The Northeast Minnesota Regional office of the Small Business Development Center has announced the addition of two new business consultants.

Robert Sjostrand will work from the Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) office located in Grand Rapids. Previously, the Grand Rapids native worked as a Senior Sourcing Specialist for Cirrus Design.

Katherine Welch will work from the SBDC offices at the Duluth Tech Village. Welch has a banking background, most recently as a branch manager with US Bank in Duluth.

"Both Kate and Rob bring diverse skills and great experience to serve area SBDC clients and we are really pleased to have them on board," stated Michael Colclough, Northeast Minnesota SBDC Regional Director.

The SBDC provides technical assistance to help businesses start up, manage, and grow. It is a federal program supported at the state level and hosted regionally by the Northland Foundation, with funding support from numerous partners. With broad funding support, SBDC consulting services are provided at no charge to clients to help them with business plans, market research, seeking financing, marketing, and much more.

There are now 11 consultants serving the Northeast Minnesota region, located in International Falls, Grand Rapids, Grand Marais, Virginia, Hibbing/Chisholm, and Duluth. To learn more about the SBDC or sign up for services, visit www.nesbdc.org<http://www.nesbdc.org>.

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