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Guest Author, Becky McCray
Now is the perfect time to Take Small Steps.
We’ve just passed the first of the year with all its resolutions and renewed commitments. It’s also been six months since the first RuralX Summit, and that makes it the perfect time to remember, review and renew some of the ideas you left with.
If you weren’t at RuralX last year, you can join in now, and get excited about the upcoming RuralX17 on July 18-19, 2017.
Now, let’s not make this overwhelming. Let’s stick with the key piece of advice that Deb Brown and I shared with you in our keynote: Take Small Steps. Keep thinking “small steps” while you decide what you want to act on in the next six months.
Here’s the plan to get you renewed and re-excited.
The first small step is to watch this … Read More »
Four Dakota Rising Sites will each have a new Entrepreneur Fellow this year, following the June 27 selection of a new Dakota Rising Cohort. Dakota Resources Dakota Rising cultivates rural entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves, their businesses and the greater community, providing a vital spark to strengthen South Dakota’s economic base.
Cristin Stewart, the Hot Springs Vault, is the Entrepreneur Fellow from Southern Hills On The Rise, serving Fall River and Custer Counties. Lawrence County’s Dakota Rising Fellow for 2014 is Sarina Jensen, Black Hills Equestrian Center. Jordan Breeding, JB’s Country Store, LLC, is this year’s Fellow from Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative, serving Faulk County. Mark Bower, Aberdeen Parts Store, LLC, is the … Read More »
“Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” Jim Collins’ quote from Good to Great is now famous, and powerful in its simplicity and logic. Yet it is not easy to accomplish.
Dakota Resources (formerly South Dakota Rural Enterprise) operated out of my home office for many years with contract administrative support and a contracted credit officer. We started out with the Capital Investment Fund as our only product. We were purely a financial institution making capital available to development organizations in South Dakota. We have become so much more by being responsive to the needs of our market and being willing to take calculated risks to meet those needs. None of it would have been possible without the caliber of the members of our board of directors … Read More »
With the coming of the New Year many of us make some personal resolutions, like trimming the waistline and spending more time with family. This is also a great time to resolve to make our community even better. Our challenge is to make economic development work in our community, and once we realize that a successful future for all is the goal, we can concentrate on some simple strategies for prosperity.
1. Make the most of what we’ve got. Maximize our advantages, such as vacant buildings, good highway access, existing industry, excellent educational facilities, local craftspeople and retired military professionals. Let’s take the time to analyze our strengths and promote them.
2. Focus on what we do best. Value-added agriculture is still a solid bet in ag-oriented communities. This is a great example of building on an existing industry. We can encourage … Read More »