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LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

As the 95th Legislative Session concludes, we are steadfast in our goal to educate our investors and continue business advocacy.

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BUSINESS OWNERS 40 AND UNDER

A glimpse of young business owners in our area who are providing services, creating jobs, and elevating our region.

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More than 5,500 Black Hills volunteers helped out in 2018. Learn more about the value of volunteering.

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Author Arthur Golden once wrote: “Adversity is like a strong wind…It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”

This quote weighs heavy on me now. As I write these words in the fourth week of March 2020, the United States is facing, what may be in retrospect, one of its biggest challenges of the 21st century. The health and economic impacts of the coronavirus, no matter how the crisis unfolds, are impossible to predict today. But one thing is for certain: we are all in this together. And we must face and overcome this adversity together. Our fates are linked, regardless of class or age or race or gender. The coronavirus is blind to all these things. Social distancing, ordering take out, working from home, web-based meetings and teleconferences, checking on our friends and extended family via text and phone, and simply not panicking—these are the new norms and ways we can keep ourselves safe. More importantly, these are ways we can also keep our parents, grandparents, children, and friends safe. When we crafted our mission statement last year, “To Elevate the Rapid City region for everyone,” we had no idea how true it would be in this current crisis. But right now, it’s more than a mission. It’s a source of strength. Welcome to Elevate Rapid City’s inaugural issue of our new publication, Elevate, in partnership with the Rapid City Journal. As we were putting together the theme of the issue, business owners under 40, we had no idea so many of these entrepreneurs had overcome adversity themselves. In short, they’ve been elevating the region for everyone all along. Our cover story, on the Gonzalez siblings, the children of a first-generation Panamanian immigrant and School of Mines graduate, is the epitome of what it’s like to face and overcome adversity. Our 2020 Legislative Scorecard, which focuses on pro-business Rapid City legislators, highlights some of the adversity faced during this year’s session in Pierre. I invite you to read these stories and many others in the following pages. For those of us who live in western South Dakota, these stories remind us of who we really are when the winds of adversity hit us full force. As Elevate Rapid City’s core values state: “We work hard. We face the challenges. We lead the change together.” We Elevate Rapid City.

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What is your role on the steering committee? I serve as the Chair for the Community Involvement (CI) Sub-Committee for YPG. The CI Committee is one of 4 subcommittees we offer our members. In this role, I coordinate all of our monthly community involvement events. I have a budget to work with where donations are made to the organization for that event. Being on the steering committee is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership and team building skills. We build the framework for our program to not only recruit new members, but create value in many ways to retain our members and give them a return on their investment to the group. How does one get involved with YPG? Download the application from elevaterapidcity.com. Yearly dues are only $80. As a member, you get paid admittance to all the monthly socials, any of the professional development workshops, and the opportunity to participate with any of our community involvement events. Non-Members can still attend our socials, but there is a $15 fee. So you can see why the $80 is well worth the investment to join. ◆

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SCORECARD Encouraging economic development and supporting policies that promote a healthy business environment is a core value of Elevate Rapid City’s mission. Elevate understands the impact that public policy can have on the quality of a community, and believe it is imperative to influence good policy and stop policy that hinders the advancement of Rapid City business owners.

Part of our commitment to investors is offering the benefit of a full-time lobbyist advocating on investors’ behalf during the legislative session. The objective is twofold: to support legislation that boosts the success of all businesses, and to oppose bills that would have adverse Rep. Michael Diedrich, longtime pro-business impacts on our investors. supporter scored at the top of the legislative As the 95th Legislative Session concludes, we are scorecard. // Photo by the Rapid City Journal steadfast in our goal to educate our investors on the work done at the Capitol and lay the foundation to continue business advocacy efforts year-round. Not only do we strive to provide access to analysis and information on political topics, we seek to educate legislators on issues that impact our business community – offering our perspective on a wellintentioned bills that encroaches on business operation, for example. As a measure to hold our organization accountable to the positions we assert on policy issues, we are transparent in our decision-making process. What follows is a brief explanation of our policy decision making protocol and the results of that process as it pans out in the legislature.

