Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon

Each year, the SD CEO hosts a luncheon that celebrates the accomplishments of women in business. The luncheon is called "Celebrating Women in Business" and is held annually in May!

The event recognizes and celebrates working women; many who are current entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, or women working within the business community. “This signature event is designed to recognize the contributions of business women to our economy and their communities,” says Helen Merriman, director of SD CEO

 If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Helen Merriman, 605-642-6311 or Helen.Merriman@bhsu.edu.

This year the event will be held on Friday, May 15th! More info to come!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center

Doors open and exhibitor showcase begins at 10:00 a.m. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The 8th Annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon and Award is


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
Lucy's Nearly New Shoppe
Peak Motion Physical Therapy
Prioricare Staffing Solutions
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


CWB 2017 Sponsors