President’s Message: Small Businesses Empowering Utah
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.9% of all U.S. businesses. Utah has been credited as the most pro-small business state in America, thanks to our state’s pro-business initiatives and support systems.
At the Salt Lake Chamber, we celebrate and highlight small businesses each month to demonstrate the vital role they play in Utah’s economy and community. From family-owned restaurants to cutting-edge tech startups, these businesses are a lifeblood for community, growth and opportunity. Supporting small businesses is not merely an economic choice, it’s a significant investment in the heartbeat of our community. Utah’s small businesses are more than places of commerce, they are the custodians of our unique local identity and strength.
Small businesses are economic engines that create jobs, stimulate innovation and contribute to our local prosperity. They offer unique products, services, experiences and solutions. They sponsor local events, sports teams and charities. They know their customers and create a sense of belonging and camaraderie that strengthens the social fabric of our communities. The benefit of supporting small businesses goes on, and on. And in these small businesses, we have seen firsthand the profound impact they have on our local economy. Consider a few of the many compelling examples of why we should champion small businesses across our thriving state from some of Utah’s local businesses:
Empowering the Local Workforce: “Smart Staffing,” a local staffing agency, is committed to empowering Utah’s workforce and transforming the labor landscape for our community. Smart Staffing’s dedication to providing employment opportunities and addressing workforce challenges paves the way for countless individuals to thrive. Smart Staffing is uniquely equipped to find qualified workers to fill staffing needs. Explore their remarkable journey here and learn how they are making a difference.
Giving Back: Lavanya Mahate, founder and owner of the delicious “Saffron Valley,” is a first-generation Indian American immigrant and also the first female entrepreneur on either side of her family. Mahate is committed to culinary excellence and community support. Saffron Valley boasts five locations across Utah and the beginning of one of Mahate’s biggest projects yet: RISE Culinary Institute. RISE Culinary Institute provides free culinary training to refugees. Explore the inspiring journey here.
Sustainable Practices: “Utah PaperBox,” a thriving startup based in Salt Lake City and a small business committed to excellence in both eco-friendly initiatives and packaging solutions. Their efforts not only reduce waste but are great examples of responsible environmental stewardship within our community. To learn more about their commitment to quality and sustainability, read their compelling story here.
Niche Education & Support: “Cactus & Tropicals,” offers a unique horticultural experience. This local gem not only supports the thriving world of exotic plants but also provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry and education of botanical beauty. Explore their story here and witness how they bring the world’s green wonders to our community.
Innovation: “Rasa Legal,” a public benefit corporation, has a singular focus: simplifying and making criminal record expungement accessible and affordable. About 1 in 4 Utahns have a criminal record of some sort; however, many of these records are old, resolved and eligible for expungement. Unfortunately, the process can be complicated and expensive. Rasa Legal’s groundbreaking technology and innovative solutions address an unmet need in the legal system. Learn more here.
These are only a few examples of how small businesses are vibrant contributors to our state’s growth and well-being. By supporting them, you not only enjoy unique products and experiences but also help build a stronger, more prosperous Utah. Our commitment to supporting small businesses in Utah extends beyond words; it’s about taking action. We encourage you to explore our Small Business Highlight series and discover more ways to support Utah’s small businesses.