POSTPONED: Celebrating Women In Business Breakfast

The 11th Annual Celebrating Women in Business BREAKFAST is Thursday, May 21,2020 at the Holiday Inn Spearfish-Convention Center. This event honors and recognizes all working women whether they run their own business, aspiring entrepreneurs or work for someone else.

As part of the event, the SD CEO Celebrating Women In Business Awards program, in place since 2012, will be presenting awards to four outstanding women across the state.

Our keynote speakers are Kimberly Brave Heart, Owner and Executive Chef, Etiquette Catering & Owner, Painted Skye Management and Letti Lister, Publisher & President, Black Hills Pioneer.

Cost: $30 ($40 after early bird)

Registration is not available at this time. 



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Women In Leadership: Focusing on the Future

A professional development curriculum to help women understand and apply essential leadership skills, both personally and within an organizational context to include effective leadership, strategy formation, decision making, project management, communication skills and building stronger partnerships in their workplaces and communities.

Sessions 3 & 4 (July 8 & 9) will be will be held virtually over Zoom. 

Registration is closed. 

Cost: $299

For more information, visit our Women In Leadership website




Women In Networking: Virtual Lunch

Join us for our July Women In Networking meeting on Tuesday, July 14 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM virtually over Zoom.

Our guest speaker is Becky Helmberger, FICF, District Manager with National Mutual Benefit, Dakotas Agency.

Women In Networking is an organization for women in business that provides an opportunity to widen their professional networks and promote your business and network with other women. WIN connects women, familiarizes participants with other businesses and/or upcoming events, and supports the SD CEO Women's Business Center.

Cost: FREE




 3rd Annual Women's Business Conference

Invest in your professional development and attend the third annual Women's Business Conference on Wednesday, August 19,  2020, at The Dakota Event Center  in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Our Keynote speaker this year is Jennifer Pharr Davis.  Jennifer is a hiker, author, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, first woman record setter for fastest time hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, business owner, speaker, community leader, and a mom.For more information regarding the conference, visit our event page!

Cost: $115 ($130 after Aug 5)
Students: $50


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Cancellation Policy:

SD CEO Seminars and Major Events: All SD CEO registration payments are final. Your registration fee may be applied to a future event if you cancel at least 7 days prior to an event, or you may give your registration to a colleague or associate. Any registration cancellations less than 7 days prior to an event will not be applied to a future training.
Women in Networking (WIN): All WIN registration payments are final and cannot be applied to future events.

SD CEO Scholarships

SD CEO provides the highest quality workshops, professional development events, and training programs. Financial aid based on need is available for individuals who would otherwise be unable to access our services. The SD CEO offers scholarships up to 75% of the total program/event cost. The following information will be used to determine your scholarship eligibility and discount if selected. Scholarship are given based on the availability of scholarship funds. Scholarship preference is given to those who have a financial need, own or work for a small business, or work for a non-profit.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Your Small Business Resource (SBA)

The SD CEO is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Mela Cosme (Mela.Cosme@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6948).

Special areas of focus:



developing, providing and/or recommending training, seminars and workshops to meet the needs of startup and existing businesses.



facilitating how SBA might best serve client needs and encourage the best direction in pursuit of a successful business.

Technical Assistance

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 assisting women.

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"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!"

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