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Nine small businesses will receive the Utah Small Business Development Center’s Regional Client of the Year award Friday at the State Capitol during Rural Legislative Day.
Each winner represents nine regions in Utah that work with the Utah SBDC. The businesses represent a broad range of products, services and innovations offered by Utah’s entrepreneurs.
This year’s winners are:
• Bella Vida Laser & Aesthetics, Orem
• Breeders N Feeders LLC, Tooele
• Caregiver Support Network, Kaysville
• Grandpa’s Kitchen, Ogden
• Healthy Express Weight Loss and Management, St. George
• Ooh La La & Friends, Vernal
• South Mountain Builders, Inc., Salt Lake City
• Stan’s Burger Shak, Ephraim
• Unshoes Minimal Footwear, Cedar City
Rural Legislative Day was started in 2011 by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Rural Division to inform lawmakers about issues impacting rural Utah. The Utah SBDC operates 10 service centers and 4 satellite locations throughout Utah, providing consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners.
The Utah SBDC partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and eight other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the Utah SBDC, visit www.utahsbdc.org.
Christopher Speer is one of countless examples showing that a start at Salt Lake Community College can lead to great things.
Until Speer enrolled at the College, he was a professional freestyle skier for seven years with three different industry-related companies. In 2008-2009 Speer had his sights set on an education in business, starting out at SLCC while also taking on a management role at a small company that refurbishes wheels and hubcaps.
“Lacking an inventory system and organization, the company needed a lot of work to recognize its potential,” Speer said. “Drawing from the communication, leadership and technical skills I was learning in my SLCC courses, I was able to rally the troops at the small business in support of strategic projects to organize and grow the company.”
Speer said SLCC instructors gave him the “technical acumen and confidence I needed to become a successful business leader.” With his “new skills” from SLCC, Speer said he helped increase revenues and cut costs at his company. He graduated in 2009 with an associate’s degree in business, and in that same year he started a small business of his own called BCN Industries.
In 2009-2010 Speer studied finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. By the beginning of 2011 he was hired by Goldman Sachs, where he now works as a financial controller.
“The teamwork, analytical and leadership skills I obtained from SLCC have continued to be a source of great strength and support to me as I have built out my career in business,” Speer said. “I will always be incredibly grateful for Salt Lake Community College for the critical role it has played in my life.”
Gerald Narciso grew up reading Sports Illustrated, Time and People, gravitating toward features and human-interest stories.
Even in college, however, Narciso, 33, didn’t imagine he’d one day write stories that would appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and websites.
Narciso was born in Calgary, Canada, and at age 8 his family moved to Salt Lake City. He graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School. In 2003 he earned a degree in marketing from Westminster College.
Without any solid job prospects, he enrolled the following year in Salt Lake Community College to study graphic design. “I thought it would be a good compliment to my marketing degree from Westminster College,” he said.
Narciso started freelance writing while at SLCC, stringing for the Salt Lake Tribune as a high school basketball reporter. He also contributed to Utah Sports Magazine, Utahjazz.com and to the Arts and Entertainment and opinion sections of SLCC’s The Globe newspaper.
Narciso graduated in 2006 from SLCC with an associate’s degree in communication and an emphasis on print journalism. He was the sports editor at The Globe during his final year at SLCC.
“I had one of my favorite teachers and mentors I’ve ever had with (SLCC instructor) Nick Burns,” Narciso said.
From there initiative, skill and talent took over as he moved to Vancouver to work as a sports writer for Kidzworld.com and for the NBA publication Dime Magazine, which eventually brought him on full time and all the way to New York City in 2009.
That same year he began contributing to the New York Times, in which he’s been published about 15 times, he estimated. But with the rapidly changing and daunting face of print journalism in recent years, Narciso went in search of a safer career path.
By 2010 he was working as a media relations coordinator for British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. In February 2013 he took a job as a “brand journalist” for the global company Avigilon, which makes HD video surveillance products.”
“Now I work in content marketing, which is a trend for a lot of journalists nowadays,” Narciso said. “It allows me to stay creative, write and edit. It is kind of a good mix between my marketing and journalism backgrounds.”
One of Narciso’s most recent articles ran January 25, 2014 in the New York Times under the headline “Seahawks Mania Bigger Than U.S. Can Contain,” a pre-Super Bowl story about the Seattle Seahawks’ popularity in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia even in years prior to the 2014 NFL Championship Game.