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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Husband and Wife Team Brings Executive-Level Property Management Services to Hartford   When Tony and LaVonne Randall discussed starting a property management business in Hartford, they knew exactly how they would approach it, manage their team, and deliver great customer service.   Since 1994, LaVonne has owned and operated a successful Mary Kay consulting business, where she not ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Press Release
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    The City of Hartford, Hartford Chamber of Commerce, and Hartford Area Development Foundation welcome Gabriel Steinmeyer as Chamber & Economic Development Director to lead Hartford's business development and recruitment efforts.Experienced community development professional, Gabriel Steinmeyer has been announced as the new Director for the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and Hartford Area Development ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Fun Facts, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    Dave & Co. Real Estate: Local team helps heroes find homes   Dave Larson was born and raised in Hartford, but he never predicted he’d end up back in town. Now, he says he can’t imagine it any other way.    Larson attended college at the University of South Dakota (USD) and worked for the Army National Guard as an officer recruiter.Following his time as a recruiter, he deployed to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Meet Michelle Thompson with Hegg Realtors: Your hometown real estate agent    Hartford is growing, and Realtors are aware of that fact perhaps more than anyone else.   When Michelle Thompson moved to Hartford thirty years ago, the community was right on the cusp of this booming growth. At the time, Michelle was running a small business in the community, which she operated for 18 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    How can you support Hartford businesses during COVID-19?   We’re living in uncertain times, not only here in Hartford but in communities across the world. Small business owners were quick to feel the economic effects of COVID-19, and the journey isn’t over yet.    It’s been three weeks since South Dakota reported its first case of coronavirus, and as our community navigates this new ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    How can you support Hartford businesses during COVID-19?   We’re living in uncertain times, not only here in Hartford but in communities across the world. Small business owners were quick to feel the economic effects of COVID-19, and the journey isn’t over yet.    It’s been three weeks since South Dakota reported its first case of coronavirus, and as our community navigates this new ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Chamber, DiscoverHartford, Press Release
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    Area cleaning business prepared to tackle messes of any size   INTEK Cleaning and Restoration is widely known as the area’s premier cleaning provider.    Family owned and operated since 1984, INTEK serves Sioux Falls, Yankton, and the surrounding areas. Owner, Jerry Berg, started out as a small business with just a few employees, but with steady growth over the years, the company now ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Press Release, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    Minuteman Press promotes small businesses, lifts up the community   Sioux Falls has been home to a franchise location of Minuteman Press for 10 years, but the business has experienced some impressive changes over the last two and a half years after being purchased by Mike and Jessica Hauck.   “When my dad and Jess bought the business, it was with the understanding of, ‘How can we help ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Business Services: Supporting every aspect of Hartford’s economy   The beautiful thing about a community is its interconnectedness. When it comes to a community’s success, particularly its economic success, those strong connections are critical. Here in Hartford, we’re fortunate to have a rich array of businesses and organizations that are dedicated to each other’s success, rather than ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Monday, March 16, 2020
    Prairie Rehab takes “Patient-First” approach to physical therapy   With a track record of providing excellent, individualized care for every patient that walks through its doors, Prairie Rehabilitation is a well-respected rehab and wellness provider with locations throughout South Dakota and Minnesota.   The company was originally founded in 1990, but it combined with another occupational ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, March 09, 2020
    Family-owned Hartford Dental Clinic provides full range of dentistry services for area residents  It was June of 1993 when Dr. Scott Mattheis first took over theHartford Dental Clinic. Fast forward to today, and the clinic is one of the area’s longest-standing local businesses, having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.  But what makes the business truly unique? It’s operated by a ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Human Interest
    Monday, February 24, 2020
    Kore Cares brings experience and compassion to in-home care industry   Kore Caresis a local, private duty home care company dedicated to providing stress-free care for their clients. Owner, Gabrielle Hoing, is a longtime Hartford resident and the 2020 Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce president.   Hoing’s background in the healthcare industry began early on, when she worked as a CNA in a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Human Interest
    Monday, February 10, 2020
    Health and Wellness: Helping the Hartford community live well    While it may not be top of mind when it comes to economic development, taking time to promote and support physical health is critical to a community’s success.   If we haven’t first taken care of our bodies, how can we hope to successfully run our businesses and engage with the community? Without quality health and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, Community, General News Article
    Monday, February 03, 2020
    Stomping Grounds provides hub for community gatherings   Justin Eich and his family have lived in Hartford for almost 20 years, and in that time, they’ve contributed quite a bit to the growing community.   Eich is president of the Hartford Area Development Foundation, and he operates several local businesses with his wife, Robin—an attorney with offices in both Hartford and Parker.   Eich ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Human Interest, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Monday, January 27, 2020
