Launch Your Business in 2020 by Attending the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp!

Interested in starting a business?

Make 2020 the year you …

-move your idea or side hustle into a real business
-understand financing and legal issues surrounding business ownership
-get up to speed on successful marketing strategies to get the word out
-connect with other local entrepreneurs making an impact in the Black Hills
-learn about what it takes to start a business in South Dakota!

Led by local experts, the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a full day workshop.

Friday, January 24, 2020

BHSU-Rapid City campus (4300 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City), Room 112

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (includes lunch!)

Fee: $79 ($99 after January 17)

Topics include:

-Preparing a Business Plan
-Funding Your New Business
-Establishing a For-Profit or Non-Profit Entity
-Marketing Your Business
-Successful Networking for Entrepreneurs

Can you see yourself as a business owner in 2020?

Click on the button below to register or call 605-642-6948.




Lunch generously sponsored by:




Leah Braun

Panel Moderator
Leah Braun

Senior Partner | Nsight Partners

Leah Braun is Senior Partner with Nsight Partners.  Nsight Partners allies with individuals, businesses and organizations to help them solve problems and achieve results. They accomplish that through coaching, training and consulting…all designed to develop and grow the individual and the organization.  Leah retired from the South Dakota National Guard at the rank of Master Sergeant after 22 years of military service, where she began to hone her passion for working with people.  Leah has a teaching degree from BHSU and a Master of Science in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Counseling from USD.  Leah is a Certified Professional Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation.  Leah is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.  A career highlight for Leah was being awarded the ‘Friend of Small Business Award’ by the SD CEO in May 2017.

Leah survives her entrepreneurial days with lots of self-talk and mantras.  A few of her favorites are, “Too blessed to be stressed,” “Only boring people get bored,” “You gotta try,” and on a bad day, “Embrace the suck!”

When Leah isn’t working in Nsight Partners she’s working in the family business – Twilight First Aid & Safety, which she quips is the side hustle.  When she’s not working, she can be found hiking and biking the trails of South Dakota, gardening, cooking or hanging out with her family.                                                    

Janie Hett

Janie Hett
Owner/Physical Therapist | Peak Motion Physical Therapy

Hi there! I’m Janie, the soul behind Peak Motion PT. I founded Peak in 2010 after a rocky start to my profession with a few negative work experiences. My goal was to create an environment that allowed me to do what I love in a positive, healing space. And I believe you will find that inside our doors. In 2013, I found myself overwhelmed with stress and physically debilitated with a new diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. Much of my spare time the past few years has been spent studying nutrition, stress management, and wellness to help me on my personal journey to health. In 2018, I completed my foundations course in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and I am now able to better help my patients on their journey with traditional physical therapy, and resources and education for stress management and nutrition, because I’m passionate about whole body wellness. I grew up on a ranch near Buffalo, SD and I love being a part of helping my ranching family when I can. My husband, Dave, and I live in Beulah, WY with our little boy, Nathan and you can find us with our animals enjoying the great outdoors in our spare time.

Jenny Schmidt

Jenny Schmidt
Founder/CO-Owner| Black Hills Advocate

Jenny Telechan has over 25 years of experience working in the medical field. She has a passion for serving vulnerable people in our community. Seeing the need for someone to help people quarterback care and ensure quality of life with an unbiased opinion and fierce allegiance only to the client, Jenny launched Black Hills Advocate in June of 2015 with a passionate focus on connecting people with the services that were right for them while ensuring delivery of the best care available.  Jenny makes her home in Rapid City with her partner, two children, and three dogs. On weekends, she can be found spending time with friends, reading, and enjoying the beauty of the Black Hills.

Trilogy Boutique

Trilogy Boutique
We're Heather, Caryn and Callie - the owners of Trilogy Boutique. We're three friends who decided to start a business together - and surprisingly, we still like each other! Our business idea for Trilogy started with a conversation by a pool. We discovered we all were interested in fashion (especially for professions in a business setting) and offering it at an affordable price. Fast forward a half year later and Trilogy was born.Trilogy is an online boutique based out of Spearfish that focuses on professional and casual clothing options for women. The boutique is owned and operated by three, young professional women who have a passion for style and fashion. Trilogy offers the latest trends at a great price while providing a fun and convenient shopping experience!


We have a great lineup of local experts to help you launch or grow your business!

Click on our speakers’ names and their company to get to know them better.

