UCCS names new Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center director

Jana Hyde, (719) 255-3755, jhyde@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Aikta Marcoulier (Ake-Tha  Mar-Koh-Lee-Er), former director of partnership marketing, Professional Bull Riders, will serve as the new director of the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, UCCS officials announced May 15.

Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, announced Marcoulier’s selection after reviewing more than 100 applicants during a six-month search. Since 2004, Marcoulier worked in marketing positions for Professional Bull Riders, Inc., Pueblo, most recently as director of partnership marketing. Previously, she worked as a project manager for the Native American Sports Council, Colorado Springs.

“Aikta stood out as one who truly understands how the SBDC can be a major contributor to the economic vitality of our region,” Reddy said.  “She is passionate about partnership marketing and its possibilities, and we look forward to assisting her as she develops the organization to its full potential.”

Marcoulier holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in global management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Iowa.

The SBDC operates as a part of the College of Business and offers business consulting and training that assists small businesses in El Paso and Teller County. For more information http://cssbdc.org/site/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 400 MBA and Distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 9,300 students annually.