    Buffalo Ridge Brewing Project: Bringing passion for craft beer and community to Hartford   Craft beer has a long history, but its surge in popularity over the last few decades has resulted in the appearance of countless independent breweries across the country.   Phenomena like these often begin on the coasts and work their way inward to the heartland. South Dakota is now home to numerous ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    Local restaurants battle for ‘Best Burger’ title   For the second year in a row, five Hartford area restaurants are going head to head for the coveted title of Best Burger.   Sponsored by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, the idea for the Burger Battle Challenge came about last year in an effort to promote business and community growth.  “As we were working on our Discover Hartford ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, Community, General News Article
    Monday, January 06, 2020
    Hartford Women of Today: Diversity With a Common Ground      Defining the Hartford Women of Today organization is a difficult thing to do.  This is not because the group of roughly 25 women is unmethodical. Quite contrarily, the group is so focused on their mission of community service that their reach extends far and wide.  Outlining every project Hartford Women of Today has been involved ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, December 30, 2019
    Long before The Gage House was officially established, the senior citizens of Hartford, South Dakota would gather at church to take part in fellowship and miscellaneous meetings for the community.  When a local gentleman sold the building in which The Gage House currently resides to the senior citizen group, the town elders now had a place dedicated to their activities.  The Gage House — also ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    No matter the size, nonprofits connect any community at their core.  Polarizing debates often take shape around the public and private sectors’ roles in community development.  A firm capitalist might lean towards the private — or for-profit — sector, while an ardent progressive may favor the intervention of the public — or government-run — sector.  But there is one sector that is often ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    Ludens, Inc.: A Lesson in Listening to the Customer    The Ludens family may depict their business, Ludens, Inc., as that of an adventure.  The multi-generational family business has enjoyed decades of fruitful growth in both the owners’ work and personal lives, but it has not always been easy to come by.  Over the years, Ludens, Inc. has evolved their product line to adapt to the changing ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford, Human Interest
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    Two years ago, Josh Hamann and Dave Stofferan did not forecast that a business would bloom out of their garage.  As the owners of Two Guys & A Garage — a new automotive repair shop in Hartford, South Dakota — Hamann and Stofferan are still in the primitive stages of development.  The two began “wrenching” (mechanic-speak for general repair) out of Hamann’s Sioux Falls home in 2017.  All ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Sometimes the best way to do business is simple and straightforward.  In today’s age of flashy advertising, extravagant sales pitches, and superficial customer service, it’s refreshing to work with the antonym.  Ryan and Lacey Pressler are the owners of Automotive Tire & Service (ATS) in Humboldt and Hartford, South Dakota, and have built an honest business in an industry that often struggles ...read more
    Categories: Community, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    The Agriculture & Automotive Industries: Promoting Diligence, Honesty, and Excellence    You don’t have to know much about South Dakota to understand that agriculture is a vital contributor to the state’s economy.  According to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the industry makes up one-third of the state’s economic activity — equal to roughly $32.5 billion.  While the ag ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Monday, October 28, 2019
    There are relatively few people in the world — let alone in Southeastern South Dakota — who truly understand the technology behind Primary Manufacturing.  And yet, the high-tech plastics manufacturer is located right on Main Street in Humboldt, South Dakota.  Ladd McCluskey is the engineer-founder who opened the manufacturing business in 2017, following an encounter with the brand-new ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber, DiscoverHartford, General News Article
    Monday, October 21, 2019
    “No, this is not a tattoo parlor,” laughs Lori Grocott as she recalls stories of acquaintances wondering what her business entails.  Southeastern South Dakotans may recognize the business as formerly “American Sports,” but owners Lori and Lynn Grocott decided to change the business’s name last year to hone in on their true niche.  Put bluntly, Grocott Ink & Thread is a family-owned and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    “Take care of your employees, and they’ll take care of your customers.”  That phrase is attributed to business magnate Sir Richard Branson, who, among many things, is famous for his companies’ excellent cultures.  Central States Manufacturing — a national metal roofing and siding manufacturer — may not find their influence from Sir Branson, but their philosophies certainly align.  Now, the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, DiscoverHartford
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    Manufacturing & Utilities Sectors: Abundant Provision for the Whole Community  Upon first consideration of the manufacturing and public utilities sectors, one may think of bureaucratic organizations with little of interest to offer.  Of course, without these industries, nothing would get accomplished.  Services are required from these sectors daily, whether through energy consumption, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, DiscoverHartford, General News Article, Community
    Friday, September 27, 2019
    Take The Trip - Jamie Zomer  The dream of travel is glamorous, yet the end result is not always so.  Months of anticipation and excitement precede this once-in-a-lifetime experience, only to be muffled by transportation delays, disappointing accommodations, or unsatisfied expectations.  If this occurrence is familiar, you are not alone. Travel is a luxury desired by most, yet common excuses ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, September 23, 2019
    Some of the best businesses are born out of hobbies.  It’s a beloved story, and often a coveted one: the talented hobbyist realizes that their gift can be serviced to customers with adequate compensation to cover their living expenses.  The result? As the adage goes, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”  This is certainly the case with R Place ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    The first time Julie Jansa-Wilsey took her dog, Barney, to a professional groomer, she could not believe the difference from the at-home grooming she had previously attempted.  “I thought, ‘He’s just so soft!’” Jansa-Wilsey recalls.  Now, as the owner of Barney & Coco’s Pet Salon in Hartford, South Dakota, Jansa-Wilsey is relishing the opportunity to provide that same feeling to dozens of ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    Nowhere is passion more important in business than in the personal services industry.  When the quality of the product is directly related to the level of expertise and effort of the human resource, it becomes crucial for the consumer to choose wisely.  Perhaps the service provider is highly experienced and talented. The credentials are there, but the customer quickly realizes after their ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article, Human Interest
    Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    Upon moving to the Hartford area five years ago, Abby O’Hara quickly realized her aspiration to make an impact in the lives of her neighbors.  Her husband is originally from Hartford, South Dakota, and O’Hara herself is from the small South Dakota town of Roslyn.  Now, as the financial advisor of the local Edward Jones branch here in Hartford, O’Hara enjoys the opportunity to help guide her ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    When Farmers National Bank was first chartered in 1920 with a seed investment of $25,000, founder Fred Beskow would likely not have expected the bank’s assets to exceed $400 million nearly a century later.  But the story of this bank, now known as Reliabank, is a story of recurrent wisdom and leadership from a close-knit group of people — many of whom happen to be related in blood.  Having ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, General News Article
    Thursday, August 08, 2019
    There is a common theme among the Hartford residents who work in the finance and insurance industries:  They got into the business to make an impact in the lives of their neighbors.  While these industries sometimes own a reputation globally for existing to serve the bottom line, there is a different story to be told by those in the Hartford community.  Many industry professionals elaborate ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Paul Ideker — Ideker Construction    “Since day one, I’ve wanted to stay small. I never wanted to get big. I’ve always wanted to stay personal with my clients.”  Those are the words on which Ideker Construction founder and owner, Paul Ideker, has built his business.  Although he’s been a highly-regarded expert in the general contracting field with decades of experience under his belt, Ideker ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    Every good business addresses a need.  When Jeremy Bartmann began trimming houses for established contractors, he quickly realized a significant pain point for the future homeowners.  This wasn’t some slight inconvenience, either. The general frustration these clients felt over their entire home-building process was evident to Bartmann.  The problem came from “suitcase” contractors, who manage ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Sieverding Construction Delivers Quality    Every reputable business owner displays strong attributes; hard work, diligence, personability, honesty, loyalty.  This is especially true in Hartford, and of business owner Bob Sieverding.  In Bob, there is no doubt you will find all five.  Sieverding is the founder and owner of Sieverding Construction — a general contracting business founded in ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Monday, July 08, 2019
    As a community builds, they need builders.  Anyone involved in the construction industry will agree that this line of business enjoys a unique window into the future development of any given community.  Just think about it for a moment. Home builders profit when new residents arrive and decide to build a life in custom-built homes. Either that, or when current residents upgrade existing ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Knotty Gnome Crafts Creative Company  Ever since Stacy Wengler was a young girl, many of her days have been spent exploring the art of crafting, hunting for scraps, and allowing her mind to run free with whatever material creation it concocts.  Her heritage was her inspiration — her mother sewed fabrics that sold at craft shops, and her father owned (and still runs) a metal fabrication shop ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Hartford Building Center  As much as the Hartford community has supported the Hellvig family, it would not be a stretch to say the favor has been returned — and then some.  Of course, they would never admit that.  The humility of Hartford Building Center owner Lisa Hellvig and her son, Travis, has led them to their mission of operating a business founded on trust and service to the community. ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, June 07, 2019
    A Retail Community Forging into the Future    With risk comes reward.  It was risk that established the town of Hartford back in 1881 and it is risk that progressively carries the town into the future.  Almost 140 years ago, the City of Hartford popped up 15 miles west of downtown Sioux Falls after a few train-goers from Hartford, Connecticut stopped at the depot in this Dakota Territory ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    How Can We Get Involved in the Hartford Chamber of Commerce?    A small community requires the involvement of everyone in it to truly thrive.  Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, gave a beautiful remark when she said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”  Key words: compassionate and actions.  If we know anything ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    How and why do I join the Hartford Chamber of Commerce?  The business community in Hartford is thriving, now more than ever.  Our small Midwestern town has seen significant expansion over the last few decades, and we have an amazing community of business owners— both large and small— to thank for that.  If you’re part of this exciting growth, consider joining the Hartford Area Chamber of ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    What is the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, After All?    Not all small communities are structured the same.  Despite the perception of typical small communities, the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerceis different in the way we look to unify our businesses through partnership. And this has garnered widespread support.  In Hartford, our Chamber is made up of over 100 Hartford-based businesses of ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
        With spring fast approaching (hopefully), many families will start shopping in and around Sioux Falls for their future. During the warmer periods of spring, families start seriously on their moving, building, or renovating plans. They shop for their future lot, home, builder, or realtor by searching online, driving past different properties, or asking people they trust. Important to this ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, General News Article
    Friday, May 04, 2018
     New Hartford Thoroughfare Project to be Game ChangerHartford, SD - 5.2.2018 - The Hartford Area Development Corporation anticipates an upcoming infrastructure project to have a significant impact on the future development and traffic patterns of Hartford. The Mickelson Road Project is just getting underway and will represent the biggest road construction project in the town’s history.  The ...read more
    Categories: Community