Monte Amende and Dustin Floyd Named 2013 Dakota Rising Fellows
Monte Amende of Belle Fourche and Dustin Floyd, partners in Deadwood-based advertising agency TDG Communications, have been selected as 2013 Dakota Rising Fellows.
Dakota Rising, a program designed to promote rural entrepreneurship, includes a $10,000 grant for professional and business development. It also partners the recipient with a mentor who is a leader in their industry. Nine fellowships were awarded across the state, including five in Lawrence County.
Entrepreneurs applying for a fellowship must be connected to the local development community and be recognized for the value they add to their local economy. They must have potential to form ongoing relationships with local and statewide resources. They also need to develop detailed professional and business growth plans.
One significant asset is the mentor partnership. The TDG partners have been working with Luke Sullivan, a nationally known advertising veteran who is currently chairman of advertising at Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia.
“Luke Sullivan is a creative legend who’s been in the business for 30 years. He’s worked for some of the largest agencies in the country. His experience is incredible,” Floyd said. “There’s no way we would have connected with him if it weren’t for Dakota Rising.”
Amende said the grant will help the agency invest in new training opportunities.
“Technology, especially in graphic design and web development, is changing fast,” he said. “The training we’ll have access to through this fellowship will help us stay on top of those changes.”
Other Lawrence County Dakota Rising fellows include Bill and Boe Buchholz of ToolMaster Trailer Inc., Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel of Lotus Up Espresso & Deli, Jefferson and Donovan Schulze of Black Hills CO2 and Ron Waldner of Snowflake Metalworks.