Becky Hager joined Pikes Peak SBDC as the Administrative and Program Assistant in October 2017. Becky comes to the SBDC with 20 years of customer service and seven years of admin experience. Prior to the SBDC, Becky worked for Discover Goodwill for five years. In the last four years with Goodwill, her position was the Community Liaison for Possibilities. Possibilities is a day program for disabled adults within Goodwill, it is the heart of Goodwill’s mission. As the Community Liaison, it was Becky’s job to listen to the dreams and aspirations of the participants. She would then work with community partners to help make those dreams a reality. Becky is excited to continue her passion for helping others achieve their dreams within the SBDC.
Lauren Shakes joined the SBDC team as program manager in March of 2022. Lauren brings extensive program management and event planning experience to the position. Prior to joining the SBDC, Lauren served as the scholarship program manager for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). In that role, Lauren worked with community partners to create and facilitate workshops for students, focusing largely on providing resources and wrap-around services for first generation and non-traditional students.
Lauren is a dynamic and passionate program manager who has worked across diverse areas of business—from market research and advertising to fundraising and grant management. As the SBDC program manager, Lauren works closely with new and existing businesses in the Pikes Peak region to provide relevant, high-caliber training, resources and assistance to small businesses.
Lauren earned her bachelor of arts degree in history and international affairs from Regis University, and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Lauren has seen the city grow and evolve, and loves that she is able to call the Pikes Peak region home. She is excited to use her strong background in management and community engagement to support small businesses.