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Jenni Tucker

Dakota Rising, Fellows on March 22nd. Comments Off on Jenni Tucker

Help-U-Rent

Jenni is the owner of Help-U-Rent, a full-service property management company in Spearfish. From a young age, Jenni knew she would be an entrepreneur. That became a reality in 2014 with the opportunity to purchase the business. Along with her entrepreneurial spirit, starting at Help-U-Rent as an employee helped her to gain the knowledge of the industry and business she needed to step into the ownership role. Jenni has continued to grow the company and is always looking for more opportunities. Most recently, she started another company called Black Hills Blinds, specializing in custom window coverings. She also serves as a board member for the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce. Jenni has great pride in the Black Hills and the community of Spearfish, where she lives with her husband and daughter.


Entrepreneur or Small-business Owner?

News & Events on December 1st. Comments Off on Entrepreneur or Small-business Owner?

Entrepreneur or Small-business Owner: Which Fits You?

By Glenn Muske

Are you an entrepreneur or a small-business owner?

When one reads stories in the newspaper or journals, these two groups are not distinguished from each other typically. Neither the U.S. Small Business Administration nor the U.S. Census Bureau breaks them out separately. So does it make a difference?

Or should the writings about building the economy around entrepreneurs be the encouragement for us to be entrepreneurial if you want to succeed?

Based on what I have read, along with some exploratory research conducted by a colleague and me, the answer is “it depends.” It is based to some degree on how you define success.

In looking at our business owners in 1997, 2000 and 2007, entrepreneurs made more money. In part, that may have been a factor of having more employees. Yet … Read More »


There’s No Place Like Home

Blog, News & Events on November 17th. Comments Off on There’s No Place Like Home

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 »


What’s possible?

Blog, News & Events on November 10th. Comments Off on What’s possible?

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 »


Program Boosts Towns

Blog, News & Events on November 3rd. Comments Off on Program Boosts Towns

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 »


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