Stephanie Amend is the Principal of Arrowhead Solutions, LLC; a full service solutions provider for government contractors. Ms. Amend founded Arrowhead Solutions in 2009 after holding contract management positions in both government and private industry. Arrowhead was formed with the goal of providing companies with the extra knowledge and manpower they need to succeed in the world of government contracting. Specializing in capture management, proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, accounting and compliance, Arrowhead provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors.
Ms. Amend has led Arrowhead to over 500% growth since its founding year and assisted small business clients in winning and managing tens of millions of dollars’ worth of state, local and federal government contracts. Ms. Amend has headquartered Arrowhead Solutions in Boulder, Colorado, however Arrowhead reaches clients nationwide. As a member of the Boulder community, Ms. Amend is an advisor to the Boulder Small Business Development Center. Additionally, Ms. Amend is an advisor for the Loveland Center for Business Development and is a member of the National Contract Management Association. Ms. Amend is a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional and possesses a B.S.A (2001) and an MBA (2005). Ms. Amend blogs on Arrowhead’s Creative Contracting site (www.arrowheadsolutions.wordpress.com) and manages two LinkedIn Groups (Federal Contractors Solutions Group and Government Contractors of Utah). She also developed and oversees ArrowBD, Arrowhead’s subscription government opportunity search service. Ms. Amend’s publications include; “The Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) – Federal Funding Made Easy”, www. eZineArticles.com , October 2009, “Your Inner CEO – The Young CEO”, 2012 and “What Really is Compliance After All?”, Contract Management, July 2011; she also regularly speaks and conducts workshops.
Suzi Bahnsen is a branding expert that helps companies strategize and leverage the most effective sales and marketing planning to capitalize on their time, money and resources. With over 20 years of experience as a sales and marketing professional, she has been a CMO, Director, Sales Executive and the owner of a Design and Marketing Agency. Her experience as a business owner, combined with her background overseeing marketing and sales teams, provides her with a unique understanding that comes through as she continues to share and grow. As a consultant and trainer for the SBDC, she lends her advice and support to businesses with a desire to thrive in a digital age.
Through experienced leadership, ingenuity and organization, Marianne Ballantine has helped businesses, non-profits, government programs and schools achieve enduring success. She is a respected CEO and leader among women business owners. Marianne is CEO of Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc. and oversees all business aspects, including financials, project management, technology, hiring, contracts, and social media. She consults with businesses to develop continuity plans. With the SBDC, Marianne currently serves as Disaster Relief Coordinator. In this role, she works with a team of consultants to assist Boulder County small business owners affected by the 2013 federally declared disaster floods to apply for a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR). Marianne assists clients by reviewing their business eligibility status and supports clients throughout the grant process.
Business humorist Courtney Berg believes in the passion of business owners. She has more than 30 years of human resources and operations management experience, with for-profit and not-for-profit companies ranging in size from a family-owned furniture store to a national insurance corporation. Her experience includes front-line supervision to executive level positions in both human resources and operations. Courtney founded CourtSide® to help business owners put human resources and management processes in place to increase the organization’s effectiveness.
Courtney was appointed to the Colorado Small Business Council by Governor Hickenlooper. She has also been a Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Chamber Champion and a Denver Business Journal “Outstanding Woman” nominee. She was featured in “How To Conduct Annual Employee Reviews” in Inc. Magazine. She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute. Courtney is a Colorado native and has a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Northern Colorado.
With more than 20 years of experience managing brands and marketing programs in both consumer and technology settings, Julio is at home with brand strategy, marketing analytics, financial analysis, new product development, marketing communications, and market research.
His experience ranges from national brands like HUGGIES, Hallmark, Benefiber and Sprint to scrappy startups. Whatever the size or the resources, he loves helping brands win and enjoys the creativity, teamwork, and resourcefulness required to make that happen again and again.
- CPG brand management
- Brand strategy/positioning
- Marketing/data/web analytics
- Retail and category analysis
- P&L management, financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting
- Market modeling
- Market research
- Integrated marketing plans
- Advertising and promotions
- New product development from concept to launch
- Marketing-operations coordination/integration
Rhonda has been in accounting more than 25 years. She lives in Longmont and has worked as Business Consultant, Finance Dept. Manager, Project Analysis Manager, & Manager of Corporate Responsibilities. She has extensive knowledge working in or training others to function in QuickBooks in order to post, track, and process financial reports for their company.
Previous experience has provided Rhonda with an awareness of “How-to” best handle business startup & growth; such as “Setting appropriate business goals”, “Budgeting for success”, “Organizing non-conflicting Roles & Responsibilities, and “Creating proper accounting policy & procedures”.
