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To simply provide financing packages is not enough to fulfill our mission. We strive to become the lead resource for you and your business, offering you the practical knowledge you need for your business to thrive for decades to come.

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May 9, 2022

Dakota Business Lending has been joining small businesses on their journey to success for 40 years…but these four decades have also been a journey of their own. The organization that began providing financing solutions in 1982 has quickly evolved into a large, multi-state organization with seven financing programs, several strong partnerships with entities across the state, an additional brand of its own (ACTIVATE), and a record-breaking loan volume…

Apr 19, 2022

So, you’ve decided to start your own business and have no idea where to start. Don’t worry – you aren’t the only person that feels that way, and you definitely won’t be alone in the journey you have decided to take. First, congratulations! Making this decision takes a lot of thought and consideration of many personal and professional factors, as well as short-term and long-term planning. Now, it’s time to get to work…

Mar 29, 2022

We have noticed that not only do these Mom and Pop Shops bring many benefits to the cities and communities they serve, but they have gained critical experience and knowledge along the way. We’re here to share some of their most valuable insights for small business owners – from the mouths of “Mom and Pop” themselves!

Mar 14, 2022

It is very common for small business to, at some point, need assistance with formalizing business plans, forecasting, analyzing business financials, and other business ownership details. Fortunately, there are many
FREE resources available to help put those pieces together for you. Here are four entrepreneurial development resources…

Mar 14, 2022

If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably heard of the SBA 504 loan program. But what exactly does this loan program entail, how can it be used, and what advantages does it offer for current and aspiring entrepreneurs? We’re here to give you the 411 on the 504 and all that it can do to help small business owners throughout their business journey…

Mar 14, 2022

In the past few years especially, small business owners have been facing challenges like never before. But even in the midst of these hardships, these inspiring entrepreneurs have proven to be relentless in their pursuit of small business success. These are their stories…

Mar 14, 2022

As an impact-driven organization with a desire to be a resource to small business owners and create partnerships that make a difference, our success is so much bigger than the amount of loans we provide or the number of businesses we have helped. The statistics below are more than just numbers…they a tangible sign of the impact our programs bring to the small business owners we serve….

Mar 14, 2022

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.

Mar 14, 2022

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…

Mar 14, 2022

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…