The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University will host a business seminar in partnership with the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) and the South Dakota National Guard on “How to Start Your Own Business” Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the University Center-Rapid City. This presentation will also be available via DDN at the following locations: University Center Room 113 in Rapid City; BHSU Library Room 009 in Spearfish; Sisseton Middle School in Sisseton; SDSU SPC 214 in Brookings; LATI in Watertown; and HSC Training Center in Yankton.

The seminar information is intended for veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members in the Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard members. Current spouses are also welcome to attend, as well as widows/widowers of a service member or veteran who died during service or suffered a service-connected disability.

Guest speakers include: Jim Shaw, senior area manager of the Small Business Administration; Helen Merriman, director of the SD CEO; Tim Crawford, business consultant from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and Sandy Burns, president of Project Solutions, Inc.

The SBA’s Patriot Express loan initiative, for veterans and members of the military community wanting to establish or expand small businesses will be discussed. The average amount is $82,000, with nearly 15 percent going to military spouses. It can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real estate. Presenters will also discuss how to develop a marketing plan, services of the SBDC, how to contract with the federal government and the SBA 504 loan program.

Registration ends Nov. 7. For more information or to register visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO, or call

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 110 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.