September 24 Downtown Bismarck News

BND Webinar: COVID-19 PACE Recovery II Loan Program

The Greater North Dakota Association (GNDC) is hosting Bank of North Dakota (BND) at a Business Briefing Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 11-11:30 a.m. BND will be discussing the parameters of its new interest buydown program, COVID-19 PACE Recovery II. They will also provide updates and answer questions on its other relief programs.

“This program is intended to assist in the financial recovery of North Dakota businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The program will provide a buydown on interest paid on certain debt from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.”

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2020 Main Street ND Summit

North Dakota Department of Commerce is partnering with the Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) Fall Conference, North Dakota Council on the Arts and Prairie Family Business Association to provide over 20 in-person and online speakers and panelists to support this year’s theme of Building Resilient Communities. Breakout sessions include workforce development, partnership between businesses and community to retain and attract workforce, business and organizational succession planning and community development/economic development. More information available at

There will be a limited number of in-person passes available. In-person passes will be made available in September. See below for the Main Street Summit COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol Statement. All participants should first register to attend virtually in order to have the option to purchase an in-person pass.

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630 E Main Project: Site Work
Initial site work is underway for a new mixed-used development in Downtown at 6th & Main.  630 E Main is a residential and commercial project on a formerly vacant lot.  For more information check our Denizen Partners website: 

Denizen Partners 

Thank you! 
Thank you to sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and attendees for making this ‘scaled-down Street Fair’ a success!  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with all of our added safety measures. See you next year! 

Support for Bismarck Cancer Center
McQuade Distributing and the Downtowners raised $510 for the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation from our 2020 Beers & Boutiques event. We love the relationship and appreiciate all the Bismarck Cancer Center does for our community! Thank you to McQuades Distributing!

Bismarck Cancer Center: Applefest JAM
Join Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation (BCC) for a unique twist on Applefest this year! To follow social distancing guidelines within the community, BCC is turning Applefest into a Drive-in Concert featuring some outstanding music.
The event will be held on Sunday, September 27, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bismarck State College, Community Bowl Parking lot.
Cars will be admitted with a free-will donation. The day will include music, entertainment, a carhop style concession stand, and an online silent auction.
Applefest is one of the biggest sources of income for patient services at the BCC.

NDCA Accessibility in the Arts Convening 
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from The Consensus Council, Inc. to conduct an Accessibility in the Arts Online Convening. NDCA, along with its Convening partner North Dakota Assistive, is hosting this one-day, free online gathering that will focus on accessibility within organizational operation, social media, facilities, programming, sharing best practices, and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This convening is for everyone! It’s not just an “arts” thing – we ALL need to learn about accessibility.

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 

Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC) has received funding through the federal CARES Act to help coordinate a response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic effects in Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties.
Lewis & Clark RDC is part of the Lewis & Clark Development Group.
Lewis & Clark RDC is inviting businesses, lenders, economic development groups, and local government officials in Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux counties to take an online survey.
The responses you provide will help determine the scope of the pandemic’s impact, identify issues, and provide direction to Lewis & Clark RDC’s planning and assistance initiatives.

Downtown Events
September 24
Rise and Shine, Celebrating Woman Entrepreneurs 
NDWBC Facebook Page

September 25
Live @ Gideon’s: Mike Swenson 
Gideon’s Brewing Company

September 26
“Drive-Thru” Lego Take and Create 
Bismarck Public Library

September 27
Little Kids, Big World: Post Office 
ND Heritage Center

September 30
1 Million Cups 
Dakota Stage Ltd.

October 4-5
A Christmas Carol Open Auditions 
Dakota Stage Ltd.

October 6
Fall Art Show Reception 

October 7
Designer Purse Bingo 
Sixteen03 Main Events

October 8
Trivia: The Office
The CraftCade

October 10
A Nightmare’s Testimony Book signing 
Ferguson Books Bismarck