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Yankton area women to be celebrated at conference

 Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Dean, BHSU College of Business & Natural Sciences
Dr. Bobby Looney, assistant professor, BHSU School of Business 
Helen Merriman, director, SD CEO 

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University, in partnership with several Yankton-area businesses, will host the first annual “Women’s Business Conference” in Yankton Friday, Sept. 12. The conference will be held at the Best Western Kelly Inn from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. BHSU’s main campus is located in Spearfish, but the University also offers classes in Yankton at RTEC, at the University Center-Rapid City, and online.


Women from across the state, including Yankton and BHSU, will be speaking at this event. Registrations are accepted online at or by phone at (605) 668-5700 or (605) 642-6435. Early registration ends Sept. 2 and is $75, which includes lunch, a resource program, and gift bags. Late registration is $90.

“We are so honored and excited to be hosting this women’s business conference in Yankton for the first time. Our partnership with several Yankton-area businesses has been instrumental in offering this unique opportunity,” says Helen Merriman, director, SD CEO. Topics will include educational and skill building sessions to increase professional development, enhance business communication technique and strengthen business relationships. 


Sponsors include: Applied Engineering; Avera Sacred Heart; CorTrust Bank; First National Bank of South Dakota; Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.; KVHT; Truxedo, Inc.; WNAX; Yankton Chamber of Commerce; Yankton County Observer; and Yankton Press and Dakotan.


SD CEO, the only Women's Business Center in the state of South Dakota, provides comprehensive training, education and business assistance, support and counseling for aspiring and established entrepreneurs to foster economic development in South Dakota. The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 100 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s office of Women’s Business Ownership.

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