Minneapolis, Jul 10 2009  — Executive Director Hussein Samatar is a recipient of the 2009 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Minority Business Awards for his leadership with the African Development Center. He was recognized with other top minority business owners, corporate executives and advocates in the Twin Cities.

According to a statement by the group, “The minority business community is one of the fastest growing segments of business, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is proud to recognize the area’s top minority business owners, corporate executives and advocates.

Over the past 16 years, Hussein Samatar has accomplished more than most people can hope to. Samatar is executive director of the African Development Center (ADC) of Minnesota, which provides microloans and business-management training to African immigrants. The ADC, which Samatar founded in 2004, has a loan portfolio of more than $10 million.”

Samatar is an innovator and visionary whose work continues to shape the landscape and future of Minnesota’s African immigrant community. Entrepreneurs and families throughout Minnesota benefit from his leadership.

Samatar is among a talented pool of individuals who were selected from a competitive group of nominees. He was recognized as one of the top corporate executives in the area, and was honored for making a difference his industry, business and the community. Samatar is undoubtedly a pioneer of economic development in the African immigrant community and an inspiration for many.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal awards Mr Samatar
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal awards Mr Samatar

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Minority Business Award highlights his vital contributions to the community at large. Samatar has created several culturally-conscious alternative finance products to better serve Minnesota’s changing demographics, and he continues to address emerging trends and topics to financial, governmental and other community institutions.

Source: Hiiraan Online


  1. Some thing to be proud of, hope others in the diaspora emulate those actions and accomplish worthy achievements

  2. Seriously? This man is a joke. He hangs out with people like Omar Jamal. No one in the Somali community takes them seriously.

  3. i am really proud of mr. Sammatar and this is his legacy which shaped him as innovator. Mr. Samatar keep it up ma man – we, as stduents here to follow your footsteps to successfull in life.

  4. jama stop hating everybody knows that Samatar is a legend and he is role model for whole nation. come out of the closet and state the truth bring your true colors…………………….don't hate follow his foot steps