What Others Are Saying

~~Day of the Dead Foods, LLC

Living in a small community in South Dakota, you have to think outside the box to find solutions to what may be common problems when starting a business. For me, the problem was finding a commercial kitchen to rent when starting my fresh salsa business. There are not a lot of options for this in our area, so when I heard about the DADi program, I reached out immediately to see if I could be a part of it. From my first phone call, Joan gave me very clear directions on what I needed to do to become a chef in the Toronto kitchen. The process was quick, efficient and supportive. Once my application was approved, I was able to work in the kitchen and start making my dream come true! I encourage anyone who is interested or has questions to reach out and speak to Joan to see what the DADi program can do for you.

-Jenilee Schleusner, Owner


When retirement from my “out-of -state” job finally came, it was time for me to return to South Dakota to be closer to my family.  I needed to decide where to live in close proximity to them.  I also wanted some changes from the environment I had been living in for quite some time.  One thing I took into consideration was the size of the town since I wanted to downsize to a smaller population.  The town should also have a few businesses as well as some activities for the residents and visitors.  A must was that the town should have very minimal traffic and crime.  And of course, the people of the town should be friendly.  When I looked online I found Deuel Area Development, Inc. and was very impressed at all that goes on in Deuel County.  When I moved I looked at Clear Lake and the area met all my expectations and more.  Shortly after the move I decided to take a class offered by Deuel Area Development and before I knew it was volunteering. I guess you never know how things will develop unless you check them out. 

~~Pat Teske

~~~From JEM Website Design

"Deuel Area Development (DADi) was a key resource in the development and launching JEM Website Design.

As a small business owner there are there are multiple skills and extensive requirements for launching a new business.  DADi was there step by step to assist us whenever we need help.  Joan Sacrison at DADi has provided extensive help in development our business.  From business plan development to sourcing development grants, to landing potential clients, DADi has been there.

Joan and DADi has developed a large network of contacts to assist the entrepreneur.  I would encourage any person looking to start a business to contact DADi.

~~Jayme Gross, Proprietor

~~~R & R Landscape Design

When I launched my business in the spring of 2013, advertising was a necessity but a costly gamble.  Where would I get the most bang for my buck, so to speak.  I met with Joan at DADi and she confirmed my feelings on a web site.  It would be a perfect place to showcase my business with a wider reach than traditional advertising.  DADi put me in touch with JEM Web Design, who did an outstanding job, and DADi even helped offset some of the cost.  I am very grateful to have an asset like DADi on my side.  Anyone thinking of starting a business should certainly meet with DADi and see how they can help launch your own dream!!

~~Rebecca Roob, Proprietor


I met Joan about two years ago.  Her passion for her job and the welfare of her community is evident in her whole demeanor--her eyes sparkle with excitement when talking about her community, and her personality exudes confidence and energy. Her dedication to her job and community shows in everything she does.  Her communication skills are exemplified in her newsletter, webpage, and on Facebook.  She is a perfect voice for her community and its assets. Part of her job is to help entrepreneurs; she does that job amazingly well.  She wants people to succeed and goes over and above to help them do such.  The programs she has started and the changes she made to her office have benefited so many.  Joan cares; she sees what needs to be done and does it.  She is one of those people one wants in his/her community, and the Clear Lake area is very lucky to have her!

~~Kathy Tyler, Former SD House of Representatives

"We are very appreciative of the support that Deuel Area Development has provided DJO Global(Empi) and our community.  It is extremely important that we expose the benefits of doing business in Clear Lake as well as South Dakota.  The support of DADi has provided was a key factor in chosing to expand in Clear Lake.  Outreach, from an economic development perspective, is more important today than ever before as we compete in a global marketplace.  As our economy is struggling to get out of recession, we need to continue to work hard to keep our community moving forward.  Deuel Area Development is doing just that."

~~Marlin Bjerke, Former VP of Operations, DJO Global(EMPI)

"In talking with Briana Hoffman, she told me that she was working on getting a kitchen incubator started in Clear Lake.  This is so exciting for me, since I don't have the funds to get my own kitchen certified.  I'm hoping that with continued funding, Briana can do this so I can realize my dream as well.  This will help me start up and eventually if it goes well, I can get my own kitchen someday."

~~Suzanne Fairchild, Ron & Suzanne Fairchild Farm

"My wife and I have been working with Deuel Area Development since 2010 to develop our new business...  Deuel Area Development has provided the assistance we need to develop the business, financial, and marketing plans we need to make our business succeed.  We plan to continue to work with Deuel Area Development in the coming years for assistance with finance and marketing.  By working together, we should be able to start our new business and create 2 full-time and 1 part-time job."

~~Deuel County resident

"Deuel Area Development's Business Coach and Area Resource team members have assisted me in my business transition plan.  They have worked with me to help establish a transition plan, worked with potential candidates, and worked with state programs to assist with my business transition.  In the coming year, I plan to continue working with the Business Coach and Area Resource Team throughout the transition.  With their help we will be able to provide continued employment for all of our employees."

~~Deuel County business owner & resident

" I am a business owner, am in the process of developing a new product, and have been working with Deuel Area Development throughout the process.  Deuel Area Development has helped me develop and write my business plan, access market research, identify engineering consulting services needed, and the financing resource I need to start up this new business.  I will continue to work with Deuel Area Development to complete my business planning.  I expect that we will create 1 new job initally and will add more employees as sales increase."

~~Deuel County business owner & resident