Early bird registration is Monday for the Third Annual Women in Business Luncheon, sponsored by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO). The early bird registration fee is $25. Starting May 8, the fee increases to $35. For more information or to register, contact the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at 605-642-6435 or visit http://www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO.

The third annual “Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon” is May 17 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and will include the announcement of the winners of the new state-wide awards, launched by SD CEO to showcase exemplary women in business.

Exhibits open at 10 a.m. and the event concludes at 1 p.m. The program includes guest speaker, Jackie Nettleton, president and CEO of Mountain Movers Construction, Rapid City; a resource booklet; business exhibits; and lunch.

“We are excited about this year’s event speaker, Jackie Nettleton. We believe participants will find her experiences insightful and inspiring. In a short period of time, Jackie’s leadership has been instrumental in the company’s growth from a start-up company with an initial government contract of $1,500 to a growing group of companies that has more than $150 million in contracts,” said Helen Merriman, director of SD CEO.

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 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, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.