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Two North Dakota Women Receive Top Honors from the Women's Business Center

Center for Technology & Business (CTB), which operates the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, held their sixth annual Women’s Business Summit October 29-30 in Bismarck. The event brought together women from across the state for a unique networking and professional development opportunity designed to strengthen the state of women owned businesses in North Dakota.

At the luncheon on Monday, October 30, two attendees were awarded with top honors from CTB: April Lund with GYS Track Club and Deb Nelson with DLN Consulting Inc. 


April Lund was recognized with the 2017 CTB Outstanding Woman in Business Award. This award is meant to celebrate a woman who has made significant contributions to her organization, her profession, and her community. The award also aims to recognize a leader who serves as a role model and mentor for others. As a passionate advocate for health and wellness, April Lund is one of the most sought after and accomplished personal trainers and fitness & wellness coaches in the Bismarck/Mandan area. April has emerged as an inspiration and leader in her community. As the Founder of GYS Track Club in the Bismarck/Mandan area, April coaches over 130 athletes to be their best, both physically and emotionally. She has a generous heart and a warm personality which is reflected through her many volunteer activities. In her free time, April is setting records all over the country. In the past two years alone, she has won over 50 races. 


Deb Nelson, Founder and President of DLN Consulting Inc. was recognized with the 2017 CTB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The exclusive award is designated to the owner of a North Dakota Certified Woman Owned Business who has demonstrated staying power, innovativeness, forward thinking, and contributions to her community. Deb has over 25 years of experience in public relations and grant writing and has acquired more than $10 million in grants for projects in southwest and northwest North Dakota. DLN Consulting Inc. provides planning services, including grant planning and management, evaluation design and implementation, association management, various business planning and short and long-term strategic planning. Deb is the administrator of the Vision West ND Consortium, which represents nineteen oil and gas producing counties in North Dakota. Vision West North Dakota’s goal is to implement the Regional Sustainability Plan for western North Dakota. Deb has been a vital member to many organizations to help them plan and implement programs that are making a big difference to North Dakota.

“North Dakota is home to numerous women from all walks of life who are doing amazing things to strengthen their communities and to make a positive impact on those around them. We often don’t take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of dedicated leaders, mentors, and entrepreneurs all around us, and these awards aim to change that. By highlighting the impact of these honorees, we hope to encourage other women to dream big and pay it forward and for everyone who knows them to cheer them on.” Explains CTB Executive Director, Deb Eslinger.

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