Tara Wilcox

Tara Wilcox
Director of Rapid City Services | Volunteers of America

Tara Wilcox has a passion for non-profit leadership and community collaboration. With this motivation, she aims to empower people to act in ways that move themselves, their business, and our community forward. She brings hands-on experience in non-profit operations including team leadership, group facilitation, program development, systems creation, planning for results, and project management. She works with Volunteers of America as the Director of SD Operation and is also a partner with Pathways-2-Solutions, offering assessment and support for “small shop” operations. Tara is a graduate of Black Hills State University, National Leadership Institute, Leadership Rapid City, and SD CEO Women in Leadership. Additional affiliations include the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, OUR Camp Inc., and Toastmasters International.

Michelle Kane

Michelle Kane
Director | SD CEO

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.

Tom Weaver

Thomas Weaver
Treasurer of Economic Development Partnership | First Interstate Bank 

Tom Weaver has served 23 years in the financial services industry, with the last 17 focused on commercial lending. He is a 1994 graduate of Black Hills State University, where he studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics. Additionally, Tom is a 2013 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School located in Seattle, Washington. In 2005, he became a graduate of Leadership Rapid City, followed by graduation in 2016 from Leadership South Dakota. Tom has been a member of the South Dakota Bankers Association since 2014, serving as a Legislative Committee Member. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership Board. He has also served on several service organizations and nonprofit boards. 


Glen Schmeltzer
Business PartnerDacotah Bank

Glen Schmeltzer was born in South Dakota where he has lived his entire life. He began his career in financial services after graduating from Black Hills State University in 2007. He moved to Rapid City from Spearfish in 2010 and has been involved in the community ever since. Glen holds obligations to the Black Hills Home Builders Association, Black Hills Sportsman’s Club, Black Hills Area Boy Scouts, and the Rapid City Young Professionals Association. Glen has 7 years of experience in commercial lending. He currently works for Dacotah Bank as a Business Banker. Glen has been married for almost 5 years to his amazing wife Samantha. They have a three year old that is constantly keeping them entertained and a one year old  at home. When Glen isn’t working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with his daughters, or enjoying the outdoors.

Marli Schippers

Marli Schippers
Partner | Nooney & Solay, LLP

Marli Schippers is a Partner with Nooney & Solay, LLP. She earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2012. Marli’s primary practice area is Business Transactions, including the representation of small and large businesses in asset purchases and sales and stock purchases and sales; representation of buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of commercial and residential real property; drafting and negotiating commercial leases for a variety of industries; and drafting and reviewing loan documents for both large and small transactions. Marli has a particular affinity for representing entrepreneurs and small businesses, assisting with entity selection and formation, and general consultation and legal support on a variety of matters. In addition to her Business Transaction practice, Marli also practices in the area of Estate Planning, including drafting Wills, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Powers of Attorney.  

Joei Tieman

Joei Tieman, CPA
Senior Associate | Ketel Thorstenson, LLP

Joei joined th e Ketel Thorstenson Tax Department in 2014. She has over eleven years of experience in manufacturing. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2017. Joei specializes in individual and business tax return preparation. She also mentors co-workers and new staff, and helps to provide learning opportunities.Joei lives in Sturgis with her husband and three kids.When not at work, she enjoys camping, the lake, four-wheeling, cooking, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.


Brad "Murdock" Jurgensen
Vice President of HomeSlice Audio | HomeSlice Media Group

Brad "Murdoc" Jurgensen has been in the media business since starting his first web design company at the age of eighteen. He has over seventeen years of experience in web design, broadcast media, digital advertising, and media strategy. He’s also been a radio personality, a podcaster, a music director, and a magazine publisher, and a digital media strategist. He currently serves as GSM and the Head of Business Development for HomeSlice Media Group - a South Dakota company focused on managing local, regional, and national brands with targeted digital media, broadcast and entertainment media.

Susan Hencey

Susan Hencey
Insurance Sales | Western Dakota Insurors 

Susan Hencey has been an insurance agent with Western Dakota Insurors for 35 years. She obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1993. She served as president of the South Dakota Independent Insurance Association in 2003. She has been involved in the Rapid City Independent Insurance Association, also serving as president in 2004. Susan is currently on the Rapid City Regional Hospital Advisory Committee. Susan is very active in the community and enjoys working with Junior Achievement and YFS Dinner Theater. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with her family. Susan is married to Michael and they have one daughter, Emylee. 

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