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Century Business

Century Business Application Information

A select group of South Dakotans has accomplished something special. That accomplishment is starting a business 100 years ago or more, and having the business still in operation with ownership remaining in the same family. The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation will honor century businesses at an event in Pierre in the fall of 2013. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Cultural Heritage Center, a banquet at the Ramkota, a special publication featuring Century Businesses and more are being planned.

The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, based at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Partners honoring century businesses are the South Dakota Retailers Association, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The following eligibility requirements must be met in order for the business to be honored:

  • Business must be founded in 1913 or earlier and have been in business in South Dakota continuously since its founding.
  • Business must be owned by the same family that founded it.
  • The type of business is essentially the same as when the business was founded.

Please include any documentation available supporting date of original business.

Application must be submitted on-line or mailed to:
South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501

Deadline March 1, 2013

Questions? Call (605) 773-6006 or email