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Beacom School of Business Students Connect with Professional Firms at Networking Event

Beacom School of Business Meet the Firms Event. The Beacom School of School of Business accounting and finance students had the opportunity to meet with 22 regional and national professional firms on Sept. 11.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Accounting and finance students in the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business met with representatives from 22 regional and national professional firms on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The Meet the Firms event provides students the opportunity to meet with prospective regional and national employers. A total of 55 students attended the networking event designed to help students get better acquainted with industry professionals.

“Meet the Firms provided invaluable, exclusive information from current employees regarding who they work for and what they do,” said Brianne Davidson, a graduate student in the online master of professional accountancy program. "It was well worth the six hour drive from Rapid City for me to learn from the experience and insight of 30+ professionals.”

“Eide Bailly is proud to participate in USD’s Meet the Firms event and get to know the next generation of excellent talent,” said Marta Lehn, marketing coordinator for Eide Bailly. “This event gives us the chance to meet with students in a more casual setting to learn about their interests and answer any questions they have about opportunities and their future careers. Without the pressure of a formal interview, students gain a greater understanding of our culture and how they could fit into it someday."

Firms in attendance at this year’s event included:

  • Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Buss CPA PC 
  • Cain Ellsworth & Company 
  • Casey Peterson, Ltd. 
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Daktronics
  • Deloitte
  • Eide Bailly 
  • ELO CPAs & Advisors
  • Empirical Foods
  • Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
  • Kiewit
  • King, Reinsch, Prosser & Co., LLP
  • POET, LLC 
  • Raven Industries 
  • Sanford Health 
  • Tyson Fresh Meats 
  • Williams & Company P.C.
  • Woltman Group, PC


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News