About the Owatonna Area Business Development Center

Why Us?

As a private 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center offers virtually all the amenities an business needs to start or grow their business.  We are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit that has grown the Owatonna business community and will continue to in the future.

Our Partners

Owatonna Area Business Development Center is proud to work with the MN Cup.  In 2017 an advise finished as a Semifinalist.


This year Minne Inno honored Executive Director Bill Owens by including him in the inaugural  “50 on Fire”.   The organization recognized Bill, in his capacity of a supporter of innovation, as being among the top 50 in innovation in the Minneapolis metro area.

About the Director

In over two decades of banking I have learned a great deal about business.  I learned about people and even a few things about myself.

Business is like a tool box. The tool box you have may include marketing skills or accounting. Maybe you are a born innovator or someone with an innate ability to relate to people. My point is that seldom does everyone get all the tools they need. On occasion you will find the need to borrow a tool or two from the neighbor across the fence. That’s me…the neighbor.

The tools I have gathered from years in banking have made the roll of a consultant with the Small Business Development Center a natural fit.


If you are thinking about starting a business, expanding a business you already have or maybe you think there is something you should be doing differently – give me a call. That’s why I am here.

Bill Owens

Executive Director

University of North Texas, BBA Finance with Emphasis in Bank Management

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Graduate School of Banking


Owatonna Area Business Development Center
Board of Directors



Bill Lawrence

South Country Health Alliance

Director of Human Resources


Vice President

Dave Pfieffer

Modern Metal Products

General Manager



Warren Simons





Doug Voss,
City Council


Past President

Bob Ayers

FoamCraft Packaging



Beth Fondell

Owatonna Public Utilities



Nathan Dotson

575 Partridge Ave.

City Council


Kenneth Johnson

Riverland Community College

Director of Customized Training


Scott McCauley

Federated Insurance Co’s

Information Technology

Ben Cass

Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass




City Advisor- Ex-Officio

Kris Busse
City of Owatonna

City Administration



Executive Director

Bill Owens

Owatonna Area Business Development Center

Owatonna Area Business Development Center

1065 24th Ave SW, Owatonna, MN    (507) 451-0517

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