Denver Public Library
Dixie Malone is the Business Specialist at the Denver Central Public Library. In this position she identifies business community needs, trends and library resource requirements. Malone began working in the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library in 1995 as a Reference Librarian specializing in business and government documents. Prior to 1995, she worked in medical marketing and education at the Colorado Neurological Institute on the Swedish Medical Center campus. Her primary interests as a business librarian are helping the beginning entrepreneur and owners of small businesses find affordable business research solutions to aid in developing and lending credibility to their business and marketing plans. Beginning in 2008, the practice of helping entrepreneurs in one-on-one business research sessions was formalized and branded as Bizboost. In 2012, Malone and her colleagues conducted 350 of these sessions.
From 2000 to 2011, Malone was part of the organizing committee for the very successful annual Small Business Resource Fair held at the Central Denver Public Library in partnership with the Colorado District SBA, the Colorado SBDC Network, the Colorado Office of Minority Business and Women’s Office, and the Colorado Minority and Women Chambers’ Coalition. For the last fifteen years she has been a monthly presenter at the SCORE monthly business workshops at the Denver District Small Business Administration. She also participates in programs about small business with area SBDC NxLevel classes, Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute, and area community colleges, vocational schools and training programs.
Malone is a third generation Coloradoan who received her B.A. after attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and at Denver. Her M.A. in Library and Information Management is from Emporia State University’s “Emporia in the Rockies” Program. She is a 2003 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Leadership Denver,” and the 2006 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ “Leadership Arts.” Her awards include the Small Business Administration Colorado District Director’s “Diamond Award,” and the Colorado State Library’s “Community Relations Award of Merit.” In 2010, she was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the Colorado Small Business Council and the Colorado Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Board, and in 2012 she was reappointed by Gov, John Hickenlooper.