April 14, 2022 – El Paso County is pleased to announce that Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, Aikta Marcoulier, has been appointed Regional Administrator of the Region VIII Small Business Administration (SBA) by President Joe Biden.
Aikta Marcoulier will be a key player in the President’s efforts to help small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic recover and rebuild. She brings a wealth of expertise to the role. She will continue to support small businesses to ensure they receive the resources and support they need while fostering strong collaborative relationships with federal, state, tribal and local leaders.
“My appointment by the Biden-Harris administration as Region VIII Trustee is truly an honor. I worked in the field as the Pikes Peak SBDC Director for just under 10 years,” said Aikta Marcoulier, Pikes Peak SBDC General Manager. “As SBDC, we have worked with small businesses from all sectors, minority groups and veteran populations. I had the opportunity to learn about the daily needs, struggles and successes of small businesses as well as the necessities of disaster relief – fires, floods and now the pandemic. The opportunity to support the organization that provided us with the resources my team and I worked on every day is a dream come true. Supporting SBA policy and resources at the administrative level is an exciting opportunity.
“Aikta Marcoulier, with her extraordinary passion and energy, will serve as a strong advocate and spokesperson for SBA programs to support and advance small businesses,” said Crystal LaTier, Executive Director of Economic Development for El Paso County. “I have had the great pleasure of working closely with Aikta, and I am delighted that she will bring her vast experience and many regional partnerships to her new role. Her experience and knowledge make her the right person at the right time to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover and rebuild after the pandemic.
Aikta Marcoulier joined the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team as Director of the Pikes Peak Center in May 2012. Prior to the SBDC, she was Marketing Director of Partnerships with Professional Bull Riders. Marcoulier is also the program creator and manager of Colorado SBDC’s Cyber: Cover Your Assets program, which provides personalized education, training, and counseling to small businesses in Colorado. She is also the regional coordinator of the NorthStar CMM program.
Marcoulier is involved in the El Pomar Emerging Leaders program and is an active board member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board and Vice President of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. She is a member of the Business Advisory Board of Pikes Peak Community College and President of the Colorado Business Development Foundation. She sits on numerous committees for the Colorado Springs Business Journal and serves on technology and capacity committees for the Colorado SBDC Network. Additionally, she is a member of the ROAR (Relationships, Opportunities, Acumen, and Readiness Committee) for the UCCS College of Business. Marcoulier earned his MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Psychology from the University of Iowa.
She has received several awards, including the University of Iowa Leadership Award in 2011, and was named one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Stars for 2013 and Women of Influence and is the winner of the 2021 Pike Peak Modeling the Way Leadership Award.
Region VIII serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Aikta will begin her new role on May 23, 2022. Her last day with the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center will be May 20, 2022.
See the official announcement from the White House here:President Biden announces key regional appointments for USDA and SBA
For media questions or interview requests, please contact Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center Executive Director Aikta Marcoulier at 719-466-0774.