What We Do
Led by our team of Community Coaches, Dakota Resources works to level up the capacity of rural leaders, economic development organizations, and rural communities through inclusive and effective products, processes, and strategies. We begin by asking questions that help us understand the unique needs of each leader, organization, or community. As we learn more, we expand the circle of influence and engage more community members to co-design what is needed to help the community move toward thriving.
While our work is highly personalized to each entity we serve, some examples of our Community Coaching services include:
- 1:1 coaching
- Leadership development
- Self-assessments for boards, organizations, and communities
- Strategic Doing Project Team Coaching
- Community Visioning Sessions
- Community conversations
- Core leadership team development
- Board training workshops
- Board Strategy Retreats
- Empower Community Coaching (commitment: 24 months)
In addition to our work inside the Community Coaching program, we also partner with regional economic development organizations in five rural South Dakota communities – Watertown, Yankton, Vermillion, Mitchell, and Brookings – to host CO.STARTERS cohorts through May 2024. CO.STARTERS is a business accelerator program that is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools to turn ideas into action and to build sustainable businesses.
Thanks to a $1M grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Dakota Resources acts as a rural spoke in the Community Navigator Pilot Program to bring CO.STARTERS to rural areas in order to create an ecosystem of rural entrepreneurship. Learn more about the CO.STARTERS program here. To register for a CO.STARTERS program, complete this application.