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Duenwald named Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

Monday, April 17, 2023

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Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honors small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country for their community leadership and achievements. In conjunction with that, the SBA South Dakota District Office has selected Dan Duenwald of Clark as the Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year.  Duenwald was raised in Hoven, South Dakota by Bob and Olivia Duenwald. He married Clarice Bollinger in 1974 and has four children, two girls, and two boys. Dan started driving a bus in August of 1985 with the Conde School, he drove with them for ten years. In August of 1996, Dan made the switch to Harlow’s Bus in Clark, South Dakota to drive and also managed the Clark School District buses. After taking over the Clark School District buses Dan became an automotive instructor for Clark High School. He retired from teaching and managing the Clark buses after twenty years.

In 2004 Duenwald transportation started with a single-party bus. Since then the company has grown into nine 55-seater charter buses, nine school buses, and the original party bus. Dan now has two sons and a daughter who are involved in running the business. Dan's son, Kevin, also owns and operates Sheyenne Transportation in Webster, South Dakota.

Dan is an exemplary member of the Clark community. He has been in business for eighteen years and continues to provide excellent service year after year. He is reliable and willing to help those that are in need. Dan provides many services to people of all ages from party buses for birthdays to charter buses going to Branson, Missouri. He is known throughout the community as “Dan the Bus Man!”.

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