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



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.


Local events for entrepreneurs are on the rise

Entrepreneurial engagement is surging in Bismarck-Mandan.

Any given Wednesday morning at Dakota Stage in Bismarck, 85 to 90 people gather for the weekly edition of 1 Million Cups, an event aimed at supporting startup companies in the community and state. When the event started five years ago, it attracted about 20 attendees.


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.