Bill Makens starts his family’s entrepreneurship story in 1900, when two of his great-uncles (young men at the time) rode their bicycles from Sibley, Iowa, to Clark, S.D., to see if it would be a good place to settle. Read More »
Entrepreneurial strategy 4: Reach niche markets via the Internet.
The information superhighway has helped a Webster man turn what was once a hobby into a full-time business. Read More »
Entrepreneurial strategy 3: If what you’re offering isn’t selling, change what you’re offering.
When business partners James Owen and Jeff Enzminger started an auto repair shop 10 years ago, the direction their business eventually took was not in their original plans. Read More »
Entrepreneurial strategy 2: Get the details right.
It began when a couple of brothers were trying to figure out a way to make a little extra money. Thirty-four years later, that original idea has mushroomed into four related businesses, jobs for 182 people, and an impact on the construction industry that is felt across North America. Read More »
Entrepreneurial strategy 1: Build on a product line that’s proven its worth.
Kory Anderson has the typical beginning to his entrepreneurial story: He started his business in his garage. Read More »
Five entrepreneurial strategies that work in Dakotafire country
Five entrepreneurs share their stories of success in the Dakotas. Read More »
Want to grow your own entrepreneurs?
Don Macke of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Beth Davis of Dakota Resources shared a few ideas for where a community should start if they want to build up their own community of entrepreneurs. Read More »
Postcard: Some snowy owls back for another visit
For some snowbirds, the northern plains are where they come to travel south for the winter. Last year when they showed up, they caused a sensation. Read More »
Infographic: Can I get a grant to start my business?
Ads on TV and in your e-mail inbox claim there is free money out there waiting for entrepreneurs. Follow the flow chart to find out if this is true for you. Read More »
Area Youth Honored for Their ‘Big Ideas’
“As a young entrepreneur, what business would you start in your world to make it a better place to live?” That’s the question put forward by the Big Idea competition, which encourages kids to think about what business ideas might work in their own region. Read More »