Kae McNeil

Kae McNeil
Assistant Vice President  | U.S. Bank

Our Mission:

Empowering women and propelling economic development across South Dakota.

Our Vision:

To serve as a key partner in economic and workforce development in South Dakota providing comprehensive training and business assistance for aspiring entrepreneurs and forward thinking intrapreneurs.

Special areas of focus:

  • Training: developing, providing and/or recommending training, seminars and workshops to meet the needs of startup and existing businesses.
  • Counseling: facilitating how SBA might best serve client needs and encourage the best direction in pursuit of a successful business.
  • 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:

  • Women
  • Native Americans
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Youth entrepreneurs
  • Women veterans

SD CEO Staff Members

What our clients are saying about us:

"I like the hands-on approach with the program."

"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!"

Our Awards:

2013 SBA Region VIII Women's Business Center of Excellence Award

Mela Cosme

Michelle Kane, Director

 Phone Number: 605-642-6311

Email: Michelle.Kane@BHSU.edu


As director of SD CEO, Michelle provides business counseling and resource guidance to aspiring and established entrepreneurs. She and the SD CEO team are privileged to bring outstanding workshops, networking opportunities and conferences to professional women across the state while promoting entrepreneurship and leadership. Prior to joining SD CEO, Michelle owned Black Hills PR, a public relations firm she launched in 2011. Headquartered in Spearfish, Black Hills PR designed marketing, social media and PR programs for local, regional and national clients including three years traveling with a professional rodeo association.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from San Jose State University and is a 4th generation Californian who says that she “found her spot” in Spearfish.

You can find Michelle at the creek, lake or pool with her son Jack, on the golf course with husband Mike, on her front porch with friends or in her garden, weeding and listening to podcasts.


Mela Cosme

Julie Hinker, Program Coordinator

Phone: 605-642-6435

Email: Julie.Hinker@BHSU.edu

Julie grew up in Bellevue, NE (Go HUSKERS) and relocated to the Black Hills of South Dakota in September of 2019. While in college, she followed her dream of playing basketball and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership at Black Hills State University. Before joining the SD CEO team, Julie worked as the Campus Visit and Events Coordinator for BHSU planning events and campus visits for prospective students and their families. She also gained experience working for a professional baseball team in Sioux City, IA where she was in charge of all on-field promotions, sponsorships, community engagement and events.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, reading mystery books on her kindle and spending time with her husband, Tyler, and golden retriever, Buddy.

Mela Cosme

Mela Cosme, Marketing Specialist 

Phone: 605-642-6948

Email: Mela.Cosme@BHSU.edu

Mela graduated from Black Hills State University in December of 2013 with a Bachelor in Corporate Communications and a Bachelor in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Photography and Graphic Design. In her role as Marketing Specialist, Mela manages all of our marketing and office administrative duties and assist with the planning and coordination of all SD CEO events and trainings.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mela has claimed Spearfish as her basecamp for the last ten years and is fond of the local community and exploring the beautiful Black Hills with her black lab Loki. In the winter, you may find her at our local ski resort, Terry Peak, where she is an PSIA-AASI Level II Certified Snowboard Instructor with a Children Specialist and Senior Specialist certification. 

Sharon Hemmingnson

Sharon Hemmingson
Learning and Performance Manager  | Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Shauna Junek

Michele Loobey
Development Officer  | Monument Health Foundation

Greg Farley

Greg Farley
Dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences | Black Hills State University

Shauna Junek

Shauna Junek
Director of Development  | Black Hills State University

Shauna Junek

Meg Manke
COO & Head of Training  | Rose Group Int'l

Mutch Usera

Mutch Usera
Sr. Program Manager, Community Affairs  | Black Hills Corporation