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Businesses in North Dakota have extensive resources available to them as they seek to grow their company. The North Dakota Department of Commerce has a business development team that is available to assist in helping you locate potential resources and opportunities. North Dakota also has many other agencies that assist business in helping to grow their success. Review the information below to learn more about resources that many be available to your company. 
Use the resource links below to connect with other resources to help your business be successful in North Dakota.

North Dakota Indian Business Alliance
Established in the spring of 2006, the American Indian Business Development Office provides easy access to people, programs and services supporting Native American business owners and staff.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) establishes annual goals for DBE participation on NDDOT projects, ensuring that DBE's can compete fairly for state-funded transportation-related projects. DBE's are businesses owned by women, minorities or other socially/economically disadvantaged persons meeting the NDDOT DBE program guidelines. To participate in the program, a potential DBE firm must be certified by NDDOT. The application for certification can be obtained from the DBE website.

Impact Dakota
The Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides technical, educational and management assistance to small and midsized manufacturers located in North Dakota as well as South Dakota.

Entrepreneurship Centers of North Dakota
The Entrepreneur Centers provide access to more than 20 financing programs and a network of organizations providing counseling, training and assistance to start-up and existing entrepreneurs.
Center for Technology and Business
CTB operates the North Dakota Women's Business Center and the IDEA Center business incubator. Statewide services to emerging and experienced entrepreneurs include no-cost and confidential 1-on-1 business advising sessions, innovative and in-demand training opportunities, shared business services and hands-on technical support. Call (701) 223-0707 for assistance.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides loan and business counseling resources to help make your small business dreams become reality. It has added a new Small Business Classroom as a guide for business planning and entrepreneurial activities. There you will find 60 actual business plans and financial information and online classes. 
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The SBDC helps North Dakotans start, manage and grow their businesses. Professional business advisors have years of experience and know what it takes to start a business in North Dakota and operate it successfully. Centers are available throughout the state to provide one-to-one counseling and training to North Dakota businesses.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
PTAC professionals advise businesses to obtain, manage and comply with contract requirements for the Department of Defenses (DoD), other federal agencies, state and local governments and businesses that are government prime contractors. PTAC emphasizes the importance of understanding the requirements applicable to the contracting opportunities and educate businesses on all levels of government contracting.
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
VBOC of the Dakotas is a one-sto -shop for service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase or grow a business. VBOCs provide training workshops, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance through training, advising and mentoring, and resource referrals. 

SCORE is proud to have the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors who help thousands of entrepreneurs start and grow their small businesses every year. Volunteers give back to their communities and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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