Our Approach

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As Colorado families struggle to create self-sufficiency, they have a few choices: continue low-wage employment with little to no upward mobility; access public assistance such as food stamps, rental assistance, and childcare subsidies – which are limited, can be cut off at the slightest increase of income, and are difficult and time consuming to access; or move to another community because their neighborhood is unaffordable. RMMFI exists to provide a solution to these individuals: ​income and wealth generation through business ownership.

RMMFI serves its entrepreneurs with both ​business development​ and ​lending services​. Our goal is to build the RMMFI entrepreneur into a business owner who can successfully shift and adapt to changing environments presented both in their businesses and in their lives. RMMFI’s programs look to build stability and growth across personal stability, entrepreneurial spark, and business feasibility.

Intentionally built along the​ Idea, Launch, and Thrive​ ​business incubator​ ​pathway, RMMFI programs help entrepreneurs build strong foundations in both their businesses and their lives.


The RMMFI Team

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Rob Smith

Executive Director

Jessica Sveen

Operations Manager

Brenda Roush

Development Director

Aaron Witzke

Project Manager

Jeff Tripp

Idea Coordinator

Elisha Suh

Launch Coordinator

Jeremy Katz

Launch Coordinator

Paul Suazo

Thrive Manager

Patrick Efferson

Program Associate

Brooke Rohde

Development Coordinator

Mary Kate Morr

Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

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Aimee Charlton

President | Executive Director, KidsTek

Andrew Schmidt

Vice President | Partner, Core Contractors

Kathy Streeter

Secretary | Vice President HR, Lucky's Market

Jarrod Schleiger

Treasurer | Executive Vice President, FirstBank Southeast

Justin Ball

President, Bespoke Event Group

Jessica Beck

Financial Advisor, Colorado Wealth Group

Tara Dunn

President, HighMark Law LLC

Heather Kendrick

Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

Sirena Rolfe

Vice President, Two Octobers

Jamie Stone

Principal, MSW Financial Partners

RMMFI is the 2016 Small Nonprofit of the Year!

RMMFI is proud, honored, thankful, and so excited to be named the 2016 Small Nonprofit of the Year, awarded by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes the dedication of the RMMFI Team and Board, the generosity of the RMMFI community of volunteers and donors, and–most importantly–shines a light on the incredible, passionate, and hard-working RMMFI Entrepreneurs who are making their lives, the economy, and our communities more vibrant! We celebrate together as the RMMFI community, for we are ALL creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship!


Rob Smith named the 2016 David E. Bailey Small Business Advocate

Rob Smith, RMMFI’s Executive Director, received the incredible honor of winning the 2016 David E. Bailey Small Business Advocate of the Year. This award is in recognition of Rob’s leadership and unwavering commitment to ensuring that ALL entrepreneurs have access to a meaningful opportunity to improve their lives and communities through entrepreneurship.


Community Transparency

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RMMFI prides itself in being aggressively transparent. Our goal is to make sure our community has the information necessary to be confident in RMMFI’s journey toward the fulfillment of our mission. Please contact Rob Smith if you would like to discuss any of the items listed below or need additional information about the organization.

In all their dealings, the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute does not discriminate based on: age; ancestry; creed; color; mental or physical disability; gender; gender identity, expression or characteristics; marital status; national origin; political service or affiliation; race; religion; sex; sexual orientation; veteran status; or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Rob Smith, Executive Director
PO Box 48138, Denver, CO 80204
720-941-5037