Outstanding Women In Business Award Winners
Women In Business Awards are designed to celebrate the impact of outstanding businesswomen across the state of South Dakota for their business acumen and contributions to their community and the state. 

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur

This woman entrepreneur has created a successful business by demonstrating outstanding skill and commitment. She demonstrates leadership qualities in her community and/or industry.

2023 - Jesika Floyd, Heartland Home Health, Belle Fourche

2022 - Tia Berens, The Barn At Aspen Acres, Spearfish

2019 – Katie Wagner Washnok, Blackout Industries, Spearfish

2018 – Samantha Schmeltzer, The OWN, Rapid City

2017 – Miranda Papendick & Brooke Bradsky, Aj’s Wicked Salon & Spa, Rapid City

2016 – Jessica Castleberry, Little Nest Preschool LLC, Rapid City

2015 – Lindsey Richards, Alpine Impressions Screen Printing and Embroidery, Spearfish

2014 – Amy Colgan, Lemonly, Sioux Falls

2013 – Janie Hett, Peak Motion Physical Therapy, Spearfish

2012 – Kelsie Darling, Quik Signs, Spearfish

Enterprising Woman Entrepreneur

This dynamic business woman has achieved substantial success and demonstrates significant leadership in her industry and community. She demonstrates outstanding skill, commitment, and accomplishment, while successfully navigating obstacles. She also mentors and encourages others.

2023 - Allison Russell, Twisted Wire Design, Mitchell

2022 - Carrie Gerlach, Black Hills Adventure Tours, Rapid City

2019 – Linda Lea Viken, Viken & Riggins Law Firm, Rapid City

2018 – Marvie Tschetter, Lankota Group, Inc., Huron

2017 – Mona Patton, Lil’ Angel’s Inc., Kyle

2016 – Sandra McNeely, Abbey Group Ltd., Rapid City

2015 – Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors, Comfort Keepers and Belle Estate Senior Living, Spearfish

2014 – Nancy Barron, Sandstone Senior Living, Spearfish

2013 – Kari Jo Karst, BX Civil & Construction, Dell Rapids

2012 – Dixie Olson, Properties Unlimited Realty, Sturgis

Outstanding Women's Choice Award

This award was voted on live at The Women's Business Summit to recognize one of the top 9 finalists from 2022 Outstanding Women in Business for their excellence by nominee's peers. 

2023 - Rhonda Pearcy, Fork Real Cafe, Rapid City

2022 - Tia Berens, The Barn at Aspen Acres, Spearfish

Enterprising Woman Intrapreneur

NEW Award in 2019

This woman is not the owner of a business, but has used her entrepreneurial qualities to implement or serve as a catalyst to innovative changes within her organization that have led to increased revenues, expansion/growth of the company, improved systems, or other quantifiable improvements/advancements of the organization. 

2023 - Lori Finnesand, GROW South Dakota, Sisseton

2022 - Marnie Herrmann, Security First Bank, Rapid City

2019 – Sarah Carlson, Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead

Friend of A Small Business

Retired in 2019

2019 - Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart Etiquette Catering LLC, Rapid City

2018 - Dr. Helen Usera, Aspiring Business Consulting, Rapid City 

2017 - Leah Braun, Harney Business Group, Rapid City 

2016 - Jennifer Baloun, Great Western Bank, Spearfish 

2015 - Megan Whitman, Main Street Square Rapid City, Rapid City 

Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Community Fund, Inc., Eagle Butte 

2014 - Linda Salmonson, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Madison 

Julie Johnson, Absolutely! Aberdeen, Aberdeen 

2013 - Sheryl Eisenbraun, Pioneer Bank & Trust, Sturgis 
Jane Swenson, Reliabank Dakota, Watertown 

2012 - Beth Davis, Dakota Resources, Renner 

Tawney Brunsch, Lakota Funds, Kyle 

Enterprising Business Team

Retired in 2019

2018 – Black Hills Ultra Sound, Rapid City 

2017 – Anderson, Nill & Associates Inc., Pierre 

2016 – Quik Signs, Spearfish 

2015 – Midwest Marketing LLC, Rapid City 

2014 – Dakota Business Center, Rapid City 

2013 – Coreen Lerwick State Farm Agency, Spearfish 

2012 – Project Solutions, Inc., Rapid City 



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