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Business Incubator Center
Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors for the Western Colorado Business Development Corp. (i.e. The Business Incubator Center) located in Grand Junction, CO is conducting a search to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Business Incubator Center (BIC) was founded in 1987 and is a 60,000 sq.ft. mixed-use campus which includes a manufacturing center, office space as well as a commercial kitchen, a MakerSpace, and a satellite site in nearby Fruita. The Center hosts a Business Loan Fund and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as well as providing administration for the Enterprise Zone tax credit program. In 2020, BIC working with more than 600 clients, housed 28 Incubator businesses and 30 businesses in Commercial Kitchen Program, created or retained 198 jobs, generated $2M in SBDC Capital Formation, and provided $2.27M of funding for small businesses. The Center is a vital part of economic development on the Western Slope of Colorado. BIC is an active member of InBIA and has twice won the Dinah Atkins Incubator of the Year.
The Business Incubator Center shares a physical campus with a Department of Energy facility and BIC acts as property manager for the site. The CEO will be responsible for some direct and oversight of property management for the compound.
Grand Junction MSA of approximately 148,000 is the regional economic, medical, educational, and outdoor recreation hub of Colorado’s Western Slope. Grand Junction is home to a number of manufacturing and service industries. There are also four area hospitals, a regional airport, and Colorado Mesa University. Entrepreneurial potential is high as Grand Junction ranked 11th in Best Places to Start a Business in Colorado.
About the Business Incubator Center
Founded in 1987, a 501c(3) not-for profit Corporation, www.gjincubator.org.
13 employees, many on staff for over 10 years
Generates 75% annual revenues internally
Approximately a $2M operating budget
Advocate for Entrepreneurship
Key Partner in Economic Development
RESPONSIBILITIES: The CEO should expect to
Add value to local start-up and emerging firms
Be an advocate for entrepreneurship and Incubator Center’s role in economic development
Participate in guiding the overall economic development for the area
Be a leader, visionary and entrepreneur
Support and inspire staff
Engage the local communities
• A demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset
• Organizational leadership experience
• Proven team building skills
• Experience coaching and supporting small business
• Strong financial management and analysis skills
• Proven written and verbal communication skills
• Orientation toward service demonstrated through professional experience
• Ability to establish cross-cultural relationships across a wide variety of diversity dimensions
• Master’s degree in business or related field and 5 years experience or the equivalent is strongly preferred. Experience would include:
Working in or for business incubator or accelerator programs prior; grant writing and fundraising is helpful;
Exposure to startup funding via grants, loans, angel, or venture capital;
Facility management experience is helpful;
Nonprofit sector exposure;
Familiarity with government programs and grants relating to business support and
Management of multiple contracts is an asset
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time as soon as possible. No relocation offered.
SALARY: Salary range is $80k-95k with an excellent benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2021. The search committee will continue its work until the position is filled.
APPLICATION: Please electronically submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications, organizational vision, and entrepreneurial experience; resume; and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the applicant. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business Incubator Center is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and a financial history. The Business Incubator Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Small Business Development Center Regional Director
Business Incubator Center JOB DESCRIPTION: Director, Grand Junction Small Business Development Center
About the Business Incubator Center
The Business Incubator Center (BIC), a 501(c)3 not-for profit Corporation, was founded in 1987 as part of initiatives to diversify the economy after the 1982 economic bust. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) opened an office at BIC in 1993 to provide classes, workshops, and business coaching. BIC moved to its current 46 acre location in 1999, increasing total square footage to 60,000 square feet, with over 35,000 square feet of mixed use space available for lease to tenant clients of BIC. The campus includes a manufacturing center, office space as well as a commercial kitchen, a MakerSpace, and a satellite location in nearby Fruita. The Center hosts a Business Loan Fund and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as well as providing administration for the Enterprise Zone tax credit program. Our mission: The Business Incubator Center supports the launch, growth, stabilization and long-term success of business enterprises in Mesa County and the surrounding region. We measure success by our ability to guide entrepreneurs through sound business decisions and our positive influence on economic growth in the region. The Board of Directors for the Western Colorado Business Development Corp. (i.e. The Business Incubator Center) located in Grand Junction, CO is conducting a search to fill the position of Small Business Development Center Director. TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time (40 hours/week) some early morning or late evenings. Normal work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No relocation offered. SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled with a priority deadline of November 12, 2021. SALARY: Salary range is $60k-$72k with an excellent benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications.
