Utah National Small Business Week Awards Event

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Utah District Office - Sept. 17, 2020

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National Small Business Week Virtual Conference 2020

Utah’s Top Small Businesses to be Recognized Sept. 22-24, 2020



The 2020 Utah Small Business Persons of the Year, Joseph and Jen Watson of K9 Sport Sack in Orem will represent Utah during National Small Business Week Sept. 22-24. They will participate in the national ceremony as well as the Utah National Small Business Week Awards Event Sept. 24. The Utah virtual ceremony will be open to the public at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 and can be found online at: bit.ly/2ZMr1g5. Keynote Speaker Senator Mitt Romney will join the recognition to offer his congratulations and appreciation to the winners. Utah National Small Business Week Awards Event

Utah NSBW Recognition Virtual Ceremony:

Thursday, September 24 | 11 a.m.  MST 

The Watsons started K-9 Sport Sack online about four years ago when they could not find a back-pack for their dog, so they developed a light-weight carrier that allows the dog to be front facing.

“Congratulations to the Watsons at K9 Sport Sack and all of the other recipients of these awards,” said Marla Trollan, SBA’s Utah district director.  “Entrepreneurs in Utah continue to innovate and contribute so much to our state’s economy and communities, enduring countless challenges this year.  We are proud to honor these small businesses with this recognition, she said."

“I also want to congratulate the Women’s Business Center of Utah for winning the Region VIII Women’s Business Center of the Year award, Mountain West Precast for winning the Region VIII 8(a) Graduate of the Year award, and Kaddas Enterprises for being named the Region VIII Small Business Exporter of the Year,” Trollan said.  Region VIII is comprised of Utah, Colorado, the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.

The 2020 Utah Winners are as follows: 

Utah Small Business Person of the Year -- Joseph and Jen Watson of K9 Sport Sack, in Orem

Region VIII Exporter of the Year – Kaddas Enterprises, LLC in Salt Lake City

Region VIII 8 (a) Graduate of the Year – Mountain West Precast in Brigham City

Utah District Office Award --- PureEnviro Management, LLC in Spanish Fork

Region VIII Women’s Business Center Excellence Award  – Women’s Business Center of Utah

Small Business Development Center Excellence Award -- Salt Lake Small Business Development Center

Administrator Jovita Carranza, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration formally announced National Small Business Week, would take place Sept. 22-24 this year.  The 2020 Small Business Person/s of the Year winners from throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will receive recognition during a virtual ceremony Sept. 22 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

During NSBW,  the National Small Business Week 3-Day Virtual Conference, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will take place Sept. 22 – 24. Attend this free, online conference to meet our 2020 small business winners from across the country, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and talk with industry experts!

NSBW Virtual Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. MST

Opening ceremony and presentation of the National Small Business Award Winners, including the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m. MST

Educational presentations and panel discussions that help both new and existing businesses to recover, adapt, and innovate in this challenging time.

Register for the free three-day Virtual Small Business Conference here: https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/virtual-conference

Administrator Carranza will start the week in Washington, D.C., where she will recognize and award outstanding small business owners and SBA Resource Partners from around the nation.

“What an honor it is for me to recognize the National Small Business Week state and territorial winners from across the nation whose exceptional hard work has created and built successful small businesses,” Carranza said.  “These women and men not only realized their dreams of entrepreneurship but have also been tremendous job creators, helping to expand our economy. They represent the 30 million American small businesses – our nation’s innovators and risk-takers.” 

During National Small Business Week, additional award winners will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Further details and registration information will be posted on www.sba.gov/NSBW. Local events can be found at www.sba.gov/ut .

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is normally set as the first week in May, however this year it will take place Sept. 22-24. National events are planned for Washington, D.C. and locally in Salt Lake City.


Virtual Mentoring and Training 

Offices around the country may be closed to the Coronavirus pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.

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Marla Trollan, District Director
marla.trollan@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3200 (c) 385-218-1995

John Gygi, Deputy District Director

john.gygi@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3205 (c) 801-889-6170

Ian Lorenzana, Economic Development & Public Information Officer
ian.lorenzana@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3218 (c) 385-388-3276

Siobhan Carlile, Public Affairs Specialist

siobhan.carlile@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3217 (c) 706-267-1145

Don MacMillan, Lender Relations Specialist

donald.macmillan@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3226

Karl Wernick, Lender Relations Specialist

karl.wernick@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3210 (c) 385-355-5815

Melinda Workman, Economic Development Specialist

melinda.workman@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3213 (c) 385-266-1853

Rachel Bennett, Economic Development Specialist

rachel.bennett@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3204 (c) 385-355-5677

Cody Neville, Business Opportunity Specialist

cody.neville@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3206 (c) 801-828-0796

George Janes, Outreach and Marketing Specialist

george.janes@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3228 (c) 202-941-8106

Charla Allred, Program Support Assistant

charla.allread@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3223 (c) 202-941-8106

Cheryl Richens, Administrative Officer

cheryl.richens@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3219

Sharlene Miller, Paralegal