ND Small Business Development Centers

ND Small Business Development Centers

Powering the creation, growth, and success of small business in North Dakota.

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 […]

The Importance of Developing Business Skills

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Running a small business can be tricky. Owners often get caught up in running the day-to-day business and don’t prioritize time to work on the business as well. This is never a good idea. Spending time looking at how the business is functioning internally and externally is an important task that key decision-makers should routinely […]

November 2023

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“During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we recognize that our military and veteran families answer our Nation’s call to duty, and we recommit to doing right by their service and sacrifice.” (National Veterans and Military Families Month, 2023 White House Proclamation) Our programs (ND SBDC, VBOC of the Dakotas, and ND APEX Accelerator) often […]

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 […]

Success Story – DL’s Strawberry Kooler

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DL’s Strawberry Kooler – Bismarck 2023 VELVA – DL’s Strawberry Kooler is a popular bar and grill that holds a special significance for its current owner, Donna Lynn Knutson. Donna had previously worked at the establishment when it was known as the Strawberry Kooler under her mother’s ownership. After ten years, Donna’s mother made the […]

Asking Difficult Questions

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Business can be exciting and edifying but often challenging when getting into the details of starting, maintaining, and expanding. That’s why, in business, asking the right questions is paramount. Business owners are often so close to their ideas and passions that they lose focus on what drives their success. All businesses need creativity and enthusiasm […]

October 2023

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Welcome to Cybersecurity Month! While you might think of pumpkin spice, what your kids want to be for Halloween, or “sweater-weather” during the month of October, we like to focus on raising awareness with our clients of the one thing typically not on their radar, but it should be! Cyberattacks against small businesses have been […]

Success Story – ASR Brands

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ASR Brands – Grand Forks 2023 Paul Carlson, founder of ASR Brands, had always admired individuals who turned their ideas into thriving businesses. With a passion for creating something out of nothing, Paul embarked on his entrepreneurial journey to design and sell aftermarket roofs and sound systems for Polaris Rangers and golf carts. The idea […]