Entrepreneurs continue to choose South Dakota to start their business

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) — Small businesses make up 99 percent of businesses in South Dakota, and every year more entrepreneurs decide to start their own business in Rushmore State.

“I never really considered starting it anywhere else,” said Jack Tidemann, owner and operator of High Tide Power Washing.

He decided to start the business after hearing complaints from friends and family about dirty bins and pavement.

“I just thought maybe this was a good opportunity to help out some people and get their property cleaned up,” Tidemann said.

So he saved up for equipment and officially started working as his own boss last May.

He goes into homes and cleans everything from sidewalks to windows and siding to trailers.

“So the vision ended up turning into if it doesn’t fit in a car wash, we can clean it for you,” Tidemann explained.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, just over 80% of start-ups in South Dakota survive the first year.

Tidemann said he is confident in his business, however, one of the challenges he faces is not having a storefront and relying on word of mouth to reach customers.

“The more business we do, the more people tell their friends about it and it’s only grown since we started. Eventually we would really like to have a physical location, but for now we just operate out of the van and come to you wherever you are,” Tidemann said.

Another new South Dakota business that takes you there is the WHO DATZ food truck, a subsidiary of owner Felix Irving’s restaurant business.

“The food truck has always been like this kind of nugget rolling in the background,” said Irving, who explained that he loves to cook and wants to bring his passion to South Dakota.

In 2014, he created Beard-BQ barbecue sauces and continued event catering.

“When you’re in the Black Hills, you’re here for the Black Hills. You are here for the region, the people are great. The food not so much. I’m from New Orleans, it’s kind of like that, but I bring some of my culture, my family, my passion, to the Black Hills,” Irving said.

For Irving, expanding his business in South Dakota was a no-brainer.

“It’s a warm atmosphere, people are very friendly, especially when it comes to a new business, they’re really eager to try something new and different,” Irving said.

So while many may associate South Dakota with Mount Rushmore, others associate the state with opportunity.

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Edward L. Robinett