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Thursday, October 18  Leach Center for Student Life, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

It is no longer a matter of if, but when. From malware and viruses to worms and ransomware, business owners need to be aware of and plan for the risks of a cyber-attack. Join the North Dakota and Kansas Small Business Development Centers at a free information and training event.

This event will offer valuable insight for:Cyber Security

• Small Business Owners and Managers
• Security Decision Makers
• Human Resource Professionals
• Attorneys
• Realtors
• IT Professionals
• Finance Professionals
• Students
• Educators
• And any other Individuals handling confidential or sensitive information

The event is free, but seating is limited so registration is required. Register today!


Tuesday, October 23  ND State Capitol, Bismarck, ND

Join us for Air Force Industry Day!  This  free  event is focused on doing business with our regional Air Force bases:  Minot, Ellsworth (SD) and Grand Forks.  Air Force Industry Day is open to the public with a workshop track followed by one-on-one visits with exhibitors.

  • Bryhild-Haugland Room, Capitol Building, Bismarck, ND
  • Registration sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Event starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
  • Exhibit area open from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Pre-registration required:

Workshop agenda includes:  Briefings by the Bases, ND PTAC, Responding to Sources Sought Notices, and Responding to a Solicitation.
More information is available in the event  flyer .



Saturday, October 27  Raymond J. Bohn Armory, Bismarck, ND

Boots to Business Reboot

Veterans of all eras, services members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses are invited to attend this "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" course. Boots to Business Reboot is a training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, information about the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

This is a FREE event, but we ask you to register online in advance. See flyer for more details. 



September was National Preparedness Month for 2018 and the SBA along with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and FEMA, put on an informative webinar with information to prepare, respond, and recover. The webinar was recorder and can be accessed at anytime or you can review the content information here. There is additional information available online as well. 



Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions
The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs.  Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.

1. Please join the ZOOM meeting from any PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

2. If you prefer to use phone for audio:

US (Long distance): +1 (669) 900-6833 or +1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 115-541-475


November 6 – Doing Business with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Veteran Verification (Certification) 

David Diercks, Department of Veterans Affairs and Mark Cooper, MN Department of Administration Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

This workshop is an introduction to doing business with the Veterans Health Administration NCO 23.  Learn how the VA buys, what they buy and how you can participate.  Learn how your business can support the mission of the VA.

The Veterans Health Administration has a Veterans First Contracting Program to qualify Service Disabled Veteran and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.  To qualify firms must be verified through the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).  This session will give a brief overview of the application and review process.

December 4 – Knowing When to Prime, When to Sub and When to form a Joint Venture
Shirley Collier, Founder and President, Scale2Market, LLC

This advanced topic is for companies already doing business with the federal government but that wish to grow in the federal marketplace. This workshop will cover how to conduct market research to understand the acquisition ecosystems around specific upcoming opportunities, the pros and cons of different types of teaming arrangements and the new SBA rules that are encouraging more joint ventures.