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    Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national company, based entirely around, you guessed it, bundt cakes! We are lucky to have one store in our own metro. Founded by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz in Las Vegas in 1997, they joined forces—or better yet, kitchens—to make cakes for their friends and family. They quickly realized this side hustle could be something more. Flash forward, and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. The West Fargo bakery is store #340 and is the first in North Dakota, opening about

    For the past 60 years, Moore Engineering, Inc. has been living out its mission of improving lives by building strong communities. Originally founded by brothers Kip and Marshall Moore as a civil engineering and surveying business with strong Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo roots, everything the company does today still supports those core services, even with great growth in subspecialties, offices, employees and impact.

    With a rich history dating back over 100 years ago in downtown Fargo, what we know today as Bell Insurance started with long-time local insurance agency Warner and Company. Founded in 1911, Warner and Company Insurance became Bell Insurance one year ago, joining forces with Bell Bank, one of the largest independently owned banks in the nation—not to mention a FMWF Chamber Community Builder.

    For many of us, today’s technology makes it all too easy to get wrapped up in the future, excited for innovation and hopeful for new successes that come with new decades, often putting the past in the rearview mirror. At Microsoft Fargo, this excitement is certainly noticeable; however, it can’t be severed from a strong pride of their roots.

    Local non-profit Fargo Youth Hockey Association scored the title of People’s Choice at the ChamberChoice Awards last May. About eight years ago, three associations consisting of the Fargo Raiders, Fargo Flyers & Fargo All-City merged under the name Fargo Youth Hockey Association - Fargo Freeze and created one large association that feeds five high school hockey teams.

    Embracing failures is not typical in the world of entrepreneurship. However, Jeff Shipley isn’t your typical entrepreneur. Shipley, a local businessman, originally from Devil’s Lake, currently owns and leads 12 real estate-related companies with multiple locations covering two states, and this number is growing rapidly.

    At Eide Bailly, accounting may be the game, but relationships remain supreme. And this top 25 CPA firm puts its young professionals at the core of its culture. Eide Bailly promises a work experience like none other, and they deliver by encouraging growth, promoting from within and celebrating achievements. Core values are built into their culture statement, and focus on respect, integrity, trust, innovation and creativity.

    It’s not always easy to make healthy meal choices when living a busy lifestyle. Thankfully, that’s where Power Plate Meals steps in. Starting just three years ago with a single West Fargo store, husband-wife duo Seth and Haylee Houkom have built a successful business offering ready-to-eat, chef-cooked meals that are healthy, fresh, and packed full of flavor.

    Bringing an element of fun to events around the region and proving that games aren’t just for kids, Games Galore is the party rental destination for organizations or families planning their next gathering sure to be the talk of the town.

    The Vocational Training Center is a place where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can find support in achieving their life’s dreams and goals.

    With a very sweet story of success, Sandy’s Donuts is a well-loved gem in our community. This beloved brand is actually a family business. What started as one small mom-and-pop shop in West Fargo now has expanded its footprint, added a downtown location, and has a third south Fargo store opening later this summer.

    Tucked into a Moorhead neighborhood is a gem many of you know – even if you don’t know you know! If you’ve ever sipped the frothy delight of a Bud Light around here, you know D-S Beverages and the work of the man at the helm. Doug Restemayer and the D-S Beverages team has been infusing quality beverage craftsmanship into our community since 1968. And they’re much more than just a beverage business from Moorhead.

    It’s incredibly rare for a full-service Marriott hotel to be located in a metro community our size. Yet, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo is lucky enough to have one right in our backyard. You probably know the Delta by Marriott as the former Ramada. The transition to this exciting new brand was completed about two years ago.

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is the only organization of its kind in the community. Their mission is to support families whose children are receiving medical care in the area by providing home-like comfort, support and care.

    Tyrone Leslie is a family man. When he’s not playing dad to his two teenage girls, he’s living out his entrepreneurial dream of running a successful business. And actually, he’s running five. Tyrone is owner of Fargo-based homebuilder Heritage Homes and real estate company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties.

    You might not think that a company that makes signs is exciting, but one look inside Office Sign Company, and you’d be surprised. This signage company has only been around for 10 years, but has experienced tremendous growth and success with a company culture that rivals the best.

    Last summer, Eide Bailly celebrated 100 years of serving clients through tax, audit and accounting services. But over the years, the firm has added a variety of specialty services and grown to be much more. Focused on innovation to evolve with industry trends and best serve their clients, they’ve become known as the trusted business advisors.

    It’s not just business as usual at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center. This companion animal hospital in south Fargo is a true community partner that offers innovative care for clients and a family-friendly atmosphere for staff.

    Serving as the region’s only food bank, the Great Plains Food Bank plays a unique role in hunger relief in our community. By rescuing surplus food from the food industry, they ensure it safely gets into the hands of our hungry neighbors in need.

    Many of us probably take food for granted without worrying about where our next meal will come from. But for those in different situations, the Emergency Food Pantry is there for those in need. It’s a small organization with only three employees, but about 140 volunteers, making a big difference.