Recent News

pfba covid

Posted in: Member News, PFBA

March 19, 2020

The Prairie Family Business Association has opened up its resources to any family business dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes a weekly call, with the next one scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 20. …

Family businesses: Here’s how to access resources for you Read More »


ox photo 2

Posted in: PFBA

March 10, 2020

You’ve probably heard of OtterBox – or maybe it protects your phone – but behind the business is a powerful strategy. An expert will soon share how it can help your organization too.



Posted in: PFBA

Michael Hyatt Best Year Ever on September 19, 2018 in Franklin, TN

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

February 12, 2020

He has led marketing campaigns for 16 New York Times best sellers and has a message he’ll be sharing soon in Sioux Falls: It’s possible to win in both life and business.



Posted in: PFBA, Success Stories

January 17, 2020

Eric Weisser learned the basics of the distribution business as a teenager in the 1990s by selling sports cards on eBay. There never seemed to be enough Kirby Puckett baseball cards for fans of the …

From baseball cards and Beanie Babies to a nearly $100M business: Weisser family keeps building Read More »



Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

January 15, 2020

Have you heard of an “Entrepreneurial Operating System?” This expert can help your business implement one – which can make a huge difference.


Brookings Plant Eagle view - 190416-230

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

December 23, 2019

2019 is a year that will stand out in the nearly 45-year history of Falcon Plastics, a family-owned company bringing its custom products to clients worldwide. Founded in 1975 by Don and Carol Bender, Brookings-based Falcon …

Falcon Plastics wraps up history-making year Read More »


fiegen 07

Posted in: Awards, PFBA

December 17, 2019

It’s a third-generation family business that literally has helped build Sioux Falls and beyond, and just won a big honor. Enjoy the story of Fiegen Construction.



Posted in: PFBA

November 27, 2019

Carolyn Thompson had one final message, and she was determined to deliver it. On Sept. 12, two weeks after she was told her cancer had recurred and would soon take her life, Thompson stood in …

As cancer closed in, law firm focused on its future Read More »


A-OX Welding Supply team

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

November 25, 2019

It’s a multigeneration family business that’s likely entering its most exciting era yet. The story of A-OX Welding Supply begins within two companies: Dakota Welding Supply, which was founded in 1944, and A&B Welding Supply, …

Family guides gas company into new territory Read More »


grand prairie foods owners

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

November 22, 2019

A shared business philosophy, a commitment to communication and a sense of humor are just some of the keys to how this husband and wife navigate their shared company as a couple. Kurt and Valerie …

Husband-wife duo leads food company with focus on empowering others Read More »


BX Civil & Construction Inc. family photo

Posted in: Member News

October 23, 2019

It has taken Kari Karst awhile to think of her business as a family business. But over its 57-year history, BX Civil & Construction Inc. actually has had ties to three family business. Under Karst’s …

Contractor that strives to ‘be excellent’ builds for the future Read More »


Stephanie Larscheid

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

October 2, 2019

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 …

Returning family business leader shares vision for the future Read More »



Posted in: PFBA, Success Stories

October 2, 2019

Summer break is a little different for the third generation of Sioux Falls-based Lloyd Cos. The six kids, who range in age from 6 to 12, have been known to spend part of their time …

Lloyd Cos. honored among 30 exceptional family businesses Read More »


Pete Walsh

Posted in: PFBA, Q&A

September 16, 2019

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 …

Master workplace coach to share insight at upcoming event Read More »