Center Director of the Central Mountain SBDC. Buena Vista, CO
Jamie has years of experience in business and brand development, marketing vision/creation, merchandising, graphic design, training programs and special event planning and implementation. For 19 years Jamie ran her own consulting business Creative Concepts of Colorado dba Yara Innovations and had the great pleasure to work with a variety of local, state and international small businesses. She specialized in working with the World specialty coffee, tea and food industry, along with whole health products and services, in retail sectors, growers/producers along with working with a variety of non-profits.
Her work history includes helping develop businesses and brands through:
Development of Goals, Objectives, Action Steps and Business Strategies; Tactical Marketing & Business Plans; Brand Development, Positioning & Management; Training Programs for Management & Teams; and much more.
Jamie has lived in Chaffee County for over 20 years and loves hiking, camping, skiing and the huge variety of local music to be enjoyed in the Arkansas Valley. Not to mention celebrating mountain living with her husband, two daughters and son-in-laws, four grandchildren and many four-legged family members.
Miranda Grant, MeD
Client & Programs Coordinator for the Central Mountain SBDC. Salida, CO
Miranda has more than 10 years of proven success in Education, Tourism and Customer Services, She is well-versed in teaching educational courses about a number of topics including Microsoft products. As a social person, she leverages her unique blend of experience to provide training and support to clients and colleagues, and ensure operational excellence through a customer-focused approach and engaging leadership.
Throughout her career she has always worked in the Tourism industry, as well as, in Educational roles. She has traveled to over 80 countries and was privileged with the ability to live and work surrounded by a variety of cultures. Because of this experience she has become extremely flexible and adaptable through working in this great variety of circumstances and gained a good dose of life experience.
Miranda enjoys all of the many adventures our high mountain region offers and is an avid hiker and explorer.
Jen Visitacion, MBA
Central Mountain SBDC Consultant & Founder of Moonstone Ventures. Salida CO
Jen Visitacion is the founder & CEO of Moonstone Ventures, LLC, Certified Life & Business Coach & Master Facilitator. Jen’s background includes completion of a MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability (Green MBA Program) a B.S. in Natural Resources, Recreation & Tourism and Tourism with an emphasis in Cultural & Environmental Interpretation.
Jen has 20+ years of experience working with non-profit organizations and small business entrepreneurs in developing vision and implementation strategies to create and navigate change.
Jen’s specialty is working with the concept of sustainability which can take on different meanings depending on the context; environmental sustainability, community sustainability, organizational and business sustainability, and personal sustainability,
Consultant and Events Support for the Central Mountain SBDC. Salida, CO
Megan holds a Masters Certificate of Liberal Studies, a Bachelor of Art in Creative Writing, and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certification. She operated her own small business for many years in our valley.
Her expertise lies in: Extensive Experience Building Strong Community
Relationships and Partnerships, Impeccable Oral and Written
Communication, Organization of Events, Programs and Processes, Strong Eye for Detail and Big Picture Objectives, and Entrepreneurship!
Most importantly she is mom to three kids and community minded volunteer and support.
Central Mountain SBDC Consultant & Founder of Stitchcraft Marketing. Salida, CO
Leanne has been a business and marketing strategist for 25+ years. Owner of Stitchcraft Marketing, an agency specializing in social media strategy and implementation for the craft sector.
Leanne also offers our Marketing Power bi-weekly marketing and training topics that include: Finding Your Why, Identifying Your Ideal Customer, Reaching Your Ideal Customer Through Social Media: What Makes A Great Post?, Time Saving Approaches to Your Marketing & Outreach, Generosity Marketing to Build Your Brand and Sell More!, Creating & Testing New Customer Segments, How to Rethink & Reimagine Your Offerings in an Ever Changing Environment, Using Google Analytics to Make Business Decisions, Tell Your Customers Who You Are: Building a Great About Us Page, Virtual Vending Tips & Tricks, Facebook & Instagram Live: Your Customer Connection, New Trends in Marketing & Sales to Try in Your Business, Back to Basics: Blogging 101, Back to Basics: Newsletters 101.
At home in Salida she enjoys hiking, knitting and hanging out with her family and two puppies.
