Salt Lake City– Small Business Administration Utah District Director Marla Trollan and a small group of staff as well as other participating organizations visited Price, Moab and Vernal last week, July 17-19 presenting information about free resources to budding entrepreneurs.
“Opportunities to start a business shouldn’t be dictated by geographic boundaries, and we are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs across Utah; meeting them where they are. Not only where they live, but at whatever stage of development they are in,” Trollan said. “We want to make sure they are aware of resources that can help them turn their big idea into a reality.”
The road show was part of a larger initiative by the SBA to increase economic activity and lending in rural Utah by helping new businesses open and existing ones grow. An impressive team of participants were assembled who briefed attendees on programs intended to help businesses achieve this goal.
“I thought it was good and a great way to meet local business owners who are interested in learning more about the U.S. Small Business Administration, its partner resources and lenders. In addition to the general session/presentations I hosted two women business owner focus groups, in Moab and Vernal, which was extremely helpful for me in understanding the unique opportunities, needs and challenges in their local areas. In this way, the Women’s Business Center of Utah can customize services and resources for women business owners in these regions,” said Ann Marie Wallace, State Director of the WBC.
Attendees were able to:
- Meet one-on-one with resource partners and/or lenders
- Learn details of Utah’s 25k Jobs Initiative
- Find out what free counseling services are available to help with market research and preparation of a business plan
- Be informed on specific loan programs available through SBA, USDA and the Utah Microloan Fund
- Ask questions of the presenters
Don’t miss the next leg of the Small Business Rural Roadshow:
August 21, 2018 St. George – 533 East Waterworks Drive, St. George, UT 84770
August 22, 2018 Cedar City – Southwest Tech 757 West 800 South, Cedar City, UT 84720
August 23, 2018 Richfield — Sevier Valley Center, 800 W 200 S, Richfield, UT 84701
Presentations: 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
- Keynote from Senator Mike Lee’s Office
- Rural initiatives and programs
- Business counseling and lending opportunities
Expo: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Engage with counselors who can answer your questions one-on-one
- Meet lenders who can help you get the financing you need
Participating Organizations: Federal and State Legislators, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center of Utah, SCORE, Mountain West Small Business Finance, Utah CDC, Zions Bank, Mountain America Credit Union, Utah Microloan Fund, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, The Office of Senator Mike Lee, The Office of Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food, World Trade Center Utah, USTAR, Cache Valley Bank and State Bank of Southern Utah.
For more information visit Small Business Rural Roadshow or register at: bit.ly/2LVFwVD