Josette Severson, founder and owner of Prairie Patriot Firearms Training in Mandan, was recognized with the 2018 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The word was presented by the Center for Technology & Business, which operates the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, during the seventh annual Women’s Business Summit Oct. 14-15 in Bismarck.
This award is given to an owner of a North Dakota Certified Woman Owned Business who has demonstrated staying power, innovativeness, forward thinking and contributions to her community.
Severson was cited as being passionate about gun safety, proper use, proper training and self-defense. Since 2013, Prairie Patriot has grown from a firearms training company to an indoor handgun range providing basic and intermediate handgun training, concealed weapons testing and basic self-defense courses.
Classes include Try-A-Gun, Date Night at the Range and Brass Belles, a women-specific gun club. She has helped raise funds for charitable and nonprofit organizations such as Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe.
“North Dakota is home to numerous women from all walks of life who are doing amazing things to strengthen their communities and make a positive impact on those around them. We often don’t take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of dedicated leaders, mentors, and entrepreneurs all around us, and these awards aim to change that. By highlighting the impact of these honorees, we hope to encourage other women to dream big and pay it forward, and for everyone who knows them to cheer them on,” said Deb Eslinger, CTB executive director.