She has managed high profile clients (banks/government contracts), and smaller vendors and/or sub-contractor projects. Whether it is working as a consultant, performing business analysis, managing an accounting department, or directly performing financial operations she meets the challenge and gets the job done. Additionally, Rhonda have Human Resource experience. This includes hiring employees, processing reports, auditing internal systems, and processing payroll for 27 (+) employees in multiple states.
Areas of Previous Responsibility Include:
- Business Financial Analysis & Consulting
- AR/AP/HR/Payroll…Creating Employee Handbooks, Hiring/Training Staff
- Project Coordination…setting up new contracts, monitoring project cost controls, tracking multiple projects, and checking for discrepancies.
- Accounting Processes…reconciliations and monthly / yearly reporting.
- Effective Meetings…motivating & training teams to determine and carryout financial goals.
- Inventory Management
- New Clients…reviewing/updating contracts…FAR compliant…audit ready
- Budget Reports…creating, tracking, and reporting project progress
- Company & Employee Insurance…workers comp, liability, etc.
- Sub-contractors…how to work with appropriately, track process, finalize job costs
- Internal Audits…monitor/read reports –verifying accuracy of systems
Paul Chambliss has been a business broker in Colorado since 1992. His previous career experience was in the homebuilding industry in the Denver Metro Area. He is an honors graduate of the University of Colorado with a BS in Finance and a BA in French. Paul has earned the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). He contributes business sale data to Pratt’s Stats and BizBuySell.com, which are national databases of Guideline Private Company sales statistics. He is also an active member of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI), where he serves as the Vice-President of Communications and the Chairman of the Website Committee. He has been active as a counselor for the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC). His other affiliations include the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Brokers (DMCAB), the Commercial Brokers of Boulder (CBB) and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
Bing Chou is currently Managing Director, Boulder at MojoTech, a leading team of software engineers, designers, and product managers creating web and mobile products for customers across North America. Prior to joining MojoTech he had launched a small business of his own, earned his MBA, joined a venture backed startup, and worked for the Boulder Small Business Development Center. Outside of the office he spends his time advising a variety companies on a volunteer basis, chairing the Downtown Boulder Partnership board and sitting on the Humane Society of Boulder Valley board.
KC’s love of technology started early, although it might not have been love at first site. Her parents, both computer programmers (an old school term for coders), made her take a six week summer workshop in BASIC when she was 12 years old. While she didn’t really give coding a chance back then, it was only because she would rather be playing Frogger or Jaust. If she didn’t have a quarter for the game console, she stuck her nose in a book and kept it there until she couldn’t see straight. If you had known her in high school, you would never have used the word Social to describe her.
KC holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities during her career as an entrepreneur, webmaster, social media marketer, and content curator. She did eventually complete courses in HTML (she never told her mom and dad that she liked it… a lot) but found her real passion was story telling. As the web grew, it became her canvas and the coding skills she acquired along the way became the brush she used to paint vibrant, beautiful stories about the products, services, and people she believes in.
KC’s curiosity and love of learning keep her open to new ideas and continuously in pursuit of new and better ways to get the word out about products, people, and services that make the world a better place. She became an AdWords Certified Partner (Google) in 2016, Inbound Certified in 2014 (HubSpot), completed Digital Analytics Fundamentals training in 2013 (Google), and O’Reilly In-Practice Social Media Training in 2008. Because language and persuasion fascinate her, she is also an ACHE Certified Hypnotherapist (it’s best if you never look her in the eye) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. KC lives in Colorado with her husband, two spoiled cats, and an aquatic turtle that she frets over far too much.
Matthew Edgar is technical marketing and web analytics consultant at Elementive (www.elementive.com). Since 2001, Matthew has helped hundreds of companies grow through a process of analyzing and optimizing their websites, search presence, and online marketing. Using a strong analytical and technical framework, Matthew helps clients understand all aspects of their marketing to better connect with customers, increase conversions and grow their business. You can connect with Matthew on Twitter @MatthewEdgarCO.
As the CEO of Morning Sun Enterprises LLC, Jesse has provided guidance and supported a variety of individuals, organizations and companies. At the present he is a certified bilingual(Spanish & English) counselor to the Latino Chamber, a certified bilingual counselor and business advisor to the East Colorado, the Boulder and North Metro Small Business Development Centers, providing one on one services to individuals as well as group classes in business planning and start-up seminars.
He has counseled and provided needed services and resources to over 400 new potential and existing entrepreneurs. He has participated as a Board member of the Carbon Valley Chamber in Firestone, Colorado and the President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Boulder County Work Force.
