July/August 2022 Chamber News

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Chamber News Vol. 57, No. 9

July/August 2022


Workforce housing How business and government are working to address supply shortages across South Dakota


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In this issue Feature

Workforce housing How business and government are working to address supply shortages across South Dakota . . . . . . 26-31 Top stories

Chamber News Publisher

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Chamber News Ad Sales

Ag Appreciation Day to be held August 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

For advertising information, call Steven Herman at (605) 373-2013 or email chambernews@siouxfalls.com

Sioux Falls Marathon plans for full return. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Chamber News Layout/Design

In this issue Message from the Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Event Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11 Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-24 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Chamber News Editor Jennie Doyen

For editorial information, call: (605) 336-1620 Chamber News is published by the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Postmaster please send address changes to: Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 336-1620 • Email: gsfcc@siouxfalls.com

Business Advocacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33 Headlines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-37

Chamber Mission

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As the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce represents its members by advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region.

Business Sense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Member Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-46 Member Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Five Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair Last month, I took some time away from work to travel to Greece with my family. It was a vacation full of stunning views, new cultural experiences and history around every corner. As wonderful as it was to get away, it was equally great to come home to Sioux Falls. I was raised in Mexico and met my wife while living in California. To our family though, Sioux Falls is home. This is the city that welcomed us when we moved here more than a decade ago. Here, I was able to restart and grow my business. My wife found opportunities to advance her career. Our kids thrived in an excellent school system. Alex Ramirez 2021-22 Chair of the Board

A strong economy, plenty of opportunity and a high quality of life – these are characteristics of Sioux Falls that we are proud to claim. This is what attracts businesses to move their operations here and why roughly 5,000 additional people choose to make Sioux Falls their home each year. The history of Sioux Falls (while shorter than that of Greece) is one of innovation and resilience. In the nearly 150 years since the village of Sioux Falls was incorporated, our leaders have tackled challenges and pursued growth to benefit the community. Sioux Falls is what it is today thanks to the vision and investment of those who came before us.

...our leaders have tackled challenges and Our extraordinary community did not happen by chance, and we need to continue working pursued growth together to ensure it remains vibrant. There are big challenges before us. In this issue, we look at the to benefit the realities of housing availability in our region. We need more workers to fill the jobs at the companies community. that want to move or expand here. But in order to attract those workers, we need housing for them. There isn’t a simple solution to our housing challenges. The good news is that many people and entities are working together to address the issue. Your Chamber is engaged in the work, along with other non-profit agencies, state and local government, and local developers. We are united in the desire to see our city and region continue to grow and thrive. As a Chamber member, you play a part in making Sioux Falls a great place to live and work. Thank you for your investment – we couldn’t do it without you.




Jeff Griffin, President & CEO Diane Balk, Accounting Manager Joan Bartling, Vice President of Finance & Accounting Justin Bentaas, Public Affairs & Research Manager Jill Blom, Graphics & Communications Manager Casey Boerger, Young Professionals Network Manager Kyle Davis, Member Services Specialist Peyton DeJong, Agribusiness Manager Jennie Doyen, Vice President of Member Services Becky Griebel, Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Heidinger, Member Services Specialist Steven Herman, Sales Manager Pat Lund, Member Relations Manager Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Investor Relations, Forward Sioux Falls Debra Owen, Vice President of Government Relations Holly Rader, Vice President of Member Relations Teresa Schreier, Events Coordinator Susan Seachris, Administrative/Accounting Assistant

Chair Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV Chair-Elect Paul Hanson, Sanford Health Vice Chair Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. Treasurer Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard Immediate Past Chair Dan Doyle, Lloyd Companies Chamber President & CEO Jeff Griffin BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers Kim Burma, Midco Tamien Dysart, Think 3D Solutions Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain, Inc. Kayla Eitreim, Junior Achievement of South Dakota Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Dakota State University Jason Herrboldt, First Bank & Trust Angela Lammers, Cetera Services, LLC

Valerie Loudenback, Grand Prairie Foods Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield Foods Nancy Savage, Child’s Play Toys Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities Bob Sutton, Avera Health Tony Venhuizen, Standard Services, LLC EX-OFFICIO

Kyle Groos, Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Cindy Heiberger, Minnehaha County Commission Cynthia Mickelson, Sioux Falls School Board Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County Commission Dr. Jane Stavem, Sioux Falls Public School System Mayor Paul TenHaken, City of Sioux Falls

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Events Calendar

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For a current listing of all Chamber events, visit siouxfallschamber.com, read the weekly edition of Quickly, or call (605) 336-1620. You can register and pay for events online at siouxfallschamber.com.



Tuesday, July 12


4:30–6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn City Centre 100 W. 8th St.

Morning Mingle Wednesday, July 20

7:30–9 a.m. Architecture Incorporated 415 S. Main Ave. DETAILS: Start your day by making a new connection. Drop by for a cup of coffee and conversation with other members of the business community. COST: Free

ChamberHood-Southwest Thursday, July 28 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The Sandbar & Grill 2310 S. Marion Road

DETAILS: Who are the people in your neighborhood? Join us for an informative luncheon and a chance to meet some of those neighbors. If you live, work, commute or do business in Southwest Sioux Falls, this event is for you! COST: $30

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4:30–6:30 p.m. Sanford Foundation House 2335 E. 60th St. N $5 admission or use your Mixer Pass

Ag Appreciation Day Wednesday, Aug. 10 11 a.m.–1 p.m. W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds 100 N. Lyon Blvd.

DETAILS: Celebrate the agriculture industry and enjoy lunch with the farmers and ranchers who feed the world.

Business Sense Workshop: Keeping up with Google Analytics Tuesday, Aug. 23 11 a.m.–Noon Zoom

DETAILS: Google’s Universal Analytics, the program most companies use to track website metrics, will sunset on July 1, 2023 and will fully transition to Google Analytics 4 (GA4). Learn from the digital experts at Click Rain what metrics are leaving, what new options are coming, and some best practices to get started. RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com

Cybersecurity Conference Wednesday, Sept. 14 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Sioux Falls Convention Center 1201 N. West Ave.

DETAILS: Businesses of every size need a cybersecurity plan. Learn from experts in the industry how you can protect your business at the 2022 Cybersecurity Conference. COST: $65 early bird rate, available Aug. 1-7; Regular price $75

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Morning Buzz Thursday, July 7

7:30–9 a.m. Falls Overlook Cafe by Stensland 825 N. Weber Ave. DETAILS: Join other YPN members at Falls Overlook Cafe by Stensland for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee). Morning-minded young professionals are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation at the July Morning Buzz. COST: Free

YPN Power Lunch Tuesday, July 12 Noon–1 p.m. Teriyaki Madness 4812 S. Louise Ave.

DETAILS: Research says one of the best ways to improve your productivity at work is to take a lunch break. So check out of the office (or your home office) for the noon hour and enjoy lunch with us at Teriyaki Madness! Please RSVP so we can monitor space requirements. COST: Free, food & drink on your own.

UPCOMING EVENTS Community Connections Tour: Ag United for South Dakota Thursday, July 14 4–5:30 p.m. Boadwine Farms, Inc. 25130 470 Ave., Baltic, SD

DETAILS: YPN Community Connections Tours provide the opportunity to get an inside look at a local business. On this tour of Boadwine Farms, Inc. you’ll learn about the work of Ag United for South Dakota. COST: Free, registration required.

Community Connections Tour: Landscape Garden Center Tuesday, July 19 4–5 p.m. Landscape Garden Center 47238 271st St.

DETAILS: YPN Community Connections Tours provide the opportunity to get an inside look at a local business. Go behind the scenes at Landscape Garden Center’s new facility on the south edge of Sioux Falls. COST: Free, registration required.

Off the Clock Thursday, July 21

4–7 p.m. Granite City Food & Brewery 2620 S. Louise Ave. DETAILS: Join us for July’s Off the Clock! In true YPN fashion, you will have a chance to make new friends and business connections by networking in a relaxed setting. No registration required – just show up and encourage other young professionals or colleagues to join you. COST: Free

YPN Coffee Table TalkSioux Falls Sustainability Plan Thursday, July 28 7:30–8:30 a.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave.

