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We are the Southeast Colorado SBDC

Our Team

Mickie Lewis

Regional Director

Mickie Lewis began her for profit career in entertainment marketing and promotions, working on both coasts and in the Denver Metro area until she moved into nonprofit workforce development in 2000. Since that time, she has worked throughout Colorado in rural and urban areas developing programs that assist individuals returning to community after incarceration, disenfranchised populations and individuals who wish to make changes in their career choices. Mickie lives in La Junta, CO where she enjoys rural living on the Eastern plains. She received her degree in Human Services at Metropolitan State University and her graduate degree in Organizational Development and Strategic Change from Colorado State University. In addition, she has been a keynote/ guest speaker at national and state conferences since 2011, sharing her knowledge and experiences in workforce development and creativity in the workplace. She is a Certified National trainer in Behavioral Understanding in Workplace Environments, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World (Bridges Out of Poverty) and is certified by the National Association of Workforce Professionals since 2016.

Cheryl Sanchez

Business Consultant

Cheryl is currently the Project Coordinator for Prowers Economic Prosperity and Business Consultant for Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center.

Cheryl is a native of southeast Colorado. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She understands rural communities and small business operations. Her expertise is in leadership, management and planning. Through experience in the banking industry, small business ownership, community college business education and leadership roles, she has the business experience and skills that makes her a great fit for business consulting and economic development.

Cheryl is excited to once again be a part of SBDC and southeast Colorado economic development. She looks forward to helping people achieve their business dreams and be a part of encouraging economic growth.

CJ Juleff

Business Consultant

CJ Juleff has 20+ years’ experience designing and facilitating career development, sales and service, leadership, management development and personal finance workshops for a variety of international, national, regional and local for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

She also consults with a variety of industries in the areas of strategic planning, staff development, personnel issues, board governance, executive coaching, presentations, and personal financial wellness initiatives.

CJ’s background includes retail, hospitality, Internet startups, trade associations, adjudicated youth, commercial banking, nonprofit leadership, training and facilitation, and career development/coaching.

She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership from Regis University.

CJ provides practical and proven tips and techniques using an interactive style laced with humor.

Bob Smith

Business Consultant

Bob Smith grew up in the dairy farming region of Eastern Pennsylvania where his dad’s family had a farm and his mother’s family had a retail butcher shop. He has held numerous positions in small and family-run businesses, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. He has served as a marketing manager for StorageTek in Louisville, Colorado (now a part or Oracle Corp), Lead Operations Systems Administrator for Lockheed Martin in Boulder, Colorado, Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Las Animas County Rehabilitation Center in Trinidad, Colorado, Volunteer Emergency Services Squadron Commander and later Colorado Wing Chief of Staff for (USAF Auxiliary) Civil Air Patrol. Bob has personally operated a lawn service, a restaurant supply company, a cultured marble sink & vanity manufacturing company and a tech support, bookkeeping and tax prep service. Bob is currently the Principal and Certified Trainer (AHA and ASHI) of Front Range Mobile CPR.

Bob likes to spend his downtime at his “Little House on the Prairie” on the high plains of Las Animas County, Colorado where he actively pursues the rigors of fishing, hiking, sunset and star gazing while monitoring the sound levels of the breezes that pass through the prairie grasses.

Cory Arcarese

Business Consultant

Cory is the CEO of CArc Enterprises Inc. – parent company of Value Care Health Clinic TM. In December, 2014 – Arcarese and her team opened Value Care Health Clinic in Colorado Springs. With a background as a business consultant, program management and strategic partnerships, Arcarese entered the healthcare arena to serve people in need of a medical primary care home. Armed with an experienced team of practitioners, clinic operations experts and legal consultants, the team has already made an impact in the community and the clinic is growing rapidly! Learn more at

In addition to Value Care Health Clinic, Arcarese is the owner of CArc Media – a digital marketing agency specializing in lead generation and conversions. CArc Media specializes in geo-fencing and geo-conquesting to drive sales growth. Cory is a data research marketer with degrees in marketing and accounting. Connect with her on Linked In, Twitter, or Facebook. Cory has re-engineered a $12 million division and increased profit margin by 18% through effective team building and large scale project management. Cory and her team improved per-customer revenue by 25%, reduced customer churn by 22% and increased prepaid customers by 20%.

