Archives for July 2012

Connecting North Dakota

Welcome to the inaugural edition of North Dakota Business Magazine. Designed to connect decision makers throughout the state, the magazine already has a readership of 82,000. Its pro-business, conservative platform emulates its sister publication, Nevada Business Magazine, which has been published monthly for the past 27 years and remains that state’s only business magazine covering… [More…]

2020 & Beyond: Planning for the Future

It was, of course, the X-Files’ well-manicured man who famously said, “We predict the future — and the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” North Dakota is in the process of inventing its future, with the goal of making sure it’s at least as good as the present – a present… [More…]

Between Myth & Reality: Finding North Dakota’s Workforce

There’s a story making the rounds while North Dakota’s unemployment stands at the lowest in the country and the top three states with the highest unemployment figures – Nevada, Rhode Island and California –still have numbers in the double digits. It’s the one about the guy who, flat broke and out of options, takes his… [More…]

Industry Focus: Education

Several executives representing higher education recently met at the Harold Schafer Leadership Center at the University of Mary to discuss the challenges facing North Dakota’s higher education system:

Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College; Larry Skogen, Bismarck State College; James Shea, University of Mary; Dean Bresciani, North Dakota State University; Bob Badal, Jamestown College; Gary Hagen, Mayville State University; Steve Shirley, Valley City State University; Duaine Espegard, North Dakota University System; John Richman, North Dakota State College of Science; Kirsten Diederich, North Dakota University System; and Al Anderson, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]

Around the State: July 2012

Rasmussen College Expands Bachelor Completer Programs Rasmussen College has expanded its online Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program with North Dakota. The program is designed to help adult students with previous college credit earn a degree in one of seven programs in as few as 18 months. The programs are available at the college’s Fargo and… [More…]

Buying Out Your Partner: Creating a Successful Exit Plan

MMS, Inc., a computer service business, had survived recent industry turbulence through the persistent efforts of its owners, Ralph McMillan and Janet Shaw. In fact, MMS had enjoyed good cash flow for the past three years and its future looked rosy. Successfully meeting these challenges made Ralph (age 59) more anxious than ever to leave… [More…]

Hospital CEOs

Meet Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO, Mercy Medical Center, Williston; Gary Miller, CEO, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck; Todd Hudspeth, President & CEO, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown [More…]

Secretary of State’s Office: Combatitive sports, elections, bill filings, business registrations, contractor’s licenses and so much more.

While it isn’t an everyday thought, have you ever wondered?  That is, what does the Secretary of State and that office do?  It is a simple question and not unusual.  But, be prepared for a long answer because the office has over forty different and widely varied duties. As a starting point, most people are… [More…]

Environmental Stewardship: And Reclamation

As the second largest oil producing state in the country with 209 drilling rigs pumping an average of 558,254 barrels a day, North Dakota continues to be the economic envy of many other states that are struggling with large budget deficits, high unemployment rates and negative growth rates. All eyes are on the Peace Garden… [More…]

Determining Oil and Gas Rights Ownership

Along the shoreline of the waters of the Missouri River in Western North Dakota, a titanic battle is being litigated between the North Dakota State Land Department and riparian citizen land owners, as to who owns the oil and gas rights along the shoreline of the river. The State claims a sovereign right to the… [More…]

What makes North Dakota’s business environment unique?

Six decision makers share their answers:

Ken Callahan • Energy Services Manager, Montana-Dakota Utilities; Klaus Thiessen • President/CEO, Grand Forks Region Economic Development; Craig Whitney • President & CEO, Greater West Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce; Terry Metzler • North Dakota Operations Manager, Granite Peak Construction; Tom Rolfstad • Director, Williston Economic Development; Cooper Whitman • Executive Director, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce [More…]