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Business Development Manager (BDM)

Full Time

Minnesota, USA


Business Development Manager (BDM)

The role of a Business Development Manager (BDM) at Minnesota Africans United (MAU) is to provide training, education, mentorship, coaching, and technical assistance for Minnesota African entrepreneurs who are either starting new businesses or growing existing ones.

The BDM is responsible for planning and overseeing the business development programs, including sales and marketing activities, in support of recruiting partners, sponsors, and program participants as well as supervising all aspects of program content and execution.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a passion for supporting minority-owned businesses.

  • Owned a successful business in the past.

  • Be able to share compelling MAU success stories with partners and funders.

Position Description & Responsibilities:

Strategy and Development:

  • Design and execute marketing, communication, and outreach strategies to engage participants in programs.

  • Foster strategic partnerships  with businesses, stakeholders, and government entities to support program  objectives.

  • Drive the attraction of new  businesses to training and mentorship programs through strategic initiatives.

  • Work with leadership to identify funding opportunities, grants, and sponsorships, enhancing  organizational growth.

  • Develop and maintain key  relationships with customers, suppliers, distributors, partners, and  vendors, optimizing program success and expanding organizational reach.

Program Management and Evaluation:

  • Oversee the creation and implementation of training, workshops, and educational  initiatives for startups and businesses, ensuring alignment with the organization's mission.

  • Regularly assess program effectiveness, making necessary adjustments to improve outcomes, engagement, and partner relationships.

Mentorship and Community Support:

  • Coordinate  mentorship programs to connect entrepreneurs with experienced professionals, providing comprehensive support to address participant challenges.

  • Cultivate  a supportive community for sharing resources and experiences, aiming to  boost entrepreneurial success.

Technical Assistance and Industry Engagement:

  • Provide  ongoing support in areas such as business planning, financial management,  and marketing strategies through collaboration with experts and industry  professionals.

  • Remain informed about industry trends and best practices to deliver relevant  assistance to businesses in various sectors.

Networking and Promotion:

  • Actively  participate in events, conferences, and networking opportunities to  promote the organization and forge industry connections.

  • Represent  the organization in forums, highlighting its impact and success stories,  while also seeking sponsorship opportunities and engaging in nonprofit  collaborations.

  • Lead  webinars and presentations to elevate the organization's brand and product  profile.

Position requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, or related field, MBA a plus 3-5 years’ supervisory or management experience

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong  understanding of business principles, entrepreneurship, and the challenges  faced by startups.

  • Proven ability  to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including  government agencies, businesses, and community leader.

  • Relationship management

  • Leadership, management, and mentoring skills

  • Strategic planning skills

  • Financial and  business acumen

  • Excellent  presentation, communication, and Marketing skills

  • Effective organizational and project management skills

  • Familiarity  with technology and platforms used in business development support  services including Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

  • Research and analytical skills.

  • Interpersonal and customer service skills

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to effectively engage with the diverse      communities served MAU

  • Ability to identify challenges and develop creative solutions to address the needs of startups and businesses.

  • Big-picture thinking

  • Lead generation and management experience

  • Great team collaborator

  • Enthusiasm and sincerity


  • Annual salary: $80,000

  • One year Contract Renewal

  • 3 – 5 Years of Experience

  • Benefits – Medical, dental

  •  Work remote and in office

If you believe you have what it takes, email your resume and cover letter to us at the following address: Start date is immediate.

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