New ownership takes over at Sioux Corp.

2018-01-15T15:06:30+00:00 January 15, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

New ownership takes over at Sioux Corp.  For almost two decades while driving to the airport before returning home to California or Nevada after Christmas, Jack Finger would broach a tough topic: working at his family’s business, Sioux Corp. in Beresford. It never worked out. “After receiving a mechanical engineering degree in 1974 from SDSU, [...]

Mills Property Management entering third generation

2018-01-10T14:03:08+00:00 January 10, 2018|PFBA, Q&A|

Mills Property Management entering third generation Mary Jo Minor’s business revolves around people, from tending to residents’ needs to overseeing property for owners and working with her own family. Based in Brookings, Mills Property Management was born out of her father’s construction and development companies founded in 1949. Mills Property Management became its own entity [...]

Inside the modern L.G. Everist Inc.: Fifth-generation business moves into new downtown headquarters

2017-12-21T12:08:00+00:00 December 21, 2017|Member News, PFBA|

Inside the modern L.G. Everist Inc.: Fifth-generation business moves into new downtown headquarters When L.G. Everist Inc. became the first business to move into the downtown Sioux Falls Washington Square development this week, it marked the latest in a series of pioneering moves for the more than 140-year-old family business. It was founded in 1876 [...]

Building the ButterBurger brand: How Culver’s took root in Sioux Falls

2017-12-07T12:51:50+00:00 December 7, 2017|PFBA, Success Stories|

Building the ButterBurger brand: How Culver’s took root in Sioux Falls In the early days of his restaurant career, a slow lunch crowd meant it was time to hit the road. Nick Magera would leave his Culver’s at 2509 S. Louise Ave. about 2 p.m. with to-go menus and coupons for free food, and start [...]

Father, son build on legacy in plumbing, heating business

2017-12-01T12:47:19+00:00 December 1, 2017|PFBA, Q&A|

Father, son build on legacy in plumbing, heating business Through more than 70 years and multiple generations, Redlinger Bros. Plumbing & Heating Co. has navigated through both family and industry transitions. In post-World War II Watertown, brothers Clark and Howard Redlinger reopened the family plumbing and heating business originally started by their father, Orson. [...]

FAMILY BUSINESS: How to succeed at succession

2017-11-14T11:57:09+00:00 November 2, 2017|PFBA|

By Stephanie Larscheid -- SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – What makes a family business successful through generations and decades? It all boils down to communication. Those who talk about and plan for the future of their family business tend to be more likely to make a successful transition from one generation to the next. It’s not easy. But, if [...]

Fargo Family Receives Regional Family Business Award

2017-11-14T11:57:36+00:00 October 19, 2017|PFBA|

October 12, 2017 - Fargo, North Dakota The Lillestol Family of Lillestol Research was presented the 2017 Edward Shorma Excellence in Family Business Award in Moorhead, Minnesota, on October 12.  Lillestol Research was founded in 2004 by Michael & Mary Lillestol. They have grown the business from a start-up operation to now employing 25 people. [...]

Fourth-generation auto dealership owners plan more growth

2017-11-14T11:58:00+00:00 October 4, 2017|Awards, PFBA, Success Stories|

Fourth-generation auto dealership owners plan more growth Ernest Patnoe’s motto in the 1930s was “We smile when you come, you smile when you leave.” Three generations of the Patnoe family Almost nine decades later, the family-owners of Liberty Superstores are still smiling, with a business that recently doubled in size and a long-tenured group of [...]

Innovative auto mechanic ends up building international business

2017-11-14T11:58:11+00:00 July 28, 2017|Member News, PFBA, Success Stories|

Innovative auto mechanic ends up building international business It’s a classic entrepreneurial story: Identify a problem, create a solution, build a business. Dillon Moffatt Dillon Moffatt wasn’t thinking about founding a company back in 1954. The self-taught auto mechanic from Minnesota was just trying to see better under the hood of a car. [...]