South Dakota Local Business, Insurance, and Government Resources

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South Dakota Local Business Resources

If you want to register your business in South Dakota, there are a few simple steps you must follow:

1. Choose your business idea, research it, and write a business plan.

2. Secure funding for your business. You can apply for a loan or find investors.

3. Choose your business legal structure. There will be a different set of requirements for each type of business.

4. Register your business to the Secretary of State office using the duly accomplished form and the documentary requirements for your business.

5. Acquire federal and state tax ID. You can get more information about the type of taxes that you need to apply for from the South Dakota Department of Revenue . You can also process the Employer Identification Number via the IRS website .

6. Open your business bank account. This will make it easier to monitor and audit your business income.

7. Obtain the necessary licenses and permits. This could verify based on your location and the type of business you wish to operate.

8. Get insurance. The type of insurance you need to get will be determined by the nature of your business and the industry. If you have employees, you must also secure workers compensation insurance.

There are more resources available online on how you can register for a business in South Dakota:

Local Insurance Info, Agents, & Companies in South Dakota

Government Contacts

The state of South Dakota is governed by the state constitution that was adopted since 1889. Since then, this constitution underwent several amendments. The state has retained an inordinate amount of local government units and there are a total of 1,866 units currently in formation.

These local government units are divided as 66 counties, 308 municipalities, and 940 towns. South Dakota is also comprised of 176 public school districts and 376 special districts.

The governor is the head of the local government's executive branch. Each governor is elected into the seat with a four-year term. The high-ranking administrative officials are also elected with a four-year term.

The special districts in South Dakota are responsible for addressing special concerns in the local government units such as those involving agricultural concerns.

In the matter of national politics, the Republican Party is the dominant party in the state. The highest ranking political figure from the state is the former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

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