Duluth Area Woman is SBA’s Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion for 2018

Mary Lundeen’s expertise and endless commitment contributes to success
Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Release Number: 
18.17.MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316, sarah.swenty@sba.gov

MINNEAPOLIS –Mary Lundeen is SBA’s Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion for 2018. Since joining the Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center, Lundeen has supported the advancement of business opportunities for minority business owners. She has served on several community task forces advancing the business interests and improving conditions in the minority community.

“There are great things happening for small business in northern Minnesota and Mary is one of the people helping the emerging minority market access SBA’s programs and services to achieve greater success,” said Nancy Libersky, SBA’s Minnesota district director.

Lundeen has provided one-on-one consulting services to 21 minority entrepreneurs and business owners in 2017 and 11 in 2016 in northeastern Minnesota; offering guidance with business planning, budgets, obtaining funding and creating jobs.

She currently participates on the Northland Micro-Biz Team to advance the entrepreneurial interests of the local African American community. There Lundeen shares information on business planning and financing options to the group and helps plan financial literacy programs to educate participants in the Community Action Duluth programs for people of color. She has suggested incorporating a “Starting a Business” workshop at Community Action Partnership offices, as they are places familiar to several minority community groups as well. .

Lundeen has also developed a relationship with Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and American Indian Community Housing Organization. These have grown as she’s offered the opportunity for mentoring on a number of business plans and budgets, along with education and training on entrepreneurial topics.

She has supported and assisted in obtaining the funding and developing the business plan and budget for the Indigenous First Art & Gifts retail store, which has been highly successful. And, as a further testament to her dedication, Lundeen is currently helping with a business plan, budget and funding request for a multi-purpose small business center in downtown Duluth.

The SBA Minnesota District Office, along with the SCORE Association, will honor all the 2018 winners at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Park Place in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information on Small Business Week, which is April 29 through May 5 this year, please visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.

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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 and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.sba.gov/mn.