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Mike O'Connell

Larimer Small Business Development Center - Ft. Collins
Director
Fort Collins, Colorado
Mike O’Connell, Larimer SBDC Director


In 2001, O’Connell purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a manufacturer of rustic furniture, and owned and operated that business until 2012. MWF’s products were sold through Cabelas, furniture e-tailers, stores, and resorts and lodges. He provided over 6,000 paychecks to American workers during his ownership. Previously, he worked in a variety of sales, marketing, and business unit positions, including eleven years with Victor Industries, North America’s third largest manufacturer of metal cutting and welding equipment. O’Connell has a business degree from Purdue University

He became Larimer Center Director in 2013, and by 2016 the Center was one of the State’s top-performers. “Our goal is to help maximize the economic potential of small businesses in Larimer County, through street-smart business education and resource connection.”

He is currently Co-Chair of the Larimer County Workforce Development Board, which deals with local workforce opportunities and issues. He is also a professional musician, and plays at venues in Northern Colorado.


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