DETAILS: The City of Sioux Falls wants your input! Join Holly Meier for a review of the current draft of the Sioux Falls Sustainability Plan. Share your feedback as a young professional and help shape the future of our community. COST: Free, food and drink on your own.

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To RSVP to any of these events, visit siouxfallsypn.com or call (605) 373-2002. Visit siouxfallsypn.com for a full list of events.

Community Connections Tour: United States Postal Service Wednesday, Aug. 3 4–5 p.m. United States Postal Service 320 S. 2nd Ave.

DETAILS: YPN Community Connections Tours provide the opportunity to get an inside look at a local business. COST: Free, registration required.

Morning Buzz Thursday, Aug. 11

7:30–9 a.m. Zooks Coffee Bar 815 Gateway Lane, Suite #1, Tea DETAILS: Join other YPN members at Zooks Coffee Bar for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee). Morningminded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members.

Find us on social media or visit siouxfallsypn.com

Action Team Meetings You can help shape key areas of YPN programming by joining an Action Team. All team meetings are open to any YPN member who would like to get involved. Volunteering with an Action Team is a great way to strengthen professional connections and exercise your skills in collaboration, facilitation and project management. For more details on the responsibilities of each team, visit siouxfallsypn.com.

Social Action Team

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 4–5 p.m. Remedy Brewing Company 401 E. 8th St., Suite 120

Personal & Professional Development/ Civic Engagement Action Team Thursday, Aug. 11, 4–5 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave.

COST: Free

2022 YPN Golf Tournament Wednesday, Aug. 24 Registration at 8 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Brandon Golf Course 2100 E. Aspen Blvd., Brandon

DETAILS: No need to be a pro – all young professionals are welcome to play and spend the afternoon networking with one another. Form your own team of four or we can do it for you. There must be at least one YPN Member on every team. If you’re signing up as a team, only one team member needs to register. COST: $80 per individual, $300 per team

A Seat at the Table with Dzenan Berberovic Wednesday, Aug. 31 Noon–1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave.

DETAILS: Get to know Dzenan Berberovic, M.A., CFRE Chief Philanthropy Officer, Avera Health, at this Seat at the Table event. Advanced registration is required. COST: Free

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Events listed on these pages are curated from entries submitted to siouxfallsevents.com and experiencesiouxfalls.com/events. Visit these websites for details on the events listed here and more events happening in the Sioux Falls area. All events are subject to change. Please check the online events calendars for the most recent updates.


Eastbank Block Party


Fridays on the Plaza at 12th Street Plaza every Friday


Sunday in the Vineyard at Wilde Prairie Winery every Sunday


Food Truck Tuesday at Golf Addiction every Tuesday


Three Dog Night at Washington Pavilion


Tracy Byrd at The Alliance


The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Wagon Wheel: A Celebration of Whiskey & Wine at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


Tommy Howell: An Evening of Storytelling & Music


Voices Against Cancer Initiative


Innoskate Festival at Levitt at the Falls


CorTrust Bank Grand Opening Party (77th St. and Cliff Ave.)


WoodGrain Brewing BEER HERE dinner at Harvester Kitchen by Bryan


Hot Summer Nites at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park


Downtown Summer Crazy Days


Blood Drive at Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Soo Foo Moto Show at J&L Harley-Davidson


7th Annual Wiley’s Block Party featuring Kip Moore


National Veterans Golden Age Games


Relay for Life of Sioux Falls at Sertoma Park


5th Annual Hot Classics Night at Nyberg’s Ace downtown

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Shenandoah, Billy Dean & Wade Hayes at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park


Hairball at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds

Daughtry & Black Stone Cherry at The District


Four Winds Music & Art Fest


2nd Annual Sioux Falls Classic Car Auction at Sioux Falls Convention Center


Flagship Pro Wrestling Summer Series at The District


Bud Light Pars and Pubs Mini Golf Pub Crawl


Riverfest in downtown Sioux Falls


Stop+Shift: The mindset reset that changes everything workshop

Eastbank Block Party at 8th & Railroad Center


Evening in the Vineyard at Wilde Prairie Winery


83rd Annual Sioux Empire Fair at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


McCrossan Xtreme Event Challenge Rodeo at McCrossan Boys Ranch


Old Dominion at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


605 Made Night Market


Taste the Goodness benefit for Bishop Dudley Hospitality House


Sioux Falls Marathon


Justin Moore at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds



38 Special at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds



Sawyer Brown at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds

59th Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival at Washington Pavilion


Elevation Worship Summer Tour at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Sioux Falls Coins & Sports Cards Show at Sioux Falls Convention Center


Ag Appreciation Day at Sioux Empire Fair


Germanfest at Fawick Park


Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club


Sioux Falls Taco Festival


Phil Vassar at The Alliance


Flagship Pro Wrestling Summer Series at The District



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Economic Indicators

Tracking trends in business is just one way that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking out for our members. Sioux Falls is a great place to do business, in part because of its diverse economy. Check here for economic indicators that help show growth and development.

City of Sioux Falls Building Permit Data

Regional Unemployment Rates

May 2022

April 2022


2,451 permits

2020 2021

2,886 permits


2,939 permits 0












Source: City of Sioux Falls




City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value May 2022
















Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

600 $780.3 million $539.0 million

Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted


Agriculture Trends$15.60




April 2022




$13.90 $13.80





200 $396.0 million $121.0 million

$233.3 million $79.0 million


2020 Source: City of Sioux Falls

Total Construction Value

(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota


2022 New Non-Residential Construction Value

$7.17 $6.68

7.0 $5.34

Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview




May 2022

(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota


New Listings: 521 Days on the Market Until Sale: 66 Median Sales Price: $310,367 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 904 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)







Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture



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Faces & Places

Faces & Places Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news. Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Every day we hear about exciting accomplishments, historic milestones and other positive aspects of our member businesses that deserve to be shared. Submit news to jdoyen@siouxfalls.com.

Bernie DeWald

Nicole Garber PREMIER Bankcard

April Meyerink Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Kristin HoefertRedlinger Northwestern Mutual

Deb Peterson

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service helps to keep the Chamber strong. Featured ambassadors this month are Bernie DeWald and April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union. DeWald, who is retired

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from a career with McKinneyOlson, has served as an ambassador for 54 years. Meyerink has served as an ambassador for seven years.

was recognized as the Event Champion for consistent attendance and participation at Chamber events and ribbon cuttings.

The ACE Award is presented monthly to one Ambassador in recognition of their efforts to bring new members into the Chamber. The May ACE Award went to Kristin HoefertRedlinger, Northwestern Mutual.

The diplomat team of the month for June was Team Menning: Captain Christy Menning, McCrossan Boys Ranch; Carrie Dragt, Midco; Sheila Hoff, Keller Williams Realty of Sioux Falls; Cody Papke, City of Sioux Falls; and Nicole Garber, PREMIER Bankcard.

