SD CEO 2018 Award Winners:

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur Award: Samantha Schmeltzer, The OWN (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Team Award: Black Hills Ultrasound, Nicole Mollman (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Woman Award: Marvie Tschetter, Lankota Group, Inc. (Huron, SD) 

Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award: Dr. Helen Usera, Aspiring Business Consulting (Rapid City, SD)


U.S. SBA Award Winners

Small Business Exporter of the Year: B9CreationsMichael Joyce, Shon Anderson & Scott Reisenauer

2017 Leadership Circle Award: Black Hills Federal Credit Union

2017 Leadership Circle Award: Black Hills Economic Development

2018 Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Tammy Tolton, Tammy's Tack & Western Wear, LLC.

Little Nest Preschool

2018 Woman Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Award:


SD CEO 2014 Award Winners:

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Amy Colgan, Lemonly (Sioux Falls, SD)

Enterprising Business Team: Dakota Business Center (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Woman: Nancy Barron, Sandstone Senior Living (Spearfish, SD)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business:

Linda Salmonson, East River Electric Power Cooperative (Madison, SD)

Julie Johnson, Absolutely! Aberdeen (Aberdeen, SD)

SD CEO 2015 Award Winners:

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Lindsey Richards, Alpine Impressions Screen Printing and Embroidery (Spearfish, SD)

Enterprising Business Team: Midwest Marketing LLC (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Woman: Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors, Comfort Keepers and Belle Estate Senior Living (Spearfish, SD)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business:

Megan Whitman, Main Street Square Rapid City (Rapid City, SD)

Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Community Fund, Inc. (Eagle Butte, SD)

U.S. SBA Award Winners

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

Leadership Circle Award: Black Hills Federal Credit Union

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

Champion of the Year: Helen Merriman, South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO)


SD CEO 2017 Award Winners:

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

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

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

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

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


SD CEO 2016 Award Winners

The Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Jessica Castleberry, Little Nest Preschool (Rapid City, SD)

The Enterprising Business Team: Quik Signs (Spearfish, SD)

The Enterprising Business Woman: Sandra McNeely, The Abbey Group (Rapid City, SD)

The Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Jennifer Baloun, Great Western Bank (Rapid City, SD)

SD CEO 2013 Award Winners:

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Janie Hett, Peak Motion Physical Therapy (Spearfish & Buffalo, SD)

Enterprising Business Team: State Farm Insurance- Coreen Lerwick Agency (Spearfish, SD)

Enterprising Business Woman: Kari Karst, BX Civil & Construction, Inc. (Dell Rapids, SD)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business

Sheryl Eisenbraun, Pioneer Bank & Trust (Sturgis, SD)

Jane Swenson, Reliabank Dakota (Watertown)

SD CEO 2012 Award Winners:

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Kelsie Darling, Quik Signs (Spearfish, SD)

Enterprising Business Team: Project Solutions Inc. (Rapid City, SD)

Enterprising Business Woman: Dixie Olson, Properties Unlimited Realty (Sturgis, SD)

Enterprising Friend of Small Business: 

Tawney Brunsch, Lakota Funds (Kyle, SD)

Beth Davis, Dakota Resources (Renner, SD)

 

 2020 "SD CEO Enterprising Women Awards" nominations are now OPEN!

SD CEO recognizes four women across the state every year at our Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon. Please consider nominating a deserving individual or business for one of the awards below. Self nominations are accepted. SD CEO has a panel of expert judges that determine the winner in each category. Winners must be present at the 11 th Annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon & Awards on May 11, 2020

Nomination Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur:

This woman entrepreneur has created a successful business by demonstrating outstanding skill and commitment. She demonstrates leadership qualities in her community and/or industry. This woman: 

  • Owns the business (51% or more)
  •  Has owned her current business for a minimum of 3 years
  •  Is 35 years or younger as of May 11, 2020
  •  Is a small business entrepreneur as defined by the U.S. SBA 
  • The business must be located in South Dakota.

Enterprising Woman Entrepreneur:

This dynamic business woman has achieved substantial success and demonstrates significant leadership in her industry and community. She demonstrates outstanding skill, commitment, and accomplishment, while successfully navigating obstacles. She also mentors and encourages others.This woman: 

  • Owns the business (51% or more)
  •  Has owned her current business for a minimum of 7 years
  •  Is a small business entrepreneur as defined by the U.S. SBA 
  • Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor; is independently owned and operated; is not dominant in its field on a national basis)
  • The business must be located in South Dakota.

Enterprising Friend of Small Business:

This woman is an advocate for the growth and development of small business, and demonstrates commitment and ongoing support to the success of women-owned businesses. This woman may work for or own a business of any size, and the business does not need to be woman-owned. 

Enterprising Woman Intrapreneur:

This woman may work for a business of any size, and has used her entrepreneurial qualities to implement or serve as a catalyst to innovative changes within her organization that have led to increased revenues, expansion/growth of the company, improved systems, or other quantifiable improvements/advancements of the organization. She can work at any level of the organization, and demonstrates significant leadership qualities at work and within her community. The business the woman works for must be located in South Dakota. 

 

Previous Award Winners