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SD CEO receives donation from F. L. Clarkson Family Foundation and Pioneer Bank and Trust

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F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation and Pioneer Bank and Trust present a donation to SD CEO. Pictured from left are: Andrea Bakeberg, assistant director, SD CEO Julie Rice, assistant vice president, Pioneer Bank and Trust and Helen Merriman, director, SD CEO.

The F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation and Pioneer Bank and Trust donated $750 to the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University.  The donation supports the seventh annual Celebrating Women in Business luncheon on Friday, May 13 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn, and the seventh annual Women's Business Conference in Deadwood Friday, Oct. 21.

Luncheon and conference information and registration can be found at or by phone at (605) 642-6435.

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants' opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-14-W-0018. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Accommodation will be provided to clients with Limited English Proficiency when requested in advance.

For more information contact: Andrea Bakeberg, S.D. Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), 1200 University St. Unit 9511, Spearfish, SD  57799-9511, Phone: 605-642-6435,

BHSU supporters donate a record $418,556 for student scholarships at Sutton Bay event

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Black Hills State University held the 5th Annual BHSU Sutton Bay Golf and Fish Outing August 12-14 to raise money for athletic scholarships. Thirty-three people participated raising a record $143,556. Dana and LaDawn Dykhouse contributed an additional $150,000 and an anonymous donor contributed $125,000 to raise the total to $418,556 for the scholarship coffers.

Business students gain experience investing $25K from Foundation

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Students with the Black Hills State University Investment Club worked under guidance of the BHSU Foundation to invest $25,000 of Foundation funds in long-term stocks, bonds, and mutual funds this spring. Each year, the Foundation will donate a portion of the investment profits to deserving Investment Club students in the form of scholarships. The remainder of the profits will remain with the Foundation.