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Dave Olson, Published March 08 2013

TRADE TALK: Fargo company’s app links parents, sitters

Myriad Devices, a Fargo-based company, has come up with an app called Sitterbook to help parents connect with babysitters over Facebook.

The mobile app development and consulting company created Sitterbook based on an idea from Carol Gunkelman Anhorn, of Fargo, who got to thinking when co-workers would complain of missing this or that event because they couldn’t find a sitter.

“I was surprised there wasn’t a safe, secure option for finding sitters,” Anhorn said.

Sitterbook can be found by shopping Facebook’s app store, or by typing “Sitterbook” in the search box on Facebook.

Once the app is added through Facebook, users connect by inviting Facebook friends.

Those invited receive a notification asking them to accept the connection. If they do, both users can see each other’s posts.

Babysitters post their availability, and parents post when they need assistance.

The app also works for things like house sitting, pet sitting and taking care of a sick child when parents have to work.

For more information, email contact@myriaddevices.com.

The Studio expands

The Studio, 11 8th St. S., Fargo, a creative incubator space for small businesses, artists, crafters and upcyclers, has expanded its business site, and calls the additional space MarketPlace.

The new space will offer vendors booth space during the weekends when The Studio is open. Vendors pay a one-time booth fee.

The Studio also is seeking consigners who would like to sell handmade, upcycled and repurposed items.

For more information, contact Leanne Sucrow at (701) 893-8775 or email withinthegreenroom@gmail.com.

ND exports jump

North Dakota exports grew by 26 percent in 2012 compared with 2011, making it one of 11 states with double-digit export growth last year, according to information released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

North Dakota was one of 29 states setting records for export sales last year, when North Dakota’s total merchandise exports hit about $4.2 billion.

A total of 35 states saw merchandise export growth last year, with 20 of those states experiencing growth of at least 5 percent.

Verizon 4G grows

Verizon Wireless has expanded its 4G Long Term Evolution network in North Dakota.

The list of communities with new 4G LTE coverage includes but is not limited to: Binford, Cando, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Grafton, Rugby, Park River and Walhalla.

To see updated coverage maps, log on to: www.verizonwireless.com/lte.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555