FARGO - Twelve small business owners from the region have graduated from the Emerging Leaders program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The program includes about 50 hours of classroom time; connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers; and supports the business owners in creating three-year growth plans.

The 2019 graduates were honored Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Dakota Medical Foundation Event Center. They are:

  • Eric Baker, Baker Garden & Gift, Fargo
  • Andrew Bigwood, Big Woods Electric Motor, Wahpeton, N.D.
  • Frank Charboneau, Charboneau Construction, Devils Lake, N.D.
  • Nicole Dutton, Thunder Coffee, West Fargo
  • Todd Fry, Signarama, Fargo
  • Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, Fargo
  • Brad Nordstrom, MP Fitness, West Fargo
  • Broc Roberson, Stone Ridge Builders, Inc., Fargo
  • Paige Shockman, Halvorson Company, Inc., Fargo
  • Robyn Snyder, Winning Edge Graphics, Inc., Alexandria, Minn.
  • Jerry Symington, Woodside Industries, Cavalier, N.D.
  • Denise Tollefson, Serenity Assisted Living & Memory Care, Dilworth

This is the fifth year that the SBA’s North Dakota District Office has provided the seven-month program.

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The SBA North Dakota District serves the state of North Dakota with locations in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. District staff provides resources and services in counseling, capital and contracting.