Owners of nine businesses from three Dakota Rising Sites have been selected as the 2013 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows. Administered by Dakota Resources, Dakota Rising cultivates rural entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves, their businesses and the greater community, by connecting them to a system of support resulting in a culture of confidence that strengthens South Dakota’s economic base.
Each Dakota Rising Fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant to be used for professional and business development, a grant made possible through support from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and a “pay it forward” gift from the 2009 Entrepreneur Fellows. The Fellowship is a peer support system that holds the entrepreneurs accountable and gives them the confidence and courage to take the next step.
Cheryl Schaefers, Cheryl’s Catering Service, along with Melanie Hoke, Burger Shack, and Lisa Mueller, Mueller Therapeutic Massage, are this year’s Fellows from Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative, serving Faulk County.
Selected from other areas are Sandra Wahlert, Barnyard Veterinary Service & Supply, the entrepreneur Fellow from Southern Hills On The Rise, serving Fall River and Custer Counties; Lawrence County Dakota Rising Fellows include Bill and Boe Buchholz, ToolMaster Trailer, Inc.; Dustin Floyd and Monte Amende, TDG Communications; Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Lotus Up Espresso & Deli; Jefferson and Donovan Schulze, Black Hills CO2, and Ron Waldner, Snowflake Metalworks.
“Successful entrepreneurs drive local economies. Entrepreneurs who are supported by their local communities have a greater potential to reinvest their leadership and resources,” said Beth Davis, president of Dakota Resources. “The Dakota Rising Site Coordinators and Resource Teams energize their communities and make local economies grow.”
Dakota Resources will be adding Dakota Rising Sites to the network of communities engaged in cultivating entrepreneurs, strengthening businesses and sustaining communities. Eight South Dakota communities have indicated their intent to apply to be new Dakota Rising Sites. For more information, go to www.dakotaresources.org/dakota-rising or contact Dakota Resources at 605-987-2804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.