COMPONENTS OF ELEVATE’S POLICY DECISIONS

RESEARCH

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNICATION

Elevate ensures that all decisionmaking begins with a council of expert policy analysts that directly represent our business community. Our Public Policy Committee (PPC) is a trusted group of individuals who engage and evaluate policy discussions that result in Elevate’s formal positions. The PPC exists to offer a panel of balanced opinions that represent an array of industries and business interests. PPC is the central core of our research on key topics, and our first level of issue development as our investors bring ideas and concerns with critical potential impact.

Relative to the legislative session, the PPC works months prior to opening day to develop Elevate’s policy agenda. You can find this agenda in our Public Policy Guide found on the website. This Guide is the cornerstone from which policy development advances, and is the check-and-balance for the issues Elevate pursues. The Public Policy Director and PPC communicate throughout the weeks of session to craft important policy decisions.

Elevate strives to be communicative and transparent in all parts of the process. One of countless benefits of having a full-time advocate at the Capitol is the ability to communicate directly with the legislators. Not only does the advocate pursue them to get insight and find answers, but the Public Policy Director is also a resource for legislators for discussing business-related issues and concerns.

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584

S O U T H D A K O TA’ S 9 5 T H L E G I S L AT I V E S E S S I O N :

BY THE NUMBERS

It is critical to understand

PIECES OF LEGISLATION WERE CONSIDERED THIS YEAR.

Although this number may be daunting relative to the mere 105 legislators who craft these proposals, it is important to note that there are several parts of the process at which these many bills or resolutions are halted. They could pass both chambers of the legislature, they could be “killed” in committee by being tabled or “sent to the 41st Day”, or they could even be pulled by the original prime sponsor. You can see the breakdown in the graphic below of the many variations in legislation that is considered each year:

HOUSE LEGISLATION

SENATE LEGISLATION

House Bills (HB)

294

Senate Bills (SB)

186

House Commemoration (HC)

33

Senate Commemoration (SC)

32

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR)

24

Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR)

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House Joint Resolution (HJR)

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Senate Joint Resolution (SJR)

3

2

Senate Resolution (SR)

House Resolution (HR) Total

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Total

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that mass amounts of legislation must be reviewed throughout session, but more importantly, to recognize that some bills should be stopped throughout the process for the benefit of our business community. A lobbyist focused on business advocacy spends their time researching, communicating, and monitoring hundreds of bills that could have immense impact on Rapid City businesses. It is the role of the lobbyist to monitor this activity and decide when to bring the PPC in to make the tough decisions – whether to oppose, support, or stay neutral on a bill. A formal position taken by the PPC reflects a high priority for Elevate Rapid City.

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SCORECARD

ELEVATE’S 2020 PRO-BUSINESS LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD Amongst the 584 pieces of proposed legislation, there were nine (9) bills that qualified as crucial policy measures that warranted Elevate’s input. The 2020 Pro-Business Legislative Scorecard found on page 19 reflects the voting record of the fifteen Rapid City Area legislators on these issues. Elevate commits to promoting probusiness policy initiatives and believe it imperative to educate our business and economic community on key issues that were deliberated and how local legislators voted to support or oppose these proposals. The scorecard is recorded on a simple calculation of the number of bills voted in accordance to Elevate’s policy position versus the total amount of bills on which Elevate took a formal policy position – 9. Legislators were not penalized for any votes for which they were excused. This voting record is not indictive of everything that occurred during the legislative session – Elevate monitored hundreds of bills, but what is highlighted are considered high priority. The scorecard is not intended to be a comprehensive evaluation of any lawmaker, but rather a factual presentation of strict pro-business policy priorities in the Rapid City community. Review below a brief analysis of each of Elevate Rapid City’s positions. Please contact Elevate if any additional information is needed.

SENATE BILL 70 authorized the use of Spanish in obtaining certain driver licenses and permits. SENATE BILL 72 established the

Dakota's Promise scholarship fund.

SENATE BILL 157 revised certain provisions regarding the county zoning and appeals process.

HOUSE BILL 1083 renamed postsecondary technical institutes as technical colleges.