Nicole Garber, PREMIER Bankcard, was the June diplomat of the month. Deb Peterson

New Faces & Promotions First PREMIER Bank welcomed Tyler Stewart as VP, Portfolio Manager. Stewart has more than 11 years of experience in the financial industry. In his role, he will research, build and manage investment portfolios for individuals, trusts and non-profit clients. Stewart is a Sioux City, IA native and attended the University of South Dakota for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees. He is part of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society and the South Dakota Investment Society. Charlie Nesdahl has joined Cornerstone Bank as Retail Manager in Sioux Falls. He brings 20 years of banking experience. Nesdahl holds a degree from Augustana University. Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP welcomed four law students to its 2022 summer associate class. Nicholas R. Walter attends the University of Baylor School of Law and just completed his 1L year. Walter has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from

the University of South Dakota. Carsten M. Archer attends the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law and just completed his 2L year. Archer earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from South Dakota State University. Preston J. Tetzlaff attends the University of Nebraska College of Law and just completed his 1L year. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics from South Dakota State University. Pedro Negrão de Assis attends the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law and will graduate in May 2023. Originally from Guaxupé, Minas Gerais, Brazil, he earned his bachelor’s degree in science and technology from the Federal University of Alfenas. Alternative HR has hired Dana Wohlwend as a support services specialist. Wohlwend has previous human resources and benefits experience, as well as several years of education, training and teaching experience with Kilian Community College and Southeast Technical College. She will provide accounting support,

manage and optimize internal processes and software systems, and support the company’s HR consultants as they work with clients and projects. Wohlwend holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from South Dakota State University. Caliber Creative welcomed two new employees to the agency. Cody Bunger is a graphic designer and will assist the creative team with day-to-day design projects and concepts. Bunger’s responsibilities will align with the existing creative team and will present the opportunity for additional collaboration and high-level work. Megan Hotchkin is a project coordinator and will use her problem-solving skills to keep projects on track, on time and on budget. Kyle Aspaas joined The First National Bank in Sioux Falls as the Harrisburg Branch Manager. He has 10 years of previous banking experience.

Honors & Awards South Dakota Public Broadcasting has won six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Small Market Radio, awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association. SDPB has won in the following categories: Overall Excellence; Digital; Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Hard News; News Documentary; and News Series. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. recognized several individuals, businesses and organizations for their valuable contributions to the

downtown community. MarketBeat received the Carole Pagones Vitality Award, which recognizes a person, small business or organization that has activated the downtown community in a notable way. Joe and Jennifer Kirby received the Steve Metli Visionary Award, which recognizes the forward-thinkers and innovators who have made a positive impact on the development of downtown. Glen and Elaine Koch, owners of Cookie Jar Eatery, received the Spirit of Downtown Award, which honors a person or organization that has a legacy of advocating for downtown, making substantial contributions to our community through their passion for the heart of Sioux Falls.

Reliabank Sioux Falls Market President Jeremy Keizer received a national award from Independent Community Bankers Association. He was recognized in the Mentors category of 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders. Bryant Henderson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, recently received his Certified Financial Planner™ certification. CFP® professionals must meet rigorous education, training and ethical standards to earn their certification and are generally viewed as the gold standard in the financial planning industry.

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Faces & Places

Leadership Midco has named Tom McAdaragh as President and Chief Operating Officer. McAdaragh has been in key technology and operations leadership positions with the company for nearly four decades. Most recently, as Chief Technology & Information Officer, he was responsible for leadership of nearly 1,300 employees within operations, IT and technology teams. McAdaragh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electronics engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Ben Dold was named Senior Vice President of Operations for Midco. In his role, Dold is focused on providing a great customer experience and helping the organization achieve its mission to be the best communications company in the country. Dold earned an MBA from St. Cloud State University and a

bachelor’s degree in economics from St. John’s University. Sadie Swier is the new director of South Dakota CEO East Women’s Business Center. She will lead the organization alongside SD CEO West to provide training, counseling and technical assistance to aspiring women business owners and entrepreneurs across the state. Dr. Rebecca Hoey is the new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Dakota State University. Hoey has a long history in higher education and is known for serving as an “academic intrapreneur” producing outcomes that benefit both students and the institution. She was previously the Associate Vice President of Academic Programming with the South Dakota Board of Regents. Hoey is a graduate of Wayne

Good Deeds


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls received a Sustainable Community Grant in the amount of $2,766 from the City of Sioux Falls Public Works. The Habitat ReStore prevents more than 475 tons of material from being landfilled each year through reselling goods that would otherwise be discarded and recycling items that cannot be resold. Grant dollars will provide support to replace aging infrastructure for Habitat ReStore’s waste diversion program and increase waste diversion efforts.

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. elected new directors to its board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting. New board members are Micki Lundin, Avera Health, and Vernon Brown, SDN Communications. Retiring board members Jessie Schmidt, Better Business Bureau, and Sheila Hazard were recognized for their service.

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Dr. Pam Homan has joined the Reliabank board of directors. Dr. Homan was previously the superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District and is currently the chief strategy officer and executive vice president at Augustana University. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Augustana University and her doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota.

State College with a B.S. in Education; she has a master’s degree in Education from St. Mary’s University; and earned an Ed.D. from USD in curriculum and instruction. HenkinSchultz welcomed Reid Vander Veen as Partner and Chief Marketing Officer. Vander Veen has a varied of experience in marketing and team leadership for companies including Furniture Mart USA, Interstates Companies and a number of local startups. He will be the driving force behind one of the agency’s newest offerings: the Fractional CMO. In addition to his leadership at HenkinSchultz, Vander Veen teaches undergraduate and masters-level courses at University of Sioux Falls; serves on the leadership of Embrace Church; and is also a published author of Parenting Through the Stages.

Shannon Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc. has been nominated to join the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Executive Committee as Secretary for 20222023. The ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “green” tomorrow.

Be Seen




1-3 The Chamber’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee

hosted the annual Armed Forces Day program on May 21 at South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance. Brigadier General Gregory W. Lair, Assistant Adjutant General, South Dakota Air National Guard, gave the keynote address. An oath of enlistment ceremony was held to induct new members into the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Faces & Places

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4-9 The June Membership Mixer and Business Fair was

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held at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort. Nearly 40 Chamber member businesses showcased their products and services at exhibitor booths around the event hall. Guests were able to learn about the businesses and register for prize drawings while networking. Photos 5-6 courtesy 4Front Studios



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Faces & Places

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10-13 The Morning

Mingle is an opportunity for Chamber members to start their day with coffee and networking. 4Front Studios hosted guests in their downtown office space at the May Morning Mingle. In June, Goodwill of the Great Plains welcomed guests to their Job Center and offered tours of their GoodShred facility.

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14 The Chamber’s Business Leadership Council hosted executives who are new to Sioux Falls for breakfast and a briefing on the community.

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15-19 The Young Professionals Network hosted Intro Sioux Falls – a new event


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designe to connect interns and people who are new to Sioux Falls. Individuals representing distinct areas of the city shared with attendees their personal recommendations for businesses, activities and attractions.

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22 20-23 The annual Agribusiness Awards Banquet was

held on June 16 at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort. Guests enjoyed a fiesta-themed dinner and social hour. Awards were presented to volunteers and businesses for contributions to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show.

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Community Appeals


Community Appeals Scheduled Fund Drives The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community. By vetting capital fund drives, Community Appeals affirms the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration. It is the intent of the Chamber to encourage every business to carefully consider requests for financial support made by Community Appeals scheduled campaigns. Applications for the next round of campaign scheduling opened May 1, and are due no later than Aug. 1, 2022. Non-profit educational and social organizations interested in applying for Community Appeals should contact Mike Lynch at mlynch@siouxfalls.com.



To expand/renovate the McCrossan School and construct an outdoor athletic complex.


To build a new and larger Furniture Mission facility on the Empower Sioux Falls Campus (previously the School for the Deaf Campus).

To add a second Active Generations location on the east side of Sioux Falls.

VETERANS COMMUNITY PROJECT NOV. 1, 2023-MARCH 31, 2024 To build a village of 25 tiny homes for homeless veterans in the Sioux Falls area. A Village Center will also be constructed to facilitate behavioral/physical wellness, serving to link to other services.


To construct a new campus to increase residential service capacity, specialty school capacity and outpatient services.

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Workforce housing

How business and government are working to address supply shortages across South Dakota By Megan Raposa,

For the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Most of the new people moving to South Dakota in recent years are moving to the Sioux Falls area. The latest census data shows that of the 72,000 people who moved to South Dakota in the last decade, about 67 percent came to the four-county area around Sioux Falls. But those newcomers – and many of the existing residents – are facing the same dilemma: Where are we going to live? Housing supply isn’t keeping up with demand in Sioux Falls, as the metro region faces rising construction prices, rising sales prices and rising rental costs. One of the groups facing the greatest challenge right now are those that fall into what’s being called “workforce housing.”

