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Posted in: PFBA

November 23, 2020

We’ve all had our challenges in 2020, but few industries have had to adjust as much as the restaurant business. Across South Dakota, family-owned and -operated dining establishments are centers of community – and they …

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falcon plastics

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November 12, 2020

At one point, no day seemed predictable. They were laying off people. They were busier than they could handle. They didn’t have enough work to go around. They had so much work they ran 24 …

Next generation at family manufacturer learns on the job during disruptive year Read More »



Posted in: PFBA, Success Stories

November 3, 2020

At 73, Van Fishback has been around his family’s bank since he was a teenager. He began full time in 1972 and now serves as board chair of Fishback Financial Corp., the holding company of …

Fourth-generation bank embraces flexibility, family’s values during pandemic Read More »


pfba advisory board updates

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October 29, 2020

Prairie Family Business Association announces two additions to its advisory board. Tiffany Anderson, fourth generation family member of A-OX Welding Supply based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has joined the Prairie Family Business Association advisory …

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Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

October 21, 2020

The oldest family-owned business in Watertown has a history of overcoming challenging times. Since 1911, appliance company Dugan Sales & Service has navigated two world wars, the Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression, the Great …

Family-owned appliance retailer enters next generation during historic year Read More »


Kjelden Family 2020

Posted in: Awards

October 6, 2020

Kjelden Family of Sterling Technology Receives Brookings Area Excellence in Family Business Award presented by Prairie Family Business Association Sioux Falls, South Dakota – October 2, 2020 – The annual Brookings Area Excellence in Family …

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October 5, 2020

Top 10 Takeaways of the 28th Annual Family Business Conference. 1. Begin early and talk often about succession planning. The process never stops. It’s continual and intentional. You don’t know what you don’t know! Take …

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September 29, 2020

If any year called for resiliency, this is it. But that’s been the theme of the last several years for Dickinson, N.D., which has navigated the boom of an oil-driven economy and has banded together …

Family business forum, Main Street Summit join forces around theme of building resilient communities Read More »


Mike Paton Panel with Eric Weisser, Kurt & Valerie Loudenback

Posted in: Awards, PFBA

September 22, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – September 22, 2020 – Prairie Family Business Association hosted their 28th Annual Family Business Conference both in-person at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls and virtually for attendees from 19 …

Regional Families Celebrated at 2020 Family Business Conference Read More »


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Posted in: PFBA

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020 – SIOUX FALLS, SD – Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA), the premier resource for family businesses to grow, engage, transition, and prosper, is excited to announce its partnership with EOS Worldwide (the …

PFBA and EOS® Worldwide Announce Partnership to Help Family-Owned Businesses Survive and Thrive Read More »


Smiling little boy sitting in mother's lap while being on business meeting with her in the office.

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September 8, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association will host the 28th Annual Family Business Conference on September 10-11, 2020. The highlight of the conference is learning directly from family business owners who share their …

2020 Family Business Conference Features Three National Success Stories Read More »


pfba wine

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

August 31, 2020

Attend a virtual winery introduction at the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, learn the family’s success story and even partake in a virtual wine tasting at the upcoming Prairie Family Business Association annual conference. Since …

Virtual winery introduction at J. Lohr Vineyards, wine tasting to cap off upcoming business conference Read More »


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August 26, 2020

I know what you’re thinking.  Do I have time? I can’t step away from my business for a day and a half! Is now the right time? Does my family even need this? Don’t just take our …

Why attend the conference? Hear it from our members. Read More »



Posted in: Member News, PFBA

August 19, 2020

The Steffes family knew it was time to start working on transitioning ownership of its business, Steffes Corp., to the third generation. But the family had concerns: how to cash flow it, minimize tax and …

Family firm helps family businesses navigate transitions, planning Read More »



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August 19, 2020

Post by Stephanie Larscheid, Executive Director This is way more than a webinar. This is an experience that will last for your family. Click and view on September 10th and 11th. 1. Your family can …

Five reasons why you should come to the virtual family business conference Read More »