Month: March 2022

Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett

Business & Financial Consultant

Mike Bennett founded GOpositive.BIZ, LLC in 2009 as a business and public policy consulting service. He uses his experience from working as a Presidential appointee in a Federal Agency, as a community banker and as senior staff for three members of Congress to produce positive results for his clients.

Mike has mentored over 30 companies in the preparation of their financial models. Those companies have ranged from early stage to mature companies seeking equity or debt financing. GOpositive.BIZ, LLC has worked on several projects including a U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant application and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency (USDA RD) Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

Mike was appointed in 2006 to be Colorado State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency. He and his staff of 59 were responsible for providing over $250 million to rural Colorado in loans and grants for single family housing, multi-family housing, businesses, utilities, and community facilities.

Mike has over 20 years of experience in community banking consisting of positions as a member of the board of directors, bank president, lender, and operations officer. Mike was also a Loan Review Specialist for the FDIC.

Mike has nearly 16 years of service as a senior level congressional staffer in Colorado and in Washington, D.C. Mike served as Chief of Staff for two U.S. Senators and as District Director for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Consulting Expertise Includes:

If you’ve never met with a Larimer SBDC consultant. 

Tami Parker


Human Resources

Tami Parker, CEO of UNIcycle Business Consulting, brings 26 years of big business experience to help small businesses grow. Tami offers full spectrum Human Resources Services, from recruiting, to creating job descriptions, to management training, to policy writing and enforcement, to performance management, she does it all.

One of her specialties in recruiting is interviewing for the intangibles. She volunteers to help small business owners through Fort Collins StartUp Week, Longmont Start Up Week and East Colorado SBDC and Larimer SBDC.

Consulting Expertise Includes:

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee


Websites, E-Commerce, Digital Marketing/Advertising

Brandon is an experienced entrepreneur with multiple small businesses under his belt. For the past 5 years, he has been creating digital marketing solutions for small businesses across the US. Using technology and software automation, Brandon helps bridge the gap between the digital and the real world.

With a wide range of professional experience, Brandon is a true jack of all trades. He uses his business acumen and broad knowledge of tech skills to quickly present solutions to clients, earning himself the moniker “The Professional Problem Solver”. Brandon is skilled in website development, multiple e-commerce platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, and Wix), App development for iOS and Android platforms, social media advertising, business process development and business planning from ideation to fulfillment.

Consulting Expertise Includes:

If you’ve never met with a Larimer SBDC consultant. 

Business Plan 101

Business Plan 101

Whether your business is still a dream or well underway, a thoughtful business plan can add significantly to your success. Preparing the plan helps identify critical business elements, answers essential questions about profitability and provides a continuing roadmap for both today’s management and tomorrow’s growth. Lastly, a business plan sends a clear message to customers, investors and competitors that you understand your business, its challenges and its opportunities.


  • What is your value proposition?
  • Who are your customers? Why?
  • Are YOU the right person for the business? Why?
  • Where is the CASH needed for you to start?
  • Where is the REVENUE needed for you to prosper?

An effective, dynamic business plan provides both the foundation and the roadmap for your business. It doesn’t need to be long. It doesn’t need to be pretty. It does need to be honest and realistic.

Mike Forney

Larimer SBDC Consultant

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Essential Steps to Starting Your Business – Hart

Essential Steps to Starting Your Business

Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! There are many questions that must be answered as a business owner when opening a new business and you want to be sure you are following ALL rules and regulations. This workshop will be a realistic starting  point for all budding entrepreneurs. The two-hour workshop will be PACKED and FAST PACED. We will investigate many questions and cover best practices for topics, such as:

What are the organizational and licensing requirements?
What resources should I explore?
Who should I market to and who is my competition?
Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business?

At the end, you will have a good feel for the level of effort and commitment it will take to make your business successful. If you’re serious about starting a business, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

Kat Hart

LBDC Program Director
Kat Hart brings a wealth of experience to her role as Program Director, including 8 years as a local business owner. Through Silver Rose Retro, she created custom dresses with a vintage flair, did bridal alterations, and worked directly with her customers to bring their sewn creations to life. Kat has a strong operation and marketing track record having worked in the marketing and leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the Larimer SBDC. Most recently she held the title of Digital Marketing Manager for International Sports Management in Portland, OR, harnessing their existing data to drive sales leads in program that she built from the ground up. She is a proud Colorado native, raised in the NOCO community with a family history of community impact. She received her Bachelor of Science from Regis University, majoring in Business Administration. In addition to her strong professional background, she is an enthusiastic self-described geek and loves all things sci-fi, gaming, technology, and planning new adventures.