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Toni Haslam

Toni Haslam became a part of the Pikes Peak SBDC team as financial manager in June 2023. This is a key position in the operations of the Pikes Peak SBDC center that serves all El Paso and Teller Counties. The role provides fiscal, budget and administrative support. Prior to joining Pikes Peak SBDC, Toni served as office manager and accountant for the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). In that role, Toni helped with federal grant management, budgetary projections, fiscal monitoring and provided a variety of supports to the director and office staff.
Toni earned her master of science in accounting from Keller Business School of Management in 2014.

Lauren Shakes

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.

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