March 18, 2020
Message from WED Executive Director,

The Williston Economic Development Office is assessing the impact of COVID-19 on our local businesses.

We are all in this together and nothing is more important in this office than our continued support to the entrepreneurs who have invested in the community.

First and foremost, it is important that we heed health and safety recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Once everything has settled, we will assess the business community and work to provide information and resources to businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19

We have been in contact with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Greater North Dakota Chamber, the Bank of North Dakota and local lenders to learn and discuss options for businesses that have been impacted.

We are currently working on an information resources page within our website  that will help with questions and options due to impact. 

We support all of you!

Shawn Wenko
Williston Public Library, Center for Development close to Visitors; City Hall, Public Works, Airport remain Open
Williston Economic Development - The City of Williston is taking steps to protect its citizens, staff and visitors during the COVID-19 crisis. We want the public to know we are conducting business as usual with a few modifications,” said City of Williston Administrator David Tuan. The City of Williston plans to keep all buildings open except for the Williston Community Library and the Williston Center for Development, said Tuan. The two buildings will be closed until early April. “We will be staffing the Center for Development, but we will be suspending in person meetings and asking people to call if they need help,” said Williston Economic Development Executive Director, Shawn Wenko. Read More
SBDC to help Small Businesses prepare for, recover from COVID-19 Impacts
Small Business Development Center - Your ND Small Business Development Centers,  ND Procurement Technical Assistance Center  and  VBOC of the Dakotas  programs are focused on assisting with the continuity of operations of our small business clients across the state. Read More
SBA to offer Economic Injury Disaster Loans  
Small Business Administration - The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.  Read More Disaster Loan Application
GNDC to provide Clearinghouse of 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
Williston Chamber rallies Support for Small Businesses
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce - Small & Locally Owned Businesses are facing great uncertainty as our community navigates COVID-19. It is important that we are united, and rally around our friends and neighbors who own and operate the small businesses that are heart of our community. We can all do our part to help ensure that Williston's United Business Community remains strong throughout, and after this pandemic. Social Distancing is critically important over the coming weeks to keep our community safe, and healthy. Williston Chamber
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
04/06-08 ------ DUG Permian Basin
The conference and exhibition will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.  Registration

04/07 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

05/05 ------ API Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel.

05/19-21 ------ 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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