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Startup Office Hours

February 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5


Ever wanted to ask an expert about your business? Well, you’re in luck, because Startup Office Hours is now happening the third Thursday of every month. If you have a business problem you don’t know how to solve, wish you could talk to someone who has knowledge you don’t, or if there’s some other reason you could use a chat with an entrepreneurial mentor, Startup Office Hours may be right for you.

On Thursday, February 16 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, we are offering 25 minute time slots for entrepreneurs to chat one-on-one via Zoom with one of three Sioux Falls area business mentors.

Featured Business Mentors:

John Meyer

John T. Meyer is on a mission to inspire others to be the best version of themselves. In 2011, John co-founded Lemonly, a design firm that helps the world’s best brands like Netflix, Marriott, Major League Baseball, and Google tell their story. As Lemonly’s CEO, John built a strong company culture, gaining regional and national attention and becoming one of the best places to work in the Midwest. In 2021, John sold the company and is now the Founder and Head Coach of January, a coaching business that helps founders reach their first million in revenue.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing
  • Company Culture
  • Building Great Teams
  • Sales and Positioning
  • Selling Your Company

Maddie Peschong

Maddie Peschong is a branding photographer and coach who is obsessed with teaching creative entrepreneurs how to build a profitable business by being themselves. Through coaching, digital products, and personal branding photos, she helps women discover their magic so they can stand out in a saturated market, confidently scale their income without trading more time for money, and do only work they love. She is the creator of the Rebrand Personal Branding Method, host of the Take it Personally Podcast, and founder of the White Space Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, a place where creatives can design, dream, and collaborate while developing their own irresistible brands.

Areas of Expertise

  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Client Experience

Todd Pharis

Todd Pharis conducted leveraged buyouts for GE Capital for ten years throughout the United States and London, England. In 1994, he purchased his first Pizza Ranch, having opened eight Pizza Ranch locations to date. The Sioux Falls Pizza Ranch is the #1 throughout America and the top sales restaurant in Sioux Falls, employing more than 100 people. His Tea location employs more than 50 works and is the #8 largest Pizza Ranch in America. Todd is also the founder of the Fun Zone Arcade which currently has 40 locations in the United States with $25 Million in annual sales.

Areas of Expertise

  • Finance 
  • Restaurants 
  • Management
  • Growth (becoming #1 in your market)
  • Marketing

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this brief form to express your interest. We will do our best to match you with a mentor for the next Office Hours event, but we will keep your information on file for future months if we aren’t able to properly match you this month.

This event is being organized by Startup Sioux Falls.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support:

Boyce Law Firm, Eide Bailly, First Bank & Trust, First National Bank in Sioux Falls, First PREMIER Bank, Interstate Office Products, ISG Architects, MarketBeat, Midco, Midwest Employee Benefits, Pendar Properties, Tiger29, and University of Sioux Falls – Entrepreneurial Studies Program.


February 16
11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
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SD United States