#3 Eladia Rivera has 30+ years as a librarian in a variety of metro area academic and public libraries. Her areas of expertise include business and market research. She specializes in online searching using databases and web resources available via the SBDC and local libraries. She is committed to the discovery of free and subscription based quality online content to help entrepreneurs craft a business plan, research industries and consumer markets and easily track emerging trends.
Mr. Raines is an experienced commercialization executive with a primary focus on early stage technology marketing, sales, business development and fundraising. Tim has worked in Technology Transfer with universities and incubators from the US, Ukraine, Mexico, India, Hungary, Columbia, Korea, and more. He also serves private innovators and R&D labs in the US, securing SBIR/STTR grants and moving the technologies through the commercialization process. Tim has also served as a DoE SBIR Principal Investigator and is a grant review panelist for the NSF SBIR program and the DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Tim has also worked with SBIR applicants and awardees for NASA, DOE, NIH, Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, USSOCOM, DHS, NOAA, and USDA. Technical/industry focus areas include space, renewable energy, quantum sciences, electro-optics, directed energy, neuroscience devices, medical radiation, medical optics, smart and connected health, and many more. He is adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Ringling College of Art + Design.
Alison Peters is the CEO of Entrellis, LLC. Entrellis provides a human-centered design approach to help nonprofit organizations and small businesses increase the value they deliver to clients. Entrellis is able to customize effective systems for each client by integrating tools from design thinking, lean startup, and accountability in execution. This approach emphasizes a deep dive into the needs of all participants, a systematic framework to analyze options, and a stepwise, inclusive approach to implementing change.
Alison has provided strategy support and program design services to numerous clients at the local, national and international levels. Her work also includes client engagement strategies, implementation coaching, and facilitation. Recent clients include Eco-Cycle, Doctors Care, Global Greengrants Fund, Semester at Sea, SleepEasily, WalkDenver, and Goose Creek Community Land Trust.
Alison has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, program management, and impact tracking. She has also served as the managing director for CU-Boulder’s entrepreneurship center and the director of the City of Boulder’s Environmental Affairs Office. She has trained in mediation and co-active coaching. She has a BA from Yale and an MA in economics from Stanford.
Steve works with leaders who recognize that sales are the constraint to their company’s growth, and help them understand why and what to do to drive profitable, sustainable revenue. Steve began developing his training and communications skills as a second grade teacher in Summit County, Colorado. An entrepreneur at heart, Steve left teaching to start his own business, and since then, has spent over 34 years as a business owner and in the corporate arena: in industrial relations, operations, quality management, mergers and acquisitions, training, marketing, sales and sales management. Coaching CEO’s and Sales Managers is what he enjoys doing the most.
Karri Palmetier is a partner at Palmetier Law, which was founded to help small and medium-sized businesses navigate the maze of government contracting regulations. Karri brings more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. She started her career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where she supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. Karri gained additional breadth working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety of government contracting matters. Karri then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where she supported multiple issues across the company, including major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration, and major litigation. Before establishing her own practice, Karri acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business. She uses her unique and diverse background to advise companies on all aspects of government contracting, including translating and simplify the byzantine laws of the world of government contracts.