Public Relations Resources
In addition to Leadership, Community and Economic Development, Dakota Resources also strives to provide Public Relations Development to organizations and communities.
We serve as a clearinghouse for resource information on rural development.
On April 25, 2013, the CDFI Fund announced the 2012 New Markets Tax Credit Awards. One of the awards went to Dakotas America who received a $60 million NMTC allocation to revitalize low-income and distressed communities.
Linda Salmonson, chairman of the Dakotas America board of directors, said that the organization has been a strong and successful voice for community development in North and South Dakota. “In low-income rural communities, Dakotas America has proven our effectiveness in dealing with economic challenges,” Salmonson said. “Even more importantly, we have shown the power of partnership to meet those challenges with innovative solutions that bring positive outcomes to families and communities throughout the Dakotas.”
The NMTC program attracts private-sector capital investment into low-income areas to help stimulate economic growth and create jobs. Dakotas America has already placed $130 million in NMTC allocations throughout North and South … Read More »
The 2013 Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) Best Practices Conference is in Sioux Falls on May 15 – 17, 2013.
Registration opens soon, but you can book your hotel room now. The conference timeline is Wednesday, May 15th (early afternoon) through Friday, May 17th (mid-day). You won’t want to miss session topics including:
How Federal Legislation and Funding Affects Economic Development in Your Community
A Presentation from a National Site Selection Real Estate Firm
Talent Retention and Attraction
Mid-America Success Stories
A limited number of hotel rooms have been blocked for the nights of May 14-16, 2013 at the discounted rate of $109/night (single and double rooms).
To book your hotel room, please call 1-800-HOLIDAY by April 23, 2013. Be sure to mention that you are with the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) Best Practices Conference to receive the discounted rate.
The site of this year’s … Read More »
Dakota Resources partners with local community groups (Sites) led by a local Coordinator and driven by a local Resource Team. Together we develop a system of support for entrepreneurial development by introducing tools and strategies for:
• Nurturing a pool of entrepreneur and small business talent through business visitation, community outreach and youth activities.
• Networking resources through Resource Fairs, mentoring connections and bringing together resource partners, business leaders and entrepreneurs statewide.
• Building community support, through heightened public awareness of the value local entrepreneurs and business people add to the community by sharing entrepreneurs’ and community success stories, collaborating with other community organizations and seeking resource and financial assistance for the Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Development System.
Sites apply to be part of the Dakota Rising network and are selected through a competitive process. When selected, sites commit for three years with an annual … Read More »
Dakota Resources was proud to be part of the planning team bringing the 2013 Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference to South Sioux City, Nebraska, held at the Marina Inn on April 4.
The conference was designed to bring together community and business leaders, volunteers, professional developers, and elected officials from the three-state area to share experiences and new ideas for community and rural development.
The workshops offered revolved around leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and strategic partnerships. Each workshop session included a real business or community sharing its story of success and lessons learned.
From the Chair Gloria Pluimer
As Chair of Dakota Resources for 2013-2015, I am humbled and honored to serve such a distinguished Board of Directors. For anyone associated with Dakota Resources, you understand the success of this organization is in the quality of Board members, leadership–with Beth Davis at the helm, staff and the numerous partners. Take some time to peruse the Dakota Resources website and you will understand how this organization is able to provide the quality programs it does to stimulate financial and human investment in rural communities in South Dakota.
A key component of Dakota Resources is the development of collaborative partners. One will see the words “collaboration” and “partnership” in a variety of forms throughout the Dakota Resources website and promotional materials.
Wikipedia identifies partnership as an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. Collaboration … Read More »
Community Members Supports Rural Development in South Dakota
Tightly knit, friendly, supportive and engaged are some of the words that define rural communities, but what about creating prospering business and well-functioning strategies? Dakota Resources, together with the Bush Foundation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, launched the Regional System Engagement Pilot January 25 in Aberdeen, SD.
