Our Mission:

Empowering women and propelling economic development across South Dakota.

Our Vision:

To serve as a key partner in economic and workforce development in South Dakota providing comprehensive training and business assistance for aspiring entrepreneurs and forward thinking intrapreneurs.

Special areas of focus:

  • Training: developing, providing and/or recommending training, seminars and workshops to meet the needs of startup and existing businesses.
  • Counseling: facilitating how SBA might best serve client needs and encourage the best direction in pursuit of a successful business.
  • Technical Assistance: identifying resources for comprehensive training, mentoring and counseling to help entrepreneurs reach business goals.

While services are available to ANYONE interested in business, the center has a special emphasis on:

  • Women
  • Native Americans
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Youth entrepreneurs
  • Women veterans


SD CEO Staff Members

What our clients are saying about us:


"I like the hands-on approach with the program."

"I learned a great deal that I can put into practice in my business."

"The presenter was excellent; very knowledgeable and helpful."

"Fabulous class- I would sit through it again!"

Our Awards:

2013 SBA Region VIII Women's Business Center of Excellence Award

Michelle Kane SDCEO


Michelle Kane, Director

Phone Number: 605-642-6311

Email: Michelle.Kane@BHSU.edu


As director of SD CEO, Michelle provides business counseling and resource guidance to aspiring and established entrepreneurs. She and the SD CEO team are privileged to bring outstanding workshops, networking opportunities and conferences to professional women across the state while promoting entrepreneurship and leadership. Prior to joining SD CEO, Michelle owned Black Hills PR, a public relations firm she launched in 2011. Headquartered in Spearfish, Black Hills PR designed marketing, social media and PR programs for local, regional and national clients including three years traveling with a professional rodeo association.


She earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from San Jose State University and is a 4 th generation Californian who says that she “found her spot” in Spearfish.


You can find Michelle at the creek, lake or pool with her son Jack, on the golf course with husband Mike, on her front porch with friends or in her garden, weeding and listening to podcasts.


Andrea Bakeberg, Assistant Director

Phone: 605-642-6435

Email: Andrea.Bakeberg@BHSU.edu


Andrea joined SD CEO in May 2015. She graduated from Black Hills State University in 2012 as the highest ranking female graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Andrea received her MBA in Applied Management from BHSU in May 2016. She has been in the Zonta Club of Spearfish since 2014 and currently serves on the board. Andrea joined the Board of Directors for the Matthews Opera House in 2017 and currently serves as the board President. She received the 2019 Young Professional of the Year award from the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce. In her role as Assistant Director, Andrea manages the SD CEO financials and assists with the planning, registration, and coordination of all SD CEO events and training.

Andrea grew up in Rapid City and currently lives in Spearfish with her husband Aric and their animal pack (dogs Brewzur, Hyzer, Leela, Seven, and cat Surry).


Mela Cosme, Marketing Specialist 

Phone: 605-642-6948

Email: Mela.Cosme@BHSU.edu


Mela is the newest member of our team, joining us in October of 2016, a week prior to our Women’s Business Conference. Mela graduated from Black Hills State University in December of 2013 with a Bachelor in Corporate Communications and a Bachelor in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Photography and Graphic Design. Before joining our team, Mela was the copy editor, photographer, and social media coordinator for Maverick Publishing. She volunteers her time as a Girl Scout Troop Leader where she works and leads 7th graders to high school girls. In her role as Senior Secretary, Mela manages all of our marketing and office administrative duties and assist with the planning and coordination of all SD CEO events and trainings.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mela currently lives in Spearfish and is fond of the local community and the outdoors. In the winter, you may find her at our local ski resort, Terry Peak, where she is an AASI Level II Certified Snowboard Instructor.