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  • July Newsletter: Ladies take the lead in North DakotaJuly 13, 2015



    North Dakota has found itself on the top of another list of economic opportunities and strength, but this times, it’s for girls only.

    North Dakota ranks as the top state for women-owned businesses and economic clout, according to a report published recently by American Express OPEN and WomenAble.

    The number of women-owned firms in North Dakota has increased by 89.3 percent since 1997, with revenues increasing 234.7 percent – the fastest in the nation. The only other state to see revenues increase by more than 200 percent was Wyoming.

    “North Dakota has great examples of successful female business owners, many of whom […] serve as models for others in our state to look up to,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in a press release. “North Dakota’s women-owned small businesses are growing faster than in any other state, which means now is the time to build on this momentum and empower more women to take that first step.”

    Some of this rapid growth can be attributed to the economic development stemming from oil and gas development. Many women, including Kathy Neset (pictured above) of Neset Consulting and Lynn Moser, president of Inland Oil and Gas, who was recently recognized as a Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business Magazine are directly involved in oil and gas. Other women have found opportunity in the growing economy, including women entrepreneurs like Liza McLean, owner of Smiling Moose Deli, and Linda Johnson, owner of Home Sweet Home in Minot.

    “After my husband and I moved to Williston about two years ago, it was an immediate need that I saw and an obvious opportunity,” says McLean. “As the oil continues to grow, we’re expanding right in line with the Bakken.”

    Click here to view the full report.


    The Dakota Prairie Refinery has been touted plenty for being the first refinery to be built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years, a signal of the energy renaissance our nation has been experiencing and one of many value-added projects slated for the state. But the refinery has another unique asset: its new plant manager.

    Mary Trost recently took the reins of the refinery and has since been working to build relationships. While the oil and gas industry is often considered to be male-dominated, Trost says there are slightly more women in refineries than in oil production jobs. Yet, she tells Maxine Herr of Shale Plays Media, there should be more.

    “Don’t be intimidated by it,” she advises them. “It’s easier than you think.”

    Read more about Mary and the refinery by clicking here.


    The 7th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFests will be held July 14 in Alexander and July 16 in South Heart. These events, which are free and open to the public, include a free barbecue, entertainment from local musicians Jessie Veeder with Lonesome Willy in Alexander and Quintana Biffert in South Heart, and a Bakken Basics Information Session. as well as information booths.

    “This event remains a favorite among our companies and a favorite among the communities in the west,” says Tessa Sandstrom, communications manager for the North Dakota Petroleum Council and organizer for the events. “We see people come from all over the region to take part. It’s a great time for the family.”

    More than 35 companies are slated to participate between the two events, so come hungry, come happy and come ready to learn!

    Click here for more details.

    NORTHDAKOTAEnergy of North Dakota.COM HAS A NEW LOOK

    We recently updated our website to include more videos, more infographics and a friendlier interface for viewing on tablets or your mobile phone. Stop in and check it out, and don’t forget to find us Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

    Oh, and by the way, we’re also on Instagram

    Find us on Instagram. We will be posting photos from CookFest, the Fishing Derby and more!

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