MINORITY BUSINESS OFFICE OF COLORADO

The "O" is for opportunity.

START.

It takes courage to venture out and start your own business. One thing that can help make it less intimidating is having an experienced resource to help you navigate the maze of requirements, registrations and certifications. We are that connection. We will sit down with you and help create and review your business plan and then help you determine a plan of attack that is right for your venture. We can help you find options for gaining the business expertise you need. Most of all, we can help you find a place you can turn to for answers, so you don’t have to feel like you are going at it alone.

KNOW.

In business, it’s not always enough to be an expert in your field. From bookkeeping to managing employees to finding the right suppliers, a lot of knowledge goes into running a successful business. Fortunately, an abundance of local resources also exists to help minority and women-owned businesses fill in any gaps. We work closely with small business associations, government agencies, state and local chambers and economic development offices all over the state, so we can help you connect with the right resource to help you build the knowledge you need to run your business more successfully.

CONNECT.

It doesn’t take long in business to realize that who you know can be just as important as what you know. A simple introduction from a trusted source is sometimes all it takes to open doors and get you a seat at the table. The MBO can provide that introduction. We have strong relationships with companies, government agencies and organizations that span both the public and private sectors. We can help you identify the right people and organizations to help you meet your goals. We make it easier for you to get your business on the radar of the public and private businesses, so you can reach that next level.

GROW.

Each business has its own definition of success. For many minority and women-owned businesses, these goals include a vision for growth. Whether that means becoming the largest business of your type in your city, expanding your business to other parts of the Rocky Mountain region, or even breaking into national and international markets, the MBO can help you identify who you need to talk to and how you can work to make it happen. We can even help you engage with people in the Colorado business community who can provide the knowledge and advice you need to help you turn your vision into reality.

Meet the MBO Team

Director

Rosy Aburto McDonough

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state.

Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking.

Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

Email:rosy@mbocolorado.com

Office:303-892-3840

Program Coordinator

Ulises Fernandez

Ulises Fernandez is an entrepreneur and former administrator of a nonprofit organization. In his work as an administrator he has lead teams in project, event, and fund-raising development. While through his entrepreneurial work he has focused on growing small businesses and diversifying their investment portfolio. He has been able to accomplish this through his strategic and innovative approach to problem solving, process improvement skills and vigor for growth. While performing this work he has fostered global relationships that have created opportunities to work on various projects.

Ulises has experience in building relationships in the Middle East in the countries of Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as in China and India. These relationships have opened opportunities for the development of infrastructure projects such as in electricity transmission and distribution projects, marketing of oil & gas products, and large-scale construction by forging relationships for clients through local partnerships. Ulises has lived in Mexico City, China and in various parts of the United States, this experience along with extensive travel has provided him an understanding and embrace for cultural diversity.

He holds a Master’s degree from the business school of the University of Colorado, Denver specializing in Global Energy Management. Ulises has also received an International Trade certificate through the World Trade Center Denver and is also working on a Global Business Professional Certificate (CGBP) from Nasbite International.

Email:ulises.fernandez@state.co.us

Office:303-892-3715

MBO Consultants

The MBO utilizes  a group of professional contractors with experience in various areas related to certifications and government contracting. Review the bios below for detailed information on their areas of expertise and prior experience.

Business Consultant

Talia Bond

Talia Bond, an expert in business, marketing and translations, is a business consultant for the MBO. Prior to working for the MBO, Talia worked as an operations manager for Iron Mountain Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions where she successfully developed her employees.

Talia is a recipient of multiple corporate awards that recognized her performance in operations, sales, leadership and quality. While working and being a mother of two, Talia got her MBA and certification as a professional translator. Her passion is to help her community and does that by volunteering with the City and County of Denver as a board member of the Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board (ACCESO). Talia also teaches business and marketing at Regis University in the Dual Language Program.

Talia is the owner of TPB Professional LLC and her company is certified as M/WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE. She offers translations solutions and business/marketing consulting services. She is known as a team player and an energetic, engaging and driven leader. One of her favorite hobbies is to hike the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs.

Business Consultant

Mark Gittes

Since 2001, Mark Gittes has served as President and General Manager of COHH, Inc., a Colorado-based apparel company whose clients include Boot Barn, Overland, Orvis, Neiman Marcus, J. Peterman, and Territory Ahead.

From March 2015 to Jan 2018, Mark held the position of Associate Director and Lead Consultant for the Boulder Small Business Development Center. During that time, he was an integral part of the team that led the organization to its recent nomination of “National SBDC of the Year.”

Prior positions with Colorado corporations include Senior Financial Analyst at ChannelPoint, Inc., Lead Analyst for Latin America at Formus Communications, and Director of Finance at DCN Technologies.

He also served as a Manager with Culpeper Financial consulting group and worked as a Foreign Markets Analyst with Scudder, Stevens & Clark in Boston.

Mark holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and speaks fluent Spanish.

Roy Griggs

Roy Griggs is the President/Owner of the Business Coaches of America (BCA), LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies win government business. BCA’s capabilities include Business Development/Capture, Proposal Development, and Strategic Planning. Roy has over 43 years of combined military and defense industry experience

Roy is a retired Colonel and his military experience includes over 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, working in Space Operations, Missile Operations and Maintenance, Strategic Planning, Integrated Logistics Support, and education and training. He also has 17 years’ worth of experience with defense contracting in Business Development, Capture Management, Proposal Development, Program Management, Systems Engineering Technical Assistance, and Strategic Planning. Roy has contributed to the growth of many businesses and has won contracts totaling over $3 billion.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, Mississippi Valley State University; a Master’s Degree in Music Education, Wichita State University; a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Salve Regina University; a Master’s Degree in National Security Management, Naval War College; and 30 hours toward a Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance, Louisiana Tech University.

Business Consultant

Andra Hargrave

Andra L. Hargrave is a military service disabled veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and the Minnesota Army National Guard. He has over 20 years of state and federal business development expertise and is helping businesses with state and federal certifications through the MBO.

His expertise includes serving as the Director of Certification for the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Federal Procurement Representative for Colorado U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Resource Center, a former federal procurement consultant for North Dakota State SBDC Lead Center, North Dakota Center for Innovation as well representing several individual centers including Boulder, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Grafton and many others. Andra is a former Denver SBDC Consultant of the Year, Colorado SBDC Consultant of the Year and has helped the Colorado based companies secure in exceed over $47 million in state, federal and corporate awarded contracts.

Andra is the Colorado SBDC Veterans’ Representative and also serves on the Colorado Department Transportation’s Connect2DOT program and works with the Colorado SBA Veteran’s Boots2Business program. He is a registered procurement analyst and his knowledge of federal set-asides, certification, and acquisition strategies.

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