Elevate supported HB 1083. A “YEA” vote was in accord with Elevate’s position. We support the vital work done by technical schools in South Dakota and support necessary changes to bolster public perception to encourage increased enrollment – adding more skilled individuals to the growing needs of our workforce.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 501 allowed the

HOUSE BILL 1100 made an appropriation for a new bioprocessing facility as a joint partnership between the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) and South Dakota State University (SDSU).

HOUSE BILL 1057 prohibited certain acts against children and provide a penalty relative to transgender surgery and hormone blockers.

HOUSE BILL 1179 allowed for series limited liability corporations (LLCs).

voters the opportunity to approve wagering on sporting events and revise provisions regarding municipal proceeds of gaming revenues.

Elevate opposed HB 1057. A “NAY” vote was in accord with Elevate’s position. We are concerned with policy that affects recruitment of quality businesses to make Rapid City their home. South Dakota should maintain an economic environment where businesses are welcome to operate without concern of overreaching legislation that could conflict with internal policies.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6017 encouraged

the creation of a summer study to address infrastructure and community needs related to the new B-21 Mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

TRACKING THE

2020 ELECTION CYCLE Elevate is committed to providing access to information our business community can use when making important votes. We take public policy seriously, and we encourage our business leaders to consider which issues are important to them. We created this legislative pro-business scorecard as a tool for our investors to reference when considering their votes. Choosing a candidate is a comprehensive process and requires consideration of individual priorities; this scorecard offers support for the business community to make these decisions.

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If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot starting April 17. This is also a great reminder to get engaged with the current political landscape and checking who in your district may be up for a primary election. We encourage using this date as an opportunity to jumpstart your efforts to be an educated voter come June 2.

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2020

Elevate took a position on nine bills during the 2020 Legislative Session to advocate for the Rapid City business community. This probusiness scorecard reflects the voting record of local legislators on these key issues.

PRO-BUSINESS LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

PROPOSED BILLS

SB 70

Authorize the use of Spanish in obtaining certain driver licenses and permits

SB 72

To establish the Dakota’s Promise scholarship fund

SB 157

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SJR 501

Allows the voters the opportunity to approve wagering on sporting events and revise provisions regarding municipal proceeds of gaming revenues

HB 1057 (Opposed)

Revise certain provisions regarding the county zoning and appeals process

Transgender surgery and hormone blocker prohibition

BUSINESS CHAMPION

HB 1083

HB 1179

Renames postsecondary technical institutes as technical colleges

To allow for series limited liability corporations (LLCs)

HCR 6017

HB 1100

To encourage the creation of a summer study to address infrastructure and community needs related to the new B-21 Mission at EAFB

To make an appropriation for a new bioprocessing facility as a joint partnership between SDSMT and SDSU

BUSINESS ADVOCATE PERCENT OF 6017 PRO-BUSINESS VOTES

70

72

157

501

1057

1083

1100

1179

Sen. Jessica Castleberry (35)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100%

Rep. Michael Diedrich (34)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100%

Name (District)

Sen. Helene Duhamel (32)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y

Y

Y

Y

100%

Rep. Jess Olson (34)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100%

Sen. Jeff Partridge (34)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100%

Rep. David Johnson (33)

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

88%

Rep. Scyller Borglum (32)

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

86%

Rep. Tim Goodwin (30)

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

63%

Rep. Chris Johnson (32)

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

63%

Sen. Lance Russell (30)

N

N

N

Y

N*

N

Y

Y

Y

44%

Sen. Phil Jensen (33)

N

N

N

Y

N*

N

Y

Y

38%

Rep. Julie Frye-Mueller (30)

N

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

25%

Rep. Taffy Howard (33)

N

N*

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

22%

Rep. Tony Randolph (35)

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

13%

Rep. Tina Mulally (35)

N

N

N

N

N

0%

Y Support Elevate’s position // N Oppose Elevate’s position ◆ Bill died in committee prior to floor vote // — Did not vote // * Committee vote

LEADING THE WAY

Sen. Helene Duhamel

100%

Rep. Michael Diedrich

Sen. Jessica Castleberry

100%

100%

Rep. Jess Olson

Rep. David Johnson

88%

100%

Sen. Jeff Partridge

Rep. Scyller Borglum

100%

86% elevaterapidcity.com

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Johnny Gonzalez and his wife Bethany are owners of Top Notch Nutrition. Photo provided.