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Those challenges haven’t gone unnoticed in the state. Over the last year, a workforce housing committee organized by state government has met to study the issue. In December, Gov. Kristi Noem proposed a $200 million spending plan to help address housing shortages in the state. That plan then worked its way through the legislature and ultimately – with some tweaks – was signed into law. Meanwhile, locally, the city is also implementing programs to help with housing shortages, and private developers have had a seat at the table all along the way. While the problem is becoming increasingly well-known and understood, the solutions aren’t as simple. And it’s going to

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take an all-hands-on-deck approach, said Jake Quasney, chief operating officer for Lloyd Companies. “As business owners, that’s an area we’ve got to find a way to focus some energy around in our community,” Quasney said. “If we can’t create housing for people, eventually, they’ll stop moving here, and eventually, employers can’t continue this trend of coming here.”

What is workforce housing and how big is the need? Workforce housing (or, as Gov. Kristi Noem describes it, “career housing”) doesn’t have a formal definition in the state, but there’s a general understanding of what it means, said Debra Owen, vice president of government relations for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. That is that workforce housing is housing aimed at helping people whose incomes make them ineligible for government assistance for low-income housing, but nonetheless they are unable to afford housing or are in a situation where they’re house-burdened. “This is for the young couple who’s trying to manage day care and a house payment, or the person who is working fulltime but still can’t afford a house,” Owen said. “That’s the gap (Noem) was trying to fix.”

Jeff Eckhoff, director of planning and development services for the City of Sioux Falls, says another way to look at it is a simple equation of income vs. expenses. A general rule, Eckhoff says, is that 30 percent or less of household income should go to cover housing. If the percentage is higher than that, a person is considered “house-burdened.” That’s also the standard set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. So, just as an example, take a couple in which each partner makes about $15 per hour. Their combined household income – assuming they both work full-time – would be about $62,400 annually. Looking at 30 percent of that income divided monthly over a year, that couple could reasonably afford housing costs of about $1,500 per month. Keep in mind, with Eckhoff’s equation, that 30 percent should also cover all utility costs. The math gets trickier when the person is an individual without a partner to contribute to the housing equation. At $15 per hour, a person would be house-burdened if they spent any more than $780 per month on housing.

Housing Units Per Capita (per thousand people) 480.00 470.00 460.00 450.00 440.00 430.00 420.00 410.00 400.00 390.00 380.00 370.00

House-burdened: More than 30% of the household’s income is directed to housing related costs (rent, utilities, etc.) chambernews.com | Chamber News 27

MSA HOUSING Population: 268,833 (2019 U.S. Census estimate)


Sioux Falls represents 30.39% of South Dakota’s total population McCook County

22,850+ new residents (Population growth from 2015 to 2020)

36.47% of state workforce (Source: South Dakota Department of Labor)

7,000 housing units needed (2020-2025)

42.93% of available jobs in South Dakota

(40 percent below 80-percent MFI)

(Source: South Dakota Department of Labor)

24.5% of state’s In 2021, the city broke the all-time record taxable sales (Source:aSouth Dakota for building permit valuations with more Department of Labor) than $1 billion year. A significant portion of that was housing.

Sioux Falls’ median rent price as of May 2022 was $970 per month, a 14 percent increase year-over-year, according to the latest data from rental listing site, Dwellsy.

What’s the scope of the need? Despite understanding what workforce housing looks like, the scope of the need for workforce housing isn’t fully understood, Eckhoff said. That’s largely because it’s difficult to track without knowing every person in town’s income vs. housing expenses.

What are the challenges for developers? The biggest obstacle is cost. Quasney gave the example of the cost Lloyd Companies is incurring to build one housing unit today compared to the cost even just a few years ago. “(Four years ago) it would cost me about $90,000 per unit,” Quasney said. “Today that same unit is costing me, depending on what community it’s in, between $130,000 and $145,000. So costs have jumped that much.”

“It’s probably bigger than any of us could imagine,” Eckhoff said. “If you think about the number of people in housing who’re paying more than 30 percent … that entire group would be in this category.”

And that’s setting aside the cost of land, Quasney said, which has also increased about 20 percent. The saving grace for developers seeing these rising costs has been the low interest rates, he added, but now that’s changing, too, as the federal interest rates increased again in June.

That said, the state Legislature’s Workforce Housing Needs interim study – which included several legislators from Sioux Falls – estimated about 7,000 housing units are needed in the city. That group also estimated a more than 14 percent decrease in housing affordability.

“At the end of the day, there’s only so many levers you can pull,” he said. “So, if rents don’t meet the costs, you can’t build it … but at some point we know that, along with everything else, it’s hitting our residents. It’s hitting our employees. The problems are going to keep getting worse.”

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Developers also face uncertainty on when help from the state may come through for them as lawmakers weigh questions surrounding how to spend $150 million in state funds allocated for housing.

With those funds, though, there are still some unanswered questions. The $50 million in federal funds will be made available starting July 1, 2022. Applications are being processed through the South Dakota Housing Development Authority.

What is the state doing to help?

There is work yet to be done in determining how developers will access the remaining $150 million in state dollars. The legislature still needs to decide on how to define workforce (or career) housing and how to earmark the money specifically for that need. Until those decisions are in place, the money is stuck in a holding pattern.

Gov. Noem’s plans to spend $200 million on workforce housing saw some resistance in the legislature, Owen said. “It was never a guarantee that this plan would go through,” Owen said. “But there were a lot of us working on it together.”

There’s a chance the legislature will resolve how to spend The collaborative work paid off, and ultimately, the govthat $150 million yet this year, but if they don’t, developers ernor signed House Bill 1033, appropriating $150 million in may have to wait until the 2023 session for clear answers. state general fund dollars and $50 million in federal COVID What is the city doing to help? relief funds to help pay for the infrastructure costs associated U.S. Cen with housing construction. The hope is by paying some of Closer to home, the city also has programs in place(2019 to help those infrastructure costs, developers will be able to face lower address housing needs. construction costs and thus make the housing more affordable Sioux Falls received some direct federal funding from Sioux Falls represents 30.39% for buyers and renters. the American Rescue Plan Act, money aimed at helping the of South Dakota’s total population

Population: 268,833

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42.93% of available jobs in South Dakota (Source: South Dakota Department of Labor)

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-14.6% decrease in housing affordability (Since 2020; Source: RASE) PDS21_047

aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. That funding, along with some city funds, has left $6.5 million in one-time funding for various housing programs, Eckhoff said. Those funds include programs that offer mortgage assistance to firstresponders, police officers and people in similar positions. There have also been funds made available for home repair and sidewalk repair for people in housing situations where they don’t have the extra money for those necessary repairs, Eckhoff said. In addition, the city has tax-increment financing (TIFs) available for developers who are willing to create a minimum of 30 housing units. The developers must have at least onethird of those units at 75 percent of the income requirements for the state’s first-time homebuyers program. Another third must be at no more than 100 percent of those income requirements, and the remainder may be up to 110 percent. There’s a similar TIF opportunity for multi-family housing to help with land acquisition. Eckhoff said the city is working on a program that hasn’t yet been released that would provide loans for developers who put together multi-family units, provided those developers keep apartments at an affordable rate for the next 10 years. More details to come on that as it rolls out.

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What role do developers play in finding solutions? For their part, developers in the area are already doing what they can to help. Several developers and community stakeholders were part of a local workforce housing committee that met regularly last summer to work through the issues and brainstorm solutions. Many went on to testify to the Legislature’s workforce housing interim study committee. They laid out the story of housing challenges in the Sioux Falls metro area and then brought forth suggestions for pragmatic tweaks to current programs, along with possible new solutions. They urged the legislators to think big and embrace long-term sustainable solutions for workforce housing that benefits both large and small communities across the state. Owen credits these Chamber members for clearly illustrating the importance of government help in addressing housing shortages. “We have a community that’s willing to share our successes to help move South Dakota forward, and that’s leadership in my opinion,” Owen said.

