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Family Business Conference Draws Record Attendance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A record of nearly 250 people from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska this week attended the 24th Annual Prairie Family Business Conference, an educational and networking event for family businesses.

The association was founded in 1993 as 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's conference featured internationally known family business expert Jolene Brown. Another highlight was the recognition of the accomplishments of three Midwest family businesses: the Al Kurtenbach family of Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota; Scull Construction of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Robert Gibb & Sons Inc. from Fargo, North Dakota.

The 25th annual conference will be March 30-31, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown Sioux Falls.

More information on that event, this year's conference and the association is available at


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News