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In celebration of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck, center, issued a proclamation at the city council meeting this week to Black Hills State University students. SIFE President Don Wolkenhauer, junior business administration major from Sturgis, accepted. Pictured, left to right, are Lindsay Holum, senior business administration major from Gillette, Wyo.; Kelsey Snyder, sophomore mass communications major from Kimball; John Williams, senior business administration major from Spearfish; Wolkenhauer; Garrett Miller, junior business administration major from Scranton, N.D.; Krambeck; Catrina Brossart, junior business administration major from Lead; Sarah Burtt, sophomore math and science education major from Newell; Dr. Ken Schallenkamp, assistant professor in the department of management and marketing; and SIFE advisor Dr. Priscilla Romkema, associate professor in the department of management and marketing.
The Black Hills State University Center for Business and Entrepreneurship will celebrate EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Feb. 24 through March 3.

As the only university in the South Dakota Regental system with a major in business administration with a specialization in entrepreneurial studies, BHSU will promote the major on campus and has scheduled several events to celebrate the week.

According to Priscilla Romkema, associate professor in the department of management and marketing at Black Hills State University, the importance of entrepreneurship education was noted by the U.S. House of Representatives in early June by enacting a Resolution (HR 699) in support of a national entrepreneurship week. This week is designated to inspire and encourage young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice and to celebrate America’s unique culture of inventiveness.

There will be activities and presentations on campus during the week to inspire and get students to think creatively and to turn their ideas into action – whether that means starting a new business, developing an innovation for an existing company or solving a problem that makes society better.

“What’s Your Big Idea? Take it on!” is an opportunity for BHSU students to interact with local entrepreneurs (including BHSU alumni) and will include a business idea competition. Wednesday, Feb. 28 students will submit business ideas for consideration by local entrepreneurs. Food will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the top three places.

“Hands-on Banking” presentations will be given at the Spearfish High School by the BHSU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team. Topics include budgeting, investing and credit.

There will be entrepreneurship tips or thoughts of the day sent out to BHSU students, staff and faculty.

Official events are being planned in cities across the country, culminating in Washington, D.C., where the focus will be on the importance of policy to the nation’s entrepreneurs.

Several BHSU graduates and local entrepreneurs were recently featured in a KOTA news segment on college graduates who stay in the state after receiving their degree. View the video segment on the news page at www.kotatv.com. For additional information on EntrepreneurshipWeek USA contact Priscilla Romkema at 642-6091.