Olympic champion Mills headlines E-Team Evening at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Young entrepreneurs at The University of South Dakota mean business when it comes to showcasing their skills at the 2011 Extraordinary Idea Competition and Entrepreneurship Evening at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 in the ballroom of Muenster University Center.

Hosted by the USD Beacom School of Business Entrepreneurship Team, the sixth annual Entrepreneurship Evening features a 7 p.m. keynote address by Olympic champion Billy Mills and a presentation of Extraordinary Idea Competition awards. The event was created in 2006 to promote entrepreneurship within the community and provide financial support for local business ventures.

Entrepreneurship Evening activities begin with a social event at 6:30 p.m. Following Mills’ address, Lisa Bryan, entrepreneurial studies instructor, will announce the award winners of the Extraordinary Idea Competition. Prize money for the competition is sponsored by Miles Beacom, president and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard.

A member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe, Mills is an Olympic gold medalist winning the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics – considered by many as one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history. Today, Mills is a motivational speaker and a well-known entrepreneur who serves as the spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that supports projects that benefit American Indian youth. Additionally, Mills, a former Marine, is a successful author. In 1990, he wrote the book, “Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding” with acclaimed writer Nicholas Sparks. His “Lessons of a Lakota” was published in 2005.

For more information about this event, please visit www.usd.edu/business/southeast-entrepreneurial-resource-program/extraordinary-idea-competition.cfm or contact Dustin Jeschke, president of The U’s Entrepreneurship Team, at Dustin.Jeschke@usd.edu.