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URL Radio in Bismarck is for sale.

Owner Stacy Sturm put the Internet radio station, the first of its kind in Bismarck, on the market a little over two weeks ago. The sale includes all equipment.

“It’s basically turnkey,” she said.

Sturm said it was something she and her partner had been talking about for a while.

She said the station has gotten involved in a lot of events around the community, like the Lantern Festival and North Dakota Music Awards, and those are part of what put the station on the map. But lately she said they felt they were becoming less able to do as much as they would have liked to with the business.

“This is a good chance for someone to breathe new life into the station,” she said.

Sturm has worked in the radio business for 25 years.

“I feel like I need a change,” she said, and to try her hand at something new.

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Job shadow participation rises

Participation in the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association Job Shadow Week is on the rise.

This year, 167 Bismarck-Mandan high school and college students signed up to participate in the BMDA event, held last week. In 2016, there 94 participants.

The number of job shadows performed by students also is up from 125 in 2016 to 219 this year. About 30 different area businesses hosted the students.

BMDA Marketing & Research Director Judy Sauter said the occupations that were shadowed varied widely and lasted two or four hours. Some students shadowed the same type of position at more than one business to see how they differ in different settings.

“The job shadows offer a look into a real-life work environment, and help the students see first-hand what occupations/careers consist of,” Sauter said in an email.

Entrepreneurial program expands

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The 1 Million Cups program for entrepreneurs and business startups is expanding to Williston.

The event, which involves presentations from small business owners about what they do, allowing them to connect with the community and other entrepreneurs, has been going in Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks and Fargo for several years.

The Kaufman Foundation started 1MC in Kansas City about five years ago. Today there are more than 110 1MC communities nationwide

The first Williston 1MC meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 1, in the Teton Lounge on the Williston State College campus. The Smiling Moose Deli will provide coffee and pastries. The meetings will be held the first Wednesday morning of each month. Williston Economic Development is leading the effort to start the program.

“One of the steps that we have taken towards fostering the entrepreneurial spirit was seeking to become a 1 Million Cups Community. We are happy to report the city of Williston has been accepted,” Executive Director of Williston Economic Development Shawn Wenko said in a statement.

Wenko said he hopes the program will foster a supportive, welcoming space for entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

“One of our goals in 2017 is to find additional ways to develop business from within our community and region. It starts with the entrepreneur,” he said Wenko.

For more details contact Wenko at or 701-577-8110.

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