Bob practiced large animal veterinary medicine for over 40 years. Graduating from Iowa State University in 1972 he spent several years in rural farm and ranch practice in Iowa and Colorado. In the early 1990’s, while in practice in rural Iowa, Bob received seed capital from the Iowa Department of Economic Development to start up a specialized veterinary diagnostic and service company specifically aimed at improving health in cattle and swine – (Veterinary Biological Systems Analysis, Inc.). VBSA, Inc. started as an entrepreneurial company offering consultation and laboratory services in the area of nutrition and nutritional physiology related to livestock production. In 1987 Bob acquired a U.S. Patent for his invention of a Mobile Livestock Intensive Care Unit (U.S. Patent #4,657,004). During the last 15 years of active practice he did the practice and financial management for a 6 veterinarian large animal practice in west central Nebraska. During this period the practice experienced double digit growth in 10 of the 12 years through detailed financial management and marketing. Additionally, Bob assisted in the technology management of a 45,000 head cattle feedlot allowing for extensive experience in information technology and data acquisition. He also was responsible for developing and implementing the FDA Compliance Program for the feedlot. At the end of 2012 Bob retired from active practice and has shared his life experiences by being a guest lecturer at CSU, third year veterinary students, and also volunteering with local business development centers in the area of financial management and spending time with companies providing financial analysis.
Charity is a co-owner of TechKnow. TechKnow is a Loveland based business helping people to get to KNOW technology. She works to help local businesses develop and build their websites and connect with their customers through digital marketing including Email Marketing Campaigns and Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and more. Charity is a passionate “momtrepenuer” and business owner. She is a student of all things business and is a great communicator. Charity is also a volunteer in Thompson Schools with over 100 hours of volunteer time logged.
A Colorado native, having grown up on a farm west of Ault, Colorado…Received her BA in Communications and an MA in Organizational Behavior. 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including a corporate regional position as Vice President of Operations for a six-state area with over 450 employees. Past co-owner of 3 Painted Ladies, a recycle paint business. Responsible for all financial activity; including sales projections, budgeting, monthly financial reports and year end reports. As one of three owners, collaborated in collecting paint, processing paint and the selling of recycled paint.
Lisa Leveillee is Senior Business Advisor with First National Bank. She has been in banking for 9 years and was recruited to the team based on her experience in personal banking, small business banking as well as commercial banking.
In addition to 19 years in the restaurant industry, she has successfully started, owned and operated several businesses and in her current role as a Senior Business Advisor, she helps business owners gain access to capital and advise them on business financial matters by working closely with them to understand short and long term goals.
Her networking skills have been extremely effective in helping business owners connect with the resources they need to thrive. In addition to being an ambassador to the Fort Collins and Loveland Chambers of Commerce, she is also on the NoCo Manufacturing Trade Show Planning Committee, Citizen Advisory Committee of the Climate Action Plan for the City of Fort Collins as well as a member of the Loveland Downtown Partnership Business Alliance and a graduate of the Leadership Loveland Class of 2019.
Nick Armstrong helps small business owners make more money through fun marketing.
Nick is a community builder. Some of the ways he has achieved that is by his involvement in Fort Collins Digital Gunslingers, TEDxFoCo, Ignite Fort Collins and his latest endeavor – founder of Fort Collins Comic Con.
Nick has worked with Fort Collins Museum of Discover, Poudre River Library, Fort Collins Brewery, Columbine Health Systems, Compass Cider, LBDC, just to name a few local companies.
Sean Rutledge is a Loveland Colorado native. He has a law practice here in Loveland, Rutledge Law Office, LLC, practicing in areas such as business, forming corporate entity structures, probate and much more. He has practiced law since 2002 and has been practicing from his own law office since 2006.
Sean has been on the advisor lists for the Larimer SBDC and the LBDC programs for many years and is active in programs that support the Loveland community.
Teresa Kaufman has extensive experience with clients involved in real estate activities including commercial and residential real estate, investment and development. She graduated from University of Northern Colorado in 1991 with a BS in education and from Colorado State University in 2001 with a MS in accounting.
Teresa is on the board of directors of Homeless Gear/Hand Up Cooperative. She is also an active member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado Society of CPAs. She also enjoys spending time with her two girls, being outdoors and gardening.