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SD ranks #1 for business climate in US

Blog, News & Events on October 23rd. Comments Off on SD ranks #1 for business climate in US

According to “”Enterprising States: States Innovate,” a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, South Dakota ranks #1 in the United States for business climate and #4 for talent pipeline. The study analyzed the 50 states through six lenses: economic performance, transportation and trade, innovation and entrepreneurship, business climate, talent pipeline and high-tech performance.

The Foundation attributed South Dakota’s high rankings to the innovative programs South Dakota boasts, which included Dakota Rising, a program of Dakota Resources:

Dakota Rising is a South Dakota–based rural entrepreneurship support program operating in communities throughout the state. Created by Dakota Resources, an economic and community development agency backed by private and public investment, Dakota Rising offers fellowships to promising rural entrepreneurs, with a three-year program of support and mentorship tailored to help them move their new, profitable business to the “next level of growth.

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Dakota Rising Honors Rural Entrepreneurs & Communities

Blog, News & Events on October 6th. Comments Off on Dakota Rising Honors Rural Entrepreneurs & Communities

This year’s Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Conference celebrated eight new entrepreneurs entering the Dakota Rising program, eight successful business owners from the 2012 class of Dakota Rising Fellows who were graduated from the program, a new inductee into the Dakota Rising Hall of Fame and a Community Site that was recognized for its ongoing innovation. Dakota Rising was launched in 2008 by Dakota Resources and has since mentored over 50 rural entrepreneurs who have accelerated their business growth and have taken advantage of the insight, ideas and experience of other Fellows and seasoned business owners from across the region.

The 2015 Dakota Rising Conference was held October 1st – 3rd at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Dakota Rising Community and its guests welcomed this year’s newly-selected Entrepreneur Fellows: Barb Pechous, Taboma Publishing, and Cheryl Swatek, The Cake Lady, both from Southern … Read More »


SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Blog, News & Events on December 30th. Comments Off on SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Representatives of the banking and manufacturing industries have been added to the 2015 Dakota Resources Board of Directors. The new Directors each bring to the organization a wealth of experience and dedication to rural economic development. Joining the board in January 1st are:

Kory Anderson, President of Anderson Industries, based in Aberdeen. Anderson is a native of Andover, SD where he began his first manufacturing company. He is now the owner of 3 manufacturing companies with 6 locations across North Dakota and South Dakota. Anderson was in the first Dakota Rising Fellowship class of 2009 and is now an active Alum of the program.

Justin Gray, Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Justin is responsible for Ag and Business Banking for Wells Fargo’s Business and Ag Banking operations in Watertown, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Milbank, Dell Rapids, and Marshall, MN. With more … Read More »


Change is in the Air

Blog, News & Events on September 15th. Comments Off on Change is in the Air

The yellowing of leaves sends the first signal. Then an almost frosty morning rolls around and you notice suddenly that the sun is taking its time getting up these days. There are fewer robins and you start hearing geese moving south, joined by the other birds of summer, and you know. The season has changed. One day, you’re looking at summer and the next, autumn has arrived.

Of course the change of season, like every other change we face in life, doesn’t really happen overnight. Major shifts of light and temperature and nature herself are going on, working in the background, following a steady course toward a new beginning. And change in community development happens exactly the same way.

It starts with an awareness that it is time for a change, that we can make things better for our economy, our neighborhoods … Read More »


2014 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows Chosen

Blog, News & Events on July 2nd. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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Jensen joins Dakota Resources staff

Paula Jensen, an experienced grant researcher and writer, funds developer, and community coach, joins Dakota Resources as the Resource and Community Development Director. Dakota...

SD ranks #1 for business climate in US

According to “”Enterprising States: States Innovate,” a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, South Dakota ranks #1 in the United States...

Joe Bartmann Guest on South Dakota Focus

Joe Bartmann, Vice President of Program Development at Dakota Resources, welcomed the opportunity to be a guest on South Dakota Focus, a program of...