Mitchell’s entrepreneur determined to drive growth and inspire business leaders with leadership seminar – Mitchell Republic


MITCHELL – Getting advice from successful entrepreneurs helped Jordan Hanson become one himself.

After watching Mitchell become what he calls “stagnant,” the young real estate entrepreneur felt it was time to share the wealth of business knowledge he’s acquired over the years with the Mitchell community in hopes encourage more local residents to engage in business ventures.

On Thursday, Hanson is hosting a Mitchell Leadership Seminar at the Pepsi Cola Area Community Theater that will feature a handful of local and regional business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs to offer their knowledge to the community. The seminar will start at 6:30 p.m.

“They’re not going to tell you what to do, they’re going to tell you how they did it. It’s a lot easier to be successful if you can see someone else who has done what you want or are interested in doing, and you can emulate them,” Hanson said.

The Leadership.Inspiration.Training seminar headline speakers are Karlee Cobb, Cory Marek, Oscar Luque and Hanson.

Marek’s business experience is in mortgage, real estate and banking. The Mitchell native, who works as a mortgage loan officer at Plains Commerce Bank, also oversees a wide range of rental properties in Mitchell.

Cobb is a young Mitchell entrepreneur specializing in web design, digital marketing, and yoga. She also holds the title of the youngest female biker to set a land speed record on the Salt Flats in Utah and comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs like her mother Laura Klock – who ran nonprofits and started a cheese and dairy business — and Sister Erika Bier, owner of a local massage therapy business.

Luque is a human resources manager who oversees about 1,000 workers at a turkey plant in the Huron region. As Hanson said, Luque is a “proven leader”.

Although each of the speakers has different business backgrounds, Hanson said they all have one thing in common: an ability to lead effectively. And Hanson said he needs “good leadership” more than ever.

“I think there is a lack of leadership,” he said. “We have two amazing colleges producing qualified applicants, but we have a huge labor shortage. Why don’t they stay here? Someone has to be the person to put those puzzle pieces together, and that’s what I hope this seminar can accomplish.

As for Hanson’s business background, the Mitchell native has purchased homes and large apartment complexes in Mitchell to fix them up and resell the properties over the past decade. He also manages properties in several area communities, including Huron, where he is working on the transformation of an apartment building that was in dire need of rehabilitation.

Enthusiasm for the seminar is high among some local business owners who have already purchased tickets to the event. Quinton Young, owner of Q Jewelry, hopes to gain more business knowledge to use in developing his downtown jewelry store.

“I think it will bring fruitful experience and insights to people who have been successful in their own business. I think business owners and anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will be able to absorb the information and advice from the seminar,” Young said.

A mission to grow Mitchell

Over the past decade, Hanson has noticed that Mitchell has not grown at a pace comparable to similar-sized cities in the state. But he’s determined to change that by hosting business leadership seminars in Mitchell, which he hopes can revive what he calls a “stagnant city.”

“I can’t remember the last time we opened a big business in Mitchell. Big companies left Mitchell, and there should be no reason for that,” he said.

According to the latest 2020 US Census report, the population of Mitchell – which is the state’s sixth-largest city – has increased by 3% since 2010, while similar-sized towns like Yankton and Pierre have seen growth. population by 7% over the same period.

Hanson said Mitchell experiencing the slowest growth rate among the top 10 cities in the state from 2010 to 2020 shows the need for business leaders to come together with a common goal to bring more growth. During his time flipping homes and apartments in Mitchell, Hanson said he saw a rift between local business leaders and groups.

Although Hanson did most of his real estate work in Mitchell, the rapid growth rate of Huron – a town of about 12,000 people located about 50 miles north of Mitchell – prompted him to do business in the community. The 2020 U.S. Census showed Huron grew 12% from 2010 to 2020, surpassing all top 10 cities except Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

While flipping a large apartment complex in Huron, Hanson said he noticed that business leaders and community members had a common goal of bringing about growth. That’s a big part of why Hanson chose Luque to speak at the event.

“I did business in Huron because it’s easier when more people are moving and shaking. Their chamber of commerce leaders are ready to do anything to help it grow,” Hanson said. “I wanted to bring someone who is a leader in a city with fewer amenities than us who is growing faster than Mitchell.”

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