Executive Director, Business Finance
Bob Isaacson’s Office of Business Finance provides $30 million annually in financing and tax credits to help Minnesota businesses grow and create jobs. The office fuels this growth through a variety of financing tools funded by the state and federal governments including the Job Creation Fund, Minnesota Investment Fund, Angel Loan Fund, Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program and Data Center Sales Tax Refund Program. Many of the Office’s programs have received acclaim as national models.
Isaacson is also the Executive Director of the Minnesota Agricultural and Economic Development Board. This seven-member board provides loans to growing businesses and helps non-profit access financing through the issuance of conduit bonds.
Prior to his current positions, Isaacson held a variety of economic and financial analysis positions with DEED, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in Chicago, and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.
Isaacson is a frequent speaker on business and economic topics, and is active in several organizations related to his work including the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Development Finance Agencies. Isaacson enjoys working with students and is a frequent speaker for Best Prep and has served as a business plan judge for DECA regional competitions.