Technology Commercialization, SBIR/STTR and other innovation grants, Access to capital, Contracting opportunities, Business & marketing strategic planning

Sharon King (Program Lead)

In the past 15 years, Sharon and Boulder SBDC have worked with over 7,000 entrepreneurs from startups through 2nd stage companies, from “Main Street” retailers through highly scalable manufacturing and advanced industry ventures. In 2018, Boulder SBDC was named the nation’s best SBDC by U.S. Small Business Administration — the Center of Excellence and Innovation. Sharon leads the Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization Program statewide (technical assistance and programming for SBIR/STTR grant funding), as well as the Tech Venture Accelerator (TVX) in Boulder. Sharon partnered with NASA to produce their national SBIR event (Innovation & Opportunity Conference) in Colorado in 2018 and 2019.  Sharon’s first business was a vintage clothing store in upstate NY.  Just before joining the SBDC in 2004, Sharon converted and re-branded a franchise hotel into the independent Boulder Outlook Hotel, in which she was an investor. In the 30 years between, Sharon has been an entrepreneur, marketing executive and consultant for small (and larger) businesses in a wide range of industries.  She holds an MBA from Cornell University, certification in Technology Commercialization from University of Houston and is nationally-certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation and Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski and the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)