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Dakota Rising Fellowship Helps Local Businesses

Blog, News & Events on January 8th. Comments Off on Dakota Rising Fellowship Helps Local Businesses

By Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, RANDY TRAMP P&D Correspondent

Dakota Rising is a free comprehensive Fellowship experience that seeks out, celebrates and inspires rural entrepreneurs. The 24-month program is designed to provide rural entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and connections to help them reach their greatest potential.

The program works with entrepreneurs from anywhere in South Dakota, excluding Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Dakota Resources, the non-profit that organizes the Dakota Rising Fellowship, has a core mission to enrich rural communities and empower rural people. Dakota Resources offers programs that are available to the community and economic development leaders across South Dakota and beyond.

“Our goal with the Dakota Rising Fellowship is to help business owners grow in a way that allows them to work on their company instead of in it,” said Joe Bartmann, community coach/VP of Community Innovation of Dakota … Read More »

Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Tyra Gefroh Photography of Britton is one of eight South Dakota businesses that have been selected for a 2017 Dakota Rising Fellowship.

Over 100 entrepreneurs across rural South Dakota applied for the opportunity to be part of the unique Dakota Rising Fellowship, an experience designed to help rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities. A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a start-up business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth.

Gefroh’s two-year experience with the impactful rural entrepreneur development program will allow her to be part of a vibrant network of Dakota Rising fellows and alumni. She will also have access to leadership coaching, valuable tools and resources, empowering fellowship retreats, strategic business advice, and a $10,000 grant to use for … Read More »

Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Blog, News & Events on October 11th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Seventy-five rural economic development leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers convened in Watertown on October 5-7 to learn, connect and to celebrate the vitality of South Dakota’s small communities. The “Empower Sessions” event was hosted by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities across rural South Dakota.

In addition to breakout sessions, a panel discussion and motivating keynote speakers, the Empower Sessions included a gathering for Dakota Rising fellows, alumni and finalists competing for the next class of Dakota Rising fellowships. Dakota Rising is a two-year entrepreneur development program that helps rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities.

The Dakota Rising finalists were one of the highlights on Saturday night during the Dakota Resources Gala. The finalists came from a field of 104 entries.

“We had a flood of applicants for this year’s Dakota … Read More »

Building on the Dakota Rising Experience

Blog, News & Events on July 6th. Comments Off on Building on the Dakota Rising Experience

With a passion for construction and a deep love of their rural roots, Jay Yohner and Brad Hahn teamed up in 2015 to launch a post-frame manufacturing business in their hometown of Martin, South Dakota. Jay and Brad had already been working together through Jay’s construction company, Yohner Construction, and the partnership was a natural progression for a couple of guys with a big idea.

“I actually left Martin and moved to Oregon to enroll in a structural engineering and architectural design program,” says Jay. “I moved back to Martin and started my own construction business. I hired Brad and we really clicked. We both love construction. We both have big dreams. And we both believe we can make those dreams happen right here.”

As business partners, Brad and Jay established Pioneer Buildings, Inc. with a vision for creating high quality, … Read More »

Dakota Resources Mentors Rural Rock Stars

Blog, News & Events on January 12th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Mentors Rural Rock Stars

Kelsey Doom may be the only Economic Development Coordinator around with a zoology degree. But instead of pursuing a career as a veterinarian, she took a little side path that led to a full blown passion.

“I didn’t get into vet school right away, so I came home to Wagner for a few months to figure things out,” she said. “My plan was to apply to vet school again, but in the meantime, I took a job with an insurance company and volunteered with the local Home Address effort.  I started putting together a grant and helped bring in some local investors. I got a high off writing that first grant and just fell in love with this kind of work. It was pretty much game over for vet school.”

After her work with Home Address, Kelsey got a taste of Read More »


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