Marilynn Force

Marilynn Force

Marilynn Force

Business Development Expert

Marilynn Force is a retired affiliate faculty member who has been teaching for a total of 30 years. Disciplines taught include finance for non-finance professionals, leadership,  entrepreneurship, development of entrepreneurial practices, management issues focusing on communication and learning processes within the classroom and business environment.

Ms. Force’s career has focused on all aspects of business development.  As a child growing into adulthood she worked in a small family owned business.  After having to close that business, she spent 16 years of her career learning all aspects of banking. Including but not limited to financial analysis,  helping to build layered lending programs in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), to managing  the $600 million dollar SBA Lending portfolio at Colorado National Bank. 

Following her banking years, Dr.  Force spent the next 5 years as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce followed by a term as the Director for Economic Development for the City of Wheat Ridge, CO and as a expert source on rural small business development for R&M Research Development a national economic development firm, to which she provided community assessments of business resources. 

While as Director of the Boulder SBDC Ms. Force helped to develop entrepreneurial training programs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City Missouri and was an expert contributor concerning entrepreneurial issues to the Edward Lowe Foundation publications.  Ms. Force contributed as a speaker on entrepreneurial issues for national conferences and as a resource expert on small business for the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and speaker for Senator Bob Bennett of Utah.  Ms. Force has served as a national, regional and local judge for entrepreneurial business plan competitions. 

It was after the events of 9/11, as a SBDC Director, helping businesses to decrease anxiety of the unknown focusing their attention on the development of plans to either stay in business or close their doors, that Ms. Force found the rest of her life’s work interest.   The examination of learning process development and anxiety cessation within the classroom and business environment so critical thinking can occur and prepare small, medium and large business for the changes in practices and technology of the future. 

Ms. Force is a published entrepreneurial industry author and contributor to various magazine publications and book contributor for McGraw Hill, Entrepreneur Magazine Press and the US Department of Agriculture. In the new Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal she co-authored an article concerning the instructional design used by the Sullivan Chair recent entrepreneur class.  Ms Force is also a frequent contributor to the Regis University Blog on learning processes. 

Ms. Force PhD is in Education, emphasis Professional Studies and is also an Ignatian Scholar.     

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