UCCS-based Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center honors business leaders

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu Jana Hyde, (719) 255-3755, jhyde@uccs.edu Aikta Marcoulier, 719-255-5842, amarcoul@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Four organizations and individuals were recognized as leaders in the development of small businesses in Teller and El Paso counties during a June 13 luncheon hosted by the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center.

The awards were announced by Aikta Marcoulier, director, SBDC.

The winners were:

  • Sponsor of the Year: City of Colorado Springs for its continued support and commitment to the SBDC’s mission to help businesses start, grow, and prosper in Colorado.
  • Instructor of the Year: Patricia Asher, a Colorado Springs Certified Public Accountant, who taught the most classes and received the highest average evaluation scores of the more than 30 volunteer teachers.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Steve Imke, Monument, an entrepreneur who logged more than 70 hours a month of counseling and served as interim co-director of the SBDC during a search for a permanent director.
  • Special recognition: Shawna Markiewicz, project manager, UCCS College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization. Markiewicz was recognized for exemplary leadership while serving as interim co-director of the SBDC during a search for a permanent director.

The master of ceremonies for the event was Niki Weirich, of KXRM Fox 21 and the event was sponsored by U.S. Bank. The keynote speakers were Laura Love and Ramonna Robinson of Ground Floor Media, Denver.

The SBDC is sponsored by the UCCS College of Business and the U.S. Small Business Administration. It offers business consulting and training that assists small businesses in El Paso and Teller County. For more information about the SBDC and services it offers, visit 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.