Elaine S. Hansen is Regional Director for the NE Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since 2003 and Director of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Center for Economic Development (CED), a small business development center in Northeastern Minnesota serving St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, Cook, Koochiching, and Itasca Counties. She plays an active role on committees and boards for economic development in the Northeast Region of Minnesota, the State of Minnesota, and also serves on the Education & Certification Committee and Chair of the Basic Course Director's Committee of the IEDC. The CED has hosted a Basic Course for 18 years. She is a certified public account (CPA) licensed in the State of Minnesota and in 2003 completed her Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her work at UMD Elaine served as the Commissioner of Administration for the State of Minnesota, and as the Finance Director for the City of Duluth. She has extensive experience in the public and private sectors working with businesses of various sizes, and has continually worked to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and succeed.
In the Fall of 1992, Elaine and a friend developed the Professional Women's Network (PWN) in Duluth area. The mission of the PWN is mentoring, networking, and sharing information.
Additionally, Elaine has been a frequent speaker in secondary and post-secondary schools on topics of women in non-traditional careers, financial management, and entrepreneurship. She is also known for being a one-person resource and referral network for people looking for information, and resources for the business or career.
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