The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University recently received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Spearfish Area Community Foundation-City of Spearfish Fund. SD CEO plans to use the funds to enhance efforts to provide training, counseling, and business assistance to prospective entrepreneurs (with a special emphasis on women) in an effort to enhance their business management and leadership skills, contributing to economic development and a brighter future for the region.

Located on the BHSU campus, the SD CEO provides business assistance and training to current and prospective entrepreneurs from start up to expansion to foster economic development in South Dakota. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, the Center places an emphasis on women’s business development. The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).