Subject Matter Experts

Eladia Rivera

#3 Eladia Rivera has 30+ years as a librarian in a variety of metro area academic and public libraries. Her areas of expertise include business and market research. She specializes in online searching using databases and web resources available via the SBDC and local libraries. She is committed to the discovery of free and subscription based quality online content to help entrepreneurs craft a business plan, research industries and consumer markets and easily track emerging trends.

Carrie Schiff

Carrie Schiff is currently Chair of the Governor’s State of Colorado Economic Development Commission, as well as Co-Founding Partner of Sage Law Group. Carrie Schiff is a business lawyer specializing in the representation of technology companies and their investors in corporate, securities and transactional matters. As both a seasoned business executive and outside counsel, Ms. Schiff has participated in the development and execution of commercialization strategies for a range of companies, from global multinational companies to start-ups. Ms. Schiff represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing and supply chain, data and geospatial imagery, technology, alternative energy, e-commerce and digital gaming. Prior to co-founding Sage Law Group, Ms. Schiff was Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of MWH Global, Inc., a leading multinational, employee-owned civil engineering and construction firm based in Broomfield that was acquired by Stantec Inc. Before joining MWH, Ms. Schiff served as SVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Flextronics International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: FLEX), one of the largest global electronics manufacturing services companies. Her past in-house experience includes serving as SVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel at USA.NET, Inc. in Colorado Springs, an email outsourcing company. Ms. Schiff came to Boulder in 1993 to open the Colorado practice of Cooley LLP, where she was a Partner. Carrie is a certified Consultant with the Boulder Small Business Development Center and a member of its Board of Directors.

David Talon

David Talon is a business growth, strategy and execution expert with 20+ years of experience leading new domestic and international business development, setting up distribution networks, increasing top-line revenues and building cohesive teams in the USA, Latin America, Europe and Asia. David has hands-on project management experience helping to create changes in the strategies, plans, systems, and procedures to rapidly increase sales, market penetration and new business growth. David is a Certified Executive Coach with a strong understanding of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) required to adapt business practices to local and regional market considerations. He focuses on early-stage and rapidly growing small-to-medium sized businesses ($0 – $50 Million) with a willingness and capability to expand in both US and foreign markets. David holds an MBA in International Business with a minor in Latin American Geopolitics and has lived in South America and Mexico.

Jon Taylor

Jon is a corporate partner who specializes in corporate and securities law with extensive experience in emerging company issues, venture capital, M&A and private equity. Jon is passionate about working with entrepreneurs on everything from formation through multiple rounds of financing and eventually ending with an exit transaction. Jon works with companies ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations and also represents angel, venture capital and private-equity investors. Jon joined KO in 2005 after practicing corporate and securities law with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, Cooley Godward in Boulder, Colorado and Smith Anderson in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jon graduated from Duke Law School, magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif and received his B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder, summa cum laude.

Outside of the office, Jon likes to spend his time hanging out with his kids, reading novels, traveling the globe or listening to very loud live music.

Eric Zeitlin

Eric Zeitlin’s broad expertise covers every aspect of product development, including idea generation, design, development, prototyping, packaging, patents, marketing, and licensing. He has degrees in Business and Product Design, as well as an MBA, and teaches college-level classes in Business, Economics, and Product Design. He holds 7 U.S. patents, and has signed six license agreements for his products.

Eric developed over a dozen retail products for Marie Callender’s, available in supermarkets around the U.S. and Canada. He was the industrial designer for the Zip Pen sold in Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples. Eric currently designs innovative kitchen gadgets that have been sold in TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls. He is a Lead Consultant at the Boulder Small Business Development Center, where he helps entrepreneurs launch new products and services, as well as grow their existing businesses.

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