The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center program director, Pamela Okumura, is one of several Utahns being honored with the “Champion of Collaboration” award this spring.
“I’m honored to receive this award, but it is really meant to recognize groups rather than individuals that work together to help small businesses,” said Okumura. “The Women’s Business Center collaborates with SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers to benefit Utah businesses.”
The WBC provides entrepreneurs, young professionals and small business owners with critical skills, knowledge, tools and support by offering seminars and networking opportunities for Utah business women in an effort to increase their businesses’ success and also positively impact Utah’s economy.
The Champion of Collaboration is a new award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this year. Stan Nakano, the director for the Utah District SBA, describes this award as recognizing “outstanding collaborative partnerships, resources that are working together in the best interests of small businesses” that lead to more opportunities for entrepreneurial development like training and counseling for small business owners.
“The Utah District is pleased to recognize these deserving individuals and organizations who represent the best of what small business in Utah is all about,” he said.
Other Utahns being honored as “Champions” for their efforts to expand entrepreneurial development, training and counseling, include Salt Lake SCORE chapter chairman Ron Tucker, Central Utah SCORE chapter chairman Arnold Brown, Kaysville’s Small Business Development Center director Brent Meikle, Salt Lake City’s Small Business Development Center director Carlos Linares, Logan’s Small Business Development Center director Jason Yerka, Ogden’s Small Business Development Center director Beverly King, and Orem’s Small Business Development Center director Ken Fakler.
The “Champions” will be honored in Washington, D.C., during National Small Business Week (May 20-22).
The Utah District of the U.S. SBA will be honoring these eight Utahns, including Okumura, for being “Champions” at the annual Utah Small Business Week luncheon on May 14. The best of Small Business leaders in Utah will also be recognized.
Woodbury Technologies president Karen S. Woodbury was named the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year for the Utah District. Ephraim Co-op’s Sandra Lanier was named Home-Based Business Champion for Utah as well as for the region. Also named best in the region is Rene Eddy Yurja, the Minority Small Business Champion.