Great Western Bank business banker posing with leadership from J&L Harley in Sioux Falls, SD with motorcycles in background.

Community Matters

“We knew it was a good fit for us when everyone we spoke to recommended them and we discovered our similar business philosophy of putting community first.”

J&L Harley-Davidson®

J&L Harley-Davidson® was founded in 1975 by Jim Entenman and his brother Lonnie and has since built itself to include three locations: the flagship store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson in Watertown, South Dakota and Harley-Davidson of Fargo in West Fargo, North Dakota. Their business structure also includes Big Sioux PowerSports, the exclusive Sioux Falls dealership for all three Can-Am lines, which sells ATVs and side by sides, as well as the three-wheeled Rykers and Spyders.

The Entenman family have a philosophy of building their business on long-term relationships, providing value to their customers and giving back to their communities. They found similar philosophies when they joined Great Western Bank in the fall of 2018.

“We first worked with Jay Soukup when he was at a large, national bank,” said J&L owner Jim Entenman. “He understood what needed to happen in business succession as my brother and I prepared to retire and hand the business down to my sons Jimmy and Joe. We needed someone with that expertise as our business moved to second-generation owners and operators.”

“Working with Jim at J&L has been a great experience and we get to use a lot of our business banking expertise, “said Great Western Bank business banker Jay Soukup. “They utilize our business banking accounts, purchasing cards, and a debt structure that we customized to fit their growing business.”

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“We really vetted Great Western Bank before moving our accounts,” said Entenman. “We checked with friends and colleagues about their reputation. We knew it was a good fit for us when everyone we spoke to recommended them and we discovered our similar business philosophies of putting community first.”

To date, J&L has raised more than $3 million for Make-A-Wish South Dakota in conjunction with Hot Harley Nights, an annual event in Sioux Falls that features a motorcycle parade spanning over 5 miles, a family fun night, casino run, live music, motorcycle raffle, bike show, silent auction, a variety of great food and an outdoor party at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.

“We found that large, national banks don’t understand the needs of smaller communities,” continued Entenman. “They don’t understand the needs of small businesses. But Great Western Bank employees and the executive management team live in our communities. They understand how important small business relationships are with the communities they’re in. That’s key to understanding the needs of businesses in rural states.”

Soukup agrees. “We started discussing their banking needs nearly two years ago. And while we are a great fit as a business partnership, we’re an even better fit as community partners. Great Western Bank has been Making Life Great for the communities we serve for over 80 years. It’s a privilege to work with someone like Jim who has such a passion for giving back to his community. It’s inspiring.”

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