Business Buzz: South Fargo women’s boutique for sale, Women’s Business Summit planned in Medora, and more – INFORUM

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FARGO — The Mainstream Boutique in Fargo is for sale.

The leased location at 4600 32nd Ave S., Fargo, is part of a national women’s boutique franchise with over 80 locations across 24 states, according to a verified listing on the

BizBuySell website.

The seller is Gunel Huseynova, who has owned the business since 2019. Huseynova said the store is “turn-key ready, ” and added that the Mainstream franchise is a good first step “for someone who wants to own a boutique but doesn’t have the experience.” New franchisees receive training, marketing support and personalized coaching.

Huseynova, a married mother of two, decided to sell the business last year after a close family member died in her native Azerbaijan, and she wasn’t able to travel to her home country until the following spring. She said she wants to have the freedom to travel overseas more and to spend more time with family who live faraway.

“Life is short,” she said, adding that she will miss the boutique — especially the friendships made with customers and other store owners.


“I think it was one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences I’ve had. I still love what I do and I still love my store,” she said. Huseynova is asking $75,000 for the business, which includes inventory and furniture, fixtures and equipment. The lease on the space ends in April of 2026.

Learn more about the property at

Women’s Business Summit planned May 1-3 in Medora

MEDORA, N.D. — The North Dakota Women’s Business Center will host a Women’s Business Summit May 1-3 at the Rough Riders Hotel in Medora. The summit is designed to help women business owners network, learn from industry experts, and grow their business.

The summit will feature breakout sessions on topics such as branding, marketing, strategic planning, contract negotiations and more. There is also time alotted for hiking, trailriding and other activities.

Early bird tickets are $500 until March 31, and $750 after that. The ticket price does not include lodging, but room blocks have been set up at the Rough Riders Hotel and Badlands Hotel.

For futher information or to purchase tickets, visit


SBA now accepting applications for its emerging leaders program

FARGO — The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for its T.H.R.I.V.E. (Thrive, Hope, Rise, Innovate, Venture, Elevate) Emerging Leaders Reimagined program.


This free, executive-level training series will give small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The training, running from June 18 through Dec. 4, includes in-person coaching, self-paced instruction, mentoring, and classroom time. Participants work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics like accounting, business strategy, marketing, and human resources customized for the unique needs of small business owners.

The initiative is open to small business owners and executives who:

  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have at least one employee other than self
  • Can commit to completing the full program, including trainings, submitting assignments, participating during sessions, and reaching out for help
  • Are coachable, ready to be challenged and supported, and willing put in the necessary work to accelerate growth

For more information or to register, visit


Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at [email protected]

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