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Returning family business leader shares vision for the future

Stephanie Larscheid enjoyed being executive director of the Prairie Family Business Association enough that when the opportunity came to return, she seized it. Larscheid, who led the association from 2015 until early 2018 before returning to her native Iowa, returned to the job last month. We sat down with her to learn more about her …

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New Executive Director Announced for Prairie Family Business Association

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 …

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

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 …

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

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, …

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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 in Rapid City and has grown to serve a …

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

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 …

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Worldwide industry leader experiencing unprecedented growth as it enters third generation

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 …

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