Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 05:59 pm Categories:

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced the next COVID-19 Business Briefing call is scheduled for Thursday, March 26. 

This week, state leaders will participate in the briefing to discuss emergency business financing. Scheduled speakers are:

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford

Michelle Kommer - Commissioner of North Dakota Department of Commerce

Al Jaeger - North Dakota Secretary of State

Jon Godfread – Commissioner of North Dakota Insurance Department

Rick Clayburgh - President and CEO of North Dakota Bankers Association

Eric Hardmeyer - President and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota

Al Haut - District leader of Small Business Administration, North Dakota

Bryan Klipfel - Director of North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, Job Service North Dakota

The COVID-19 North Dakota Business Briefing call is one of many informational efforts by the Economic Resiliency Team. Led by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the team was created to implement a coordinated approach to mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

The purpose of the Economic Resiliency Team is to provide just-in-time information to businesses and employers in a rapidly changing environment; ensure a whole-of-government approach by coordinating COVID-19 information and resources across all state agencies that interact with businesses, so employers and businesses do not have to navigate these systems on their own; and position state government as a trusted provider of accurate and timely business and employer resources relating to this pandemic, including but not limited to:

  • Dedicating researchers to understand federal legislation as it relates to employers and employees and translate to action;
  • Launching a ONE-stop web page with COVID19-related employer resources combining information from across ALL of state government (this page is developing hourly);
  • Coordinating state efforts with local and regional chambers and economic development organizations so that efforts are not duplicated. 
  • Creating a joint effort led by the North Dakota Department of Commerce in partnership with the Greater North Dakota Chamber in response of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.


The briefing call is one of many methods bringing North Dakota leaders, businesses and employers together to discuss updates, information and resources pertaining to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Business Briefing call will occur every Thursday at 11 a.m. CT over the next four weeks. The schedule is subject to change to reflect the evolution of COVID-19 and the related impacts to businesses and employers.

More information and registration can be found at

Those who are unable to attend the call can receive updates from brief and recordings by following @CommerceND on Facebook and Twitter, and Dept. of Commerce on LinkedIn.