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Christine Anderson hired as Small Business Specialist and Consultant for SBDC

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Christine Anderson has been hired to serve as a small business specialist and consultant for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Anderson began her responsibilities with the SBDC on April 27. christine anderson

Her responsibilities include serving as the primary consultant for the SBDC at the U of M Crookston; consulting with clients in the development of business, finance, and marketing plans; screening and evaluating new venture start-ups and expansion proposals; and instructing or assisting with training programs and other special activities associated with the SBDC.

The SBDC office will be located in the Valley Technology Park, just north of and adjacent to the U of M Crookston campus. The City of Crookston and Crookston Housing and Development Authority (CHEDA) provided local support for the SBDC and the space made available in the Valley Technology Park. Anderson can be contacted at 218-281-8318

U of M Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause is excited about Anderson joining the SBDC and what it means for Crookston. “Ms. Anderson brings tremendous experience to this role and enthusiasm for helping small businesses thrive, says Chancellor Holz-Clause. “Christine will be contacting businesses but needs to hear from individuals who have an interest in starting a new venture, or an existing business that would benefit from her expertise.  She can work with ALL small businesses.  The definition of a small business, according to the SBA, is 500 or fewer employees.”

Anderson comes to the position with the SBDC after serving, most recently, as an economic development director for Pennington County, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., where she led business recruitment and retention effort across the county, oversaw and maintained economic development projects, offered downtown revitalization strategies and workforce solutions, and provided consulting services to multiple county, local governments, private and not-for-profit clients. She also has experience in small business management and entrepreneurship, real estate development, facilities and plant management, and accounting. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and human resources from Bemidji State University and an Associate of Science degree in sales and marketing from Rainy River Community College, International Falls, Minn. 

SBDC Background

The statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that small business owners needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world. Core services include services for existing businesses, services for start-ups, training workshops and seminars, professional, and confidential consulting. To learn more, visit

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 23 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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