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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 BHSU campus in Spearfish. SD CEO, a recently established organization, provides management and technical assistance, comprehensive training, and counseling for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.

The Business Luncheon Seminar will be held April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Canyon Cottage at Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

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 an April 6 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 with these topics: starting your business, expanding your business, starting a home-based business, marketing your business, opportunities for women vets, 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 175 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.