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Pair of local businesses receive $870,000 in funding from North Dakota Department of Commerce

Be More Colorful, the creators of CareerViewXR, and Uncle Charlie's Gourmet Snacks were chosen in the latest round of funding.

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Matt and Katie Chaussee own and operate Be More Colorful located in the NDSU Research and Technology Park.
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FARGO — Two local businesses were selected as the recipients of fourth-quarter 2022 loan funding from the North Dakota Department of Commerce's North Dakota Development Fund.

Be More Colorful, which is based in Fargo, received $725,000 worth of funding from the department. Be More Colorful was founded by Matt and Katie Chaussee.

One the video production company's key initiatives is CareerViewXR. The virtual reality platform offers real-life glimpses of careers across a wide range of fields. CareerViewXR is designed to help students explore career possibilities and showcase open positions across the state.

Created by Be More Colorful, a virtual reality agency housed in NDSU's Research and Technology Park, the CareerViewXR platform aims to revolutionize how students explore career paths. "What we’re really working to do is use immersive media to help create authentic experiences that align the right people with the right careers," company CEO and co-founder Matt Chaussee said.

Uncle Charlie's Gourmet Snacks was the second business chosen for the loan. Also based in Fargo, Uncle Charlie's received $145,000.

Uncle Charlie's was founded by Clayton Cottman, a Washington, D.C. native who first discovered the snack food puppy chow when he moved to North Dakota. He launched his business creating unique takes on the snack. Now, Uncle Charlie's puppy chow is carried in grocery stores throughout the area and sold on the company's website.

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Since first trying puppy chow, Charlie's Chow creator Clayton Cottman said he "became a little obsessed" with the idea of creating new flavors. He's now selling his unique flavors of the regional treat online, and working toward getting his product into Fargo-Moorhead stores.

“Businesses across North Dakota continue to thrive due to the state’s favorable business climate, which not only encourages start-ups and expansions but also provides resources and professional support for all stages of growth,” the deparement's Director of Economic Development and Finance Rich Garman stated via news release. “The North Dakota Development Fund continues to be a valuable asset for expanding our state’s economy.”

The North Dakota Development Fund was created in 1991. For more information, visit belegendary.link/North-Dakota-Development-Fund .

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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