My name is Grant Ayers and I’m the editor of Bis-Man INC! I grew up in Forest Lake, MN, a lesser-known suburb just outside of the Twin Cities. It’s a wonderful, small town that I’ve always felt deserved to have its story told more than it does. When Spotlight launched the production of Bis-Man INC!, I felt a similar calling to aid in the sharing of another town’s story.
I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. While I didn’t always picture exploring it as a career, the interest in putting ink to paper has always been there. I’ve had an interest in Journalism ever since I won the 5th and 6th-grade school spelling bees—my parents made me the designated “family holiday card proofreader” ever since.
In high school, I combined business knowledge with my writing experience, as I took part in DECA for three years. I studied Journalism and Business Administration at North Dakota State University in Fargo. During my time there, I climbed the ranks to become the Lead Variety Editor at the school newspaper.
Professionally, as an ambitious writer, I aim to share the lesser-known stories buried within a community in order to inspire and benefit everyone that opens the magazine.
Each business has a unique story that deserves to be shared. These stories of businesses, owners and the history behind them are what connect us to one another. With my journalistic and business background, I aim to share stories that not only spread awareness of the community’s latest happenings, but also motivate readers to act and pursue their own business ventures and passion projects.
I believe that Bis-Man INC! is the solution to making the Bismarck-Mandan metro an even further connected, more tightly-knit community.
We are not only for the well-established businesses looking to connect with one another; we’re also for the young hopeful entrepreneurs that seek inspiration for their diverse, groundbreaking startups.
We’re determined to provide the best content for business people of all levels and fields in the Bismarck-Mandan area. If this magazine can connect and develop one business relationship, or inspire just one beginning entrepreneur to take their next steps in their journey, then I would say the journey to the debut issue of Bis-Man INC! has been an immense success.
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