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watches his children f lourish in Rapid City By Shiloh Francis

Entrepreneurship is something you are called to.

You must be innovative, thrive under pressure and break through ceilings. There is no room for laziness, complacency or the status quo. “If you aren’t growing, you’re dying,” say Johnny and Teresa Gonzalez, brother and sister business owners in Rapid City. Not only do they operate their own successful businesses but are now uniting to offer an entirely new service.

Teresa Gonzalez teaches healthy habits with her daughter at The Studio. Photo provided. elevaterapidcity.com

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Constantino Gonzalez spoke no English when he immigrated from Panama. He was 20 years old and earned a scholarship to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Today, he runs his own worldwide consulting company in high tech electronics. His strong drive for success was clearly passed down to his children. Five of the six siblings own businesses, in fact. Both Top Notch Nutrition, owned by Johnny and his wife Bethany, and The Studio, owned by Teresa and her husband Tim Brown, were created because of their own struggles. The solution wasn’t available anywhere they looked, so they created one. Constantino raised his children to be risk-takers. “He would always tell us you can do better,” settling was a not an option. Siblings Teresa Gonzalez and Johnny Gonzalez created businesses Teresa Gonzalez (37) and her husband to assist people in healthy living. // Photo by Andy Greenman Tim Brown own The Studio, a boutique fitness studio offering a broad spectrum of “the community needs health and nutrition in the formats using cardio and strength elements right way. We can only serve 200 people, but we to bring the body to its full potential. “I started always stay forward-thinking.” The Studio because I hated working out. I didn’t Maintaining an abundance mindset is another have a passion for any of this, I was called to it thing they would credit with their success. because I had a problem and needed to create “We aren’t ever trying to a solution.” It’s Celebrating serve everyone. We don’t fair to say that’s pay attention to what how Teresa Rapid City’s other people are doing.” approaches most Young Business Their advice to other things in life, and Community Teresa Gonzalez entrepreneurs would be to what makes her stay focused on what you a successful Teresa and Johnny can do and who you can serve. The right people are right when they business owner. say there is plenty will come. Johnny (30) & Bethany (31) Gonzalez are of opportunity a husband and wife team who began doing for businesses in e-commerce Amazon sales in 2013. They took Working with Family Rapid City. Even the skills & expertise they learned, partnered with more, it is a great Sibling rivalries? Family feuds? Not for the a biochemist, and founded Top Notch Nutrition, community for young Gonzalez family. They view the fact that they Inc. in December 2017. Top Notch Nutrition is a people to grow and are family as a major benefit to how they run well-known brand nationwide and in Canada, but thrive. Elevate is a their business. “There’s a trust factor there,” says is locally owned and operated in Rapid City. The magazine focused Johnny. The communication lines are more supplement line is well respected for offering on the business direct, and it’s easier to stay in their lane. When clean products without sacrificing on taste. From community in the you own your own business, it can be a major the middle school soccer player, to the stay-atRapid City area. We risk to add to the team. Teresa would say that home mom trying to improve her health, all the could think of no making sure the people you bring in have the way to the most elite of professional athletes, better way to kick same values and buy-in to the business are key Top Notch Nutrition is safe and effective for all. that off than with when hiring your team. an emphasis on They firmly believe that the supplementation the future of our doesn’t matter if your nutrition isn’t in check. community – young “Find another supplement company that says What’s next? entrepreneurs. that!” Johnny proudly states. Already operating two successful businesses, This is only a glimpse of young Johnny and Teresa aren’t done yet! “If you Why Rapid City? business owners aren’t growing you’re dying.” So now, the two in our area who are are Evolving. Opening later this spring, they are Johnny and Bethany moved around but have starting a brand new venture, together. Evolve will providing services, now returned to Rapid City. Teresa has operated creating jobs, and focus on custom-designed programming with The Studio here since 2012. Their family and elevating our region. an emphasis on nutrition. They have a certified network are here. Most importantly, opportunity Consider ways you team of coaches who work one-on-one with is here. According to Teresa and Johnny, Rapid can support their clients to make eating healthy and living well a City is big enough to have competition. They business, especially way of life versus a temporary diet. They serve a firmly believe there are more clients available now as we face wide spectrum of people in Rapid City, from the than they can serve, so there’s a space for times of uncertainty woman wanting to lose weight after a baby to the with the effects of everyone. “We want to work with people who are person in their 60’s wanting to regain muscle. ◆ called to us,” says Teresa. Johnny would add, COVID-19.

