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Introducing More Resource Partners 3

May 15, 2023

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It is very common for small businesses to, at some point, need networking, training, and other professional development opportunities to grow themselves and their business.

Fortunately, there are many resources available to meet those needs.  

Here are some great networking and learning organizations that may have a location in your community.

Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hundreds of branches, locations, and offices across the nation.  

Most major cities in North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota have a local Chamber of Commerce that caters to their specific area’s needs.

Businesses and community organizations can become members and get access to incredible benefits including a strong network of support, networking and marketing opportunities, community calendars, job boards, training events, discounts, information on issues affecting the region, and more. There are over 340 Chambers in North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota alone!

Chamber Finder:

Economic Development Associations

Most cities/counties in North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota have a local economic development organization that works to invest in the community, promote business and development, and strengthen the economy.

While all organizations are a little different, many offer various entrepreneurial resources such as community grant or loan programs, trainings events, and networking opportunities for both individuals and business members. All local organizations are typically part of a larger, statewide Economic Development Association to stay informed on ways they can serve their community.

Startup / Entrepreneur Groups

There are so many local events and groups for startup businesses and entrepreneurs. Organizations like 1 Million Cups host events in many cities throughout the nation that provide networking and learning opportunities for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs. You can visit with your local chambers and economic development groups or search for community calendars to find events in your area.  

Check out our articles in our previous issues to see more resource partners available to help you and your business succeed.