2018 Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon & Awards



Save The Date:

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, May 11, 2018
Spearfish Holiday Inn & Convention Center


SD CEO Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Awards are CLOSED

SD CEO recognizes four businesses/individuals 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. The winners must be present at the Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon to accept their award.

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur
This woman entrepreneur has created a successful business by demonstrating outstanding skill and commitment.  This woman: has a minimum of 3 years in her current business, is 35 years or younger as of May 11, 2018, and is a small business entrepreneur. The business must be located in South Dakota.

Enterprising Business Team
The nominated team is the staff of a woman-owned business (at least 51% woman-owned), has 20 or fewer employees, has a minimum of seven (7) years in business, and collectively demonstrates outstanding skills and customer service.

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

Enterprising Business Woman
This dynamic business woman has achieved substantial success in her business and community. This woman: is a small business owner (at least 51%); has a minimum of seven (7) years in business; demonstrates outstanding skill, commitment, and accomplishment, while successfully navigating obstacles; influences, mentors, and encourages others. 

9th Annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon & Awards

Friday, May 11, 2018


Event Agenda

10:00 a.m. Registration & Exhibits Open

11:30 a.m. Welcome

11:35 a.m. Opening Remarks - Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

11:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Janie Hett, DPT, Owner & Physical Therapist, Peak Motion Physical Therapy

12:20 p.m. SBA Awards Presentation - John L. Brown II, U.S. Small Business Administration, South Dakota District Director

12:30 p.m. SD CEO Awards Presentation - Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

1:00 p.m. Networking & Visit Exhibitors


Janie Hett

I grew up on a ranch southwest of Buffalo and enjoyed an active lifestyle through sports and ranching which fueled my drive to become a physical therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming and later graduated from Pacific University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. After working for four years in the Pacific Northwest, I decided to return home to western South Dakota and Peak Motion Physical Therapy was born. I started clinics both in Spearfish and Buffalo. In the last year, I married my soul mate and we welcomed our sweet boy Nathan in June.

  • Bank West
  • Black Hills Community Bank
  • Black Hills Title, Inc.
  • Fairmont Creamery Rapid City
  • Great Western Bank
  • HealthSource Chiropractic
  • Help-U-Rent
  • Highmark Federal Credit Union
  • Pioneer Bank & Trust
  • RE/MAX in the Hills, Sandra Donahue
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility
  • Spearfish Holiday Inn & Convention Center
  • Wells Fargo
  • Western Dakota Insurors 
  • Akela Spa
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Black Hills Pioneer
  • Black Hills Psychology
  • Dakota Frontier Camp
  • First Interstate Bank
  • GenPro Energy Solutions
  • Highmark Federal Credit Union
  • Ivy North Designs
  • Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
  • Kitchen & Bath Showcase
  • LuLaRoe - Kayla Schmalz
  • Norwex - Cassie Maser
  • Piphany Coutare Boutique
  • Project Solutions Inc.
  • Quik Signs
  • RE/MAX In the Hills - Penny Doering
  • Regional Health
  • Rodan & Fields - Toni Kahnke
  • Rushmore Mall
  • SD Department of Transportation
  • Shaviq Designs
  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Terra Sancta Retreat Center
  • The Hot Room
  • The OWN
  • Toni Kahnke Photography
  • Trilogy Boutique
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

NEWBC 2018 Sponsor Logos

Akela Spa - $200 Value

  • 30 minute Signature Power Lift Mini Facial
  • 30 minute Mindful Pedicure
  • Haircut with style
  • 2 full day passes to the Akela Garden

Spearfish Holiday Inn & Convention Center - $350 Value

  • A two night stay in a suite at the Spearfish Holiday Inn 
  • $40 gift card to Lucky's 13

Total Grand Prize Value = $550

Must be present to win.