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North Dakota Women’s Business Center Offers Entrepreneurship Course to Inmates


Bismarck — Last month, the North Dakota Women’s Business Center (NDWBC) launched a new educational program designed specifically for the residents at the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center (DWCRC) located in New England, N.D. This two-day, workshop-style training course entitled Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Experience covered the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship Defined
  • Conducting Market Research
  • The Economics of Starting a Business
  • Legal Considerations
  • Personal Branding

Eighteen women participated in the voluntary training course and a number of them indicated previous involvement in entrepreneurial ventures. 

 “We enjoyed our time with the ladies,” said NDWBC Program Manager Renee Ottmar of their experience. “The women came to class prepared and eager to learn and were engaged throughout our presentations.”

Deidre Hillman, NDWBC program director, added, “I’m grateful and excited that we can offer this opportunity to help equip these women. Aside from the business education, we provided leadership training to encourage them and help build their confidence. ”

DWCRC is dedicated to providing educational and vocational programs that fit the needs of the female resident population. They offer several different educational programs that are available to assist the residents with personal and career development. The NDWBC is proud to partner with them and provide another learning opportunity to residents there.

Center for Technology & Business operates the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, which is part of a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one business counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on many business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement. Specific ND­­­­­WBC programming opportunities include, the Women’s Leadership Program, the Women’s Business Summit and the North Dakota Leading Ladies Luncheons.