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Entrepreneurial Assistance

Businesses in North Dakota have extensive resources available to them as they seek to grow their company. North Dakota has a growing entrepreneurial community available to businesses growing and expanding their ideas. The resources below provide opportunities to connect with this entrepreneurial community and the business development team at the North Dakota Department of Commerce is always available to provide guidance and assistance.
Use the resource links below to connect with other resources to help your business be successful in North Dakota.

Center for Innovation 
Comprehensive, hands-on assistance is available to technology entrepreneurs, innovators and manufacturers interested in starting up new ventures, commercializing new products and licensing new technologies.
Entrepreneur Centers of North Dakota
The Entrepreneur Centers provide access to over 20 financing programs and a network of organizations who provide counseling, training and assistance to start-up and existing entrepreneurs.
Innovate ND
Innovate ND is a comprehensive program of entrepreneur education and follow-up assistance with a goal to launch up to 20 new businesses in North Dakota annually. The program is open to all North Dakotans, former North Dakotans or other entrepreneurs, including students, who have an innovative idea, product or business service and want to grow their venture in North Dakota.
Marketplace for Entrepreneurs
Each year economic development organizations meet at Marketplace to provide training and technical assistance to North Dakota's entrepreneurs. A comprehensive directory for ideas, contacts, and other economic development information is found on the Marketplace Web site.
Strom Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The Strom Center's mission focuses on revitalizing the state's economy by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. The center actively promotes regional partnership development and offers entrepreneurs a network of professionals who can provide support and assistance in the areas of applied research, business consulting, technology and marketing resources.

The Institute of Technology housed in the Strom Center gained state Center of Excellence status through Governor John Hoeven's initiative in 2006. The center also houses the Small Business Development Center and has formed numerous partnerships within the community and region.
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