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Where are Our Champions?

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Since my last article on “Pitching Miller,” a lot of people have asked me what is going on with the hotel project. I have met with my board and some experts and I am happy to share some details with you.

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Impact of our Revolving Loan Fund

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Last week, I was visiting with other Economic Development professionals around the state about our programs here at On Hand Development and they were so surprised in the success of our most significant program, our Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). I decided it might be best to gather some information on our most significant program, and let my community know what kind of impact it has on Hand County and how other communities envy having that option for businesses.   

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On Hand Would Like to Welcome our Newest Board Member, Travis Stevens

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Travis Stevens is the newest face to the On Hand Development Corporation Board of Directors. Travis was selected by the On Hand Board at the most recent board meeting on Wednesday, March 10. Travis is taking the seat of Mike Wetz who recently stepped down from his role because of a conflict in his schedule.  

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“Pitching” Miller

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Last week, I had the opportunity to “Pitch” Miller to two different groups of potential hotel investors. I had three minutes to tell them why to invest in Miller. This process is brand new to me but surprisingly came really easy. I thought of the “pitch” much like I would anyone who was looking at moving to Miller

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We GET to Live Here.

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I started working out with a trainer a couple months ago and one of her reminders almost every day is, “Change your mindset. Change it from, you have to work out at 5:30 am to you get to work out.”  There are people in the world who don’t get the opportunity to work out because of some type of issue and they would give anything to work out.

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We GET to Live Here.

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I started working out with a trainer a couple months ago and one of her reminders almost every day is, “Change your mindset. Change it from, you have to work out at 5:30 am to you get to work out.”  There are people in the world who don’t get the opportunity to work out because of some type of issue and they would give anything to work out.

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Bringing Natural Gas to Miller

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Last week, Northwestern Energy brought a presentation to Miller to discuss a non-profit entity being formed to bring natural gas to 89 communities in South Dakota. 15 people attended the meeting including city council members, school board member, On Hand Development board members, business owners, and citizens.

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Celebrate Life’s Important Events

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The Miller Community Center is staying busy. Since the fall of 2014, Miller has enjoyed its Community Center.  The theme surrounding the Center has been donations and volunteer work. It all began when the Miller School gave the land and the old elementary building complex to On Hand Development Corporation for $1 for the purpose of developing a Community Center.  With that gift, the On Hand Board of Directors immediately went to work securing manpower and design teams to turn an old school into a beautiful, functional complex that benefits not only Miller citizens but surrounding businesses and families. 

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Questions and Answers about Law Enforcement

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The City of Miller police force committee and the Hand County Law Enforcement committee are coming together to answer questions about the idea of combined law enforcement. This opportunity is for Hand County citizens to bring their questions to the leadership groups and get some answers. This is not the time or the place to talk about anything other than law enforcement.

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Give to Feel Better

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For the last two weeks, I have been participating in the South Dakota Nonprofit Capacity Building Program. This credentialed professional development opportunity is a 15-month training program that involves: 1) Four fundraising courses taught by faculty from The Fundraising School at Indiana University 2) Attainment of CFRE credentials 3) Activities with a statewide cohort of South Dakota fundraising professionals.

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Step Up, Potential Leaders

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On Hand Development is always looking for leaders to step up and fill in roles. Are you a potential leader in Hand County that is ready to step up in a leadership role?

First, it takes making your community a priority. I hear this a lot when I am talking to someone about taking on a leadership role, “I would but I am way too busy right now.” We are all busy but it’s not about being busy, its about what you take time to prioritize. Just be honest and tell me that it’s not a priority for you right now.

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South Dakota Nonprofit Capacity Building Program Excels Rural Fundraising Capacity

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Press Release 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: JANUARY 29, 2021
CONTACT: paula@dakotaresources.org

South Dakota Nonprofit Capacity Building Program Excels Rural Fundraising Capacity


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Renner, SD
  Kecia Beranek, Executive Director of On Hand Development applied and has been selected to participate in cohort two of the South Dakota Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.

