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March 30, 2012

Dakota Business

North Dakota District Office Newsletter

 brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Top Tips for Finding Federal Contracts

Searching the web for contracts can be frustrating. If you are not familiar with the process, a simple search can present a list of contracts that can take days to review. These tips can simplify the effort while keeping it effective.  > Read more

Jumpstarting Your Business Through Non-Traditional Funding

Entrepreneurs seeking to use crowdfunding normally make use of online communities to solicit pledges of small amounts of money from individuals who are typically not professional financiers. Most of the current discussion is on the federal level, but each state, including North Dakota, has its own set of regulations that govern this environment.  > Read more

Charting Your Destiny One Account at a Time

To develop an effective recordkeeping system for your business, the best place to start is with a Chart of Accounts.  > Read more

Meet the North Dakota District Office

Tom Linnertz

Tom Linnertz, Business Opportunity Specialist

Tom has served as Liquidation and Loan Servicing Specialist for the SBA since 1989, and has been the 8(a) Program Manager and Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) since 2001.  As the BOS, Tom works with businesses interested in doing business with the federal government utilizing SBA’s Small Business Programs (8(a), HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service

Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small Business Program.  Tom has been recognized as Fargo Federal Employee of the year and as SBA Region 8 employee of the year. During his Liquidation and Loan Servicing period Tom worked with 12 other SBA personnel to recreate and train SBA employees and banks nationally on the Liquidation Program and policies recreated by that team.  Prior to joining the SBA Tom was President of the Kenmare Community Credit Union in Kenmare, North Dakota and prior to that was Branch Manager for Midwest Federal Savings and Loan of Minot.  Tom has worked in the retail and residential contruction trades.  Tom served in the Marine Corps from 1971 to 1973 and retired in 1997 from the US Army Reserve as a Master Sergeant   Tom regularly volunteers his time to play Taps for veteran's funerals in the region and has been a volunteer Hunter Education Instructor for over 30 years.  He is active in his church, sings in the choir and plays trumpet, which is he says is only due to desperation in the church.  In his free time, he enjoys fixing clocks, hunting, camping, building furniture and recently has shown his hand as a home brewmeister.   A native of Minot, ND, Tom and his wife, Donna, have three lovely and talented adult children and one awesome granddaughter, Lucy.  Tom can be reached at thomas.linnertz@sba.gov


Starting Your Own Business Workshop

April 17-18, 2012
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Registration is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Additional registrants $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
For more information, or to register, contact Fargo SCORE at 701-239-5677.

Marketing & Advertising Workshop

April 19, 2012
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Registration is $20
For more information, or to register, contact Bismarck SCORE at 701-328-5861.

Upcoming Government Contracting Webinars

How to Do Business with GSA
April 12, 2012
8:30am - 9:30am
How to Find Subcontracts
April 19, 2012
8:30am - 9:30am
For more information contact Tom Linnertz at 701-239-5131 x.215 or thomas.linnertz@sba.gov.

Funding Through EB-5

April 26, 2012
10:00am - 11:00am
This webinar will feature information on the EB-5 program and Regional Center. Rodrigo Cintra, EB-5 Regional Center Director, will lead a sicussion on how this program can provide investor financing to meet the needs of local small businesses. For  more information on how to participate, contact SBA at 701-239-5131 or north.dakota@sba.gov.