Category: Fellows

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Jenni Tucker

Dakota Rising, Fellows on March 22nd. Comments Off on Jenni Tucker


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.

Julie Fischbach

Dakota Rising, Fellows on December 20th. Comments Off on Julie Fischbach

Mainstream Boutique

As long as Julie can remember she had always wanted to open her own business, so in 2014 she decided to go down the entrepreneurial road and opened her first Mainstream Boutique in Aberdeen, SD. This boutique brought so much joy & contentment just within the first year, Julie decided to open a second location in Sioux Falls, SD in the new, Dawley Farm Village location.

With over 25 years of sales experience, Julie offers her customers excellent customer service, quality on-trend fashions, and at affordable pricing. Mainstream Boutique is a Multi-Generational Women’s Clothing & Accessory Boutique.

She earned her bachelor degree with an emphasis in business management at Northern State University. Julie, along with her husband, Greg, and twin daughters, Keeley and Ashley, live in Warner, SD near their family farm.

Carrie Kuhl

Dakota Rising, Fellows on December 19th. Comments Off on Carrie Kuhl

Hitch Studio

Carrie Kuhl is co-owner, designer, and retail curator at Hitch Studio in Brookings, SD. Hitch opened its doors in 2014 and specializes in website and graphic design services, wedding planning and invitations, and is a brick-and-mortar store which carries high-end stationery and gift items.

My focus at Hitch is taking care of small businesses who need website, branding, and graphic design services. I love having the opportunity to be a part of an entrepreneur’s journey while starting their business or helping an existing business with a brand update. Renee Halgerson, my business partne, manages the wedding planning and invitation portion of our business. It all lives under the roof of our brick and mortar store in downtown Brookings where we carry fun, unique brands like Kate Spade, and Rifle Paper Company. At Hitch our overall goal is … Read More »

Hillarey Holland

Dakota Rising, Fellows on December 19th. Comments Off on Hillarey Holland

HH Design

Growing up in small town America, Hillarey always knew that “Home is where the Heart is.” After graduating from Northern State University with a BA in Advertising Design Hillarey recognized she would want to return home to support the small community of Britton, the same place that had facilitated her defining qualities she holds today. In return, giving back to the community has been something she felt was natural to do. Hillarey thusly became a member of the Britton Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and also volunteers her time with other organizations and events by helping other local, rural small businesses and community members like herself succeed.

Hillarey took on many different roles through college, ultimately blazing a path for her to be successful in graphic design and molding her into the young, successful professional she is now. In 2014 … Read More »

Curt Lout

Dakota Rising, Fellows on December 19th. Comments Off on Curt Lout

Mammoth Handcrafted Signs

Curt Lout is owner of Mammoth Handcrafted Signs, a full-service sign and awning shop located in Hot Springs, South Dakota. A former United States Marine, Curt has a unique background of fabrication and creative skills, including an extensive background in Visual Communications, a degree earned from the Art Institute of Colorado in 1998 and progressing with advanced fabrication education in the world of custom car and motorcycle industry from The Hot Rod Institute in 2009. Curt is also an internationally recognized freelance photographer. Currently, he is a member of both the Chambers of Commerce in Hot Springs and Custer. Additionally, he serves as a Board Member for the Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation. Furthermore, he is actively involved in the local Rotary Club serving as director of Climb Hot Springs, an annual outdoor stair climbing event. Curt … Read More »


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