Recently we made a trip to Huron to take part in the second annual South Dakota MarketPlace. The event was attended by nearly 200 South Dakotan entrepreneurs, business owners, economic developers, community leaders and service providers.
The two- day conference provided an opportunity for attendees to participate in sessions that covered topics ranging from financial considerations, workforce training, strategic planning, marketing efforts and website development. Our good friend Cory Geffre, covered the topic of workforce training in his presentation of the Square of Excellence. Also on the speaker’s list? Travis Schaunaman.
In his session he provided 10 tips to improve your website. The crowd (a sizable one of course) was riveted with the information, he received a standing ovation and came back for an encore. Not too bad for a guy who’s never presented in front of a large, professional audience before. Curious to see if your site hits the mark? Use our free website scorecard and find out for yourself. If you’d like more information about using Google Analytics or keywords, check out those blog posts for more details. And if you find your site in the GTFO category, give us a call, we can help. Don’t let our business description – South Dakota graphic designer – fool you, we don’t just make sites look pretty, we know how to make them effective too.
We also had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people at our booth during the conference. If an interesting monkey logo didn’t make them stop, we knew the giant Apple computer monitor would draw them in.
During the breaks we spoke with people who ran lumber stores, wineries, an event planning service, repair shops and a grill manufacturer to name a few. In fact, if you’re in the market for an impressive grill, check Dakota Grills out.
The event was worthwhile and we’d encourage any new business owners to take part next year, even if it falls on your birthday as it did for Travis. (Be sure to ask him how old he turned.)