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Support Small Businesses 5 Day Challenge on Social Media

ND Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is pleased to announce a social media campaign to support small businesses across the state. This campaign, Support Small Businesses 5 Day Challenge, is a way that everyone can support small businesses from the safety of their home.

The 6-part video series will consist of an announcement video on Sunday, April 26, and then a daily challenge the rest of the week. Examples of the challenge include tagging small businesses on social media, purchasing gift cards, writing online reviews, and sending caring messages to small business owners.

“This campaign started with our partners at America’s SBDC Iowa,” says Interim State Director Tiffany Ford. “They reached out to other SBDCs across the nation to participate in and promote the campaign with them. We are thrilled to be a part of it and to promote a way for everyone to support all types of small businesses in our communities while social distancing. The campaign hashtag also has an encouraging message of #Back2Biz, which we are all anticipating and excited for, when that time comes.”

To access the campaign videos, go to They will also be available daily, from April 26 – May 1 at or ND SBDC also has a COVID-19 resource page available at All of our regional centers are fully staffed and trained to assist small business owners with their questions and concerns during this challenging time.

ND SBDC is an outreach program of the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, ND SBDC has nine regional service centers located across the state. Since its inception in 1986, the ND SBDC network has helped businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, individualized, professional business advising and training workshops.

For more information on the ND SBDC programs or services, call (701) 777-3700 or visit