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How To Build A Business - Sources of Assistance

North Dakota Department of Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce provides a number of services to assist businesses with their start-up, expansion, retention and relocation needs.
Small Business Development Center
A professional management and business development counseling service provided free of charge to potential and existing business owners. SBDC services include management and technical assistance, assistance with access to capital and guidance for business planning and forecasting.
Institute for Business and Industry Development (IBID) - NDSU Extension
IBID is business and industry's "front door" to NDSU - a source for high quality unbiased advice, business and technical assistance, and even proprietary research. The primary service is one-on-one consulting in identifying and helping to solve problems. From nuts and bolts issues like quality assurance, inventory control, plant layout, human resources, and product design to the most involved questions concerning technology upgrades and electronic communications. IBID can provide access to expert, informed consultants - real world advice from experienced, knowledgeable people who will work with companies or individuals in complete confidentiality.
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA offers programs and services for start-ups, established and growing busineses across North Dakota.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
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.
Regional Councils
Regional Councils are nonprofit organizations authorized by state statute and charged with the responsibility to assist units of local governments in carrying out economic development planning and technical assistance.
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