Growing technological advancement has led to tremendous opportunities for Colorado businesses, but challenges continue to arise including health care costs, economic conditions, shortage of employee talent, cyber-crime, to name a few.

DBTE’s Public Town Hall panel will create a dialogue directly with the audience asking what challenges they see and how they overcome them.


The Town Hall panel members will include,

Dr. Winslow Sargeant

Chief Counsel for Advocacy

The U.S. Small Business Administration

Dr. Sargeant is the sixth Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, appointed by President Obama August 19, 2010. The Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government with a mission of encouraging policies that support small business start-up, growth, and development…more…

Anthony (Tony) Knight

Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting)

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Tony is a graduate of Drexel University, where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. Upon graduation he joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an examiner in the technology of pipefittings. While working at the USPTO, Tony attended George Mason University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1990. From 1990 until 1992, he was in private…more…

Erik Mitisek

Chief Executive Officer

The Colorado Technology Association

Erik is the CEO of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and represents Colorado’s technology industry through key public policy and legislative efforts, economic development and industry relations to ensure Colorado is one of the best technology markets in the United States. Prior to CTA, Erik has been dedicated to building companies and communities in Colorado for 14 years in the online software, luxury, consumer mobile, and…more…

Donna Evans

President and CEO

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

In her accomplished and successful career, Donna Evans has worked in leadership positions in public policy; strategic planning; community, business and membership development; marketing and communications. Her experience includes working in a large technology corporation, higher education, and non-profit organizations. Community service has been an important part of Donna’s professional and personal life. The ability to make a difference…more…

Brandon Rattiner

Denver Area Regional Director

U.S. Senator Mark Udall

Brandon serves as U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Denver Area Regional Director, responsible for general outreach and communication with constituents, organizations, and companies in the 10 counties surrounding Denver. He also serves as the Senator’s main state contact for business and technology  related issues. Prior to this, Brandon did policy work for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and participated in El Pomar Foundation’s fellowship…more…

John Hart - Moderator

Region VIII Advocate

The U.S. Small Business Administration

John Hart is the regional advocate for region VIII, covering the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Hart is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Hart was appointed to his post in January 2011.(more)

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