SBDC Network picks Hudson as new director, says goodbye to Pickett

Tuesday December 20, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, Greeley, Colorado Small Business Center Network, Lisa Hudson, Richard Pickett, Kelly Manning, OEDIT


DENVER -- The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network announced Lisa Hudson has been selected as new director of the East Colorado SBDC in Greeley.Colorado_SBDC_logoUSE

Hudson, who replaces Richard Pickett, will be responsible for helping existing and new businesses grow through her leadership of the center and UNC Biz Hub.

"Lisa is a true SBDC success story,” said Kelly Manning, director of the SBDC Network and deputy director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). 

“She came to us as a student intern and had such a passion to help small businesses she decided to stay with the SBDC.  Since then, she has been promoted through the ranks from intern to consultant, to associate center director.

"She brings passion, dedication and experience in helping our small businesses in East Colorado. We are proud and thrilled for Lisa."

Hudson joined the East Colorado SBDC in 2010 as a marketing specialist and business consultant, responsible for promotions and communications as well as guiding local companies through the startup and growth phases.

In 2012, she was promoted to associate director and assisted with budgeting, fundraising, sponsor relationship building, staff education, staff meetings, attending all state director meetings, and the annual ASBDC Conference.

"With about 600 clients during her career as a certified small business consultant and more than 3,200 hours consulting with small businesses, Lisa has developed great relationships and successful businesses within the East Colorado SBDC area," Manning said.

"She connects with the people that live and thrive in this region and has helped her community develop and grow."

Hudson is the only certified GrowthWheel consultant in the state of Colorado. She is bilingual and provides consulting in Spanish and English. She was the chair of the SBDC Network marketing committee that created the branding for the network as a whole and has played an active role in the technology committee for the upcoming new T designation. 

Hudson grew up in rural Colorado in the home of an entrepreneur.  She graduated in 2010 from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Spanish.

"I have always had a passion for small businesses and I am looking forward to continuing on this path of helping my community in my new role," Hudson said.  

Hudson replaces Richard "Dick" Pickett, who is retiring after almost 9 years as executive director of the Greeley center.

"There is sadness in that I will not have the regular association with many of you, but there is also anticipation as I enter my next phase of my life and the opportunity to spend more time with my family which includes 10 grandchildren that I absolutely enjoy,” Pickett said.

“It has truly been a privilege to have worked with many of you during this time and I will always have fond memories of those associations.

“I want to also express my appreciation to all of our sponsors who have made it possible for us to provide assistance to the small businesses in our area. Without that help none of this would have been possible."

The East Colorado SBDC office spans over 13 counties and has 29 satellite offices. The office specializes in oil and gas, health and wellness, and agriculture. The center was designated as a Technology Smart Zone specializing in agriculture technology.