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Helping North Dakota small business owners get started, prosper and grow. Offering tips, ideas, resources and examples for the owner. Providing information through traditional and online/social media outlets.


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The Power of Networking


Networking can play a big role in building and maintaining a successful small business.  I recently had the opportunity to offer tips on effective networking on a FARRMS webinar. We recorded it so you can also get the ideas.



Riverbound Farm

March 4th - Dickinson

March 5th - Minot

March 10th - Grafton

Local foods,farmers markets, and specialty foods are a growth area. NDSU Extension and the ND Dept. of Agriculture are holding a workshop to help continue this pattern. The workshop will provide information on a USDA Ag Marketing Service grant/technical assistance program focused on developing local foods and farmers markets. It will also offer a listening session for the ND Department of Agriculture to understand future programming needs to enhance specialty crops and local foods.

Resource materials:

Powerpoint slides - Additional slides - Grant/gov Registration - SAM Registration -

RoadMap: From Idea to Proposal - 2014 FMPP Awards - 2014 LFPP Awards - Sample Proposal Timeline

More information: More on ND workshops

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chasmAre you looking to turn your hobby into a business? Becky Mannon did just that and she is sharing just how she did it. Join us at Power of Business on the first Friday of every month to listen to other business owners as they provide tips and ideas about operating their business. Just 15 minutes of your time can build your knowledge and your network.




Photo (CC) BruceBerrien, on FlickrPeople who want to build a business want it to succeed. It may sound crazy to say but wanting and working towards success are two different things. Even the best planned businesses face huge odds of ever achieving success. So just running with what you think is a good idea without any plan can mean an expenditure of time, money, and mental stamina without achieving the goal. Check out our series of articles offering tips on building and running a successful business.


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