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America’s SBDCs to Host Inaugural #SBDC Day March 22

Nation’s Largest Business Assistance Network Invites Small Businesses, Communities Nationwide to Join the Celebration
A national, collective proclamation of the success and impact of America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

Business has changed dramatically over the last 37 years, and the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout. Since 1980, America’s SBDCs—the nation’s largest business assistance network—have helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.3 million hours of consulting to 192,205 client businesses, resulting in 100,233 jobs created; $6.9 billion in sales growth; $4.6 billion in capital investments; and 17,864 new businesses started. To celebrate the collective impact and success SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities each year, America’s SBDCs will hold the first SBDC Day on March 22. SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide. “We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.” Also visit the ASBDC's #SBDCday webpage for more general information!




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March 22, 9-10am – How to Write and Effective Press Release
Your community has a story to tell and its your job to get the word out to the rest of the state.  What steps can you take to make sure your story gets reported to the media? What should you avoid to keep your press release from hitting the newsroom floor? A good press release that gets noticed is not hard to create as long as some simple rules are followed.  Join SBA and Amy Wobbema, owner/publisher of Transcript Publishing and former Economic Developer of New Rockford, ND, to learn how you can create an effective press release.

To register, send an email to




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

April 4 – Marketing to Federal Agencies
Presented by Pat Dotter – Meda PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

Businesses must market themselves to the federal government in order to win government contracts.  This webinar will help you identify government customers and target your marketing.  There are many procurement fairs coming up, learn how to prepare prior to the event and follow-up after the event to ensure your time with the exhibitors is beneficial.  They will briefly touch on business cards and capability statements necessary for marketing to the federal government.  Tips for tradeshow etiquette will be included!



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.

  • Check back for an updated schedule of webinars for February and March!




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.