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Your goal - Build your small business.

        Our goal - Provide tips, resources and education to help you get there.

                Together - Growing the North Dakota small-business economy.

 

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Helping you start, grow and build your small business. We provide educational materials, resources and programs. Small businesses are the driver of our economy.

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Adding Something New.  Know the Purpose!

Photo by gmuskeThroughout your business cycle, you will be adding new products and services in order to keep up with trends and to make sure that your customers have more reasons to come to your store. However, if you are like me, you have probably been in places where there is a product or service that just doesn't seem to fit. This blog post looks at my recent trip to get an oil change. I thought I may have found just such an item but upon further examination, instead found a business supporting the local community. Check it out.

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Photo (CC 2.) by Chris Potter, on FlickrBe a Destination

One of the suggestions towards building a successful business is to make yourself the place people want to go.  But, you tell yourself that you are just a regular store, nothing special.  How can that work for you. That might have been what this convenience store operator said. Instead, he chose to find a way to be unique. Get more here.

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Start Your Small Business on the Side

You have a great idea but just aren't sure how well it will be received in the marketplace. Do you give up your day job to give it a try? Maybe starting a business on the side should be the route you take. This helps control the risk and gives you a fall-back position. Yes, you will be burning the candle at both ends, but it is certainly something to consider. Here are more thoughts on this tactic.

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Photo (CC 2.0) by Bruce Berrie, on FlickrLearning From Others

Small-business owners never have enough money to start and operate their business. They become very good at bootstrapping, or finding a way to make things work. There is probably not better way to learn such useful techniques than by listening to other business owners. Here is one source for such tips.

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Stand Out with Small-town Service

Small-town service. If you have ever shopped in a small town, you probably know what I mean. It's the way you are greeted by name when you walk in and as you leave. It's that taking an extra step to make sure you have gotten what you wanted. And it is asking you again about the product and if you are satisfied when you return. Small towns aren't the only place you get such service. But for small-town businesses, such service helps them secure their spot in the economic system. Want to understand more, read on.

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Change is Here for Food Entrepreneurs

If you are a foodpreneur, then you want to be aware of the changes in nutritional labeling. The number of customers using this information has continued to grow and this change will likely make even more people take a look. So take a few moments to understand the changes and start making your plans for responding. Read more here.

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