Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tyra Gefroh Photography of Britton is one of eight South Dakota businesses that have been selected for a 2017 Dakota Rising Fellowship.

Over 100 entrepreneurs across rural South Dakota applied for the opportunity to be part of the unique Dakota Rising Fellowship, an experience designed to help rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities. A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a start-up business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth.

Gefroh’s two-year experience with the impactful rural entrepreneur development program will allow her to be part of a vibrant network of Dakota Rising fellows and alumni. She will also have access to leadership coaching, valuable tools and resources, empowering fellowship retreats, strategic business advice, and a $10,000 grant to use for personal and business development.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of Dakota Rising,” said Gefroh, “and I’m looking forward to growing my business and growing personally as a business owner by networking with other entrepreneurs.”

Gefroh graduated from Britton-Hecla in 2009 and then attended Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN, graduating with a degree in professional photography and technology. Her goal was always to have her own photography studio.

As owner of Tyra Gefroh Photography that started in January of 2014, Gefroh provides portrait photography specializing in weddings, seniors, and families. Her goal is to grow her business into more regular school and sport photography accounts, hire additional employees, and become a mentor for upcoming entrepreneurs.

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