Success Stories

2018 Small Business Person of the Year

Kevin Nyberg

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware, Inc., Sioux Falls

Nominated by Lynne Keller Forbes, Dakota BUSINESS Finance

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware was established in 1958 by Kevin’s father, Roy Nyberg.  For the past 60 years, this business has provided traditional hardware merchandise, sporting goods and other related products to its customer base   located within 150 miles of Sioux Falls.  The stores are known as the helpful neighborhood place of convenience, selection and service. 

Kevin was just nine years old when he earned his first paycheck sweeping floors, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming out nail and bolt bins and doing other odd jobs. Although it was not Kevin’s original plan to come back to South Dakota after college and working in Washington, DC, in 1981 at the age of 32, Kevin took over the family business for... Read More

2018 Small Business Exporter of the Year

Michael Joyce, Shon Anderson & Scott Reisenauer

B9Creations, LLC, Rapid City

Nominated by Jennifer Baloun, BankWest


From a Kickstarter company to a global 3D printer manufacturer, B9Creations has become the industry leader in production, speed, and value. With an ever-increasing catalog of 3D printing solutions, it now stands as the market leader in jewelry, prototyping and manufacturing, research, medical devices, and model making.  Michael Joyce, founder and CTO of B9Creations, always felt a burning desire to improve lives through technology. This passion ignited his interest in space exploration, which led him to a degree in mathematics and a 10-year career as a pilot in the US Air Force working in the software development field.

In 2004, he founded B9Creations, a specialty manufacturing company that initially produced robots. By the fall of 2011, Mike’s passion for bringing technology to... Read More

2018 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

The Jackson Family

Haegle’s Western Wear and Tack, Sioux Falls

Nominated by Ann Peterson and Jason Gerdes, Prairieland EDC

July 16, 2015, was a big day for Patrick Jackson when he became the fifth generation in his family business to own Haegle’s Western Wear and Tack or  Haegle’s West, as it is more commonly known.  Founded 108 years ago by C.J.  (Charlie Haegle), the business began as Haegle’s Harness located at the current site of the Downtown Library. The business, known for the manufacturing, repairing and selling horse tack, became Haegle’s Saddle Shop and was passed along through generations of family members. Michelle Jackson, Patrick’s mother and C.J.’s great-granddaughter, became the owner in 1976 and moved the business to their current location on 41st Street.

Patrick has been around the business since birth and was working side-by-side with his grandfather and father in the business first... Read More

Laura Benson
Filly Flair, Inc., Baltic
Nominated by Lynne Keller Forbes, Dakota BUSINESS Finance &
Mark Slade, Sioux Falls Small Business Development Center

At the age of 22, Laura Benson began selling Western-styled clothing and accessories at rodeos as a way to help pay for rodeo fees and college.  As she developed more clientele, she saw how her items made women feel empowered and beautiful and she wanted more women to feel that way.  Laura officially launched Filly Flair online in January of 2010 and for the next couple of years, Laura’s basement was home to her inventory.  Realizing her business wasn’t a basement business anymore; she was able to rent some warehouse space and also opened a small retail space on the weekends.  After moving to bigger warehouse locations for the next six years, the current Filly Flair’s 8,000 square foot leased warehouse is located near Baltic.  But that warehouse will soon be replaced by a new 20,000 square foot... Read More