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Success Story – Popplers Music

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Popplers Music – Grand Forks 2023 GRAND FORKS – From a young age, Joshua Gratton had a passion for music and a dream of owning a music store. This dream began when he was only 17. He has worked at Popplers Music since 2017 before he purchased the business in March 2022, in hope of […]

Success Story – Valkyrie Fitness

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Valkyrie Fitness – Devils Lake 2023 LAKOTA – The journey of Katie Peavy, founder of Valkyrie Fitness Training, is an inspiring tale of determination and success. Katie had always dreamed of owning her own business, and her passion for fitness led her to embark on a personal training career over a decade ago. However, it […]

Success Story – Pawsitive K9 Care

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Pawsitive K9 Care – Bowman 2023 BOWMAN – Gracie, a dog lover, took her fondness for animals and turned it into a thriving business when she was just in 8th grade. She founded her pet care company in the spring of 2019, offering services such as pet sitting, dog training and agility. She reminds us […]

Success Story – The Boom Closet

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The Boom Closet – Dickinson 2023 MOTT – The Boom Closet, a firearms store specializing in new and used guns, optics, accessories, and more, is rapidly becoming a cornerstone of western North Dakota. Owned and operated by Ben Boyll, this family and veteran-owned business not only serves the needs of its customers but also embodies […]

Success Story – Home Comforts

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Home Comforts – Williston 2023 WILLISTON – Dale and Bev Salmen embarked on a unique entrepreneurial journey in their sixties, allowing for new purpose in their lives. Their move from Minnesota to western North Dakota was unexpected. Dale first arrived in the area to take on drywall projects and was drawn in by the local […]

Success Story – 583 Therapy

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583 Therapy – Devils Lake 2023 DEVILS LAKE – In the heart of the Lake Region, a group of dedicated therapists embarked on a journey to create a place for occupational, physical, and speech therapy services. Jessica Anderson (center), Heidi Brown (right), and Emilee Luehring (left), all with years living and working in Devils Lake, […]

Success Story – The Bakery Shoppe

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The Bakery Shoppe – Fargo 2023 OAKES – Brittney Harty always dreamed of owning and running her own restaurant. After attending culinary school, she realized that her passion lay in the culinary arts and decided to pursue a career in baking and cooking. Brittney started her business journey by forming her LLC in January of […]

Success Story – Turtle Mountain Veterinary Service

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Turtle Mountain Veterinary Service – Minot 2023 BOTTINEAU – In 2005, Dr. Jill Franks embarked on a journey into small business ownership, starting her own veterinary practice in Bottineau, North Dakota. Fresh out of vet school, she answered an ad from the Bottineau Economic Development Corporation recruiting a veterinarian.  Intrigued by the community and the […]

Success Story – Uncle Charlie’s Gourmet Snacks

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Uncle Charlie’s Gourmet Snacks – Fargo/Southeast 2023 Uncle Charlie’s Gourmet Snacks began as a dream in the mind of Clayton Cottman, a passionate cook with a deep love for creating unique snack experiences. In 2018, Clayton took the bold step of starting his own business, a journey that would take two long years to materialize. […]

Success Story – The Range

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The Range – Williston 2023 The journey of The Range, a sports bar with several simulators, including an indoor shooting range and golf complex, showcases the entrepreneurial spirit and community support that can turn an innovative idea into a thriving business. Owners Jeremy Stahowiak and Eli Black, along with the support of the ND SBDC […]