2014 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows Chosen
Four Dakota Rising Sites will each have a new Entrepreneur Fellow this year, following the June 27 selection of a new Dakota Rising Cohort. Dakota Resources Dakota Rising cultivates rural entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves, their businesses and the greater community, providing a vital spark to strengthen South Dakota’s economic base.
Cristin Stewart, the Hot Springs Vault, is the Entrepreneur Fellow from Southern Hills On The Rise, serving Fall River and Custer Counties. Lawrence County’s Dakota Rising Fellow for 2014 is Sarina Jensen, Black Hills Equestrian Center. Jordan Breeding, JB’s Country Store, LLC, is this year’s Fellow from Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative, serving Faulk County. Mark Bower, Aberdeen Parts Store, LLC, is the newest Entrepreneur Fellow from Aberdeen Dakota Rising, covering all of Brown County.
Each Dakota Rising Fellow becomes a member of an interactive Fellowship community of rural South Dakota entrepreneurs focused on growing their businesses, their communities and South Dakota. The greatest benefit to the 2014 Fellows is participation in the Cohort process, a peer advisory board that challenges, supports and holds them accountable. Fellows are also awarded a $10,000 grant to be used for professional and business development.
“Dakota Resources Dakota Rising Fellows are growing their businesses at remarkable rates, increasing profitability and creating jobs. We look forward to entrepreneurs in more communities joining the Fellowship in the future,” said Beth Davis, president of Dakota Resources.
For more information on becoming a Dakota Resources Dakota Rising Fellow, go to www.dakotaresources.org/dakota-rising. To learn more about how Dakota Resources increases the capacity of South Dakota communities, contact Dakota Resources at 605-987-2804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.