The purpose of the engagement is to help community and state leaders and researchers in South Dakota explore ways to improve community problem solving capacity, community vitality measurement, and leadership support through the testing of an innovative weaving of systems mapping tools – to help all of us better understand, manage, measure and thereby lead complex community change initiatives. The combination of tools includes (1) the well-researched and documented community capitals framework (CCF) for community vitality analysis, strategy and measurement (provides the ability to ascertain … Read More »
From the Immediate Past Chair Jon Farris
Communities are complex systems. When approaching issues and
opportunities in community development we often only focus on
what is immediate and obvious without consideration for the
inter-relatedness of the people, organizations, and institutions
which exist in that community.
The community capitals framework, developed by Cornelia and
Jan Flora along with Susan Fey and Mary Emery, provides a tool
for analyzing how communities work. Every community has its
own unique “ecosystem,” where resources and dynamic forces
interact in complex ways. By examining those complex forces
through a framework that identifies the elements inherent in
each community, we are not only able to compare successful
strategies, but also assess that communities greatest challenges
Thinking of each element of community dynamics as “capital”
helps us to realize that these vital components can be utilized,
invested, blended together and exchanged to enhance the
community in significant ways. By regarding the various
community capitals as … Read More »
A place to work, collaborate, get creative, inspire and, most importantly, get some work done…for an affordable rate. OpenSpace features the following features for it’s members:
Private Conference Room
High Speed Wi‐Fi
Presentation Quality black‐and‐white and color copies
2 Free days
All the benefits of the Roamer
Shared Occupancy (up to 5)
Use of OpenSpace during business hours
Use of OpenSpace during business hours
Shared Occupancy (up to 3)
Exclusive use of a Desk 2 Desks $300/Mo.
Discount on Exclusive Use rates
3 hrs of exclusive conference room use weekly
Shared Mailing Address
1 mo deposit. Deposit is refundable upon tenant lease term expiration if tenant key is returned and condition of OpenSpace is acceptable as per the lease agreement.
24/7 Access with Unlimited Exclusive Use
1 mo deposit. Deposit is refundable upon tenant lease term expiration if tenant key … Read More »
Home Address is a new housing initiative for rural communities in South Dakota. We are currently reviewing applications for community partners who are ready to address housing needs in their community.
Home Address offers:
One on one assistance from a rural housing coach
Access to a network of rural housing resource providers
Assistance engaging your community to identify and address housing needs
A $5,000 matching grant to help pay a local housing coordinator
And up to a $5,000 match for a professional housing assessment
After July 15, a review team will select up to eight finalist communities to join us for a one day training on September 13, 2012 in Pierre, SD. From the final group of eight, up to four communities will be selected as the first cohort for Home Address. Successful communities can expect to begin working with coaches by October 1, 2012.
If you … Read More »
Created in 1996, South Dakota Rural Enterprise grew out of a two-year strategic planning effort to identify opportunities and resources needed to develop the state’s rural communities. During the past 15 years, as the needs of the state have grown, the programs of SD Rural Enterprise have expanded to meet those needs.
Conceived as primarily a financial intermediary to serve South Dakota’s Revolving Loan Funds, the organization quickly recognized that other resources were necessary for growing a strong economy in rural communities. By serving as a “research and development” group for South Dakota’s economic future, SD Rural Enterprise has evolved into a major resource for community development.
“One by one, the programs that today identify SD Rural Enterprise came into being to address opportunities and missing resources,” said Beth Davis, the organization’s president since 1999. “By becoming the resource for leadership training, … Read More »
Why are we considering a leadership program when we are a loan fund? What does entrepreneurship have to do with economic development? Community-wide planning—doesn’t someone already do that?
From the Chair By Jon Farris
These are all questions that have been asked as SD Rural Enterprise evolved from a loan fund for other loan funds into an organization that makes a variety of resources available to support economic and leadership development. Both the questioning and the diversification speak volumes about the strength of this organization. While the scope of our products and services has expanded to meet the needs of development organizations, our evolution into the organization we are today has happened with intentional commitment to our purpose, “To stimulate financial and human investment in communities that are invested in themselves.” As a board, we hold management accountable to not only our … Read More »
From the President by Beth Davis
This is the final issue of the SD Rural Enterprise newsletter. The 2011 Annual Report will be a publication of Dakota Resources—and here’s why.
