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Utah District Office -Dec. 30, 2022

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SBA ASCENT Program Launches       

Two New Opportunities for Rural, Women-owned Businesses in Utah


Ascent Rural Cohort


The SBA Utah District Office Partners with SBA New Mexico District Office to Provide a 6-Week Virtual Cohort

Cohort meets weekly March 1st – April 12th


Join other women entrepreneurs from Utah and New Mexico rural areas to share your experience, consult with subject matter experts, and build your peer network.  Program includes:

  • Self Guided Training
  • Six Live, Virtual Trainings with Subject Matter Experts to cover topics in Leadership, Business Finance, Strategic Marketing, Human Resources, Access to Capital, and Contracting. 

Want to learn more? Attend one of four info session webinars on January 5, 12, 19, or 26th at 10:30 am.  Register for Info Session Here

Registration Ends Soon.  Registration is First Come, First Serve.  

 Apply Here



National, Rural Ascent Agriculture Focused 12-Week Virtual Cohort Presented by SBA and U.S.D.A. 

Application Deadline January 15, 2023


Join other entrepreneurs from rural areas across the U.S. on an interactive virtual platform packed with resources to set and achieve your business goals, consult with subject matter experts and build your peer network.

Want to learn more? Attend an info webinar on January 5 or January 10th.

Register Now for the Ascent Cohort for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers  

 Register Here


Requirements for both the 6-week Utah/New Mexico Ascent Program and 12-week Rural Agriculture Ascent Program


SBA Press Releases 


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


Statement from SBA Administrator Guzman on President Biden’s Signing of the Disaster Assistance for Rural Communities Act


U.S. Small Business Administration Announces 2022 Surety Companies and Agencies Rankings (sba.gov)


U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Strategic Alliance to Support Small Business Exporters (sba.gov)


SBA Announces End-of-Year Capital Benchmarks Showing Historic Support for Small Businesses Under Administrator Guzman


U.S. Small Business Administration Statement on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Report Concerning Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (sba.gov)


U.S. Small Business Administration to Offer Disaster Loans with No Interest and No Payments for First Year (sba.gov)



 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
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