SBA To Honor North Dakota Business

North Dakota District Office - September 15, 2020

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National Small Business Week

SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Charissa Rubey, 2020 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

Charissa Rubey (pictured left), CEO of Dakota Micro, Inc. will be among the top small businesses honored during National Small Business Week. The opening ceremony and presentation of the National Small Business Week Award Winners will occur in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. During the ceremonies, the SBA will announce the 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year from among the individual winners represented from across the U.S. and territories.

Dakota Micro, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business started by Charissa Rubey and her husband, Dave Rubey. The company manufactures ruggedized camera systems and surveillance equipment for agricultural, public works and military applications.

Dakota Micro camera equipment

Originally from southern California, Charissa moved to North Dakota with her husband Dave to take over his family farm. When a slipped disk in his neck forced Dave to wear a neck brace, it was nearly impossible for him to operate farm equipment without the ability to turn his head. They searched for a system that was small, durable and flexible enough to allow him to efficiently operate farm equipment. Finding none, Dave decided to develop and build one himself.

Dakota Micro, Inc. manufacturing facility

They formed Dakota Micro in 2002 on a shoe-string budget and began selling the camera system to a few dealers in the tri-state region. The company grew steadily and Dave developed additional camera systems. Charissa accessed SBA resources – SCORE Mentors, an SBA loan, the Women’s Business Center, and the U.S. Export Assistance Center – to start, grow, and expand the business. Today the company, still located on the family farm, has grown to include a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that serves a global market with more than 40 dealers on five continents.

Register for the Awards Presentation & Virtual Conference

National Small Business Week Webinars

Educational presentations and panel discussions that help both new and existing businesses to recover, adapt, and innovate in this challenging time will be offered by the SBA and the SBA North Dakota District Office Tuesday, September 22 - Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Social Media Management Basics

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
3 - 4 pm Central (2 - 3 pm Mountain)

Confused about how to create a social media strategy for your business?  What platforms are the best for connecting with customers?  What kind of information you should share? How do you know if you are getting positive results? With so many tools available, you need a plan for the best use of your time and resources. Join Eric Giltner, SBA North Dakota Senior Area Manager, at this webinar and learn how to create a strong on-line presence for your business.


National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24, 2020
8 am - 3 pm Central (7 am - 2 pm Mountain)

Attend this free, online conference to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and talk with industry experts.


Is Your Website 2020 Current?

Thursday, September 24, 2020
3 - 4 pm Central (2 - 3 Mountain)

No matter what type of business you run, you need to have a website. This website doesn’t have to have ten tabs and a billion words. As a matter of fact, the simpler the better. Did you know that the bulk of your information should all fit on the homepage? Join Wendy Klug, VBOC of the Dakotas program manager, at this webinar and learn about the top strategies you need to implement in order to make your website attract and retain customers. 


Upcoming Events:

Webinar: Managing Business Risk with Cybersecurity Controls

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Worries about managing business risk—for example, COVID, compliance, and cashflow—can keep a business owner up at night. Cybersecurity controls leverage people, process, policy, and technology to reduce business risk. In this one-hour session, the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center will discuss scalable tools and techniques for protecting your proprietary business information, financial assets, and other corporate resources.


Webinar: Is Your Business Ready for Disaster?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today.”   Join the  SBA, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, and the Insurance Information Institute for a live webinar on preparing for severe weather, future COVID-19 interruptions, and other disasters. In addition to presentations by experts from IBHS and Triple-I, two small business owners will share their stories of how they prepared for and successfully recovered from devastating disasters.


4R Webinar: Disaster Planning: Riots, Floods, Hurricanes - Oh My!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Part 1 – A general overview and refresher of the types of disasters that are common in the modern age and within our region (COVID, floods, severe wind/tornadoes, etc). The North Dakota Small Business Development Centers will review critical steps to mitigating the impact of the disaster - including a planning checklist, call list, understanding your coverage, understanding your potential liability, business continuation post-disaster, business succession planning, decision making in a disaster, and common sources of assistance. Part 2, one week later, will be a panel of subject matter experts answering your questions.

Register for Part 1

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Part 2 – A panel discussion featuring individuals in insurance, lawyers, local/state gov’t, first responders, contractors – or any other type of position that would be able to help businesses during these difficult times. The panel will be answering your submitted questions.

Register for Part 2

Office of Surety Guarantees 50th Anniversary Virtual Conference

Thursday, September 24 - Friday, September 25, 2020

Did you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration offers guaranteed surety bonds to help small businesses in the construction, supply, and service sectors better compete for contracting and subcontracting jobs?

The SBA Office of Surety Guarantees has been providing these growth opportunities to small businesses for 50 years. This month, SBA is hosting a virtual conference to commemorate the Surety Bond Guarantee program’s 50th anniversary. We encourage small businesses in the construction, supply, and service sectors, along with members of the surety bond industry, to join us for this free online event.

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Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center Webinars

Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2, 2020

The Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center is hosting a week of social media marketing training:

  • Audit Your Social Media
  • Make Your Website Work For You
  • Make Better Business Decisions With Analytics
  • Business Writing for Social Media
  • Creating Your Brand

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