Meet our Outreach Team: Anna
Small Business Majority’s Outreach Team advocates for entrepreneurs on two fronts: It supports policies that would benefit small firms, and it offers workshops and events that help small business owners grow their companies. We have found this work to be even more important during this global health and economic crisis.
This week we are spotlighting Anna Stevens, Small Business Majority’s Colorado Outreach Manager, to let small business owners know how our team members can assist them.
Q: Could you tell us about your position at Small Business Majority?
I manage Small Business Majority’s outreach and education efforts in the state of Colorado. My work includes developing relationships with business organizations and entrepreneurs and educating small business owners throughout the state on key issues and how policy will affect their business.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your background? What were you doing before you came to Small Business Majority? What brought you here?
I am a Colorado native with a degree in political science from the University of Colorado. I was driven by my education and work experience to be of service to my local community, which I cherish. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I worked at a small boutique media company working on rural transportation projects. After that, I spent two years working within the Colorado State Senate, and my passion for helping uplift the voices of Coloradans has only grown stronger with time.
My master’s degree in political science at the University of Colorado was fueled by my curiosity for comprehensive solutions and my passion for Colorado politics, and my work has focused on the intersection of public policy and individual economic prosperity. I joined Small Business Majority excited to have a role where all my interests and experience aligned. I am so excited to be here!
Q: Tell us about how your work in Colorado has been altered by the pandemic.
Starting my role during a pandemic, my work has been altered by the migration into virtual spaces. It has forced me to think “outside the box” when it comes to creating accessible, captivating and educational material.
Q: How do you work to support small businesses in your local community?
My parents are small business owners here in Colorado, so I have grown up with a visceral understanding of the necessity of supporting small business owners. I make sure to stay involved with the business owners in my community by supporting their businesses not only as a customer, but by listening to their concerns and bringing them back into my work at Small Business Majority.
Q: What is your favorite part about working at Small Business Majority?
How my work directly supports the community that I live in and the variety of people I get to meet and talk to every day! It is amazing to hear the stories of resilience, particularly during the setbacks the pandemic caused for so many.
Q: What have you learned in your first few months that you wish you could tell all small business owners?
Policy should inherently and unequivocally work for you. Your voice matters. Your community and your voice are the most valuable tools you have and can work for your business in remarkable ways.
Q: What goals do you hope to accomplish in your first year at Small Business Majority?
It is my hope to expand and improve our relationships with small business owners and organizations that are based outside of the Front Range and to incorporate a more diverse and accessible educational curriculum tailored to the interests of those throughout our state.