Prairie Family Business Association Hosts Legacy Tour, Award Presentation

VERMILLION, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business, will host the Edward Shorma Excellence in Family Business Award and Legacy Tour in Moorhead, Minnesota on Dec. 8. The legacy tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Lillestol Research where the Lillestol Family will provide a tour of their facility and will share their family business succession story.

Following the legacy tour, an award reception will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Moorhead beginning with a social at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the award presentation will follow.

Serenity Assisted Living, Inc. in Dilworth, Minnesota, is being honored as the 2016 recipient of the Edward Shorma Award.

The Edward Shorma Excellence in Family Business Award was established in 2015, to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of family-owned businesses to the economy and the region. This award recognizes multi-generational family businesses with practices and policies that positively impact local business, as well as the neighboring community.

To purchase tickets, please visit Prairie Family Business Association’s website or call 605-274-9530.

Prairie Family Business Association was founded in 1993 as a South Dakota family business initiative through the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business with the mission of enhancing the long-term survival and success of its family business members. This year is the 25th anniversary of Prairie Family Business Association.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.