Administrator Guzman Cheers President Biden’s Selection to Lead SBA Rocky Mountain Region

SBA Chief praises appointee’s record of impactful public service and entrepreneurship in the Western U.S. as key to unlocking America’s surging small business economy

Washington, April 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, issued the following statement praising President Biden's appointment of Aikta Marcoulier as Regional Administrator for the Rocky Mountain region:

“Aikta Marcoulier’s exemplary public service and experience in community development through entrepreneurship exemplifies the commitment and know-how needed to carry out our mission to serve America’s small businesses,” said SBA Administrator Guzman. “At a time when a record number of entrepreneurs are applying for new businesses, Aikta will be a valuable addition to our dynamic team of regional administrators as the SBA continues to solve for challenges experienced by our small businesses as they pivot, start, grow, and seize new opportunities presented by a growing economy, and President Biden’s Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law).”

As Region VIII (Eight) Administrator, Aikta Marcoulier will oversee SBA programs, offices, and operations in the SBA’s Rocky Mountain region, serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Ms. Marcoulier joined the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network as the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak office in May 2012. Prior to the SBDC, she was the director of partnership marketing with the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. She is also the program creator and manager of the Colorado SBDC’s Cyber: Cover Your Assets program providing education, training, and one-on-one consulting to small businesses throughout Colorado, and currently serves as a regional coordinator for the NorthStar CMM program.

Ms. Marcoulier is involved in the El Pomar Emerging Leaders Program and is an active board member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board, vice-chair of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, member of the Pikes Peak Community College Business Advisory Board, and president of the Colorado Business Development Foundation. She serves on numerous committees for the Colorado Springs Business Journal and is on the technology and capacity committees for the Colorado SBDC Network. Additionally, she is a member of ROAR (Relationships, Opportunities, Acumen, and Readiness Committee) for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) College of Business. She received her MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in both economics and psychology from the University of Iowa.

The White House previously announced the appointments of Regional Administrators across several regions, including Mike Vlacich (New England), Marlene Cintron (Atlantic), John F. Fleming (Mid-Atlantic), Allen Thomas (Southeast), Geri Sanchez Aglipay (Great Lakes), Ted James (South Central), Vercie Lark (Great Plains), Elmy Bermejo (Pacific), and Mike Fong (Pacific Northwest). With the newest announcement, the SBA’s regional leadership is now in place for all ten regions and guiding offices across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.


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