Six More Businesses added to  “21 in 2021” Campaign

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston Economic Development (WED) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have added six more businesses to their “21 in 2021” campaign. The goal of the 12-month promotion is to assist 21 small business projects in 2021.
 
“Our goal was to help seven new businesses, seven business expansions and seven quality of life projects in the community,” explains Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. “We probably should have said 42 in 21 because we are halfway to reaching our goal right now, just within the first four months of the year.”
 
In April, WED and SBDC added the following businesses to the 21 in 2021 campaign: Car Tunz, Conlin’s Furniture, Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Mattress by Appointment, Williston Volunteer Honor Guard and Young Bucks.
 
Wenko says entrepreneurs seem to be much more optimistic this year compared to 2020.
 
“I think it’s a combination of things,” said Wenko. “We were down really bad in 2020 and that gave entrepreneurs time to think about their project and make the decision to move forward. Plus, the cost could be down a bit too.”
 
The 21 in 2021 are applicants that have been awarded STAR Fund dollars this year. The following have made the list as of April.
 
New Businesses
 
Mattress by Appointment – approved April 13, 2021
The owner of a new mattress franchise will receive up to $5,000 from the Mini Match program to start his business located at 2006 19th Ave. W. in Williston.
 
Young Bucks – approved April 13, 2021
Williston entrepreneur Louise Skaare will receive up to $5,000 from the Mini Match program for a new coffee shop and eatery located in LifeChurch.
 
MVP Sport Break, LLC – approved March 9, 2021
MVP is located at 2017 2nd Ave. W. (former Budget Home Furnishings building). The owners are Brock Schmidt, Patrick Flemin and James Hunter. MVP Sport Break received up to $5,000 from the Williston STAR Fund Mini Match program to start a new business that sells sports memorabilia and cards.
 
Myology Matters Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, LLC – approved March 9, 2021
Myology Matters is located at 2407 2nd Ave. W., Suite 8. The owner is Christina O’Neill. Myology Matters received up to $5,000 from the Williston STAR Fund Mini Match program. The new business will provide assessment and therapy for patients with orofacial myofunctional disorders such as tongue and lip tie, mouth breathing, tongue thrust and thumb sucking.
 
Business Expansions
 
Car Tunz – approved April 13, 2021
Longtime Williston business Car Tunz will receive up to $47,000 from the Flex PACE Interest Buydown program to purchase their current building, improve their parking lot and purchase signage.
 
Conlin’s Furniture – approved April 13, 2021
Conlin’s Furniture is moving to a larger location on 2nd Ave. West (former 7 Up building). They will receive up to $25,000 from the Flex PACE Interest Buydown program to purchase new signage and remodel a new location for their furniture and mattress store.
 
Prizm Company, LLC – approved February 9, 2021
Prizm is owned by Cody and Haley Bennett and Kamron and Keisha Nelson. Prizm is an established dance school that is purchasing new space for its dance studio. The company received up to $41,000 from the Flex PACE Interest Buydown program to purchase the new building.
 
Slagle Services, LLC – approved March 9, 2021
Slagle Services is located at 4018 2nd Ave. E. The business is owned by Tucker and Melissa Slagle. Slagle will receive up to $37,000 from the Flex PACE Interest Buydown program to purchase a building to house its landscaping business.
 
Quality of Life
 
Coyote Pups Learning Den – approved March 9, 2021
Coyote Pups Learning Den is located at 5003 2nd Ave. W. The business is owned by Cody Bennett. The daycare will receive up to $5,000 from the Williston STAR Fund Community Growth program to renovate additional space for the children. The new daycare is estimated to open on June 7, 2021. There will be a total of 20-25 spaces available at this center.
 
Light of Christ Lutheran Church Day Care – approved April 13, 2021
Light of Christ will receive up to $536,000 from the STAR Fund to renovate the basement of their building for a new day care facility. The day care will be able to accommodate approximately 80 children.
 
Williston Volunteer Honor Guard – approved April 13, 2021
The Honor Guard will receive up to $5,000 from the Community Build/Growth program to help purchase new uniforms and equipment.
 
Anyone interested in learning more about the STAR Fund can visit willistondevelopment.com or contact Brenda Schmidt at brendasc@ci.williston.nd.us or 701-577-8110 for more information.
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