The image of SD Rural Enterprise was due for a facelift. An update of our marketing materials and website was included in the 2011 work plan. Before embarking on that project, we decided to take a look at the SD Rural Enterprise brand as it has evolved over the years. We gathered board members, staff and a variety of constituents together with Joe Henkin and the staff of Henkin Schultz Communication Arts for a branding session. We explored how SD Rural Enterprise is perceived. What do we do? What is our position in the development market?
Among the observations of those sessions was the fact that the word enterprise implies business to many … Read More »
Since its inception, South Dakota Rural Enterprise has welcomed business leaders from communities all across South Dakota to our board of directors. Their commitment to creating opportunity, their proven leadership skills and their high standing in the state’s leading industries have helped us forge an organization that strengthens our economy.
Explore the Board Members and SDREI timeline using the PDF links below:
Download the complete Winter 2012 Newsletter — CLICK HERE
Beth Davis, president of SD Rural Enterprise, is the recipient of one of the University of South Dakota’s Distinguished Service Awards, given annually by the Beacom School of Business. Davis was presented the 2011 Special Merit Award, reserved for individuals who serve the South Dakota business community by promoting the value of business to society. The award also recognizes those who help businesses succeed by providing resources and advice to companies interested in starting or growing in South Dakota.
“I accept this award on behalf of SD Rural Enterprise and the people who make it a successful force for economic development in our state,” Davis said. “Communities, investors, board members and a dedicated staff all work together to build South Dakota’s economy. We understand that people make things better for their communities and our state.”
According to Michael Keller, Dean of the … Read More »
Lorri was born and raised on a ranch west of Belle Fourche, SD. While playing basketball at the University of South Dakota, she developed foot problems. She had to have surgical reconstruction of both of her flat feet, which led her into podiatry. Lorri graduated from Des Moines University with the degree of Doctor of podiatric Medicine. She opened her first solo practice – Black Hills Foot Clinic – in Spearfish in 1992. Dr. Riley started the Spearfish Surgery Center in 1995.
In 2005, Lorri received a patent for ThinNail®, a topical treatment for thinning thick nails. In 2006, she formed a company called Rylo, Inc. to market ThinNail®. Her most recent product is called J1 Insoles®. J1 Insoles® is patent pending for its unique design in providing a generic arch support for people with flat feet. Dr. Riley currently … Read More »
Dakota Greens of Custer
Southern Hills On The Rise
Jeff & Robin prior have been the driving force behind this family owned business since its start in 1999. Dakota Greens of Custer was a roadside flower stand on the family property until 2004. The prior’s were married in Custer in 2000 and made it their permanent residence in 2004. Jeff retired from the US Army in 2006. The greenhouse and nursery business has steadily grown, retails a full line of garden plants, and is proud to supply and care for the City of Custer’s beautiful hanging gardens every Spring. These baskets are displayed by Custer’s main street business district from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Jeff is a Certified Nurseryman, holds an A.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and a grower of Annuals & perennials well suited for the Black … Read More »
Common Sense Manufacturing
Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative
Kelly grew up on a family farm in rural Faulk County, SD. After high school he attended Mitchell Vo-Tech receiving a degree as an electrician. Kelly worked in the Minneapolis area as an electrician, but had a strong desire to return to his family’s farm. He moved back to the Faulkton area where he ran Kelly’s Electric and farmed and ranched with his father. He formed a partnership with his father called M&M Farms. While farming, he saw a need for a heavy duty bale feeder that would be durable and eliminate waste caused by the feeders that were available. Kelly and a friend worked together to design a unique cradle-style bale feeder, which Kelly later patented. Common Sense Balefeeder became its registered trademark name. Kelly began creating additional … Read More »
Dakota Rising Aberdeen
After a typical childhood in Aberdeen, Troy packed his things and headed for Los Angeles to attend film school at the University of Southern California. He graduated in 1987 and worked in the film business for about thirteen months. He didn’t like the direction he was headed. Troy went back to the University and convinced them he was a graphic designer and was hired by the School of Business.
Troy moved back home to Aberdeen, got married, bought a house and began working as a graphic designer. Ten years later he would have a staff of 13 and dozens of name-brand Aberdeen accounts. Troy and wife Suzette purchased a historic building in downtown Aberdeen and continue to restore it. McQuillen Creative Group offices out of this building.
