July 20, 2017 - Dakota Certified Development Corporation is excited to announce an important step forward in the evolution of their organization by breaking ground on a new headquarters office in South Fargo. Construction on the 5,800 square foot facility near the corner of Veterans Boulevard and 36th Avenue South officially began on June 2, 2017. "The new location will further enhance our brand of 35 years, enable us to control our current and future growth, and provide a state of the art facility with which to recruit and retain a quality workforce," explained Dakota CDC's president and CEO, Steve Dusek. Dakota CDC has been at their current location for almost 10 years and recently has also outgrown the space.
The new facility will provide several opportunities for growth, expansion, and improvement for Dakota CDC's day to day operations. "The overall open, collaborative design will include space for current and future staff, board and presentation space that will be important to communicate a consistent brand to people outside of our organization, privacy areas for small group meetings or discussion, and social areas flexible for a variety of activities," added Dusek. "The facility was designed with an understanding of organizational culture and collaborative styles, improving the way we work together both internally and externally."
As a mission-based lender, Dakota CDC's work is all about helping small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of opening, growing and expanding their businesses. The construction will be completed by numerous contractors, of which many are small business borrowers that have worked with Dakota CDC to finance their own businesses.
This announcement comes as part of the 35th Anniversary of Dakota CDC. While celebrating the success of the small businesses they have helped over the years, construction of the facility is a milestone achievement that further builds the foundation for continued growth and success into the future.
About Dakota Certified Development Corporation
Founded in 1982, Dakota CDC is the oldest, largest, and most experienced CDC in North Dakota. With staff in Fargo, Bismarck, and Minot, Dakota CDC serves the entire state of North Dakota and five counties in western Minnesota. The mission of this private, not-for-profit entity is to provide small business financing solutions through collaborative partnerships in a supportive, creative environment that grows the economy and creates or preserves quality jobs. Since inception, Dakota CDC has provided over $450 million in loans with total project impact exceeding $1 billion to small businesses and local economies.
Top photo: Dakota CDC Board of Directors and Staff on site of the new headquarters in South Fargo. (Back L to R): Darin Geray, Dan Jacobson, Mike Connor, Andy Maragos, Rich Becker, Jim Hambrick. (Front L to R): Samantha Horab, Marlowe Johnson, Lori Gabriel, JP Mortenson, Tamara VanWechel, and Steve Dusek.
Bottom photo: (Back L to R) Steve Dusek, Tamara VanWechel, Darin Geray, (Front L to R) Samantha Horab, Bethany Sortland, Roxi Pfliiger, and Emily Schroeder on site of the new Dakota CDC headquarters in South Fargo shortly after groundbreaking.