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SBDC's Julie Nelson Receives South Central College Outstanding Alumni Award

Nelson to be honored on Thursday, May 12.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 5-9-2016

South Central College announced on April 19, 2016 that Julie Nelson (pictured), associate regional director of the Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was a recipient of the college's 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award. Nelson was named the honoree from South Central College's North Mankato Campus.

South Central College will honor its award recipients at the college's graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m.

The following excerpt is from the South Central College news release:

Julie Nelson graduated from South Central College when it was called Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1976. She studied Office Technology (then known as Secretarial). To this day, Nelson is still a voracious learner and realizes the importance of continual professional development. Nelson stands out among her peers in the Minnesota SBDC Network, and her excellence has not gone unnoticed. In 2014, she was named State Star, which recognizes an SBDC top performer who embodies a strong commitment to small businesses. Nelson is an active volunteer on South Central College’s Small Business Advisory Council and a member of Mankato BPW (Business and Professional Women), in addition to many other professional and community associations.

“Blessed with a passion and a dedication that inspires those with whom she works, Julie’s professional savvy has improved our area’s economy and its quality of life,” said Michael Nolan, former SBDC director. “For the myriad of qualities it takes to work effectively in small business and economic development, as well as volunteer endeavors, Julie is truly worthy of this award.”

Julie and her husband, Gene, who is also a graduate of SCC, reside in Mankato, Minn.

Nelson said, “I have been blessed with steady advancement and some professional recognition, but most of all, I love my work. I also strongly believe in contributing to my community and other causes through volunteering. SCC is one thread in the tapestry that is me.”

For more information, contact Shelly Megaw by phone at 507-381-0404 or by email at

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