Women's Business Conference returns to Deadwood

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Categories: 2015








           JJ DiGeronimo



The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University will host the sixth annual Women&rsquos Business Conference Friday, Oct. 23.  The conference will be held at The Lodge at Deadwood from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The featured speaker this year will be JJ DiGeronimo, president of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women, organizations that connect, empower, and celebrate women. DiGeronimo is an award-winning author, featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine, has been a regular guest on TV and radio shows and featured in numerous publications. In addition to delivering effective leadership strategies to advance professional women, DiGeronimo has shared her insight with many corporations and women&rsquos organizations for many corporate events including Amazon, Symantec, Cisco, and Nestle.

The conference will also highlight a presentation by Linda Rabe, President and CEO, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, and an entrepreneurial panel moderated by Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean, BHSU College of Business and Natural Sciences. Panelists are Michelle Kane, owner, Black Hills PR and Jackie Nettleton, owner, Mountain Movers Construction, Inc.

"Hosting this opportunity to bring incredibly dynamic women together is our signature event each year," says Helen Merriman, director, SD CEO, "We are dedicated to helping women succeed in their small business ownership as well as their careers by providing cutting-edge professional development."

"Attending the Women&rsquos Business Conference is a great boost for our small business," says Samantha Ellis, owner, the OWN, Rapid City, of last year&rsquos conference. "We had great networking opportunities and made wonderful connections with other professional women. The takeaways I gained from the event were applicable to not only running the business but to my personal life as well. Overall, the whole experience was incredible."

Register online at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or by phone at (605) 642-6435.  Early registration ends Friday, Oct. 8 and is $125. Late registration is $145. The Lodge at Deadwood is offering conference attendees special discount rates.  

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