posted on 5 February 2018
“How are things going?” is a common conversation starter and “Things are looking up” or “We’re getting busy” have been common responses over the past year in the Williston Basin. That optimism has been substantiated by the latest data releases from state and federal regulators and agencies.
posted on 15 January 2018
Oil and gas activity in the Williston Basin over the last decade has brought about an economic boom with the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs and hundreds of new companies. Through it all, there is an underlying desire to see a diversification of the economy with the creation of primary sector businesses such as manufacturers.
posted on 3 December 2017
The recently completed ProMed Plaza is a professional and medical building that stands two stories high to the east of Outlaws Bar and Grill and houses a number of businesses including MedScan Laboratory, Inc. Having lived in Williston for nearly sixteen years and feeling somewhat in tune to the business environment, I was curious about this new business.
posted on 6 November 2017
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.
posted on 16 October 2017
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.
posted on 4 September 2017
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
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
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.