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Barbara Zwetzig, director of Center for Business, Entrepreneurship & Tourism (CBET) at Black Hills State University and her assistant Chris Coolidge recently attended the Seventh National Annual Economic Gardening Conference in Fort Sisseton.
The conference focused on economic gardening, which is, an entrepreneurial approach to economic development co-invented by Chris Gibbons and Jim Woods of Littleton, Colo. The core elements of economic gardening include providing information, infrastructure and connections for local growth companies. Economic gardening works to provide connections between industry and academia, according to Zwetzig.

The Center for Business, Entrepreneurship & Tourism is completing Phase I of a three-phase plan to develop a business incubator in affiliation with BHSU. Phase I of the project includes building on the environment of support for regional entrepreneurs and existing businesses and creating an entrepreneur business training series. The ultimate goal of the business incubator is the creation of exciting jobs for our region that offer above average pay. CBET currently offers pre-incubator services for entrepreneurs and businesses. For more information visit www.cbet-BHSU.org or contact Barbara Zwetzig at 605-642-6435 or BarbaraZwetzig@bhsu.edu.