Small Business Development Center director steps down

After five years as director of the Small Business Development Center at UCCS, Matt Barrett is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

The SBDC offers business consulting and training to entrepreneurs.

During his tenure, Barrett helped nearly 1,900 entrepreneurs and small business owners. There are more than 1,000 SBDCs in the nation, and 21 in Colorado.

Until UCCS hires a new director, Shawna Markiewicz, who had been his assistant, will take over responsibilities at the SBDC.

Today is his last day. On Monday, he begins work at Graham Advertising in Colorado Springs. Barrett will be working with Graham’s CFO Don Downing.

For about a year, Barrett wrote a Small Business blog for the Business Journal.