About the SBDC
The Grand Junction Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is an award-winning and nationally recognized SBDC program. An affiliate of the Business Incubator Center, the Grand Junction SBDC is a central point for connecting resources of the governmental entities including federal and state with resources of private sectors and education. The SBDC provides high–quality, one-on-one business consulting and affordable business training and programs. The SBDC represents and advocates strongly and professionally for the Business Incubator Center with the regional business and economic community. The mission of Grand Junction SBDC is to help small businesses start, grow and prosper. What’s the job? In this Director position, you will develop and execute strategies, programs, and tactics to optimally support the Mesa County/Western Slope entrepreneur in collaboration with local/regional economic development partners as well as Small Business Administration and SBDC partners. The SBDC Director provides leadership and oversight for the development, implementation and operation of the Grand Junction Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Together with your stakeholders, you drive success for entrepreneurs and small businesses in our region, help small businesses continue to stay relevant by adapting programs to the changing nature of the economy and the demographic profile of those in it, and give voice to the critical importance of Colorado’s small businesses as job creators in the community.
What will you do?
VISION AND STRATEGY ● Create strategies that build and support small business entrepreneurs in creating sustainable and prosperous businesses in the Mesa County and the Western Slope Region. ● Catalyze and sustain strategic partnerships that broaden the reach of the SBDC and deliver meaningful impact for our clients by linking them to resources critical to their success. ● Manage and implement regional and statewide special focus programs. ● Champion the SBDC brand in cooperation with the Business Incubator Center (BIC), the Colorado SBDC Network Lead Center and the State of Colorado. ● Provide leadership in the development and review of curricula and programs in all areas of the Grand Junction Small Business Development Center.
PARTNERSHIPS ● Develop and maintain close working relationships with community stakeholders, business resources, sponsors and partners in order to achieve the goals of the SBDC and Business Incubator Center. ● Maintain active presence/visibility with funding partners including the Small Business Administration, the state, local governmental entities, universities and private sector supporters.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ● Responsible for overall planning, direction and results of the Grand Junction SBDC, ensuring that the plans are tied to the execution and implementation of the SBDC program, Business Incubator Center objectives and the Colorado SBDC Network and the State of Colorado goals and objectives. ● Supervisory responsibility for SBDC support staff, volunteers, and other supervisory duties as may be applicable and/or assigned. This includes recruiting/training of business consultants, and development of classes/workshops to better educate the entrepreneur. ● Ensure certification requirements of all counselors and volunteers.
● Counsels, trains, and assists small business owners/entrepreneurs in business set-up, optimizing operations, finance and accounting practices, business maturation, and expansion/exit strategies.
● Responsible for aligning the SBDC policies and procedures with the Small Business Administration regulations, and Association of Small Business Development Centers Certification criteria, the Colorado SBDC Network Lead Center and the State of Colorado.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION ● Manage financial and staffing resources to effectively carry out the SBDC mission. ● Develop and manage the SBDC annual budget. ● Work with State SBDC Director to assure SBDC compliance with applicable regulations; responsible for negotiating and implementing annual performance goals. ● Serve as the chief spokesperson for small business for the Business Incubator Center and the local business community. ● Perform other duties as assigned by the Business Incubator Center leadership.
What types of skills, competencies and experience do you need?
● Three-to-five years of experience of business ownership, to include: operations, team management, sales/marketing of products or services, finance and accounting functions, or similar applicable experience.
● Demonstrated mastery of establishing, maintaining and enhancing funding sources and budgets. ● Ability to create and analyze appropriate metrics to accurately assess and present the center’s performance. ● Excellent written, public speaking and presentation skills to effectively and efficiently present the center’s goals, objectives and accomplishments to community stakeholders, Business Incubator leadership and State SBDC Director. ● Passion and curiosity for business and entrepreneurship, willingness to develop new programs and resources. ● Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish).
● Orientation toward service demonstrated through professional experience
EDUCATION/TRAINING & WORK EXPERIENCE
● Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Organizational Management or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
● Experience collaborating with multiple organizations.
● Ability to identify, develop, and maintain useful external partnerships.
● Strong Project Management skills.
● Strong data, financial, and quantitative analysis skills.
● Familiarity with government programs and grants relating to business support preferred.
● Proficient with current technology.
● Licenses/certifications showing on-going business and/or personal growth.
● Training and consulting experience.
● Ability to establish cross-cultural relationships across a wide variety of diversity dimensions
APPLICATION: Please electronically submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications, organizational vision, and entrepreneurial experience; resume; and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the applicant.
Submit to email@example.com. The Business Incubator Center is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and a financial history. The Business Incubator Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.