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posted on 6 November 2017
2017 Market Review – Reflecting on the Economic Indicators
As we approach the end of 2017, many businesses are starting or even wrapping up their budgets and plans for 2018. Key components of that process include evaluating the business performance and economic indicators of the past year, forming hypotheses and projections for the coming year and formulating plans to guide the business decisions moving forward.
Business Bitz
posted on 16 October 2017
Craig’s Small Engine Repair – 30 Years Working in God-Given Talent
On June 1, 2017, Craig and Rena Helberg and their twelve children celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their family business, Craig’s Small Engine Repair. A month ago, the couple were recognized as the Existing Business of the Year by the Small Business Development Center in Williston at their annual awards banquet hosted in partnership with Williston Economic Development.
Business Bitz
posted on 4 September 2017
Peltons – Brewing Up Great Hospitality
Aaron and Angie Pelton oversee the operations of five restaurants, a craft brewery and more than 250 employees in Watford City and Williston, North Dakota and Sidney, Montana. It’s a picture they could not have envisioned less than ten years ago when they were lured back to Aaron’s hometown to manage a fledgling restaurant.
posted Jeff Zarling on 13 February 2017
NextHome – Change and Transition at Fredricksen Real Estate
You have likely noticed the new real estate signs for NextHome – Fredricksen Real Estate. They’re a visible display of the change taking place in a business that has been in Williston for nearly forty years.
posted Jeff Zarling on 30 January 2017
Are Entrepreneurs Riskier People?
I recently spent time with someone I’ve known for over twenty years due to the passing of a mutual friend. During our reminiscing and catching up, he commented on my business. “I could not have done what you have done,” he expressed. “I couldn’t take those kinds of risks.” It’s a topic that comes up often as I visit with business owners, want-to-be business owners, and people who look at business development and wonder how some could take such risks. The idea of investing time and capital into buildings and equipment and managing people, production, accounting and customers with the need to keep it all financially liable can be overwhelming.
posted Jeff Zarling on 16 January 2017
Stylish Events – Filling a Need, Pursuing a Passion
Standing in her wedding dress at 1:00 a.m. tearing down the décor that hung witness to her memorable day, a stark thought filled her mind – “Someone else needs to be doing this for the bride.”
posted Jeff Zarling on 3 January 2017
The Pursuit of Passion
Ten years ago as part of a marketing planning process in our business, I surveyed a number of our key clients as to why they chose to continue to do business with DAWA. While trusting us to deliver value in our areas of expertise such as website development and marketing solutions was a key component, another theme emerged that I had not considered – passion.
posted Jeff Zarling on 19 December 2016
MAA Construction Sets Their Foundation in the Bakken
Concrete contractor MAA Construction traded in their hotel reward points and traveling work schedule for a home in the Bakken and the comfort of a familiar pillow each night. The company is going on their sixth year of building their business in the Williston Basin.