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Success Story - Dunes Eye Consultants

Dr. Steve Ferguson, founder of Dunes Eye Consultants, wasn’t sure what the high waters would do to his plans to grow his business. “We actually had plans for a new building in the works for several years prior,” said Dr. Ferguson. With support from the state of South Dakota, our project helped reassure people throughout the area that their community was stable.”

Working with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, what he found was a loan program offered through the South Dakota Development Corporation. “Using the SBA 504 program allowed us to lock in a low, long-term financing rate. That was a significant part of the loan, and pretty critical to the project,” Dr. Ferguson said.

Business is booming. Dunes Eye Consultants sees more than 10,000 patients annually and currently has 14 employees. The staff includes Dr.Ferguson, optometrist, founder and clinic director; Dr. Larry Womack, LASIK surgeon associate; and Kim Blaeser, practice administrator.

“Our growth has been pretty significant,” said Dr. Ferguson.

Prior to opening his own practice, Dr. Ferguson worked for firms elsewhere in South Dakota and owned multiple practices in Minnesota and Iowa. He speaks highly of South Dakota’s business climate. “South Dakota is an extremely good place to do business. It is straightforward and easy, and there is little red tape relative to other states,” Dr. Ferguson said.

So while Dr. Ferguson is pleased to see his business numbers rise, he is equally as pleased to see the waters of the Missouri stay just where they are.

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For more information, contact 504 Loan Officer LaJena Gruis at (605) 773-GOED (4633),, or, contact the Business Development Representative in your area.