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The Empower Community Coaching process resulted in the Housing Initiative team, made up of city leaders, citizens, builders and real estate professionals who determined there was a critical need for housing in the range of $140K to $190K that young workers and their families who were beginning their careers could afford.
Strong local economies are the financial backbone of our communities. Businesses of all types and sizes provide us with the things we need and want, while creating income and wealth for the individuals they employ.
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: 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 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 »