His professional career has included 31 years as an educator 21 of those years as a principal. His leadership skills include helping individual improve their performance, cross cultural education, improving organizations, business development, and tapping potential and appropriate resources. He was the Colorado Small Business Development Center volunteer of the year in 2007 and the Small Business Development Center Counselor of the Year in 2009.
Reagan is an accomplished HR executive with extensive experience supporting small, mid- and large businesses develop people strategies that support organizational goals. Her experience ranges across a wide variety of industries including engineering, construction, telecommunications and business process outsourcing (BPO).
She has experience working in the United States and internationally in Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Liberia and many countries in Asia.
She is recognized for being a multi-talented and versatile problem-solver with a proven track record of increasing employee engagement and enhancing leadership capabilities that directly impact bottom line results. Reagan’s broad knowledge of business disciplines enable her to develop unique people strategies designed to contribute to overall strategy.
Reagan earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Colorado, Denver and is a certified SHRM-SCP. She is passionate about advancing the HR profession, and serves as a volunteer for the Boulder Area Human Resources Association (BAHRA) as the Director of Communications & Marketing.
Brad Friedman, Founder & President of The Friedman Group, LLC is a Denver native and “Recovering Attorney.” Drawing on his lifetime of work with Attorneys, CPAs, Financial Services Providers, Nonprofit Organizations and Business Owners, Brad formed The Friedman Group to work with individuals, nonprofits and businesses to develop online marketing strategies that generate leads and revenue by harnessing the power of the Internet and utilizing Inbound and Social Media Marketing.
Self-proclaimed top entrepreneur of his elementary 4th grade class, Sam Gastro has been dreaming up business ideas for as long as he can remember. True to his entrepreneurial roots, he continues to fuel his passion in the niche of e-commerce. He has founded multiple online companies, and currently operates a thriving e-commerce business that keeps his techniques fresh and his tactics practical. He spends his time working with an amazing team to execute breakthrough e-commerce strategies and ideas that he enjoys sharing with others. He’s a practitioner first, and uses his own strategies and experience to derive value for other marketers and entrepreneurs.
Steven Groves is an online marketing strategist and a thought-leader in the use of online technology & social media for business. His expertise ranges from the second stage companies to larger, international brands with a focus on the data and metrics that inform and guide his strategies. Steven’s professional career is in applying technology to corporate and small-businesses in the US, Canada and around the world. As a speaker, consultant, instructor and educator, he’s trained and presented in Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and Canada as well as being a guest lecturer at Arizona State University and Denver University in the marketing application of online and social technology. Founder of Social Marketing Conversations, a social media / marketing strategy consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado, Steven works with the National Center for Economic Gardening, researching and providing input on social media strategies and tactics for mid- and large sized companies. His work with both B2B & B2C clients in a wide variety of industries has given him real-world experiences that have sharpened his skills and knowledge in ways that only recurring, strategic application of theory and tactics can.
Andra Hargrave has over 15 years of direct national and international sales channel development in the areas of government procurement and fortune level 500 business development. His marketing channel development experience lies in a variety of industries, including technology-oriented manufacturing, service industries and distribution. Hargrave possesses an in-depth knowledge of state and federal set-aside procurement programs, such as SDB, HUB and the 8a Business Development Program, among others. He has served as the director of certification for the RMMSDC and currently serves as the statewide veteran’s consultant for the Colorado SBDC Network. His comprehension of federally-backed procurements, grants and certification programs, such as Advanced Technology and SBIR/STTR, is without equal.
Erik Host-Steen is founder of SMP Alignment, a firm that helps leaders of small to mid-sized businesses grow the top line and bottom line by focusing on improving sales, marketing, and product definition. Erik has been selling, marketing, and developing products for 20 years and has become tri-lingual in these disciplines, proficient in all three areas and capable of translating between and across them.
Erik’s expertise comes from working within and for several B2B industries and companies, from small family-owned businesses to the biggest publicly-traded enterprises. His favorites are small to mid-sized technically-oriented B2B product companies with engineers and scientists as associates and customers.
The inspiration for SMP Alignment came from a multi-year product development journey at the Hach Company (part of Danaher, DHR), that reinvented a configurable platform of water quality monitoring instruments used by scientists and engineers worldwide to assess environmental water quality. This was a comprehensive project encompassing mechanical, hardware, firmware, software, sensors, and user interface design to meet customer requirements discovered through comprehensive market and customer research and then packaging this complex product into something that is easy to sell with messaging, promotion, and sales tools that resonate with customers worldwide and the global sales team – all in an organization that takes lean manufacturing and performance expectations to the highest levels. Such a project needed tight alignment and cross-functional cooperation between sales, marketing, and product development – and masterful use and development of tools, methods, processes, and tricks to make it happen and win back market share from an entrenched competitor.
