FROM THE South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Governor’s Giant Vision Business and Student Competition Winners Announced Sioux Falls, SD - As host of the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Awards Program, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry President David Owen announced the top winner of the 2014 business and student business competitions during the GOED Conference banquet in Sioux Falls.
After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants to 10 qualifying business and 13 qualifying student entries, the competition concluded with day-long judging activities Tuesday, April 15 at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. The awards were presented as part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) banquet with Governor Dennis Daugaard presenting the top prizes in both competitions. The following were selected as the 2014 Governor’s Giant Vision winners. Each includes the competitor’s “elevator pitch” that explains their business.

2014 marked the eight year of a college student competition. Entries were received from across South Dakota.  From the original applications, the top 13 were selected to compete April 15.  The winners of the student competition were 
The first place $5,000 winner was Independent Health Solutions, Ashley Kingdon-Reese, Huron, Dakota Wesleyan University
Everyone is aware of the recent healthcare changes. These changes have redefined our medical model. This new model raises the bar for healthcare services, while DEMANDING lower costs.  Research has shown Home Health care is THE MOST effective means in delivering both.
At Independent Health Solutions, our product is your health. We provide professional, in-home healthcare for South Dakotans in need of medical and adaptive assistance. Although our clients’ needs may vary, from temporary recovery to life-long services, our motto remains the same.
At Independent Health Solutions, we are passionate about care, compassionate about people.
Your health is our specialty.
Second ($4,000):  College Golf Bound, Kyle Cooper, Brookings, SDSU
College Golf Bound is the first resource in the world that combines all aspects of college golf recruiting for both college coaches and junior golfers. College Golf Bound is a social media based website that allows junior golfers to create profiles highlighting all information coaches look for when recruiting. Coaches can search from our vast database of junior golfers, view their upcoming tournament schedules, and make arrangements to watch the golfers that will be a good fit for their team. Players can also search the first comprehensive calendar in the world of local and national junior golf tournaments!
Third ($3,000):  Dr. Dak’s Protein Pack, Jeremiah Fawcett, Northern State University
This all-natural, high protein, 100% organic feed supplement adds value to South Dakota grown grains and fruit, while providing a shared competitive advantage for producers by maximizing animal growth and health.  This simple pricing and production model can sustain at low production or scale with modest capital input.  The efficiency of utilizing local 100% organic products and low cost leadership gives producers, hunting and fishing providers and the state of South Dakota a shared competitive advantage. 
Fourth ($2,000)Nanotechnology R&D Company of the Black Hills, Greg Christensen, Rapid City, SD School of Mines and Technology
Nanotechnology R&D Company of the Black Hills is a research and product development company that is seeking to introduce new carbon nanomaterial based technologies and materials into the market.  Our product that is closest to market is a carbon nanotube grease that is easy to manufacture, stable at high temperatures, and is able to conduct heat and electricity.  Further funding is needed for specific application testing.  We are partnering with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology who has agreed to negotiate a license if we are successful at securing funding and developing a business plan.
The remaining qualifiers will receive $500 each to help with the expenses of participation.
Governor Dennis Daugaard supported this program financially, along with Citibank N.A. of Sioux Falls and South Dakota EPSCoR of Brookings. 
The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Awards and Governor’s Giant Vision Student Awards were established to help citizens realize that South Dakota is the very best place to start a successful business.   The program was designed as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for seed money and a chance to achieve their dream. 
This South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry program is chaired by Brad Wheeler, President of Wheeler Manufacturing in Lemmon.  Wheeler commented “We are fortunate to have successful entrepreneurs take time to be judges and really work hard to examine all of these new ideas.  This is an exciting day with high energy people working hard to share in the American dream.” 
The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition is a program of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is an annual event held in April.