Car dealership opens Mandan location

Rides Auto is opening a second location on the “Strip” in Mandan.

The new dealership, located at 2815 Memorial Highway in the former Speedway Restaurant & Lounge, will open Friday, according to Jay Braun, general manager and operating partner.

The Mandan store will primarily be a used truck and SUV dealership, carrying all makes and models, said Braun, adding the site will be able to keep about 50 vehicles on the lot, “all mileage, all price points, so there’s something for everybody.”

A showroom will feature 10 to 12 custom motorcycles, from Harley Davidson to Victory.

Rides is also known for its classic cars, which will continue to be featured primarily at its north Bismarck location.

“We just feel like Mandan is kind of a booming community. We think it’s really neat what they’re trying to do and we want to be part of it,” Braun said of the decision to open a Mandan location.

The former restaurant has been remodeled and outside there is new lighting and landscaping.

“It’s completely different now,” Braun said.

Hours at the new dealership will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

New training center open

The North Dakota Safety Council’s new Safety Training Campus opened in Bismarck last week.

The campus trains on ways to reduce injuries and fatalities in homes and workplaces through hands-on interactive safety training.

In 2016, 113 people died in traffic crashes on North Dakota roadways. From 2012 to 2016, 460 claims were made for workplace injuries sustained during falls from a ladder or scaffolding. An additional 164 claims were submitted for injuries sustained while caught in or between a machine.

Interactive training techniques are critical to conveying safety knowledge and demonstrating safe behaviors because it’s more memorable and effective, according to the NDSC.

The new facility is located at 1710 Canary Ave. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and will include tours and demonstrations in the Andeavor Hands-On Training Lab.

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Heitkamp meets with women in business

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with the National Women’s Business Council and local businesswomen in Bismarck last week to highlight support for women entrepreneurs.

Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of EarthKind, along with more than a dozen other female small businesses owners from across North Dakota, talked about research findings that indicated women in North Dakota are opening businesses faster now than they were prior to the recession. According to the NWBC, the number of women-owned business in North Dakota jumped by more than 33 percent since 2007 and is now at more than 20,000 businesses.

According to the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, North Dakota has about 23,500 women-owned businesses, which account for about one-third of the state’s small businesses. Women-owned businesses in North Dakota account for $ 3.9 billion in annual sales — a 234.7 percent increase since 1997.

The women discussed challenges, as well as support and investments, to get their businesses off the ground and growing.

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