state's business climate. Gov. Mike Rounds, (R) South Dakota says, "People are talking about moving businesses back from overseas back into the United States because they're discovering that in the midwest we have a great work ethic, travel expenses are less, the communications is better and we're competitive.
Rounds says the roundup has been successful in landing new business... citing companies like Masaba Mining Company in Vermillion.
Another business owner that credits the event for helping him decide to set up shop in South Dakota... First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard Chairman T. Denny Sanford... who has a call center in Dakota Dunes. T. Denny Sanford, First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard Chairman says, "This is one of the reasons I settled and have done so many things in South Dakota. South Dakota's been so great for me and this is just an opportunity to give back.
Sanford now talks with other business prospects at this event... sharing his story of entrepreneurship in South Dakota.