Williston experiencing record boom in new and expanding businesses in 2021

WILLISTON, N.D. – The first half of 2021 has treated the city of Williston well in terms of business development. The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leaders say they are well on their way to a record year.

Williston has seen a number of new businesses popping up and expanding, bringing more variety to the growing city.

Abele Apparel was able to move its boutique into a bigger location thanks to the Williston Economic Development’s STAR Fund mini-match grant, which can be used for new business and childcare startups or improvements.

“It really helped us to move into our location and I’m super thankful for it, because it’s harder for when you’re a small business trying to become more established,” said owner Angel Hanser.

So far, the mini-match program has benefited 12 new businesses, six expansions and two improvements. Executive director of Economic Development Shawn Wenko said a variety of businesses have applied,…

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