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Beacom School of Business to Host Conference to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on South Dakota Businesses

The state of South Dakota outline with Business Implications of COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities for South Dakota text The USD Beacom School of Business will host the "Business Implications of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for South Dakota" conference on Oct. 14.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business will host “Business Implications of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for South Dakota,” on Oct. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls.

The conference brings prominent leaders, including Sen. John Thune as invited keynote speaker, together to discuss the effects of COVID-19 to their industry. It is intended for professionals in the state and the region looking to gain a better understanding of how the South Dakota economy has changed due to the pandemic and what the future looks like for the state.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected South Dakota businesses big and small,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of USD Beacom School of Business. “This conference will identify the challenges various sectors of the South Dakota economy have faced, how they weathered these challenges and how they have created new opportunities that will last beyond the pandemic.”

Other speakers include CorTrust Bank President and CEO Jack Hopkins, Daktronics Chief Financial Officer Sheila Anderson, Avera Chief Financial Officer Julia Lautt, and Poet Vice President of Corporate Affairs Doug Berven.

“As the leading business school in the state, we are deeply committed to the economic development of South Dakota and the region,” Venkatachalam said. “We have assembled an outstanding team of industry leaders as speakers for this conference who will share their experiences and knowledge.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating is limited, and those interested in attending in person are encouraged to register early. Virtual participation is also available. Cost to attend is $49 but is free for students.

To access the speakers’ biographies and to register for the event, visit


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