Meet our dedicated staff and board of directors

Our Team

Meet Our Team

Executive Director, Boulder SBDC & Program Leader, SBDC TechSource: Commercialization

Sharon King

In the past 15 years, Sharon King and Boulder SBDC have worked with more than 7,000 entrepreneurs, from startups through second stage companies, from “Main Street” retailers through highly scalable manufacturing and advanced industry ventures. In 2018, Boulder SBDC was named the nation’s best SBDC by U.S. Small Business Administration — the Center of Excellence and Innovation. Sharon leads the Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization Program statewide (technical assistance and programming for SBIR/STTR grant funding), as well as the Tech Venture Accelerator (TVX) in Boulder. Sharon partnered with NASA to produce their national SBIR event (Innovation & Opportunity Conference) in Colorado in 2018 and 2019. Sharon’s first business was a vintage clothing store in upstate New York. 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, certification in Technology Commercialization from University of Houston and is nationally-certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation and Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Assistant Director

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.

Program Manager

Jamie Brandess

Jamie has a vast work history in the nonprofit field, starting her career at United Way. She then worked for the Boulder SBDC for three years as Marketing and Events Director, managing 80+ workshops and events per year as well as all marketing initiatives for the center. She is now the Colorado SBDC TechSource Program Manager, which helps innovative technology businesses statewide through programs and consulting. She is also an entrepreneur and has worked on her own business endeavors. She holds a B.A. from Colorado College in International Political Economy.

Program Manager

Rachel Garcia

Rachel Garcia has worked from small and international business to the nonprofit and government sectors, specializing in program management, community outreach, and customer support. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs make connections to start and grow their businesses across several industries, including minority-owned, sustainability, and organic food and supplements. Rachel began working at the Boulder SBDC in 2011 and has returned after five years to become the center’s program manager. She is a board member of the Boulder County Latino Chamber of Commerce, where she continues to foster economic and social development by advocating for Latino entrepreneurs.

Boulder SBDC Foundation Board of Directors

The Boulder SBDC Foundation Board of Directors provides advice to the executive director and center staff to help continually improve our programming and practices. It provides community insight to ensure that Center’s strategic plans and programs continue to meet the needs of Boulder County small businesses.

State Director, Colorado SBDC Network

Joey Jenkins

Joey Jenkins oversees the operational management, strategic direction, and financial planning of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, a $3.5 million federal- and state-funded program with 15 full-time Centers across the State of Colorado.

Throughout his tenure and with the help of Jenkins’ guidance and support, the Colorado SBDC Network has successfully implemented new small business support initiatives and programs including Connect 2 Dot (a partnership with CDOT designed to assist small companies in navigating construction bids and contracts), SBDC ADVANCED (economic gardening initiative targeting second stage, growth companies), Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEdge (specialized consulting and training for Colorado’s small manufacturing companies), and SBDC TechSource (targeted assistance for Colorado’s technology and innovation-driven companies including access to capital and technology transfer).

When not spending time with all of the amazing individuals that make up the Colorado SBDC Network, Joey also enjoys planning mountaineering adventures, bike-packing expeditions, and re-building 19th century homes.

Financial Strategy and CPA Services

Bill Jones

Bill is also a Boulder Colorado native.  He took an indirect route to the accounting field, starting college in technical theater.  When he began to look at business degrees, a mentor directed him to accounting describing it as the language of business.  A graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, he spent 6 years in private industry before entering public accounting.  With 25+ years serving clients as a CPA, he values the role of trusted advisor.  He has broad experience in financial reporting, management consulting and individual and business income taxes.  Bill has overseen engagements ranging from start-ups to companies with over $1 billion in revenue, but his focus in on serving small, closely held, owner managed businesses and the related individuals.

Bill has served in various capacities with non-profits organizations.  He currently serves on the board of the Erie Colorado Chamber of Commerce and as a consultant for the Boulder Small Business Development Center.  Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2015, he continues to serve a dual role as a member of the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council and the Small Business Development Center State Advisory Board.

Bill values time with his family and takes great satisfaction in seeing his three kids develop into young adults.

In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist and recreational triathlete.  He is middle to back of the pack but is a 3-time Ironman finisher.

Law

Carrie Schiff

The most important indication of success to me is earning new business from an existing client. It’s the same standard I aspired to as a General Counsel, and includes delivering world class legal services on time and on budget. My corporate and transactional practices include representing companies and investors in a variety of industries in financings, mergers and acquisitions and the complete range of technology-based transactions. I advise executives and boards on governance matters and I help clients establish and implement cost-effective corporate compliance programs. As General Counsel of Flextronics, I learned about continuous improvement as a core operating concept. The principle is now second-nature to me, and I am constantly looking for opportunities to increase efficiency, make adjustments based on feedback, and measure results – although my family and friends are still waiting to see me apply this discipline to my cooking.

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