More than 50 people attended the ribbon cutting for the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University this week.
The SD CEO, which is now open in Woodburn Hall on the BHSU campus, provides business assistance and training to current and prospective entrepreneurs from start up to expansion to foster economic development in SD. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs. The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Left to right, Chris Davis, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Ambassador; Priscilla Romkema, BHSU College of Business and Technology dean; Chris Coolidge, SD CEO program assistant; John L. Brown II, SBA South Dakota district director; Helen Merriman, SD CEO director; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president; and Jennifer Hoisington, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.