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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Amber Murray

See Your Strength

See Your Strength is a business that promotes love, hope, encouragement, self-compassion, and teaches people how to access those feelings within themselves. Acknowledging our feelings and talking to ourselves with compassion can be one of the hardest skills to learn. They accomplish this mission through positive message mirror decals, hope walls, and suicide prevention resources. Amber Murray, the founder and owner, is primarily focused on schools but is planning to expand her business through new products and different mental health tools to serve a wider market in the near future.  Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Raysha Carrasco, Monsieur Crepes

Take a Chance

Raysha Carrasco always had an entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to start a business. When she came to Utah in 2015, she worked at hotels, using her hospitality degree. But she wanted to start something of her own. Her husband comes from France, and has always loved cooking. She noticed there were no creperies in town, and saw her opening. They began Monsieur Crepes with just the two of them, catering weddings, baby showers, and corporate events and then opening a food truck. By the summer, they needed to hire employees.

Becoming a business owner was a tough decision for both Raysha and her husband. It meant leaving their stable jobs. She says that even when you know your product or idea is good, you still feel insecure. If you get too bogged down in that feeling, you may never start. Raysha’s advice is this: if you can take the chance, you just live one life. It’s amazing how good you feel about what you do, what you have built, and what people think about your business.Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Nailya Ragimova, Doner Kebab Express

Finding Independence

“The business plan is the most important part, you need to decide what you want out of your business” seemed to be Nailya Ragimova’s, owner of Doner Kebab Express, mantra when questioned about the steps she took to build her business. 

Nailya and her family immigrated to the United States in 1992 and while transitioning to American life, she recalled her own transition to business owner. Nailya knew that coming to the United States meant she needed to make a change in her life. Coming to a new environment and becoming independent and motivated became a crucial part of her transition. She understood that she needed to make this change in her life in order to achieve independence and develop her dreams and who she is meant to be. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Alexandra Ortiz, Shades Brewing

Navigating Curveballs

Alexandra Ortiz started Shades of Pale Brewing with her husband Trent in 2010. Trent had been homebrewing for fifteen years. He was looking to change careers, and to Alex, it seemed obvious. He loved to brew and people loved his beer; he was open to the idea but he didn’t want to do it alone. For the first few years, he was handling operations and she was working on the brewery while keeping her other job on nights and weekends. She felt like they were both working in the business rather than on the business.Read More


Press Release: Kamea Johnson to be honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (July 18, 2019) – The Women’s Business Center of Utah, a statewide entrepreneurial center for women hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber, has selected Kamea Jonnson, owner of Chosen Creative, as their 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. 

“We are thrilled to honor a woman business owner who is an example of the female entrepreneurial spirit,” said Ann Marie Wallace, state director of the Women’s Business Center of Utah. “Kamea is a standout client who deserves to be applauded for her passion and perseverance in starting and growing a successful business.” Read More


Women-Owned Business Window Decal Design Contest

Women’s Business Center of Utah is excited to host an open design contest!

WBCUtah will be making and distributing window decals to women-owned and operated businesses across the state. The purpose of the decals is to give recognition to and encourage support of women-owned businesses. For home-based businesses, digital decals will be available for their website. We are reaching out to our community for design ideas for the decals.Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Jennifer Davis, ERA Realty Center

On the Move

Jennifer Davis is practically a household name in the Iron County Area. She is an Associate Broker with ERA Realty Center in Cedar City. She has sold Real Estate for over 25 years in Southern Utah. In that time she has been named Iron County Board of Realtors Top Producer, and ERA Realty Centers Top Producer for several years consecutively. Jennifer has been honored as Cedar City’s Woman of the Year, and has ranked in the Top 25 Realtors nationally with ERA for the past 15 years with most of those years being ranked in the Top 5.Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Lana Arthur, Patio Diner

Saving an Icon

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


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