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Utah District Office -Nov. 21, 2022

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express before the 2010 shopping season was in full swing.  The impact on local small business owners was astounding with their seasonal revenues soaring compared to previous years. 

Marla Trollan


Since 2011, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a formal co-sponsor of Small Business Saturday due to the massive success of the program and the positive effect on local business owners.

Shopping local puts tax dollars at work to help your local schools, libraries, social services, and parks in your neighborhood.  For every 100 dollars spent at a local business, approximately 68 dollars are reinvested in your community. Utah has more than 6,500 small, independent retail shops and by shopping local on Small Business Saturday, you are helping support over 62,000 employees who work for those businesses.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday where small businesses around the country display their wares, services, and skills, offerings discounts and specials to their customers, similar to big box retailers but on a more personal, meaningful, and local level.

Instead of blowing your budget this year on highly marketed, highly competitive, highly sought-after gizmos and gadgets, walk the streets in your downtown shopping districts.  Discover your local shops and boutiques.  Dine at local eateries, bakeries, and coffee houses. Support small businesses in your community—in your town, because these are your friends and neighbors.  These are the people you know, and they can offer an experience in customer service, unlike any other national chain store. They are the ones taking risks and living the American dream.

Join the SBA Utah District Office and shop locally—online or in person. Shop small businesses. This year, take a stroll down your Main Street, side street, country road, or any road, and meet the fantastic small business owners in your community during national Small Business Saturday.


Happy Holidays!

Marla Trollan, SBA Utah District Director


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.

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)


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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New SBA Press Releases 


SBA Administrator Guzman Calls on Americans to “Shop Small®” on Small Business Saturday® Across America


Deadline Approaching in Utah for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought


Administrator Guzman Announces Path Forward for Veteran Small Business Certification Program (



 Utah Business Bridge

Webinar: Jan. 19, 2023 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am 


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

This Quarter's Topic:

Launching a Business

Register Here


For Additional Trainings and Events Please Check out the SBA Utah District Calendar


Utah District Calendar



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

Scott Carlson, Business Opportunity Specialist, (c) 801-657-1371