Group starts business association to support local business, economy

Several local business owners have formed the Business Association of Dunn County that is designed to promote and support activity that will help the local economy.


The group is small at this point, but officers have already been elected and the ground work set. The group’s first formal meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Mamma Bears Childcare, 700 Hilltop Dr. in Killdeer.

“We’re still a fluid organization,” said April Dutchak, of Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. “We want to hear ideas and build support of all business owners.”

Dutchak is leader of the group, having recently been elected chairwoman. The other officers are businesswomen, Samantha Kershisnik (co-chair), Selena Merriman (secretary) and Joann Marsh (treasurer). The group is targeting the entire county, Dutchak said. Businesses in Killdeer, Halliday, Dodge, Dunn Center, New Hradec, Twin Buttes, “They all matter.”

The association is seeking members and will discussed that at the meeting on Jan. 26. There are three levels of membership – personal members, business members and community builder. The dues for personal members will be $50, $75 for business members and $150 for community builders.

“It’s important that we support our local businesses and our local economy,” Dutchak said. “When you do that, it gets infused right back into your community.”

According to several studies, when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $43 remains in the economy. However, for every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, only $13 remains in the economy, according to studies.

A dollar spent at local business goes to local payroll, to the owner, the local taxes and it really adds up.

A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

There are many reasons to spend your money with Dunn County’s local businesses. These are a few of the top reasons why it matters to buy local for products, services, shopping, dining and more.

1. Keep money in the local

2. Foster community pride in a unique sense of place

3. Support the community through local businesses

4. Create jobs in your community

5. Diversify the economy

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