Celebrating the accomplishments of women in business

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On Friday multiple organizations recognized the accomplishments of women during the 9th annual "Celebrating Women in Business" Luncheon and Awards.

Hundreds of ladies and a couple of gentlemen filled the Holiday Inn Spearfish-Convention Center.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity gave out several awards including best small business administration and enterprising business woman.

Friday's keynote speaker encouraged women to connect with each other and listen to their intuition.

"I think part of it is women, we just look at things differently. We maybe listen to our intuition a little bit more. And we might have more empathy in business situations. We collaborate differently. And we communicate differently. Sometimes we just like to get together and support each other," Michelle Kane said, Director, South Dakota Center for Enterprise.

Sam Schmeltzer is the owner and CEO of OWN, a co-op of female business owners.

She received an award for Best Female Entrepreneur and shared with us her experience as a working mom.

Sam Schmeltzer says, "Balance is almost a cuss word to me at this point. It's impossible. It's really hard. There are times where I think it's just about being really gracious with yourself and knowing that you can't just do all of it all the time. Kay Jorgensen who's here today, one of my good friends and mentors, she said you can have it all, just not all at the same time."

Studies say South Dakota has the lowest percentage of women-owned businesses in the nation.

Kane hopes the luncheon inspired women to take a chance and start their own business.