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Entrepreneurial Efforts at BND

The following centers are located on the first floor in the Bank of North Dakota building in Bismarck, ND:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) logoThe SBA Resource/Outreach Centers staff provides counseling and training services to start-up and expanding businesses in North Dakota. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships, SBA serves people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. It was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)Dakota Certified Development Corporation (DCDC)

SCORE is a nationwide organization of retired business owners and professionals who volunteer their expertise to help entrepreneurs. SCORE offers individual counseling and low-cost workshops.

North Dakota Small Business Development Center (ND SBDC)North Dakota Small Business Development Center (ND SBDC)

ND SBDC provides high quality business and economic development assistance to existing and emerging businesses to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement. ND SBDC consultants are able to assist with business plans, financial projections and reports, loan applications specialized training, customized consulting referrals, and research services at no charge to the client.

Assisting businesses has been the mission of the ND SBDC since its inception in 1986. Part of a national network of more than 1,000 centers, the ND SBDC serves the business community of North Dakota through a statewide network of eight regional offices and two tribal satellite centers.

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Entrepreneur Centers of North Dakota

The mission of the Entrepreneur Centers of North Dakota (ECND) is to strengthen businesses in North Dakota through collaborative efforts in finance, training, counseling and technical assistance. ECND was formerly known as the One Stop Capital Shop. 
3333 East Broadway Avenue
Suite 1219
Bismarck ND 58501

Certified Development Companies

The mission of certified development corporations in ND is to bring a variety of finance tools to North Dakota businesses, working in conjunction with financial institutions and economic development organizations in communities across the state. These organizations work with SBA's 504-loan program to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed rate financing.

     Dakota CDC

     Lake Agassiz CDC

      Lewis and Clark CDC

Center for Technology & Business
CTB operates North Dakota's as the Women's Business Center, assisting with business and financial planning for women-owned enterprises. They also offer a statewide program of technical education that is delivered in the local community. This program is specifically designed to assist the participants in learning about technology and developing computer skills to enhance their business and life skills. 

North Dakota Department of Commerce
Development Fund - The North Dakota Development Fund focuses on supporting business that provides jobs, broadens our tax base and enhances our quality of life. This program is targeted to primary-sector businesses. The fund provides “gap financing” not available from most conventional lenders.

North Dakota Trade Office
The North Dakota Trade Office is dedicated to expanding trade partnerships between North Dakota and the world. The Trade Office facilitates business between North Dakota’s global companies and their clients through numerous programs and services.

USDA Rural Development
800-582-7584 ext. 2065
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in North Dakota. Through its economic development programs it provides loans to businesses through banks and community managed lending pools.