RENNER, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight finalists have been chosen for the Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowships. The Dakota Rising program is administered by Dakota Resources: Economic and Leadership Development and cultivates rural entrepreneurs who are working to grow themselves, their businesses and their community. Beth Davis, president of Dakota Resources, says the eight finalists include Margaret Lindskov of the Bunkhouse Inn of Isabel. She was chosen in the Four Bands region, which covers Dewey and Ziebach counties, in addition to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations. Also, Cindy Kopecky, of the Potting Shed and Kelly Melius of Common Sense Manufacturing are this year’s finalists from the Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative, serving Faulk County. All of the finalists will get to work with mentors to refine their fellowship plan; focusing on personal development and the growth of their businesses. Each Fellow is given $10,000 to be used for professional and business development. Davis says 22 entrepreneurs have been selected as Fellows since 2009. 19 of those still involved in the Fellowship program say they have seen a 30% increase in assets and triple digit revenue increases. In addition, 40 new full-time and 14 permanent part-time positions have been created through the program.
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