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Mayor Krambeck proclaims National Entrepreneurship Week

Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck (left), issued an official proclamation designating Feb. 20-27 as National Entrepreneurship Week. Accepting the proclamation are Helen Merriman (center), director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEo)at BHSU and Barb Zwetzig (right), director of the Center for Business, Entrepreneurship and Tourism (CBET).

Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck issued an official proclamation designating Feb. 20-27 as National Entrepreneurship Week.

In the proclamation Krambeck noted that entrepreneurship is vital to the growth and prosperity of Spearfish. The proclamation notes that Black Hills State University supports and encourages aspiring entrepreneurs through two centers: the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) and the Center for Business, Entrepreneurship and Tourism (CBET). BHSU also annually hosts more than 100 high school students every year for the Youth Business Adventure program to encourage young entrepreneurs. Black Hills State University, which has one of the largest business programs in the state, offers a business degree with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

The United States House of Representatives resolved to recognize the first annual National Entrepreneurship Week four years ago. According the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, entrepreneurship is a driving force of the U.S. economy. During the past 15 years, businesses less than five years old have accounted for about 70 percent of the net job creation in the United States. However, while America presently maintains the edge as an entrepreneurial society, there are clear signs of massive economic competition from abroad. More Americans in the future will need to be generating more ideas and better innovations if the United States is to stay ahead of the large populations of educated citizens in emerging and globally savvy economies.

This year we want to recognize entrepreneurial literacy as a real American necessity, whether you work for someone else or start your own business. These are the skills that empower everyone to succeed in any type of job in any industry and fuel the American economy, according to Barb Zwetzig, director of the CBET at BHSU.

To learn more about National Entrepreneurship Week visit www.NationalEWeek.org.

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