Craig McEwen, Published July 27 2007
Prairie Consulting launched
Fargo’s Prairie Consulting Group LLP, 4426 Carrie Rose Lane, will help explore business opportunities and provide expertise in planning, information technology, human relations, sales and marketing, corporate governance, international business development, government relations and several other areas.
“We’ve got a broad mission: to promote the success of businesses in the Dakotas,” Schafer said. “We’re here to add value to whatever is out there – small-, large- or medium-sized businesses.”
Partners in the business – with offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, S. D., – include:
- John Schaaf, co-founder and president/CEO of American Paging. His areas of concentration include business management turnaround, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, business development and organizational design.
- Chris Byron Jr., whose industry experience includes technology, enterprise risk management and systems development.
- George Rux, formerly with the Pillsbury Co., Travelers Insurance and United Health Group, will focus on human resources, with experience also in finance and health-plan management.
- Robert W. Harms, former counsel to Schafer and current North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven before starting a public affairs consulting firm with concentration in energy.
“The economy is cooking,” Schafer said. “We’ve got lots of new businesses and lots of new jobs. More importantly we have lots of businesses in the Dakotas that are expanding. We think there’s an opportunity to help bring businesses to the next level.”
Schaaf said it became obvious to him several years ago that businesses reach certain levels, but often lack expertise to achieve full potential.
“They don’t quite know how to bring all of the pieces together,” Schaaf said.
Rural communities often lack business financing expertise required to attract new ventures. “Expertise like ours can help bring those resources to bear,” he said.
All five PCG partners have ties to North Dakota, Schaaf said. “We understand how the process works in the Dakotas.”
For more information call (888) 369-8447 or go to www.pcgllp.com.
- Call (888) 369-8447 or go to www.pcgllp.com.
Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502