The SD CEO, Women's Business Center, provides comprehensive training, education and business assistance, support and counseling for aspiring and established entrepreneurs to foster economic development in South Dakota. 

Vision Statement: SD CEO will facilitate opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to support, nurture and advocate the development of prosperous businesses.

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

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 

 2013 SBA District Office Women's Business Center of Excellence - In Recognition of Exemplary Achievement and Innovation!

SD CEO Staff Members


Michelle Kane
, Executive Director

Phone Number:605-642-6311            Email:

Prior to joining SD CEO, Michelle owned Black Hills PR, a public relations firm she launched in January 2011. Headquartered in Spearfish, Black Hills PR served local, regional and national clients with their public relations, social media management and marketing strategy.  As a sought after speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, digital strategy and marketing, she also covered the region presenting and training at a wide range of conferences and workshops. In addition to a background in entrepreneurship, Michelle worked in early Silicon Valley at a high-tech boutique ad agency and in corporate communications for a semiconductor manufacturer. Other industry experience includes: public relations, sales and marketing and management positions in financial services, telecommunications, medical and legal services.

Michelle is originally from Sacramento, CA, and earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. She currently serves on the board of the Western Hills Humane Society and lives in Spearfish, with her husband, Mike, an English Teacher at Douglas Middle School in Box Elder and son, Jack. 


Andrea Bakeberg, Assistant Director

Phone:605-642-6435  Email:

 Andrea joined SDCEO 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, and she is the secretary for the Zonta Club of Spearfish. Andrea joined the Board of Directors for the Matthews Opera House in 2017 and currently serves as the board President. Before coming to the SD CEO office, Andrea worked as the Program Assistant for the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU. In her role as Assistant Director, she 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.

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Mela Cosme, Marketing Specialist 

Phone:605-642-6948        Email:

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. 

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