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On Hand Development Corp

On Hand Development Corporation
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On Hand Development Corp

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On Hand Development Corp

On Hand Development Corporation
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Welcome To Miller SD
On Hand Dev. Corp.

Dedicated to improving the economic health of Miller, SD, and the surrounding area.

City of Miller SD
City of Miller

A proud, progressive, agricultural community located in central South Dakota.

Miller C&C
Miller C&C

Promoting Miller and continuing to improve our vibrant business community.

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Welcome to Miller, South Dakota!

Whether you are a visitor looking for information about Miller, South Dakota and the surrounding area, or you are a resident searching for the latest information about our community, you've come to the right place. This site has information on our local economic development office, the Miller Civic and Commerce Association, and the City of Miller. We also have a community calendar that highlights all of the upcoming events. Be sure to visit our Facebook page or check our blog to interact with others on all topics related to Miller, SD. Thanks for visiting our website - we hope you drop by again soon!

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From the desk of Kecia Beranek

Behind The Scenes

If you didn’t catch the performance of Annie last weekend, you really missed out. What a wonderful group of talented, local performers of all ages. I loved the show. I loved that people are bringing something different to our community. I loved seeing all of the people supported and enjoyed the show! I especially loved all of the hard work that went into the show that we didn’t get to see but I know was done.

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Lets Roll Out the Orange Carpet

Hunting season in Hand County is so much more than how many birds you get. It’s about relationships, traditions, and the experience.  

When pheasant hunters come to our area, they don’t just spend money on ammunition. Local businesses from hunting lodges to bars and restaurants to convenience stores to shops to car repairs, and everything in between, all benefit when pheasant hunters arrive in our community.  Many family farms not only enjoy renewed friendships over the years but also extra income.

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On Hand Development Corporation to Receive State Workforce Recruitment Program Funds

Miller, S.D. – On Hand Development Corporation is proud to announce the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has awarded the organization a workforce recruitment grant in the amount of $15,000.

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It’s All Business and Numbers Here at On Hand

Last week I had someone ask me, “What has On Hand Development done lately to help business here in Hand County?” It was a good question and I am so glad that he came to me first to ask. I explained to him that I can’t tell you who I am talking to or about what business, but I can tell you how many people I am talking to, because I keep a spreadsheet of all the conversations that I have with business owners and prospective business owners. I keep all of this information to myself because I need people to trust me with their business information. I would love to tell the world all of the good ideas I get to hear, all of the great success stories, but I need to keep information to myself to make sure people keep coming to On Hand. And looking at the number of people talking to On Hand, it is working.

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Not the same

I am told all the time that Miller is not the same as it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. We don’t have the same number of kids in school, we don’t have the same businesses, and we certainly don’t have the same leaders. I am not from Miller so I don’t know what it was like 30 years ago and history is important but I don’t want it to stay the same… and neither should you. History plays a large role in establishing the purpose and ultimately the pride we feel towards our hometown. The truth is that history is not static; it is dynamic. 

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Home

With homecoming here, it got me thinking about the word HOME…. The word home can be used in so many ways: homerun, homework, hometown, home base, homecoming, homestead, homebound. The interesting thing about these words is that they mean “coming back” to something whether it’s a baseball diamond or a visit to the folks, or back where someone grew up.  There’s something about HOME that we all love.

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CAREER HERE! – AREA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EVENT

As many business owners know, it is becoming more difficult to find qualified workers for the many jobs in our area.  What you may not know, is that studies have shown that the vast majority of young people would like to spend their lives and build their careers in or near the area where they grew up.  In fact, 76% of high school students who attended Career Here! Event in 2019 stated they would like to work in our area if the opportunity exists.

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Feel Good About Where You Spend Your Money

I was visiting with someone the other day about grocery shopping and they mentioned how they “ran” to Walmart in Huron to get a few things but they went at a strange time during the day so that they wouldn’t run into anyone they knew. I was embarrassed for them. I listened and when they were finished telling me about what they bought (all things they could get in town) I replied with, “Don’t you want to feel GOOD about where you are spending your money? Don’t you want to be proud and have a positive shopping experience versus being embarrassed about where you spent you your money?”  

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Don’t Overlook the Power of Senior Citizens

Last week the Miller the Friendship Center hosted the famous Mollie B at our Miller Community Center. There was over 325 people from all over who enjoyed the show. I attended the event and was so surprised in how much fun it was. I always enjoy getting together and experiencing different things with different people. I truly believe that if we want things to do in our community, we need to attend the events we have!

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Misconceptions of Grant Money

Last week I had two entrepreneurs stop in my office and ask me about grant money for starting a new business. I thought this might be the perfect time to explain to readers some of the grant misconceptions that are floating around.

