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Nominations Open for the Vicki Clarke Prairie Family Business of the Year Award

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, is accepting nominations for the 2022 Vicki Clarke Prairie Family Business of the Year Award.
The Vicki Clarke Prairie Family Business of the Year award was established in memory of Vicki Clarke, who served on the association’s board from 1997-2000. The Clarke Family of County Fair Foods in Mitchell, South Dakota, endowed the award in memory of Vicki. This prestigious award is presented to a local family business annually at the Annual Family Business Conference. The 2022 conference is slated for April 28-29, 2022.
The selection criteria considered for eligible family businesses include those that: make valuable contributions to the community through leadership roles, volunteer service and financial support; demonstrate pride in the family business, genuine caring for personal well-being of employees and recognize their contributions to the success of the business; integrity and honesty in business relationships with employees, customers, the community and in advertising; demonstrate proven success and growth of the family business since its founding. Recipients of local family business awards are also eligible to receive the award.
Nominations for the Vicki Clarke Prairie Family Business of the Year Award will be accepted through Nov. 12. To be considered or to nominate a family business, please email or call 605-274-9530.
The Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA), founded in 1992, is an outreach center of the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business. PFBA helps family business thrive through generations by providing a resource network for family business success. The association serves more than 220 member businesses throughout the region and nation.
USD’s Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News


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