Stories

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…

Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Teammate: Hali

Emerging Prairie is excited to welcome Hali to the team! She joins us as an Event Coordinator, where she’ll work to perfect the logistical aspects of our many events and programs. Hali is an Oakes, North Dakota native who loves the fine details of event planning. She loves the Fargo vibe – not too big,…

Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Teammate: Quinn

Emerging Prairie is excited to welcome Quinn to the team! She joins us for the summer as the Events Intern, where she’ll work to support our many events and programs, such as StartupBREW, Founders Programming, and Emerging Digital Academy. Quinn is a North Dakota native, currently studying Political Science and Business at Concordia College. She…

Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Teammate: Sydney

Emerging Prairie is excited to welcome Sydney to the team! She joins us as our Administrative Assistant & Prairie Den Master, where she’ll perform administrative and operational tasks as it relates to Emerging Prairie and its initiatives, as well as overseeing Prairie Den operations. Sydney is a detailed-oriented Fargo native, who is passionate about helping…

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…