March 27, 2020

Dear Williston Wire Readers

Williston Economic Development supports small businesses and we want to share what you are doing to cope with the COVID-19 situation. Please email us at or send us a facebook message and we will do our best to share your story. Stay well. Stay home. Stay safe.
Shawn, Ann, Barb and Brenda

Pizza Pie on the Fly celebrates Record Grand Opening in Williston
KUMV-TV -   Pizza Pie On The Fly had a record-breaking grand opening at a new location in Williston over the weekend. It had its biggest day of pizza-sales in the chain’s history; with two other locations in Watford City and New Town. Co-Owner of Pizza Pie On The Fly, Ryan Seigfreid said they are fortunate to still be able to serve customers without adjusting a lot of their methods for COVID-19. Read More
Hula Grill gets Creative with Takeout
KUMV-TV - L ocal restaurants have had to make quick adjustments in order to keep their lights on and continue employing workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Williston’s Hula Fire Grill has shortened its hours due to an initial drop in sales. Its manager says they are only offering takeout and delivery. Sales have steadily increased every day since cancelling delivery charges and offering unusual incentives to customers. Read More
Billionaire Entrepreneur offers Hope to Small Businesses
Fox Ne ws - Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban joined the "Fox News Rundown" podcast Thursday to offer guidance to small businesses struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. "They're terrified," Cuban said. "Business has dried up from doing great last month or two months ago to almost nothing. And that's terrifying to anybody who's ever started a business. "I've been in that circumstance before ... but there are things that you can do to really try to turn a huge negative into a positive," he added. Read More
Department of Commerce offers COVID-19 Resources
North Dakota Department of Commerce - To best serve businesses and communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the  North Dakota Department of Commerce  team is taking a proactive approach by temporarily redirecting human and financial resources to support the North Dakota business community. While you should continue to receive your public health information from the  North Dakota Department of Health  and the federal  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , below is important information pertaining to both state and federal resources available to businesses and communities affected economically as a result of this public health threat. Read More
SBA has help for North Dakota Small Businesses
Fargo Forum Letter to the Editor - North Dakota’s small businesses are the fabric of our economy and their success is dependent on the ability to freely market products and services to communities across the state. As Americans face the new reality of “social distancing” measures, our local small businesses are bearing the brunt of that impact and are addressing serious concerns regarding declining customer traffic. Read More
SBDC has resources for Small Businesses
Small Business Development Center - To learn how to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans click here .
GNDC provides COVID-19 Information
Greater North Dakota Chamber - In an attempt to drive data-based decisions versus further actions of fear or panic, GNDC has created this info and response page. Serving as a hub to update North Dakota business, industry, and individuals of ongoing impacts at the local level and beyond to the world market. Read More
North Dakota braces for Bleak Oil Future
Bismarck Tribune -  W hen North Dakota’s top oil regulator spoke about the oil price collapse during his monthly update last week, he called it a “black swan event.” The term does not refer to the Swan Lake ballet; rather, it’s used to describe something rare and unexpected with major consequences. For the oil industry, this black swan event is anticipated to result in problems like bankruptcies, particularly for smaller companies that operate lower-producing wells, North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said.  Read More
One Basin-One Way! Distance Learning begins
North Dakota Petroleum Council - ONE BASIN-One Way! is here to help and we have found a creative solution to the COVID-19 crisis by creating Distance Learning. Distance Learning is a live, instructor led training method where instructors and students do not meet in a classroom but use the Internet to have classes. The ONE BASIN-One Way! Advisory Group has decided to begin offering the ONE BASIN-One Way! Orientation in a Distance Learning model beginning today, Thursday, March 26, 2020.   Read More
March Job Fair will not be Rescheduled
Upcoming Williston Events
04/18 ------ Clean Williston
Help spruce up Williston and register to clean a zone, your neighborhood or business.

04/23 ------ Art & Wine Walk
The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Williston. Sponsored by the Williston Downtowners Association.

05/17-23 ------ National Public Works Week
Williston Public Works will host a community outreach day on May 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the new Public Works Facility. Equipment will be on display and staff will be on hand to discuss the services public works provides.

06/19 ------ Chamber of Commerce's Rockin' Ribfest
The competition will be held in Downtown Williston. Contact for more information

06/20 ------ Chamber of Commerce's Lemonade Day
Youth will set up lemonade stands across Williston.

06/26 ------ CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Golf Tournament
The tournament will be played at the Links of North Dakota.
Upcoming Energy Events
 05/05 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

09/01-03 ------ Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
The conference will feature speakers and a trade show in Bismarck. Click  here  for more information.

09/09-11 ------ DUG Eagle Ford
The conference and exhibition will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Registration
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