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Welcome Matthew West

We are excited to welcome Matthew as our new business librarian consultant!

Matthew joined the Poudre River Public Library from Loveland Public Library where he managed various library services, programs, and outreach initiatives.

“I truly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout our community,” says Matthew West. “It’s a testament to a business ecosystem that understands and values startups and small businesses. I’m excited to be part of that system and help people successfully create and grow their businesses.”

Matthew brings a deep knowledge of data and market analysis, strategic planning, and research to his work as a Business Librarian. He is located at the Harmony Library and is available for one-on-one meetings to discuss business research and analysis and to teach methods for effectively using the many free business resources available at the libraries.

Matthew West
Business Librarian
Poudre River Public Library

Welcome Renee Walkup to the Larimer SBDC!

We would like to welcome Renee Walkup as a new Instructor here at the Larimer SBDC. Renee bring us a wealth of knowledge and we are excited to have her on board!

Renee is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. She founded SalesPEAK in 1996 after working in the corporate world for 17 years. Fortune 500’s and medium-sized businesses have relied on Renee’s advice to increase revenue and productivity.

Renee’s strengths are providing tactical steps to business leaders so that they can execute gaining more commitments, establish better business relationships, and deliver compelling presentations. Her clients include: Microsoft, Bayer, Check Point Software, Coca-Cola, The Better Business Bureau, and many others.

A recent resident of Ft. Collins in 2016, Renee is a SAGE advisor through Innosphere, participates as a City volunteer, and serves on the Economic Advisory Committee Board with the Ctiy.

When not working, her passion is creating 3D mosaics, gardening, and hiking all the trails she can, while enjoying the beauty of Colorado.

New Consultant, Andrew Meade joins the SBDC team!

Please join us in welcoming Andrew Meade to the Larimer SBDC!

Andrew worked for over 35 years in the construction industry.  As a project manager he has built dozens of large commercial construction projects.  As a business unit manager, he ran regional profit centers for a major U.S. general contractor in Redwood City and San Jose, CA.

In 2003, Andy and some partners founded a commercial general contracting firm focused on high-tech and healthcare construction in Silicon Valley which grew rapidly to an annual volume over $50 million and more than 80
employees.  After 8 years as its President, Andy moved on to pursue other interests including small business consulting.  As a volunteer business coach with an anti-poverty entrepreneurship program, Andy spent a year in West
Africa in 2014 helping twenty local businesses develop and execute long term growth strategies.

A registered Professional Engineer and licensed General Contractor in multiple states, Andy has a BS in Civil Engineering from MIT and received a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.