About Zeal

MISSION
To foster entrepreneurship by providing a dynamic environment to grow emerging businesses.

VISION
To create a thriving epicenter of entrepreneurship and pipeline of emerging rapid growth businesses to expand and diversify the Sioux Falls economy.

VALUES
We are passionate, adaptable, fun and rooted in teamwork and integrity.

Zeal represents the Sioux Falls area’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and giving small business owners the tools they need to succeed. From concept to launch, scaling to seeking investors, we have the resources you need to make your vision a reality.

South Dakota Technology Business Center was founded in 2002 as part of the Forward Sioux Falls economic development partnership. At that time, our mission was to assist in creating and expanding technology-based businesses in the Sioux Falls area.

We still serve many technology companies, but we know that the nature of entrepreneurship is broader and the needs more diverse. So in 2016, we renamed ourselves Zeal. We expanded our partnerships with businesses and universities, connected with more area leaders as resources and launched a new co-working program. And we’ve got more plans in the works.

You can find us at 2329 N. Career Ave., adjacent to the Southeast Technical Institute and the south campus of the University Center. We’re within a 10-minute drive from Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Regional Airport, and the Empire Mall retail district.

Team

Think of our team at Zeal as an extension of your business. We’re here to listen, advise, educate and connect you with a multitude of valuable resources.

Here’s a little more about us.

Rich Naser, Jr.

Rich Naser, Jr.

President

(605) 275 8010

rich@realzeal.com

“Our zeal compels us to do what’s difficult to change an industry, our community, and our world.”

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Ryan Oines

Ryan Oines

Vice President + Entrepreneur

(605) 275 8009

ryan@realzeal.com

“Let your zeal inspire the paths you choose.”

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Wendy Dooley

Wendy Dooley

Program Manager + Relationship Builder

(605) 275 8011

wendy@realzeal.com

“Let us never be lacking in zeal, but with enthusiasm serve with a grateful heart.”

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Thadeus Giedd

Thadeus Giedd

Client Specialist + Disrupter

(605) 275-8000

thad@realzeal.com

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”

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Stacey Long

Stacey Long

Finance and Operations Specialist

(605) 275-8024

stacey@realzeal.com

“No road is easy, but always follow your zeal and set no limit for your ambitions.”

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Board

Paul Ten Haken, Chair

Paul Ten Haken, Chair

President

Click Rain

Mike Vetter, Vice Chair

Mike Vetter, Vice Chair

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Datasync

John Henkhaus, Secretary/Treasurer

John Henkhaus, Secretary/Treasurer

Family Office Head

The Everist Company

Steve Statz, Immediate Past Chair

Steve Statz, Immediate Past Chair

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Avera

Jason Ball

Jason Ball

President/CEO

Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Chad Hatch

Chad Hatch

Founding Partner

Bird Dog Equity

Pam Homan

Pam Homan

Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Augustana University

Laurie Knutson

Laurie Knutson

Chief Executive Officer

EmBe

Venky Venkatachalam

Venky Venkatachalam

Dean of the Beacom School of Business

University of South Dakota