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We've changed our name and our look, but not our great services!  Check out the article here!



2016 state star 

Congratulations to our 2016 America's SBDC State Star, Justin Neppl!

Justin is the ND SBDC Business Advisor at the Wahpeton SBDC.  He was recognized at the annual America's SBDC Conference in Orlando, Florida in September.  Pictured here from left to right: David K. Martin (ND SBDC State Director), Jamie (Justin's wife), Justin, and Tiffany Ford (ND SBDC Associate State Director).



Here is a great article about the ND SBDC's Accreditation, renewed this year for five years with no conditions!  Thanks everyone for your hard work!




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 meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. You can also call in using your telephone.

United States (Long distance): +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 959-960-501
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session

January 17 – Basics of Government Contracting
Presented by Dave Kleppe, N D PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

Are you interested in expanding profits, gaining customers or growing your business? Consider selling to the government. This webinar will help you learn what the government buys, how to get on government buyer’s radar, certifications right for you and how to find contract opportunities. We will also discuss small business procurement programs, small business goals and set-asides as well as basic contracting terms and steps to get started.

February 7 – Finding Opportunities
Presented by Tanner Olson, ND PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

Finding Federal Contracts can be difficult and time consuming. This session will show you how you can cut your research time significantly. You will learn where and how to find better opportunities!  Sites that will be covered include: FedBizOpps, Subnet, state and local procurement sites, subcontracting and more.   

March 7 – Legislative Update – Changes Effecting Government Contracting
Presented by Tim Connelly – The Law Office of Tim Connelly

Government contracting laws and regulations are always changing. Key developments to be covered in this session include the new Mentor-Protégé program open to all small businesses; significant changes to the Limitations on Subcontracting rules; and updates to the LLC Act (Limited Liability Corporation), which include unconditional ownership and control issues.


SBA also contracts with Stover & Associates to offer weekly government contracting training webinars.  Below is a list of a few of the upcoming seminars available to SBA 7(j). 

7(j) eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:

  • Participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program
  • Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
  • Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low-income; and,
  • Small business owned by low-income individuals.

How it works
Just like a class you’d attend in person, courses are taught by a live instructor on a scheduled day and time. The Web-enabled Instructor-Led training experience has much in common with the classroom equivalent. Students:

  • Receive course materials in advance
  • Participate in real time using a broadband connection
  • Interact directly with the instructor and their peers

From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.

You must pre-register for these sessions: There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses.  For Workshop information email Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff, or call 770.423.9888.

  • Developing Pricing and the Cost Proposal  January 12, 2017 — 1:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Government Contracting Vehicles  January 17, 2017 — 5:00-7:00 pm EST
  • Managing and Administrating Government Contracts  January 18, 2017 — 1:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Government Contract Negotiations  January 19, 2017 — 1:00-5:00 pm EST
  • Audits and Accounting Systems  January 23, 2017 — 1:00-4:30 pm EST
  • How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule  January 24, 2017 — 1:00-2:30 pm EST
  • Introduction to Construction Project Management  January 25, 2017 — 1:00-5:00 pm EST
  • Special Topics for Construction  January 26, 2017 — 1:00-3:00 pm EST
  • Strategic Planning for Small Business  January 30, 2017 — 1:00-2:00 pm EST
  • Facilities Clearances  January 31, 2017 — 1:00-2:00 pm EST



The Aspire Challenge is a prize competition conducted under the America Competes Act. The objective of the prizes is to spur the development and provision of innovative entrepreneurial development and access to capital resources for formerly incarcerated individuals or those who are non-violent exoffenders.

DATES: The submission period for entries began on December 29, 2016 and closes on February 13, 2017. SBA anticipates that winners will be announced no later than March 14, 2017.  See the Federal Register announcement for more information.



InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting the third year of the
InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Challenge, pursuant to the America Competes Act, for entrepreneurs to create a product or service that has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, the potential for commercialization, and fills a need in the marketplace.

DATES: The Challenge launched on December 29, 2016. The initial round of the Challenge will take the form of local competitions that will be run across the country beginning December 29, 2016, and ending no later than April 29, 2017. The host organizations running the local competitions must select and submit one winner from each local competition to SBA, along with a nomination package, no later than May 12, 2017. SBA will then select up to ten finalists. The top three winners will be announced no later than July 27, 2017, following a live pitch competition.  See the Federal Register announcement for more information.



The North Dakota Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping them find appropriate programs and services.

Comparable to a military boot camp, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of UND School of Entrepreneurship’s comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum, the program consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in creating and growing businesses that can be profitable. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will  provide a fun, interactive, and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to a current or potential business. The VEP program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program. There is no charge for transportation to Grand Forks, the online and live courses, instruction, books, materials, food, and outings.

Please visit the VEP website for more information.