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Eric Ness, District Director

Eric Ness

Eric Ness is the director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Wisconsin District Office, one of 68 SBA field offices nationally.  He is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services throughout the Badger State, helping small businesses start, grow, expand, and recover from adversity.  Ness began his SBA career in 1990 as a commercial loan officer, working on both processing and liquidation of loans. He has served as finance chief and assistant district director for economic development.  He was selected for his current position in December 2001.  In spring 2014 he served as acting regional administrator for the SBA’s six-state Great Lakes region for several months. 

Eric worked in northwestern Wisconsin before joining the SBA, first for Impact Seven as a business analyst and then as general manager of Western Wisconsin Development Corporation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and later obtained an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.