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11th Annual Outstanding Women in Business Awards coming in 2023

 

The SD CEO West Women’s Business Center Outstanding Women in Business awards program is designed to highlight the impact of outstanding women entrepreneurs across the state.  

Nominate successful South Dakota women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who have made a significant impact in business and whose actions exemplify savvy business acumen, integrity, compassion, and commitment to community.  

Our awards committee will review all nominations and select the top three candidates as finalists for the awards ceremony on August 30 at the 11th Annual Women’s Business Summit at The Lodge at Deadwood. If your nominee is chosen as a finalist, you and the candidate will be notified via email. 

Our awards committee will review all other nominations and select the top three candidates as finalists for the awards ceremony. If your nominee is chosen as a finalist, you and the candidate will be notified via email. 

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations from fellow leaders in business, education or the non-profit world, business owners, members of the community, trade and professional organizations are welcome. 

Enterprising Young Entrepreneur

This woman entrepreneur has created a successful business by demonstrating outstanding skill and commitment.  

This woman:  has a minimum of 3 years in her current business; is 35 years or younger as of August 30, 2022; and is a small business entrepreneur. 
Enterprising Young Entrepreneur

This dynamic business woman has achieved substantial success in her business and community as an entrepreneur. 

This woman: is a small business owner or majority owner; has a minimum of seven (7) years in business; demonstrates outstanding skill, commitment, and accomplishment while successfully navigating obstacles; and influences, mentors, and encourages others.

Intra_Award

This dynamic business woman has achieved substantial success in her business and community as an intrapreneur.

This woman:  works for a public or private company, municipality, in higher education or a non-profit and has made significant contributions to her organization or industry; has a minimum of seven (7) years in her organization or industry; demonstrates outstanding skill, commitment, and accomplishment while successfully navigating obstacles; and influences, mentors, and encourages others. 


 

Past Outstanding Women In Business Award Winners 

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.

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.

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, Rapid City

Outstanding Women's Choice Award

NEW Award in 2022

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. 

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. 

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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Phone: 605-642-6948

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