Business of the Week: Express Yourself!
Business of the Week: Express Yourself! at The Olive Branch
A life long resident of Butte County, LaRae Hanson is owner and creator behind Express Yourself!, located in The Olive Branch.
A busy homeschooling mother of two, LaRae had been making her handcrafted greeting cards for herself and friends for several years when she was approached by Deb McCart to join forces with her and a few other creative women to create a co-op that went on to become The Olive Branch. Since then LaRae sells her handmade cards and other creations, taking custom orders, and also offering a selection of Christian books & gifts.
“I make one of a kind cards, rarely making the same design twice. All of my crosses I cut and create myself so no two are alike. I take several custom orders throughout the year and specialize in etching names and brands on glassware. I’ll try any project - once!”
LaRae points to her customers who request special orders for helping grow her creativity and business. “I have wonderful, loyal customers who stretch me to my creative limits in so many areas. I am so thankful for them and their custom orders. This business has been such a blessing to me.”
'We Produce': 2017 Chamber Annual Meeting & Extravaganza
Thank you to all who came to the Chamber Annual Meeting & Extravaganza Saturday, March 18th! What a fantastic night of food, friends, and fun! We ended up with no less than nine Member food businesses participate, serving up hearty samples of their best, and over 25 silent auction items and 15 door prizes!
The Chamber recognized outstanding members in the community with awards:
Retail Business of the Year - CBH Cooperative
Employer of the Year - Jim & Lisa Grapentine
Service Business of the Year - Hill's Interiors
The Faye Kennedy Award - Hometown Thursdays Committee
Lifetime Achievement Award - David Pummel
Special thanks to the generous sponsors who made this evening possible:
Pioneer Bank & Trust - Life Light Creative LLC - Scott Peterson Motors - My Mission Travel - First Interstate Bank - The Olive Branch - Black Hills Vision Care - Hersrud's of Belle Fourche - Black Hills Energy - Black Hills FCU - Montana-Dakota Utilities
Traeger Grill Raffle
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Winterfest in Belle Fourche: January - February
Thank you to all our participating businesses and sponsors!
Welcome New Members:
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives welcomes visitors to the historic, federal, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hatchery and museum for an educational closeup view of the fish production process!
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Aydalou Cazer is an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Ask about Young Living's 'Seed to Seal' difference!
A discount & variety store located in downtown Belle Fourche.
Whether you need photos of the family to update the album, logos and branding for your new business, or making that special event run smoothly and look beautiful, Fairview Designs can help.
Thank You Recent Renewing Members
February Renewals: Versatile Carpets & Interiors • Taco Johns • Montana-Dakota Utilities • The Plumber • Belle Fourche Regional Medical Center • Hersrud's of Belle Fourche • Deadwood Gaming Resort • Allied Construction • Butte County Historical Society • Pete's Clothing • Mineral Technologies
From the Director...
Welcome to Belle Fourche!
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce website here in Belle Fourche, SD
The Chamber represents 218 businesses in and around Belle Fourche. We’re pleased to encourage you - our community, neighbors, and visitors - to shop in our businesses and here is why!
I was talking to a long time Belle Fourche area rancher last week and he wondered why Belle Fourche didn’t capitalize on the fact that it offers “one stop” shopping. As a rancher he can come to town and get everything he needs right here without having to travel to another town to get one or two other items. For him, everything he needs personally or as a rancher is available here in Belle Fourche.
That’s a pretty amazing for a city our size. But I believe what he’s saying is a fact, based upon the January 2017 Municipal Tax Report from the Feb. 14, 2017 Legislative Bulletin 4 put out by the South Dakota Retailers. According to that report Belle Fourche registered a 5.02% increase in sales tax revenue since January of 2016. It is also important for businesses and residents of Belle Fourche alike to note that our sales tax income for the year was not only up but we had more sales ($239,750.28) compared to Deadwood’s $193.550.49.
Belle Fourche is a center for trade that has a far reach in ND, SD, WY & MT. Businesses locate here because of our vast trade area and the availability of what our ag and manufacturers need. Our businesses are doing something right to post an increase in sales in the middle of winter, and in spite of a much reduced livestock market.
Welcome to Belle Fourche where “WE PRODUCE” a wide array of products and services. Come check us out!
Executive Chamber Director