Best Small Business Resources in the Grand Forks Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. North Dakota has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Grand Forks area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in North Dakota.

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University of North Dakota Center For Innovation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking

Description

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation is an entrepreneurial complex that provides coworking facilities and coaching services to local entrepreneurs. In addition, they've partnered with outside programs to help entrepreneurs raise capital for their venture. Since the center is managed by the University there are lots of opportunities for internships and learning experiences. For local entrepreneurs, they can sign up for a program to hire student interns when they need extra brain power.  

CONTACT INFORMATION:

4200 James Ray Dr.
Grand Forks, ND 58203
701-777-3132
info@innovators.net


Evolve Grand Forks

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Evolve Grand Forks is a non-profit that supports the entrepreneurial community in Grand Fork. They publish blog posts and annual reports on startups, local businesses in the Greater Grand Fork area. In addition, they also have the "701 coworking space" located in downtown. By joining the coworking space as a member you're qualified to attend their event and connect through their online member directories. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

The 701 Coworking by Evolve Grand Forks, 33 S 3rd St.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-335-7638
info@evolvegf.com


Grand Forks SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Grand Forks SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.