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SBA funding & resources for new ventures: How SBA can help you start, grow and recover

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Michael Waldegerma
U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota District Office, Program Support Assistant

Prior to working with Minnesota’s SBA, Michael Waldegerma (he/him) worked with the City of Minneapolis to promote civic engagement in North Minneapolis. He is an AmeriCorps alum, having also served with the North Minneapolis Promise Zone to increase economic activity through a racial equity framework. Michael is passionate about equity and increasing access to government resources.

Sarah Carroll
U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota District Office, Outreach and Marketing Specialist


Sarah Carroll (she/her) is proud to serve Minnesota's small business community at SBA. Before earning her Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Sarah worked in the nonprofit community where she did grassroots organizing on food, environmental, and democracy issues. She is a graduate of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise, a former Sands Fellow at the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, and an entrepreneur within the sustainable agriculture space.  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) supports Twin Cities entrepreneurs to start and grow new business with a variety of resources and services- but so many entrepreneurs don't know about SBA and how we can help! Entrepreneurs should know all the tools in the toolbox that exist to help them start and grow new ventures- and SBA is one of those tools that everyone should know about and when to call. Our session, comprised of a diverse panel of SBA’s Minnesota District Office team, will help entrepreneurs learn about SBA’s programs, ranging from SBA’s capital access programs to COVID-19 relief for small businesses to free trainings on a variety of entre-related topics to our Emerging Leaders cohort for new businesses. We will also share how SBA provides support to minority and women-owned new small businesses in conjunction with our Resource Partners, with a Q&A at end of the session.