This credentialed professional development opportunity is a 15-month training program that involves: 1) Four fundraising courses taught by faculty from The Fundraising School at Indiana University 2) Attainment of CFRE credentials 3) Activities with a statewide cohort of South Dakota fundraising professionals.

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Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated

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A couple weeks ago I got a call from a Miller resident wanting to talk about my articles for the Miller Press. She explained to me that what I am writing about is not always the truth here in Hand County.

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Dedicated to Your Business

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At our annual strategic planning session, the On Hand Development Board of Directors, agreed that the number priority for 2021 is to assist our existing businesses in Hand County. We have always put existing businesses as a top priority, but this year, we are dedicating a larger portion of our time and resources into your business.  

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Blessed with the Best.

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How fortunate is Hand County to have so many volunteers in our community? Think about it… firefighters, EMT’s, church volunteers, board members, and the list goes on and on.

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Think Local First in 2021

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Each one of us has a duty to our community, to help create and sustain a vibrant place to live, work, and play. We can create thriving communities through even the smallest of everyday decisions — especially when it comes to the businesses we support. With a simple commitment to always think local first, we can create a wide ripple of impact.

When our local businesses are alive and doing well, our community will THRIVE. I understand not everything can be bought locally, but it may surprise you how much actually can be, and how willing our local businesses are to get you what you need. If you make the decision to think local first, you might be surprised in what you find.

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All Was Not Calm, But the Future Is Looking Bright!

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Joy to the World, 2020 is almost over! It was a very tough year, but 2020 brought a lot of good things to our area that we shouldn’t forget about.

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YOU Should Make That Happen.

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I wrote about this awhile back but it happened again so I thought a reminder might be in order. A lady came into my office last week and said, “You know, Miller really needs XYZ.” My response, “Yes, YOU should make that happen! What tools do you need from me to help?” She looked at me really funny like it’s my responsibility to do everything in town that people bring to me.

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Connected

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On Hand Development recently held our annual strategic planning session where we identified success stories and struggles in our community. We talked about how our number one priority right now is helping current businesses thrive and stay open during this difficult time. One of the other topics we discussed is making new folks to Miller feel connected. We have lost some families and individuals because they didn’t feel connected here. Not welcomed. Not involved. Connected.

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Christmas on the Prairie during COVID-19

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The Miller Civic and Commerce annual event Christmas on the Prairie is going to have a much different look thanks to COVID-19. The event kicks off Thursday, December 3rd and they have added some new and fun ways to get out and support Miller, while staying safe.

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Miller’s First Impression

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On September 23, 2020, Economic Development Directors from Kimball, DeSmet, Wessington Springs, and Clear Lake visited Miller for a first impression tour. The tour consisted of entering Miller from every direction, walking Main Street, touring residential areas, parks, hospitals, schools, and public buildings.

Now, we have an entire report (8 pages) on how to improve our community and what we should really be proud of.

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NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED

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There clearly is a lot of COVID19 going around.  It is impacting everyone. We have known that a surge like this was likely for the past eight months.  NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED!

What has changed in the past eight months?

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It’s All Business Here at On Hand

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A Miller resident dropped by the office last week and asked, “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 she came to me first to ask. After she left, I decided to gather some statistics and share them with the community.

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On Hand Development Announces New Hand County Recruitment Program

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After visiting with almost every business in Hand County, the number one problem On Hand Development recognized is finding full time help. On Hand Development went to work right away and created the Hand County Recruitment Program.

On Hand Development has set aside $15,000 and implemented the program to assist ANY Hand County business to recruit employees to fill full time job openings.

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1st Impressions Make a Difference

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Last week, On Hand Development hosted a first impression tour around Miller. The Economic Development professionals that toured our community were from Wessington Springs, Kimball, De Smet, and Clear Lake. I haven’t gotten back their evaluations yet, but I will share that information as soon as I get it.  

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