Dakota Business | Volunteer to Grow North Dakota's Economy

North Dakota District Office

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Dakota Business Newsletter, April 23, 2019
Alan Haut, SBA North Dakota District Director

Volunteer to Grow
North Dakota's Economy

By: Alan Haut, District Director
North Dakota District Office


For more than 50 years, SCORE mentors have shared their expertise with small business people across the country. In partnership with the SBA, these volunteers have contributed to a stronger economy and small business successes in industries from retail to manufacturing, and everything in between. SCORE nationwide has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964 – a remarkable achievement for a volunteer organization. 

Have you considered becoming a SCORE mentor?

Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means joining an active national community of 10,000 volunteers who are committed to helping small business owners succeed. Mentors come from many different sectors and professions including small and large businesses, the military, and education.

Through SCORE you can provide mentoring in person at one of the chapter offices, or through email, video, or telephone from your home or office. SCORE clients often ask questions like what kind of business entity should I form? How can I assess competition? How can I get a loan? What goes into a business plan? Occasionally they just need moral support, or introductions to our network of specific industry experts. SCORE mentors address these needs with guidance based on their own experience and support from the SCORE organization – all on a confidential basis, and at no cost to the recipient. 

Volunteering of any kind provides valuable benefits not only for the recipient, but also for the volunteer.  Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Please consider becoming a SCORE mentor. Don't worry if you think you don't have enough knowledge or experience to help other entrepreneurs. SCORE provides training to fill in the gaps. Has anyone asked you to volunteer with SCORE? Today I'm asking: Would you join SCORE and use your experience to build a stronger North Dakota?

North Dakota chapters are located in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. For more information on how to become a SCORE mentor, please visit www.score.org/volunteer.


Upcoming Events

April 25 Webinar - Boosting Your Bottom Line: How to Find More Profit in Your Business

Businesses are like gasoline engines: once a new engine is broken in, it runs smoothly and efficiently. However, regular tune ups are needed. Join our webinar to learn how you can “fine-tune” your business and boost the bottom line!

April 29 Workshop - Marketing & Social Media

Rugby, ND
Rugby Chamber of Commerce & Rugby Job Development Authority are hosting a 2-hour educational opportunity for area businesses.For more information, contact rugbychamber@gondtc.com or (701) 776-5846. 

May 5 & 6 - National Small Business Week Awards Ceremonies and Workshops

Congratulations to the 2019 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year, Troy Durheim! The award ceremony, as well as various workshops, will be livestreamed on SBA's Facebook page. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/events.

May 7 Workshop - Boots to Business: Reboot

Devils Lake, ND
A one-day training for Veterans of all eras, Reservists, National Guard Members, Transitioning Military members, and their spouses interested in starting a business.

May 7 & 8 - Energizing Entrepreneurs Conference

Oakes, ND
Join NDSU Extension for a two-day conference designed to inspire and provide resources for anyone who wants to start or support a small business in their rural community.

May 7 & 8 - SBA & SCORE Virtual Conference

The SBA and SCORE Mentors are hosting a free 2-day Virtual Conference featuring webinars covering a range of topics related to starting or growing your business.

May 8 Webinar - Federal Contracting Certifications

Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for: 8(a) Business Development Program; Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB); Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB); and the HUBZone certification.

May 9 - Small Business Conference

Offutt School of Business, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
You're invited to spend the day with industry experts as they address today's most pressing small business challenges. Attend panel discussions and workshops for strategies and techniques to start, grow, expand and transition your business. Stop by resource tables for one-on-one visits. Boxed lunch and refreshments included in registration fee. 

May 10 Workshop - Wealth & Succession Planning: How to Create a Clear Plan for Your Future

Bismarck, ND
Early planning, and regular reviews, will provide flexibility for your transition, maximize the value of your business, and preserve the wealth that has been built. Registration deadline Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

May 14 Workshop - HUBZone Certification

Rugby, ND
It pays to be in the zone! Learn how businesses in designated HUBZones can gain preferential access to federal contracting opportunities. Advanced registration is required. Contact Sherri Komrosky at 701-239-5658 or sherri.komrosky@sba.gov.

May 14 Workshop - Cybersecurity Seminar for Small Business

Fargo, ND
Join Microsoft for a one-day workshop focusing on helping small businesses understand the key components of a cybersecurity program. Registration deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019.

May 15 Workshop - Cybersecurity Seminar for Small Business

Bismarck, ND
Join Microsoft for a one-day workshop focusing on helping small businesses understand the key components of a cybersecurity program. Registration deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019.


Find other small business workshops and events on our Small Business Calendar at www.sba.gov/nd