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BIG Idea Competition launches statewide entrepreneurship survey for high school students

ABERDEEN–– The BIG Idea is conducting a survey to measure change in attitudes toward entrepreneurship during its ten-year life. The survey is open to anyone in South Dakota, whether or not they have participated in the competition in any way. Results of the survey will be reported during the December 7 final event. Please help us in making the 10th Anniversary a success by taking the survey here: zmpcNnIW0J2

The BIG Idea Competition— the business idea contest for South Dakota high school students—is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017 with many new surprises in store! The basics of the competition remain the same as they have since its founding in 2007. High school students are invited to work individually or in small teams to produce a description of a business idea and enter it at by October 31. After judging by hundreds of volunteers statewide, the top eight finalists will present their ideas at a final event on Thursday, December 7 in Aberdeen. Winners receive cash prizes and scholarships from Northern State University and Presentation College. The BIG Idea also includes a Marketing Design competition sponsored by McQuillen Creative Group in Aberdeen and a Wellness category with a prize sponsored by Sanford Health.

The BIG Idea Competition is coordinated by a committee of volunteers and led by the Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen. It receives sponsorship support from the Small Business Development Center, Aberdeen Development Corporation, Sanford Health, East River Electric, the REED Fund, Dacotah Bank, First Bank and Trust, Tom & Danielle Aman Foundation, McQuillen Creative Group, Student Loan Finance Corporation, Northwestern Energy, and GROW South Dakota. For more information, visit

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