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The U.S. SBA is pleased to announce Shannon Madsen as its new Deputy District Director in Idaho’s Boise District Office. Shannon’s extensive background in lending and business development will compliment her responsibility to provide leadership and oversight of SBA’s programs and services.
Shannon began her career as an International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commerce Department in Dallas, TX where she assisted businesses in increasing their export activity and expansion into international arenas. Shannon later transitioned to the private sector where she focused on international business development for small and emerging companies. She traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and South America further diversifying her knowledgebase and overall perspective of the industry.
In 2006 Shannon returned to her home state of Idaho and joined the USDA Rural Development team as a Business Program Specialist. She worked closely with the private sector and community organizations to facilitate investment in America’s small businesses and rural communities.
Most recently, Shannon served as an SBA Lender Relations Specialist promoting SBA’s lending programs and services. She continued her passion to help small businesses by collaborating with local lending institutions and partners to improve the viability of startup businesses, growth of existing businesses, and enhancement of the overall economic climate of Idaho.
Shannon received her BA from Eastern Washington University in International Affairs: Business Concentration with minors in Economics and German.