State Partners

State Partners Provide Knowledge and Experience

North Dakota Department of Commerce

The North Dakota Department of Commerce is the state’s leading economic development agency, and is charged with coordinating and focusing the state’s economic development resources. These efforts are made possible through working closely with local and regional developers across North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Commerce incorporates four divisions, including Economic Development and Finance, Tourism, Community Services, and Workforce Development. (ED&F) (Ambassadors program)

Innovate ND

Innovate ND is a venture competition and so much more! It is also a gathering place of useful online educational information, business planning tools, and coaches. Innovate ND brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and educators who can help you:

  • discover the opportunity that will bring value to your new innovative idea;
  • identify the tools and resources you will need to create a successful new venture;
  • develop the insight to pursue your idea competitively in the marketplace 
    in order to benefit the economic growth of North Dakota.

ND Small Business Development Center

The ND SBDC helps individuals start, manage, and grow their businesses.
Our job is to use our expertise to make your business successful. Our consultants have years of experience, and they know what it takes to start a business in North Dakota and keep it operating profitably.
SBDC services include:

  • Business Plans
  • Financial Projections & Budgeting
  • Operating Challenges
  • Purchase or Sale of a Business
  • Funding Your Venture
  • Loan Packaging

All one-on-one consulting services are offered at no cost to the client. Contact a consultant in your area.

Center for Technology and Business

The Center for Technology and Business partners with individuals, businesses, communities, local, county, and state agencies, jobs development authorities, and nonprofit organizations to provide simplified technology curriculum, training, and services that improve lives in communities across every square inch of North Dakota.

ND Housing Finance Agency

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is a public financial institution dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. This agency facilitates affordable mortgage financing, assures the continued availability of low-income rental housing, and seeks to provide for the state’s changing housing needs.

Rural Leadership North Dakota

Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is a statewide leadership development program that includes seminars with experts; on-site tours/presentations; meetings with agriculture, business, and government leaders; international experiences; and personal skills development. The RLND Program is designed for men and women who are dedicated to strengthening the agriculture community, their community, and the state of North Dakota for the future.