The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VIII Office has announced the opening of a new Women’s Business Center in Cedar City, Utah. 

The new center, hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber, will have the mission of helping women entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses.  The new center will provide assistance and resources to entrepreneurs in and around Iron and Washington counties. This is the second Women’s Business Center to be opened in Utah.  The first center opened in Salt Lake City in 1997.

“The Women’s Business Center of Utah, hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber, has always been a true partner and I look forward to continuing our relationship as we seek to serve and increase opportunities for women entrepreneurs throughout Utah, especially in more rural areas,” said Marla Trollan, SBA Utah district director. “The Women’s Business Center applied for the competitive SBA grant during the winter and was just notified of the award on April 5.”

The SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement.

“The Women’s Business Center of Utah identified Cedar City as an ideal location to base new services in Southern Utah. We are thrilled to provide women’s entrepreneurship resources in Iron and surrounding counties,” said Ann Marie Wallace, WBC executive director “Crafting a range of services and support will allow the center to meet the unique needs and challenges of Southern Utah women business owners.”

In fiscal year 2017, the Women’s Business Center program counseled and trained nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.  According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, there are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.  They employ more than eight million workers, provide more than $264 billion in wages and salaries to employees, and contribute $1.4 trillion in sales to the national economy.  In Utah, more than 7,500 small businesses are owned by women.

“I congratulate the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce on being awarded a new SBA Women’s Business Center in Cedar City,” said Daniel Nordberg, SBA’s Region VIII Administrator. “Utah leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses and this new center will continue to build on that impressive statistic while also providing much-needed job training and counseling to rural communities in Southern Utah.”

For more than twenty years, the Women’s Business Center of Utah, formerly known as Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, has provided assistance, resources and support to Utah women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, serving an estimated 50,000 people through individual counseling and group training. Just last year, the WBC trained nearly 4,300 people; more than any other WBC in the country. With a new center in Southern Utah, the Women’s Business Center of Utah will help more women owners thrive in business.

To learn more about the Women’s Business Center of Utah, contact Ann Marie Wallace at 801-328-5052.