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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

Bill Owens
the team

Owatonna Area Business Development Center
Board of Directors


Tammy Schmoll

Owatonna Public Utilities

Communications Coordinator 

Vice President

Joe Effertz

Black Forest LTD



Dan Struss

Struss CPA's PC



Doug Voss,
City Council


Past President

Dave Pfieffer

Modern Metal Products

General Manager


Brent Svenby

City Council


Kenneth Johnson

Bethany Lutheran College

Associate Professor - Business

Mike Beckman

Federated Insurance Co’s

Information Technology

Ben Cass

Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass


Reagan West

Owatonna Fitness and Fresh Café


Greg Johnson

FoamCraft Packaging

Sales Manager

Mark Bock


Director of Supply Chain

City Advisor- Ex-Officio

Kris Busse
City of Owatonna

City Administration

Executive Director

Bill Owens

Owatonna Area Business Development Center

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