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Our Team

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Mary Shepherd, Deputy Director
970-247-7009 | shepherd_m@fortlewis.edu

Mary Shepherd joined the Southwest Colorado SBDC as the office manager in December 2014. Prior to that, she was the campus visit coordinator in the office of admission at Fort Lewis College.

Shepherd has lived in Southwest Colorado for over 20 years, working in many industries from hospitality to public relations to education. She understands the challenges of small business ownership, having owed a small business in Durango with her husband, and wishes she had known then about the services that the SBDC provides.
Shepherd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Cornell University. She enjoys travelling, camping, and all the great outdoor recreation opportunities that life in Colorado provides.


Advisory Board


Southeast Colorado SBDC Advisory Board members provide advice to the executive director and center staff to help continually improve our programming and practices. They provide community insight to ensure that the center’s strategic plans and programs continue to meet the needs of our small businesses.

Thank you to our advisory board members: