SALT LAKE CITY — Small businesses in Utah will soon have greater access to critical resources to help them grow. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a $364,589 grant to SBA’s Utah Small Business Development Center.
The funding was provided under a provision of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 signed by the president in September 2010. The measure provided $50 million in grants across the country to support job creation and retention within the small-business community by providing in-depth business counseling and advice to entrepreneurs and small-business owners, according to a news release.
The one-time money to the Utah center will fund up to six new staff members to support additional counseling, expand services to underserved geographic areas and Spanish-speaking populations, expand support for exporting products from manufacturing and technology clients, bring together small companies and supplier networks, as well as creating a “Virtual Mentorship” program to support Native American clients starting businesses and microenterprises.