Troy has grown his business from a one-man shop that … Read More »
The Bunkhouse Inn of Isabel
Margaret was born and raised in Isabel, SD. After graduating from Isabel High School, she attended Stewart’s School of Hairstyling and received herCosmetology License. Margaret started her own business out of her home in Isabel and as her business grew, moved it to a larger location on Main Street, Isabel. In 1989, she and her husband, Dennis, purchased Hel-Mar Candles and renamed it Dakota Country Candles, merging it and her hair salon into one building. Margaret operated these businesses full-time until choosing to pursue a degree in Education. After graduating with an Education Degree, Suma Cum Laude from Northern State University and SiTanka University, she taught at Eagle Butte Upper Elementary until she and Dennis took 100% ownership of the implement and car dealership they’d been in partnership with for over 25 years. They also purchased the local motel … Read More »
The Potting Shed
Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative
Cindy and Jerry Kopecky opened The potting Shed Greenhouse the spring of 2010. A long time passion for gardening and the desire to own their own business has led them to a successful businessventure in Faulkton, SD. The business and finance experience that Cindy gained as the Business Official of the Faulkton Area Schools for the past 27 years has been a valuable asset tothe Kopecky’s. The potting Shed is the only greenhouse in the county and the Kopecky’s have enjoyed building the business into a destination spot for surrounding community residents. One of their goals was to enhance the gardening experience for residents by offering classes, project Days, and new and innovative products.
Cindy and Jerry have been lifelong residents of the Faulkton area; raised three sons; have … Read More »
Double Duty Portable Storage
From an early age, Emily has known that one day she would operate a large company. She has used every job and experience as a learning opportunity to gain the skills needed to be successful. Working as a distributor, owning her own salons, being a landlord, and managing her family of six and foster children on a budget has prepared her for this next stage. Over the past two years, she and her husband have researched and started Double Duty portable Storage and Movers in Aberdeen. The company provides services to both residents and commercial businesses that need moving, portable storage, and transfer services. Currently operating in the Aberdeen area, the company plans to expand to the Midwest region and eventually become the leading portable storage and moving company in the nation. Double Duty’s … Read More »
The father and son team of Richard and Chris Brill started RABCO products in 2002 and moved it to Spearfish in 2009 to fill a niche of selling and manufacturing custom vinyl envelopes, sheet protectors, badge ID holders, restaurant menu covers, and more. RABCO is able to foil stamp logos and other information on their products as well. With Richard’s 40+ years in the plastics manufacturing industry and Chris’ business and IT background with MCI Communications and other telecom companies, they are determined to grow RABCO products into a competitive plastics manufacturing company. RABCO has leased a facility in Spearfish, SD, and has purchased several machines in order to manufacture in the Black Hills. Chris and Richard are off to a great start and look forward to many years here in SD.
Fall River and Custer Counties
Dewey and Ziebach Counties
Resource Team Members: Roxie Holloway, Eileen Briggs, Mark Shupick, Cora Mae Haskell, Stephanie Davidson, Kirk Beyer, Donita Fisher, Nicole Fiddler, Wynona Traversie, Jerry Farleee, Megan Bickel, Lyle Cook, Kristi Circle Eagle
Alan Bakeberg of Ranch House Café
Tobey Vander Laan of Wild Dutchman Products, Inc.
Nichole White Eyes of The Gift Garden and Photos and Flowers To Go
Margaret Lindskov of The Bunkhouse Inn of Isabel
Spearfish Zip Code 57783
Local Site Services: Dakota Rising Business Consulting, mentoring, business financing, entrepreneur breakfast roundtables, business seminars, BHSU Center for Entrepreneurship
Local/Regional Resources: Small Business Development Center, Lawrence County Loan Fund, West River Revolving Loan Fund, SBA
Site Coordinator (s)
Barb Zwetzig & Bryan Walker
Site Champion: Bob Meyer
Resource Team Members: Robert Meyer, Myles Kennedy, Barbara Zwetzig, Dan Contonis, Eric Nies, Bryan Walker
Peg Austin of Vanilla Bean Bakery
Josh Fritz and Jeff Drumm of Crow Peak Brewing Company
Bryan Lessly of Western Sky Media
Chris Malo of Black Hills Urethane
Jim Meyer of Quarq Technology, Inc.
