Cathy Lindquist, executive director of NW & WC MN SBDC, consults in the areas of strategic planning, project management, and marketing of small businesses. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Business Management from University of St. Thomas and has been working as a consultant for small businesses since 2009. Before that, she spent much of her time as an Innovation Strategic Development & Planning Manager and Product Category Director for Schwan Food Company. Cathy is detail minded and has a positive and energetic attitude. She always looks for proactive solutions, even when working with restricted budgets.
Sheila Borgerding is the program coordinator for the West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Concordia College. Prior to working for the SBDC, Sheila was the Volunteer Center Director at FirstLink, where she worked with volunteer recruitment and retention, marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, and community development. Sheila grew up on a dairy farm near Padua, Minnesota and graduated from Concordia College with a major in Global Studies and minors in Business, German, and Scandinavian Studies.
Forest “Skip” Carpenter, a business consultant, offers excellent consultation on cash flow management, financial projections & plans, SBA loans and business start-ups. He is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional and Housing Development Finance Professional, and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Minnesota Business Finance Corporation and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Skip also worked as a planning and development consultant before coming to the SBDC. Over the years, he has assisted individuals in planning, business development activities, and grant writing. Skip has a degree from University of Arizona.
Matt Magness, a professional business consultant, offers expert advice for financial plans and projections, as well as exporting. Before coming to the SBDC, he spent several years at Microsoft/Great Plains, many of those as the Director of Microsoft Business Solutions Global Learning. Matt has received a number of awards including the Landmark Award for Management Excellence. Matt holds a degree from Concordia College in Business Administration. Outside of work, he serves on the Board of Directors for Lura Enterprises, Carillon Condo Association, and Fargo Flyers Youth Hockey Association.