DEED Announces Neela Mollgaard as New Executive Director of Small Business Development

1 Mar 2023


Neela Mollgaard, the current director of Launch Minnesota at the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), has been appointed the agency's new Executive Director of Small Business Development, DEED announced today.

In her new position, Mollgaard will lead DEED initiatives to serve Minnesota's small business sector, including entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. This new position brings together four offices of DEED:  the Small Business Development Centers, Office of Small Business Partnerships, Small Business Assistance Office and Launch Minnesota. She will be charged with connecting Minnesota's small businesses and entrepreneurs and the organizations across the state that support them to DEED resources, including research and information, grantmaking to partner organizations, technical assistance and leadership development.

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