What makes a business a ‘best place to work?’ Three award winners share their secrets

2018-11-06T11:56:03+00:00 October 22, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

What makes a business a ‘best place to work?’ Three award winners share their secrets It takes a workplace culture that inspires loyalty and enthusiasm among employees to be named one of the Best Places to Work by Prairie Business magazine. After nominations were received from more than 1,300 employees, 50 businesses in the upper [...]

Century-old paper-supply business shares advice for staying current

2018-09-26T15:16:09+00:00 September 26, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Century-old paper-supply business shares advice for staying current Cole Papers Inc. marks 100 years in business this year, and while its products have evolved with changing times, its ownership draws on a strong family-based foundation. President and CEO Chuck Perkins is married to Nancy, whose grandfather founded the business in 1918. He oversees a team [...]

Record project, new storefronts cap big year for third-generation family business

2018-09-10T12:05:22+00:00 September 10, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Record project, new storefronts cap big year for third-generation family business When the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened this summer in the former Trump Taj Mahal, it represented more than a big resurgence for Atlantic City. The casino signage, feature walls and flooring inside the $500 million property also equal the largest project for [...]

From tacos to saunas, entrepreneurial family builds on business success

2018-08-20T11:29:13+00:00 August 20, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

From tacos to saunas, entrepreneurial family builds on business success If history repeats itself – as appears likely – Penny Paclik’s latest business venture won’t stay small for long. “I don’t want to say I create empires, but I tend to grow whatever I have,” said Paclik, a career entrepreneur and self-described “developer of people.” [...]

Reliabank expanding in Sioux Falls as family business enters third generation

2018-07-23T15:07:45+00:00 July 23, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Reliabank expanding in Sioux Falls as family business enters third generation  It took David W. Johnson’s father, Walter, a little longer to become a business owner than he thought it might. His eventual business, Farmers State Bank of Estelline, was established by Fred Beskow in 1920 with $25,000 cash. Originally located in South Shore, it [...]

In two years, multigenerational Stensland Family Farms becoming household name

2018-06-20T09:47:10+00:00 June 20, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

In two years, multigenerational Stensland Family Farms becoming household name Two years ago, you couldn’t find a dairy product with a Stensland Family Farms label on it. Today, there are gallons of milk, quarts of ice cream and blocks of cheese sold at major retailers and locally owned stores in 16 cities throughout southeast South [...]

Building together: Muth, Lloyd share in family business success

2018-05-18T16:37:15+00:00 May 18, 2018|Awards, PFBA, Success Stories|

Building together: Muth, Lloyd share in family business success Doing business in the early 1980s wasn’t easy. Trying to grow a business was even harder. But those trying times bred a business relationship and friendship between Dick Muth, Craig Lloyd and their respective businesses and families that endures. “From ’80 to ’85, his business was [...]

Family alarm business grows into national leader

2018-05-10T11:41:18+00:00 May 10, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Family alarm business grows into national leader A business started decades ago by three Sioux Falls police officers selling alarm systems has grown into a national leader helping keep homes and businesses safe. Back when Midwest Alarm Co. was founded in 1967, basic residential alarm systems were run off landline telephones that caused a light [...]

Culver’s co-founder shares family business success story

2018-03-20T15:05:47+00:00 March 20, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Culver’s co-founder shares family business success story Craig Culver thought he’d found an ideal recipe for a successful restaurant. Start with the vanilla frozen custard he’d loved from a neighborhood stand as a kid. Add “ButterBurgers,” a concept a friend shared while they were discussing childhood ice cream spots. "Frozen custard and ButterBurgers. Can’t go [...]

Hayzlett builds multifaceted business with help from second generation

2018-02-22T17:54:07+00:00 February 22, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

Hayzlett builds multifaceted business with help from second generation It likely didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knew him that Jeffrey Hayzlett issued a news release back in 1986 when his daughter, Lindsey, was born. “We don’t expect to get much work out of her in the first 18 years,” he remembers writing [...]