Meet Our Team
Forest “Skip” Carpenter
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 Northwest Small Business Development Center. Over the years, he has assisted individuals in planning, business development activities, and grant writing. Skip has a degree from University of Arizona.
Grant Oppegaard, a business consultant, offers start-up assistance, financial analysis, strategic management and employee relations for clients. He also has a passion for turning around stressed businesses. He received his MPA from University of New Hampshire and has over 35 years experience in retail, direct marketing, and manufacturing companies. For 10 years, he was CEO of Genmar Holdings and took their stock value from $2 per share to $13.29 per share. Grant enjoys working with people and is a master at dealing with growth, adversity, and change.
Kristjan is a senior at Bemidji State University and is studying Business Administration with emphases on Management and Entrepreneurship. Academically, Kristjan serves as a Student Senator, as well as a Student Commissioner. In his free time, Kristjan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and doing anything outside.
Trevor is a student intern who will be graduating from Bemidji State University in the fall majoring in Business Administration with emphases in Management and Entrepreneurship. In his spare time, Trevor enjoys playing sports, being on the lake, and spending time with friends and family.
Dana Schnortz, a business consultant, specializes in business plan development for the Northwest Small Business Development Center. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix and since 2009 has advised and mentored students in the Small Business Administration Program at Oak Hills Christian College. Classes facilitated include Intro to Business, Personal Finance, Marketing, and Business Law and Ethics. Outside of work, Dana volunteers for Bemidji’s Evangelical Covenant Church and Servants of Shelter.
Deb McGregor received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College with a B.A. in Organizational Communications and French. Her Master’s degree is from North Dakota State University with a M.A. in Speech Communications and an emphasis in Organizational Culture and Structure. Her thesis project was on life coaching. Deb is also a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the Minnesota Coaches Association and International Coach Federation (ICF) where she holds the ACC Credential. Deb has many years of experience working in the areas of marketing and development with several non-profit organizations as well as for-profit entities, especially entrepreneurs.
Deb’s personal mission is to assist individuals in the development of their fullest potential through innovative training, consulting and coaching. She values trust, integrity, faith, nature, loyalty and relationships. Her passion for every project in which she is involved is inspiring and motivating. Deb leads by example and sets high standards for herself and others.
When you work with Deb, expect to come away refreshed, energized, motivated and committed to making yourself, your community and the world even better than they are now.