Member Spotlight

Beth Colosimo

Residence: Draper, Utah

Organization: Salt Lake City Community College (SLCCC)

Occupation: Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Business Development Resources

First job: I got my first job at 14 as a server at a golf course restaurant, which led to my love (OK, obsession) for the game.

Philosophy: Go big or go home and always do your best.

Favorite music: Pop and almost anything from the 80s. Great decade for rock.

Favorite TV Show or Movie: not a big TV fan but loved The Tudors and Breaking Bad series.

Most Recent Book (Favorite book): The Four Agreements

What got me interested in my work: I created, owned and operated my own small business and became
acutely aware of the challenges and joys small business owners face. I also worked in economic development for the state of Utah and learned about the numerous state and community resources available to small businesses. Putting these professional experiences together to build programs for entrepreneurs and working with small business owners was a perfect fit.

Success is... Helping others and giving more than you get.

Pet Peeve: Making excuses for why something can’t be done.

Favorite Quote: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” — Muhammad Ali

Current Project: I’m currently expanding and transforming our co-working and business incubator called The Mill. I hope to increase our reach and capacity to include more student and minority populations as well as an international soft-landing incubator. We are also expanding entrepreneurship training and access through an Everyday Entrepreneur online curriculum, as well as a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. Jon Beutler and I are elevating our Everyday Entrepreneur Program (EEP), a 15-week course to include more
partner organizations such as minority chambers, refugees, college students, and more veterans. The goal is to launch small businesses in 60-90 days.

SLCC has trained 21 cohorts or 633 small business owners through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB). We’re working to ensure the program can continue with in-person sessions or a blended online/in-person model. The GS10KSB curriculum is transformational for business owners and we want to sustain this
program.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? Attending the NACCE Conference introduced me to other community college programs and educators who have shared best
practices. I’ve also learned about vendors and services to enhance our offerings. Through NACCE, I met the Weismillers who assisted in helping us create the Everyday Entrepreneur Program through the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund. SLCC recently qualified as a grant recipient for Phase II of the program.