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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Lana Arthur, Patio Diner

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Patio Diner in Blanding, Utah serves speciality hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, homemade onion rings, coleslaw and  ice cream, cookies and shakes. The batter for the onion rings are Lana Arthur’s own recipe and her speciality. They also feature homemade salad dressings and cookies.  Everything they can make from scratch is done in-house. Lana acquired the coleslaw recipe from a previous owner of the building. She received permission to use the recipe that dates back to an owner from the 1960’s.  Patio Diner prides itself on cooking from scratch and to order. Although they serve burgers and fries everything is on the healthy side because they use fresh products and real ingredients. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kate Meek, Pork Belly’s Eatery & Catering Co.

Using Her Expertise

Pork Belly’s Eatery and Catering Co. was established in 2014, by Eddie and Kate Meek, who have over 17 years in the restaurant and hospitality business.  They smoke their meats in-house and use it to create unique dishes. Pork Belly’s is a full-service restaurant and they also offer catering. Kate and Eddie recently decided to grow their business and now have a second location in St. George that opened about three months ago.  Kate says, “They enjoy making people happy and that being with food.” Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kara Laws, Small Town Hub

Boosting Rural Economies

The Mission Statement of Small Town Hub is:  Creatively and collaboratively boost small, rural economies while embracing the lifestyle of local residents and supporting their local businesses.  Kara Laws CEO of Small Town Hub states: “We help small rural businesses expand and not just survive but thrive.” Kara’s business works with small rural businesses and their cities to help them get online, sell online and help them attract the right customers.  Essentially they help rural economies to grow. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Sally Hunter, The Wizz

Finding Out What You Don’t Want

The Wizz is a truly eclectic little shop.  Sally Hunter has run this unique store for the last twenty-nine years in Cedar City.  She opened the doors in 1990 and she prides herself on sticking to her brand which means thinking outside the box.  Her store sells a mix of quirky, unusual, cool and unique items. The Wizz sells everything from lamps and decorations to clothing, jewelry, costumes and much more.  There is no one thing that defines her business and this makes it unique from any other business in town. This uniqueness is what sets her apart. She likes the unusual and is a very creative, open and fun person by nature.  Sally says, “it’s not just what I sell, but it’s the feel that brings people back.”Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kaylee Spinhirn, CoachingWithKaylee.com

Not Your Average Accountant

Kaylee Spinhirn is a yogi, accountant, money coach, and nomad. She is taking her second cross-country road trip with her puppy (check out her adventures on Instagram!) while simultaneously helping entrepreneurs strengthen their relationship with money, increase business profits, and keep more of the money they make. She takes the person behind the numbers and leverages their business to create a life of wealth and freedom. She offers e-courses, planners, bookkeeping services, and coaching. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a local coffee shop or on top of a mountain. Read More


Recipe for Success: SLICE, Diane Sheya

We sat down with Diane Sheya, co-owner of Salt Lake Culinary Center (SLICE). SLICE is hosting our Recipe for Success Kick Off event.

WHY DON’T WE START WITH AN INTRODUCTION?

My name is Diane Sheya. In 2013, my husband and I became co-owners of the Salt Lake Culinary Center. About twenty years ago, my husband and I were involved in a gourmet cooking club with some friends. Every month we would get together and cook a meal,  if you were hosting you would decide the menu. We would rely on menus from Gourmet magazine back in the ‘80s, and we started to see a trend in cooking: from using dried herbs, to “hey, I’ve got parsley growing in the garden, why am I not using it?” We decided that we were going to start cooking classes in our home using fresh herbs. We’d come up with menus every month and it was really fun doing the research. That’s what drives me, finding a new ingredient, or finding a new technique, or a new cuisine I’m not familiar with. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Judy & Geana Schachet, A Touch of Country Nails

A Mother & Daughter Business is Born

Judy and Geana Schachet are approaching a big milestone this May, one year in business.  Judy and Geana are co-owners of the business A Touch of Country Nails in Cedar City. The pair are originally from Las Vegas, Nevada but they had always wanted to live in Utah.  About nine years ago Judy was laid off from a good paying government job and she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next, so she took a couple of years off to think about it and she moved to Utah. Her daughter Geana was a dog groomer and she was impressed with how she had been able to build such a loyal following of clientele.  Judy figured if Geana could do it with dogs, then surely people would be easy too.

Judy decided to go to nail school and become a nail technician and eventually got her instructors license.  About a year later Geana decided she had burned out on dog grooming and wanted to try something new, so she followed in her mother’s footsteps and went to nail school.  They both went to work together at a nail salon owned by someone else. During this time they learned a lot of lessons about what to do and what not to do in running a business.  They developed a loyal list of clients and started to dream. Read More


Recipe for Success: Buzzed Coffee Truck, Trina Perez

We sat down with Trina Perez, owner of Buzzed Coffee Truck, about her business journey. Meet Trina in person at our Recipe for Success Kick Off.

DID YOU ALWAYS THINK YOU WOULD BECOME A BUSINESS OWNER?

It came about for two reasons. I moved to the Rose Park neighborhood 7 years ago, was working in the community and got fed up about not having any place to get a decent cup of coffee. I was also burnt out and unhappy in my current career and I didn’t see myself being able to do it for much longer. I always thought having a coffee shop would be so much fun, but I think everyone thinks that. I wanted to open a coffee shop in the Rose Park neighborhood, and started to explore that option and quickly realized there was not a chance. I did not have the capital and no one was going to give me the money to open a brick and mortar. I thought…I never have seen a coffee truck around Salt Lake, and the food truck scene is healthy and happy. So I bought a FedEx truck and did it. Read More


Recipe for Success: Local Enthusiast SLC

We sat down with Sara Day, the face behind @local_enthusiast_SLC on Instagram. Meet Sara in person at our Recipe for Success Kick Off.

HOW DID YOU TURN YOUR LOVE FOR FOOD, TRAVELING AND CAMPING INTO A BRAND?

I started Local Enthusiast when I was a poor college student. I knew eventually that I wanted to start a business and I knew if I was out there supporting others it would eventually come back to me when it was time for my business to blossom. I didn’t have any money and so I was like…‘well there are other ways to support people.’ I focused on showing cool things to do in Utah, architecture, local businesses and seasons…things I could afford at the time. Like Ruby Snap Cookies; my and my friends still talk about how we would splurge on three cookies and that was our thing for the week haha.Read More


Loved Foodtrepreneur? Meet Recipe for Success!

Foodtrepreneur Festival, Reimagined

For four years the Women’s Business Center of Utah organized the Foodtrepreneur Festival to celebrate food entrepreneurs and foodies. The festival comprised of a combination of local food vendors, live music, a panel discussion and the opportunity to sample delicious food while talking to entrepreneurs who created the delectable bites.Read More


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