Nice.Help Launches To Assist ND & MN Individuals and Businesses
Microsoft & NDSU partner to share 150+ resources.
The new website pulls together over 150 federal, state, and local resources that help North Dakotan, and neighboring Minnesotan, individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and inequality.
A Powerful Partnership with NDSU and Microsoft
Nice.Help was conceived of by Microsoft TechSpark. As Microsoft TechSpark Manager Taya Spelhaug notes:
“One goal of Microsoft TechSpark is to share and implement successful concepts across our regions. We’re delighted to be doing that today through the Nice.Help project, a model that originated in Miami then adopted by Washington State and Detroit, and has found its way to our community in Fargo. We work diligently and passionately to foster economic growth and opportunities by partnering with nonprofits. I’m thrilled that the Nice Center is taking on this project, as it will greatly benefit so many in our community.”
The Nice Center offered to partner with Microsoft to populate the website with programs ranging from small grants for indigenous artists to loan forgiveness programs from the Bank of North Dakota.
The Nice Center’s student entrepreneurs are running the site and learning to provide value in a time of need. By connecting campus and the community, NDSU continues to pursue its mission of being a vibrant, land-grant university.
Our area businesses and individuals can connect with the resources they need to get through the crisis.
Nice.Help invites other resource providers and users to suggest additional programs as they become available. The site will be updated with resources for businesses and individuals on an ongoing basis.
Find resources, and suggest your own, by visiting Nice.Help
About Microsoft TechSpark
Microsoft TechSpark is a civic program designed to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation in rural and smaller metropolitan communities.