Issues & Insights Legislative Webinar Topic: Getting Back to Business with the New Normal
Commissioner Steve Grove from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Acting District Director of the Minnesota District Office of Small Business Administration, will discuss best practices as we move into the new normal.
Commissioner Steve Grove
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
As commissioner of the state's principal workforce and economic development agency, Commissioner Grove brings a wealth of private sector and civic experience to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Commissioner Grove is focused on growing the state's workforce, closing the opportunity gap and providing businesses with the help they need to grow, stay and thrive.
Commissioner Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google's News Lab. Grove also led Google?s civic engagement work, including the company's non-partisan voter information and get-out-the-vote outreach efforts. He previously led YouTube's first news and politics team, building a global partnership effort for political candidates, news organizations, nonprofits, and citizen journalists. Grove wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining Google. He has served as an advisor to the White House and State Department on counter-terrorism strategy.
Small Business Administration
Brian McDonald is the Acting District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration?s Minnesota District Office. From 2012 to 2017 Brian worked for the SBA?s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, in Washington, DC, before joining the Minnesota District Office as Deputy District Director. Now in both capacities, McDonald leads SBA's efforts across the state of Minnesota to help the over 500,000 small businesses start, grow, expand and recover. Under his leadership, McDonald's team works to facilitate commercial loans, advocate and train small businesses for federal government contracting opportunities, improve entrepreneurial development and strengthen business growth in all 87 Minnesota counties.