Small Business Development Resources

The following organizations serve entrepreneurs and the small business community by providing a variety of business development services:

Bureau of Economic and Business Research
David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
1645 East Campus Center Dr., Rm 401
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is an applied research center in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. BEBR interacts with both private and public entities, conducting independent studies and engaging in sponsored research. Past projects include housing summaries, Sundance Film Festival survey analysis, an economic impact summary for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, etc. Subscriptions are available for interested parties to the spectrum of reports published by this organization.

Downtown Alliance*
175 East 400 South, #600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 359‐5118

The Downtown Alliance is a non‐profit affiliate of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce that specifically serves property owners, businesses, and residents of the 40‐block Central Business District in Downtown Salt Lake City. It promotes cultural, business, economic, and entertainment programs to enrich the downtown area. The Downtown Alliance publishes economic development data and sponsors community events/initiatives such at the Farmer’s Market, Dine O’Round, First Night Salt Lake, and Live Green.

Local First
P.O Box 576
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
(801) 456‐1456

Miller Business Innovation Center*
9750 south 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070

Pete Suazo Business Center
960 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

This center targets the Latino/Hispanic population and other underserved groups by making business resources available. They assist in starting a business through initial feasibility discussions, preparing funding requests, and obtaining legal licenses and permits. They provide a variety of workshops, seminars, and courses in subjects from business law to financial literacy.

Procurement Technical Assitance Center
(9 locations state-wide)

PTAC helps small businesses with all phases of Government contracting -federal, state, and local. Counselors provide one-on-one and group instruction that helps clients identify contracting opportunities, which can create growth of market share and revenues for them.
PTAC is an important part of The Governor's Office of Economic Development, with nine offices throughout the state to assist you.

Salt Lake Chamber*
175 E. University Blvd (400 S.), Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 364-3631

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s longest-standing, statewide business association that represents more than 6,100 businesses—over 5,000 of which are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.  Small business members of the Chamber can access networking events, committees, marketing and educational opportunities, member discounts, leadership programs, social events, and information resources.

Salt Lake City- Office of Economic Development*
451 South State Street, Rm. 401
PO Box 145486
Salt Lake City UT 84114
(801) 535‐6230
Bob Farrington, Director

Salt Lake County Office of Economic Development
2001 South State Street, Suite 2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 468‐2502

This office coordinates with services offered on the state, county, and city levels. With the goal of increasing the number of jobs and investment opportunities through redevelopment, training, and industry emphasis the county offers financial incentives and planning assistance to businesses.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

              310 South Main Street
              Salt Lake City, UT 84111

    c/o Dixie College
              225 South 700 East
              St. George, UT 84770

    c/o Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce
              160 North Main St.
               Logan UT 84321

SCORE is a non‐profit, volunteer organization that provides free individual and team counseling at every
small business development and operation process. SCORE matches business experienced volunteers
counseling and training services to first‐time entrepreneurs and current small business owners.

Small Business Development Centers (Utah's Governor's Office of Economic Development)*

               351 West Center St
               Cedar City, UT 84720

              345 West 100 North
              Ephraim, UT 84627

              1330 East 700 North, #124
              Logan, UT 84322

               3806 University Cir.
              Ogden, UT 84408

              800 West University Pkwy.
              Orem, UT 84058

              375 South Carbon Ave
              Price, UT 84501

              9750 South 300 West, MCPC 201
              Sandy, UT 84070

              639 West 100 South
              Blanding, UT 84511

              225 South 700 East
              St. George, UT 84770

              1680 West Hwy 40
              Vernal, UT 84078

Utah Business Resource Centers are entities established by the Governor's Office of Economic Development at Utah public institutions of higher-education or other appropriate community locations. They are certified one-stop resource centers providing coordination of business support, education, tracking of clients, access to sources of funding, training, technical expertise, talent, and networking for new and existing businesses.

USTAR (Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative)
324 South State St., #500
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The mission of USTAR is to promote and encourage local commercialization of discoveries and technologies emanating from the state’s public research universities, region applied technology centers, colleges, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Their resources interconnect these sites of innovation to support the development of the technology industry in Utah.

Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
800 West University Parkway, MS‐212
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 863‐8637

The MEP is non‐profit arm of the Department of Commerce. Dedicated to serving small and medium‐sized manufacturing firms, MEP is client‐needs driven (not products‐offered driven). Working directly with company management, MEP provides solutions as diverse as sales and marketing, product defect cause analysis, plant layout, technology deployment, and more.

Utah Suppliers Development Council
University of Utah Purchasing Department
1901 East South Campus Drive, #151
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581‐8609

USDC works to increase the purchase of good and services by large companies and government entities from womanowned, HubZone, and veteran‐owned companies. They assist in capturing supplier contracts between large firms and small businesses. They also offer networking, training, and conferences.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Utah Transit Authority
Civil Rights Office
P.O Box 30810
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
(801) 287‐3537

The DBE program has been the Department of Transportation’s most important tool for promoting equal opportunity in federal transportation contracting. If you are a small business (as defined by SBA), controlled by minorities or women, gross less than $19.57 million dollars, have owners whose personal net worth is less than $750,000, and provide products or services that could be utilized by a Highway, Transit or Airport agency, then you should learn more about the DBE program.

Utah's Own*
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
PO Box 146500
350 North Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500

The Utah's Own program was established to create a consumer culture of choosing Utah products at grocery stores, restaurants; everywhere consumers shop. When Utah consumers purchase locally produced or grown products it builds our Utah economy since a dollar spent on a Utah product creates the effect of adding $4.00 to $6.00 to our Utah economy.


Vest Pocket Business Coalition*
P.O. Box 521357
Salt Lake City, UT 84152

An association that specifically serves local businesses, especially small businesses, by offering advocacy with local government, monthly Membership Meetings to network, educate, and strategize, a listing on the web site with links to member web sites, a member calendar of events, and group buying discounts.

'Vest Pocket is a local non-profit committed to strengthening Utah's independent entrepreneurial prosperity to benefit business and local communities through advocacy, education, and social connections.'

Women's Business Center*
Salt Lake Chamber
175 E. Univeristy Blvd (400 S.), #600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The Women’s Business Center provides entrepreneurial assistance in training and counseling to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners, particularly women, with the critical skills, knowledge, tools and support network to increase their success and positively impact the economic development of their communities. Also provided are a number of SBA specific services that target the development of women‐owned businesses.

World Trade Center Utah*
175 East 400 South, Suite 609
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 532‐8080

WTCU endeavors to bring together public and private sector partnerships to encourage sustained economic growth by guiding Utah companies into global markets. They offer a combination of educational lectures, international business development events, and networking opportunities. Reference materials are available as well as subscription to a newsletter, Global Utah.

* Member of the Utah Small Business Coalition