Utah SBA Recognizes Its 2019 National Small Business Award Winners

Salt Lake City—The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Utah office has named its 2019 National Small Business Award winners, including small businesses in various categories from across the state, as well as lenders and partners who have contributed to the success of small businesses in Utah. A National Small Business Award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.

“These winners represent the best of Utah’s approximately 277,000 small businesses and the supporters who help them start, grow and succeed,” said Marla Trollan, Utah’s District Director. “Utah is a national leader in entrepreneurship and innovation, and we are extremely proud to honor these small business winners.”

The Utah SBA 2019 Small-Business-of-the-Year Award will be presented to Böhme LLC, a growing chain of 16 fashion boutiques, during the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City. This annual award recognizes the hard work, dedication, and community investment that is required of America’s most successful small business men and women. Böhme is also invited to join 53 other small business owners from across the country in Washington, D.C., for a ceremony and the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

“The entire economic development infrastructure in Utah creates a positive environment for small business growth and innovation,” states Dan Nordberg, SBA’s Region VIII Administrator based in Denver. “From the governor’s office down to the local mayors and community leaders Utah by far is one of the most innovative and business friendly states I have worked with over the last two years.  Congratulations to all of Utah’s National Small Business Week winners.” 

On May 9, 2019, Böhme and several other Utah small business owners and supporters of small business enterprise will be recognized at this year’s Utah National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah campus.

SBA Acting Administrator, Chris Pilkerton, will present at the Utah awards ceremony, visit with small business owners, and network with partners and lenders. Nordberg will also attend the celebration.

This year’s awardees include the top SBA lenders in Utah for 2018, along with several other small business owners, including: Honey and Grains Bakery; Rasmussen Custom Cabinetry; Children’s Academy Preschool; Enterprise Integration; and Maize Tacos. Top lenders awards will be presented to Zions Bank; Mountain West Small Business Finance; Mountain America Credit Union; and Rock Canyon Bank.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners, who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans.

Small businesses contribute 99.3 percent of all businesses in Utah and create almost 30,000 new jobs per year.  The Utah District is #1 in the nation in SBA lending per capita and contributed over $1 billion to Utah’s economy last year.

This year’s Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The event is free, open to the public and includes the luncheon. It is a catered event so registration is required at