To celebrate the successes of this state's business community, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently announced finalists for this year's ABEX (Awards in Business Excellence) Awards.
Finalists for New Kid on the Block (best new business within the last three years) are Creative Car Components (Jason Nelson), Rapid City; Little Chief Speciality Foods (Lisa Little Chief Bryan) of Vermillion; and Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort (Rusty Puckett), Kyle.
Finalists for Business of the Year are Bell Incorporated (Mark Graham), Sioux Falls; Falcon Plastics (Jay Bender) of Brookings, and VeraSun Energy (Don Endres), Brookings.
Finalists will be celebrated and winners announced in conjunction with the Governor's Giant Vision Business Competition Thursday, April 12, at the Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion. Tickets are available through the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The cost is $50 per person.