“It’s the life of an entrepreneur – always striving for more.” -

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Rent Black Hills and All Seasons Pest Control

Rent Black Hills is my rental portfolio, I self manage all of my units and continue to invest with zero to little money down. I find creative ways to work within the banking system known as RRRR (Renovate Rent Refinance Repeat) investing and contract for deeds. Certain deals do require 20% down but my goal is to continue to create ways of wealth by compounding. All Seasons Pest Control we do two things, bring comfort to homeowners knowing they are protected and kill bugs! Doesn’t sound unique? We can kill bed bugs in one shot, not having to throw away your furniture. With the ongoing troubles around the world, (the previous owner) found something special with a creative process to exterminate the hardest of bugs to kill. And we are keeping up on the tradition. My motivation has come from a very young age. I started hustling beanie babies in 4th grade, buying low and selling high, and always trading up. Anything that had a collectible value growing up I dabbled in. This started due to my family being in business and them bringing me along. I started working in a pawnshop of my fathers at age 10! When I was 18 I started my first real business, Mr. Frosty’s. I started alone and grew to 3 trucks and 7 employees. From there I was hooked!

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Melange Black Hills, Black Hills FACES Magazines

Black Hills Melange and FACES magazines seek to cultivate community in Rapid City and the Black Hills. FACES magazine has long showcased the inspirational people with whom we share our home, and the new sister publication-Melange Black Hills- seeks to compliment that effort. We believe that by highlighting the incredible arts and artists, adventures, cuisine, and community events in our region, we will inspire young and old to love their lives in Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota even more. Nurturing a sense of pride in the community, we hope to inspire CONNECTIONS between people based on the things we have in common - even if it starts simply with geography - instead of divisions. We hope to inspire PASSION for our home that will translate to residents personal joy, and a deep care for our place in the world. We hope to inspire ENGAGEMENT of our citizens; with their city, with each other, and with the small businesses that feed our economy.

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TRAIE ROBERSONMILES Rushmore CrossFit

Rushmore CrossFit opened in 2014 and is a fitness facility that provides both group classes and personal training. Our goal is to foster fitness in all ages, abilities and body types. We want to help people have fun and get healthy in a supportive community environment.

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JASON HOAR

PowerHouse Dance DJ’s & Sound Productions

We provide sound, lighting, video, and other production services for weddings, concerts, schools, and other local and regional events. I grew up in the area, have traveled all over the states and other countries, and still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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ASHLEY AUWERTER (SMITH) Social Jargn

I provide social media and digital advertising solutions for solo entrepreneurs, micro businesses (under 10 employees), and small businesses who either do not have the time, knowledge, or resources to execute a digital strategy on their own.

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Sol Vibe

My husband and I opened Sól Vibe in 2018. Sól Vibe is a boutique fitness studio featuring hot yoga, cycling and strength classes. Sól Vibe is built around a great community of people who inspire us daily. We love watching people grow, work on themselves, and walk out feeling better than when they came in.

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Rose Group International

Named after a compass rose, Rose Group Int’l has been guiding powerful thought leaders, trusted advisors, influential consultants, and driven internal change makers to become iX™ Leaders. An iX™ Leader inspires accountability, creates trust, unlocks lines of communication, drives innovation and productivity, and grows profit. Our mission is to build, repair, or develop your teams – from the front-line to the boardroom. We provide powerful, tested, and proprietary tools to leverage our client’s teams with strategies to maximize operational effectiveness. We developed our intellectual property and started Rose Group Intl to help people have better experiences at work. My co-founder and I both have business backgrounds and though we operated in very different industries we saw the same challenges with people - a lack of accountability in leadership led to a lack of productivity and happiness in the organization. We committed to each other that this would stay at the core of our business and remains true to this day. Helping people learn to be transparent and build trusting relationships with others in their life is my passion. I love talking to people about developing good communications and learning to laugh through conflict.

