SPEARFISH, S.D. • A new Women's Business Center will open later this month in South Dakota. It will be the second center for women in business in the state.

The new center, called SD CEO East WBC, will open Aug. 30 in the Startup Sioux Falls Building in Sioux Falls. The new WBC joins SD CEO West WBC, located on the campus of Black Hills State University, in Spearfish.

Both SD CEO WBCs provide training, counseling, and technical assistance to aspiring women business owners and entrepreneurs across the state, according to the announcement by the center.

Ashley Biggar has been named as the first director of SD CEO East WBC. Previously, Biggar was the director of Key Operations and Development at the Brooking Chamber of Commerce and founder and owner of Creative Impressions, a Brookings-based small business. She brings 20 years of business development experience to SD CEO.

“Expanding the SD CEO footprint across the state is an exciting time for women interested in entrepreneurship,” Michelle Kane, SD CEO West Women’s Business Center in Spearfish, said in a statement. “Ashley brings a strong set of entrepreneurial skills, event planning, and gumption. We are excited to work with Ashley to launch and grow WBC support in Sioux Falls.”

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While serving at the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Biggar served more than 540 business members, conducted strategic planning, operations oversight, financial planning, marketing, and visioning.

“What gratitude and excitement I feel to be part of this new center,” said Biggar. “I look forward to serving the dreamers, creators, and doers of this great state in the East while collaborating with the West. We’ll power up South Dakota together and bring the very best to the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.”

According to SBA South Dakota District Director Jaime Wood, the addition of a second WBC in the state is timely.

“We are thrilled to add additional women small business support to South Dakota’s strong ecosystem of small business resources,” Wood said.

“While many businesses continue to economically recover from challenges brought on by COVID-19, there are numerous small businesses needing assistance to start and grow as well. WBC’s are designed to help women business owners professionalize and equalize, increasing competitiveness in the commercial market space – the new WBC is a value-add to the state’s eastern corridor.”