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Dakota WE provides summer sessions to women entrepreneurs

Dakota Women Entrepreneurs


Dakota Certified Development Corporation is proud to announce Dakota WE, a gathering of women entrepreneurs; sessions will take place in June in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot. Dakota WE is a free program responding to the developmental needs of the women entrepreneurs in Dakota CDC’s area. It is offered to women who own a business, women who want to own a business, women with a home based business wanting to expand and women interested in business. 

Dakota WE will work with the talents and ideas of women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. The program will consist of marketing, building relationships, branding, finding your niche and discussing best practices for women in business. The small group setting will offer an opportunity for participants to meet and listen to other women entrepreneurs. 

“In an effort to foster and support women achievements in business, we have developed the Dakota WE initiative to further encourage and grow women entrepreneurs throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota,” said Dakota CDC President/CEO, Steve Dusek. 

Pat McGill, founder of WE, is the program facilitator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. She is also a former middle school teacher and adjunct professor of human relations. As a member of the National Speakers Association, Pat presents professional development keynotes and workshops on topics such as change, leadership and relationship building. She is a business owner and a published author. 

Visit Dakota CDC’s website, or Dakota CDC’s Facebook page,, to apply. There is a limit of 30 women per session. The deadline to apply is June 8, 2012. Two separate sessions will be held in Bismarck at the Raddison Hotel from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Minot’s session will be held at the Staybridge Suites from 9 a.m.-12 p.m on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Two separate sessions will also be offered in Fargo at the Ramada Plaza and Suites from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on June 28, 2012. 

For more information about Dakota WE contact Carissa Suter at 701-293-8892 or by email at