We have three locations to serve North Dakota. Select the location most convenient to you to get started.
Dave Kleppe joined the North Dakota APEX Accelerator (formerly PTAC program) in 2014 as a counselor. In 2017 the University of North Dakota became host with Dave as Program Manager. He has a leading role in developing the ND APEX client base across the state and building relationships with program resource partners including state agencies and organizations (ND Dept. of Commerce, ND District SBA office, Air Force bases, ND National Guard, ND Women’s Business Center, Impact Dakota MEP), other regional organizations (economic development groups, regional councils, certified development corporations, Small Business Development Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Center), institutions of higher education, and tribal communities.
Dave was previously with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, retiring from the agency as Major/Chief of Staff. The position was responsible for fiscal management, procurement, planning and accreditation, IT, HR, and training components. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police, Staff, and Command. Dave and his wife Kathy are empty nesters and especially enjoy spending time with their soon-to-be school-age granddaughters.
Cathy serves ND APEX program clients across our great state from a Fargo office location. She is designated as a Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) Certified Verification Assistance Counselor as well as a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP).
Cathy was executive director of the West Central Minnesota SBDC, located in Moorhead, Minnesota, for more than five years before joining a North Dakota-based engineering firm as its marketing manager. In addition to her years of experience in small business development, she has a background in management, strategy and marketing. She has worked at billion dollar companies and been the first employee hired by a small business – and everything in between. Her dedication and work ethic come in part from growing up on a cash crop farm where finishing everything to the best of one’s ability was all in a day’s work. Cathy enjoys giving each client personalized care to provide options and solutions.
She and her husband enjoy the outdoors, hiking and visiting historical sites throughout the state and region. Engrained from years of work with small business comes a love of main street and local restaurants.
Nikki serves ND APEX program clients across our great state from a Minot office location.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Minot State University, with a double minor in marketing and international business. She was a Federal Compliance Officer for more than six years in Minot and also has experience in technical support and cash management.
Nikki is a member of the Minot Chamber of Commerce, participates in Companions for Children Lunch Pal, and is an active member of Sunrise Rotary.