The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, will host their third annual “Women’s Business Conference” in Rapid City, Thursday, Oct. 25. The conference will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may earn 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) accreditation through Black Hills State University.
Susan Sweeney, best-selling author and internationally renowned Internet marketing and e-business expert, will be the keynote speaker. The founder and president of Connex Network Inc., an Internet marketing and e-business consulting firm, Sweeney will focus on the life cycle of business websites, blogs, social media and mobile, the benchmarks of a successful web presence, and Internet marketing.
The signature business event is dedicated to helping women advance in their professional careers by providing cutting-edge topics related to building and or strengthening their businesses. This year’s topics include “Mastering Your Professional Image,” presented by Cindy McNeil, president and general manager of KEVN Black Hills Fox TV, and Jacqueline Nettleton, president of Mountain Movers Construction Inc.; and “Wealth Management for Women,” presented by Jo Roebuck-Pearson, senior vice president-investments at Roebuck Koppman Wealth Consultants, UBS Financial Services Inc.
A panel comprised of three local businesswomen, Patri Acevedo-Riker, AIA, owner of AcV2 Architecture; Sandra McNeely, The Abbey Group; and Lia Green, president and general manager of New Rushmore Radio, Inc., will discuss business challenges and opportunities. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences.

Register online at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or by phone at (605) 642-6435. Early registration ends Oct. 11 and is $90, which includes lunch, a resource program, and gift bags. Late registration is $105 and does not include insertion of registrant’s information into the resource program.
The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (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. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants’ opinions, products or services.  SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-11-W-0038.