"We work with lenders for small businesses. Whether creating or retaining jobs, starting or expanding, we’ll help small businesses make best use of their financial resources".


Prairieland EDC is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1983 as a Certified Development Company. We provide loans to small businesses


We provide loans to small businesses to promote:


  • Stimulate the growth and expansion of small business and industry
  • Promote the improvement of community services
  • Expand business ownership opportunities
  • Increase employment opportunities
  • Promote the development of general and community welfare
  • Increase the local tax base

Meet Our Team


Ann Peterson

President / CEO

Ann brings more than 30 years of small business lending experience to her role at Prairieland EDC.  In addition to managing the Corporation, she works in marketing, packaging, underwriting, closing and servicing loans.  Her work has included SBA 504, SBA 7a, USDA Business Programs and a variety of economic development programs including revolving loan fund management.  Ann's most passionate about helping find creative financing solutions for small business owners to help make their dreams a reality.


Julie Dahlhoff

Loan Processing/Closing Specialist

Julie joined the Prairieland EDC in 2012 and works in the areas of loan processing and loan closing. Her work includes the preparation of loan application documents, loan closing documents and financial analysis.

Jason Gerdes

Jason Gerdes

Loan Officer

Jason has been with with Prairieland EDC since 2005 and currently helps assist our borrowers and lenders with the process of loan development and closings. His role is to work for small business owners and with a variety of lenders to provide creative financing solutions for the development of small business projects.



Kelly Garden

Kelly Konechne

Portfolio Manager

Kelly joined the Prairieland EDC team in 2019 with experience as a financial adviser and leasing agent which gives her excellent skills to work directly with our small business loan customers through the life of their loan.

Prairieland EDC Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Front Row: Sherri Schueller, Brigid Tuck, Jill Mockler, Pete Neigebauer, Claire Gerber

Back Row: Matt Zebro, Chad Syltie, Tim Ulrich, Renae Shields, Matthew Dorothy

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