Meet Our Team

Executive Director, Boulder SBDC & Team Leader, SBDC ADVANCED - Economic Gardening Gold Level

Sharon King

In the past 13 years, Sharon King and the Boulder SBDC have worked with over 6,000 entrepreneurs from startups through 2nd stage companies, from “Main Street” businesses through highly scalable manufacturing and Advanced Industries. Sharon is Team Leader for both the SBDC TechSource Program and the SBDC Advanced – Economic Gardening programs. Just before joining the SBDC in 2004, Sharon converted and re-branded a franchise hotel into the independent Boulder Outlook Hotel, in which she was an investor. In the 30 years between, Sharon has been an entrepreneur, marketing executive and consultant for small (and larger) businesses in a wide range of industries. She holds an MBA from Cornell University, is a Certified Technology Commercialization Consultant by the Institute of Technology Commercialization and is nationally-certified as an Economic Gardening Team Leader through the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Digital Marketing

Suzi Bahnsen

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.

Our Advisory Board

Boulder SBDC Advisory Board members provide advice to the executive director and center staff to help continually improve our programming and practices. They provide community insight to ensure that Center’s strategic plans and programs continue to meet the needs of Boulder County small businesses.

  • Susan Bateman, CMIT Solutions, Lafayette
  • Liz Hanson, City of Boulder
  • Leslie Irwin, Boulder County Commissioners
  • Janine Ledingham, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
  • Kelly Manning, Colorado SBDC Network
  • Jennifer Pinsonneault, City of Boulder, CO-LABS
  • Chuck Stees, Consultant, Louisville
  • John Tayer, Boulder Chamber
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