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We Have It All

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a speaker at the Energize Conference in Milbank about On Hand Development. Public speaking isn’t my favorite part of my job but I jump at the opportunity to talk about my favorite place.

I started my forty-minute presentation on what On Hand is and our structure.  Then, I added what we do- Business Assistance, Revolving Loan Fund, Beautification/Community Improvement, Youth Team, Quality of Life Projects, Miller Community Center, Housing, and Promotion of our area. I then added some older pictures of Main Street and how it has changed over the years and why Miller is the Biggest Little City in South Dakota. 

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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider Owning Your Own Business.

Deciding to start your own business is a leap of faith. It requires pushing out of your comfort zone and trying something new. If that idea excites you, why wait around? You’re ready to take the leap and be the CEO of your BUSINESS. It’s a lot of work and there are some risks, but the potential for rewards is huge. If you’re not convinced yet, here are 10 of the best reasons for starting your own business.

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13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Recently, I watched a short YouTube video by Doug Griffin and his speech inspired me to share with readers. He calls it, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.” I found his list so helpful with our work here at On Hand. I also thought a lot about our community and how some community members need a reminder that they can be part of the success of our community.  

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Benefit from Volunteering

In July, a group of volunteers finished painting the Teason Home in Miller. I am so very proud to live in this community and be just a small part of that process. The whole story really got me thinking about volunteering and what it really does for everyone and our community.

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On Hand Would Like to Welcome our Newest Board Member, BJ Hughes

BJ Hughes is the newest face to the On Hand Development Corporation Board Of Directors. BJ was selected by the On Hand Board at the most recent board meeting on Wednesday, July 14. BJ is taking the seat of Brian Jones who sat on the board for the past five years.

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Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local!

As we are approaching our annual CRAZY days here in Miller, Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local is something we all need to remember and it shouldn’t be just for CRAZY days. As I am visiting with people around town, they don’t like to see local businesses close their doors or to see vacant buildings scattered throughout the community; however, it is rare that those community members consider that their own buying patterns may have attributed to those very losses.    

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Why I Love Where I Live.

I was visiting with a relative from out of state last weekend and she asked me, “Why do you love living here so much? I haven’t heard of anyone talk about a community the way you do.” Here is my twitter version of my list.

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The Biggest Little City in South Dakota

I was organizing photos that were donated by Joan Bertsch the other day, when I came across one from Main Street Miller in the 1950’s with this written on it, “The Biggest Little City in South Dakota.”

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Where Does the Money Go?

I had the opportunity to sit down with a county commissioner and visit about On Hand Development and what we spend our money on. He said he has had questions on why Hand County funds On Hand. My answer to this, “Because we benefit ALL of Hand County! I went on to explain that we need a central place that current and prospective businesses can go to help with their needs. We need a place where folks can gather and have large events that bring in hundreds of people to our community to spend money. We need a nonprofit that works with both the City and the County that can do things that those two entities can’t do. We need a place that entrepreneurs can go to get help with business ideas and plans. We need our Revolving Loan Fund to help businesses expand or get through tough times. We need On Hand Development for Hand County to thrive.”

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Services from On Hand Development Corporation for Any Hand County Business

I sat down with a County Commissioner a couple weeks ago and he asked me to write about what resources we have for Hand County Businesses. Below is the “twitter” version of our services for Hand County Businesses.

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Why You Should Consider Owning Your Own Business.

Deciding to start your own business is a leap of faith. It requires pushing out of your comfort zone and trying something new. If that idea excites you, why wait around? You’re ready to take the leap and be the CEO of your BUSINESS. It’s a lot of work and there are some risks, but the potential for rewards is huge. If you’re not convinced yet, here are 10 of the best reasons for starting your own business.

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Great Leaders Put Funding Behind Passion


Most readers already know how much passion for Hand County, On Hand Development has. I believe that all of the leaders in Hand County share that passion for our community and they back that passion up with the necessary funding.

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Welcome, Summer!

SUMMER. IS. HERE. I recently asked followers on Facebook if they would send photos of why they love in Hand County in the Summer. The results were amazing. I got 97 pictures for future promotional efforts. I also got to hear and see what people really love about our area in the summer. Here is what I learned.

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Sidewalk Project Update

Recently, the City of Miller had a letter submitted from a concerned citizen about the upcoming sidewalk project on 5th street. It’s been a while since we have talked about this project so this is a great opportunity to talk about the history behind the sidewalk.

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Year Two

It’s hard to believe that I have been at On Hand for two years already. May 6, 2021 marks my official 2nd year anniversary date here at On Hand Development. (It’s also my husband’s birthday so it’s a big day at the Beranek home.) This last year has been a wild ride, but I am truly blessed to be sitting in this chair and doing the good work I get to do every day. 

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