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Individuals and businesses recognized during Small Business Week

New foundation created to recognize Phelan

Sioux Falls SCORE honored retired board member and volunteer Truman Phelan for his 23 years of dedicated leadership and service to the Sioux Falls chapter of SCORE. The recognition took place during the National Small Business Week event held at the Country Club of Sioux Falls on May 3.

Phelan, a retired bank executive from Norwest Bank/Wells Fargo, joined SCORE in 1994 as a board member and mentor for future entrepreneurs and small business owners. Over his 23 years of service, he has provided free business counseling to countless individuals seeking advice on how to develop their small business ideas. Additionally, Phelan has planned, developed and launched numerous small business workshops offered to the public designed to help small business owners develop and grow their businesses.

Phelan is no stranger to community service. Over his professional and retired career he has devoted much of his free time to numerous community projects and promoting Sioux Falls. He was a founding member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Council and recently retired from service to the group. He was instrumental in developing and guiding the program of work for the council, which has included countless workshops for small business owners and their employees throughout his 20 years of service to the council.

Kate Foley, former Chamber Small Business and Leadership Development Manager, spoke to Truman's constant support of both the Chamber and the Small Business Council. "His volunteerism and willingness to share his time and expertise contributed in many ways to the Small Business Council's program of work."

In recognition of his service to Sioux Falls SCORE and in order to establish a lasting legacy, the board of directors established the Sioux Falls SCORE Truman Phelan Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation managed by the SCORE FOUNDATION at its' national headquarters in Herndon, VA. Funds donated to the Sioux Falls SCORE Truman Phelan Foundation are dedicated exclusively for the use of Sioux Falls SCORE for the purpose of funding its ongoing small business education and outreach programs.

A-Ox Welding Supply is family owned business of the year

A-OX Welding Supply Co., Inc. and the Elliot family were honored as the 2017 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year by the South Dakota District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The family business is one of the largest, most complete distributors of industrial gas and welding supply in the upper Midwest. It began 73 years ago in Watertown and today has seven locations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa, with headquarters and a central warehouse in Sioux Falls. The A-OX fleet of bulk tankers and delivery trucks serve customers across a 5-state region including South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

In 2014, A-OX received an SBA 504 loan to combine four existing Sioux Falls operations and move to their current location on Harlem Avenue. The new 46,000 square foot facility features a state of the art ISO/IEC accredited specialty gas laboratory, an automated fill plant and facilities for advanced gas cylinder testing and reconditioning.

All of the major hospitals in Sioux Falls along with their affiliates across South Dakota and surrounding states are served by A-OX. Manufacturing customers include companies that make trailers, signs, paper products, windmills, fire trucks, aggregate processing equipment, livestock equipment and more.

Tom and Linda Elliot work side-by-side with their children Trenton Elliot, Tiffany Anderson, Terran Bergdale and Tisha Rodgers. The children are the fourth generation of the Elliot family to run the business.

Small Business Week Awards

2017 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
The Elliot Family, A-OX Welding Supply Co., Inc.

2017 Financial Services Advocate of the Year
Jessica Evans, Senior Loan Officer with
Dakota BUSINESS Finance

2017 Small Business Advocate of the Year
Tim Loftesness, U.S. Bank & SCORE

SCORE Resource Partner of the Year
Lauren Fosheim, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

SCORE Champion of the Year
Lynne Keller-Forbes, Dakota BUSINESS Finance

SCORE Volunteer of the Year
Daren Anderson, Big D Technology Solutions, Inc.


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