Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) serves as the primary interface between the State and local communities. DOLA provides financial support to local communities and professional and technical services to community leaders in the areas of governance, housing, and property tax administration.

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Alyson Anderson, Senior Manager Small Business Lending, DOLA/OEDIT – Colorado Startup Loan Fund

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City and County of Denver

The Purchasing Division is within the Department of General Services. The Division is responsible for acquiring goods and/or related services for City and County of Denver departments/agencies utilizing various governmental procurement best practices, including competitive bidding and direct, open market purchases. The Charter, Denver Revised Municipal Code (D.R.M.C.), and Fiscal Accountability Rules provide the legal authority, policy and procedure for the manner in which the Purchasing Division procures goods and services for agencies of the city.

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Sol Ybarra, Business Outreach Coordinator – Department of General Services, Purchasing Division

Josh Ortega, Certification Analyst

Josh Ortega is a Certification Analyst for the City and County of Denver assisting small and minority/women owned small businesses level the playing field that wish to do business with the city. Josh came to the city continuing a career primarily spent advocating for small businesses wearing many different hats including: marketing, tech support and taxes/bookkeeping. Josh is a proud Colorado native and twice graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Pantheon Solutions

Pantheon Solutions is a government compliance accounting firm. Established in 2019, we specialize in all aspects of government compliance for our clients that are in business with federal and state agencies. We help our clients navigate through the complexities of compliance to include; accounting structure, indirect rate calculations, job cost reporting, invoicing government agencies, financial reporting, incurred cost audits, pre-award audits, accounting system audits, timekeeping systems, labor distributions, purchasing systems, contract review and a few other details required to be compliant in the government space. Pantheon Solutions also helps clients with forecasting, cash flow analysis and proposal preparation. We support several different accounting systems to include QuickBooks Desktop, Online, Sage, Unanet, and Deltek Cost Point. We support clients from pre-revenue to billion dollar enterprises.

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Brian Ormsby, Founder & CEO

I am passionate about helping small business succeed in the difficult terrain that is government compliant accounting and contract management. I am a US Air Force Veteran. In the Air Force, I spent 4 years as a flight simulator instructor and 7 ½ years in Cost & Budget Analysis. Upon leaving the Air Force, I went to work as a civil servant in Accounting and Finance at Ramstein AB, Germany. There I supervised customer service for military pay and travel. Four years later, I returned to the US and started my own business enterprise in distributing. I spent 10 years building my distributing business before successfully selling the enterprise. After that, I spent 10 years as the Director of Operations and Program Manager for a simulation company building simulators for the US Department of Defense and NATO allies. Since 2014 I have been a consultant in Government Accounting and Compliance. I currently specialize in helping firms manage their accounting and contracts with the DoD, NSF, NIH, DOE and NASA. I am a certified ISO 9001 Quality Auditor as well as a DOT certified Cost Analyst. I hold a BS in Management from Regents College.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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Aikta Marcoulier, Regional Administrator

As Region VIII Administrator, Aikta Marcoulier will oversee SBA programs, offices, and operations in the SBA’s Rocky Mountain region, serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Ms. Marcoulier joined the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network as the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak office in May 2012. Prior to the SBDC, she was the director of partnership marketing with the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. She is also the program creator and manager of the Colorado SBDC’s Cyber: Cover Your Assets program providing education, training, and one-on-one consulting to small businesses throughout Colorado, and currently serves as a regional coordinator for the NorthStar CMM program.

Ms. Marcoulier is involved in the El Pomar Emerging Leaders Program and is an active board member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board, vice-chair of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, member of the Pikes Peak Community College Business Advisory Board, and president of the Colorado Business Development Foundation. She serves on numerous committees for the Colorado Springs Business Journal and is on the technology and capacity committees for the Colorado SBDC Network. Additionally, she is a member of ROAR (Relationships, Opportunities, Acumen, and Readiness Committee) for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) College of Business.

She received her MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in both economics and psychology from the University of Iowa.

JoAnna B. Sandoval, Business Opportunity Specialist

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U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

HUD is responsible for national policy and programs that address America’s housing needs, that improve and develop the Nation’s communities, and enforce fair housing laws. HUD’s business is helping create a decent home and suitable living environment for all Americans, and it has given America’s communities a strong national voice at the Cabinet level. HUD plays a major role in supporting homeownership by underwriting homeownership for low- and moderate-income families through its mortgage insurance programs. 

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Purchasing/Contracting Needs

In a typical year, HUD contracts around $1 billion on a variety of services and supplies. A large proportion of the money is used to place task and delivery orders under existing contracts and to exercise options to contracts. The number of new contracts varies from year to year. 

HUD’s contracting needs may vary significantly from headquarters to its field offices. At headquarters, for example, contracts and purchases primarily support headquarters programs. They include professional services such as research studies, business process re-engineering, technical assistance to HUD funding recipients and logistical support services for maintenance and supplies. 

The majority of HUD’s field contracts and purchases support the field program operations of the Department’s Office of Housing. Under its Single Family and Multifamily Housing programs, HUD manages, markets, and sells single and multifamily real estate properties. Contracted services include property management, property marketing, sales closings, routine inspections and appraisals. 

For the mortgage insurance programs, contracted services may include mortgage credit analysis, mortgage insurance endorsement processing, title service and underwriting analysis. 

Purchases of general supplies and services to support HUD’s field offices normally do not provide any significant contracting opportunities. Most of these purchases are made with local vendors using simplified acquisition procedures. 


Adrian Blackman, Contracting Officer/Small Business Liaison

Over 35 years of in the area of acquisitions and leadership in federal of which over 30 years were in the Air Force, Federal Agencies and private industries. A diverse background in Construction, Healthcare, Supplies and Services working specifically at Adams Twelve School District, Lockheed Martin, The Defense Health Agency, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently at HUD as a Team Lead/Contracting Officer and Small Business Liaison acquiring services.

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