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Approaching 100 years, Johnson Feed looks to future

2018-04-19T12:04:09+00:00 April 19, 2018|PFBA, Q&A|

Approaching 100 years, Johnson Feed looks to future  Johnson Feed Inc. knows how to adjust with the times. The business began 98 years ago in Fairview as a dray service delivering coal and other supplies to farmers and townspeople by horse and wagon. It expanded into Johnson Hatchery in the 1940s, selling and delivering commercial [...]

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 [...]

Shipshape or shipwreck – How would you rate your business?

2018-03-07T09:47:45+00:00 March 7, 2018|PFBA, Q&A|

Shipshape or shipwreck – How would you rate your business? The USS Benfold’s performance ranked it near the bottom of the Navy’s fleet when Capt. Mike Abrashoff became its leader. As part of changing the culture, Abrashoff would ask his crew: “What would you do? It’s your ship.” “I found that the more control I [...]

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 [...]

Consultant offers ‘no-BS family business planning’

2018-02-13T10:34:16+00:00 February 13, 2018|PFBA, Q&A|

Consultant offers ‘no-BS family business planning’ “Our family business crisis and how it made us stronger.” “The top nine reasons family businesses fail – and the eight building blocks for creating a sustainable closely held business.” “You don’t have to die to win – success and succession for family business.” If these sound like themes [...]

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 [...]

Sinclair Family of Montgomery’s Receives Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award

2017-12-19T15:59:41+00:00 December 7, 2017|Awards|

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – December 7, 2017 Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, presented the Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award and Legacy Tour in Sioux Falls on November 30 to the Sinclair Family of Montgomery’s Furniture. This award [...]