When it comes to lowering the cost of running a business, there's no state better than South Dakota. CNBC released a report putting the Mount Rushmore state as number one when it comes to business.
For more than a decade, Dave Hertz has owned and operated Midwest Ready Mix and Equipment in Vermillion. Dave says starting your own business can be a difficult undertaking, but it would be even more difficult outside of South Dakota.
"Yes ,it's a very business friendly community and the state is pretty easy to work with on stuff so all in all South Dakota is a real good fit for my business and what I do." Said Hertz.
For Dave, the low tax rate makes it easier for him to hire employees. For other corporations, it means they're looking to set up shop.
"Our economy is good, quality of life is good, economic opportunities are good, why wouldn't people want to come to South Dakota?" Asks Governor Dennis Daugaard.
One company that bought in to South Dakota early was Eagle Creek Software Services. The company first put roots in Pierre and will soon be coming to Vermillion as well. To them the award validates both decisions.
"We're very proud to be a company in the state and just doing our part to help support it. It's a great state and we're very proud of their accomplishment." Said company president Ken Behrendt.
Summer is the busiest time of year for concrete and Hertz had no idea that South Dakota was ranked best for biz.
"I'm a little surprised but from all the headaches that I've seen people have to do business in bigger states there's just so much government red tape that you have to go through in bigger states the more the population is the more headaches are gonna have to get something done." Said Hertz.
For Eagle Creek, that was also a factor and having strong support from the state played big in their decision to expand.
"You just need that positive attitude from the state that they're going to make it happen and there to help you be successful and that's what really comes through all the time. I go back six years ago and why we chose it was because we knew we were going to be successful." Said Behrendt.
And with business booming, there's no one more proud than the governor.
"I think we are a state to be admired by the others." Said Daugaard.
South Dakota struggled in the area of technology and innovation, ranking just 48th. But the state is already looking for ways to attract more tech-based companies like Eagle Creek to help keep the state on the top spot.
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