Stephanie Amend is the founder of Arrowhead Solutions, LLC; a full service solutions provider for government contracting and SBIR/STTR grants. Ms. Amend founded Arrowhead Solutions in 2009 after holding contract management positions in both government and private industry for nearly nine years. 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 and innovation grants. Specializing in capture management, proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, accounting and compliance; Arrowhead provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors and smaller technology ventures. Stephanie is a specialist speaker and consultant for SBDC TechSource, Colorado Emerging Ventures and the Technology Ventures Series on a variety of SBIR and Contracting topics including SBIR/STTR Basics, Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in the SBIR/STTR World. Arrowhead Solutions, SBDC TechSource and other organizations partner on www.coloradosbir.com to increase timely information and education for Colorado’s SBIR and government contracting companies.
Subject Matter Experts
Matt Arnold grew up in Virginia where he attended high school and college. He began his professional career working as an apprentice winemaker before going to Guatemala to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer.
His work with micro-entrepreneurs in Central America motivated him to return to the US to get his MBA in Austin, TX. Since then, he has been founder of four different companies across multiple industries, always with the goal of sustainability in mind.
Matt’s current venture puts him in daily contact with inspiring food entrepreneurs, many of whom look to him to help navigate the many challenges that come with small business ownership. He loves encouraging these entrepreneurs, and helping them solve problems great and small.
Suzi Bahnsen is Founder of Apple & Arrow Sales, a sales and marketing training business for female entrepreneurs. Suzi owned a marketing and design agency for 8 years in Boulder, as well as a consulting agency for 2 years, where she worked as a fractional CMO, creating systems and brand strategies that helped businesses to scale and increase profitability. She has also held several leadership positions as a Chief Marketing Officer, Director, and Strategist, as well as an award-winning sales professional. Over the last 20 years, her experiences have provided her with a unique perspective on sales and marketing today. Her passion is creating strategies and action plans for small business owners based on confidence, alignment and manageable steps to help her clients reach their targeted goals before burnout. Her approach is to always stay current and relevant and to share her knowledge to support businesses that need a boost with marketing and sales success.
Courtney is a highly credentialed and gifted public speaker, with over three decades of experience in Human Resources and Operations Management. During that time, she has held many management positions, from front-line supervisor to senior executive positions in both HR and operations. Courtney has worked with for-profit, not-for-profit clients in a myriad of industries including healthcare, insurance, hospitality, retail, education, technology, and manufacturing. She is passionate about HR issues, leading people, and designing management systems and philosophies to improve employee engagement, performance, and productivity. Courtney is a member of the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council was featured in “How to Conduct Annual Employee Reviews” in Inc. Magazine, a published author and a national speaker. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management and both SHRM-SCP and SPHR professional certifications.
With over 30 years of experience in the commercial and investment real estate field, Mark Casey has assisted a wide range of entrepreneurs, private and public companies, as well as non-profit organizations, in successfully leasing over 1-million square feet of commercial and industrial space. Mark began his real estate career with Trammell Crow Company as a leasing agent in Charlotte, NC. Currently, Mark heads-up Tenant Wisdom, LLC an independent commercial brokerage providing tenant representation to companies throughout Denver/Boulder. Companies he has assisted included Twisted Pine Brewing, Boulder Ice Cream, Data Network Group, Botanical Interests, Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and The Aquaponics Source. Mark holds an MBA degree from the Colgate Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS Degree from the University of Missouri.