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Community Business Development

The Community Business Development has been designed to provide you with available information on educational programs and resources at North Dakota State University (NDSU), the NDSU Extension Service and other related agencies and organizations in the broad area of community, rural and economic development.
  • Agritainment
    An in-depth resource directory for agriculture entrepreneurs. Learn how production in agriculture can cross over into tourism. Information and a one-day workshop on starting a recreation business on the farm or ranch is available to assist potential business owners.  Agritainment Resource handbook is available on line.  Contact: Kathleen Tweeten - 701-328-9718
  • At Your Service
    A one day hospitality training for tourism related business owners and employees.  Contract: Kathleen Tweeten- 701-328-9718
  • Home-Based Business Assistance
    Publications are available online for potential home-based business owners. Contact: Kathleen Tweeten- 701-3128-9718
  • Starting Your Own Food Business in North Dakota
    Resource handbook is available in every NDSU County Extension office for potential small food manufactures. Contact: Julie Garden Robinson - 701-231-7187
  • Nutrition Labeling
    Fee-based service which provides a camera-ready nutrition facts label. Contact: Julie Garden-Robinson- 701-231-7187
  • Hortiscope
    Hortiscope is a weekly news column that answers questions Ron receives from North Dakotans.  The pages are organized by the Specific topic questions.
    Contact: Ron Smith- 701-231-8161

Resource Links:
Agritainment - Resource directory for starting a farm & ranch business
Manufacturing Engineers- Technical assistance
ND Division of Economic Development & Finance - Resource information on business ventures
ND Division of Tourism - Information on travel and adventures in North Dakota
ND Rural Development Program - Resources in economic development growth

National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability - Youth development & Leadership Topics

Related Links:
Dakota Certified Development Corporation
Economic Research Service- USDA
ND Business Information Center
Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Registration HubzoneSite
USDA Rural Development

Alternative Agriculture
USDA Farmers Direct Marketing

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