South Dakota has long been a center of agriculture -- known both from crops and livestock. It's available land and opportunity attracted numerous European immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century, which gave the state an multi-ethnic character. Additionally, defense and energy industries have drawn specialists and scientists from around the country. Thus, for a lower-population state, South Dakota has lots of opportunity and success to offer entrepreneurs.
In South Dakota, food trucks are sweeping the nation. As trucks have changed from standard pre-prepared hamburgers, sandwiches and tacos to gourmet and specialty foods, people around the country have jumped on the food truck bandwagon. However, these popular, low-overhead businesses have no shortage of licensing and permitting required. Often numerous state, county and city licenses are needed including several environmental health permits.