Black Hills Women’s Business Conference encourages exchange of ideas

DEADWOOD, S.D. – There was an exchange of ideas and probably a few business cards in Deadwood on Saturday during the 9th annual Women’s Business Conference.

The annual gathering aims to connect women entrepreneurs and innovators, growing business and innovation in the Black Hills. The convention center at the Lodge at Deadwood was packed with 350 women who own a business, are looking to start one, or are just looking to gain leadership experience.

Michelle Kane is the director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity – the group hosting the conference. Kane said the theme this year was “Leading from Within.”

“We know that we need to get out in the community, but really, true leadership starts on the inside,” said Kane. “That’s what we’re hoping people get out of this today.”

There were also 40 businesses on hand to share stories and experiences for the aspiring entrepreneurs.

According to Cadey Reisner, the owner of Cadey Reisner Weddings, bringing hundreds together helps dispel the notion of competition and fosters conversations in the community.

“It’s really spreading a community over competition and having women get together as a community,” said Reisner, “And find out that we’re all in the same boat as women trying to balance work life, and being our own bosses and getting together with these women, and sharing their experiences, and find ways to help them in their lives to be better.”

At the conference, two Spearfish authors, Rachel Headley and Meg Manke, also launched a book on leadership called “IX Leadership.”

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