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Introducing our next generation of Dakota Rising Fellows

Our annual Dakota Rising conference (October 6-8, 2016) produced 10 new rural entrepreneurs into the Dakota Rising Fellowship, a three-year initiative designed to help them accelerate the growth of their businesses. This group of exceptional second-stage entrepreneurs includes:

Ruth Bouza, Custom Touch & Limo, LLC, Wagner
Brad Hahn and Jay Yohner, Pioneer Building, Martin
Jenni Tucker, Help-U-Rent, Spearfish
Curt Lout, Mammoth Handcrafted Signs, Hot Springs
Rachael Woods, Apparel WorX, Wagne
Hillary Holland, HH Designs, Britton
Carrie Kuhl and Renee Halgerson, Hitch Studios, Brookings
Julie Fishbach, Mainstream Boutique, Aberdeen

Graduating Fellows in the Dakota Rising Program

Dakota Rising is proud to introduce the latest successful graduates to our Fellowship program. These successful SD business owners have become part of the fabric of Dakota Resources for the past three years, as they shared their visions for leadership, community growth and business expansion. Congratulations to all seven of our biggest and brightest entrepreneurs!


Monte Amende and Dustin Floyd, TDG Communications, Deadwood


Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Lotus Up Espresso & Deli, Lead


Melanie Hoke, Burger Shack, Faulkton


Lisa Mueller, Mueller Therapeutic Massage, Faulkton


Cheryl Schaefers, Cheryl’s Catering Service, Orient


Ron Waldner, Snowflake Metalworks, Whitewood


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