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Over the years, the Zions Bank Business Resource Center has served more than 5,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. On Wednesday, bank officials cut the ribbon on a new location for the center, which now boasts updated technology and ample space in an attractive facility.
The Zions Bank BRC is now located at 120 S. Main Street in Salt Lake City, just south of the historic Zions Bank branch on the corner of Main Street and 100 South. The BRC was originally housed at 310 S. Main.
“The needs of our businesses have changed, so we felt that the need was there to give them a better space and a space for training, which we didn’t have in the other location,” said Cece Mitchell, senior vice president at Zions Bank and manager of its SBA lending program.
The new BRC provides computer stations for clients to use, private meeting rooms for one-on-one coaching and a large meeting space for trainings and workshops.
Zions Bank has been the state’s No. 1 SBA lender for 20 years in a row, said Lori Chillingworth, executive vice president of the bank’s small business division. The bank is committed to helping small businesses start, succeed and grow into large businesses, she said.
“When they come to the bank, we want them to be ready to get their financing, to get whatever it is they need to make their dream come true and put their business together. So that’s what the Business Resource Center is for,” said Chillingworth.
The BRC offers industry-specific tools and resources on topics ranging from accounting to human resources to sales and marketing. Center staff can help would-be entrepreneurs create business plans and navigate the process of launching a fledgling company.
“We really believe in small business. We believe that it’s the heart of our economy here in Utah, but also the heart of the economy in our country,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank. “The more we can help small businesses realize what they need to do to be successful, the more jobs we will have, the stronger our economy will be, and the happier our lives will be. And so I hope that the center really does become a beehive of activity.”
Visit www.utahsmallbusiness.com for more information about the Zions Bank Business Resource Center.