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Aberdeen to Host 2018 SD Women’s Business Conference

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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On March 9, 2018, women business leaders from across the state will gather in Aberdeen, South Dakota for The Women’s Business Conference. The one-day will, encourage, inspire and educate female executives and entrepreneurs.

For more than a year, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (Women’s Business Center) has been planning the event along with a team of local volunteers. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dee Dee Raap, BHSU School of Business Professor Dr. Barbara Looney, a panel of local women executives, and local women-owned business entrepreneurs.

Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director, and GROW South Dakota’s Loan Officer, Rebecca Honl, have been on the planning committee. GROW South Dakota is a sponsor of the Women’s Business Conference and will have a display booth at the event. To register, visit online, or by calling (605) 642 6948.

Event Day Agenda
8:00 a.m. Registration/Business Showcase
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions, Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO
9:05 a.m. Welcome to Aberdeen, Mayor of Aberdeen, Mike Levsen
9:10 a.m. Welcome & Remarks, Dr. Tim Downs, President, Northern State University 9:15 a.m. Keynote:“Connections, Choices and Character | Three key strategies to make your Leadership Journey Great!” Dee Dee Raap Author - Speaker - Consultant
10:15 a.m. Break: Business Showcase
10:45 a.m. Women Empowering Women - Mary Downs, facilitator
        • Judy Stulken, South Dakota Wheat Growers, Senior Vice President,  Human Resources and Organizational Development
        • Kae McNeil, US Bank Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager
        • Ashley Erickson, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, CEO
        • Cindy Burrell, Midwest Ag and Veterinary Service/Dakota Vet Clinic, President  and CEO
11:45 a.m. “Squalls and Gales: Weathering Change” Dr. Bobbi Looney, BHSU School of Business Assistant Professor, Management
12:30 p.m. Lunch/Business Showcase
1:15 p.m. Entrepreneurial Spirit –Heather Beaner, Facilitator
        • Candace Briscoe – Profiling Beauty
        • Julie Fischbach – Mainstream Boutique
        • Emily Heintzman – Double Duty Movers and Storage
        • Dr. Rebecca Rich – Aberdeen Hearing and Tinnitus
        • Jennifer Deutsch – Next Generation Performance Center
2:00 p.m. Break: Business Showcase
2:15 p.m. “Best Practices”, Dee Dee Raap
3:00 p.m. Closing /Door Prizes

Category: GROW SD

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The GROW South Dakota Organizations Have had a Remarkable Few Years!

NESDCAP, our founding agency, celebrated 54 years in 2020 and met various housing needs including completing 170 home improvement projects impacting more than 342 individuals and providing emergency financial assistance, including food and utilities assistance, to 649 individuals in 250 households.

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