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Inside Business H2M joins worldwide advertising network

FARGO – H2M, a Fargo advertising and marketing firm, has been selected to join Worldwide Partners Inc., the world’s 10th-largest advertising agency network. The network, formed in 1938, includes more than 80 agencies in over 50 countries and does an estimated $3 billion in capitalized billing.

CEO Dave Hanson explained that H2M had been seeking out a network to assist in the growth of the company and the reach of their clients when they found Worldwide Partners.

“It really felt like we were selected by the partners rather than just paying a fee and you’re automatically in,” Hanson said. “It’s quite an honor for us.”

Worldwide Partners CEO Al Moffatt said the network’s job is to help independent agencies like H2M grow and prosper by using the network’s resources, tools, collaboration and geographic outreach to compete against larger agencies.

“It helps them to fight above their weight, if you will,” Moffatt said. “That’s the way we think about it.”

Moffatt said only one in three firms that apply for membership is selected.

“We’re choosy. We’re looking for quality and the work these guys do is fantastic,” Moffatt said. “Their reputation of stability precedes them, so we’re honored to have these guys in the network.”

American Federal open house set Wednesday American Federal Bank, Fargo, will host a customer appreciation open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at its south Fargo location, 1301 30th Ave. S. Food and refreshments will be served.

An expansion and major remodeling project has been completed at the location. The open house also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the south Fargo location.

Happy Harry’s 45th St. store adds to parking

Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop, 1621 45th St. S., Fargo, has acquired the property to the west of the building, adding 62 parking stalls. There are now 187 parking stalls for customers.

Happy Harry’s has also added a west end entrance and exit on 17th Avenue South.

Grainger breaks ground on branch in Dickinson Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products for businesses and institutions, has broken ground on its new location on Highway 22 in Dickinson, N.D.

The new location will provide a wide range of inventory specifically for businesses operating in the Bakken oilfields.

The new branch is expected to be completed by late 2014. Grainger also has branches in Williston and Fargo and has been serving businesses in North Dakota since 1978.

Founding Fathers beer expands into ND MINNEAPOLIS – Founding Fathers Amber, Pale and Light lagers are now available in Fargo and will be sold throughout North Dakota.

Founding Fathers was established by Minnesotan Phil Knutsen in 2009. The brewing company donates half of its profits to organizations that support American military families: the Armed Forces Relief Trust and the American Legion.

The lager, which is brewed in Rochester, N.Y., will be available in many Legion posts as well as general retail locations. It is now distributed in nine states, with plans to roll out nationwide in 2015.

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