Dee Sleep of Chicken Creek Communications
Les Voorhis of Royal Tine Images
Chris and Richard Brill of RABCO Products
Lorri Riley of DPM, Rylo, Inc.
Anderson Industries LLC president Kory Anderson’s experience in the manufacturing industry started at age 12 when he began working for his father’s business as a welder and machinist. In the last three years, he has managed the operations of Anderson Industries, a company he started in 2006. Prior to that, he was employed as the Engineering Manager for the Horsch Anderson Company, which manufactures large seeding and tillage equipment for agriculture. He was responsible for the design and manufacturing of new products, as well as managing the engineering relations with Horsch Anderson and partner company Horsch Maschinen GmbH located in Sitzenhof, Germany. Previous to his management position at Horsch Anderson, Kory attended North Dakota State University and studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. During college, Kory worked at Larson Welding and Machine Company in Fargo, ND as the welding and … Read More »
Vanilla Bean Bakery
Peg Austin entered the baking trade after a successful 30+ year career in the healthcare industry. During her medical career, she worked as business office manager for a multi-specialty physician clinic, served as VP of a medical outsourcing company, taught physician reimbursement nationwide, and co-authored a college-level textbook. Peg and her husband of 33 years (and business partner) Chuck have two grown sons and have been part of the South Dakota business/healthcare industry since 1985.
An opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream of owning a bakery presented itself in 2009, and she accepted the challenge of keeping fond memories of a favorite hometown bakery alive, while bringing healthy trends and new tastes to the residents of Spearfish. With her new designation as a Dakota Rising Fellow, she looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the residents and business … Read More »
Ranch House Café
Four Bands Community Fund
Dupree has been homestead for the Bakeberg family since it was established in 1910, so it makes sense that Alan would eventually return and settle down there. During high school, Alan worked at the local Dupree café and helped a local contractor with construction work. After high school, he joined the military but moved home in 2003 to work for the Diamond A Steak House in Eagle Butte and for Denton Construction, the local contractor in Dupree. He also finished concrete for the Ainswoth-Benning Co. in Spearfish. While home on vacation, Alan and his fiancée decided to move back to Dupree and buy the local restaurant. They opened June 1, 2006 and continue to operate it. Alan and his wife have two young children.
Having grown up in Britton, S.D., Kristin Bennett graduated in 1982 and left for sunny California where she earned degrees in art, graphics and business administration with an emphasis in public relations and marketing. After college, she worked as a recruiter for IBM, shared in her father’s business, and began her career in non-profit management in 1991. Having been widowed, then divorced, she found the job market to be extremely attractive in Denver. She moved there for a period of three years, greatly expanding her non-profit management business in the process. In August 2007, she realized that South Dakota was the best place to raise her kids and made the move ‘back home’. Today, Kristin runs her business in Britton, where she lives with her three children: Emma (13), Clara (9), and Joe (8). They are surrounded … Read More »
Crow Peak Brewing Company
Josh is the Vice President/Owner of Crow Peak Brewing Co., LLC. Josh grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana where he learned the value of hard work and being self-employed, but it was in Montana and later Colorado where he developed a taste for premium, handcrafted beer. Josh and his wife Tanya and their newborn daughter Josie moved to Wall, S.D. in 2002 to manage the family ranch. In 2009, they sold the ranch and decided to go in a different direction. Having spent seven years in South Dakota with virtually no good beer to speak of, Josh convinced the rest of his family to invest in Crow Peak. With an email and a couple of phone calls to Jeff Drumm, the founder and current co-owner, the plan was set in motion! Crow Peak … Read More »
Trail Tamer ATV, Inc.
