July 30 Downtown Bismarck News

Economic Resiliency Grant Training

Join the North Dakota Department of Commerce for a four-part business briefing that will cover a step-by-step session on the Economic Resiliency Grant application process on Thursday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. (CST). This business briefing will cover the following:

  • Part 1:  General overview including eligible businesses and expenses
  • Part 2:  Application process
  • Part 3:  Post-award responsibilities
  • Part 4:  Q&A opportunity.  We will address as many questions as possible during this time, both “live” and those presented at the time of registration.

Importantly, the ERG is a grant – not a loan. The expenses allowed for through the ERG did not previously qualify under both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program.

The ERG application process will open soon and will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To receive call-in information, attendees must register as a non-member. A confirmation email with call specifics will be sent to the email provided in upon completion of registration and prior to the call.
This call will be recorded so it can be accessed at a later time. Recordings of the previous Business Briefs can be found at GNDC’s information hub

ERG Fact Sheet


Art & Wine Walk Tickets on Sale!
The 9th Annual Art & Wine Walk tickets are now on sale! Enjoy Beautiful Downtown Bismarck while you sample unique wine selections, enjoy light appetizers as you walk to each location. Get your Art & Wine Walk Treasure Map, complete the route, and you will have a chance to win the Grand Prize! Walk the historic streets and patronize our  Downtown Businesses.
Tickets for the event are $35/person in advance, $45/person for Downtown Supporter tickets, plus Eventbrite processing, you must be 21 to participate. Proceeds from the Downtowners Art & Wine Walk will go to the Downtowners non-profit to promote betterment and revitalization efforts of our historic Downtown for the entire community to enjoy. Tickets will be limited this year, so be sure to get yours early!

Thank you!
Thank you to everyone that attended and volunteered at Beers & Boutiques! Special thank you to McQuades Distributing for supplying those delicious beers and the Bismarck Cancer Center for their volunteer help. Congrats to Heidi Bergland for winning the Grand Prize!

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program
Main Street America in Partnership with The HartBeat have created a grant program to support brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business.
“Applications are now open and will continue to be accepted until 11:59 pm PT on August 23, 2020 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner”

TED X Tickets Now Available! 
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The day will begin with optional morning adventures that begin at 10:00 AM, followed by an afternoon of dynamic speakers, entertainers, and curated breaks that’ll challenge you to try new things and think outside the box. The main event kicks off at 1 PM. We’ll end the day with a rooftop reception at First International Bank & Trust immediately following the close of the program. Breaks will feature local musicians, artists, and food and beverages, including the top three young entrepreneurs from Bismarck Mandan Lemonade Day. Come join us for a day of culture, new experiences, ideas worth spreading, and fun!

Downtown Events
July 30
Health Wise Wellness Event 
Bismarck Cancer Center

July 30
Little Kids, Big World: Working Wind 
ND Heritage Center

July 30
Grey’s Anatomy Trivia
Ramkota Hotel

July 30
Kindermusik Playdates in the Park
ND Capitol Grounds

July 30
Story Time with Miss Sparkles
Bismarck Public Library North Lawn

July 31
Children’s Book Flash Sale!
Bismarck Public Library

August 1
S’mores Porter Roast 
Gideon’s Brewing Company

August 3
Hosted by Choice Bank: 2020 Go Hawaiian for Hospice Radiothon Fundraiser 
Online Event

August 5
1 Million Cups
Dakota Stage Ltd

August 6
Trivia: 2000’s Line & Lyrics 
The CraftCade

August 7
New Exhibit Opening
The Capital Gallery

August 8
Humor on Highway Keith Ogden Book Signing 
Ferguson Books Bismarck

August 12
Rooftop Buti Yoga 
First Western Bank & Trust

August 15
BisMarket Block Party 
Sweet Avenue

August 15
Bismarck Children’s Business Fair
Bismarck Event Center