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Cybersecurity is one of the biggest threats facing small businesses.  According to a survey conducted by the U.S Small Business Administration, 88% of small business owners felt their business was vulnerable to a cyber attack. The challenges small businesses face are how to identify the cyber threats, protect their business, and respond better to cyber attacks. According to the Cybercrime Magazine, 60% of small businesses that experience a cyber attack are out of business six months later.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has invested in a pilot program at Dakota State University, Cyber Safe SD, to help small businesses with cybersecurity. Cyber Safe SD is a comprehensive cybersecurity program for small businesses in South Dakota which includes:

  • Pen Tests: we will inform the small business of its cyber weakness
  • Vulnerability Scans: to inform the business where they are most vulnerable
  • Wireless Assessments: to inform the business the impact their wireless network has on their organizations cyber risk
  • Cyber Intelligence: we will monitor surface and dark-web sites to ensure we have all the intel to properly protect the business
  • Risk Assessments: we will conduct technology risk assessments for small businesses so they can understand the risk each IT asset introduces to their business
  • Phishing and security awareness training available for small businesses: phishing is one of the most-popular ways that bad actors compromise a business, we will help you train and test your employees to ensure they can protect your business
  • Security Training: throughout the next year, we will host virtual trainings along with in person trainings around throughout the state
  • Remediation: through a vendor of your choosing, we will help pay for part of your remediation expenses to ensure your business can withstand and weather cyber threats and attacks

Cyber Safe SD is a free program for small businesses in South Dakota.  To participate in the program, visit to sign up.


Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.


National Small Business Week Awards

The National Small Business Week Awards are back! SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2023 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Could you be our next winner? Submit your nomination today.

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Did you know the nearly five million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States contribute more than $800 billion to the American economy annually? During Hispanic Heritage Month, learn about resources to help Hispanic entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover businesses.

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Illustration of a business with the SBA logo and the following text, Save the Date, National Veterans Small Business Week, 10/31-11/ 4/2022.

We’re excited to announce that this year’s National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) will take place on October 31-November 4!  Each year the SBA during NVSBW celebrates, connects, and empowers service member, veteran, National Guard and Reserve, and military spouse entrepreneurs all week long. This year marks the ninth annual NVSBW.



SBA Upcoming Events 

Illustration of a person in front of a laptop with the following text, Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The SBA logo is at the bottom.


Updates on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)


Tuesday, October 4, 2022                                             9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CT

Translate the CMMC requirements into a language that manufacturers-not cybersecurity experts can understand. Provide an up-to-date dive into the CMMC practice families. Overview of requirements. We will also look at the new civil cyber-fraud initiative that will hold accountable entities or individuals that put U.S. information or systems at risk. This webinar covers CMMC 2.0 Updates - changes to the cybersecurity requirements of DoD Suppliers.






After completing this training, you will be able to: • Explain the concept of time management and why is it important to a small business. • Explain the time management practices which are commonly employed by a small business, including:

o ABC analysis

o Pareto analysis

o Eisenhower method

o POSEC method



Five people standing indoors and outdoors with the following text, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on October 6 at 1 pm EDT


Join SBA's webinar on October 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The webinar will feature a panel discussion with Gabe Esparza, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of International Trade; and small business owners Eduardo Ortiz of Coforma, LLC, in Washington, D.C. and Alejandro Ramirez of Universal Spartan, LLC, in Vine Grove, Kentucky. 

The discussion will focus on financial wellness and the importance of equity and opportunity to help uplift and support Hispanic-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, Hispanic-owned startups seeking to launch and help for existing Hispanic-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world.



Photo of two people and a person tying on a laptop with the following text, SBA Cyber Summit on October 26 at Noon EDT


Looking for resources and tips to protect your small business against cyber threats? Join SBA for its first-ever National Cyber Summit on October 26, 2022 at Noon EDT. The free event will highlight tools, tips, and resources to help strengthen small business cybersecurity.  


Resource Partner News & Upcoming Events



Join SD CEO West for an After Hours Mixer on Thursday, October 6th, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Bean & Vine in Spearfish. Early networking starts at 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to join us but please register so we know how many to expect! 

Any questions about the After Hours Mixer, please call Carissa Hauck at 605.642.6435.

SD CEO West Women's Business Center uplifts women in business by providing opportunities to widen their professional networks, promote their business or organization, and network with other women. 




South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions Presents

Lean 101 Training - Basic Lean Training with Hands-on Simulations

Thursday. October 06, 2022                                8:00 am - 4:30 pm CT

The Goss Opera House, 100 E Kemp Ave, Suite A, Watertown

In this one-day event, participants learn the fundamentals of Lean manufacturing and the practice of applying it in the workplace. Join us for this hands-on training to see how utilizing Lean tools can transform a simulated manufacturing company and how it can be utilized in other companies. Limited seats are still available for our Watertown workshop





Manufacturing is one of South Dakota’s top industries, providing jobs to tens of thousands of people throughout the state. Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is your chance to join manufacturers across the country and tell everyone you’re proud of the contribution you make to people, their families, and communities. Learn more about how you can celebrate and how to register your event on the blog.

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Protect your organization and lessen its vulnerability to cybersecurity threats

In this one-day workshop, gain access to insight and cybersecurity expertise to learn steps on how to protect your organization and lessen its vulnerability to overall cybersecurity threats.

If you have government and/or defense customers or are interested in expanding your presence as a supplier in the government and/or defense market, this workshop is especially for you.

Most government and defense contractors must meet stringent cyber security compliance standards. In the foreseeable future, those standards will include the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). However, even the most experienced Information Technology (IT) professionals find it challenging to comply with these cybersecurity controls.

To address these challenges, our presenters will provide hands-on training designed to help companies understand how to interpret the requirements and apply corrective action necessary to gain and maintain compliance.

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Do you want to learn about free, valuable resources available to inventors and entrepreneurs? Are you eager to be inspired and informed by successful innovators? If so, join us on Wednesday, October 12, from 1-4 p.m. ET, for the USPTO’s “2022 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.”

This free event is open to all. Don't miss this chance to learn from successful Hispanic innovators about their creative and business journeys. You’ll also hear from experts about resources and funding that can help you on your own journey.

The “Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program” series is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact

And don't forget: The USPTO offers inspirational and educational events, open to all, that feature successful innovators from a wide variety of backgrounds. Come learn about intellectual property, innovation, and valuable resources available to independent inventors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and underrepresented or underserved populations at our "Innovator events for everyone" webpage:



Tuesday. October 18, 2022                                 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Holiday Inn Convention Center, Spearfish

Join SD CEO West for their Women In Networking with spotlight speakers, owners of the 2BrokeGirls Boutique, Kelly Gould & Ashley Kurtenbach!

Interested in promoting your business or organization? Bring a door prize! 





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