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Award for SBDC

Small Business Development Center honored by U.S. Small Business Association.

2013-03-27
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-15-2013

NOTE: Pictured (left to right) are Julie Nelson, SBDC program coordinator; Mike Nolan, SBDC director; and Trevor Londgren, professional business consultant.

Mankato, Minn. – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), South Central Region, headquartered at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been named the Minnesota and upper Midwest Region SBDC Center of Excellence of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBDC Center of Excellence of the Year is selected annually to honor a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. Todd Loosbrock, President of US Bank – Mankato, nominated The Small Business Development Center, South Central Region, for this award.

The regional award winner is selected from among the state winners. In addition to Minnesota, SBA’s upper Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Small Business Development Center, South Central Region, has increased its accomplishments significantly in the last three years, the last two of which it has been located at Minnesota State Mankato. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, the “rebuilt” SBDC at Minnesota State Mankato enjoys a stellar reputation in the Minnesota SBDC Network.

The U.S. Small Business Association described the SBDC at Minnesota State Mankato as “a team that overcame funding and operational challenges” to:

  • Regain the trust and respect of its banking community and partners
  • Add exceptional professionals to the Center staff and consulting team
  • Smoothly integrate with a new host institution
  • Secure significant grant funding
  • Execute innovative initiatives
  • Consistently exceed the Center’s established goals

All of these substantial achievements have been accomplished with a leadership staff of two community-minded individuals: Mike Nolan, director, and Julie Nelson, program coordinator.

The U.S. Small Business Administration stated the following in a district news release:

“With new staff and momentum, the SBDC at Minnesota State University, Mankato has become a valuable partner to our banking community. It has earned the respect and trust of its clients and regional partners. They have truly demonstrated a model of professionalism, leadership and excellence in a short period of time.”

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), South Central Region, will be honored at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards program on Monday, May 6 at the Depot Minneapolis.

For more information on the Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State Mankato, please contact Mike Nolan, director, and Julie Nelson, program coordinator, by phone at 507-389-8875, or by email at michael.nolan@mnsu.edu and julie.nelson@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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