On March 28, 2024, the Salt Lake Chamber and the Women’s Business Center of Utah celebrated the graduation of the latest Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator cohort. Eighteen business owners, the highest number of graduates in a cohort yet, completed the program to enhance their entrepreneurship skills and receive one-on-one business coaching.

The Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator is a 4-week program that provides a peer-to-peer environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn business practices such as effective marketing, process automation and exit strategy. The cohort met each week with a team of instructors who taught methods for operating more efficient, effective and profitable businesses. 

The 2024 Spring Cohort graduates included:

  • Yeny Arones, TBD
  • Princess Bombyck, Juah Apparel
  • Rosmery Ceferino, Killa Nail Studio
  • Chris Chong, Law Office of Chris W. Chong
  • Juraj Chudy, Real Tyme Engineering LLC
  • Roger Cox, SoundsWrite
  • Rachael Curfew, Rachael Curfew Private Coaching
  • Carissa Devenport, Este Pizzeria Park City
  • Crystal Griffin, Coldwell Banker Realty Salt lake Sugarhouse
  • Nyesha Hamil, 11hauz
  • Olga Hernandez Favela, N/A
  • Jonas Mitchell, High Tech Turbo
  • Ambir Moore, The Book Lovers Era
  • Idolina Quijada, SLCC
  • Maria Milagro Sandi, Jiiva
  • Stacy Smyth, Luna’s Kitchen
  • Jeanne Uwizeye, Thousand Hillis Artisans
  • Jessica Velazquez Rodriguez, Coldwell Banker Realty

Carissa Devenport also received the Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator grant, which awarded her $600 to be used towards further improving their business, Este Pizzeria Park City. The grant was awarded based on the entrepreneurs’ participation and 90-day action plans, which outlined their businesses’ respective courses of action in implementing strategies they learned during the accelerator.

For information on future cohort opportunities and other business resources, visit the Salt Lake Chamber or Women’s Business Center of Utah websites. Any questions? Contact Megan Engstrom at megan@wbcutah.com.