Women’s Business Center of Utah honored with SBA Award

The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) has been awarded the 2022 Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award for Region IIIV by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The award honors a Women’s Business Center for its excellence in innovation in assisting women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling. Region IIIV includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. 

“The mission of the WBCUtah uniquely focuses our technical assistance and support on the needs, strengths and challenges of women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Utah,” said Ann Marie Wallace, State Director of WBCUtah. “We have served over 800 women statewide in the last year, and are honored to have been a part of their entrepreneurial journey. We are excited to be recognized for the excellence in our assistance and support they deserve.”

In 2021, WBCUtah served more than 827 Utah women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, providing them with 1,235 individual advising sessions and 264 training sessions attended by 1,439 people. Their services resulted in 263 new businesses, 783 created jobs, $50.3M earned revenue and $7.2M in accessed capital.

“Over the last couple of years women in Utah have had an extremely difficult time due to the pandemic,” said Marla Trollan, SBA Utah District Director. “The WBCUtah faced these challenges head-on by reaching out to women-owned businesses to ensure they had the support they needed to get through these difficult times. We appreciate the dedication and service Ann Marie Wallace and her team place on helping women in Utah succeed.”

WBCUtah is a nonprofit organization of the Salt Lake Chamber and has a statewide mission to help Utah women build confidence, create opportunities, and experience business ownership success through business advising and entrepreneurial skills training. WBCUtah women-focused mentorship and support are available through two offices, in Salt Lake City and Cedar City, and online at wbcutah.org, as well as a dozen virtual centers hosted on chambers of commerce’s websites.

“Women entrepreneurs are critical to our business community ecosystem,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “They provide jobs, generate revenue and create wealth. The Women’s Business Center of Utah provides essential resources to assist clients at any stage of business ownership and we are ecstatic that they are being recognized for their invaluable contributions to our community and state.”

WBCUtah was honored today during the National Small Business Week Award Luncheon.