Owatonna Regional Business Development Center Announces New Executive Officer
Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 5:26 p.m.
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The Owatonna Area Business Development Center (OABDC) has hired Sean E. Williams as its new executive director. Current executive director Bill Owens will retire in October.
“I would like to thank Bill for his eight years of dedicated service. Without his leadership and dedication, we would not have been able to make the Executive Director role a full-time position. “This stewardship will resonate in Owatonna for years to come as OABDC looks to build on Bill's existing work,” said Joe Efferts, OABDC Board Chairman.
“What Bill and OABDC have built with the support of the City of Owatonna, Steele County and other partners is amazing. We have a solid foundation to grow something truly special here in southeastern Minnesota. '' added Williams.
OABDC has been supporting area businesses and providing office, meeting and manufacturing space to entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. Additionally, as an SBDC satellite center, we provide free, confidential one-on-one consulting services to people launching new or existing businesses. Under Williams, OABDC will also offer pitch coaching, accelerated project development, classes and workshops on how to start a business, and more.
Mr. Williams was hired after a competitive search. “We are excited about the work Sean has done at Rochester and are energized by the possibilities his leadership will bring to the organization,” Efferts said.
Williams has lived and worked in southeastern Minnesota for more than a decade. He first published comic books as an entrepreneur and developed several high-tech startups, and then he helped entrepreneurs in Austin and Rochester through his entrepreneurial support organization. More recently, Mr. Williams has undertaken initiatives such as establishing the RAEDI Economic Development Center, securing a new host organization for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in southeastern Minnesota, and revamping his accelerator for his business in Mayo Clinic. I took the lead.
“Helping others succeed has been something that has run through my entire career. I'm excited to help local Owatonna area businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their goals,” said Williams. Told.
To learn more about OABDC or to request assistance from OABDC, please visit OABDC's website at Owatonna.biz.