Ensign Staffing is one of the many businesses that received a Mainstreet Preservation Grant. President Mark Alger shares their story:

“I started Ensign Staffing a little over four years ago with a hope to not only provide for my family, but with a goal to help others provide for their families. I am passionate about helping small businesses succeed throughout rural communities in Utah. We provide employment opportunities to job seekers and feel employment is the answer to many of society’s problems. We see the difference a job can make in a person’s life. We also feel a responsibility to the communities where we operate.

“Since opening, we have offered a scholarship to Snow College, highlighted local businesses and volunteered many hours in support of building the economy and improving the way of life in our communities. We want to ensure our communities are better because we are in business. We have taken two, run down office spaces on main street in Richfield and completely renovated them.

“I have served on the board for the Richfield Area Chamber of Commerce for over six years and am currently the Vice-President of the Chamber. I’ve served for two years on the Sevier County Drug Court Board and over five years on the Sevier County Economic Development Council.

“While the Mainstreet Preservation Grant will be a tremendous help to continue our mission through our business, we also know there are many other businesses, industries and individuals that are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are determined to offer support to some of those affected. We created a ‘Take-out Trophy’ contest where we encouraged Sevier County residents to vote for their favorite restaurant that has done an exceptional job through the Covid-19 shutdown. We bought $350 in gift cards from the winning restaurant and $150 from the runner up. We also provided them trophies to display. We painted our office window to show support to the graduating seniors of our three high schools in Sevier County. We will also provide $150 to a winner from each high school when they bring in a picture or graduation announcement.

“We work hard to provide a service that helps individuals provide for their families and that helps businesses be more productive and profitable, but we also strive to be a business that has fun and makes a positive impact in the economy and in the way of life of the residents we serve.

“Thanks again for honoring our efforts and making it possible to continue through the Mainstreet Preservation Grant in these challenging times.”

Learn more about Ensign Staffing: ensignstaffing.com.

The Mainstreet Preservation Grant, provided by the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Job Opportunities Foundation, is made possible thanks to a $500,000 donation from WCF Insurance. The grant funds are used to support rural and/or minority small businesses in Utah that need immediate assistance due to the COVID-19 and before federal stimulus funding is accessed. These grant funds are intended to help businesses in the short-term. To donate or learn more about the Mainstreet Preservation Grant, visit slchamber.com/mainstreet-preservation-grant.