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Paul Smith MS, EDFP, CVGACenter Director ND Small Business Development Center
Paul has a passion to help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow. As Fargo Center Director, he assists business owners to start, manage and grow their companies through free, confidential business advising services in a variety of areas, which include: Business setup and registration, business planning, market research, financial projections and analysis, funding your venture, buying and selling a business and succession planning. Areas of expertise include: Financial analysis, business planning and market analysis.
He earned his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification, is a certified LivePlan Expert Advisor and is one two ND SBDC export-certified advisors. He was also 2019 ‘State Star’ award winner, which recognizes exemplary performance, strong commitment to small business, and significant contribution and commitment to the ND SBDC network. He also is a regular contributing writer to FargoINC! magazine.
Before joining the ND SBDC in 2015, Paul worked in a diverse range of industries, which included: Financial services, retail, manufacturing, technology, transitional management, agribusiness, customer service, engineering, consulting, non-profits, healthcare, agency and media.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Paul (a loyal Cubs fan) his wife and two children have live in Fargo, ND.