Mike Bennett founded GOpositive.BIZ, LLC in 2009 as a public policy and business consulting service. He uses his experience from working as a Presidential appointee in a Federal Agency, senior staff for three members of Congress and as a community banker to produce positive results for his clients.
Mike is currently a Small Business Consultant for the Larimer Small Business Development Center, a Sage Advisor for Innosphere Ventures and a Mentor for Rockies Venture Club HyperAccelerator.
Mike has mentored over 30 companies in the preparation of their financial models. Those companies have ranged from early stage to mature companies seeking equity or debt financing. GOpositive.BIZ, LLC has worked on several projects including a U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant application and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency (USDA RD) Rural Business Enterprise Grant.
Mike was appointed in 2006 to be Colorado State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency. He and his staff of 59 were responsible for providing over $250 million to rural Colorado in loans and grants for single family housing, multi-family housing, businesses, utilities, and community facilities.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in community banking consisting of positions as a member of the board of directors, bank president, lender, and operations officer. Mike was also a Loan Review Specialist for the FDIC.
Mike has nearly 16 years of service as a senior level congressional staffer in Colorado and in Washington, D.C. Mike served as Chief of Staff for two U.S. Senators and as District Director for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his career, Mike has been an active member of his community including being an elected member of the Yuma, CO City Council, Yuma Home Rule Commission and Yuma Planning Commission.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.