News and Events
AMERICA'S SBDC STATE STAR AWARD
Georgia Miller, our ND SBDC Business Advisor in the Jamestown SBDC was recognized this year with the ASBDC State Star Award! Our team just returned from the annual ASBDC conference (in Nashville this year), where Georgia was recognized by attendees from all over the US, and given a pretty nice (and very heavy) momento to show off! Congratulations Georgia on winning this year's award for our state. Keep up the good work!
WILLISTON BND UPDATE
Thank you to Williston SBDC, Bank of North Dakota, and Williston Economic Development for sharing some pics of the presentation given by BND about new programs and upcoming efforts! ND SBDC looks forward to continuing to work with all our partners in helping North Dakotans to start, manage and grow their small businesses!
OSBDC / SBA VISITS NORTH DAKOTA!!
We were so fortunate to have Lisa Younger, SBA Program Manager, here visiting our great state, and taking the time to visit many of our ND SBDC offices. Lisa will also be attending our 3rd Annual Stakeholder's Summit meeting this week in Bismarck! On her first day here, Lisa had a chance to visit the SBA ND District Office and staff in Fargo (pictured below L-R: Deb Kantrud, LRS; Sheri Weston, PAS; David Martin, ND SBDC State Director; Sherri Komrosky, BOS; Lisa Younger; Alan Haut, DDD).
Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions
The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs. Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.
1. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. You can also call in using your telephone.
United States (Long distance): +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 959-960-501
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
- Check back for October webinars - to be posted soon!
SBA ONLINE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING TRAINING
SBA also contracts with Stover & Associates to offer government contracting training webinars. Below is a list of a few of the upcoming seminars available to SBA 7(j).
Successfully operating a business, whether it’s large or small takes vision, determination, and the right game plan.
Every day entrepreneurs across the country put it all on the line when they create and operate their businesses. The SBA has resources to assist you in growing your business.
We understand that as a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities, everything from overseeing the successful operation of the business to generating revenue.
The SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program is authorized by the Small Business Act to provide high-quality assistance to eligible small businesses (please see the fact sheet here to learn more about eligibility).
- Participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program
- Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
- Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low-income; and,
- Small business owned by low-income individuals.
How it works
Just like a class you’d attend in person, courses are taught by a live instructor on a scheduled day and time. The Web-enabled Instructor-Led training experience has much in common with the classroom equivalent. Students:
- Receive course materials in advance
- Participate in real time using a broadband connection
- Interact directly with the instructor and their peers
From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.
You must pre-register for these sessions: http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses. For Workshop information email Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff, or call 770.423.9888. Seats are limited, please see the flyer for more info !
- Government Contract Negotiations: September 14, 1-5pm EDT
- Audits and Accounting Systems: September 18, 1-4:30pm EDT
- How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule: September 19, 1-2:30pm EDT
- Strategic Planning for Small Business: September 20, 1-2pm EDT
- Marketing to the Government Buyer: August 22, 1-4pm EDT
- Facilities Clearances: September 21, 1-2pm EDT
- Marketing to the Government Buyer: September 25, 1-4pm EDT
NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM (VEP)
The North Dakota Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping them find appropriate programs and services.
Comparable to a military boot camp, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of UND School of Entrepreneurship’s comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum, the program consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in creating and growing businesses that can be profitable. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will provide a fun, interactive, and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to a current or potential business. The VEP program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program. There is no charge for transportation to Grand Forks, the online and live courses, instruction, books, materials, food, and outings.
Please visit the VEP website for more information.