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The Last Page: Stampede

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We’ve all been there. You have a vision, you know what goals you want to achieve…but what next? Sometimes all you need is a push from some likeminded individuals to help you truly reach your potential.

Stampede is a young entrepreneur monthly meet up here in Fargo. Designed for the dreamers and doers who might need accountability partners, an honest community and fellow do-gooders.

Stampede was born on a late night where founders Dexter Dutton and Morgan Schleif ran into each other at the library. They had both recently gone full-time with their own businesses (Thunder Coffee and M.Schleif Photography, respectively) and asked each other how things were going. This conversation continued on and they expressed how they were both exhausted and inspired by the beginning stages of entrepreneurship. After a long discussion, they both felt refreshed to get to share in all the learning curves they were experiencing and figured that they couldn’t be the only ones needing conversations like these. Thus, Stampede was born.


“Over the last year, we’ve discovered that there is a place for Stampede in our community. With the boom of side hustles and alternative careers, it’s becoming more common for people to work remote or in a non-traditional way where they might not always have a team around them,” said Schleif. “It has served as a great place to push people toward their goals, share their strong suits and expertise with others and it has introduced us to so many new people wanting to accomplish awesome things.”

Stampede just celebrated their one-year anniversary in November. During the period of time they have been about, they’ve brought together over 50 F/M area entrepreneurs, exchanged $2,000+ in services within themselves and learned just how much bringing folks into the same space can impact the businesses and the community around us. Typically, every second Monday of the month you can find them in the Prairie Den, a Co-Working space located downtown. They meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning with introductions, followed by either a worksheet or presentation that goes along with the month’s theme and closes out with questions, brainstorming and connecting.


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Written by Alexandra Martin

Alexandra Martin is the editor of Fargo Monthly. She hails from Huntsville, Alabama, but graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a degree in Fashion Communications. When she's not in the office, she is busy taking care of her small zoo of pets, cooking up vegetables, or listening to true-crime podcasts.

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