In January of 1996, the South Dakota Restaurant Association merged with the South Dakota Retailers Association. That merger resulted in the formation of the Hospitality Division of the South Dakota Retailers Association.
Nearly 900 restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, coffee shops, bars and tourist attractions are members of the SDRA Hospitality Division.
Through the Hospitality Division, food service and lodging establishments can participate in programs designed to meet their special needs, while taking advantage of the full range of SDRA member services.
Some of the services offered through our Hospitality Division:
Restaurants who become a member of the South Dakota Retailers Association automatically become a member of the National Restaurant Association® (NRA).
NRA is an outstanding organization, which provides information on issues of concern to restaurants, and offers valuable resources to help with daily business operations.
Together, SDRA and NRA represent the restaurant industry in the State Legislature and Congress. Both organizations will provide you with timely and informative publications on trade, legislative, and regulatory issues.
Our monthly newsletter, the Retail Prophet, includes a Hospitality News section which keeps our members up-to-date on laws and regulations affecting the hospitality industry, state and national trends, and articles with suggestions to help our members do a better job of serving their customers. In addition, each issue of the Hospitality News includes a calendar of upcoming food service and alcohol training programs sponsored by SDRA.
REQUIRED FOOD SERVICE TRAINING
South Dakota requires licensed food service establishments to have at least one person on staff who has passed an 8-hour food service training and certification program. SDRA holds training on a regular basis to provide nationally-recognized ServSafe® certification.
We also offer 4-hour state-recognized programs which may be used for recertification. The short courses are also suitable for training all food service personnel. Learn more about our foodservice training.
SDRA offers convenient online ServSafe® Alcohol training. This course is designed for on-sale businesses, but off-sale may also use the program. alcohol licensees.The SDRA Alcohol Training Program is a national training program that is recognized by the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Through these programs, your alcohol sellers go through online training and testing at their own pace, anytime and anywhere. Learn more about our alcohol training.
SDRA coordinates the ProStart® program in South Dakota. ProStart® is a nationwide project which provides a two-year business management curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, and involves class time, lab time, and an optional internship program. While it is geared toward the food service industry, many aspects of the curriculum pertain to all types of business environments, including business math, cost planning, sales control, labor costs, and customer service.
This joint effort also involves the South Dakota ProStart Advisory Committee, the South Dakota Department of Education, South Dakota schools, and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation®. Find out more about ProStart in South Dakota.