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As of the end of May, residential building permits for nearly 2,500 units have been issued in 2022 by the City of Sioux Falls.

That leadership also shows up when looking at current development in Sioux Falls. Despite challenges, developers are still continuing to build. In 2021, the city broke the all-time record for building permit valuations with a more than $1 billion year, and no small portion of that was housing.

developers. But even when that money comes through, city officials and developers agree it won’t be a silver bullet to fix the housing needs in the community. That means government and industry will have to continue to put their heads together to find solutions.

So far in 2022, the city was already on track to beat the last two years in the number of residential building permits issued. In 2020, the city approved permits for about 2,700 units. That number jumped to 3,100 in 2021, and as of the end of May, the city had already seen about 2,500 permits for 2022.

“We’re going to have to get creative with solutions that take advantage of existing housing stock,” Quasney said.

At Lloyd Companies, Quasney said they’re working to build anything and everything they can afford to, and they’re applying for TIFs to help lighten their load. “We’re really trying to do a lot of larger developments between 150 to 250 units in a project, so we can get some efficiencies and try to drive those costs down,” Quasney said.

Meanwhile, Eckhoff said the city has a continued role to play, albeit a cautious one. “As a government entity, you always have to be a little careful about putting your thumb on the scale too much because, at the end of the day, the market has to work,” he said. And he expects the wins along the way will be small ones. “There’s no home runs,” he said.

What happens next and what challenges lie ahead? One of the biggest questions right now is how and when the $150 million in state funding will be made available to

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Business Advocacy

Voters boldly reject Amendment C South Dakota voters boldly defeated Constitutional Amendment C in June. Election returns provided a clear picture of voter sentiment with 67% opposed to the amendment versus 33% in support. The state legislature placed Amendment C on the ballot and suspended their own rules to place it on the June primary ballot rather than the November general ballot. Historically, voter turnout for the November election is nearly double that of the June primary. This adroit maneuver by the legislature has been described by Amendment C opponents as “dirty-pool.”

Debra Owen

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

...another effort in a long line of usurpations to the people’s will that the public would not tolerate.

South Dakotan’s are proud of having the distinction of being the first state to adopt initiative and referendum on a statewide level (1898). The South Dakota’s state motto, “Under God, the People rule,” is in line with citizen desire for engagement on statewide ballot measures. Frustration has risen in recent years as political entities have stepped in to challenge voter-approved ballot measures. In addition, the legislature has revised sections within initiated measures after passage. While some ballot measures may need clarification and language clean-up after they have been approved by the voters, it should not be a routine occurrence. The key is to find the delicate balance of the harmony of laws and regulations while ensuring the voice of the people is respected. The legalization of medical marijuana is an example where the legislature revised the law but kept the voter’s desire to allow patient access to medical marijuana. Amendment C sought to require a three-fifths vote for approval of ballot measures imposing taxes or fees, raising taxes or fees, or obligating an appropriation of $10 million or more in any of the five fiscal years. In practice, Amendment C would have raised the bar for ballot measure approval, and in certain scenarios, it could have required the public to have a higher bar for approval than the legislature. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce publicly opposed Amendment C. We had serious concerns about placing a vote to change our state constitution in the primary election where voter participation is low

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and tends to be party-driven. At best this effort was misguided and at worst just wrong. To understand the full measure of why the Chamber opposed Amendment C, please refer to our Issue Brief at siouxfallschamber.com. From the public perspective, another error of Amendment C was the effort to effectively quash ballot measures that are currently scheduled on the November 2022 ballot (Medicaid expansion and recreational marijuana). Amendment C was a preemptive strike to defeat these ballot measures as very few ballot measures pass with a 60 or greater passage rate in South Dakota. Perhaps for some voters Amendment C was another effort in a long line of usurpations to the people’s will that the public would not tolerate. They overwhelmingly rejected it. The votes cast by county provide insight to the defeat. While the total votes against Amendment C were 122,406 and the votes in favor were 59,122, the largest percentages of voter opposition came from predominately rural areas. South Dakota had 19 counties that cast a vote of 70% or greater against Amendment C. The most populated of these counties is Hughes County, the home of state government. Proportionally, Hughes cast the largest number of votes against amendment C at 5,077. The next highest was Beadle County at 2,876. Here are the 19 counties that voted to defeat Amendment C by 70% or greater: Beadle, Day, Dewey, Clark, Clay, Gregory, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, Miner, Oglala Lakota, Sanborn, Stanley, Todd and Yankton. There were 31 counties that voted to defeat Amendment C by a 60-69% vote, including Lincoln (65%), Minnehaha (69%) and Pennington (66%). Only Douglas County voted in favor of Amendment C, they supported it at 52% (58 votes). The voters have spoken and their sentiment about Amendment C was nearly unanimous. The Chamber’s position to oppose Amendment C aligned with the public sentiment across the state. The resounding rejection of Amendment C indicates our business community is in harmony with our community and the vast majority of South Dakotans. We are grateful to live in South Dakota where “Under God, the People rule.”

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Focus on cybersecurity

Conference to feature best practices for business

Businesses of every size need a cybersecurity plan. A conference on cybersecurity will bring together a distinguished lineup of security experts to examine what leaders can do to defend critical infrastructure and deter malicious actors. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce will host the fifth annual Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This conference will offer valuable insight into threats facing businesses, best practices for mitigating cyber risk and ways in which leaders in business and government can respond to significant cyber threats. There will be breakout tracks with topics designed for executives, small business owners and IT professionals. SDN Communications is the lead sponsor of the Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference. Registration will open on Aug. 1 with a limited number of early bird tickets. The complete details for the event can be found at siouxfallschamber.com.

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Sioux Falls

Cybersecurity Conference Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 Sioux Falls Convention Center

Ag Appreciation Day to be held August 10 The 39th annual Ag Appreciation Day will be held in conjunction with the Sioux Empire Fair on Wednesday, August 10. Ag producers from around the region are invited to visit the fair and enjoy a free lunch. The event is organized by the Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Event chair Jay Bucholz, Sioux Valley Energy, describes the day as a chance to recognize the role area farmers and ranchers play in the Sioux Falls economy. “Ag Appreciation Day is a great reminder of the importance and appreciation we should have for our farmers and ranchers. This event allows those not directly in agriculture to connect with and thank our producers. Ag Appreciation Day allows us to share a meal and celebrate the cooperative relationship between rural and urban people” said Bucholz. Lunch will consist of pork sandwiches, chips and drinks. The pork is sponsored by Smithfield Foods and the onsite preparation of the meat is sponsored by Wholestone Farms. Organizers expect to serve lunch to more than 2,500 local farmers. More than 125 area businesses support the event financially and more than 300 volunteers participate in serving the meal. In addition to the meal, there will be live entertainment from Mogen’s Heroes, plus special guest appearances by Mayor Paul TenHaken, Agribusiness Citizen of the Year Dana Dykhouse and many more. A drawing will be held for an Ooni pizza oven, courtesy of SCHEELS. Free gate admission until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 is made possible by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

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Save the date for Chamber Annual Meeting The Greater Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 116th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Chamber’s Annual Meeting launches the one-year term of the incoming chair, Paul Hanson, Sanford Health. Hanson will take over the Chamber’s top volunteer position Oct. 1, following 2021-22 Chair of the Board Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV. Also at the meeting, the Chamber will share the priorities for the upcoming year and acknowledge the contributions of retiring directors. The featured speaker for the Annual Meeting will be announced in mid-August. April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, is chairing the event and Laura Mitchell, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc., is leading the ticket sales team. Invitations will be mailed to Chamber members and ticket sales will begin in early September.

Save the Date

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce 116th Annual Meeting Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Sioux Falls Marathon plans for full return After navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and a thunderstorm flooding part of the full marathon route in 2021, organizers of the Sioux Falls Marathon are looking forward to a return to ‘full’ status for the event.

