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    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 20, 2019
    For many business owners, business managers, and accountants, the payroll process has manifested itself as a pounding migraine. While there are a few options to outsource the headache, the complexity of the process often leaves the problem uncured.  Many accountants and accounting firms offer payroll processing services, but there are a number of issues that can present themselves. For example, ...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 26, 2019
    Sunshine Foods — Merlin and Sherri Goebel  While much of the retail world is focused on scale, tight operations, and consolidations, Merlin and Sherri Goebel are taking their business in a different direction.   As the owners of the Sunshine Foods in Hartford, South Dakota, the Goebels understand the changing landscape in food retail.  High-volume, low-overhead grocery chains are on the rise, ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber, Community, General News Article
    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, June 04, 2019
    Edward Jones to Open Office in Hartford, SD.The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Abby O'Hara as the financial advisor to open Edward Jones' first branch office in Hartford, SD.O'Hara said she is excited to be opening a new office for a firm that has built a reputation on serving individual investors."Edward Jones is the largest financial services firm in the nation in terms of ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Press Release
    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
    Monday, April 29, 2019
    Celebrate #DiscoverHartford Week: May 6-12    Will you #DiscoverHartford in 2019?   Start with #DiscoverHartford Week May 6th through 12th!  Being able to build a community that holds strong to their small-town values while  possessing amenities and services most often received in larger cities is a lofty endeavor and one that isn’t easily achieved.  Our community of Hartford, SD has taken ...read more
    Categories: DiscoverHartford, Chamber
    Friday, April 19, 2019
        Work hard – play hard.  That is philosophy we hear a lot.  Finding that balance, however, is not an easy task!  We recently had the privilege as members to experience a sampling of that balance through our annual banquet. This was the first chamber banquet to be held separately from our annual meeting.  This was done purposefully, with the “Work hard – Play hard” philosophy in mind.        I ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
        You’ve seen their trucks driving around town, or maybe you are already a customer, but Cressman Sanitation is Hartford’s local garbage collection service. With over 50 years of family history in the trash business, you know you’ll be dealing with a company that knows what they are doing and how to do it right.     Cressman Sanitation began in early 2013 by Johnn Cressman. The Cressman name ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Monday, April 15, 2019
        The housing market is HOT in Hartford this year. Reasonably priced homes don’t stay on the market long as more and more people look to Hartford for their next move. Spring typically serves as the beginning of the season for new home sales and construction. The spring thaw brings people outside after long winter months and it allows for contractors to start new construction. In Hartford, there ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Friday, April 12, 2019
          Blue 42 Sports Grill, owned by Tony & Courtney Axtell opened in Hartford in November of 2017 to much applause from the community. Located close to the Exit 387 interchange along I-90 & Western Ave, Blue 42 has focused on serving families a quality product, providing a clean space, and supporting the community. Since opening, the family owned restaurant has undergone several changes designed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    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
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Chamber Builds Solid Foundation for Growth                                                                             by Jesse Fonkert, Director                  In development, a foundation is an important component for solid growth. They hold up structures, keep them strong, and meant to last for extended periods of time. This metaphor applies directly to the institutions that we build. As a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Monday, December 31, 2018
        It has been a privilege and an honor to serve these last 2 years as President for our Chamber of Commerce.  As is typical in volunteering, I ended up learning so much during this time, as well as meeting so many great individuals within our local business community.   I wanted to take this time to reminisce a bit about some of the highlights we have had as a Chamber.  First off, our membership ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018
        Backdoor Garden, a full service flower shop, will be opening in downtown Hartford early 2019. Owner Rickie Kunzweiler has been operating the floral and event planning service online for six years and would like to have a physical location downtown. Backdoor Garden specializes in flower and home décor design and will provide work on weddings, funerals, holiday parties, and other special events. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Monday, June 04, 2018
    HARTFORD, SD – (June 4, 2018) – A new brewery, Buffalo Ridge Brewing, will be opening in downtown Hartford late fall of 2018. The brewery will be newly constructed at 102 N. Main Ave. and when completed will be a 4,000 square foot facility. The brewery will have a 5 barrel system with the capacity to brew 500 barrels per year with space and plans to expand to 1,500 barrels per year in the near ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    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