Cekalla Selected as Senior Area Manager for SBA

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Release Number: 
ND-18-02
Contact: 
Sheri Weston, 701.239.5044

Fargo, ND – Hettianne Cekalla has been selected as the Senior Area Manager for the Bismarck office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  As Senior Area Manager, Cekalla will be responsible for delivering SBA services in twenty-five counties in western North Dakota.  Located in the SBA Office in the state-owned Bank of North Dakota, she will work with a network of SBA counseling and training providers including SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and the Women’s Business Center.  Along with staff from the North Dakota District Office, Cekalla will provide outreach and training on SBA finance programs and services to lenders located in Bismarck, Minot, Williston, Dickinson and surrounding rural communities, serving an area of more than 36,000 square miles.

“We are excited to have Hetti join the SBA team in serving western North Dakota,” said SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. “She brings a wealth of experience in small business and financing to assist entrepreneurs and lenders get access to SBA programs.”

Prior to joining the SBA’s North Dakota District Office, Cekalla served with USDA Rural Development in Rapid City, South Dakota, and with the SBA in El Paso, Texas. A native of South Dakota and a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cekalla has worked as a real estate broker, mortgage loan officer and real property assessor in Illinois and Minnesota.

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About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.