Annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon May 16

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, April 17, 2014/Categories: 2014

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University presents the fifth annual Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center Friday, May 16.  The signature event celebrates all working women, whether they are current entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, or working members of the business community.

The exhibitor/vendor showcase begins at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The program features guest speaker Ginger Thomson, award-winning businesswoman, entrepreneur, and inventor from Brookings. Attendees will receive a resource booklet, access to business exhibitors, networking opportunities, and lunch. The event will wrap up at 1 p.m.

Helen Merriman, director of the SD CEO, comments, "A unique feature again this year will be the announcement of four exemplary women entrepreneurs chosen from a statewide nomination process.  These women have made a significant impact in business, and their actions exemplify savvy business acumen, integrity, compassion, and commitment to community. Award winners will be announced in four categories: The Enterprising Young Entrepreneur The Enterprising Business Team The Enterprising Business Woman and The Enterprising Friend of Small Business." Merriman encourages all women to attend this event for inspiration to begin and strengthen a business, network with other business women, and gain valuable insight into the world of entrepreneurship.

In addition to being an award-winning businesswoman and entrepreneur, guest speaker Thomson is an inventor who will talk about her first patent-pending product. She is currently a coordinator with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation and is the co-owner of TV Productions and TV Enterprises.  

Thomson&rsquos 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&rsquos degree in journalism from South Dakota State University and a bachelor&rsquos degree 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 served as a writer, producer, and on-air talent.  She has won more than 200 awards for excellence in the field of communications.

Register for the luncheon before May 7 to receive the Early Bird Discount, $25. Starting May 8, the late fee price is $35.  For more information or to register, contact the SD CEO at 605-642-6435 or visit

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants&rsquo opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-13-W-0034. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Accommodation will be provided to clients with Limited English Proficiency when requested in advance.

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