BHSU alums recognized during SD CEO Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, May 22, 2015/Categories: 2015





   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Black Hills State University alum Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors, left, owner of Comfort Keepers in Spearfish and Belle Estates Senior Living in Belle Fourche, received the 2015 Enterprising Business Woman Award from Helen Merriman, executive director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) during the sixth annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon recently.

            

       

       

           

       

       

           Black Hills State University alum Megan Whitman, executive director of Main Street Square in Rapid City, left, received the 2015 Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award from Helen Merriman, executive director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) during the sixth annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon recently.

       

       

           

       

       

           

           Midwest Marketing in Rapid City received the 2015 Enterprising Business Team Award during the sixth annual South Dakota Center for Enterprising Opportunity Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon recently. Several of Midwest Marketing&rsquos team members are Black Hills State University alums. Pictured, from left, Erika Uecker, Christi Faris, Jordan Broberg, Megan Batteen, Dawn Claymore and Helen Merriman, executive director of the SD CEO. Uecker, Batteen and Tood Goetz (not pictured) are all BHSU alums.

            

       

   





Several Black Hills State University alums were recognized for their business contributions and success during the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon recently.





Winners of the SD CEO Women in Business Awards included:

&middot Enterprising Business Woman Award: Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors, owner of Comfort Keepers in Spearfish and Belle Estates Senior Living in Belle Fourche.

&middot Enterprising Young Entrepreneur Award: Lindsey Richards, owners of Alpine Impressions Custom Screen Printing and Embroidery

&middot Enterprising Business Team Award: Midwest Marketing, Dawn Claymore, president.

&middot Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award: Tanya Fiddler, executive director of Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte and Megan Whitman, executive director of Main Street Square in Rapid City

Black Hills State University alums included Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors and Megan Whitman, as well as team members from Midwest Marketing: Todd Goetz, creative director Megan Batteen, marketing manager and Erika Uecker, interactive web director.

The SD CEO is housed on the Black Hills State University campus and offers business education and training for entrepreneurs that aspire or already own and operate a business. The organization offers conferences, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the year. The sixth annual luncheon featured guest speaker Sandra McNeely, vice president of Abbey Group Ltd., as well as local business exhibitors and award presentations.

McNeely shared her experience of owning and working for a family business. She is now the vice president of the Abbey Group, which she and her husband started in 1992. The Abbey Group provides management and fundraising services throughout the Midwest.

Family-owned and operated businesses are a mainstay in the United States, McNeely said. Her journey to owning her own business came after saying yes to new career opportunities. She began her career in investments, but after developing several business connections, she switched gears and began working in the nonprofit sector.

McNeely encouraged women to find new opportunities through the business owners they met at the luncheon, as well those they will meet in the future.

"Be present and keep your options open," McNeely said. "Life is a journey and each day presents new challenges and opportunities."

In addition to operating a family business, McNeely is an active volunteer, donating her time and effort to organizations including Family Firm Institute and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills.

Following McNeely&rsquos address, regional business women were recognized for their outstanding contributions and success through the SD CEO Women in Business Awards. The recipients of these awards are nominated by colleagues in the industry and chosen through a judging panel.

Women that attended the luncheon said they enjoyed the networking opportunities it provided through the business exhibition and keynote speaker. Plans are being made for the SD CEO&rsquos annual Women in Business Conference in October.

Women in the region are excited for the opportunities the SD CEO offers throughout the year at conferences such as these.  

"I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the women and the networking possibilities. There&rsquos such an energy that comes out from these kinds of events," said Lydia VanHorn, owner of Sola Salon Studios in Rapid City.

Clair Garvin Grable, restaurant manager at Lucky&rsquos 13 Pub in Spearfish, and Kirsten Potter, front desk manager at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish, said they enjoyed discovering new businesses in the area and gaining new and creative ideas for marketing their own companies.
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