With the return of the full marathon to the Sioux Falls Marathon, registrations are on the rise. To date, participants from 40 states have registered to run in one of the four events. All of those visitors traveling to Sioux Falls will have a significant impact on the local economy.

The 2022 Sioux Falls Marathon will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28. It features a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and Miracle 5K race through the streets and bike trail of Sioux Falls.

Prior to race day, everyone is invited to attend the Sioux Falls Marathon Expo on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Sanford Pentagon. The Expo will feature many great vendors and will provide runners with an opportunity to pick up their bibs and race swag. For the younger crowd, kids can participate in the Wermerson Orthodontics Youth Dash on Heritage Court. The Sioux Falls Marathon Expo runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Howard Wood Field will serve as the start and finish for all four races. Participants will be able to run through iconic areas of Sioux Falls such as the Cathedral district, downtown Sioux Falls and Falls Park. A portion of race proceeds are donated to Children’s Miracle Network. The Sioux Falls Sports Authority organizes and hosts the annual race. Executive Director Thomas Lee said, “We can’t wait to have our local runners and those joining us from all over the country back for the Sioux Falls Marathon. With a little more cooperation from Mother Nature, this year’s event is setting up to be one of the best Sioux Falls Marathon weekends yet.”

For more information about the Sioux Falls Marathon, volunteer opportunities, or to register for the full marathon, half marathon, 10K or Miracle 5K race, visit siouxfallsmarathon.com

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DE & I

DE&I Article Series

Clearing the hurdles


How Sioux Falls leaders can make strides in DE&I by Elizabeth Duffy If diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) were a hurdle race, Sioux Falls would still have a long way to run and a lot of hurdles to clear. Terry Liggins, MPA, CEO at TLC Services, is motivated by the demand for DE&I consultants, but understands this race is a marathon, not a sprint. “We’re not halfway there yet,” said Liggins. “We certainly haven’t reached a tipping point where the momentum is just with us.” In his consulting and coaching business, Liggins advises CEOs and organizations in the Sioux Falls area who want to learn how to embrace and encourage the honoring of diversity in their companies. Liggins helps his clients recognize the extensive diversity in the workplace, even beyond race, gender and religion. “Employers are trying to figure out how to care for people in their work environment, how to attract them and to understand who they are,” he said. “Today’s workplace is rich with diverse perspectives, several generations and very multicultural.” Between the pandemic, racial justice and politics, the year 2020 marked the beginning of a tumultuous time. For many entrepreneurs, it was a time to hunker down and weather the storm. For Liggins, it was a time to push forward. “I had a mentor who told me, ‘Terry, this environment is shaped for your success. You are a person whose brand is helping people through adversity. That’s your whole core message,’” said Liggins. “Adversity causes some men to break and others to break records.” A talented communicator with unique life experiences, Liggins is a founding member of the non-profit Pathways to Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces, helping businesses build the skills needed to advance DE&I initiatives at work. He currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors and the Education Committee, in addition to the work he does in his own consulting business. “If organizations are not inclusive and equitable, you are not attractive, you will not retain people. Inclusion and equitable workplaces are really a part of what the new workforce is expecting,” said Liggins. “Companies are trying to figure out what that means, and how or what do we need to change?” Throughout the past two years, Liggins has engaged with some large employers in Sioux Falls to help them understand what DE&I entails and how to ensure they are getting the most out of his consulting. A former college athlete, Liggins believes that part of being a good consultant is being a good coach, which means applying a level of accountability. “I make sure my clients know you have to go and implement the changes within your policies, your programs, your protocols and your people,” he said. “[Hiring a consultant] is not a rubber stamp.” Liggins encourages businesses to ensure the importance of DE&I

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initiatives is reflected in the investment, both financially and in the timeframe of engagement. He recommends three to five years of consistent work with a consultant as a baseline. Liggins notes the difficulty of establishing effective DE&I practices in a business whose leadership does not reflect the diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures of its employees or the communities it serves. Business leaders can address this by inviting people from marginalized groups into their circle of influence. “If we’re going to truly do well at DE&I work, we have to include people who have lived this DE&I journey,” he said. “You have to include people who are directly impacted by the issues.” Liggins suggests that Sioux Falls leaders connect with credible messengers as liaisons in the diverse communities the business is trying to reach. Business leaders can equip and empower a trusted, credible liaison to bring the resources of the business to the people, rather than the other way around. As a national champion hurdler for the University of South Dakota, Liggins knows a hurdle when he sees one. He believes the biggest hurdle standing in the way of Sioux Falls business leaders today is the lack of understanding of the effects of power and control and trauma-informed cultures. Liggins has found that leaders who are humble enough to learn about these dynamics can better ensure their companies are truly inclusive, trauma-sensitive, fully engaged and high performing. “Humility has three parts,” said Liggins. “The recognition that help is needed, the willingness to ask for the help, and then the openness to receive it.” For more information on TLC Services or Terry’s nonprofit, Hurdle Life Coach Foundation, visit hurdlelifecoachfoundation.org.

Business Sense

Understanding cryptocurrency Cryptocurrencies were born in 2009 out of the Great Recession when Bitcoin was created as the first global decentralized currency. In the last 13 years, cryptocurrency has grown from a niche industry into an established global asset class of its own. With exchanges providing platforms and applications to buy and sell thousands of different cryptocurrencies, to custody solutions providing safe and secure storage for these assets, we are now seeing institutional adoption take hold.

you to send funds across the blockchain. The private key is the most important part of the wallet because it gives you control of the crypto assets. How the public and private keys work together is fundamental to understanding how transactions work.

Kyle Pickner

Plains Commerce Bank

For most of its history, this asset class has mainly been fueled by a purely retail investor base who have arguably left institutional investors and other professionals behind when it comes to grasping the opportunities in the space. Given the dynamic nature and sheer volatility of these assets, it can be a daunting task to define the space or even understand the strategic rationale of introducing crypto into a business.

Where is it?

Custody is a broad definition in traditional finance that refers to the ability to hold, move and protect assets. In traditional finance, a custodian may hold a deed to real estate, or a stock certificate showing ownership to their securities. The rise of the crypto industry has brought increased attention to the security of these assets. Different types of holders of cryptocurrency require different solutions for custody. But let’s first start out with what you actually hold when you own cryptocurrency. The saying in the crypto industry is “Not your keys, not your crypto.” Ownership in crypto comes down to a cryptographic keypair. When you want to hold your own crypto, or you trust another institution to do it for you, they will normally hold it in something called a wallet. A wallet is similar to a bank account that holds U.S. dollars, but with some small differences. A wallet does not actually hold the cryptocurrency, it holds the cryptographic keypair.

Custody and safekeeping of cryptocurrency is the key component. The digital asset space has changed immensely in the past several years and nowadays you do not need to go down the same rabbit holes previous users went down to store digital assets. There is no perfect solution for storing crypto as there are a series of tradeoffs for individuals and funds, and you should take your own personal situation and risk tolerance into consideration. When you think about the long-term prospects of crypto, whether you are a believer or non-believer, this is the way of the future of finance. Whether you are an attorney doing estate planning for a client or a wealth manager dealing with a client who has millions invested in bitcoin, being educated on this new technology and asset class is quite valuable. Right now, we are still very early, but the message is clear, crypto is here to stay. The rapid growth of this ecosystem presents new opportunities and challenges for the traditional financial system. Technological innovation is ushering in a new era that makes financial services cheaper, faster and more accessible. A record amount of money has entered this space in the last decade, $30 billion in 2021 alone. As professionals, if we can learn to embrace this industry instead of opposing it, we will all be headed in the right direction. Security and safeguarding of these assets should be the top of our list, along with education at all levels. Our financial system is entering a brave new world and we should all be excited to be a part of it. Kyle Pickner previously led the financial operations for one of the world’s largest digital asset custodians, taking them from a start-up to a multibillion-dollar institution. He joined Plains Commerce Bank in 2021 as Chief Trust Officer. There, he works to bridge the gap between traditional finance and cryptocurrency.