Cory is fully bilingual and specializes in:

  • Legal Structures
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Business Financials
  • Lending
  • Loan Package Development
  • Hiring Employee/Contracting Contractors – What you Need to Know
  • Marketing Websites/SEO
  • Marketing Social Media/Digital Advertising
  • Operations/Certifications for CDOT/MBO
  • Strategic Planning

Sammie Trotter-George

Business Consultant

Sammie Trotter-George is the Director of the Bent County Development Foundation, providing economic development services in Bent County and throughout Southeast Colorado by providing small business and entrepreneurial support, conducting purposeful engagement activities that increase awareness about available community resources, and partnering with state and local agencies and organizations to expand capacity, increase funding opportunities, and encourage collaboration throughout the region on projects that improve the quality of life for residents and the long-term sustainability of businesses. Sammie grew up in rural Colorado, and understands the importance of growth and development in our small communities that remains consistent with our beliefs and values. Sammie’s work experience includes: graphic design, marketing, management, customer service in the tourism industry, bookkeeping, property management, early childhood education, business startup and ownership, website development and management, retail, grant writing and management, and project management. Sammie holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a triple major in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado Mesa University, and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Economic Developer.

Sammie Trotter-George’s consultant experience includes:

  • Small Business Support
  • Business Plan Development
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Outlook)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Budgeting
  • Graphic Design/Development
  • Time Management
  • Customer Service

Luis Ramirez

SECO SBDC Team Administration/ Marketing and PR

Luis Ramirez is a native to Southeast Colorado, growing up in Manzanola, and attending the school district, grades K-12- graduating, proudly, as a Manzanola Bobcat. Throughout his time in the workforce, Ramirez has garnered multiple streams of revenue, mainly as a freelance artist, as well as, found success under several different umbrellas of the service industry, entertainment, non-profit, home-health & personal care, and psychology. As Head of Marketing for the Southeast Colorado SBDC, Ramirez provides consultants with a tremendous amount of knowledge involving:

  1. Service Industry Consultation
  2. Freelance Artistry Consultation
  3. Interpersonal Relationship Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Website/Graphic Design
  6. Visual Artistry Project Development
  7. Communication Skills (Written and Oral)
  8. Public Speaking and Presentation
  9. Brand Development
  10. Numeracy and analytical ability
  11. Online Presence and Social Media Development
  12. Workshop, Event, and Community Curriculum Development
  13. Public Relations and Advertising

Luis spends his time enjoying life with friends and family. The outdoors is his deepest passion, as well as, creating art, in any form- at all times. He recently moved back to the Arkansas Valley from Colorado Springs (where he discovered his love for both the entertainment industry and marketing). Ramirez is a proud member of the Picketwire Players Theater in La Junta, CO and encourages all community members to get involved in the arts, in hopes of inspiring the abundantly talented youth in the region. Ramirez is currently enrolled in University, and plans to move to Los Angeles, CA to continue his degree in Theater Production and Marketing.

Jaydon Rice

SE CO SBDC Team Administration/Operations Manager

Born and raised in Otero county, Jaydon has a passion for entrepreneurship, photographing Colorado’s abundant nature, and the local community. Jaydon was deeply involved in youth entrepreneurship throughout high school, participating and speaking at various Youth Entrepreneurship Project events, and went on to minor in Business at Otero Junior College. She continues to be involved with several non-profit organizations in the community as well as running a small photography business alongside her work with the SBDC. As a disabled working professional who has had to develop alternative working methods, Jaydon offers unique business insights to fellow minorities. She is actively pursuing becoming certified as an ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreter to better serve SBDC clients. Jaydon specializes in business planning, operations, general administration, Microsoft Office software, contact management, informational marketing, and data collection and analysis.

The Southeast Colorado SBDC consultant team consists of six members, each specializing in distinct realms of business and education. Get in touch with a member of our team today and discuss your business needs!

Contact a Team Member of the Southeast Colorado SBDC

Mickie Lewis

Regional Director

Jaydon Rice

Operations Administrator

Luis Ramirez

Marketing and PR
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