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There’s No Place Like Home for Kimball’s Economic Development Director
By: Carey Grosdidier
Walk into Anita Holan’s Economic Development office in Kimball and you’ll find it decorated with items from the Wizard of Oz.
No, she’s not a die-hard Oz fan. She was simply inspired to make a difference in Kimball after hearing John Beranek, a Community Coach at Dakota Resources, give a Wizard of Oz analogy at the RuralX Summit last summer.
“He came out and talked about having the courage, the heart and the brains to make a difference in a rural community,” remembers Anita, who serves as Kimball’s Economic Development Director. “It really hit me. Before I came to RuralX, I wished we had an Economic Development Board to help me make decisions. I went home and pushed for it. I used the Wizard of Oz analogy and told the City … Read More »
On Saturday evening, Oct. 8, eight new Fellows were announced at the Dakota Rising Gala, held in Spearfish. Curt Lout, owner and proprietor of Mammoth Signs and Awnings in Hot Springs, was among the candidates chosen for the fellowship.
The Dakota Rising Fellowship Program is a personal and professional program for accelerated business growth. The statewide program focuses on second stage entrepreneurs who have been in business at least one year, have worked through the survival stage of business ownership, are growth-oriented, and able to sustain one or more employees.
What is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much goods or services will be produced. As a rule, entrepreneurs greatly value self-reliance, strive for excellence, are highly … Read More »
What’s possible: Quarterly gatherings help economic developers help one another
Guest Blogger: Anna Jauhola, Dakotafire Freelance Writer
Read more at http://dakotafire.net
Illustration: Jason Uphoff
Economic development in the Dakotas often extends beyond the boundaries of a single community, either for financial or geographical reasons, but sometimes even those groups benefit from further collaboration.
Approximately 15 years ago, a group of economic development leaders came together for the first meeting of the Northeast Regional Developers group. They have met quarterly ever since, to share ideas and best practices.
“A portion of the meeting is a regional round table,” said Lori Finnesand, CEO of GROW South Dakota and organizer of the group. “It’s a time to share what their community may need or want and ask for ideas on the project or where to get money” for local projects.
Finnesand said many communities … Read More »
Published by Marshall County Journal
Britton native Hillarey Holland is hoping to take her business to the next level, and she wants to help inspire others to do the same thing.
Holland, a 2010 Britton-Hecla graduate, was one of 10 new rural entrepreneurs from around the state to receive a Dakota Rising Fellowship earlier this month. She started HH Designs, a graphic design business, in Britton two years ago.
A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a startup business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth. After successfully completing the application process, and being chosen, Fellows are connected to a community of statewide resources, mentors and financial experts.
Personal and business growth strategies are developed while working in a small group where Fellows help one another, despite vastly different industries and experiences. After one … Read More »
Lotus Up Espresso & Deli is ‘great addition’ to the business community in historic town
Guest Blogger: Dona Leavens, Small Business Development Center Regional Director
Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel admits that she’s a dreamer. She also wants to be an inspiration for Lead, a former mining town of about 3,000 residents.
Judging by the growing business at her relocated and expanded coffee shop and restaurant, she’s succeeding.
In late June, Gilcrease-Heupel opened Lotus Up Espresso & Deli across the street from the former Homestake Open Cut Mine, one of the most famous landmarks in the Black Hills. Gold is no longer dug out of the old surface mine. Nor is gold mined any more in a nearby underground mine that closed in 2002. The underground mine has been converted into the Sanford Underground Research Facility, a prospective treasure for the town.
“I … Read More »