How do you use it?

When you create, or open a wallet, you get two things, a public key and private key. A public key is a long string of letters and numbers that allows you to receive the funds and lives on the blockchain forever. A private key is an astronomically large number, which allows

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Member Voice

What does it mean to be a community bank? Did you know a locally owned store is likely to return three times as much money to the community per dollar sale than a national chain? An independent restaurant returns two times as much. Just like shopping and eating locally benefit the community, so does banking locally. There are approximately 4,300 FDIC-insured commercial banks in the United States. While banks of all sizes are necessary, and each plays an essential role in our economy, I believe community banks are particularly vital to enhancing our region’s quality of life and economic prosperity.

Meeting local needs

Specifically, here in South Dakota, First PREMIER and our peer community banks ensure that our state’s people, businesses, and organizations have good, competitive options for all their banking needs. As community-based banks, we are well-positioned to meet the unique We know if the financial needs of both our urban and rural areas. We offer local decisions based on what is places where happening here in our towns, cities, and state, not based on what is happening elsewhere.

Dave Rozenboom First PREMIER Bank

In addition, community banks like First PREMIER have a vested interest in our customers’ we live and work are thriving, and communities’ economic health and well-being. We know if the places where we live and we have the work are thriving, we have the opportunity to be successful as well. opportunity to be successful Community investment Last year, S&P Global Market Intelligence recognized the holding company for First as well. PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard as the Best Performing Large Community Bank in the nation. As you can imagine, we are proud of this national recognition of our financial strength. But we are even more proud of how this strength benefits our customers and communities.

First PREMIER’s financial strength benefits our customers in numerous ways. First and foremost, they have peace of mind knowing the money they have on deposit is safe and secure. Secondly, being well-capitalized means we have the financial capacity to meet the lending needs of our customers and growing communities. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that has also made transformational investments in research, education, and economic development here in South Dakota.

Relationship banking

Life is about relationships. So is community banking. I believe this will be every bit as true in the future as it has been in the past. The recent pandemic serves as a good reminder of the importance of having a solid relationship with a local bank. While the past two years have been challenging in many ways, I believe the initial Paycheck Protection Program rollout and implementation was a true “moment of truth” for financial institutions in the United States. Community banks were able to immediately respond to the needs of South Dakotans. PPP provided us the opportunity to be exceptional – to really be there for our customers when they needed us most. That’s what community banking is all about. We’re investing in you, giving our time and resources to our schools, neighborhoods, and all aspects of where we live. We’re building community. And that means more than ever before. Dave Rozenboom is the President of First PREMIER Bank.

Member FDIC

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We invite you and your employees to attend these upcoming Membership Mixers:




4:30-6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th St.

4:30-6:30 p.m. The Sanford House, 2335 E. 60th St. N

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fit My Feet, 3534 S. Western Ave.

July 12, 2022

Aug. 9, 2022

Sept. 13, 2022




4:30-6:30 p.m. Montgomery’s, 1725 W. 41st St.

4:30-7 p.m. The DISTRICT, 4521 W. Empire Place

4:30-6:30 p.m. First Interstate Bank, 225 S. Main Ave.

Oct. 11, 2022

Nov. 22, 2022

Dec. 13, 2022

This Mixer includes the Holiday Fair, featuring Chamber members displaying their holiday gift and service ideas. To reserve your booth, call (605) 336-1620.


Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce offers a ribbon cutting ceremony or member spotlight video for members to celebrate joining the Chamber, milestone anniversaries, expansions or remodels. The public and all Chamber members are invited to share in the celebration. Call (605) 336-1620 for more information or to schedule your event. Groundbreaking ceremonies are coordinated by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Call (605) 339-0103 for more information or to schedule your event.

Coldwell Banker Tony Bachman Group

800 S. 7th Ave., Suite N cbsiouxfalls.com Coldwell Banker Tony Bachman Group helps professionals build their skills throughout their real estate career. L to R: Stacey Bachman, Jay Rasmussen, Jennifer Hoesing, Tony Bachman (broker/owner), Scott Lawrence, Kuol Malou, Josh Muckenhirn, Kristin HoefertRedlinger and Rebecca Ohayon. NEW MEMBER

Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Sports Complex

3911 Bobhalla Dr. A new 86-room, four-story Comfort Inn and Suites will be constructed at the Sanford Sports Complex. It is projected to open in Spring 2023. L to R: Peter Mittelsted, Austin Parks, Scott Lawrence, Steve Young, Emily Linehan, Thomas Squires, Eric Seljeskog (managing member), Stan Westland, Jeff Eckhoff, Kurt Loudenback and Ed Ostrom. GROUNDBREAKING



60th St. N and N. Career Ave. enclavecompanies.com Enclave broke ground on Alloy One and Alloy Two, which are industrial spec buildings located at Griffith Park in northern Sioux Falls. The buildings are part of Enclave’s master plan at Griffith Park. L to R: Kayla Eitreim, Kurt Loudenback, John Overwise, Jesse South, Jason Thompson, Michael Gullickson, Paul Muscha, Joe Schneider, Brian Bochman (developer), Christina Graalum and Jeff Eckhoff.

Landscape Garden Centers

47238 271st St. landscapegardencenters.com Landscape Garden Centers celebrated 45 years of business and the opening of their new location at the south edge of Sioux Falls. L to R: Macey Strutz, Chase Helland, James Gaspar, Jason Herrbolt, Erik Helland (president/owner), Lori Helland, Jay Soukup, Andrea Carstensen and Tessa Helland. NEW LOCATION

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Ribbon Cuttings

Merchant Home Group

6300 S. Connie Ave. merchanthomegroup.com Merchant Home Group celebrated their newly formed team and membership in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. L to R: Lizzy Doohen, Jessi Johnson, Kim Burma, Niki Wagner, Dino DePerno, Melissa Merchant (owner/realtor), Megan Kjose, Lynda Billars, Kameron Nelson and Shelby King. NEW MEMBER

Pet Wants

7740 S. Dakota Hawk Ave. petwants.com/siouxfalls Pet Wants is a dog and cat supply store carrying all-natural food, treats, supplements, "spaw" products and more. L to R: Erin Weber, Marshall Selberg, Herman Otten (owner), Melissa Brandner-Otten (owner), Megan Jansick, Lynda Billars, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Madison Rietz. NEW MEMBER

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Project Car

327 S. Dakota Ave. projectcarsf.org Project Car provides no-cost rides to wellbeing activities for people with transportation limitations. L to R: Sue Roust, Annie Wold, Carol Woltjer, Jay Soukup, Betty Deberg, Doug DeGroot, Christopher Montgomery (executive director), Mike Hahn, Katherine Olson, Nathan Stallinga, Cynthia Nelson, Kristin HoefertRedlinger and Greg Richards. NEW MEMBER

Sioux Falls Lutheran School

6715 S. Boe Lane siouxfallslutheran.com Sioux Falls Lutheran School dedicated a new building and a recent high school addition at their campus in southwest Sioux Falls. L to R: Scott Peters, Steve Jastram, Cindi Johnson, Jay Soukup, Rev. Scott Sailer, Kayla Eitreim, Tia Esser (executive director), Ryan Schmidtman, Anna Jankord and Kay Herrig. EXPANSION

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Ribbon Cuttings

Startup Sioux Falls

100 E. 6th St. startupsiouxfalls.com Startup Sioux Falls celebrated the start of renovations to their new space in downtown with a wallbreaking. Representatives from the Chamber, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Forward Sioux Falls, the City of Sioux Falls and Startup Sioux Falls participated in the ceremony. GROUNDBREAKING

Village Cooperative of Sioux Falls

1600 E. 77th St. villagecooperative.com/sioux-falls-sd The Village Cooperative of Sioux Falls is a development community in which like-minded adults seek an entirely maintenance-free home ownership with others their age. L to R: Earl Kemp, Lynda Billars, Jennifer Hoesing, Kim Burma, Greg LaFollette (board president), Marilyn McNeil, Sandy Case and Lyle Schmidt. NEW MEMBER

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Member Anniversaries Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating their milestone membership anniversaries this month. They are part of a continued commitment to our community through their investment in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Chamber membership, contact (605) 336-1620 or gsfcc@siouxfalls.com. Find a complete Membership Directory online at siouxfallschamber.com.

