PIERRE. S.D. – (DRG News) One of the newest entrepreneurs on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation says he has been working to spread the word about small businesses in rural parts of the state. Clark Zephier started Pop’s Coffee Shoppe out of a 24 foot trailer-with help from Fort Thompson based Hunkpati Investments. He says he began his business more than a year ago and sells beverages like lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, chocolate and regular house coffee. His trailer is parked on the casino parking lot inFortThompsonand other times he travels with it to events throughout the state. At last week’s State Tribal Relations Day, Zephier was on hand to offer warm beverages for those attending a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda. He says he started his business based on one of his favorite beverages: coffee.
Zephier says he takes what he has learned about running a small business to students at the high school in Fort Thompson.
As for his future, Zephier hopes to perhaps expand his business from beverages alone, to a sit down diner-type venture.
Zephier says when he was first starting out, Hunkpati Investments offered assistance through a loan and a grant-which he used to buy his equipment. Those that would like more information on Hunkpati Investments can visit their website at www.hunkpati.org.
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