Month: July 2018

Using Systems to Diversify North Dakota's Economy

Article written by Michael Warner (Mike Warner has had a 40 year career spanning a broad spectrum of business start-ups and expansions. During his career, he has helped start, direct and expand companies totaling over $1.5 Billion in annual sales and an equal amount in assets, ranging from food processing and regional healthcare to high…

Michelle Lucas promotes STEM/STEAM through space with nonprofit Higher Orbits

In our distracting world, it can be difficult to get students interested in STEM topics. Higher Orbits founder and president Michelle Lucas believes studying human spaceflight can help change that. “Higher Orbits is a nonprofit that uses space as a launch pad to get kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math,” Lucas said. The…

Hamse Warfa harnesses the power of blockchain to help the world's poorest participate in the global economy with BanQu

The ability to acquire credit is one of the key elements necessary to participate in a modern economy. Unfortunately, having a traceable credit history is a typical requirement for acquiring credit. If that seems like sort of a Catch-22, that’s because for many of the world’s poorest people, it is. Hamse Warfa, co-founder of BanQu,…

Josh Ulrich provides the inside scoop on the success of his Fargo candy shop, Scoop N Dough Candy Co.

The recently opened Scoop N Dough Candy Co. in downtown Fargo grew out of founder and owner Josh Ulrich’s desire to do something for his community. “I love Fargo and I love downtown,” Ulrich said, “and I thought it would be good to do something that would benefit downtown.” Scoop N Dough serves a variety…

Michelle Pulling on launching The Silver Lining Creamery in Fargo

Experienced ice-cream-and-coffee entrepreneur Michelle Pulling just expanded her successful Rapid City business, The Silver Lining Creamery, into Fargo. The new location has been open for roughly two months. “We specialize in fun and unique flavors as well as your tried and true classic flavors,” Pulling said. The Silver Lining Creamery serves up 14 percent butter…

Bogobrush is creating positive social change two toothbrushes at a time

Fargo-based Bogobrush is striving to alter the toothbrush industry with its sustainable toothbrushes. Bogobrush’s mission and marketing scheme are built into the company name—the toothbrushes are buy one, give one. For each one sold to a customer, a toothbrush is given to someone in need through a number of organizations Bogobrush partners with, including Detroit’s…