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Section 12 - Resources

Following are list of websites; contact persons for grants, loans, rural development, small business centers; ND Convention and Visitor Bureaus; and outfitter/Associations on recreation and tourism resource.

Resources- Web Sites for Information on Recreation/Tourism Projects Prepared by: Small Business Development Centers     

Tourism Resources   - http://ric.nal.usda.gov/rural-tourism
Dude Ranching  -- www.duderanch.org
Dude & Guest Ranches North America   -http://www.duderanches.com
Farm Vacation (Farm tours, working farm) - http://www.workingranches.com
Bed & Breakfasts - www.bbonline.com; www.bnbnetwork.com; www.businessplanworld.com/plan.htm
Camps (Articles on Camping demand and costs) www.lovetheoutdoors.com
Hunting & Fishing -http://wsfprograms.fws.gov/subpages/aboutus1.htm

Ecotourism (Birding, hiking, site seeing, etc.) -www.tpwd.state.tx.us/nature/tourism
www.ecotourism.orgwww.eduweb.com/schaller
Farmers Market --www.farmersmarkets.net; www.ag.arizona.edu/arec/pubs/dmkt/dmkt.html
www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets
Growing for Market --News & Ideas for Market gardeners -www.growingformarket.com

AGRITOURISM, RECREATION, ALTERNATIVE ENTERPRISE WEB SITES
Resource information web sites/email addresses of organizations, consultants, individuals and companies that contain information useful in assessing, planning, operating and marketing for a farm Agritourism business. Agritourism is any activity which allows visitors to come onto the farm or ranch. This list also contains information that is helpful in assisting rural communities. This list is NOT a complete list of the web sites. Some of the addresses may need to be changed to gain access such as dropping the www.

How to get information off the internet for farmers, ranchers, extension agents, consultants, gardeners, etc.: The title of the book is "How to Find Information on the Internet" http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu

Travel, tourism, research advertising and temporary – consultants: http://www.offthebeatenpath.com
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center - Sustainable Agriculture Resources:
http://www.nalusda.gov
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center: www.agmrc.org
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Alternative Enterprises and Agritourism
www.nrcs.usda.gov
State population, income and agriculture data: http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/rural-economy-population.aspx
Endangered species values information can be found: http://www.endangeredspecie.com
Urban forestry information on events, activities, research etc. http://www.treelink.org
Watershed information proceedings for the 1996 and later annual conferences. - http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/watershed
"The Growing Popularity of Birding in the United States" publication: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/1079
National Envirothon program is a problem-solving environmental competition for high school students. Over $35,000 in prizes and scholarships will be given out this year: http://www.envirothon.org
Sustainable Farming Connection, a popular nuts and bolts website: http://www.metalab.unc.edu/farming-connection
Urban agriculture information about farming the urban areas and urban and rural farm networks:  http://www.cityfarmer.org
Sustainability Review is a newsletter you may receive by requesting through website: http://www.eeeee.net
Earth Day is tied into EnviroLink to collect information for Earth Day: http://www.envirolink.org/earthday
U.S. Global Change Data and Information System has pointers which make it easy for the general public to understand: http://gcrio.org/gcdis.html
Feel free to visit our Small Business Development Center State Web Site for information or assistance at: http://www.ndsbdc.org

SBA RESOURCE LIST -U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)  www.sba.gov
SBA Lender relations specialists provide SBA participating lenders with resources at the local level. Find a lender relations specialist at your local district office.  North Dakota offices are: Fargo District Office (701.239.5131); Bismarck District Office (701.328.5850); Grand Forks District Office (701.746.5160).

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (SBDC) - http://www.ndsbdc.org
The North Dakota Small Business Development Centers assist in helping individuals with planning, managing and grow their businesses. Their services include: planning, financial advice, purchasing and selling of a business, funding sources and loan assistance. Visit the website to find a location near you: http://www.ndsbdc.org/about/default.asp?ID=321

SERVICE CORPS of RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE) LOCATIONS -http://www.score.org
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to assisting small businesses grow to achieve reaching their goals with experienced staff that provide education and mentorship. The SCORE program has been around for over fifty years.  SCORE Chapters in North Dakota can be reached at the following locations: Bismarck, North Dakota (701.328.5861); Minot, North Dakota (701.852.6883); Fargo, North Dakota (701.239.5677)

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS PROGRAM - www.trainingnd.com
The Center for Technology & Business provides assistance to help small business owners succeed through technology training programs offered.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LISTINGS – For more information with business development, visit the following websites for assistance in your planning process.    
North Dakota Economic Development and Finance: www.business.nd.gov
North Dakota Job Service: www.jobsnd.com
Division of Food and Lodging- North Dakota Department of Health: www.ndhealth.gov
North Dakota Tourism Department: http://www.ndtourism.com
North Dakota State Procurement Office: http://www.nd.gov/spo
North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance: http://www.workforcesafety.com
North Dakota Tax Department: http://www.nd.gov/tax
North Dakota Secretary of State: http://www.nd.gov/sos
North Dakota State Fire Marshall: http://www.ag.nd.gov/ag
North Dakota Office of Attorney General/Licensing Division: http://www.nd.gov/ag
Internal Revenue Service: http://www.irs.gov

U.S. Business Advisor - (one-stop access to federal government information and services and transactions)

North Dakota State Data Center: http://www.commerce.nd.gov/census
1600 E Century Ave, #2, Bismarck, ND 58503-701-328-5300
U.S. Census Bureau --http://www.census.gov

North Dakota Convention and Visitor Bureaus  -  For local and regional information, contact any of the following local convention and visitors bureaus and chamber of commerce’s.  http://www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/

OUTFITTER / ASSOCIATIONS - North Dakota Professional Guides and Outfitters Association
 www.outfittersandguides.com or  www.outfittersandguides.com/northdakota.htm

North Dakota Association of Bed & Breakfast - http://ndbba.com

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