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Brian McDonald Selected to Lead SBA’s Minnesota District

Release Date: 
Monday, May 11, 2020
Release Number: 
20.10.MN
Contact: 
sarah.swenty@sba.gov

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Brian McDonald to be the district director of its Minnesota District Office. In this role, he will manage the strategic efforts and daily operations of SBA’s small business support throughout the state.

“Brian’s depth of experience with the SBA and service as the deputy director for the state makes him the ideal head of the agency’s Minnesota operations,” SBA’s Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott said. “His local connections, knowledge and strong leadership will contribute to helping the state’s small businesses during this challenging time and into the future as we look toward economic recovery.”

McDonald is well acquainted with the needs of state’s 500,000 small businesses, having served as SBA’s Minnesota deputy district director since 2017. Under his leadership, McDonald’s team works to facilitate SBA-backed loans, advocate and train small businesses for federal government contracting opportunities and improve entrepreneurial development and strengthen business growth in all 87 Minnesota counties.

“Small businesses employ 1.3 million people in Minnesota,” McDonald said. “I’m excited to continue to provide critical support to them as my team and our partners work together to deliver the resources they need to start, grow, expand and recover. I feel well prepared entering this role. Together we will work hard and make a difference in our communities.”

Prior to moving to Minnesota, McDonald spent five years with SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development in Washington, D.C. In addition to his experience with the SBA, McDonald served on the President's Management Council as a Policy Analyst at Health and Human Services, served in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund, and has private banking experience. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Brian received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Georgetown. He currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Beth, daughter Teagan and son Joseph. 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.