Launch of Utah Business Bridge

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Utah District Office - Sept. 22, 2022

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Utah Small Business Administration and Go Utah to Host a Series of Virtual Networking Events

Utah Business Bridge


The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) recently announced a partnership with the Utah Small Business Administration to help Utah businesses navigate the Utah entrepreneurship ecosystem.


The Utah Business Bridge is a series of quarterly virtual networking events connecting small business owners with key resources available statewide. These virtual events will be held quarterly and cover topics such as:

  • Resources for women entrepreneurs (Oct. 25, 2022)
  • Launching a business
  • Capital access
  • Aerospace, defense, and government contracting
  • Inclusion

Small businesses participating in these events will be informed about the latest resources and have opportunities to network with providers in virtual breakout rooms. 


“The SBA Utah District Office has partnered many years with Go Utah and we are thrilled to bring this new initiative forward,” said Marla Trollan, SBA Utah District Director.  “There are numerous organizations in the state that provide free support to business during various stages of development. The Business Bridge webinar series provides a much needed platform to connect business all over the state to these valuable resources.”


“Go Utah is excited about the Utah Business Bridge networking events where small businesses will have opportunities to be connected with key resources,” said Ryan Starks, managing director of business services. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to inform businesses statewide about resources that can help them prosper and thrive.”



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SBA Utah District Office Seeks Nominations for 

National Small Business Week 2023

Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.


The SBA is proud to announce that its Utah District Office is ready to accept nominations for the 2023 National and District Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year Award.

“One of the best parts of working with small businesses is taking a moment and recognizing all the hard work the business-owner has put in,” said Marla Trollan, SBA Utah District Director. “This year we were able to see Utah businesses receive state, regional, and national level awards. We are proud of what the small businesses in Utah are doing for our economy and their local communities and hope others will take a moment to nominate them for a 2023 SBA Small Business Award."

Utah District Small Business Week Categories:

  • Small Business Person of the Year (National and District Awards)
  • Small Business Exporter (National and District Awards)
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year (National and District Awards)
  • Utah Rural Business of the Year (District Award Only)
  • Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year (District Award Only)
  • Women-owned Small Business of the Year (District Award Only)


Guidelines for Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, and 8(a) Graduate of the Year can be found on the national website for NSBW awards at National Small Business Week Award Nominations Guidelines ( Guidelines for award categories only eligible for a District award, Rural Business of the Year, Veteran-owned Business of the Year, and Women-owned Business of the Year, can be found on the district’s website at Utah District NSBW award guidelines (


The Utah District Office will be providing the upcoming How to Submit an Award Winning Nomination training for those wanting to learn the steps to nominate a business. The webinar will be held both Wednesday, October 12th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, November 9th at 10:00 am


The Utah District Office must receive all nominations by electronic submission ONLY to the Utah District’s BOX account no later 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 8, 2022.


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 Questions about COVID EIDL Repayment?

Webinar: Tuesday Sept. 27th 9:00 am - 10:00 am 


Please join the Utah District Office if you have questions regarding repayment of your COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). We will be covering important information regarding repayment, followed by a Q&A. This presentation will ONLY cover questions regarding repayment. This program funds have been completely exhausted.

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How to Submit and Award Winning NSBW Nomination Package 

Webinar: Wednesday Oct. 12th 10:00 am - 11:00 am


In this training, we will be covering ways to create an award-winning submission package. We will go over the guidelines for different national and district-level small business awards, the documents you need to include in your submission, and things to include to make your submission strong.


Register Here

SBA Meet the Money

Kaysville: Oct. 18th 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Morgan: Oct. 20th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


An introduction to SBA Lending Programs and EIDL Loans, USDA Lending Programs, Governors Office of Economic Opportunity's new Utah Small Business Credit Initiative (USBCI), and other local funding programs.

Also, find out what assistance is available to help get your business funded.


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Register for Morgan

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Utah Business Bridge


The Utah Business Bridge is a virtual networking series sponsored by the the SBA Utah District Office and the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. At this quarterly event series, attendees will learn about small business resources available throughout the state.

Small businesses participating in these events will have opportunities to network with different resource organizations, state and federal agencies, lenders, and non-profits during virtual breakout sessions.


This Quarter's Topic:

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs


Breakout Rooms:

Access to Capital - Grants

Access to Capital - Loans

Access to Capital - Microloans

Access to Capital - Venture

Business Start-up Assistance

Current Economic State for Utah Women and Steps to Improve It

Government Contacting and Certifications for Women-owned Businesses

SBA Resource Partners Panel - Free Business Counseling and Trainings


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Free Local Business Counseling through SBA's Resource Partners



Serving Utah with 13 locations across the state. Visit the Utah SBDC's website  to schedule an appointment with an experienced business counselor. 





The WBC of Utah has locations in Salt Lake City and Cedar City, they also provide virtual mentoring making it easy to access a counselor regardless of what county you live in.  Visit the WBC of Utah's website to schedule an appointment. 





SCORE provides free business mentoring through volunteered retired executives. They are focused on creating a vibrant small business community through mentoring and education. Visit their website for more info. 



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District Offce


Marla Trollan, District Director, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-218-1995

John Gygi, Deputy District Director, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 801-889-6170

Karl Wernick, Lender Relations Specialist, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-355-5815

Don MacMillan, Lender Relations Specialist, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-429-8627

Jackie Hobson, Outreach and Marketing Specialist, (0) 801-524-3209 (c) 435-632-0355

Cheryl Richens, Administrative Officer, (o) 801-524-3209

Business Opportunity Specialist