Americas 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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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

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Curt Walczak
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
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Mary Lundeen
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth

Serving St. Louis County

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Vicki Hagberg
SBDC Business Consultant, Hibbing/Chisholm

Serving Aitkin County, Itasca County and St. Louis County

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Rob Sjostrand
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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Anthony T. Ward
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids

Serving Cook County and northern Lake County

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

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Pat Campanaro
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Marais

Serving Koochiching County

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JoAnn Smith
SBDC Business Consultant, International Falls

Serving St. Louis County

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Betsy Olivanti
SBDC Business Consultant, Quad Cities

Our Team

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Curt Walczak
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
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Betsy Olivanti
SBDC Business Consultant, Quad Cities
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Vicki Hagberg
SBDC Business Consultant, Hibbing/Chisholm
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Mary Lundeen
SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth
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Rob Sjostrand
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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Anthony T. Ward
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Rapids
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JoAnn Smith
SBDC Business Consultant, International Falls
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Pat Campanaro
SBDC Business Consultant, Grand Marais
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Jim Tolan
SBDC Business Consultant
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Michael ColClough
Director, Northland SBDC
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