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JDA approves SBDC funding request

By Staff | Jul 21, 2017

In a regular meeting Wednesday morning, the Rugby Job Development Authority Board of Directors approved a funding request from the N.D. Small Business Development Centers.

The board voted to approve contributing $5,000 as part of a local match component required all SBDC centers to obtain. Other funding sources include the state’s Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration.

Board member Tanner Johnson said SBDC provides a “good service” for small business owners. The SBDC offers expertise in several areas, including start-up logistics, business plans, marketing, budgeting and financial projections.

Pierce County, in addition to McHenry, Burke, Mountrail, Renville, Ward and Bottineau counties, is served by the Minot SBDC center.

Other actions

– The board approved going with the North Dakota Telephone Company for web hosting, as the JDA’s current web host doesn’t provide permanent information storage. The JDA is also looking to revamp its website as well as making it more mobile-friendly and is looking to apply for a Partners In Marketing grant from the N.D. Department of Commerce to help with the costs.

– JDA Executive Director Liz Heisey informed the board that she had met with Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Miriah Koenig and discussed possible joint projects and events between the two organizations.

– The board approved a motion to contribute $5,000 of a $10,000 commitment with the county providing the remaining $5,000 to the Souris Basin Planning Council for in-county housing rehabilitation projects.

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