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Learn About WBCUtah

The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) empowers women through resources and support, so they can discover new opportunities, enjoy their entrepreneurial creations, and experience the success and freedom they desire.

WBCUtah was established November 1997 as a partnership between the Salt Lake Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA provides a federal funding for WBCUtah to assist Utah women start and grow successful small businesses through training, resources, and support through in-person, online and virtual services through offices in Salt Lake City and Cedar City.

WBCUtah Team

The WBCUtah team collectively has owned three businesses and speak three different languages. They are an accountability partner to help Utah women get their businesses moving and guide them through the entrepreneurial experience.

Ann Marie Wallace
Ann Marie WallaceState Director
Ann Marie grew up on a dairy farm in northern Utah. Her cow milking days ended when she started attending Snow College and later transferred to USU where she graduated in marketing. After working in hotel management she became a WBCUtah Client, launched her own small business, and was later hired to mentor other women. Now she oversees the center which helped her become an entrepreneur.

For collaboration and sponsorship questions, contact Ann Marie at annmarie@wbcutah.com

Teresa Bagdasarova
Teresa BagdasarovaProgram Coordinator
Teresa graduated from Westminster College in Business Management. She worked for Westminster’s Center for Entrepreneurship. During her time, she provided mentoring and networking opportunities for students and the community to create and grow their own businesses. Her work with the center and love for fashion inspired her to start her own fitting-room application.

For questions about training and events, contact Teresa at teresa@wbcutah.com

Ashleen McGirk
Ashleen McGirkMinority Outreach VISTA
Ashleen is an AmeriCorps VISTA working on outreach to minority and refugee women entrepreneurs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Utah. Ashleen’s favorite accomplishments are winning her 2nd grade spelling bee and walking from Mexico to Canada. She is excited to help women achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

For questions about minority outreach, contact Ashleen at community@wbcutah.com

Robbi Richter
Robbi RichterProgram Director
Robbi graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Public Administration and an undergraduate in Interpersonal Communication. Her professional career has been in the field of fundraising where she has worked for both large and small organizations. One of her greatest joys was volunteering for the SL Olympics where she worked in the main media center. Here she found the love of pin collection and trading.

For questions about programming, contact Robbi at robbi@wbcutah.com

Eve Rickles
Eve RicklesDigital Media Coordinator
Eve recently moved to Utah from the East Coast. She enjoys climbing, hiking, and cooking, and is overwhelmed by the amount of outdoor activities around Salt Lake. She has a degree in Art History from Binghamton University and most recently worked for a public park in New York City. She is excited to grow WBCUtah’s social media by sharing women’s stories.

For questions about digital communications, contact Eve at eve@wbcutah.com

WBC Board of Directors

The Women’s Business Center of Utah is governed by a group of talented and driven individuals who ensure the center’s goals, staff and resources to most effectively assist Utah women with valuable and helpful support. Board members individually help advance WBC reach and exposure to and ultimate impact on women business owners in Utah.

Brittany Westover, Chair
Vice President, Commercial Banker
Chase

Kathy Luke, Vice Chair
Senior Director, Member Services
Ancestry

Jen Parsons-Soran, Treasurer
Owner
Nonprofit Development Partners

Cindy Johnsons, Secretary
Owner
Hair Love Salon & Wigs

Heidi Walker
COO
Salt Lake Chamber

Juanita Damon
Global Risk, Banking & Compliance
American Express

Cathy Keen
Vice President and Senior Private Banker
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Cheryl Mansen
Head, Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services
Salt Lake County Library Services

Dana Fisher
Owner
Dental On Location

Ginger Chinn
Managing Director of Urban & Rural Business Services
Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Janice Boes
Owner
Pierpont Place

Laurie Seron
Utah’s Own
Utah’s Own

Nicole Walters
Senior Marketing Specialist
CBIZ & MHM

Advisors

Ann Marie Wallace
State Director
Women’s Business Center of Utah

Melinda Workman
Women’s Business Ownership Rep., District International Trade Officer
U.S. Small Business Administration

Dr. Vanessa Moon
President
NAWBO – Salt Lake City Chapter

Virtual WBCUtah – Statewide Outreach

The Women’s Business Center of Utah is excited to announce that we are expanding our reach! Thanks to the support of American Express, we now have the funding to create Virtual WBCs throughout the state of Utah. These locations will provide a portal to our online training as well as links to local entrepreneurship resources.

Sponsors

WBCUtah is sponsored by the following organizations who believe in the mission of the WBCUtah and support women business owners. They believe that every woman should have access to technical training, resources, support, and good examples.

Partners

WBCUtah partners with local organizations to provide opportunities and increased value to women in Utah. Through collaboration, WBCUtah is able to provide special opportunities and specialized events and training for women business owners.

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