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National Small Business Week 2016

North Dakota Women Owned Businesses Celebrate

May 2-6 is National Small Business Week and a time to celebrate this growing business demographic in North Dakota. According to the SBA, small businesses represent 96 percent of all employers in North Dakota thus making them central to the health and well-being of the state. A state's ability to generate small businesses impacts gross state product, personal income, and employment. 

One group of small business owners that are calling on their communities to be aware of the value that small businesses have locally and on the economy as a whole are the North Dakota Certified Women Owned Businesses (WOB). WOB Certification denotes that a woman (or women) has majority ownership and control of a business entity (at least 51%). This certification is conducted by Center for Technology & Business (CTB) who is solely authorized by the ND Department of Commerce to examine the applicants’ documentation and qualify the applicant for status as a Certified Women Owned Business in the State of North Dakota.

This elite group of women owned businesses include:

  • AWTY Logistics LLC
  • Badlands Integrity Group
  • Briljent LLC
  • City Air Mechanical
  • Color Dynamics LLC
  • Crane Specialists
  • Dakota Promotions & Printing LLC
  • Dakotah Country Crane Service
  • Dale Carnegie
  • DLN Consulting Inc
  • Dynamics Marketing
  • Earth-Kind
  • Fat Cat Marketing
  • FM Acupuncture
  • Howe Enterprises LLC
  • Innovative Building Concepts LLC
  • INsight Consulting
  • JB RailRoad Contracting
  • Jill Eggl Lighting Design Studio LLC
  • Jost Construction
  • Juniper LLC
  • Kustom Machine
  • MGI Landscapes & Outdoor Living
  • New Dakota LLC
  • Nexus Innovations
  • Nordic Fiberglass
  • Northern Testing
  • Posi Lock Puller
  • Premium Gold Flax Products
  • PSJM
  • Reliance Logistics
  • Results4U Promotions LLC
  • Right-A-Way Applicators
  • S&S Promotional Group
  • Smartt Interior Construction
  • Spherion Staffing
  • The Brandon Group LLC
  • Total Quality Maintenance
  • Uniform Unit of Dickinson

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners, approximately one fourth of businesses in North Dakota are woman owned. Although that might seem like a small percentage, the 2015 State of Women Owned Businesses Report by American Express places North Dakota as one of the states with the fastest growth in the number, employment and revenues of women owned businesses.

During National Small Business Week, CTB will be doing some extra celebrating this year. Their North Dakota Women’s Business Center program was awarded the 2016 Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award. The team will kick-off National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C. to receive the award. “Our team has worked hard to create collaborative opportunities for entrepreneurs across the state that are fresh, innovative, bold and in demand. This recognition is both humbling and motivating. We are proud of the growth and economic impact the center has sparked, and look forward to continuing to find unique and impactful ways to serve the current and future entrepreneurs of North Dakota,” shared Deb Eslinger, Executive Director of Center for Technology & Business.

CTB will continue the celebration in Bismarck on May 6 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am during an open house, area businesses are invited to join them at Juniper Workantile (122 N. 3rth Street, Bismarck). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the newly appointed Region VIII Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Betsy Markey and network with area businesses and SBA regional partners.

Nationally, SBA is hosting a series of free webinars to help celebrate and you can tune in for the live-streaming webcasts of all events as they happen.

Monday, May 2

Taking the Mystery out of Voluntary Benefits with Colonial Life & Accident Insurance 12 noon CST 
If you don’t know what voluntary benefits are, or understand the potential advantages they can offer your business, this is the webinar for you.
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Monday, May 2

The Decline of Magstripe Cards and What That Means for your Business 2pm CST 
The payments landscape is changing. New security measures, a decline in the use of traditional magstripe cards, the switch to EMV chip cards and emerging technologies like contactless payments, are forcing a monumental shift in the way people pay. These changes have major implications for businesses of all sizes. Is your business prepared?

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Tuesday, May 3

Cloud, Mobile, and Social: Great Apps and Services that will Grow Your Business 2pm CST 
Watch and learn from small business experts as they discuss the latest trends, tips and services to help you grow, manage, and increase your profits. You’ll discover how to leverage cloud, mobile, and social technologies that will allow you to stand out from your competition.
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Wednesday, May 4

Access to Capital and Business Loans: Best Practices 3pm CST 
Cash is the lifeblood of any business yet access to capital, managing business finances and navigating sources of finance are some of the most challenging areas for business owners and can make or break any enterprise. Participants will learn background on the small business loan market and providers as well as how to identify the right type of financial product for the business need.
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Thursday, May 5

Tips for Getting Your Business Financially Fit 2:00pm CST 
Understanding the fiscal condition of your business is critical when managing daily duties, planning for the long-term and making consequential decisions. But that means more than simply knowing what’s in your bank account. This interactive webinar will teach practical, actionable tips for improving the financial fitness of your small business.
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