SBA partners with Utah Black Chamber to help boost businesses


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah entrepreneurs will have access to more information to help grow their enterprises under a new agreement with the federal Small Business Administration.

The district office of the U.S. SBA and the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce Friday entered into a partnership aimed at bolstering opportunities for success of hundreds of Utah small businesses. The two entities signed a strategic alliance memorandum to enhance integration of their respective resources, said Marla Trollan, director of the Utah SBA district office.

The arrangement leverages existing programs extended to African American and other minorities, along with veterans and women-owned small businesses statewide, she added.

”Partnering with the Utah Black Chamber will offer the African American and black community more efficient access to the mentors, training, tools and networking that will help them achieve their long-term entrepreneurial goals,” Trollan said. “Creating partnerships is one of our primary goals throughout the agency. We can’t do what we need to do and reach the communities we need to reach without establishing partnerships.”

She said tools like the memorandum agreement help the agency work with partners at a high level and also enable them to co-brand and co-market services and products to reach a broader community audience. She noted that similar agreements have been reached with other local minority chambers and business organizations as well.

“Our goal is to reach all of these minority-serving communities throughout all of Utah — really getting out to the communities and the rural communities as well,” Trollan said. Over 90% of businesses in the Beehive State are considered small businesses, she noted, with the SBA contributing $1 billion annually to aid in the promotion of small enterprise development.

Before the memo signing, the SBA facilitated a training on becoming certified for federal government contracting during the chamber’s monthly Salt Lake Small Business …read more

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