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Utah District Office -Oct. 27, 2022

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National Veteran Small Business Week

    October 31st – November 4th 

Veteran’s Unite Conference 

November 2nd, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at Utah Tech’s Innovation Plaza

Celebrate National Veteran Small Business Week with other veterans in Southern Utah. The event is meant to help build camaraderie with other veterans in the community, meet and support local veteran-owned small businesses, and learn of veteran and business resources and opportunities that are available.


Sweat, Blood, and Service: Lessons in Leadership and Perseverance from the Ranch to Wall Street.

Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Brenneman, Army veteran and Vice President of Goldman Sachs 


Local Veteran Small Business Panel

  • Brett Pruitt – Rowdy’s Range and Shooters Supply, Army Veteran
  • David Peterson — Anthem-Partners, Army Veteran
  • Scott Hatfield – Serial Entrepreneur, Marine Veteran
  • Chris Hobson – Violin Gallery, Army Veteran
  • Eric Werny – Red Cliff Consulting, Navy Veteran


Resource that will be Available for Veterans

  • Veteran Service Officer from Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs
  • Utah At Ease (Providing free legal assistance for veterans)
  • Workforce Services
  • Veteran Business Resource Center
  • Veteran Business Outreach Center
  • Small Business Development Center
  • PTAC (Providing contract assistance for veterans)

Register Here

St George Proclomatino


Mayoral Proclamation

Mayor Randall from St. George City provided her support for National Veteran Small Business Week and the veteran entrepreneurs in St. George by issuing a Mayoral Proclamation which proclaims Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th  as National Veteran Small Business Week.

Proclamation was given to Scott Carlson (pictured), SBA Business Opportunity Specialist  on Thursday, Oct. 20th. 


Warrior Rising Receives SBA Grant to Deliver Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

Photo of two people sitting at a table indoors with the following text, resources for veteran entrepreneurs. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the awarding of $300,000 in funding to four organizations to deliver existing training programs through the SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program.  Warrior Rising from Sandy Utah was one of these organizations. 


Warrior Rising is a nonprofit dedicated to training, educating, and supporting veteran entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Warrior Rising has trained over 5,400 veteran-owned businesses through a robust 40-lesson educational curriculum. The program is designed to be delivered online or at locations with appropriate access for those who are disabled. The instructors have experience working with those experiencing PTSD or other service-related disabilities by employing service-disabled veterans to work for Warrior Rising and assist with the counseling process.


“The SBA Utah District Office is thrilled to announce this award to Warrior Rising,” said Marla Trollan, Utah SBA District Director. “In 2020 the Utah District Office signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with Warrior Rising creating an official working relationship to strengthen and expand small business development for Utah veterans. This grant will help them expand their services specifically to provide the support veterans with service-connected disabilities need as they navigate entrepreneurship.” 


“We are proud and grateful to be partners with the SBA in this endeavor to help service-disabled veterans succeed through instruction and mentoring towards business ownership,” said Jason Van Camp, Founder and Executive Director of Warrior Rising. “Warrior Rising is about extending a hand up in respect and elevating their work ethic, agility, resilience, leadership, resourcefulness, and determination through the shared experience of military service. It is part of our vision to offer veterans not just one good day, but one good life.”


The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, supports each organization’s programs for service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses. Each awardee was chosen based on their demonstrated history of, and commitment to providing training programs and resources to service-disabled veterans. 

Boots to Business – Reboot

Virtual Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans and their Spouses

Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. This course includes three sessions, starting on Thursday, November 3rd (see agenda below)

Nov. 3rd 4:00-6:30:
1. Intro to Business Ownership
2. Basics of Opportunity Recognition
3. Understanding Markets & Your Competitive Space

Nov. 10th 4:00-6:30:
4. The Economics of Small Business Startup
5. Legal Considerations

Nov. 17th 4:00-6:30:
6. Financing Your Venture
7. Introduction to Business Planning and
8. Resources to Support Your Efforts in Utah


Register Here


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 (sba.gov). 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 (sba.gov)


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 Friday, October 28th at 1:00 pm 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.


EIDL Loans Available in Utah

Find a list of current EIDL Loans that are available in Utah.

Search Utah EIDL Loan Declarations Here



 Questions about COVID EIDL Repayment?

Webinar: Tuesday Nov. 8th from 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.

Register Here


How to Submit and Award Winning NSBW Nomination Package 

Webinar: Wednesday November 9thv from

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

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. 



Free Online Business Education 

SBA Learning Center. Free online business courses


Visit the SBA Learning Center for free online courses that will help you start, pivot, or grow your small business. Visit the SBA’s Learning Platform


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The Small Business Digital Alliance provides free online business education taught by some of America’s most respected leaders in business, government, and economic development. 

View the Small Business Digital Alliance’s Education Library


SBDC Academy


The Utah SBDC provides a the Entrepreneurial Academy, a free online training platform to help empower and educate small businesses.  Learn with Utah SBDC’s Entrepreneurial Academy


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District Offce


Marla Trollan, District Director
marla.trollan@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-218-1995

John Gygi, Deputy District Director

john.gygi@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 801-889-6170

Karl Wernick, Lender Relations Specialist
karl.wernick@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-355-5815

Don MacMillan, Lender Relations Specialist
donald.macmillan@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3209 (c) 385-429-8627

Jackie Hobson, Outreach and Marketing Specialist     jackie.hobson@sba.gov, (0) 801-524-3209 (c) 435-632-0355

Cheryl Richens, Administrative Officer
cheryl.richens@sba.gov, (o) 801-524-3209

Scott Carlson, Business Opportunity Specialist        scott.carlson@sba.gov, (c) 801-657-1371