Evolve-ND

SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS IN GRAND FORKS AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

aka Evolve Grand Forks   |   Grand Forks, ND   |  https://www.evolvegf.com/

Mission

Increasing market access for entrepreneurs through advocacy, inspiration, and connection.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Maggie Smith

Main address

33 South Third St Suite D

Grand Forks, ND 58201 USA

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EIN

81-2812976

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Our programs

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The 701 Coworking Space

The 701 Coworking space provides affordable officing and meeting space for startups, solopreneurs, small businesses, remote workers, students, and the community. This is really where Evolve Grand Forks first began. We believed that through a shared workspace we could reduce the risk entrepreneurs have to face just to get started. This includes reducing the risk of overhead expenses due to expensive and long-term leases. Furthermore, by working from The 701, one is exposed to peer mentors who can propel the business forward faster.

Population(s) Served

This is a monthly event where we highlight and celebrate the journey of an entrepreneur. Two
entrepreneurs present at the event and rather than selling their product, they share the ups and downs and their pursuit. This is designed to encourage audience members (and the speakers themselves) to be emboldened to pursue their own business. The entrepreneurs have the opportunity to directly interface with the community and answer questions they may have.

Population(s) Served

We acknowledge the importance of a full ecosystem, which is made up of a great number of key
partners. For this reason, a GFEE Map was developed (available below) and effort was put into keeping the GFEE engaged. A GFEE awards ceremony was planned but COVID-19 hit so it was postponed. Evolve Grand Forks continues to rally the stakeholders and present quarterly, thematic meetings. The website www.GFEE.org was created by Evolve Grand Forks to serve as a one-stop-shop for the needs of an aspiring entrepreneur and to house the information for the stakeholders.

Population(s) Served

Early phase funding to help startups when conventional financing is not available. Entrepreneurs navigate the GFEE resources then present to the Growth Fund and Jobs Development Association through the City to be approved for funding. This seed capital does not require a personal guarantee and features a 5% interest rate which is desirable for those who want to launch a business but are afraid of losing their house over a failed business plan.

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This program was created by Knight Foundation donor-advised funding to create a solution in response to COVID-19’s impact on small businesses in town. Through various public- private partnerships, we are able to offer a digital gift card with 40% free cash on top of the amount to be used at 49 small, locally owned businesses in Grand Forks.

Population(s) Served

This short and intensive academy is designed to produce business-ready people. Each person will come out with a LLC business certificate and be equipped to start a business in the state of North Dakota. The cohort will be well acquainted with and have the opportunity to learn about the Grand Forks Entrepreneurial Ecosystem resources. If individuals choose not to pursue a business post-academy, they are educated in workskills to make them effective managers and leaders.

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Where we work

Awards

Grow Grand Award 2021

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals

Affiliations & memberships

Grow Grand Award 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Present better programs that are aligned with the needs of the community and gaps
Goal 2: Improve our inspiration pillar
Goal 3: Improve our connection pillar

Objective: Offer three or four main programs that are feature our pillars of success access, advocate, connect, and inspire
Objective: Condense several programs into an academy to connect, inspire, and provide access to the Grand Forks entrepreneurial ecosystem experts and resources.
Objective: Diversify revenue streams by acquiring new sponsors, bolstering current sponsors, and applying for more grants.
Objective: Partner with other organization events in the community and increase awareness for the entrepreneurial community.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
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Board co-chair

Brandon Baumbach


Board co-chair

Greta Silewski

Greta Silewski

Liza McLean

Jared Westrem

Sandra Luck

Warren Sai

Nicholas Flom

Kaleb Dschaak

Mark Yahna

Bridget West

Organizational demographics

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