Small Business Administration recognizes business owners in North Dakota, Minnesota


Business owners who have completed the SBA 2021 Emerging leaders program were honored at a special virtual graduation ceremony on Thursday, November 18.

This is the sixth year that the SBA District Office in North Dakota has offered the Emerging Leaders Program, a seven-month executive training series designed to help participants become growing, self-sustaining businesses that create jobs in their communities.

“The Emerging Leaders program teaches these small business leaders how to improve their business skills,” SBA North Dakota District Manager Alan Haut said in a statement.

The program consists of approximately 50 hours of instruction, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

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“Through 13 sessions over seven months, participants learn to better understand their financial statements, create more productive marketing strategies and develop long-term strategic plans to grow their operations,” said Haut. “The results are more successful businesses, creating more jobs and continuing to fuel our local economy. “

SBA Emerging Leaders 2021 graduates include:

Nikki Berglund – Luna and Sol Ave Kitchen, Fargo, ND, and Moorhead, Minn.

Shamel Costandy – Nodak Oilfield Services, Williston, ND

William Galvin – Giga-Green Technologies, Inc., Fargo

Klaudia Holkup – Business by Brittany, Fargo

Tiffanie Honeyman – OpGo Marketing, Fargo

Sandi Luck – Bully Brew Coffee, Grand Forks, ND

Trista Morstad – Precision Landscape & Irrigation, LLC, Ottertail, Minn.

David Nelson – Pedogenese, Inc., Campbell, Minn.

Ruth Ann Pachel – Pachel Healthcare Initiatives, LLC, Park Rapids, Minn.

Kelly Richardson – Venone Public Relations, LLC, Dickinson, ND

Joey Schmit – iSight Drone Services, Grand Forks

John Schneider – 3DomFuel, Inc., Fargo, ND

Christine Staley – Magic City Hoagies, LLC, Minot, ND

Jennifer Wendlandt – Blue Sky, Inc., Detroit Lakes, Minn.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders initiative, including how to apply for the 2022 class, visit


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