U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced nine federal grants totaling over $687,000 to help rural communities throughout North Dakota start new small businesses and provide assistance for existing ones to grow.
“Small businesses throughout North Dakota support jobs, grow the economy, and allow entrepreneurs to put their passion to work,” said Heitkamp. “Last week I sat down with a group of women entrepreneurs in Bismarck and discussed how we could better support women in growing their small businesses. North Dakota has seen a large increase in the number of women owned businesses since 2007 and replicating this success across the state will help diversify North Dakota’s economy and strengthen our communities. The federal funds announced today will provide the opportunity many small businesses need to grow and keep rural North Dakota towns a great place to call home.”
These federal grants are distributed as follows:
North Central Planning Council, Devils Lake: $253,506 in federal funds to assist in the purchase of equipment at Chiptronics, Inc. in Dunseith to expand its manufacturing lines and increase production that will help create 13 new jobs over three years.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa: $108,140 in federal funds to provide assistance to existing and new entrepreneurs in rural communities to help them get their businesses off the ground. These federal funds will help provide training to 13 small businesses.
Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council, Dickinson: $99,000 in federal funds to help local farmers sell their locally grown fruits and vegetables.
University of Jamestown: $63,415 in federal funds to support the Jamestown Regional Development Center to help entrepreneurs in Well, Foster, Griggs, Stutsman, Barnes, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, and Dickey Counties launch their businesses.
Mott: $58,920 in federal funds to remodel and renovate an existing building that could be used to support four business locations that would create three jobs and save one existing job.
Tuttle Betterment Club: $44,585 in federal funds to repurpose the old Tuttle School building into a regional economic development incubator and would save two jobs.
Dunn County: $26,301 in federal funds to study the feasibility of converting a building in Killdeer to a mixed-used facility to be used for retail and business space.
Pembina County Job Development Authority: $19,000 in federal funds to support the Northern Red River Valley Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative to assist new potential entrepreneurs from 13 schools districts in Walsh, Pembina, Grand Forks, and Ramsey Counties.
Dunn County: $14,795 in federal funds for a study to improve food production and consumption of locally grown foods in eight southwestern North Dakota counties.
These federal funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Business Development Grant program. This grant program is designed to support small business in rural communities through technical and training assistance.