The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) finances business development in the seventeen counties including: Beadle, Brown, Buffalo, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hand, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Marshall, McPherson, Miner, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, and Walworth in northeast South Dakota. NESDEC loans in partnership with other local lenders have proven to be a useful tool for economic development in the region. NESDEC’s mission is to stimulate economic opportunities through loans, technical assistance, and partnerships. An example of a NESDEC loan partnership is with the Airport Café, Aberdeen.
When asked how NESDEC has helped, Ron Erickson, Airport Café Owner, responded, “NESDEC has really helped to secure my finances and get my business up and running.”
In 2004 Ron Erickson, an Aberdeen Central and Northern State University alumnus, decided to expand his range of customer service by opening a new café. The Airport Café located in Aberdeen, was opened with the goal of providing outstanding customer service and to meet the needs of the traveling public. This café offers multiple services including a full service restaurant with a “nifty-fifties” decor, a convenience store including various drinks and snacks, along with both gas and diesel pumps, and overnight parking for RVs and trucks.
One of NESDEC’s goals is job creation and the Airport Café has done exactly this. Currently the Airport Café has nineteen employees all striving to excel in one thing that is important to everyone, customer service! This business is family owned with the freedom of making their own choices and pushing the business in what ever direction they need to travel to be successful. Erickson said, “Although the increasing amount of government regulations makes things hard sometimes, the employees are always motivated to do their best.” The Airport Cafe offers daily breakfast specials and displays the small town atmosphere with “regulars” always coming in for coffee. This café is an excellent spot stop and is located at 4450 Highway 12 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.