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“Business Recovery grants and loans – SBA EIDL, PPP loans and loan forgiveness, the new Energize Colo GAP fund, etc. SBDC areas of emphasis, to help the biz owner in these unique times – marketing, financial/cash management, legal, and business buying/selling.”

Guest Speaker: Mike O’Connell | Director, Larimer County SBDC

In 2001, O’Connell purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a leading national designer/manufacturer of rustic hand-crafted furniture, and co-owned and profitably operated that business until its’ sale in December 2011. MWF’s products were sold through Cabelas, national furniture e-tailers, furniture stores, and resorts and lodges desiring a rustic style. He provided over 6,000 paychecks to American manufacturing workers during his ownership of MWF. Prior to MWF, he worked in a variety of executive sales, marketing, and business unit management positions, including eleven years with Victor Industries, North America’s third-largest manufacturer of metal cutting and welding equipment. O’Connell has a business degree with a marketing emphasis from Purdue University.

He became Larimer Center Director in 2013, and by 2016 the Center was one of the top-performing centers in the State. “Our goal is to help maximize the economic the potential of small businesses in Larimer county, through street-smart business education and connection to useful resources.”