We're inspired by the entrepreneurial activity occurring across our region. Below are a few stories that highlight the issues that matter to us. 


Breaking Into the Field and the Glass Ceiling with Ciara Stockeland, Kodee Furst, and Jennifer Sheets

Female representation in businesses improves financial outcomes and opportunities for female entrepreneurs. In this episode of Nice Live, we talk with three successful female founders about the challenges that come along with being a female founder and the ways they overcame them.



Annie Capital is seeking entrepreneurs looking for capital and coaching to move their businesses forward. Based in Dickinson, N.D., Annie Capital offers financing to majority women-owned businesses in North Dakota and South Dakota. Kodee Gartner, Managing Partner, says, “The entrepreneurial ecosystem in our state is dynamic and the growth in networks, resources and innovation is encouraging. We believe additional investment in women will allow our region to fully maximize its potential.”


The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Great startups don’t fund themselves. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company.

The good news is that there’s a formula for pitching your startup that has helped startup founders raise millions.


How 'Small Town' Entrepreneurs Can Use Location to Their Advantage

Many aspiring entrepreneurs think it’s necessary to move to San Francisco or New York City to launch a new business -- particularly if that business is a tech startup. After all, both areas are overflowing with top-tier talent, venture capital and a healthy helping of innovation pie.