Historical Luncheons

2016 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program


CWB Flyer 2016- FINAL


U.S. SBA Award Winners

 

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Una Lee Howe, Working Cowboy Saddlery
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Dawn Claymore, Midwest Marketing

Women in Business 2016 Award Winners

The Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Jessica Castleberry, Little Nest Preschool
The Enterprising Business Team: Quik Signs
The Enterprising Business Woman: Sandra McNeely, The Abbey Group
The Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Jennifer Baloun, Great Western Bank


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Melissa Johnson is the founder of Oh My Cupcakes! In Sioux Falls as well as a new sister company, Oh My Word Luxury Paperie. Melissa is the author of Fingers in the Frosting, a book which details the company’s journey and encourages people to follow their own dreams. Melissa has three children and a foster daughter who worked her way into the family’s heart two and a half years ago. She considers determination, a positive attitude and a sense of humor as some of her greatest gifts. (The girl’s funny, just ask her.)
Oh My Cupcakes! was the 2013 SBA Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

CWB 2016 Sponsor Logos

 


2016 Business Showcase

Akela Spa
BHSU School of Business
Black Hills Energy/Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Pioneer
Casey Peterson & Associates
Dakota Business Center
Elkhorn Ridge Resort & Golf Club
Faux Creations
First Interstate Bank
GenPro Energy Solutions
Ind. Director, Thirty-One Gifts
Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Lenores
Life Light Creative, LLC
Lucy's Nearly New Shoppe
LuLa Roe
Michels Communications
New York Live Insurance Company
Oh My Cupcakes!
Peak Motion Physical Therapy
Prioricare Staffing Solutions
Project Solutions
Quik Signs
RE/MAX in the Hills, Penny Doering, Realtor
Shaviq Studio
Small Business Administration
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
Spearfish Canyon Lodge
The OWN
Visitor Publishing
Working Cowboy Saddlery

2017 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program

2017 Celebrating Women in Business Flyer

 

View the video from the 2016 Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon & Awards Program:


U.S. SBA Award Winners 

2017 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Lotus Up Espresso and Deli

2017 Leadership Circle Award: Black Hills Federal Credit Union

2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Tim Johnson from Howard Johnson Inn & Suites in Rapid City 

2017 Champion of the Year: Helen Merriman, South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity 

 

SD CEO 2017 Award Winners:

Enterprising Business Woman Award: Monna Patton, Lil's Angel (Kyle, SD)

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur Award:  Miranda Papendick and Brooke Bradsky, of  AJ’s Wicked Salon and Spa. (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Team Award: Anderson, Nill & Associates. (Pierre, SD)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award: Leah Braun, Harney Business Group (Rapid City, SD)


Gilcrease-Heupel- 2016

Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Born March 3rd 1983 in Washington state, owner of Lotus Up Espresso & Deli & D& J Holdings, sits on The Lead Area Chamber of Commerce board , Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center board, Lead Kiwanis board and the resource development Committee for the Lead area Boys and Girls Club, but how did she get here? Adopted at age 11 she was a shy girl who knew that she was destined for greatness, a natural born leader! She started her journey young, becoming President of P.S.I.A ( parents and students in action) at the young age of 13. Jamie was a cheerleader for the Eatonville Cruisers through High school where she found her voice. She followed her heart to Montana after graduation where she met her amazing husband and father of her children. She moved to her husbands home town of Lead, South Dakota at the end of 2009. Shortly after, she purchased an existing coffee house. July of 2010 she began her trek to becoming a success story. She created a dream, inspired others to join her and on June 26th 2016 she opened the doors to a multi-level establishment that would be home to her coffee house and 3 other viable businesses. This building is part of her dream to help community and economic growth in a town that was once lost. She is often found in her place of business dreaming up new ways to help her community and inspiring others to follow their own dreams. Jamie is no stranger to obstacles or hardships, but nothing will stop this young gal in her efforts to helping others achieve greatness.


2017 Exhibitor Showcase

A Perfect 10 Nail & Beauty Bar
Akela Spa
BHSU MS in Strategic Leadership
BHSU School of Business
Black Hills Energy
Black Hills Lifestyle Magazine
Black Hills Pioneer
Black Hills Psychology
Dakota Frontier Camp
Faux Creations
First Interstate Bank
Ivy North Designs
Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Lenores
Lucy's Nearly New Shoppe
LuLaRoe
Norwex
Peak Motion Physical Therapy
Prioricare Staffing Solutions
SDDOT DBE
Quik Signs
RE/MAX in the Hills, Penny Doering, Realtor
SDSU Extension Office
Shaviq Studio & Gallery
Skin Solution Studio
Small Business Administration
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
The Medical Center of Spearfish
The OWN


CWB 2017 Sponsors

 

2013 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program

Sandy Burns, CEO of Project Solutions Inc., was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Burns started the full service professional project management firm in 2000. Project Solutions is located in Rapid City with operations in eight states and overseas.

