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Published March 30 2012

Digest (March 31, 2012)

‘Mad Women’ author to speak in Fargo

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota monthly education meeting on April 10 will feature Jane Maas, author of the newly released book “Mad Women,” which tells her real-life story as a rising businesswoman in the Madison Avenue advertising world in the 1960s and 1970s.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fargo Ramada Plaza and Suites, 1635 42nd St. S. Admission is free for AAF-ND members, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for nonmember students. RSVP by email to reservations@aaf-nd.org.

Her presentation will answer the questions on what really happened in the New York advertising world of the 1960s and beyond as she began her career in a male-dominated environment, portrayed in the hit television show “Mad Men.”

She will also discuss some of the tougher issues of the era, such as unequal pay, rampant sexism and the difficult choice many women faced between motherhood and their careers.

Onsharp named chamber award finalist

Onsharp was named a finalist for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

Each year, The Chamber selects three finalists in the following categories: Business of the Year, Small-Not-For-Profit of the Year, Not-For-Profit of the Year, Young Professionals Best Place to Work and Entrepreneur of the Year.

The top finalist in each category will be honored at the ChamberChoice awards luncheon on May 17 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The luncheon speaker will be Tom Gegax, author of “The Big Book of Small Business.”

SBA announces business awards in ND

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the 2012 Small Business Awards for North Dakota. 

The awards honor North Dakota entrepreneurs and small business advocates for their personal achievements and contributions to their local communities.

Award winners are:

• North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year, Heather Jones, president, City Air Mechanical, Bismarck.

• North Dakota Young Entrepreneur of the Year Tyson Kuznia, owner, Legacy Photography, Fargo.

• Region VIII Family-Owned Business of the Year, Brian Hayer, president/chief executive officer, Warner and Co. Insurance, Fargo.

• North Dakota Financial Services Champion Myron Aune, Business Services Manager, Capital Credit Union, Bismarck.

• North Dakota Minority Small Business Champion, Janie Hulett, director of the Skills Development Project, Fargo.

• North Dakota Women in Business Champion, Becky Meidinger, development director, Cooperstown-Griggs County Economic Development Corp., Cooperstown.

The Small Business Person of the Year and regional winner’s nomination packages will go forward to compete in a national competition for National Small Business Week.

The state small business person of the year and national champion award winners will be featured during National Small Business Week May 20-26 in Washington, D.C.

Little Blind Shop named Douglas priority dealer

The Little Blind Shop by Rose Creek Design has become a Hunter Douglas showcase priority dealer.

Karen Anderson is owner of the window covering business at 4631 40th Ave. S., Fargo.

She can be reached by calling (701) 893-5134 or emailing rosecreekdesign@cableone.net

High Plains Reader editor Gomez resigns

Cindy Gomez-Schempp has left the High Plains Reader in Fargo as editor-in-chief to pursue the development of The People’s Press Project, a nonprofit organization that trains community members in communication rights, writing, video and audio broadcasting, podcasting, social networking and more.

For more information about the organization, visit fmppp.org.

Agritourism topic of April 23 workshop

The North Dakota Agritourism Workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at the Radisson Hotel, Bismarck.

Session topics include:

• Risk management.

• How tours can add additional revenue to your farm operation.

• Ways to engage in social media for your agritourism operation.

• Best practices panel discussion with operators of a guest ranch, winery, you-pick garden and an agritourism activity destination.

• Information about North Dakota’s new limited liability legislation.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Tourism and is a kick-off to the 2012 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference.

For more information or to register, visit www.


Gateway Building opens office in Minot

Gateway Building Systems has opened an office in Minot, N.D.

The company’s main office is in West Fargo and it operates a satellite office near Elbow Lake, Minn.

Gateway Building Systems has been in business since 1977 and serves the agricultural construction and commercial building industries.