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ANDY BARTLING

Andy Bartling Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial

I have a financial services practice. The unique thing about my practice is that I started right out of college and I built my business from the ground up. Much of what has allowed me to be successful and to grow my business has been my involvement with the Chamber and YPG. My inspiration comes from a desire to help people protect their financial futures. It comes from the firsthand experience of a friend of mine that lost her husband and son in a motorcycle accident when I was first starting my practice.

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H-S Precision and Technosphere 3D Printing

H-S Precision is a firearms manufacturing company started by my father. After he passed away I took over running the operations. We are able to manufacture every single part and sell to the FBI, ATF and IDF. I also created the first 3D parts printing company in Rapid City, Technosphere 3D. We’ve recently been able to partner with our local Black Hills Advertising Federation to create the 2020 Addy Awards.

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Spore Creative

My husband Brandon and I have owned our business, Spore Creative, in the Black Hills since 2004. Originally we brought flash web development to the area, before that programming was common. As the internet evolved, we’ve become known for being an online-centric full service design and marketing firm. We keep our client list small so we can uniquely partner with local and regional clients to tell their stories, sell their products, or advertise their brand or organization both off and online.

DEXTER AND NATASHA CARMAN 30 The Cave Collective

The Cave Collective is an all-ages not-for-profit organization dedicated to community transformation through artistic events and cultural engagement. Our organization is unique because we are one of the only nightlife spaces in Rapid City encouraging the idea that you don’t need to have alcohol involved in order to have a good time. Every community used to have gathering spaces and dances that were the central social meeting places of the town. These days it seems as though we are all living behind screens and losing our personal connection with one another. With the rise of anxiety, depression and substance abuse in our society today, we believe that providing a space where genuine connections can be formed across social barriers is a vital step towards transforming our community for the better, for both youth and adults alike.

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CALLEE ACKLAND

Hippie Haven

Hippie Haven is the first zero waste store in South Dakota. We sell eco-friendly products to help you reduce your trash & your impact on the environment, including bulk refills of beauty & cleaning products, or the ingredients to make your own. We offer a free lending library, recycling drop-off, and frequent community events. I opened Hippie Haven to fill the huge gap of refill, plastic-free home goods here in the Black Hills, as well as offering a safe place for like-minded (hippie) folks to gather & organize for the issues that concern us. elevaterapidcity.com

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DEREK NELSON 37

Nelson Chiropractic, PC

Dr. Derek Nelson became a chiropractor because his grandpa was one. He saw his grandpa’s generosity and care for people that affected the community as a whole and wanted to follow in his steps. Dr. Nelson originally started off working with a chiropractor in town and then started his own practice 3 years ago. He is very passionate about healthcare and building the bridge between chiropractors and other medical professionals. Dr. Nelson’s office tells a story. You can walk into his office and see the history and important role his grandfather played in his life. Many art pieces of his office came from his grandpa’s original practice. It’s more than just another business, it has history and a story to be told. Since opening his practice, Dr. Nelson has been taking an aggressive approach to grow his business and as a result of his hard work and dedication he is seeing growth. Helping people is his passion and having good relationships with local businesses is important to him. He believes in giving back, volunteering and running a business built on integrity. He has faced many challenges in his career, but has stayed the course and risen above set-backs. By helping people feel good, stay healthy and get back to doing what they enjoy, he helps all those in the region who go to him for chiropractic care. In addition, he is active is his professional association and believes in all medical professionals working together to achieve what is best for the patient. He sees the benefits of working with others and taking the team approach. Starting your own business from the ground up isn’t easy. It takes grit, hard-work, smart business sense, connections and the drive to do it. Dr. Nelson has built a successful business that will continue to serve the region. elevaterapidcity.com

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JENNA KESSLER

Pottery 2 Paint

Jenna recently purchased Pottery 2 Paint and took over on January 1. She is a BHSU grad with a degree in Art and had previously managed the business for 7 years before moving to Phoenix. When the opportunity opened up for her to be a business owner she was able to follow her dream and passion and moved back home. She is extremely talented and passionate about art and has great ideas and plans on making the business even more successful than it already is.

