Thank you for your support of our program! While ND SBDC staff members can educate influencers about our value and benefits, we are not able to lobby or advocate on our program's behalf. That is where you come in! If you are a community supporter, program partner, or client that knows the benefit we provide to the small businesses of our state, you can be a champion and assist with our efforts to increase visibility of the ND SBDC, which can help secure stable funding, ensuring the continuation of SBDC service delivery in every county in ND.
Meet our Advisory Board
Our State Advisory Board is comprised of nine members and one ex-officio member. Each member lives and works in a different one of the state planning regions. The ninth member is the Board President of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota. This structure ensures that North Dakota businesses are accurately and fairly represented. Additionally, these board members include a balance of three small business owners, three lenders, and three economic developers in order to represent multiple sides of business. Our thanks to our Advisory Board members for all the work they do on behalf of small businesses in North Dakota!
Ray Berry - Fargo/Southeast
Small Business Owner
Shannon Duerr - Devils Lake
Chris Moen - Grand Forks
Missy Feist-Erickson - Minot
Cherie Harms - Williston
Small Business Owner
Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Ryan Jilek - Dickinson
Brad Barth - EDND Board President
Alan Haut - North Dakota SBA District Director
Amy Henley, Dean
UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration
Bank of North Dakota
Why Local Funding Support is Necessary
While we receive the majority of our program funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, that agreement requires us to obtain state and local investment at a dollar for dollar ratio (1:1). That means… for each federal dollar we receive, we need to find a state or local dollar to “match” it. The key word here is "leveraging.”
At the state and local level, we have strong support from the Bank of North Dakota, which provides our state match. We still need local investors to fill in the gaps and support each regional SBDC’s operations and services to their communities.
We are asking for your help in two ways:
1. Communicate to your state legislators that continued investment at the state level is imperative for the ND SBDC program to continue supporting local small businesses and positively impacting our economy. Here are some simple steps:
- Find your legislator using this helpful tool, then click on their name for contact information - phone, email, and traditional mail.
- Use this handy template that only needs a few pieces of information added from you.
- Send to your designated legislator using the method of your choice.
2. Communicate to your local county officials, city officials, economic development, and Chamber groups that their investment in your local SBDC is crucial to keep our services facing your local community small businesses and sustaining a strong and diverse business landscape!
How You Can Be a Champion
The ND SBDC is not permitted to spend program dollars on marketing purposes, so we need your help in telling people about our program. Whether a colleague thinking about starting their own business, a current business owner looking to grow and expand, or someone looking to sell their business or retire. Our services can assist them all - and we're FREE! Here's how you can help:
- Follow us on social platforms - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram
- Like, comment, and share posts that you know others could benefit from
- Give us a positive review on Facebook or Google
In Your Community
It is likely that your community has a number of small businesses that make it a great place to live, 98.8% of businesses in ND are considered “small businesses.”
- Speak up! Mention the SBDC when you hear someone needs assistance with a business, they can probably benefit from our services.
- Invite us! We would be happy to join any discussion being had about small business. We can contribute what we know and probably learn more at the same time.
- Direct people to our website to learn more!