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.

Administrator and Disaster Relief

Marianne Ballantine

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.

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