The North Dakota Small Business Development Centers program is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The development center first opened its doors in 1986, and since then has been advising and assisting North Dakota’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. The program provides customized guidance and resources that help owners and entrepreneurs achieve their goals at every stage of their business lifecycle.

“The Small Business Development Centers Network has grown from a small pilot program to a nationwide business education and training infrastructure, with nearly 1,000 centers throughout the U.S. that provide management and technical assistance to over a million Americans annually,” said Tiffany Ford, state director of the NDSBDC.

Ford said the SBDC will continue to adapt, in order to meet the changing business environment the center’s clients face.

To celebrate the anniversary, the organization will feature small businesses from around the state on its social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. The businesses featured will range from clients who were first helped during the organization’s early years, to businesses assisted in the last year.

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The North Dakota SBDC has nine service centers across the state to assist both start-ups and existing businesses in all counties of North Dakota, and is part of a statewide outreach program of the Center for Business Engagement & Development within UND’s Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.

Business advising services and workshops are provided at no cost to clients. Funding comes from The U.S. Small Business Administration, the state Department of Commerce, UND and local supporters.

More information on SBDC programs or services can be found by calling 701-777-3700, through email at, or by visiting