Central Mountain SBDC Consultant & Real Estate Broker. Salida CO
Shawn is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. He lives and works in Salida, CO and services the Chaffee County area. His expertise is in start-ups as well as helping existing businesses reach their potential through financial planning, cash flow, marketing, sales, new product initiatives, employees, business processes and strategic planning.
Shawn has started, grown and sold several businesses over the last 20 years. Currently he is a Real Estate broker with First Colorado Land Office and the owner of OnSite Credentials – providing credentialing and access identification services for large events.
His small business experience helps owners direct their talents toward building their business and attaining their goals while maintain a work / life balance.
Center Director of the Central Mountain SBDC & Chaffee County Finance
Dane has spent the last 20 years working in accounting, finance, operations, sales, human resources, and consulting. He loves living in small mountain towns and is passionate for the small businesses that are the heart and soul of these communities.
Dane has spent time both as a professional ski bum working in human resources and operations at Winter Park Resort and has also been a 911 dispatcher and sheriff deputy here in Chaffee County.
He now spends his time paying the bills for Chaffee County. He is a great asset to the SBDC assisting with cash flow planning, accounting and patents.
He loves raising/playing with his son and daughter, as well as, hiking, skiing, boating, and biking with his wife and the cats.
Central Mountain SBDC Consultant & Founder Grand Slam Design. Buena Vista, CO
Susan Dunn has been a consultant with the SBDC for over 10 years, enjoying helping small businesses launch and grow. From developing branding and promotional campaigns to writing business plans and obtaining funding, she has helped several small businesses get started. Her education is Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co., and Art and Graphic Design at San Jose State University. As a fine artist, Susan has sold her work professionally, from galleries and shows to commissioned pieces. Her expertise includes branding, storefront design, collateral materials, printing, signage, marketing and promotion; business formation and business plans; and accounting and financial reporting.
Tech Support Specialist SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, government contracting. Salida, CO
Stephanie Amend is the Founder of Arrowhead Solutions, LLC; a full-service solutions provider for government contractors. It was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing companies with the extra knowledge and manpower they need to succeed in the world of government contracting and start-up culture. Specializing in capture management, proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, and compliance, as a company, Arrowhead provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors. Stephanie also provides business coaching for start-ups, teaming and partnering consulting and growth strategy sessions.
Arrowhead Solutions is headquartered in Colorado; however, Arrowhead reaches clients nationwide. Stephanie is a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional and possesses a BSA and an MBA. As a member of the small business community, Stephanie sits on the Salida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is an advisor for the Small Business Development Centers of Colorado and the former President of the Board of Directors for the Denver Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. She has a passion for entrepreneurship and is also a speaker, expert witness, author, coach, mom, ultra-runner and competitive mountain biker.
HR Consultant for a Variety of Colorado SBDC Centers. Denver, CO
Reagan is a HR consultant, is an accomplished HR executive with over 20 years of experience developing people strategies that support organizational goals. Her experience ranges across a wide variety of industries and global companies including CH2M HILL, ECC, Comcast Cable, Sitel and ServiceSource.
Reagan’s broad knowledge of HR and business disciplines enable her to develop unique people strategies designed to contribute to overall strategy and directly impact bottom line results.
Her areas of focus are HR strategy, employee engagement, compliance/policy development and training, process evaluation and improvement, and refining employment structures to meet the ongoing and evolving needs of the business.
Reagan earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Colorado, Denver, and is a certified SHRM-SCP. Reagan also serves as an HR Consultant for the Boulder, Northwest, Central Mountain, and West Central Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado State HR Council.
Andra L. Hargrave
Government contracting consultant for the Colorado SBDC Network. Denver, CO
Andra Hargrave helps SBDC clients with their government contracting strategy. Since 1999, he’s lobbied on behalf of minority, veterans, women own companies and has experience in governmental contracting and Fortune Level 500 business development. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of state and federal set-aside procurement programs and has been contracted by companies of every certification designation – including tribally owned companies, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and companies seeking to commercialize within SBIR/STTR grant programs.
Hargrave is also a business consultant for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center, co-located with the Denver Metro SBDC, and is a certified NxLeveL instructor. Andra is a Senior SBDC Consultant with the State of Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, and Veteran’s & Connect2DOT Program expert.