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Property Meld

Like many good success stories, Property Meld was the brainchild of two colleagues who saw a problem – in this case, coordinating maintenance work in rental communities – and came up with a solution. Co-founder Ray Hespen credits much of his company’s success to Ascent Innovation, a branch of Elevate Rapid City. Hespen and partnering Cofounder David Kingman, came up with the idea for Property Meld in 2013 while renting properties in cities thousands of miles apart and experiencing similar maintenance headaches. They started working on an automated system to help property managers streamline the process in 2014, joined the incubator in 2017, and opened their headquarters in downtown Rapid City, October 2019. elevaterapidcity.com

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VOLUNTEER

Volunteering changes lives April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. By the Helpline Center Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections program is the critical link between great community volunteers and the nonprofit agencies that need them. Volunteer Connections serves as the volunteer center in three South Dakota communities – Sioux Empire, Black Hills and Brookings County. In addition to providing and maintaining a database list of hundreds of volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Connections also provides resources and information to non-profit organizations and businesses. Research shows that companies who encourage employee volunteerism get more than they give. In fact, employee volunteerism can raise staff morale, Photo provided improve office relationships, increase productivity and lead to greater job satisfaction. Studies show that companies with volunteer programs have higher staff retention rates and are more attractive to people seeking employment. Employee volunteerism also serves as an opportunity for staff to learn new skills and develop leadership qualities. In fact, 91 percent of Fortune 500 company human resource managers felt volunteerism built necessary skills among their employees. Help your community. Help your business. Help your employees. The Helpline Center has available resources for your business, like the Day of Service Planning Guide which

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can be access online. Volunteering and seeing a lasting impact in community nonprofits, creates sustainability in our community. Many organizations, function on volunteers; from sorting donations to mentoring, to large scale volunteer roles like board members and funders. Volunteers, your staff, will have a sense of accomplishment and community. Volunteering can open

up opportunities to have a shared experience with someone they may not have known before. Above all, volunteering changes lives. It truly makes a difference in our community. The Independent Sector analyzes the estimated value of each volunteer hour. In South Dakota, this value indicates that the value of a volunteers time is estimated to be at $21.91 per hour in 2018, a 2.9% increase from 2017*. Your business can have an impact, right here, right now, whether by manpower or money, you are putting back into the community by providing volunteer hours for your staff to utilize, or to coordinate a group project for one

afternoon a year. From a survey conducted by Black Hills Knowledge Network on behalf of the Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program, findings indicated that “volunteers contribute significant value and time to Black Hills nonprofits. 5,500 volunteers contributed 166,000 volunteer hours with an estimated value of $3,637,060 to local nonprofits in 2018 (in the Black Hills). Volunteers were motivated to volunteer by a desire to feel gratified by their giving, and to learn more about their communities and their diverse needs. Nonprofits in turn have strong positive feelings about the volunteers who contribute to their mission, Photo provided feeling that they are not only worth the time it takes to train and oversee volunteers, but also play a critical role in staffing their programming and events.” ◆

For business volunteer programs, volunteer opportunities and more information you can call 211 and ask for Audrey Nordine or visit volunteer. helplinecenter.org

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Black Hills Works and Western Dakota Tech partner to offer an

Electronics Recycling Solution By Black Hills Works A unique new partnership has revitalized EchoWorks, an electronics recycling program that is part of Black Hills Works, a Rapid City-based nonprofit organization supporting nearly 600 adults with disabilities. In operation several years ago, the program costs and a downturn in prices for recycled metals and other commodities made the program unsustainable at the time. EchoWorks is now located on the Western Dakota Tech (WDT) campus and utilizes students in key aspects of the program, which greatly reduces operational costs. This innovative collaboration, and its environmental impact, was applauded by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation which awarded Black Hills Works its $50,000 Community Action Grant last fall. More recently, EchoWorks also received a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. “We are delighted to welcome EchoWorks and its employees to our campus,” said Dr. Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Tech. “EchoWorks is providing an e-recycling option in our community and it is offering our students unique career building experiences that augment our instruction very well.” WDT students have already been called upon to assist with developing marketing materials for the project, even creating some conceptual Public Service Announcements. “My students were tasked with coming up with the environmental impacts of e-waste and then put that knowledge into 20 second videos,” said Dr. Kelsey Murray, Program Director for WDT’s Environmental Engineering program. “It’s not easy to explain in soundbites the harm that e-waste does to our environment; they did a great job.” Most instrumental, however, will

