Nice.Help Launches To Assist ND & MN Individuals and Businesses

Microsoft & NDSU partner to share 150+ resources.

Microsoft TechSpark and The Nice Center at North Dakota State University have teamed up to launch an online resource guide called Nice.Help.

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.

Visitors can search by categories such as “Lost my income”, “Needs food”, “Can’t make payroll”, or “Needs money to keep [a business] going” as examples.

The site also provides resources for communities in need, such as students, artists, rural businesses, and black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC).

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.

Posted on June 3rd, 2020 by Dane Johnson in Resources, News and Stories