Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Head of U.S. SBA Office of International Trade Announces Dedication of SLCC-SBDC Global Trade Center


David Glaccum, U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade, will visit Utah to announce the opening of the Salt Lake Community College-Utah Small Business Development Center Network Global Trade Center. The event will be held Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at the Miller Conference Center Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah. The public is welcome to attend.

Previous to his appointment to the SBA in February, Glaccum served as the Chief of Staff for the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. This one-hour event will feature remarks by Glaccum, SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin, World Trade Center Utah President Miles Hansen, and representatives from the offices of Senator Mike Lee and Senator Mitt Romney.
           
“We are honored to have Mr. Glaccum visit our campus and announce the dedication of the SBDC Global Trade Center,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director of the Miller Business Resource Center. “His presence highlights the importance of assisting Utah’s small businesses to expand globally and the importance of providing resources like the SLCC-SBDC Global Trade Center.”

The Global Trade Center joins forces with the existing SLCC Global Business Center that began in 2007. The consolidation and combination of both programs will advance trade services for small businesses and continue the legacy of premier support for international training and education.

“The Global Trade Center will provide important synergies for both programs, becoming a more important cog in the international trade assistance ecosystem in Utah,” says Mike Finnerty, State Director of the Utah SBDC Network. “This will encourage more small businesses throughout the state to expand globally.”

Utah exported $11.6 billion in goods in 2017 according to the Department of Commerce. Small businesses accounted for 49 percent of that total. Utah is home to 2,917 small business that export, representing 84 percent of all export firms. “The significance of small businesses to our country’s economic prosperity cannot be overestimated,” said Glaccum.  “There is a tremendous opportunity for small firms in international markets. We just need to help them get there.”

For more information about the Global Business Center, visit www.utahglobaltrade.org.