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    2017 ND SBDC Annual Report


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Fargo SBDC


The Fargo SBDC, in collaboration with its resource partners, provides assistance to entrepreneurs in Cass, Traill and Steele counties.

NDSU Research and Technology Park
1854 NDSU Research Circle N Suite #7
Fargo, ND 58102
P: 701.499.5273
F: 701.499.3610

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Paul Smith, MS, EDFP
Fargo Regional Director

Paul has a passion for helping small business owners start, manage and grow their companies. During his time with the SBDC, he has helped hundreds of small business owners write business plans, develop detailed financial projections and obtain funding to fuel business startup and growth.  

Paul’s areas of particular interest and expertise include: Financial projections and analysis, business planning and market research and analysis.  He has nearly 30 years of business and consulting experience in a diverse range of industries, which include: Financial services, retail, manufacturing, technology, transitional management, agribusiness, customer service, engineering, consulting, non-profit, healthcare, agency and media.  

Paul has lived in Fargo since 1992. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. He also earned his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification and is a LivePlan certified Expert Advisor.