Apr 03 2019

April 2, 2019 -- Utah District Office Newsletter

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Powering Rural: Creating a stronger economic environment for rural America











Rural Roadshow:

Morgan – Wednesday – April 10

Helping you navigate an ever-changing landscape 

  • Need capital to expand your business?
  • FREE event, small business experts available!

Presentations: 9:00am -10:30am

  • Learn about Rural initiatives and programs
  • Meet lenders

Expo: 10:30am-12:00pm

This is your time to talk one-on-one with experts in their fields, and business counselors, to answer your questions about what it takes to start and grow a business. Meet and talk to lenders who can help you get the financing you need, whatever stage you’re in.

April 10, 2019 Morgan – Morgan County Offices, Auditorium

48 W Young St, Morgan, UT 84050

Participating Organizations: Governor’s Office of Economic Development, US Dept. of  Agriculture, Lenders, Utah Microloan Fund, Utah CDC, Mountain West Small Business Finance, Small Business Development Center Network of Utah, SCORE, The Office of Senator Mike Lee, Women’s Business Center of Utah, Local Chambers of  Commerce, Dept. of Commerce, Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food, World Trade Center  Utah,

For more information contact the SBA Utah District Office at (801) 524-3217 or (801) 524-3209.

Register Here

--Year to date --

458 approved loans

totaling $235,497,400 

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National Small Business Week 

 This year’s National Small Business Week will be held from May 5-11, 2019. 

This year the SBA Utah District Office will recognize the popular fashion boutique company, Bohme owned by sisters Vivien and Fernanda Bohme as the SBA Utah Business of the Year. They will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. later this Spring. 

“We are extremely proud to honor America’s most successful small businesses during National Small Business Week,” McMahon said. “These small business owners have shown tremendous dedication and perseverance. They are the job creators that fuel our economy and best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses.”    

SBA will also co-host a free, two-day virtual conference featuring educational workshops and networking. Additionally, recognition and educational seminars throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.   

National Small Business Week is the SBA’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.  For a profile of last year’s winners from across the nation, click here.

Details and registration information will be posted on www.sba.gov/NSBW as events are finalized. 

Emerging Leaders -- Mini MBA -- FREE 

Emerging Leaders is an intensive, executive-level training initiative designed to accelerate the growth of  small businesses with potential for job creation.  There is still time to register by Sunday, April 7. Register Here

Ready to grow your business? Sign up for SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative.

Gain a competitive advantage -- SBA Learning -- FREE

What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create pricing strategies and much more. Leverage the uniqueness of your business to create a real competitive advantage.

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The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world

Contracting Opportunities

The government works to make sure small businesses get at least 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars. Come learn about the SBA contracting programs listed below that can help YOU bid on contracts and earn those dollars.

  • Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program
  • Service-disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program
  • 8(a) Business Development program
  • HUBZone program

The SBA provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts.

Participating in these programs helps small businesses:

  • Earn a fair share of federal contracts
  • Qualify for exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts
  • Partner with established contractors to gain contracts
  • Get business mentoring and education to learn how federal contracting works

The last Thursday of every month (except for December)

Next session: Thursday, April 25, 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

125 S. State Street, #2222 SLC, UT

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Upcoming Events -- Resource Partners

Small Business Development (SBDC)

Consulting Services--Request FREE one-on-one management consulting to help with everything from starting, to maintaining, and growing your business.

Find out more


Women's Business Center of Utah (WBC Utah)

We help women: Build Confidence, Create Opportunities and Experience Success

Foodtrepreneur Festival, Reimagined -- Recipe for Success April 23-25

For four years the Women’s Business Center of Utah organized the Foodtrepreneur Festival to celebrate food entrepreneurs and foodies. The festival comprised a combination of local food vendors, live music, a panel discussion and the opportunity to sample delicious food while talking to entrepreneurs who created the delectable bites.

Due to the rapid growth of the festival and an all new WBCUtah food-loving team, we decided to reinvent Foodtrepreneur with a new name and a new mission. This year’s festival, Recipe for Success, will last three days! Why three? Because we realized we couldn’t possibly squeeze everything we wanted to do into one day. Where Foodtrepreneur focused broadly on Salt Lake City’s culinary scene, Recipe for Success will focus specifically on women entrepreneurs.

It is an exciting time for food entrepreneurship in Salt Lake City. Companies that start here are gaining national attention, and the economic and cultural impact of this local food movement is both exhilarating and important for the continued growth of Salt Lake City as a cultural and entrepreneurship hub. People have never been more engaged or motivated about where their food comes from, and the stories and visionaries behind it.

Connect on the WBC Facebook Page 


What We're About (SCORE)

SCORE is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Small Business Administration, providing free mentoring, advice and workshops to help you start or grow a business. Set up an appointment to meet with a SCORE Certified Mentor, free of charge, by calling (801) 746-2269. 

Get connected:

Meetup Group 

Free small business workshops and networking events

Facebook page

District Office Directory

Marla Trollan, District Director --  Executive Officer of the Utah DO

Phone: (801) 524- 3200     Email: Marla.Trollan@sba.gov

Christopher Stever, Deputy District Director

Phone: (801) 524- 3215     Email: Christopher.Stever@sba.gov

John Gygi, Legal Counsel

Phone: (801) 524-3205      Email: John.Gygi@sba.gov

Sharlene Miller, Paralegal

Phone: (801) 524-3221      Email: Sharlene.miller@sba.gov

Cheryl Richens, Administrative Officer

Phone: (801) 524-3219      Email: Cheryl.Richens@sba.gov

Cody Neville, Business Opportunity Specialist  

Phone: (801) 524-3206 Email: Cody.Neville@sba.gov

Karl Wernick, Lender Relations Specialist

Phone: (615) 524-3210       Email: Karl.Wernick@sba.gov 

Rachel Bennett, Economic Development Specialist

Phone: (801) 524-3223       Email: Rachel.Bennett@sba.gov

Ian Lorenzana, Economic Development Specialist -- Veteran and Small Business Development Liaison, Marketing and Outreach

Phone: (615) 524-3218       Email: Ian.Lorenzana.@sba.gov 

Melinda Workman, Economic Development Specialist -- Score and Women's Business Center Liaison, Marketing and Outreach

Phone: (615) 524-3218       Email: Melinda.Workman@sba.gov 

Siobhan Carlile, Public Affairs Specialist -- Newsletter Editor, Media Relations, Social Media

Phone: (801) 524-3217       Email: Siobhan.Carlile@sba.gov

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