Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center Executive Director Brian Estrada, of Pueblo, has been selected as the Colorado Small Business Development Network’s 2022 State Star Award recipient.
The award is the highest recognition for individual achievement, acknowledging and celebrating exemplary performance that has a significant and positive impact on advancing small business efforts. Estrada has served in his leadership roll since September 2020.
Initially, he focused on COVID-19 education and helping business owners communicate with their customers. Collaborating with city, county and state partners, he helped raise funds and launch several new programs including an e-commerce program for businesses that did not have an online presence.
Through the Digital Empowerment Program, he also secured 1,000 computers to be distributed across southern Colorado.
“It is an honor to be a part of the team and the many community partnerships that made these programs possible. When we work together, we reach more businesses and individuals and that leads to a much greater impact,” he said.
For more information about the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, call 719-549-3245 or email [email protected].
Murals celebrating St. Mary-Corwin hospital’s 140th anniversary
Pueblo muralist Shannon Palmer, also known as “deadhand,” recently completed a 100-foot-long mural on the Arkansas River Levee detailing the 140-year history of Pueblo’s oldest hospital, St. Mary-Corwin.
The mural is Palmer’s largest to date and took about six months to complete. It can be seen on the levee near the Fourth Street Bridge.
With the help of the Rawlings Library archives, Palmer found historical photos for inspiration. The Pueblo Conservancy District approved the design and Colorado Creative Industries provided grant funding for the mural.
“Lots of Puebloans have worked there or have stories about it. I worked there years ago in the kitchen and met my husband there,” Palmer said. She said was a blessing for her to get to know her community even better through the project.
Free workshops for Pueblo businesses
Free virtual Pivot Jump Start classes are set to run Oct. 21-Nov. 11 with one session offered per week.
The classes are offered by the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University’s College of Business in partnership with Pueblo County and the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center. Participants will learn to futureproof their businesses, adapt and change focus, create value for customers and more.
Those who complete the courses are eligible for a free ChromeBook computer. To register go to online.colostate.edu/courses/.