SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses
Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports International, Inc. Wins South
Dakota Small Business Person of the Year
SIOUX FALLS – From architecture to bakeries, to manufacturing and woodworking - these are just a few of the businesses that will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 15-16. Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports International, Inc., Rapid City, will represent South Dakota as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year.
“It’s our privilege to honor these outstanding small businesses,” said Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “We hope this well-deserved recognition from the Small Business Administration will call attention to their success and inspire more people in South Dakota to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.”
Winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year. While in Washington the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders.
"Ryan McFarland and Strider Sports International, Inc. is a phenomenal success story, almost creating an entire industry in the process of building the business. We are very proud to have him represent South Dakota as our 2014 Small Business Person of the Year," said John L. Brown II, South Dakota Small Business Administration District Director.
Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.
Please contact Michele Arends, SBA Public Information Officer, to arrange an interview with Strider Sports International, Inc.
For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, visit the SBA’s extensive website at www.sba.gov.
Hope everyone is having a great Saturday! It snowed in STRIDERville yesterday and 70 degrees is forecast for today!
Sometimes we run across a video that shows perfectly the fun and joy that can be found on a STRIDER. This video of Nathan is one of those.
Watch his face, and listen to the excitement in his voice as he cruises down some hills on his KTM STRIDER with Dad.
5 Year old STRIDER
- 1KAI BARTHOLOMEW, SARASOTA, FL
- 2COOPER DAVIS, VALRICO, FL
- 3GRACEN WERRE, JACKSONVILLE, FL
4 year old STRIDER
- 1LOGAN COAKLEY, KID DYNAMITE, ST PETERSBURG, FL
- 2LILANI (LITTLE HAWAII) PRINGLE, PROFILE/CRIT, ARCHER, FL
- 3VIOLET PAPOVICH, BADD & CO, MERRILLVILLE, IN
3 Year old STRIDER
- 1CADE ANSORGE, JESTER/CYCLE CRAFT, BUNNELL, FL
- 2SHEA BARTHOLOMEW, SARASOTA, FL
- 3LAILA MASZAK, LAKE WORTH, FL
- 5PEYTON ATKINS, TAMPA, FL
- 6HAYDEN BRUTY, TAMPA, CO
- 7CHARLIE MULLING, KID DYNOMITE, RUSKIN, FL
- 8TRISTAN TURNER, PALM HARBOR, FL
2 & UNDER STRIDER
- 1KALIA (RUM BUM) PRINGLE, PROFILE EXTREME, ARCHER, FL
- 2TANNER BURDEN, KID DYNAMITE, TAMPA, FL
- 3ANDRES ANDRADE, PINECREST, FL
- 5HAYDEN DECKERT, PALM HARBOR, FL
What do all of the following have in common?
1. An 80 year old granddad riding his cruiser in green skinny jeans.
2. Two elderly couples holding hands.
3. Five fly fisherman wearing muddy camouflage waders.
4. A mother holding her 9 month pregnant belly in one hand, and her cell phone in the other… Just in case.
5. A high-fiving co-worker.
6. The tiniest little Chihuahua I’ve ever seen keeping up just fine.
7. A beautiful women covered in tattoos and sporting red lipstick pushing her twins in a stroller.
8. Three STRIDER Balance Bikes.
9. Zero training wheels. Progress.
The Answer: All of these were on the bike path at last Friday in STRIDERville. Spring is just around the corner and there are so many people out enjoying this BEAUTIFUL weather! I hope you get a chance to do the same!
P.S. It's going to snow tonight...we need the moisture...
The February STRIDER Calendar Contest winners have been chosen! Once again, a huge thanks to everyone for entering and make sure that you're snapping more great photos for the March Contest!
Without further ado, here are the winners for February.
1st Place - My Cat Thinks I'm A Rockstar
2nd Place - Future Nitro Circus Star
3rd Place - Feet Up Through The Puddle
There is still snow on the ground in large portions of the US, some areas are still getting fresh snow as I type this. That makes it the perfect time to announce the (belated) winners of the Snow STRIDER Photo Contest. If you're a winner make sure to respond to the email that should be in your inbox. The new accessories should be a great addition to your little one's STRIDER for Spring!
Make sure that you're entering your photos in the monthly STRIDER Calendar Contest as well for a chance to win big!
1st Place - STRIDER Sled Pull
2nd Place - Snow Monster
3rd Place - STRIDER Snow Buddies
Tiny Strider Riders To Compete On Specially-Designed Tracks Across America
Rapid City, SD (March 3, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has created a new national racing series known as the STRIDER Championship Series. This groundbreaking program will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at four stops across the country this summer, plus the final worldwide event this fall.
The unique Strider Championship Series will cater directly to children between two and five years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
Find STRIDER Championship Series races in the following cities this summer:
· Saturday, June 21: Rapid City, SD, at Main Street Square - Register HERE
· Saturday, July 12: St. Cloud, MN, at Lake George, Presented by Scheels - Register HERE
· Sunday, August 24: Denver, CO, as part of the festivities surrounding the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race - Register HERE
There will be heats for 2 and under, 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at each of the races. Registration fees are $25 online or $35 on site. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open now and can be found at www.StriderBikes.com.
A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as the bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 400-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately following their race, where trophies taller than some of the riders are given to top finishers. All participants receive medals and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. The series-ending race will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota — world headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc. The big event goes down this year on September 19, 20 and 21. Please visit our website at STRIDER World Championship for more information.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com.
About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at www.StriderBikes.com
SCHEELS is a 24-store operation with stores in 10 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois; as well as a new store in Sandy, Utah. Play, shop, and explore over 85 amazing specialty shops with the area's largest selection of sports, fashion, and footwear! www.Scheels.com
About USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
It's the 4th year of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! The First Lady is kicking off the celebration and encouraging people of all ages to show her, and the rest of the world, how they move. No matter what your political leanings, you have to like the idea of getting kids more active and eating healthier foods.
Where does STRIDER come in? We would love to see the Let's move social team flooded with photos and hashtags of STRIDER Riders from around the US and the rest of the world!
Check out the video invite from Michelle and get moving!
Where can you find STRIDER Bikes in USA BMX's Pull Magazine? Why the Push section of course. We're 3 races into the 2014 season and it's already looking like it will be an epic one!
Here is a great new video to watch with your STRIDER Riders for some inspiration! These trials riders, including Danny MacAskill, show just how important balance is on a bike.
The balance skills your little one is learning on their STRIDER will carry through to all types of fun later in life...even if they never jump off a 10 foot pergola in Barcelona!
Check out the video, then turn off your screens and get outside! Have a great Saturday.