Pembina County is a great place to own or start a business. There are many economic development incentives and programs offered by cities, Pembina County and the state of North Dakota. Our cities are dedicated to seeing the county grow and are willing to help start up businesses, expansions or businesses relocating to the county however they can. There are also several opportunities to purchase an existing business within the county. Contact a local realtor to learn more.

Pembina County’s access to Interstate 29 (which runs to both Canada and Mexico), close proximity to the Canadian border, strong rail infrastructure and top of the line communications infrastructure all make Pembina County a convenient place to do business. Most cities in Pembina County are less than 2 hours from two large population centers: Grand Forks, North Dakota and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Pembina County has a diversified economy with businesses in many sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, construction, wholesale trade, transportation and more. The county offers an educated and skilled workforce, with24% of the population holding a college degree and another 24% that have completed some college education.

For more information about any of the economic development programs and services offered in Pembina County, please contact the Pembina County Job Development Authority at 701-352-3550 or

Business Financing Programs

There are a number of programs available to help finance a new, expanding or relocating business. These various programs include direct loans, interest rate reductions, loan guarantees and grants.

Starting Your Business

The North Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available to assist business owners with a variety of needs, including business planning, financial projections and budgeting. ND SBDC consultants are knowledgeable about financing options available in the county.

Tax Incentives

The state of North Dakota offers a number of tax exemptions and tax incentives that can benefit new and existing businesses in Pembina County.

Workforce & Training

The state of North Dakota offers many tools to help businesses develop their workforce and to assist individuals in connecting with employment opportunities throughout the state.


Learn more about Pembina County's demographic make-up, along with climate, healthcare, education, services, recreation and other statistics.