Dakota Butcher Owner Honored As Business Person Of The Year

Sep 22, 2020

Randy Gruenwald (foreground) of Dakota Butcher is South Dakota's 2020 Small Business Person of the Year.
Credit SD SBA

South Dakota’s 2020 Small Business Person of the Year bought a meat locker in Clark in 2009 and expanded it into a meat-retailing and restaurant operation called Dakota Butcher.

The company has five locations in eastern South Dakota and employs 70 people. Owner Randy Gruenwald said he and his wife, Karen, believe in a simple philosophy.

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality product we can provide to our customer, with excellent service at a fair price," he said. "I think everyone can agree that this is what most people want.”

Gruenwald was one of several people and businesses honored Tuesday by the South Dakota office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with National Small Business Week. Jaime Wood, SBA's South Dakota district director, emceed a virtual ceremony.

"Today we want to recognize the hard work, risk-taking and creativity that are the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs," Wood said.

According to Wood, 99 percent of the businesses in South Dakota are classified as small businesses, and 58 percent of South Dakotans either work for a small business or own a small business. There are about 88,000 small businesses in the state, Wood said.

Here are the rest of the awards presented Tuesday:

-Seth Tupper is SDPB's business and economic development reporter.