South Dakota Question & Answer Forum set for business owners affected by flood


The State of South Dakota, in cooperation with the South Dakota Retailers Association, the local Economic Development offices, and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a public question-and-answer forum in Pierre next week about potential federal assistance for businesses affected by Missouri River flooding.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce meeting room.

“I encourage all businesses that have experienced or may experience any amount of flood impact to attend this forum and learn about assistance they may be eligible to receive, if any,” said Governor Dennis Daugaard.

The meeting will feature a panel of representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as state officials from the Department of Labor and Regulation, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Time will also be available for questions from the audience about financing, applications, or federal programs.

Anyone with questions should submit them via e-mail to

All businesses affected by the flood should visit the SBA website ( to view available programs in advance of the Sept. 14 meeting.

Many programs exist for businesses that have suffered physical damage or have suffered lost revenue or other financial impacts resulting from the flood.

Local officials in Dakota Dunes, North Sioux City, and Yankton may schedule similar meetings.  Dates and times for southeast South Dakota meetings have not yet been finalized.

Source: office of Governor Daugaard