Steve Haarstad

Business Growth Consultant

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About Steve

Steve Haarstad works with manufacturers throughout the state to help them better understand how they can grow their top-line revenue and strengthen their leadership culture. Steve’s experience and record of accomplishment at industry leading manufacturers positions him well to help Enterprise Minnesota clients develop and implement the talent and revenue growth strategies they need to successfully compete, grow, and/or transition ownership of their business.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Steve served as global customer support manager, global education manager, and marketing training manager for Emerson Process Management in Eden Prairie and Rosemount.

A resident of Maple Grove, MN, outside of work Steve enjoys golfing, snowboarding, home remodeling, camping in the Boundary Waters, and going to the movies with his family.


  • Master of Business Administration – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI


  • Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA)
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine

Author Content

Up Your Strategy Game

The Weekly Report – April 15, 2024 At our May 7 manufacturing workshop, Steve Haarstad will show manufacturers how to use strategic planning to navigate…

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Smooth Exits

The Weekly Report – February 12, 2024 For manufacturers considering the sale of their companies before retirement, Steve Haarstad has two key messages: start early…

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Simple Steps for Strategy

The Weekly Report – May 8, 2023 Steve Haarstad transforms strategic planning into a manageable challenge.

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A panel of experts gives context to the results of the 2022 State of Manufacturing survey.
SOM in Context

A panel of experts gives context to the results of the 2022 State of Manufacturing survey.

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Exit Ramp

The Weekly Report – December 19, 2022 Enterprise Minnesota’s Steve Haarstad is ready to help business owners take the extra steps needed for the successful…

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Exit Strategy

With proper planning, owners can leave their life’s work in good hands.

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Tim and Mary Jo Harris of Harris Hardwoods.
Built on Grit and Sawdust

Tim and Mary Jo Harris launched Harris Hardwoods in 1994 out of their garage. They’ve grown exponentially by staying true to their mantra and believing…

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Owner Wes Bonine standing in the pallet yard at Popp Brothers Lumber
For the Want of a Nail

Popp Brothers Lumber plots strategic growth while wary of supply chain disruptions.

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A Strong Foundation for Future Growth

The Weekly Report – August 15, 2022 Bringing core values to life for company stakeholders.

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Preparing for Change

Strategic planning helps Two Rivers Enterprises be proactive.

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