be help from the college’s trucking students. By law, the Rapid City landfill cannot accept electronics for disposal or recycling, even to hold for EchoWorks. Under the new partnership, trucking students will haul the recyclables to Wisconsin, one of the nearest facilities to accept e-waste, giving them valuable experience in gaining permits and hauling across state lines. “Most consumers don’t realize they can’t just take their old electronics to the landfill,” said Dr. Andrea Serna, President of the Black Hills Works Foundation. “EchoWorks is checking several boxes for our community. It’s an employment opportunity for people with disabilities, who will be interacting daily with students, joining them on work breaks and eating at the student commons. It’s also a recycling solution for people living in Rapid City and throughout the Black Hills who don’t know where to go with their old electronics.” EchoWorks has been open for business since January 1, 2020, its “soft launch.” Consumers and businesses have already dropped off old laptops, desktop computers, cell phones, office phones, flat screen monitors, flat screen televisions (not analog televisions), printers, copiers, fax machines, cords and other items. EchoWorks is also able to shred hard drives to ensure privacy, offering a certificate of destruction.

Serna. “There are business costs. Our employees earn fair wages to help with disassembly and the recycling facility charges us. There is a demand for e-waste recycling in Rapid City, so we expect that consumers will be willing to pay a modest fee for having us take old computers, laptops and flat screen monitors off their hands, while also helping to employ people with disabilities.” EchoWorks is planning a public launch on, fittingly, Earth Day – April 22, 2020. Elevate Rapid City, will help celebrate the launch with a ribbon cutting at Western Dakota Tech at 11 am. To find out more about what EchoWorks recycles and associated fees, visit blackhillsworks.org/whowe-are/our-affiliates/e-cycling or call 718-3000. “Black Hills Works is grateful to the Black Hills Area and South Dakota Community Foundations for their support in making EchoWorks possible for the people we support and our community, and to Dr. Bolman for welcoming us to her campus,” said Dr. Serna. “We are Dr. Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Tech delighted to be working with Kelsey and her students to raise awareness EchoWorks wants consumers about the importance of environmental to know in advance that they will sustainability in our community by be charged a fee for most items to making e-recycling a reality.” ◆ accommodate the cost of doing business. ECHOWORKS RIBBON CUTTING “There is the misperception that April 22, 11 a.m. everything electronic is recyclable Western Dakota Tech and that recycling is free,” said Dr.

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EVENTS April 7

RIBBON CUTTING:

About You Physical Therapy

New Location: 3808 Sheridan Lake Road, Suite 100, 1 p.m.

April 21

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP:

RESPEC Headquarters

3824 Jet Dr., 5:30 p.m. Mingle with a team of employees who have helped RESPEC celebrate over 50 years of business! $15

April 30

Secretary of State Steve Barnett: Election and Voting Overview for 2020

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center LaCroix Hall, 8-9:30 a.m. Steve will offer a presentation covering a variety of topics, including voter security, an overview of the voting process in the state, and important election information for the rest of 2020. Free. Limited to 200.

May 7

Effective Practices for Working with High Crisis Employees

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center LaCroix Hall, 1-5 p.m. We will discuss how brain science and crisis living impact individuals and families and make it difficult to navigate middle class systems.

May 12 MIXER:

Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza

505 N. 5th St. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza.

May 14-16

South Dakota 2020 Arts Conference

Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn A great opportunity to learn & network with an exciting lineup of keynote speakers and presenters.

All events subject to change.

April 22

RIBBON CUTTING:

EchoWorks

Western Dakota Tech, 11 a.m.

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