Forum staff reports , Published July 26 2013
Business digest - 07/27/13APUC awards funding for 7 projects in ND
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded funding requests for seven projects totaling $376,490.
APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products.
The following requests were awarded:
- BisMan Community Food Cooperative, Mandan, $30,000 to assist in hiring a consultant to develop a business plan, marketing plan, site selection analysis, store design and layout and a revised pro forma based on a specific retail location.
- Northern Food Grade Soybean Association, Casselton, $35,000 to defray costs associated with soybean grower education and outreach through radio, print, digital advertising, social media outposts, website, video production, trade show booths and media tour.
- Prairie Roots Food Cooperative, Fargo, $30,000 to defray costs associated with the production of marketing materials, promotional events and consulting fees.
- Renuvix, Fargo, $91,000 to defray costs related to obtaining market information and customer contacts for product sampling.
- Ultra Green Packaging, Devils Lake, $74,880 to defray costs to attend trade shows, booth graphics, website re-design, design cost of brochures, catalogs and sell sheets and product samples.
- United Pulse Trading, Bismarck, $90,610 to defray costs associated with travel to trade shows and expenses used to promote pulse based ingredient.
- WCCO Belting, Wahpeton, $25,000 to assist in examining new rubber compound formulations for belting applications that use soybean or agricultural oils as a substitute for petroleum-based oil.
The next APUC board hearing will be Nov. 21. Applications for the November meeting must be received by Oct. 1. Prototype and technical assistance grants must be received by Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.NDAPUC.com.
‘Darold’s Dream’ well campaign completed
Wellspring for the World, a nonprofit organization established in Fargo in 2005, has seen the completion of its campaign, “Darold’s Dream: 100 Wells.”
The campaign was named after the late Darold Rath, a Wellspring board member who died in 2012.
Wellspring works directly with World Vision to construct deep-water wells in impoverished nations. To date, Wellspring has constructed 100 wells in Mali and Ghana, providing clean water to nearly 40,000 people.
Matt’s Automotive joins FMP Partners Network
Matt’s Automotive Service Center, Moorhead, has joined the FMP Partners Network, an expanding group of locally owned, quality repair shops dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction.
The network of shops provides customers with a nationwide warranty on most repairs, as well as a roadside assistance program.
Matt’s Automotive is owned by Matt Lachowitzer.