About Wil Dort

Wil Dort, co-owner of Skill Cutz Barbershop and Salon, has a story deeply rooted in resilience and ambition. Born and raised in the picturesque countryside of Gonaives, Haiti, Wil experienced the challenges and beauty of rural life before embarking on a transformative journey to the United States. In 1994, his father ventured to the U.S. in search of better opportunities, and by 1997, Wil and his family joined him. This move marked the beginning of a new chapter, where Wil’s determination and entrepreneurial spirit would eventually lead him to establish a thriving barbershop and salon, becoming a testament to his hard work and dedication to the craft.

About Skill Cutz Barbershop & Salon

Skill Cutz is not a typical barbershop or salon and does not aspire to be, a visit reveals why people travel from across the tri-state region to experience their exceptional service. Immigrating from Haiti in 1997, Wil, known as North Dakota’s “First Black Barber,” embarked on a remarkable journey from a Cass County jail cell to Moler Barber College in downtown Fargo in 2006, riding a purple bike. Through sheer motivation, dedication, and faith instilled by the Jail Chaplains, he defied the odds, transforming from Fargo’s Most Wanted to one of its most successful entrepreneurs. Together with his brothers AJ and Louima, along with two other owners, Wil serves the Fargo/Moorhead community with unwavering passion.”


Tell us about your company and your mission.

“We cut hair for people of all backgrounds in Fargo. We also often pair up with the jails, schools and other non profits to provide services to under privileged populations.”


What are some wins you are celebrating?

“I have been named North Dakota’s first black licensed barber!”



What is the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your entrepreneurial journey?



Skill Cutz Barbershop & Salon is officially a part of the Fargo-Moorhead founder family. How can our community support you in your next stage of growth?

“Spread the word, our business is always growing and we love to welcome new faces!”


What are you grateful for today?

“I’m grateful for God, my family and for being a part of a community that has been so welcoming to me. There have been a lot of great friends who have come alongside us on our journey to offer support- I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”




Readers can learn more about Wil Dort and Skill Cutz Barbershop & Salon by visiting his LinkedIn page or website!

Carly Pfennig

Carly Pfennig is from Bismarck, North Dakota currently studying at Minnesota State University of Moorhead for both Communications and Marketing. Carly is very passionate about forming connections within both the community as well as being the helping hand for people in need!