How to Open a Coffee Shop in South Dakota

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If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to learn how to open a coffee shop in South Dakota, you’ve landed on the right page!

Whether you have years of barista experience or are new to the coffee industry, opening and running a successful coffee shop requires planning and hard work.

Luckily, you don’t have to go through the coffee shop startup process alone – or pay hefty franchise or coffee school fees.

Instead, learn how to open and run a successful coffee shop in South Dakota through our proven 7 Steps to Coffee Shop Startup Success process.

Why listen to our advice? Since our founder started roasting coffee in 1991, Crimson Cup has risen to the forefront of the coffee industry. Our careful roasting, coffee shop startup support, and global partnerships contribute to the greater good of communities worldwide.

Successful coffee shops serve top-quality coffee, and ours ranks among the best in the nation. Among other honors, we’ve won a coveted Macro Roaster of the Year award from Roast magazine and multiple Good Food Awards, which recognize the country’s best-tasting and most sustainably sourced coffees.

Plus, our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped entrepreneurs across the U.S. – most with little or no coffee shop experience – open over 300 coffee shops in 30 states.

Using our proven 7 Steps program, our consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and help you calculate coffee shop startup costs in your South Dakota community.

As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup can also help you find a terrific location, lay out your shop, hire and train staff, market your shop, and more. You’ll also gain access to award-winning coffee and coffee shop products that will keep your customers coming back!

Please keep reading to learn more, or call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

South Dakota is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

South dakota Street with small businessesCurious about why South Dakota could be the ideal location for launching your dream coffee shop?

With its reasonable regulations and limited taxes, the Mount Rushmore State is experiencing a surge in small business development.

And, with only eight major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your South Dakota community.

South Dakota ranks 39th in coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 7,231 South Dakota residents for every coffee shop in the Mount Rushmore state.

Considering that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, averaging three cups per day, it’s safe to say there’s room for many more coffee shops in South Dakota.

And according to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers are flocking to espresso-based beverages brewed from high-quality beans.

Consumption of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas has increased by a staggering 50 percent since 2015, driven partly by solid popularity with 25 to 39-year-olds.

South Dakota Small Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

small businesses in south dakotaWith many counties in South Dakota underserved by major coffee chains, it might pay to consider starting a coffee shop outside of Pierre, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls.

Many cities and towns in South Dakota’s 66 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over coffee.

Does your city or town need an independent coffee shop? Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in South Dakota.

South Dakota is Open for Small Businesses!

South Dakota is recognized as a Top 10 Pro-Business State and a Top 10 state for major new and expanded corporate facilities.

South Dakota offers an excellent environment for entrepreneurs to open a coffee shop. The state doesn’t tax personal income, capital gains, corporate income or corporate capital gains. There’s little crime, and energy costs are relatively low.

Home to over 88,000 small businesses, South Dakota focuses on creating an environment where entrepreneurs can prosper.

You can find a wealth of resources covering business formation and operation on the State of South Dakota government website. This website assists small and medium South Dakota businesses with:

  • Starting a business
  • Taxes
  • Workforce
  • Choosing a legal business structure. Many coffee shops operate as sole proprietorships or limited liability corporations (LLCs).
  • Getting a business license and various other licenses and permits, including local health department licenses for food establishments.

The South Dakota Small Business Development Center also assists entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a business. Experienced business professionals offer management advice, financial analysis, marketing support, and more.

Get a Head Start with Our Coffee Shop Startup Consultants

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As a coffee roaster and coffee business consultant, Crimson Cup believes our company only succeeds when our customers do.

As a result, we support coffee shop owners at every step, from concept through opening day and beyond.

A one-stop shop for independent coffee shops, Crimson Cup supplies award-winning coffee and industry-leading coffee shop equipment and supplies.

Based on the book, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee by Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert, our program covers everything business owners need to run profitable coffee shops:


  • Writing a sound business plan
  • Choosing a terrific location
  • Calculating startup and operating costs
  • Designing an efficient shop layout
  • Choosing an espresso machine and other coffee shop equipment
  • Training your baristas
  • Marketing your shop to attract customers
  • And much more.

Backed by over 30 years of specialty coffee know-how, our 7 Steps to Success program has taught hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 30 states how to open and run successful independent coffee shops. We love small businesses. We believe that small businesses build communities in ways that big businesses can’t and that being part of a community can be the most rewarding part of independent business ownership. To learn more about how members of our community became successful in their communities, check out our testimonials.

Ready to Start Your South Dakota Coffee Shop Journey?

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Begin by reading the book that put hundreds of other coffee shop owners on the road to success!

Backed by a risk-free guarantee, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee lays out a map for creating a thriving business serving your local community.

Inside the book, you’ll find a proven template for creating a solid coffee shop business plan, plus guidance on everything you need to get up and running.

Questions About Opening a Coffee Shop in South Dakota?

We can help. Call 888-800-9224 to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team during regular business hours (Eastern time). Nights and weekends, you’re welcome to fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

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