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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
North Dakota-based companies that are owned and operated by Native American entrepreneurs now have a place to turn for business development assistance. Established in the spring of 2006, the American Indian Business Development Office provides easy access to people, programs and services that are available to support American Indian business owners and staff. For more information contact www.ndiba.com.

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 that meet 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.

The Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The Dakota MEP provides technical, educational and management assistance to small and midsized manufacturers located in North Dakota as well as South Dakota.
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 or visit www.trainingnd.com for assistance.
Institute for Business and Industry Development
Institute for Business and Industry Development offers one-on-one consulting to identify and help solve problems related to issues like quality assurance, inventory control, plant layout, human resources, product technology upgrades and electronic communications.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides loan and business counseling resources to help make your small business dreams become reality. It has also added a new Small Business Classroom as a guide for business planning and entrepreneurial activities. You will find 60 actual business plans as well as financial information and online classes. To access this tool, just select the related link below.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Centers are available throughout the state to provide one-to-one counseling and training to North Dakota businesses.
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