Business Resources in Aberdeen

We encourage business owners to take advantage of the resources in our community each committed to helping businesses thrive. Every organization serves a different purpose but all exist to better our community and to provide assistance. Consider the challenges you are facing in your business and how each of the resources may be able to help you turn those into opportunities. If you have questions or need additional information, please let us know.

New business Guide

If you are looking to start a new business in Aberdeen, South Dakota, download our New Business Guide to get you started. You will discover resources to vet your idea, information to decide what business structure is best, tools for writing a business plan, and local contacts who can help you get it all done.


Aberdeen Workforce Recruitment Program

***PROGRAM ENDED 9/15/22. PLEASE CONTACT if you have any questions.

The Aberdeen Development Corporation in partnership with the City of Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Governor's Office of Economic Development has awarded Aberdeen a workforce recruitment grant in the amount of $95,000. See press release here.

The City of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Development Corporation and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce believe the most effective method to truly grow our community is to add workers to the labor force, not recirculate existing employees from one local employer to another. The Aberdeen Workforce Recruitment Program is designed to bring new, highly skilled workers to our community, and retain college graduates.

Effective 10/12/2021, The Aberdeen Workforce Recruitment Program offers local employers up to $5,000 in matching funds, per open position, to assist them in creating robust, attractive worker incentive packages to fill jobs.

For questions and preapprovals, please contact Taylor Hanson at the Aberdeen Development Corporation at (605)229-5335 or email

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Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce

Our chamber of commerce is a very active city organization that provides a number of resources and networking opportunities for professionals in Aberdeen. Taking part in one of their numerous committees is a great way to get connected with other professionals in our community. Leadership Aberdeen is another valuable program to enhance your professional skills and make long-lasting connections. Join their email newsletter to stay in the loop on professional happenings in Aberdeen as well.

Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau

If you are in the retail or hospitality industries, the CVB has tools to help you promote your business to people traveling into Aberdeen. Their website is also home to the community calendar, a great resource for posting your event to draw in people from all over the region. Considering moving your business to Aberdeen, South Dakota? This site is a great resource to get a taste of everything there is to see in do year-round.

Aberdeen Downtown Association

If your business is located in historic downtown Aberdeen connect with the Aberdeen Downtown Association to get involved with the numerous events drawing people downtown all year long. They are also a great resource for finding office space for rent or downtown residential options. If you are a downtown building owner and looking to make improvements reach out to learn about financial opportunities available as well.

Small Business Development Center

We encourage all small business owners, new and existing alike, to use the SBDC as a resource. It is a no-cost business consulting organization that provides insights to existing businesses to remain competitive. For new businesses, they are a great partner to develop a business plan. We are fortunate to have representation here in Aberdeen. They are knowledgeable people ready to help your business be a success.

City of Aberdeen

Meet the City Manager and your elected officials. Learn about business license requirements and bid opportunities to grow your business. Access details about ordinances that impact how you do business. You will find a number of helpful for Aberdeen business owners.

South Dakota State Government

Find information about all branches of the South Dakota government, resources for business owners and details about the attractions across the state.

South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

A wealth of information; this site is a great tool for businesses looking to move or expand operations in the midwest as it provides insights on the South Dakota business climate. Discover what makes our great state an enjoyable place to live, work and play. Looking for why Aberdeen is THE place to start a business? We have a few reasons why, check it out.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

We are proud of our local businessmen and women who are helping our community succeed. In the last few years, we have witnessed meal donations to essential employees, sewing masks, and an abundance sharing resources on social media to give businesses they need to navigate the uncertainty. We are truly #AberdeenStrong.

As we continue to move forward, we want to make sure you, your customers and our visitors feel confident entering your establishment. To ensure the safety of our community and to help you navigate the new normal, we have created the Aberdeen Back-to-Business Playbook.

This playbook is a guideline to help you safely serve your customers and accommodate your employees. If you have any questions, please contact the Aberdeen Development Corporation at (605)229-5335. We are here to help you.