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701 Celebrates Midwest Culture through the Culinary Arts

About Shelby Shelby Terstriep, Co-owner of 701 Eateries, grew up in an entrepreneurial family. She works as an oncologist at Sanford while also Co-owning 701. “I love that job as well, but I felt that a piece of me was missing, and that was using my creative and entrepreneurial part of my brain,” Shelby stated.…

Trend Z: Here to Build Your TikTok Presence

About Jimmy Jimmy Slagle, a Fargo native, is the Co-Founder of a Fargo-based marketing company known as Trend Z. Jimmy attended both the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University before tackling his business idea head-on.  Opportunities such as working at a bank for a summer internship revealed to Jimmy where his passions did…

It All Starts With a Dream

About Nate and Mukai Nate Thoreson and Mukai Selekwa know the power of teamwork and dreaming big. While both were attending Davies High School in Fargo, North Dakota, these two dreamers began the journey of turning their app, Webblen, into a reality. Nate and Mukai are both Fargo Natives and graduated from North Dakota State…

Lead For America: Home is Where the Heart is

About Benya Benya Kraus, Co-Founder and Minnesota Executive Director at Lead For America, returned to rural Minnesota after graduating from Tuft University with a mission—to help other “Hometown Fellows” return to their communities while working to inspire individuals to engage in their counties, towns, and districts.   “When I went to college, I studied international…

Chezy Takes New Approach to Video Marketing for Small Businesses

About Joe Joe is the founder of Chezy, a video marketing agency located in Fargo. Joe graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he played football while balancing a variety of internships and campus clubs. He felt there was more he could do, so he set out to build his own venture during his junior…

Blue Cypher Bookkeeping: Small Business Bookkeeping for the 21st Century

About Maddie  Maddie is the founder of Blue Cypher Bookkeeping operating out of Fargo, ND. Growing up, she was a kid with endless curiosity questioning everything. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged at the young age of 6 years old selling necklaces to her friends and family, but she never thought she’d pursue entrepreneurship professionally. After jumping…

WeClean – Doing Good for Your Home and Community

About Jared and Amos Jared and Amos are the co-founders of WeClean, a modern home cleaning service. Amos got his start in entrepreneurship at the young age of 16 and has spent the last 25 years as a serial entrepreneur. Jared on the other hand cannot point to a singular moment that made him want…

MCMktg, LLC Offers Social Media Marketing Services to Female Business Owners

About Mary Cait Mary Cait is the founder and Social Media Strategist of MCMktg, LLC currently operating out of Moorhead, Minnesota. As a high schooler, Mary Cait took an interest in entrepreneurship, but thought she’d play a supporting role rather than the founder of her own business. To her surprise, graduating during a pandemic shifted…

Creating an Event Planning Business During a Pandemic

About Dani  Dani is the Founder and Chief Pun Officer at Quirky Event Planning. Quirky is based out of Fargo and serves the Minnesota and North Dakota area. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Dani entered the typical nine-to-five workforce. She knew from a young age she wanted to start her own business, she…

Arise! Communities Empowers Underrepresented Groups in the Tech Industry

About Theresa and Kirsten Theresa and Kirsten are the Co-Founders of Arise! Communities, a nonprofit organization offering a full spectrum of judgment-free technology education to diverse people groups. Kirsten attended college just down the road at Concordia College, while Theresa graduated from North Carolina Central University. Previously, these two women were a part of an…