Brad Heitmann was born and raised in the northeast corner of South Dakota by Lake City but the businesses he has owned or managed have taken him to Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina. Currently, Brad is the President/CEO of Trail Tamer ATV, Inc of Eden, S.D., a company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of four-, six- and eight-wheel amphibious vehicles. A division of that same company is an ag equipment parts, repair and welding facility that markets its products worldwide. Brad, a true entrepreneur and developer, is dedicated to the success of the communities he lives in. He is actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce as President and V. President, Community Development V. President, A+ committee board member, Main Street Program facilitator, Workforce Investment Board private sector, Awarded Missouri Volunteer of the Year, Training … Read More »
Mark Hollenbeck is an Edgemont, S.D. native. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in South Dakota.
Mark has been involved in energy-producing industries for much of his career, designing and managing natural gas systems for the Black Hills Division of Montana Dakota Utilities and as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Office of the American Petroleum Institute. He was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives where he served from 1989 through 1994. He also served as Mayor of Edgemont from 2001 to 2006. Along with his wife and four young children, he lives and ranches on an organic ranch north of Edgemont. In addition to their grass-fed organic business, … Read More »
Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative
Lori opened Quilter’s Corner, in Faulkton, S.D. in August of 2009. Lori grew up in rural South Dakota and developed a passion for quilting shortly after marrying her husband, Kurt, 31 years ago. She and her husband have owned and operated a cattle ranch for over 30 years and in 1997 added a hunting lodge to the business. After working for several years at a quilt shop in Aberdeen, S.D., her dream came true in 2009 when she opened Quilter’s Corner and her vision of “someday” moving to a larger location became a reality in spring 2011. Quilter’s Corner is quickly becoming a destination shop with many customers traveling 50+ miles to share their enthusiasm for quilting and provide overwhelming support for a small-town, local business.
Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative
Chad is co-owner and president of Homan Welding, a welding and repair company that started as a business adventure with his brother, Brian, in 2007. The desire of both Chad and Brian to be their own boss inspired them to start the company from the ground up. Previously, Chad worked as an employee on a farming and livestock ranch for 10 years. Before that, Chad was involved in the dairy industry, where he owned and managed a small dairy farm for two years.
Hula Design/Build Architecture
Dakota Rising Aberdeen
Tom earned his Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University in 2001 and interned for firms in New York City and Sioux Falls. In 2008, Tom opened Hula Design/Build Architecture, with offices in his native Aberdeen and in Sioux Falls. His firm is involved in various community-oriented project including downtown streetscape and façade projects, school and college designs, low-income housing, community planning, office, religious, retail and hospitality. Tom is also developing high-quality residential and commercial projects with the idea that Dakotans deserve better quality. Hula’s mission statement is “Bring more thoughtful design to the upper plains.”
In addition to Hula, Tom is also involved in several community organizations, builds office furniture, and co-hosts the Rock Garden Tour on South Dakota Public Radio.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Bryan has always had an eye toward television, video and film production. Growing up, it seemed he was always the official photographer and moviemaker for family vacations. During his career he has produced television specials from the Olympic Games to the Super Bowl. In local television, broadcasting as a sports director and special projects producer, he pioneered an award-winning documentary series on “Midwestern Wetlands Restoration” and was host of “Outdoor Iowa” and the groundbreaking “Friday Night Heroes” high school sports specials. More than 30 years of working both in front of and behind the camera, as well as experience in marketing and public relations, has provided him with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the media world. In 2005, he founded Western Sky Media, Inc. and the company … Read More »
Castaway Products, located in Westlock, Alberta, Canada, was started by Chris Malo in 2002. But before starting his own business venture, he was the fifth employee hired at Lehman Trikes and worked there for eight years as a machinist, draftsman, Quality and Safety Manager, and Plant Manager. Lehman Trikes started in John Lehman’s garage and eventually became the largest trike company in the world. The opportunities and education Chris received from this experience were critical in building the skills he needed to succeed in business. After four successful years in business in Canada, Chris had the opportunity to expand his operation into the USA — he jumped at the offer. Black Hills Urethane began operations in May 2006 and within two years B.H.U. had tripled in size.
