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Panel part of 'Strong Women, Strong Connections' event in Jamestown

The event is open to anyone on Nov. 10.

Strong Women, Strong Connections comes to Jamestown on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Warehouse West building. The event is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features a panel discussion, “networking with a twist” and refreshments, said Kayla Mediger, program manager for the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, which is the organizer of the event.

Attendees will hear from a panel of three women business owners, meet others during the networking activity and enjoy appetizers and crafted cocktail samples. Those attending are encouraged to bring their business cards, Mediger said.

“We’re super excited to be able to bring this event to Jamestown,” she said.

Katherine Roth, executive director of the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center, said Strong Women, Strong Connections offers women of established and beginning businesses an opportunity to discuss topics that pertain to the development and success of their current and future business enterprises.

“This event will inspire attendees as they focus on building their quality businesses,” she said.

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The cost is $20 to attend, and preregistration is required. Purchase tickets/preregister at https://bit.ly/3CqPhpl .

The panelists

The panelists will be Chris Armbrust, Dakota Fiber Mill; Teresa Perleberg, Bear Creek Felting, and Carla Sayler, Blessings by Carla.

Armbrust and Perleberg founded their own businesses then collaborated to bring to life the Nome Schoolhouse in Nome, North Dakota.

Armbrust has been making yarn and roving from sheep, alpaca, goat, camel and bison since 2010. In 2017, after getting a felting machine at the mill, all waste and short fibers began being felted into a variety of products. The mill also has a line of yarn called Dakota Spun. The mill moved from Armbrust’s farm by Kindred, North Dakota, to the lower level of the Nome Schoolhouse in 2021.

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Perleberg’s business, Bear Creek Felting, began in 2008. Perleberg designs and sculpts 3D needle felted sculptures using the wool from her flock of sheep. She designs DIY Needle Felting Kits that include instructions and all the materials to help others learn how to needle felt. In 2017, Perleberg launched an online Needle Felting Academy where members have access to a full library of needle felting courses and personal help. In 2017, Perleberg and Armbrust developed the Bear Creek wool felting cushion, a natural needle felting work surface. Perleberg has 250 sheep near Fort Ransom.

Sayler’s boutique in Jamestown features her handmade florals, memory boxes, greeting cards and home decor along with women’s fashion. Sayler started out creating handmade greeting cards and she also designs and creates decorated gift boxes for weddings, funeral memorials, anniversaries or other events.

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The North Dakota Women’s Business Center is partnering with the businesses in Warehouse West for the Strong Women, Strong Connections event, Mediger said.

“People are encouraged to come early and shop at the Warehouse West,” she said. “There’s so many cute stores there.”

Jamestown is the third site for the in-person event, Mediger said. They have also been held in Fargo and Grand Forks. The event was originally named “Strong Women, Strong Coffee” and was held quarterly in Fargo, she said. But when the pandemic hit, the North Dakota Women’s Business Center staff decided to continue the event virtually.

“And so we took it virtual every week and we’re still doing it virtual,” she said.

The program is live from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday on its Facebook page at Strong Woman, Strong Coffee - Fargo.

“Every week we’ve gotten to highlight a different woman in the state and just share that person and share their impact that they’re making with the community and the state,” Mediger said. “It’s been a great way for people to be able to connect.”

When in-person events began being held again, they decided to take the program on the road, calling it Strong Women, Strong Connections.

Jamestown event

“The first portion of the event is where we have the panel of women and a moderator,” Mediger said. “We ask them questions, the audience is able to jump in and ask questions along the way.”

The second portion is the networking event.

“It’s a really fun activity that we do to get people to know each other,” Mediger said. “And we recommend bringing business cards.”

Appetizer-style food will be provided as well.

The programming for Strong Women, Strong Connections is focused toward women, but anyone interested in attending is encouraged to do so. Mediger said she hopes attendees get “connection and inspiration” from the event.

The North Dakota Women’s Business Center has offices in Bismarck and Fargo, Mediger said.

“We’re a statewide, nonprofit that helps women business owners start and/or grow their business and we do this through free and confidential business advising,” she said. “And also we put on a lot of events and training throughout the state.”

Among services it provides is a women’s leadership program in Bismarck and Fargo. It certifies women at the state level to be a certified woman-owned business.

“We offer a lot of services for women in business and in their professions,” Mediger said. “You don’t technically have to be a business owner, but we just offer a lot of services.”

The North Dakota Women’s Business Center also offers a tool called The Library, a free, on-demand training platform that is open to anyone. Trainers provided through The Library are from the Midwest and offer help on a variety of topics, Mediger said. People can find The Library at www.ndwbc.com .

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If you go

What: Strong Women, Strong Connections

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10

Where: Warehouse West, 208 1st St. West

Program: 4:30 p.m., registration and welcome

4:45 p.m., panel discussion

5:45 p.m., “networking with a twist”

Cost: $20; preregistration required; purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/3CqPhpl

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