Our Small Business Consultants Team

Our small business consultants are experienced business professionals, most of whom have owned their own businesses. They are able to help you identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business and competing in the global marketplace.

SBDC Staff

Mike Hahn

Mike Hahn

Regional Director

Small Business Consultants

Laura Babcock

Laura Babcock

Areas of Expertise: Marketing Strategy

I’ve been involved in entrepreneurship most of my life, starting at age 6 when I began selling Kleenex tissues to neighbors for a penny apiece. It didn’t last long. Over the years other endeavors followed with varying levels of success. If just being extremely driven guaranteed financial triumph, I’d be rolling in cash. But, over the years, I learned that marketing and financial management are key to a business’s success. So when my last business closed after a seven-year run, I decided to go back to school and complete a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. Now I’m a copywriter, helping businesses make more money with email campaigns, sales pages, and landing pages that turn more visitors into happy customers. I’m also a marketing consultant with the Small Business Development Center in Mankato, MN.

Sarah Beiswanger

Sarah Beiswanger

Areas of Expertise: Nonprofits, Child Care Operations, Grants

Hannah Bretz

Hannah Bretz

Areas of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Website Design, SEO, Local Search

Hannah Bretz is a web designer, marketing consultant, and speaker. She is inspired by creative innovation and entrepreneurial enterprises. Hannah is passionate about helping small businesses achieve their startup and growth milestones by coaching them on the latest digital marketing strategies. Hannah excels in combining creativity with data and analytics. She is a self-proclaimed tech-nerd Millennial. 

https://hbdigitalmarketing.com

Rovena Claxton

Rovena Claxton

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources

Lisa Cownie

Lisa Cownie

Areas of Expertise: Marketing Planning

Dale DeRaad

Dale DeRaad

Areas of Expertise: Accounting

Nancy Goodwin

Nancy Goodwin

Areas of Expertise: Business Plan Development, Executive Level Coaching, Strategic Planning, Small Business Resource Identification

Since 2008, Nancy Goodwin has served locally owned businesses, non-profit organizations, communities and government agencies. Nancy’s personal and professional mission is to find better ways to serve the chronically underserved populations throughout the Region and to increase her own capacity by learning from each engagement.

Bryan Hoffman

Bryan Hoffman

Areas of Expertise: Information Technology

Bryan Hoffman is experienced in Information Technology Operations and Information Technology Services with a demonstrated history of building relationships through effective communication, collaboration, and relationship management. He is skilled in creating and maintaining processes that reduce waste and increase efficiency while driving results across organizations. Bryan has strong program and project management professional who values equity, integrity, innovation, professionalism, and flexibility.

Matt Lessard

Matt Lessard

Areas of Expertise: Financing, Cash Flow Analysis

Matt Lessard is an executive leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of business management, financial oversight and analysis, business development, private equity, and international business experience.

Wes Otto

Wes Otto

Areas of Expertise: Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Kevin Sanger

Kevin Sanger

Areas of Expertise: Financing, Cash Flow Analysis

Kevin Sanger works in the financial arena, assisting start up or existing businesses in acquiring capital. This process involves detailing start up costs and putting together income and cash flow statements and balance sheets.

Gary Schott

Gary Schott

Areas of Expertise: Start-Up Assistance, Operations

Gary Schott has broad-based experience in successfully creating, developing, marketing, and supporting talent development initiatives at the private sector, non-profit, community college, and university levels. Gary excels in relationship/alliance building; start up projects/businesses; leadership development; project management; marketing strategy; innovation; and lean.
Gary has private sector experience in marketing support for an aerospace company. 
Paul Vesey

Paul Vesey

Areas of Expertise: Accounting

 

SBDC Minnesota

Providing no cost assistance to new, existing and distressed businesses in South Central Minnesota since the early 1980s.