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Phew, ok, enough money talk. This weekend, I'll introduce you to some very impressive 8- to 13-year-old entrepreneurs. You'll also find a story about how a big donation will help connect more Sioux Falls families to the internet. And, of course, don't miss our weekly roundup of events.

And now, news:


Meet the kid entrepreneurs preparing for launch

Simplified: Acton Academy is gearing up for its third annual Children's Business Fair next week, and Cmtv News got a chance to sit down with some of the kids (as young as 8) who are debuting business ideas and looking to make their first sales.

Why it matters

  • The goal of the business fair is to expose kids to an entrepreneurial mindset at an early age, said Aaron Johnson, who helped found Acton Academy in Sioux Falls a few years ago with a mission of letting children be in charge of their own learning.
  • Students from ages 6 to 17 are eligible to participate in the fair, and there's also a competitive element where kids can win things like "best product" or "best presentation."
  • Kids had to apply to participate, and the application asked them to think about their business model, what their startup costs would be and what success looks like for them.
"I want to break even and have fun," 11-year-old Aspyn Johnson said.

Meet some of the entrepreneurs

And learn how you can support their budding businesses


How a $50,000 donation will help connect more Sioux Falls families to the internet

Simplified: The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation on Thursday announced a $50,000 contribution to help connect families to federal funding for mobile devices and home internet services.

Why it matters

  • An estimated 25,000 people in the city who don't have internet access are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which offers up to $30 per month for home internet services and a one-time $100 voucher to help purchase a laptop or tablet.
  • But most people who are eligible for ACP haven't yet signed up, according to Taneeza Islam, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Peace, the local nonprofit that will be leading the effort to increase internet access across the city.
  • SD Voices for Peace will use the community foundation's contribution to hire an enrollment specialist dedicated to helping low-income families navigate the application process to access the federal funds available to them.
"We're really looking at providing more access for multilingual communities," Islam said.

Tell me more about the program

And how can I help?


Stuff to do: June 23-29

  • Zip over to the zoo. It's Zippity Zoo Day on Saturday, and the Great Plains Zoo is celebrating 60 years in Sioux Falls with inflatables, animal encounters, watermelon and more. Details and tickets here.
  • Cheers to local beers. The annual 605 Summer Classic kicks off at noon on Saturday at 8th and Railroad. Sample craft beers from South Dakota breweries, hear live music and find food trucks. Details and tickets here.
  • Support art and pollinators. BronzeAge Art Casting is hosting its monthly art market starting at 8:30 a.m. The market will also feature a yoga class at 9 a.m., a free Salsa dance lesson at 10:15 a.m. and a workshop about native plants, perennials and pollinators at 10:45 a.m. Details here.
  • Take the fam to the farm. It's Family Farm Day at Stensland Family Farms starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The farm is about a 15-minute drive from Sioux Falls in Larchwood, Iowa, and the event will include activities for kids, farm tours, and ice cream and cheese samples. Details here.
  • Work on your night moves. Catch Night Moves with opener Sun Daze at Icon Lounge Saturday night. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Details here.
  • Play detective downtown. More than a dozen boutiques and breweries downtown are teaming up for a scavenger hunt Saturday. Stop by any participating location to get your first clue, and start the hunt. Plus, join the after party at The Source starting at 5 p.m. for fun and prizes. Details here.


What I'm falling for this weekend:

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