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Joe Keck

Joe Keck

Joe Keck


Keck retired in 2015 from the position of Director of the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. In that capacity Keck provided one-on-one business counseling to existing and start-up businesses in the five (5) county area of Region 9 in southwestern Colorado as well as small business training and workshops. Keck has been a small business owner since 1993 and prior to that time worked in planning and economic development capacities with the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes from 1977-1993. Keck and his wife own Susie’s Gifts on Main in Cortez along with Cortez Catalog Sales, a JC Penney Catalog Outlet. He is a 1975 graduate of Fort Lewis College. Keck has served in a number of public capacities including 8 years of service on the Cortez City Council/Mayor (1996-2004), Cortez Downtown Association, the Colorado Aeronautical Board (2001-2003), Club 20 Board of Directors, Region 9 Economic Development District Board of Directors, and BLM Advisory Committee on the lands designated in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Keck has served as a trustee on the Ballantine Family Fund Board of Trustees since 2001. Additionally he is currently serving on the El Pomar Foundation’s Southwest Colorado Regional Council. Keck currently provides consulting services on a part-time basis as an advisor with the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center.

Keck has received specialized training through the National Development Council’s Economic Development Financial Professional Certification Program; through the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), and through the Hallmark Corporations’ Advanced Retail Training Seminars (ARTS).


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