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    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: General News Article, Chamber, 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: Chamber, Human Interest, General News Article
    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: Chamber, Human Interest, General News Article
    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: General News Article, Chamber, 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: General News Article, Chamber
    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: Chamber, General News Article, Community
    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: Community, Chamber, 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: Chamber, General News Article, Community
    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: Chamber, General News Article, Community
    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: General News Article, Community, 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: 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: 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: Chamber, General News Article, Community, 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
    Friday, November 09, 2018
    Hartford Area Development Foundation Takes New Shape and NameHARTFORD, SD – (November 9, 2018) – Hartford’s economic development organization has recently rebranded in order to better reflect its mission. The organization formerly known as the Hartford Area Development Corporation has dropped the Corporation from its name and created a new logo and color scheme.Organized to expand economic ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    There is an opportunity to learn how you can be involved in positively impacting the lives of our young people in the Hartford area and at the same time making yourself a more positive, optimistic person. We invite you to stop by the Pizza Ranch anytime from 5 to 7:30 pm on Monday, November 12 to enjoy some pizza and pop, and learn more about this great youth-serving organization with a motto to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    Modish Boutique to Open in Downtown Hartford                                                        By Marylou Nagel and republished with permission      Main Street Hartford is soon to be the proud home of an already popular local business.  Amy Hallem operates Modish Designs & Boutique as a busy online store, and has recently made the decision to expand to a new retail location in ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    HARTFORD, SD – (October 30, 2018) – South Dakota’s newest brewery, Buffalo Ridge Brewing, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 pm.  Buffalo Ridge Brewing is a new brewery located at 102 N. Main Ave in downtown Hartford, SD. The brewery has 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: General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    HARTFORD, SD – (9/17/18) – The City of Hartford and Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the dedication of the Mike Franken Trail on Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 am. This project had been in the works for several years and is the product of joint cooperation between the Hartford Area Bike & Rec Trail Committee, the City of Hartford, the State of South Dakota, the Mike Franken family, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, General News Article
    Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    City of Hartford to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Community LibraryHARTFORD, SD – (8/28/18) – The City of Hartford and Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of the Hartford Community Library, a branch of Siouxland Libraries, on Friday, September 7th at 10:00 am. This new downtown facility at the Gage House/Senior Citizen Center will better allow access to the library ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, July 13, 2018
    HARTFORD, SD – (July 13, 2018) – The City of Hartford will break ground on Monday, July 16th on the next phase of the Swenson Industrial Park & Sports Complex. A project in the making for several years, the mixed-use complex will be divided into two sections: 23 acres on the north end for industrial development and nearly forty acres on the southern end for soccer fields and baseball diamonds. ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    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