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Our latest issue of ACTIVATE Magazine highlights the amazing women we have the privilege of working with every day.  From various resources, business programs, and financing options that help women ACTIVATE their business, to inspiring stories of those who have done just that, this issue celebrates the best parts of the women owned businesses we know and love.


ACTIVATE Magazine Articles

Ask Dakota Business Lending – Issue 1

As a key resource for business owners, Dakota Business Lending wants to help you find the answers you need to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams. That is why we are answering YOUR questions about all things financing, entrepreneurship, and small business. Here’s this issue’s top five questions for Dakota Business Lending.
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From Doing to Leading: The Art of Delegation

If there were a way for you to find more time for yourself and also build your people, you would want to know more about it, wouldn’t you? When done correctly, delegation is a logical process with planning and forethought that leverages talent, skills, and workload to create a win-win situation for everyone involved...
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Meet our DBL Board of Directors: Mike Connor

Mike Connor first joined the Dakota Business Lending Board of Directors in January of 2002 and is currently the longest standing member of the board. Originally from Devils Lake, ND, he has spent a majority of his professional career in economic development and has served his community for 40+ years through a variety of management jobs, boards, and organizations...
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Small Business…Big Impact

At the core of every small business are brave, resilient, and inspiring individuals with an incredible drive to serve others and help make the world a better place. These business owners are the movers, shakers, do-ers, and dreamers that transform our communities and create a ripple effect, trickling their impact into their economies and their state...
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The Inside Scoop on the ND & MT Women’s Business Centers

Across the nation, over 150 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) are helping entrepreneurs start, grow, and advance their businesses every day. We sat down with Christy Dauer (North Dakota WBC Program Director) and Shayna Blaser (Montana WBC Program Director) to get the inside scoop on what these Women’s Business Centers have to offer...
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ACTIVATE Women: MomPreneurs on the Move

Being a mother is a full-time job in and of itself. Couple that with owning a business, and you’re in for a wild (but rewarding!) ride. At our last ACTIVATE Women session, we sat down with Chelsey Steinlicht – a mother of four and successful business owner for 10+ years – to hear her story. In this session, she shared about what it means to be a “Mompreneur” and how to balance the responsibilities of a parent, a business owner, and everything in between...
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Spika Design & Manufacturing

Spika Design & Manufacturing A Successful Dakota Business Lending Borrower Featured in    Katie Spika, President & CEO of Spika Design & Manufacturing, Inc. in Lewistown, Montana stared out of her window into the expanse of the serene Montana landscape faraway wondering how the pandemic that had blind-sided businesses worldwide would impact her market. Her…
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Everything You Need to Know About a Business Plan

Whether you are an entrepreneur in the early stages of business or have been owning and operating a business for 20 years, you’ve probably heard of something called a business plan. A business plan is one of the most critical documents your business will have for both the management and growth of your business. But what exactly is a...
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