Richard Pickett, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) director in Northeast-East Central Colorado, was selected as the 2010 State Star of the Colorado SBDC Network. Pickett, a member of the Bison Ridge Ward, Loveland Colorado Stake, received the honor in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 24 at a special awards reception in conjunction with American Small Business Development Center's (ASBDC) Annual Conference. He was honored along with leaders from all 50 states.

In announcing the award, Kelly Manning, Colorado State Director noted, "Mr. Pickett's dedication to expand services to a large geographic region is showed by the amount of economic impact that the region reaped. From 2008 to 2009, job created/retained increased by 124 percent and capital formation increased by almost 2,400 percent. Small businesses welcomed the expertise offered by the SBDC and have flourished under Pickett's leadership!"

Pickett has worked with the Small Business District Center in Northern Colorado for just two and a half years, culminating a successful career in various administrative posts. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a 20-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. Early in his career, Pickett served for seven years as director of building and grounds for the LDS Church Western New York Historic Sites, living in Palmyra, N.Y.

His service in the LDS Church has included bishop, high councilor, high priest group leader, elders quorum president and young men president. He is currently executive secretary in the Denver Colorado North Mission.

He and his wife, Brigita, have been married 41 years and are the parents of two sons and two daughters, with five grandchildren.

America's Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local non-profit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, America's SBDC network provided business consulting to approximately 200,000 clients, training for more than 400,000 attendees, and other forms of management and technical assistance to approximately 600,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs last year.

Pickett has worked in a variety of high tech businesses living in Florida, New York and New Hampshire, moving to Colorado 20 years ago when affiliated with Hewlett Packard. His office is in Greeley, Colo., and he travels to coordinate small business endeavors in 13 counties in northeast and east central Colorado.