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Tollefsons Furniture

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

June 16, 2021

Since 1925, the name Tollefson’s has come to be associated with a reputation for excellence in the home furnishings and flooring business. Based in Minot, N.D., this fourth-generation family business does a lot of things …

Fourth-generation family business builds on tradition of quality home furnishings, flooring Read More »


paul nelson farm

Posted in: Member News, PFBA

May 24, 2021

For years, family businesses from South Dakota and beyond have come to the Paul Nelson Farm, where a beautiful setting serves as the backdrop for some tough conversations. The exceptional lodge in Gettysburg — a …

In a place where pheasants flourish, families find clarity for their businesses’ futures Read More »


advisory board snip

Posted in: PFBA

May 20, 2021

Prairie Family Business Association announces two additions to its advisory board. Amanda Lauer John Mackner Amanda Lauer, third generation family member of BankStar Financial based in Brookings, South Dakota, has joined the Prairie Family Business …

Prairie Family Business Association announces advisory board additions Read More »



Posted in: PFBA

May 4, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – May 4, 2021. On April 29th and 30th, Prairie Family Business Association hosted their 29th Annual Family Business Hybrid Conference both in-person at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls and …

Regional families recognized at record setting family business event Read More »



Posted in: PFBA

April 20, 2021

If you’ve ever had your eyes examined, you’ve had an up-close look at the product that launched a family business success story. Eric Allyn’s great-grandfather William invented the ophthalmoscope in 1915 in upstate New York. …

How does a century-old business decide to sell? This leader will tell you Read More »


PFBA beer

Posted in: PFBA

April 14, 2021

As the Leinenkugel family likes to say: Every beer has a story. Theirs is just a little longer. Jacob Leinenkugel started his brewery in 1867 in the logging town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. And even …

Brewing a business: Leinenkugel family shares 6-generation success story Read More »


pfba speaker

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

April 7, 2021

In business, every day is showtime. But is your performance hitting the mark? Michael Allosso is the No. 1-rated speaker for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO-enrichment organization, bringing his 25-plus years as one of …

Top-rated speaker offers path to ‘you on your best day’ Read More »


Leinenkugels red script

Posted in: PFBA, Success Stories

March 25, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. March 25, 2021 — Prairie Family Business Association will host the 29th Annual Family Business Conference in a hybrid format on April 29-30, 2021. This is the second year that Prairie Family …

Hybrid 2021 Family Business Conference Featuring the Fifth and Sixth Generations of the Leinenkugel Family Read More »



Posted in: Awards, PFBA

March 22, 2021

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – March 22, 2021. The 2021 Aberdeen Area Family Business of the Year Award was presented at the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Prairie Family Business Association to …

Jensen family of Jensen Rock and Sand receives Aberdeen area excellence in family business award Read More »



Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

March 17, 2021

Sell your business – or part of it – to family and avoid taxes. Does it sound like a potential path for you? Then you’ll want to draw on Andrew Knutson’s expertise at the upcoming …

When it’s time to sell the family business – including to family – keep tax strategy in mind Read More »


dr gustavo

Posted in: PFBA

March 10, 2021

Like many business owners, Mark Moffatt has heard a lot of speakers. But this one was different. “I joined a Sioux Falls Vistage peer group awhile back and heard Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky speak in February …

Highly recommended family business speaker to share how ‘culture trumps everything’ Read More »


PFBA-5 Reasons Post

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March 5, 2021

This isn’t your regular Zoom meeting. This is an experience your family will talk about all year. Join us on April 29th and 30th. 1. Keep your family a family and your business a business. …

Five reasons why you should come to the 2021 virtual family business conference Read More »


board room

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

February 17, 2021

Whether your business uses a board of directors, is thinking about starting one or if you serve on a board, an upcoming Board School could be for you. Prairie Family Business Association’s Board School is …

Optimize your business’ board: Attend this upcoming Board School Read More »



Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

February 8, 2021

Jolene Brown brings a few nontraditional tools when she meets with family businesses. The veteran professional speaker and family business consultant starts with a mirror. “Most people want me to work with them to fix …

‘Stop fighting on the way to the funeral home’ with this family business strategy Read More »


Reliabank-l to r Dave Johnson, Jan Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Reid Johnson, Jessi Haugen

Posted in: Awards, Member News, PFBA

January 28, 2021

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – January 28, 2021. The 2020 Watertown Area Family Business of the Year Award was presented by the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Prairie Family Business Association to …

Johnson family of Reliabank receives 2020 Watertown area family business of the year award Read More »