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“My first Home Address meeting, I found myself sitting in a circle looking at a rock,” laughs Cathy Evans, Executive Director of the Lemmon Housing Authority.
“I was very intimidated and uncomfortable. I am a back row, last chair kind of person. So sitting in a circle talking to a group was hard. But, by the third meeting I was totally comfortable. Now I conduct all my own meetings in a circle!”
Cathy began her journey with Home Address in 2012, and while she admits to initial fears, she now realizes that being pushed out of her comfort zone was a path to her personal growth.
“Each time I met with the Home Address group, I found we all had an equal voice and no idea was a bad idea,” she says. “I met wonderful people from other communities that have the … Read More »
Renner, SD – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones announced that Dakota Resources will receive a Community Facility Direct Re-lending Program loan in the amount of $10 million for relending in South Dakota rural communities. USDA Rural Development Tim Potts was in Renner to recognize each of them on Jones’ behalf.
“The long standing partnership USDA has with Dakota Resources represents the immense value of the organization and the vital role they have in supporting our rural South Dakota communities,” said Jones. “This funding will enable both organizations to bolster opportunity to our communities through relending, thereby supporting essential community facilities that South Dakotan’s rely on.”
As a re-lender, Dakota Resources will loan funds to applicants primarily for projects in or serving high poverty areas or persistent poverty counties eligible under the Community Facility Loan program.
Eligible … Read More »
Becoming a Community Leader
They call him “The Instigator.”
It’s a title Brian Spitzer never imagined for himself, but after four years as a Resource Team member with Dakota Rising, he is proud to be a positive influence on his hometown of Hot Springs.
“I’ll admit I was skeptical at first,” he says. “It was hard to fathom how it would all work. As time went on it became apparent that Dakota Resources DOES work. It isn’t just a bunch of people talking, it is a bunch of people connecting and making things happen.”
Brian grew up in Hot Springs and has been the owner of Spitzer Construction for twenty-two years. As a local businessman, he figured “people knew me and that was good enough.” It wasn’t until he was invited to a Dakota Rising meeting in 2012 that he began to realize his … Read More »
As long as Julie can remember she had always wanted to open her own business, so in 2014 she decided to go down the entrepreneurial road and opened her first Mainstream Boutique in Aberdeen, SD. This boutique brought so much joy & contentment just within the first year, Julie decided to open a second location in Sioux Falls, SD in the new, Dawley Farm Village location.
With over 25 years of sales experience, Julie offers her customers excellent customer service, quality on-trend fashions, and at affordable pricing. Mainstream Boutique is a Multi-Generational Women’s Clothing & Accessory Boutique.
She earned her bachelor degree with an emphasis in business management at Northern State University. Julie, along with her husband, Greg, and twin daughters, Keeley and Ashley, live in Warner, SD near their family farm.
Carrie Kuhl is co-owner, designer, and retail curator at Hitch Studio in Brookings, SD. Hitch opened its doors in 2014 and specializes in website and graphic design services, wedding planning and invitations, and is a brick-and-mortar store which carries high-end stationery and gift items.
My focus at Hitch is taking care of small businesses who need website, branding, and graphic design services. I love having the opportunity to be a part of an entrepreneur’s journey while starting their business or helping an existing business with a brand update. Renee Halgerson, my business partne, manages the wedding planning and invitation portion of our business. It all lives under the roof of our brick and mortar store in downtown Brookings where we carry fun, unique brands like Kate Spade, Ban.do and Rifle Paper Company. At Hitch our overall goal is … Read More »