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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 »


Beth Davis Retires from Dakota Resources

Blog, News & Events on January 1st. Comments Off on Beth Davis Retires from Dakota Resources

It’s been a great journey, Beth. Twenty years ago you committed yourself to building an organization that felt like family. One that understands the value of making mistakes, embraces a creative spirit and encourages people to invest deeply in one another. You accomplished these goals and so much more. Thank you for being a great leader and a true friend. You are the original change maker.  

We asked Dakota Resources staff and friends what they have appreciated most about Beth. Here’s what they had to say: 

 Her tenacity to believe in people and ideas before they believe in themselves. – Heidi Zeller-Crawford 

 Her grasp of the unique opportunities a rural state has to offer.  – Ruth Christopherson 

Her celebration of successes, large and small.  – Lin Van Hofwegen 

 Her ability to take her passion and creativity to create a very successful nationally known business.  – Rachael Sherard 

Her leadership skills. Beth leads in a manner that makes people WANT to follow!  – Misty Cordell 

Her passion … Read More »



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