Our Team



Mike Hahn – Regional Director

Mike Hahn prefers a world of passionate entrepreneurs who are eager to make an impact in their communities. As a self-proclaimed builder of entrepreneurs and communities, Mike has over 20 years of experience in the field of small business development and downtown revitalization.

He comes from Fargo, ND where he served as president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership, a private non-profit development corporation involved in the advocacy and promotion of a historic downtown district.  Mike also served as the administrator of Fargo’s Business Improvement District (BID), the first self-assessment district of its kind in North Dakota. Prior to his position in Fargo, Mike served as the director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He is well versed with the challenges facing small businesses and has assisted numerous entrepreneurs in business intelligence, market research, turnaround strategies, the formation of financial projections, and in capital acquisition.

He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and holds a Certificate in Downtown Management from the National Main Street Center. Mike is a strong advocate of the team approach to management by coaching community leaders, entrepreneurs and associates and empowering their capacity to succeed.


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Julie Nelson – Associate Regional Director

Julie Nelson has been in the economic and business development arena for 20 years. Previously with Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation, she led business support and retention activities, compiled community proposals for expanding/relocating companies and site selectors, coordinated business and executive education programs, and managed InterCity Leadership trips that took delegations of community leaders to other innovative U.S. cities to explore best practices.

Julie is a certified Business Retention & Expansion Consultant, and she has completed advanced training in economic development finance from the National Development Council.  She currently serves on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Minnesota State University, South Central College Small Business Advisory Committee, Region Nine Community and Economic Development Planning Committee, and South Central WorkForce Council. Julie is a member of Greater Mankato Rotary Club and Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM).

Julie was named 2014 State Star by the Minnesota SBDC Network, which recognizes a top performer who makes significant contributions to their state, demonstrates exceptional performance, and embodies a strong commitment to small businesses. She is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award from South Central College, and a 2017 Progress Minnesota award from Finance and Commerce.



  Mohamed Alsadig

Business Plans • Start-Up Assistance

Wendy Anderson

Wendy Anderson

Access to Capital • Business Management • Business Plans • Business Valuation • Buying/Selling a Business • Cash Flow Management • Feasibility Studies • Financial Analysis • SBA Loans • Succession Planning • Transition Planning

BEST (Business & Entrepreneurial Support Team) of Waseca County

Business Operations • Business Strategy & Planning • Start-Up Assistance • Supply Chain Management

Sarah Beiswanger

Grants • Nonprofits • Child Care Operations

Jo-Ell Flitter

Bookkeeping • Payroll • QuickBooks


Michele Breza

Bookkeeping • Inventory Control • Payroll • QuickBooks

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Dick Eilders

Access to Capital • Buying/Selling a Business • Cash Flow Management • Financial Analysis • SBA Loans

 Kayla Rossiter

Kayla Rossiter

Business Plans • Customer Service • Franchises • Start-Up Assistance

Bryan Stading

Bryan Stading – Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF)

Business Plans • Market Research/Feasibility Studies • Human Resources • Intellectual Property • Product Launch • Start-Up Assistance

Nancy Frederickson

Nancy Wendt

Bookkeeping • Payroll • QuickBooks