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Christine Lantinen, owner of Maud Borup Inc., is the 2019 Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year

She’ll join winners from around the country in Washington, D.C., on May 5-6
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Release Number: 
Sarah Swenty,

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Christine Lantinen, owner of Maud Borup Inc., as Minnesota’s Small Business Person of the Year for 2019. Based in Plymouth with a manufacturing facility in Le Center, Lantinen has grown the company by 2,500% in revenue and 2,000% in number of employees since purchasing it in 2005. She is invited to join other U.S. state and territory winners at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 5-6 to receive her individual award, which also makes her a candidate for the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year. Lantinen will be honored in Minnesota at the state’s Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 10 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

“The SBA is committed to helping small businesses succeed and we’re excited to have been a part of Christine’s journey to grow Maud Borup,” said Nancy J. Libersky, district director of the SBA’s Minnesota District Office. “We are proud to honor her as the 2019 Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year.” 

“The SBA was pivotal in helping Maud Borup gain momentum when I first bought the brand,” added Christine Lantinen. “The SBA-backed loans helped build the infrastructure that laid the foundation for our exponential growth. With so many incredible small businesses in Minnesota, being selected for this award is truly humbling.”

The Small Business Person of the Year is selected based on growth in sales or unit volume, increase in the number of employees, financial strength, innovativeness of product or service and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects. Additionally, SBA programs and services have been instrumental in assisting Lantinen’s efforts to create a thriving business and reduce her company’s environmental impact.

Maud Borup Inc., originally a woman-owned retail candy company, started in St. Paul, Minn., long before women had the right to vote. U.S. Army veteran Christine Lantinen purchased it in 2005 and focused on selling food gifts wholesale to specialty and mass retailers, including Whole Foods and Target. While transitioning from the storefront was challenging, three SBA-backed loans and the three-year growth plan from her Emerging Leaders participation in 2011 led to Lantinen purchasing a manufacturing facility in rural Minnesota and creating a sustainable division, eco eggs®,  which is the first-ever manufacturer of plant-based compostable Easter eggs.

Maud Borup has gone from five to over 100 employees (96% of them women) and now has a loyal customer base around the world. Lantinen’s good will extends into the community, where she is a Girl Scout Troop Leader, active in an annual St. Jude’s Hospital fundraising event, and supports Blair’s Tree of Hope and the Sanneh Foundation, among others. She also advocates for environmental issues and received the Environmental Champion Award in recognition of her company’s sustainability efforts.

The SBA Minnesota District Office, along with the SCORE Association and the Minnesota State Small Business Development Center, will honor all the 2019 winners at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 10, 2019, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Registration is open for the event until May 7 at

For more information on Small Business Week, which is May 5 through May 11 this year, please visit


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

About Maud Borup Inc.

Maud Borup is a 112-year-old, privately-held, woman and veteran-owned, Minnesota-based wholesale confections company specializing in gourmet candy, savory snacks, creative baking kits, beverage mixes, and seasonal food gifts. Maud Borup designs and manufactures licensed, branded, and private-label products supported by an in-house design and merchandising team with over 100 years in the specialty food gift industry. Maud Borup supplies mass and specialty retailers as well as online, grocery, and drug stores with every day and seasonal assortments designed to fit their store needs and customer preferences. To learn more, visit  

About eco eggs®

eco eggs is an environmentally-friendly division of Maud Borup Inc. committed to making, distributing, and selling quality and safe plastic Easter eggs and eco grass®, reducing toxins and harmful emissions to promote positive global environmental impact. eco eggs were developed by a woman-owned, veteran-owned company with a focus on business practices that respect employees and the earth.  To learn more, visit  



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