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Master workplace coach to share insight at upcoming event

2019-09-16T12:51:26-05:00September 16, 2019|PFBA, Q&A|

Master workplace coach to share insight at upcoming event When it comes to business coaching, Pete Walsh – literally – is a master. The owner of Peak Performance Coaching is a former corporate executive who has been coaching others in business since 1997. As a master-certified coach by the International Coach Foundation in 2001, his [...]

New Executive Director Announced for Prairie Family Business Association

2019-08-30T08:56:37-05:00August 30, 2019|PFBA|

Vermillion, SD – The Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA), a University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business outreach program that serves family businesses in the Midwest, welcomes Stephanie Larscheid as its executive director. “We are delighted to welcome Stephanie to the Prairie Family Business Association,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the USD Beacom [...]

Hitting their stride: Family business goes global with Strider balance bikes

2019-08-19T15:24:44-05:00August 19, 2019|PFBA, Success Stories|

Hitting their stride: Family business goes global with Strider balance bikes Two-year-old Bode McFarland was the talk of the town on two wheels – a little Black Hills bicyclist who started turning heads back in 2006. “Parents and grandparents were surprised at this tiny boy who could rip around on a bike so well,” his [...]

Born entrepreneurs: Canfield family evolves, expands through decades of business growth

2019-08-07T15:47:18-05:00August 7, 2019|PFBA, Success Stories|

Born entrepreneurs: Canfield family evolves, expands through decades of business growth If life had taken a different path, Larry Canfield could have found himself – literally – digging into business ownership. “We were ditch diggers,” he said. “We did water and sewer and trenching, underground work, in Sioux Falls.” His father, Robert, and uncle, Claude, [...]

Family business helps companies promote their brand, reward employees

2019-08-07T15:51:20-05:00August 7, 2019|Awards, PFBA, Q&A|

Family business helps companies promote their brand, reward employees Showing appreciation is among the best ways to improve performance and customer satisfaction in the workplace. That’s the premise for a family business that has found a unique niche helping businesses brand themselves and reward their workers. Stec’s Advertising Specialties and Safety Awards began in 1981 [...]

Family-owned fuel stop, C-store chain shares insight on workforce success

2019-07-02T08:39:21-05:00July 1, 2019|PFBA, Q&A|

Family-owned fuel stop, C-store chain shares insight on workforce success Spend even a little time on the road in South Dakota this summer, and chances are you’ll be stopping at this multigeneration family business. Dakota Dunes-based Heinz Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores Inc. began serving truckers in 1981 with a store [...]

Worldwide industry leader experiencing unprecedented growth as it enters third generation

2019-07-01T21:51:40-05:00July 1, 2019|PFBA, Success Stories|

Worldwide industry leader experiencing unprecedented growth as it enters third generation Whatever lessons in business might follow likely will be no more memorable than the summer assignment Nathan Sletten scored at his family business around the age of 14. “I started in the warehouse, and a bunch of trophies had come in wrong from the [...]

From typewriters to time tracking, family business shows staying power

2019-06-06T08:17:03-05:00June 6, 2019|PFBA, Success Stories|

From typewriters to time tracking, family business shows staying power Chances are anyone who began in business selling typewriters isn’t still in business today without the ability to evolve with the times. Fittingly, tracking time itself happens to be an ingredient behind the success of Time Management Systems, which has grown into a multistate organization [...]

Family business offers one-of-a-kind shopping experience

2019-06-06T08:17:48-05:00June 6, 2019|PFBA, Q&A|

Family business offers one-of-a-kind shopping experience There’s no shopping experience in South Dakota quite like Prairie Edge and Sioux Trading Post. From an expansive selection of Native American art, botanicals and herbs to the one of the world’s largest collections of Italian glass beads, it’s a favorite of locals and a must-stop for any visitor [...]