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Business owners think laws passed during this year's legislative session will help them

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Small business owners in the Black Hills think laws passed during this year's legislative session will help bring in more business and increase jobs. In Spearfish the Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for business owners to discuss how the new laws in South Dakota will impact them, including the economic development bill.

That bill provides programs for workforce and economic development. Business owners believe it will create more jobs and will be helpful to small businesses.

"I think the economic development piece is going to be very important for us being involved in small businesses and some large businesses in the area and in the Midwest. That's going to make a pretty big impact for those to be supported,"said Zach Harmon, of Last Word Innovation.

"It also has programs, so some of the smaller communities and some of the smaller efforts that get done create an awful lot of jobs, can provide some kind of assistance with a community focus," said David Owen, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Overall, business owners think the 2013 legislative session was productive. One issue they are looking forward to hearing more about next year is medicaid.

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