Mandan News

Ellen Huber: Business openings tracked through several means

Tracking new businesses in Mandan is not as simple as one might think. The city of Mandan does not require a local license or permit for most types of businesses. The exceptions are for liquor sales, cabarets, garbage haulers, pawnbrokers, tree trimmers, mobile home courts and sign hangers or bill board companies, transient merchants and door-to-door companies.

Many businesses or prospective entrepreneurs contact the City of Mandan Business Development Office, or the Bismarck Mandan Development Association, prior to making a decision. They are seeking information about the community, available properties and programs for assistance. Others proceed on their own. We may first learn about their plans after reviewing building and sign permit applications, or following up with real estate agents regarding “sold” or “leased” notices for properties on the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors multiple listing service.

Unless a business publicizes its opening in some manner, it may go relatively undetected if they rent space in an existing building that already has an occupancy permit and skip signage, or put a sign in a window or on a door in a manner that does not require a permit.  In these instances, I need to keep my eyes and ears open to find out what is new.

This week, I’m pleased to share information about a couple of Mandan’s newer businesses.

Gun Hutt is a diversification by Justin and Tammy Bohn, owners of Cycle Hutt. Tammy’s brother, Jerry Klusak, recently moved to Mandan from Chicago to take on a role as director of operations for both companies. Located in the same building at 3700 Memorial Highway, the new firearms business utilizes the same online model that’s fueled Cycle Hutt’s success. Klusak explains that Gun Hutt doesn’t keep a lot of guns in stock, but they can order about anything a customer wants – from hunting to skeet to target to self defense – through their links to manufacturers and distributors. For more information, call 751-3581 or visit

White Glove Technology is a computer support firm located in the Lewis and Clark building at 410 West Main Street, Suite 104. The owner and operator is Jerome Jaszkowiak. The business provides network, server and computer support for small to medium size businesses and personal computer support. Services include network monitoring, custom building of computers, custom home audio and video installation, and technology sales and support. For more info, call 667-2169 or visit

If you are interested in a business start-up or expansion in Mandan, please contact the City’s Business Development Office for information on programs and available locations. Phone 667-3485 or send and email to