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About the OABDC

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.


Sticky Notes

Design Sprint Client

"As a solo software entrepreneur with limited ability to see the forest for the trees, Sean helped me map out my obvious and not-so-obvious business opportunities. We prioritized them and I got to work. Years later my software side-hustle has grown from hundreds of dollars a month to thousands of dollars per day." - Caylan Larson, Founder

HOPE (Health Optimized Personal Environment) Technologies

Design Sprint Client

"Sean has been wonderful to work with, and has been instrumental in my entrepreneurial journey. As an innovator with a business idea, I was still fairly new to the ecosystem. It’s hard to get connected and plugged in to an already established community, and most leads were not all that helpful. Sean was my turning point. He took the time to lead several very helpful design sprints that helped me understand the importance of business value and validation, giving me a clear vision of how to reach my goals. He introduced me to local resources that helped me grow/learn in meaningful ways. Sean is extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, supportive, and always available to help and answer questions. I’m so grateful for his mentorship, leadership and friendship. He has been paramount in the growth of business and startups in the local communities." - Christina Chen, Founder

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Our 2024 Board

President: Joe Effertz

President; Black Forest Ltd.

Vice President: 


Secretary: Dan Boeke

Owatonna City Council

Treasurer: Timothy Linders

Accounting Supervisor; Owatonna Public Utilities

Past President: Tammy Schmoll

Executive, Communications & Administration Coordinator; Owatonna Public Utilities

Director: Benjamin M. Cass

Attorney; Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass

Director: Ali Diriye

CEO; Cheetah Transportation

Director: Greg Johnson

Sales; FoamCraft Packaging Inc.

Director: Troy Klecker

Community Development Director; City of Owatonna

Director: Brent Svenby

Owatonna City Council

City Advisor: Ex-Officio: Kris Busse

City Administrator; City of Owatonna

Our Executive Director

Sean E. Williams, MBA

Sean is an ecosystem innovator with 20+ years of experience in cross-sector collaboration, strategy, and innovation. He is passionate about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses for long-term growth and sustainability, with a mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has a history of award-winning program management and facilitation for high-caliber clients in the public, policy, private, and social enterprise sectors. He is certified in lean-startup and design-thinking coaching and methodologies, and is a New York Times bestselling comic book writer.

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Sean E Williams


1065 24th Ave. SW
Owatonna, MN 55060


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