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OEDIT Promotes Nikki Maloney to Director of Business Support

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) has appointed Nikki Maloney as Director of Business Support. This position will help support small businesses statewide to thrive as an important part of the Colorado economy.

Maloney first joined OEDIT in 2019 to develop the Employee Owned Board and Offices created by Governor Polis Executive Order. In 2021, Maloney was promoted to Deputy Director of Business Support, then Interim Director (February 2022) and now Director of Business Support.

“Small businesses are the engine of our national economy. In Colorado, 99.5% of all businesses are small businesses that employ more than one million Coloradoans,” Maloney said. “As a former business owner, I am honored to serve in this capacity to foster the growth and impact of our business community on the gross domestic product of our state. It is a commendation and I am excited to continue leading and working with a passionate team dedicated to helping Colorado’s diverse business community thrive.”

The Business Support Division provides technical and financial assistance to Colorado business owners and entrepreneurs through free or low-cost consulting and access to capital programs offered through our network of small business development centers, minority business offices, and employees. Provide assistance to grow and develop your business. Ownership Office and Cannabis Business Office.

“I have worked with Maloney for the past two and a half years as past chairman and current member of the Colorado Employee Ownership Board. We are one and I have had the pleasure of working together,” said Jason Wiener, PC, President of Jason Wiener.

During her tenure at OEDIT, Maloney has worked tirelessly to help small businesses in Colorado survive the pandemic. Maloney and her team at Business Support paved the way for Colorado business owners to understand, explore, and pursue employee-owned business structures even after they left the business. Over the past two years, we have helped over 40 Colorado businesses add employee ownership structures to their operations. This equates to over 1,100 Colorado employee-owners.

“Maloney has made a tremendous positive impact on the small business community in Colorado. We have developed an invaluable resource to support our clients and we are delighted to welcome her as Director of Business Support,” said Patrick Myers, Executive Director of OEDIT.

In 2020, Maloney was recognized as Government Employee of the Year by Governor Polis in recognition of the initiative he led in OEDIT support operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maloney and her team also received her Diamond Award from the Colorado Small Business Administration Colorado District Office and her Heroes Award from the Colorado Board of Attorneys Pandemic for activating her hotline for business support during the pandemic. Did. The latter is in recognition of their efforts to work with the Office of the Attorney General, the Colorado Attorneys Commission, and the legal community to launch the Colorado Her COVID Legal Relief Program.

Connie Talmage, executive director of the Colorado State Bar Association, shared his thoughts on working with Maloney. Consider alternative referrals that increase the likelihood of business recovery. Maloney has spent countless hours reviewing applications and suggesting appropriate services to help small businesses. As one of her two non-attorneys on the steering committee, Maloney’s accomplishments and insights have been integral. ”

Prior to joining OEDIT, he was a manufacturing executive operating an outdoor recreation space in Denver, Colorado. She understands the stresses and challenges her business owners face. Maloney also worked at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade in Denver and at CH2M Hill where she founded and managed the Colorado Environmental Business Alliance (CEBA) and the Strategic Environmental Project Pipeline (StEPP) Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Denver School of Public Policy, Maroney is married with two college-aged children, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and attending live music events and art exhibitions.

Maloney’s promotion to director became effective in June 2022.

About the Colorado Department of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business environment that fosters dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, it strives to advance the state economy through financial and technical assistance that facilitates local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a number of programs and services tailored to support business development at all levels, including business maintenance services, business transfer services, business funding and incentives. Our office has a global business development department. Colorado Office of Tourism; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing and Incentives Division; Colorado Small Business Development Network. cannabis sales offices; Colorado film, television and media offices; Minority business office. employee-owned offices; and rural opportunity offices. For more information, visit