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Articles written by Alan Haut

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  • Importance of Supporting Small Business Saturday

    Alan Haut|Nov 20, 2023

    My small business roots run deep. While the hardware store my great grandfather started in 1906 no longer operates, we now have five generations that have owned various small businesses in North Dakota. I have seen first-hand the importance of the community to the success of their local small businesses and vice versa. Neither thrives without the other. Small businesses drive our local economy by hiring workers, providing essential goods and services, and give back to our communities through supporting everything from area non-profits to the... Full story

  • Small Business Saturday supports small businesses hit by the pandemic

    Alan Haut|Nov 22, 2021

    The COVID 19 pandemic confirmed the critical role that small businesses play in our daily lives. Throughout the pandemic, small businesses continued to provide crucial goods and services and kept our citizens employed. It sounds cliché, but our locally-owned small businesses truly are the heart and soul of our cities and towns. Small Business Saturday has become an American tradition following the Thanksgiving holiday. However, online shopping skyrocketed during the pandemic as more people...

  • The SBA supports Veteran entrepreneurs and their families

    Alan Haut|Nov 8, 2021

    It's no surprise that current and former members of the military make great entrepreneurs. The resilience, determination, and fortitude they acquired while in uniform was a great training ground for becoming a successful small business owner. Working in collaboration with our government and community partners, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays an important role in supporting service members as they exit the military and become entrepreneurs. During National Veterans Small...