In addition to years of hands-on practical practice, Erik leverages his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Binghamton University, master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Buffalo, and a MBA focused in marketing from Cornell University.
Chuck Hunker grew up in the Chicago suburb of Barrington and attended Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A resident of Boulder since 1979, Hunker ran the Applause retail stores with locations in Boulder, Denver’s Cherry Creek and at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield with his wife, Jody. He developed the Split Method business; a web application in the divorce and estate planning sector. Hunker has served on the board of directors for The Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District and was the former chair of the Downtown Boulder Inc. board.
Ruth has over fifteen years of experience conducting market research for a broad range of businesses, including start-up and second stage advanced industry companies with products representing aerospace/DoD, healthcare, instrumentation, manufacturing, and IT/internet areas. She began her career working in sales and marketing roles for Pacific Telesis, Qualcomm, and a contract electronics manufacturer, and then switched to research and consulting starting with online start-ups during the emergence of the Internet. More recently, she became certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation as an Economic Gardening Market Researcher, and has served as the lead researcher for the State of Colorado’s Economic Gardening program, SBDC Advanced. She is also a Senior Consultant for Foresight Science and Technology, conducting market studies and providing commercialization assistance for inventions that receive NIH SBIR grants. Ruth holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer
With over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in high-tech, software, ecommerce, construction, manufacturing and medical companies, Mo is considered a small business expert and outstanding teacher. She has a practical and energetic demeanor and it is evident in her many workshops, seminars and consulting engagements.
Ed has been focused in strategic marketing and business development for more than 20 years, helping companies understand market conditions and implement go-to-market strategies. His expertise includes commercialization of government-funded technologies, with particular focus on the SBIR program. Technologies include software, medical devices, scientific instrumentation, aerospace systems, and pharmaceutical technologies.
Ken King has operated, rescued, designed and built over 100 restaurants in his Foodservice career. After college at the University of Maryland, Ken served in the US Marine Corps. Buying his first restaurant at 27 in Aspen, Colorado, he has owned 5 unique and successful restaurants. Ken has excelled in all areas of the Foodservice Industry. His Steakhouse in Colorado Springs was voted “Best Overall Restaurant in Southern Colorado”. He has operated his independent Consulting business since 1998, and has assisted close to 100 restaurant Clients in Rebranding, RePositioning, and Remodelling their operations – with 100% success in growing business and profits.
The consummate restaurant professional with almost 20 years of Consulting experience, Ken is available to all SBDC restaurant Clients for troubleshooting, business evaluation, and specialized assistance.
Wayne Kocina, a seasoned industry veteran with more than twenty years of experience in GIS founded GeoWize in 2003. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall operations of GeoWize. The company’s mission is to provide better information for better decisions to small and middle sized business giving them the same competitive advantage that the “big guys” have!
Wayne has provided GIS services and consulted for such companies as Target, Big O Tires, Smiling Moose Deli, Vom Fass, US West, Qwest, Unisys (France), Telebras (Brazil) & Telebras – CpQD, Idea Integration, the City of Littleton, numerous other cities and communities, and hundreds of small businesses. Wayne is one of the founding members and the GIS component of the Economic Gardening National Strategic Research Team (EG-NSRT). He is currently working with twenty one state-wide EG programs, and numerous community programs.
Wayne has managed a $100M GIS development & deployment project, vehicle tracking projects, spatial enterprise data projects, and more than one thousand site prospecting, competitive intelligence, and market intelligence projects using ESRI’s ArcGIS and Business Analyst tools coupled with demographic, income, spending, market & spatial data from the world’s leading providers of this data. These are the same tools that many of the biggest and most successful retail business use to give them a real “competitive advantage” over their competitors.
Deb Kolaras is founder of Marketing Java, a 20+ year-old Boulder-based agency that specializes in digital marketing services, training and support for small businesses. She serves on the board of the YMCA of Boulder Valley, and previously on the boards of the Louisville and Lafayette Chambers of Commerce, and the Mile High Business Alliance. She’s been a speaker at SBDC’s Northglenn campus, and is currently a lecturer at CU’s Leeds School of Business, and is a mentor in the Leeds Professional Mentorship Program. Further mentoring service includes her advisory work for both the Family and Consumer Sciences and Marketing Advisory Committees at Centaurus High School, and marketing mentor with GoCode Colorado.
