Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation

Networking event on the rise

Friday, March 23, 2018

A networking group of area entrepreneurs has grown from a handful of attendees at its inaugural event more than three years ago to more than 200 in attendance last month.

“Startup Drinks is an agenda-free event designed to connect people over drinks to celebrate entrepreneurship in Bismarck-Mandan,” Janelle Hartford, of Start Bismarck, said in an email.

Start Bismarck, which aims to promote area startup business growth and culture, organizes the event every four to six weeks at different spaces in Bismarck and Mandan.

“Entrepreneurs thrive when they live in a supportive environment, and, when entrepreneurs thrive, so do their local economies,” Hartford said.

Hortford's own Startup Drinks experience would lead to her landing a job at CoSchedule, developers of a social media calendar online application.

In January, a crowd of more than 140 flooded The Barber’s Wife’s newly renovated barber shop on the third floor of the former Cowan building, now known as Broadway Tower in downtown Bismarck.

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