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Leveraging your small business in a big business world!

February 22, 2018 - Dickinson State University Student Center Ballroom, Dickinson, ND

Join us at this workshop to discover creative solutions to reinforce a foundation built to maximize a sustainable growth environment for your business.  Please see the flyer for more information.

Seats are limited, please email for a spot!




Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program! April through October of 2018.

This is a high level training program geared for small business owners who are ready to move their businesses into next-stage growth (see attached info sheet).  The course consists of 13 sessions over 7 months where participants receive training on topics that help them create a strategic growth plan, leverage peer relationships, and interact with experts who provide relevant guidance.

Expression of interest forms can be found HERE, and must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

Please see the Q&A for more information.




April 3rd, 2018  10am-3pm  University of North Dakota Memorial Union Ballroom, Grand Forks

Connects companies interested in securing government contracts with agency reps who make purchasing decisions!

Presents opportunities for one-on-one meetings with federal and state agency reps!

Gather meaningful market intelligence if you are considering the opportunity to see your products, services or construction to the government!

Breakout sessions and panels on topics critical to growing your business!

Please see the flyer for more information.




The Bismarck SBDC took part in Mandan's 5th Annual Business Start-up 101 workshop on October 26th. KFYR shares a story about the event on their website!  Looks like it had great attendance!




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 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 931-437-157
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session


March 13 – Davis Bacon and Service Contract Act (Wage and Hour Requirements)
Corey Walton, U.S. Department of Labor/Wage & Hour Division

The wage and hour session will offer an overview of the Service Contract Act and federal Davis-Bacon laws and the everyday application of these laws in the workplace.  The webinar will cover the issues central to government contract compliance including prevailing wage and fringe benefit requirements, completing certified payrolls, specific record keeping requirements and guidelines for the correct payment of overtime.  This session will also include a discussion on the problem areas most common in government contract compliance.


March 27 – SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program
Kevin Valdes, Small Business Administration

Are you new to the contract bonding process or a subcontractor interested in establishing your own bonding capacity so you can bid as a prime contractor in the future?  Are you currently bonded but looking for higher contract bond limits?  Does your surety require you to post collateral or participate in funds control or charge you more than a 4% rate for your bonding?  SBA can help you eliminate those requirements.  Bond guarantees from SBA can help your business be successful because we open doors to bonding for small business.




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

Successfully operating a business, whether it’s large or small takes vision, determination, and the right game plan.

Every day entrepreneurs across the country put it all on the line when they create and operate their businesses. The SBA has resources to assist you in growing your business.

We understand that as a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities, everything from overseeing the successful operation of the business to generating revenue.

The SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program is authorized by the Small Business Act to provide high-quality assistance to eligible small businesses (please see the fact sheet here to learn more about eligibility).

  • 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. Seats are limited, please check back for dates and topics of the March webinar offerings.