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ABOUT THE NORTHLAND SBDC

America’s Small Business Development Center Network provides assistance to an estimated one million small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States each year.

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We work where you do

Helping Businesses Start, Grow & Succeed

The Northland Small Business Development Center program serves the Northeast Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Our consultants work throughout this region to help anyone seeking assistance to start, manage, or grow a business, and our services are offered at no-cost to clients.

We have strategically located consultants in service centers throughout the seven-county area. Existing businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups are served through a network of  professional consultants throughout the Northland region. We offer phone, video, or in-person consultations. All our consultations are in confidence unless there is client permission by signing a form.

The Northland SBDC promotes an entrepreneurial culture that is not just responsive but proactive in addressing changing needs in the region.

Northland Small Business Development Center

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Emerging Entrepreneur Clients*

*Emerging Entrepreneur Clients are defined as existing businesses or pre-venture clients where the primary contact or majority owner identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color, as a woman, as a veteran, or as a person with a disability. | Northland Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and regional support partners. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the program sponsors. Programs are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us at (218) 740-7307

Our Service Area

All of our consultants can help you with business plans, projections, and locating financing. Each consultant has specific areas of expertise in order to best support your business needs. Our entire team at Northland Small Business Development Center is dedicated to uplifting your business and will work diligently to communicate across teams and within specialty areas to support your business.

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Serving Carlton County, southern Lake County, and St. Louis County

SELLWOOD BUILDING

202 W Superior Street, Suite 800
Duluth, MN 55802

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Curt Walczak
Associate Regional Director
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Christopher Henagin
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
Dale Lewis
Dale Lewis
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
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Mary Lundeen
SBDC Senior Business Consultant, Duluth
Molly Solberg
Molly Solberg
Marketing Consultant

Serving St. Louis County

(no physical office location)
Vicki Hagberg
Vicki Hagberg
Regional Director

Serving Aitkin County, Itasca County and St. Louis County

Dan Gile
Dan Gile
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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Anthony T. Ward
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids

Serving Cook County and northern Lake County

COOK COUNTY?GRAND MARAIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Small Business Development Center
300 West Third Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

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Pat Campanaro
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Marais

Serving St. Louis County

Katherine Lahti, Northland SBDC Business Consultant
Katherine Lahti
SBDC Business Consultant, Quad Cities/East Range

Our Team

Vicki Hagberg
Vicki Hagberg
Regional Director
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Curt Walczak
Associate Regional Director
Julie Weisgerber
Julie Weisgerber
Program Coordinator
Suzanne Rauvola
Suzanne Rauvola
Systems Manager
Nichole Arbour
Nichole Arbour
Business Consultant
Don Bremer
Don Bremer
Technology Consultant
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Pat Campanaro
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Marais
Rovena Claxton
Rovena Claxton
HR Consultant
Melissa Cox
Melissa Cox
Marketing Consultant
Dan Gile
Dan Gile
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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Christopher Henagin
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
Katherine Lahti, Northland SBDC Business Consultant
Katherine Lahti
SBDC Business Consultant, Quad Cities/East Range
Dale Lewis
Dale Lewis
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
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Mary Lundeen
SBDC Senior Business Consultant, Duluth
Becki Oja
Becki Oja
QuickBooks Consultant
Molly Solberg
Molly Solberg
Marketing Consultant
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Anthony T. Ward
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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