The North Dakota Small Business Development Center (ND SBDC) has reopened their Dickinson Center, now with host West River Business Center under the Stark Development Corporation.
The ND SBDC is thrilled to have an office actively serving the Dickinson community and region. When Senator Rich Wardner was asked about the reopening of the ND SBDC Dickinson Office together with Stark Development, he stated, “Together these two organizations can make things happen.”
The new Dickinson SBDC Advisor, John Diem, originally from the region, has over 20 years of experience including small business ownership, consulting, curriculum development, and marketing. In the past he has owned and operated an insulation company that provided retrofit installations as well as services to new construction customers, has provided training and technical support to both private contractors as well as non-profit organizations, he was the North Dakota state building code manager, and he has served the state of North Dakota as a state weatherization monitor providing field oversight, trainings, and technical support. Most recently, Diem was the regional sales manager for a local manufacturer and was heavily involved in their international market expansion through exporting to Poland.
“We are excited to have John join the network and to see growth in the service area under this new partnership with West River Business Center,” said Tiffany Ford, ND SBDC State Director. “In the past, we’ve had a part-time SBDC business advisor available, however, knowing the demand exists, we are pleased to be able to increase our capacity to better serve entrepreneurs and small businesses in Dickinson’s 5-county region.”
ND SBDC is a statewide outreach program of the Center for Business Engagement & Development within the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Since its inception in 1986, the ND SBDC network has helped business owners and entrepreneurs start, manage, and grow their small businesses through confidential, individualized, professional business advising and training workshops. Services are provided at no-cost to clients thanks to funding from U.S. Small Business Administration, ND Department of Commerce, and local supporters across the state.