Consultants – No Longer with the SBDC

Ben McConnell

 

Business Architecture

Ben McConnell is co-founder and CEO of Blue Parable, a Loveland based software start-up focused on bringing elegant, intuitive software solutions to businesses big and small.

In addition to running Blue Parable, Ben serves as Manager of Ecommerce and Digital Marketing for Cloz LLC, a Loveland based boutique retailer owned by his fiancée Anna Gutierrez and her mother Penne Sperry. Cloz operates two brick and mortar retail stores in downtown Loveland, each with an accompanying ecommerce site.

Ben began his career as an intern for the Thompson School District’s IT department at age 16. Throughout his career, he has held various technical and leadership positions in a number of industries including public education, building material manufacturing, car rental, and retail; ranging from small businesses to some of the world’s largest privately and publicly owned companies. As a certified Enterprise Architect, Ben has a passion for business architecture. He’s well versed in a myriad of business analysis and modeling techniques that enable process centric design of business solutions. He loves sharing these tools with business leaders and helping them improve their existing products and services, or create new ones.

Ben’s expertise includes software development, product management, project management, business architecture, process engineering, IT architecture, team management, service management, ecommerce, and digital marketing.

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Dixie Daly

Dixie Daly

 

Inventions, Author, Marketing, Sales

Dixie Daly is the Business/Membership Director for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. In this position, she creates and organizes many groups and event such as leadership Loveland, Early Birds lead group, Business Before and After Hours, Golf Tournaments, Corn Roast and Sweetheart Festival, Lunch Connections, Lunch N Learn, Annual Dinner, Valentine Stamping, Ambassador and Miss Valentine Programs.

Dixie combines her entrepreneurial energy with a lifelong passion for helping others. She generously shares her passion, innovation leadership, intense business savvy and extensive network of contacts to encourage others, both as individuals and as new entrepreneurs. Dixie has appeared on Denver’s ABC and NBC, promoting inventions and the creation of new ideas. She is well known for taking an idea from scribbled notes to a world-wide market. She grasps the value and impact of solid mentoring, networking, inspiring and encouraging other entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and reach their goals.

Dixie began her successful fundraising experience as a volunteer in Loveland’s Thompson R2J School District. For the past 35 years she has provided fundraising expertise and top Sales awards with companies like Time Warner, Reader’s Digest, Graber Window Blinds and Colorado Rockies Baseball Team. Throughout her years as an entrepreneur, Dixie has received numerous awards such as eWomen Network’s International Business Match-Maker, Biz West ‘Women of Distinction,’ Colorado Women of Influence Vision and the Colorado Women of Influence Inspirational award and is an award-winning poet. She is a Board Member with Colorado Women of Influence and President of her local ESA Sigma Rho Sorority Chapter and was a Committee Member for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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José Luis Ramos

Jose Luis Ramos

 

Bilingual English/Spanish

José Luis joins us from the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office after running his own business for over 10 years, where he experienced the different needs of small businesses and the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the United States.  He is an engineer and has a BS in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University.

“Right now I am focused on my service role in the community because I see the need for a guide for Latinx entrepreneurs.  I am passionate about helping those who are already operating their businesses and need resources to be more effective and successful in them as well as those who aspire to have their own company and do not know where to start.”

José Luis offers a wide range of experiences and knowledge in business, processes with government agencies, and strategies to make small entrepreneurs more productive and successful in their businesses.  His specialties include restaurants, construction, IT systems, and he is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.

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Jason Owens

 

Business Consultant

Jason has been working as an entrepreneur and with entrepreneurs for over 15 years. First, he was a business coach in the early 2000’s, and later became an internal coach at a Fortune 500 financial services company. It was this assignment where Jason became quite passionate about new entrepreneurs.

Owens received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University, and he holds an MBA from Thomas More College. Jason has worked on a doctoral degree where researched ways to improve the success rate of new business start-ups.

Jason is a published author and has delivered 40+ workshops throughout the Southeast.

Jason and his wife of 23 years, Karen, recently relocated to Estes Park, Colorado.

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Tina Todd

 

Human Resources

Tina’s work experience has ranged from learning all parts of administration while working for small businesses and non-profit organizations, to honing in on HR skills and expertise while working for corporations in HR roles.  She has 11 years of Human Resources experience including being an HR Generalist to an advisor, consulting business owners in all 50 states on topics ranging from wage and hour compliance to employee relations.  Through those relationships, she realized that her passion and the biggest need is helping businesses with HR right here in beautiful Northern Colorado!   

While not working, Tina loves spending time with her husband and twin boys along with family and friends, running, hanging out in Old Town Fort Collins, and getting into the Colorado outdoors any way possible.  

Tina Todd, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP is a trainer, consultant, and co-founder of simplyHR and Define the Line. Her work has ranged from non-profit organizations to large corporations as an HR generalist to advisor and consultant. As a trainer and speaker, she has helped individuals and teams understand what it means to speak up and define the line for themselves and others. The Define the Line team’s work has been featured in media outlets such as NPR, SHRM, HR Dive, HR Bartender, and Workforce Magazine.  

While not working with amazing teams, Tina loves spending time with her family and friends and getting into the Colorado outdoors any way possible. 

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