Mia Mestdagh has been in the IT field for over 20 years, and brings a broad variety of web development experience, website design, web marketing, usability design & testing, UX design, search engine optimization, consulting, and project management skills to Web Yodel. Web Yodel has been in business for over 14 years and has worked with clients from many different backgrounds, professions, and areas of expertise to develop websites on a wide variety of platforms.
In her spare time, Mia, enjoys spending time with her family going rock climbing, skiing, canyoneering, hiking and taking pictures of all of their adventures.
Fredrik Mollborn is a registered Patent Agent and the founder and owner of Mollborn Patents, Inc., a small intellectual property firm in Boulder. Fredrik helps inventors, as well as companies of all sizes with obtaining high-quality and affordable patents. Prior to founding Mollborn Patents, Inc. in 2006, Fredrik worked in several leading intellectual property law firms in Europe and Silicon Valley. In addition to preparing and prosecuting design and utility patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Fredrik also provides strategic counseling about the best way to build and maintain a patent portfolio, and how to protect intellectual property outside the U.S. He lives in south Boulder with his wife and two sons.
Karri brings more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. She started her career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where she
supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. Karri gained additional breadth working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety
of government contracting matters. Karri then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where she supported multiple issues across the company, including major
government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration, and major litigation. Before establishing her own practice,
Karri acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business. She uses her unique and diverse background to
advise companies on all aspects of government contracting, including translating and simplify the byzantine laws of the world of government contracts.
Steve works with leaders who recognize that sales are the constraint to their company’s growth, and help them understand why and what to do to drive profitable, sustainable revenue.
Steve began developing his training and communications skills as a second grade teacher in Summit County, Colorado. An entrepreneur at heart, Steve left teaching to start his own business, and since then, has spent over 36 years as a business owner and in the corporate arena: in industrial relations, operations, quality management, mergers and acquisitions, training, marketing, sales management and sales process development. Coaching CEO’s and Sales Managers is what he enjoys doing the most.
His various roles have provided him the opportunity to speak and train before diverse groups across this country, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Japan.
As was true when he taught 2nd grade, Steve’s passion is enabling client employees to recognize their full potential.
Don Potratz is the small business owner of Long’s Peak Accounting. As a former executive at the nation’s top payroll company, Don led the development of specialized accounting and payroll systems for small businesses. He brings decades of accounting and payroll expertise to businesses on the Front Range, where he lives with his wife, daughter and Great Dane, Apollo.
Veronika Sprinkel was born into this world with ten fingers, ten toes, and a twinkle in her wide precocious eyes. She is the Founder of Veronika Sprinkel Ink., a Boulder-based brand storytelling and copywriting boutique. VSI clientele includes The Kitchen, Atomic20, Colorado Haiti Project, Boulderganic Magazine, Clean Eating magazine, and countless others looking to accelerate professional growth through effective narrative messaging. Veronika is a graduate of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship’s Ideas2Action bootcamp and the Interlochen Arts Academy. She is a One World Summit Contributor and holds a donor subsidized Artist’s Membership at MCA Denver. Veronika’s blog, The World According To Veronika Sprinkel, is read widely across six continents. In spare time, Veronika works on fine art photography projects, studies old-world natural wine production, takes long, deliberate bike rides and strolls around Boulder with Pablo, her beloved, formerly-stray New Mexican rescue hound.
Chuck spent the majority of his career working for Lockheed Martin. He held various positions in corporate finance and marketing and strategic planning in Lockheed Martin’s government and commercial businesses. In his last assignment he was CFO of Space Imaging, a joint venture between Lockheed and Raytheon. Space Imaging was a provider of low earth satellite imagery to domestic and international customers. Chuck played a key role in the sale of the joint venture and was responsible for dissolving the business. In 2008 Chuck retired from Lockheed Martin to pursue other interests in the non-profit world.
Eric Zeitlin’s broad expertise covers every aspect of product development, including idea generation, design, development, prototyping, packaging, patents, marketing, and licensing. He has degrees in Business and Product Design, as well as an MBA, and teaches college-level classes in Business, Economics, and Product Design. He holds 7 U.S. patents, and has signed six license agreements for his products.
Eric developed over a dozen retail products for Marie Callender’s, available in supermarkets around the U.S. and Canada. He was the industrial designer for the Zip Pen sold in Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples. Eric currently designs innovative kitchen gadgets that have been sold in TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls. He is a Lead Consultant at the Boulder Small Business Development Center, where he helps entrepreneurs launch new products and services, as well as grow their existing businesses.