40 Years

Rehfeld’s Art & Framing Specialty Retail rehfeldsonline.com

35 Years

15 Years

Bender Commercial Real Estate Services Gerald Teunissen Affiliate-Real Estate benderco.com

Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority

The Fire Emporium

25 Years

Legacy Wealth Group Keith Schaefbauer

Air Transportation & Services sfairport.com

AMERI/STAR Real Estate, Inc. Harlan E. TenNapel Affiliate-Real Estate housesbyharlan.com

Center for Western Studies/Augustana Education-Post Secondary augie.edu/cws

Commercial & Home Finishing/Design thefireemporium.com

Insurance & Benefits legacywealthsf.com

Reliabank Dakota Banks reliabank.com

10 Years


Audiology Specialty Clinic

Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts

CO-OP Architecture

Sioux Falls Christian Schools Association

Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls

Splash City

Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls - Diane Rust

Home Furnishings montgomerys.com

Specialty Retail mrsmurphys.com

Associate Member siouxfallschristian.org

Swimming Pool, Spa Services & Sales splashcityinc.com

Steever House Bed & Breakfast Lodging steeverhouse.com

TownePlace Suites By Marriott Hotels & Motels towneplacesuites.com\fsdts

Washington Pavilion

Hearing audiologyspecialtyclinic.com

Architecture co-oparch.com

Real Estate-Residential kwrsf.com

Affiliate-Real Estate dreamhomevision.com

NCB Management Services, Incorporated Financial Services ncbi.com

No Streaking Window Cleaning Cleaning Services nostreakingsiouxfalls.com

5 Years

Align Content dba SiouxFalls.Business Publications siouxfalls.business

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment Associate Member sdcpcm.com

Dave Kapaska Associate Member

Dynamic Business Solutions Computer Sales & Service dynbus.com

East River Legal Services Associate Member erlservices.org


Engineering kljeng.com

Krumvieda Companies / AKB Development Building & Remodeling krumviedacompanies.com

Pahl’s Designer Showroom

Commercial & Home Finishing/Design pahlsshowrooms.com

Regency Hotel Management Hotels & Motels regency-mgmt.com

The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition Associate Member sfhopecoalition.org

Sport Bowl, Inc.

Recreation & Amusement siouxfallssportbowl.com

True Care Family Pharmacy

Associate Member washingtonpavilion.org

Simply Nails Salons & Spas

Pharmacies mytruecarerx.com

20 Years

South Dakota Parks & Wildlife Foundation

First Year Reinvestor

G.A. Johnson Construction, Inc. Contractors gajci.com

G’s Storall

Moving & Storage Services

Sioux Falls Woman Magazine, LLC Publications siouxfallswoman.net

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Associate Member parkswildlifefoundation.org

Proforma Albrecht Co. Promotional Products albrechtco.com/lori-shaina

New Members

New members are printed in each issue of Chamber News. Following is a list of businesses or individuals who have invested in the greater community by joining the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. An online Membership Directory can be found at siouxfallschamber.com. Want to become a member? Call (605) 336-1620.

Allstate Insurance – Jordin Crosby

iQ Merchant LLC

Studio 20/20

Associated Builders & Contractors

Ligchine International

Summit Carbon Solutions

C & B Operations

McCoy Roofing, LLC

TruGreen Lawncare

Face Foundrie

Nautical Bowls

Wheelchair Dynamics, Inc.

Hegg Realtors – Leah Hulzebos


Wonderfully Made Gifting Company

Insurance & Benefits Jordin Crosby, (605) 550-6200 agents.allstate.com/jordin-crosby-sioux-falls-sd.htm

Associations Ken Wilson, (605) 937-7622 abcnesd.org

Ag Equipment & Supply Shanna Leibel, (605) 607-5200 101 S. Reid St., Suite 204, 57103 deerequipment.com

Salons & Spas Sherri Kanzenbach, (605) 809-5527 4011 W. 41st St., 57106 facefoundrie.com

Real Estate–Affiliates Leah Hulzebos, (605) 799-6794 6225 S. Minnesota Ave., 57108 hulzebos.hegg.com

Payment Processing Services Anna Roland, (701) 557-9116 iqmerchant.com

Construction Equipment Chad Redlinger, (812) 903-4500 ligchine.com

Roofing Services Lee McCoy, (605) 705-6757 101 S. Reid St., Suite 307, 57103 mccoyroofing .com

Restaurants Lexus Paulson, (605) 275-9494 4009 W. 41st St., 57106 nauticalbowls.com

Technology Services Ashley Lewis, (509) 833-7921 podium.com

Eye Doctors Dr. Jarrell Freitag, (605) 334-5741 311 S. Phillips Ave., Suite 100, 57104

Environmental Jake Ketzner, (515) 531-2635 summitcarbonsolutions.com

Lawn & Snow Timothy Nestor, (605) 334-1566 600 E. Amidon St., 57104 trugreen.com

Home Health Care Matt Johnson, (605) 401-2700 601 E. Benson Road, 57104 wheelchairdynamics.com

Specialty Retail Kelsey Buelow, (605) 521-5668 122 S. Phillips Ave., Suite 202, 57104 thewonderfullymadeco.com

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Five Questions

Five questions is a monthly feature on a Chamber volunteer, Chamber member or staff member. Want to be featured here? Call (605) 336-1620.

Five questions with Nick Kolterman Nick Kolterman is an orthotic practitioner turned entrepreneur. He owns and operates Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes. In his free time, Nick enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and fishing. He is a father to Caden (14) and Kyleigh (11) and can regularly be found cheering them on at one of their many sporting events.

Why does your company choose to be a Chamber member? When I first got involved in the Chamber, I realized that most members are local business owners just like me. Going to a ribbon cutting, learning about their business and then supporting them in the community became a recurring thing for me. The Chamber has allowed me to grow my business by getting to know many other owners. Networking is one of my favorite things to do. The Chamber allows us to connect throughout the year to support one another and learn about each other’s businesses. Supporting local small business is important and the chamber embraces small business success.

How did you choose your career? Nick Kolterman

Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes

Visit chambernews.com for more questions with Nick

I went to school for orthotics and prosthetics. I opened my own practice in 2006 focusing on lower extremity diagnosis. I saw patients for sports medicine, arthritis and diabetes, and I quickly developed relationships with many local doctors. In 2012, I started the first Fit My Feet Store right here in Sioux Falls. I wanted a place for my patients and all the local doctors to send people needing the correct shoes. We quickly grew to eight locations and I found myself shifting gears from a practitioner to an entrepreneur. Now I focus on my entrepreneurial mindset and the four businesses that I own and operate in South Dakota.

Share a lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur. The biggest lesson I have learned is people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care! Show your local community and the people you help in your career that you truly care about them and want to be there to help them.

What is one community or non-profit organization that you support? Tell us about it and why it is important to you. The local veterans’ associations, especially the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), have a place in my heart. Since becoming involved with helping veterans, I have pushed to raise local awareness within the administrations. We do a couple drives every year with all the Fit My Feet stores to help the local Vets. I had a grandfather, uncle and other family members that were veterans, so there is something about helping the men and women of the armed forces and always thanking them for our freedoms.

What is your favorite way to spend a day in Sioux Falls? I love to visit the Falls and eat at a local restaurant. Then, biking on the trails or taking my kids to the park to run and play with our dogs. Parks and Recreation has done a great job of maintaining so many outdoor activities for us to enjoy.

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