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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6-7:30 p.m.
The 701, 33 South 3rd St. Suite D, Downtown Grand Forks

The Grand Forks SCORE Chapter in cooperation with SBA, ND SBDC and SBIR-STTR programs: come hear from these collaborative resource partners during this roundtable event. Each rep will share with you the range of services that they offer to help you with your small business, start-up or existing! Please register online .




Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 2-3 p.m.
Jamestown Senior Center in the Legacy Center (Old Jamestown Hospital Building).

The free seminar will teach those starting a new business or expanding an existing business about Financial Management,  including steps to take before making a loan request, the importance of bookkeeping,  the 5 “C’s” of credit and understanding possible reasons for rejection. 

Tyler Kummeth and Valerie Benson from U.S. Bank will be presenting on Small Business Financing.

The training event is hosted by ND Small Business Development Centers - Jamestown Center and cosponsored by U.S. Bank, Jamestown Stutsman Development Company, Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, Jamestown Downtown Association, Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center and the South Central Dakota Regional Council.




The Bismarck SBDC took part in Mandan's 5th Annual Business Start-up 101 workshop on October 26th. KFYR shares a story about the event on their website!  Looks like it had great attendance!




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 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 931-437-157
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session

December 5 – Responding to an Emergency:  Be ready to hit the ground running! !
Tyler Steen, South Dakota Office of Emergency Management

When a disaster strikes, local communities look for businesses that are ready to help with the recovery process.  This webinar will focus on what your business can do to be ready when emergency situations occur, and the steps you need to take to be prepared to respond quickly.


January 9 – Start Your Contracting Year Off with a Tune-Up
Kareen Dougherty, SD Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Annually you should review and update your information on federal databases and registrations.  This webinar will give you a starting point on checks and updates you can make to make to be sure your information is current and visible to government agencies and prime contractors. 


February 6 – System for Award Management (SAM) and Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Registrations
Pat Dotter, MN Department of Administration Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

From layout to data, has made dozens of minor and significant changes.  Search queries, NAICS code information; self-certification, etc., are just some of the topics that have been modified in this federal database that, as a government contractor, you are required to be registered in and to keep updated annually.  Join this webinar to learn more about the registration process, as well as its changes, along with updates to SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database - your electronic capability statement for the government.




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: 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 !

Check back for November/December webinars to be posted soon!




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.