Congressman Hagedorn hosted a small business roundtable in Mankato in celebration of National Small Business Week. Hagedorn heard the opportunities and challenges from a half a dozen southern Minnesota small businessmen and women. Representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) also spoke with these business owners about available SBA programs.

Participants included:

  • Paula Olson of The Square Deal, Mankato
  • Matt Wheeler of 99 North Construction, Rochester
  • Mike , Harry and Steve Brown of Harry Brown’s Family Automotive, Faribault
  • Lori Ruch of Lori Marie Photography, Mankato
  • Amber Pietan of Amber Pietan Travel Agency, North Mankato
  • Gary Steuart of Steuart Laboratories, Mabel
  • Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Regional Director of Southeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center
  • Brian McDonald, Deputy Director of the Minnesota Small Business Administration
  • Mike Hahn, Regional Director of the South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center
  • Julie Nelson, Associate Regional Director of the South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center
  • Dr. Bobby Fleischman, Minnesota State University Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships – South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center
  • Jack Zimmerman of Blue Cord Media, LLC