Jim has always been a hands-on sort of guy. He spent his teen years building stuff and wrenched in a bike shop. In college, he joined the solar car race team and spent far more effort designing and building solar cars than he did on classes. Fortunately, Jim had a knack for standardized tests and was accepted to graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. While there, he worked a bit on hybrid car technology and did his thesis on race car data acquisition. In 2006, he quit his real job and moved to Australia with his wife to train more and find inspiration. He was only there a few weeks before he really wanted a power meter, but didn’t like the options. Jim realized that his background in bicycles, engineering and data was … Read More »
Sisseton Flower Shop
After graduating with a business degree from Northern State University, Jenny worked in various offices and spent over 10 years with Farm Credit Services of America as a Country Home Loan Officer. Work was good, but she knew she wanted something more.
In fall 2006, Jenny completed a Floral Studies Program at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls and tested to become a member of the South Dakota Designers Club. Being educated in the floral industries area was important to Jenny — she wanted to be ready to own the business in 2007.
As an active part of the Sisseton community, Jenny owns and operates the Sisseton Flower Shop. In the past four years her goal has been to expand the gift area of the shop and ultimately be recognized as a more than just a flower shop, since she offers … Read More »
Chicken Creek Communications
Dee has owned and operated Chicken Creek Communications, a full-service graphic design and communication service, since 2001. The business is located in Spearfish on the northern edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Dee earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University before the Internet explosion. She specializes in print communications, but she is well-versed in web design and marketing options, as well. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s distance program.
Dee has taught Mass Communications courses at Black Hills State University and has taught web design courses through the Black Hills Community Education program. She volunteers with various clubs and organizations throughout Spearfish. She currently serves on the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dee and her husband, Matt, have three daughters.
Mark Stein is a second-generation owner of ESCO Manufacturing, a wholesale electric sign manufacturing firm with facilities in Watertown and Webster, S.D. ESCO’s primary customers are sign companies, which are located all across the United States. Also part of ESCO is Stein Sign Display, a retail sign company that sells, services, and installs signs for end-user customers, primarily in eastern South Dakota. Mark has been in and around the sign business almost his entire life, starting while still in high school during summer vacations. After graduating from Northern State in Aberdeen, Mark obtained his MBA from Arizona State University in 1979. While in college, Mark held several part-time jobs to pay for school expenses. These included videographer for KABY-TV, News Director for the campus radio station, and onsite management of a storage rental complex. Mark then joined … Read More »
Les has been a professional photographer since 1990. After learning the ins and outs of the stock photography business as a Photo Editor and Image Library Manager, he decided to put his skills to the test with his own work.
Les is also a teacher, teaching photography classes and workshops. In 2001, Profotos.com selected him as one of the top 100 photographers in the country.
Les is widely published and his published images have appeared in magazines, advertising campaigns, retail packaging, calendars, websites, books and more. Les and his wife, Julaine, own Focus West Gallery in Spearfish, as well as a stock photo agency, Royal Tine Images, Inc. Les’ work is also available in several galleries and art shows throughout South Dakota and the western US.
Tobey and his dad, Wayne, run Renegade Auto and Wild Dutchman Seeds. Tobey is a farm boy through and through. Growing up, he farmed with his family and raised dairy cows and feeder cattle. Tobey attended Lake Area Vo-tech in Watertown and received his auto mechanics degree. He and wife, Sandra, moved back to the farm where Tobey did most of the mechanic work. In 1994, he started Renegade Auto, a body shop, with a friend. Tobey also turned their old hip roof milking barn into a hunting lodge and moved Wild Dutchman Seeds to a part of that barn. In 2006, the hunting lodge burned down, destroying the Wild Dutchman Seeds homemade equipment. Tobey didn’t give up though, he restarted Wild Dutchman Seeds in a new facility where … Read More »
The Gift Garden and “Photos To Go”
Four Bands Community Fund
Since early childhood, Nichole has been deeply interest in photography. The youngest memories of her childhood revolve around having a camera and taking pictures of people, animals and nature. Although shooting photos was always a pleasure, the greatest joy was seeing the pictures. She still has that same heart fluttering feeling today as she did when she was younger. “It’s the gratification seeing someone smile when you capture that one little memory that can be marveled for years to come,” says Nichole.
Nichole was born and raised in Eagle Butte, S.D. the heart of the Cheyenne River’s Sioux Reservation. She graduated from high school and went on to earn two associate degrees. In 2006 she purchased The Gift Garden in Eagle Butte, a flower shop and gift … Read More »