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 Jackie Nettleton

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University will host the third annual “Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon” at the Spearfish Holiday Inn May 17.  The state-wide awards program, launched this year by SD CEO, will announce the winners during the event.

Exhibits open at 10 a.m. and the event concludes at 1 p.m. Jackie Nettleton, president and CEO of Mountain Movers Construction, Rapid City will be the guest speaker during this year’s event. Mountain Movers’ first government contract came in 2006 and was $1,500. Within five years, Nettleton had signed $150 million in contracts. Because of its success, the company is able to sponsor numerous community organizations and has been excited to participate in community education and scholarship funds.

The event recognizes and celebrates working women; many who are current entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, or women working within the business community. “This signature event is designed to recognize the contributions of business women to our economy and their communities,” says Helen Merriman, director of SD CEO.

Register for the luncheon is $35. For more information or to register, contact the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at 605-642-6435 or visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO.

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.