InForum Business Beat Podcast

Business and economic news, plus interviews and perspectives from the Fargo, North Dakota metro.

Hosted by:
Thomas Evanella
Thomas Evanella
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Tammy Swift
Latest Episodes
Bill Gates is tied to a farmland purchase in North Dakota. Why does that matter?
Fri Jun 24 17:25:40 EDT 2022
Farm land changing hands isn't uncommon, especially in a state as focused on agribusiness as North Dakota. But when AgWeek broke the story recently that a recent land sale is tied to billionaire Bill Gates, people took notice. Why, and why do these transactions matter? AgWeek Editor Jenny Schlecht joins the show to talk about this story and why it matters to rural North Dakotans.

'Glamping' business in Fargo helps campers tap into their inner diva while enjoying the great outdoors
Fri Jun 17 08:00:43 EDT 2022
Could you get into "glamping"? It's a style of camping that has now come to Fargo. Combining the ideas of glamor and camping, this new business, created by local twin sisters, is up and running with a variety of themes. 

Is it time to buy an electric vehicle? Here's what some owners had to say
Fri Jun 10 15:14:03 EDT 2022
With gas prices skyrocketing, you might think about getting an electric vehicle as a way to save money. But is it the right purchase for you? InForum digital producer Kris Kerzman talked with several EV owners about it for a recent story and he joins host Thomas Evanella to talk about it.

Unions are surging in strength nationwide. Why? And will their popularity spread to North Dakota?
Fri Jun 03 16:21:56 EDT 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot of things, one of which appears to be a surge of unions popping up in businesses that were not unionized prior to the pandemic. InForum Business Reporter Thomas Evanella delves into why this is happening and why some believe North Dakota is about to see more of it. 

Mas Tequila, Punk Chef Pizza and District 64 set to open as two longtime local businesses close
Fri May 27 16:50:19 EDT 2022
This week, reporter Helmut Schmidt joins host Thomas Evanella for a recap of a busy week in local restaurant/bar openings and closings. Mas Tequila, Punk Chef Pizza and District 64 announced openings as two longtime local spots, Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse and Speak Easy, announced their closings.

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These 'kid bosses' are showing grown-up entrepreneurs how it's done
Thu May 19 17:52:19 EDT 2022
In this week's episode of the InForum Business Beat Podcast, we talk with reporter Tammy Swift about her reporting series on 'kid bosses,' young local entrepreneurs who are developing successful businesses at a young age.

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What exactly is a 'cat cafe'?
Wed May 18 14:19:41 EDT 2022
In our first-ever episode of the InForum Business Beat Podcast, host Thomas Evanella talks with reporter Tammy Swift about a new cafe opening soon in Fargo that allows you to get a cup of coffee and, just maybe, head home with a new feline friend.

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Welcome to Business Beat, business news for the Fargo area
Mon May 16 17:03:07 EDT 2022
Are you always on the hunt for hot new dining options? Are you curious about new commercial developments? Do you enjoy hearing the stories of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers, and getting the information you need to be an informed consumer?

Then find the beat: The Business Beat, a new weekly podcast from the Forum’s business reporting team tracking the best stories from our local and regional economy.

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