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South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity to host Business Luncheon Seminar

Jim Shaw, Small Business Administration (SBA) senior area manager and former mayor of Rapid City, will discuss the SBA’s available business funding programs during a Business Luncheon Seminar hosted by SD CEO Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at Black Hills State University.

Have you ever dreamed of starting a business, or expanding your business? That opportunity might be closer than you think, thanks to the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), located in Woodburn Hall on the Black Hills State University campus in Spearfish. It is a recently established organization designed to provide management and technical assistance, comprehensive training, and counseling for entrepreneurs.

As a kick-off event for the SD CEO, a Business Luncheon Seminar will be held Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at BHSU. The seminar is co-sponsored by Dakota Rising, an organization designed to spur South Dakota's rural economy.

During lunch, Jim Shaw, Small Business Administration (SBA) senior area manager and a former four-term mayor of Rapid City, will discuss the SBA’s available business funding programs. A question and answer session will follow.

Registration for the seminar is required with a Feb. 8 deadline. Interested parties may register online at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO, or by email at Chris.Coolidge@BHSU.edu, or by phone at (605) 642-6435.

According to Helen Merriman, director of the SD CEO, “The goal of the Center is to work with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to provide support through education, counseling, training, and advocacy in all stages of business development, from start up to expansion, to foster economic development in South Dakota. “

SD CEO is planning future seminars including the following topics: starting your business, expanding your business, starting a home-based business, marketing your business, opportunities for women veterans, understanding SBA loan guidelines and more.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, and is part of a network of more than 75 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s women’s business funding. 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.

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