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Bernie Castro began his career in information technology while he was still pursuing his undergraduate degree in business management at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Working as a student technology consultant, Castro trained faculty on various educational technology tools to be...

For nearly 100 years, Berthold Farmers Elevator (BFE) has been serving producers throughout north-central North Dakota as one of the region’s most trusted wheat marketing companies.

With locations in both Berthold and Caprio, North Dakota, BFE...

In 1995 Rick and Debbie Heiniger of RHS Sales in Hiawatha, Kan., purchased the Bestway Sprayer Company from Ritchie Industries in Iowa. The purchase was a good fit for RHS Sales, as the company was already involved in agricultural sprayer manufacturing and buying Bestway gave the Heinigers a...

Through industry-leading research and development, Betaseed Inc. is developing high-performing, multiple-disease-tolerant sugar beet seed varieties. Over the course of 45 years, the...

Betatronix LLC (Betatronix) designs and manufactures customized precision potentiometers, which have a variety of uses. Potentiometers, commonly referred to as “pots,” are used in industrial measuring instruments, controlling industrial process variables, self-balancing instruments and...

Saint Michael’s College sits on a pristine 440-acre campus just outside of Burlington in Colchester, Vermont. Since 1904 the small liberal arts and sciences school has served students within a close-knit community. Saint Michael’s is currently home to 2,000...

Bodybuilding.com, the world’s largest online retailer of sports nutrition products, dietary supplements, and diet and exercise digital media, distributes products to 155 countries around the world. When it comes to overseeing both legal and regulatory...

William G. “Bill” Dance is one of the world’s most famous fishermen and the man behind an empire. He is the host of Bill Dance Outdoors, an educational and entertaining TV show, as well as the face of bait and tackle endorsements, how-to seminars for fishing enthusiasts, a magazine and a series...

In 1986, Bill Lorrigan decided to realize his dream and went into business for himself. After years of working in the construction industry, Lorrigan, with the help of...

Billington Welding & Manufacturing Inc. (BWM) is located in Modesto, Calif., operating from the Golden State’s Central Valley to provide one of the region’s most versatile custom metal fabrication facilities. The company serves both industrial and commercial customers with 24/7 breakdown...

Business partners Lou Elwell and Wayne Wade are dramatically changing the agricultural industry throughout the U.S. and beyond. The co-founders of Bio Soil Enhancers (Bio Soil) have developed products containing SumaGrow, a game-changing product line that is saving farmers and even entire...

Biodico is a company that designs, builds, owns and operates sustainable biorefineries that produce biofuels, bioenergy and biochemical. Russ Teall, president and founder of Biodico, is proud of what the company has accomplished over the years.

The core Modular Production Unit (MPU) was...

Walter Bird founded Birdair Inc. (Birdair), the first company to develop and build air-supported membrane structures, in 1956. In 1972 Birdair introduced Teflon-coated fiberglass, and the first permanent tensile membrane structure was constructed at LaVerne College in California. Birdair is...

A little nut is the driving factor in a big equipment business for Bissett Specialty Equipment Inc. (BSE). The Texas-based agricultural equipment dealer and maintenance provider has been supporting the pecan and other specific farming operations ranging from onions to chilies since 1988. Today,...

Founded in 1990 by Curt and Tracy Bjerke, Bjerke Brothers Inc. (BBI) is one of the Midwest’s leading designers and suppliers of grain- and seed-cleaning systems and equipment. Based in Buxton, North Dakota, BBI serves customers big and small,...

BJ’s Restaurants (BJ’s) got its start in the late ’70s as a small chain of pizza restaurants in Southern California. Formerly BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria, the restaurants were bought by Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy in the ’90s. “They had a vision to move the concept beyond just pizza and mass-...

For 30 years, retail and food service customers have turned to family-owned BK Specialty Foods for any number of distinct food and beverage items sourced from around the world. The New Jersey-based company offers more than...

Black Horse Carriers Inc. (BHC) has roots dating back to 1925. The business started out as a local drayage company purchased by Conrad Niedert. BHC was part of Niedert Terminals Inc. – a family business with operations in LTL Pool Distribution, a full-service truck leasing and dedicated contract...

Steve Birge spent a few years bartending in Ireland while Mark Curran worked as a carpenter before the duo met on the ski slopes of Vermont. The pair decided to establish a natural food store, which gradually expanded to supply a few of the local restaurants with locally grown and organic...

Steve Birge and Mark Curran established Black River Produce (BRP) in 1978 with the vision of supplying the local market with high-quality, fresh fruits and vegetables. The partners worked together in Vermont restaurants before founding the business.

“We found a hole in the produce...

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