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  • MAIN STREET ENTREPRENEURS It’s often said that living in a small town is like living in a large family. Shawn and Shelly Wolf, owners of Wolf Body & Glass and The Riverside Lodging, embraced the small town family lifestyle, not only as main street entrepreneurs but also as dynamic and integral members of the New England community. Shawn is on the park board and was president of the town’s quasquicentennial celebration committee. Shelly was an officer on the committee and currently serves on the New England city council. A few years ago, when Shawn and others determined that their hometown…read more
    Shelly and Shawn Wolf
    Wolf Body & Glass | The Riverside Lodging | New England, North Dakota | Phone: 701-579-4905
  • AN ENTREPRENEURIAL LEAP OF FAITH Jared Erie, husband, father of three active grade school-aged children and busy entrepreneur, prioritizes three things in his life: faith, family and friends. But it wasn’t always that way. Shortly after receiving his degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1995, the Eries moved to Dickinson. For 13 years he worked for a company overseeing 50-60 therapists. In 2010, he realized, along with his wife, that faith, family and friends needed to come first and his job was not allowing that to happen. So after many long conversations with his wife,…read more
    Jared Erie
    Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed | Therapy Solutions | 447 21st Street West Dickinson, North Dakota 58601 | 701-483-1000
  • A “Perky” Entrepreneur Drinking an average of eight espressos a day, Laura Scott is very familiar with the product she sells. However, after only a few minutes of visiting with the upbeat 24-year-old, one gets the feeling her energy is not something she brews up—she was born wired. Scott rises before the sun five days a week in order to open her coffee shop by 6:00 am Monday through Friday and Saturdays by 7:00. Tell us how you began The Coffee Cabin. I worked my way through college in Bozeman as a barista and that is where I fell in…read more
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    Laura Scott
    The Coffee Cabin | HWY 22, Manning, North Dakota | Phone: 701-573-4641
  • “GREEN” ENTREPRENEURSHIP Lori Wagner has wanted to run a restaurant since she was a little girl. Her dream came true in April of 2009 when she opened the Tee Box Restaurant at the Pheasant Country Golf Course in South Heart. One beautiful summer day she was golfing with her husband and as they rounded hole number nine, she said, “I would really like to run that restaurant.” Serendipity stepped in—the lease for the course’s restaurant and bar was coming up while at the same time the only restaurant in South Heart was closing. In her off time, the busy entrepreneur…read more
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    Lori Wagner
    Tee Box Restaurant and Bar | 100 Pheasant Drive South Heart, North Dakota 58655 | 701-677-8269
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  • The biggest mistake leaders make is thinking that it is all about them. Also, emerging leaders need to know that the test comes first and the lesson after—life is different from school that more
    Mel Nelson
    CEO, Executive Management Systems, Inc.
  • There are big challenges facing leaders today. The first is the speed of change. If you catch yourself doing the same thing for too long—begin to worry about that. Leaders must realize that they have to constantly change and more
    Jeff Kaufman
    Full Circle-Foundation
  • Characteristics of leaders include courage, intellect, honesty, commitment and the ability to delegate. Leaders need to empower those around them and let more
    Dean Gorder
    Executive Director North Dakota Trade Office
  • “I have a reading list that I would like to recommend to gain insight into becoming a better leader.” Jim Collins: Good to Great, Built to Last Stephen Covey: The Speed of Trust Buckingham and Coffman: First, Break All the Rules Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In Robert Gates: Duty Stephen Covey: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Bill Walsh: The Score Takes Care of Itselfread more
    Kirsten Diederich, Ph.D.
    Board Chair North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
  • We believe that good ideas can happen if you pull together the right resourcesread more
    Senator Heidi Heitkamp
  • Network and learn as much as you can from the wisdom of great leaders. Never stop learning; read and educate yourself every more
    Joe Rothschiller
    President/COO, Steffes Corporation

Welcome to the Strom Center

Through generous donations from DSU alumni Jerome and Rosie Strom along with local businesses The Strom Center continues to support entrepreneurs and our communities. We provide confidential, professional services to entrepreneurs and community groups. We are a hub for information, training and events. The Strom Center is home to the regional office of the Small Business Development Center, TechWest – a program supporting technology based entrepreneurs, InnovateND, and the Western North Dakota Energy Project – a project bringing timely, relevant information to communities.

The Strom Center was created to assist in the revitalization of community economies by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. The Strom Center actively promotes regional partnerships and offers entrepreneurs, emerging businesses and communities a network of professionals who provide support and assistance with business startup, technical assistance, business consulting, marketing resources, community capacity building and applied research and technology.
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