8 South Dakota businesses honored for National Small Business Week

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Denise Cotter and Michelle Marino, co-chief executive officers of Houndstooth House in Sioux Falls, won the South Dakota Small Business Persons of the Year for 2023.

Denise Cotter and Michelle Marino, co-chief executive officers of Houndstooth House in Sioux Falls, won the South Dakota Small Business Persons of the Year for 2023.

Eight small businesses in South Dakota are being honored for National Small Business Week, and several of this year’s winners are in the Sioux Falls area.

Each year, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) honors small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country for their community leadership and achievements. This year’s National Small Business Week takes place April 30 – May 6.

The SBA South Dakota District Office has selected outstanding recipients in eight different categories.

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“With approximately 90,000 South Dakota small businesses, the competition is robust,” Jaime Wood, SBA SD district director, said in a press release. “The 2023 awardees have demonstrated year after year they have the business leadership skills to navigate their organizations and teams to excellent customer service, sales, and community support.”

The following are the 2023 award recipients for South Dakota:

  • Small Business Person of the Year: Denise Cotter and Michelle Marino, co-chief executive officers of Houndstooth House, Sioux Falls

  • Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Todd Stone, Stone Group Architects – Sioux Falls

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year: Alisa Turner, Ruff Land Performance Kennels – Tea

  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: The Willard Family, CAW Industries – Rapid City

  • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Dan Duenwald, Dan Duenwald Transportation – Clark

  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Tia Berens, The Barn at Aspen Acres – Spearfish

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Fallon Deutsch, Distinctly Drey – Langford

  • Small Business Champion of the Year: Dew Bad Warrior-Ganje – Rapid City

Todd Stone of Stone Group Architects in Sioux Falls won the South Dakota Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year award for 2023.

Todd Stone of Stone Group Architects in Sioux Falls won the South Dakota Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year award for 2023.

This is the 60th year of National Small Business Week since former President John F. Kennedy started it in 1963. The public is able to nominate businesses each fall prior to the annual celebration.

“We’re excited to bring these small businesses forward, to honor their dedication and perseverance,” Wood said.

The SBA will hold a virtual ceremony to honor the recipients on May 2 at 11 am Central. The public is invited to join online.

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: These Sioux Falls businesses won awards for National Small Business Week

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