(shown here from left to right: Nikkita Kaufman, Liz Young, Janie Hett, Kari Karst, Jane Swenson, Sheryl Eisenbraun, Helen Merriman)

Congratulations to the 2013 "Celebrating Women in Business award winners!

Enterprising Business Woman: Kari Karst, owner and president of BX Civil & Construction, Inc. in Dell Rapids

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Janie Hett, owner of Peak Motion Physical Therapy in Spearfish

Enterprising Business Team: State Farm Insurance- Coreen Lerwick Agency (Nikkita Kaufman & Liz Young shown in picture accepting award)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Sheryl Eisenbraun, senior vice president of Pioneer Bank & Trust in Sturgis; and Jane Swenson, senior vice president of Reliabank Dakota in Watertown.

Sponsored in part by:

Exhibitor Showcase

Lenores

Becky Gropper, New York Life Insurance Co.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Highmark Federal Credit Union

Medicap Pharmacy

American Center for Credit Education

E&J Specialties, Inc

Small Business Administration

Lorie Eichert Empowerment Guide

Chicken Creek Communications

Project Solutions

Tastefully Simple

HW & Consulting

ARIIX

Your Gold Pages

Shaviq Studio & Gallery

2015 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

2012 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program

Jackie Nettleton, president & CEO of Mountain Movers Construction, Inc., was the guest speaker. 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.

Congratulations to the recipients of the enterprising business awards!

Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Beth Davis, Dakota Resources

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Kelsie Darling, Quik Signs

Enterprising Business Team: Project Solutions Inc.

Enterprising Business Woman: Dixie Olson, Properties Unlimited Realty

Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Tawney Brunsch, Lakota Funds

2012 Sponsors:

First Interstate Bank

BHSU

Black Hills Pioneer

PACE Strategic Development

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Lorie Eichert Empowerment Coach

Quik Signs

RE/MAX in the Hills

Ketel Thorstensen, LLP

Lantis Enterprises, Inc

Bernard Marketing & Advertising

Elkhorn Ridge Resort & Golf Club

Spearfish Economic Development Center

Casey Peterson & Associates

2012 Exhibitors

Abbey Group, Ltd.

BHSU Bookstore

Chicken Creek Communications

Dakota FInancial Services

Heritage Makers

Highmark Federal Credit Union

Innovative Business Solutions

Lenores

MicroSolutions, Inc

New York Life Insurance Company

Small Business Administration

Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Project Solutions

Select Imaging

Stec's Advertising Specialties

Swank Spaces

Vanilla Bean Bakery

2014 "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon & Awards Program



More about Ginger...

Ginger Thomson’s speaking career began at the age of three when her broadcaster father recorded her voice for radio commercials. Today, Ginger is still using her presentation skills to sell, motivate and inspire. As an emcee, she has shared the stage with celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Erin Brockovich, Lisa Ling and Mary Lou Retton.

Ginger’s life has taken some interesting twists and turns, from being chosen Miss South Dakota USA in 1977 to winning the title of Brookings City Councilwoman in 2005.  She holds a Master of Science in Journalism from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota.  She was a television news anchor and reporter at KELO-TV and a producer for South Dakota Public Television.  She then started her own marketing and media production company, TV Productions, Inc., in Brookings where she was a writer, producer, and on-air talent.  She has won more than 200 awards for excellence in the field of communications.

She has worked in the financial industry as a business development executive and in the non-profit arena as a development officer. Ginger is now a coordinator with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation.  She is also the co-owner of TV Productions and TV Enterprises.

She currently serves on numerous boards and is active in many local and state organizations.  She is a member of the touring dance group Dakota Prairie Cloggers.  Ginger is also an inventor who will tell you shortly about her first patent-pending product.

She and her husband, Jay Vanduch, have two children, Carson, 17, and Madison, 16.  They reside in Brookings.

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Business Showcase/Exhibitors:

In addition to the businesses listed above, the following businesses will be showcased:

Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce

Simple Solutions 2 Publishing Division

New York Life Insurance Company, Becky Gropper-Agent

Independent Thirty-One Consultant, Shawn Trupe

Historic Homestake Opera House Theater

HW & Company Consulting

Leah Braun Life Coach | Professional Trainer

Shaviq Studio & Gallery

Tastefully Simple

Cadillac Jacks, an Ascend Collection Hotel

Brown Rock Sports Cafe' at Cadillac Jacks

SpringHill Suites by Marriot

Akela Spa

Lenores

Small Business Administration