51 North Dakota Women Owned Businesses Celebrate National Small Business Week By Laurie Morse-Dell Posted on 5/11/2012
May 20-26 is National Small Business Week and a time to celebrate this growing business demographic in North Dakota. According to the SBA, small businesses represent 96 percent of all employers in North Dakota thus making them central to the health and well-being of the state. A state's ability to generate small businesses impacts gross state product, personal income, and employment.
One group of small business owners that are calling on their communities to be aware of the value that small businesses have locally and on the economy as a whole are the 51 ND Certified Women Owned Businesses (WOB). WOB Certification denotes that a woman (or women) has majority ownership and control of a business entity (at least 51%). This certification is conducted by Center for Technology & Business (CTB) who is solely authorized by the ND Department of Commerce to examine the applicants’ documentation and qualify the applicant for status as a Certified Women Owned Business in the State of North Dakota.
This elite group of women includes
A.K. A Coach and Company AMG Enterprise, LLC Ascend Management Innovations, LLC Badlands Integrity Group, Inc. Baker Steel Detailing Balco Uniform Co., Inc. Bianco Realty, Inc. Catherine’s for Lamb City Air Mechanical Classic Construction Cudmore Gravel & Lot Maintenance, LLC Dakota Micro, Inc. Dakotah Country Crane Service, Inc. Deitz Business Promotions, Inc. DL Enterprise Construction DLN consulting Dynamics Marketing, Inc. Earth-Kind, INC Harrison Machining & Assembly Jarl Pederson & Sons, Inc. Keitu Engineers & Consultants, Inc. Kustom Machine, Inc. Manangement, Clerical & Consulting Services, LLC Midwest Telemark International Millenium Express Native American Data Technology Nexus Innovations Nordic Fiberglass, Inc. Northern Solutions, Inc. Northern Testing Office Express and More, Inc. Optic Fuel Clean, Inc. Paulson Contracting LLP Posi Lock Puller, Inc. Pro-Mark Services, Inc. PSJM, Inc. Quality Rebar, Inc. Resiliency Clinical Services RFS, LLC Right-A-Way Applicators, Inc. Roen-Brawley Electrical & Communications Services, LLC Ryan Potato Company Trucking Smartt Interior Construction Speedy Signs Spherion Staffing Spring Cleaning, Inc./SCI Floors Total Quality Maintenance, Inc.
According to a 2010 report by the Joint Economic Committee on women in the U.S. economy (http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/women/CPRT-111SPRT63036.pdf), women-owned businesses account for almost 30 percent of all non-farm, privately-held U.S. firms and growth in women-owned businesses outpaces that of male-owned business. Between 1997 and 2007, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 44 percent, twice the pace of male-owned businesses. These women-owned businesses added roughly 500,000 jobs between 1997 and 2007, when the rest of privately-held firms lost jobs.
As part of the national celebration of Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., SBA is honoring the nation’s top small businesses. Among those being honored is North Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year and a ND Certified WOB, Heather Jones of City Air Mechanical. While in D.C., Jones will have the opportunity to meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders.
“This is the highest honor bestowed by SBA each year in celebration of the outstanding achievements, challenges and contributions of our small businesses. We are proud to have Heather Jones representing North Dakota” said Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business. CTB operates the women’s business center for North Dakota and nominated Jones for the award.
During National Small Business Week, CTB encourages you to patronize local businesses and support the small businesses that are invested in your community’s future. For more information on these 51 businesses, visit www.trainingnd.com.
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