Friday, June 29, 2012

SLCC Expands Community Garden

The SLCC community garden has begun its third season this spring. And it is expanding. What began as a 15-plot raised bed garden at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Earth Day 2010, will now feature a total of 41 beds at three separate sites.

Sixteen new beds have been added at a second community garden site—known as Community Garden East—at the College's Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The College's Jordan Campus will also have a community garden for the first time. There will be 10 new garden plots at Jordan Campus.

Grainger Corporation helped found the initial SLCC community garden and has been a major reason the College has the resources to expand its efforts. Grainger provided the grant that established the community garden. Since that time, Grainger officials have been hands-on in their leadership. Several members of the Grainger team have made visits to the garden to ensure that it remains a valuable asset to the College and community.

As it expands, the SLCC community garden remains committed to its founding principles to develop a better sense of community between faculty, staff, students, and the local community along with advocating for sustainable food production and everyone’s right to healthful food.

In addition to support from organizations like Grainger, many groups and organizations from College are involved in this project, including: student life and leadership, psychology club, Phi Theta Kappa, the Thayne Center for Service & Learning, Student Writing Center, Disability Resource Center, biology department, academic advising, development office, parking services, distance learning, biotechnology department, Jordan Campus library, and the School of Health Sciences.

The SLCC Community Garden was founded with the help of Grainger Corporation, the College’s Graduating Class of 2010, Sun Gro Horticulture, and Edge Multimedia.

For more information, contact Adam Dastrup at (801) 957-4880.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Free Massage For SLCC Staff and Faculty

Health & Wellness Services would like to offer SLCC staff and faculty a $30 one-hour massage session on July 13! 

Take advantage of this summer special by calling 801-957-4268 or visiting us at the Student Center in room 035 to schedule your appointment.

SLCC Fiscal Year

SLCC Fiscal Year closes on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Due to the anticipated high transaction volume, the final call for all SLCC departments and student clubs to present cash, check and credit card transactions to the cashier offices is:

Thursday, June 28, 2012 before 4:00 P.M.

Please direct questions regarding this deadline to:

Colleen Mayer, Cashier Services Department Manager at (801) 957-4906.
Gloria North, Cashiering Supervisor at (801) 957-4616.

Movie Under The Stars: Mirror, Mirror.

Come check out "Mirror, Mirror" at this week's Movie Under The Stars!

When: Thursday, June 28 at 8:30 pm
Where: Taylorsville Redwood Campus, West Amphitheater Lawn
What Makes It So Awesome: Free pizza, popcorn, and drinks!

This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, click here. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Center for Innovation Brown Bag Series

Any community that fails to prepare with the idea that somehow, in the end, the federal government will be able to rescue them will be tragically wrong.” -Michael Leavitt, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services 

SLCC Emergency Procedures Brown Bag Series 

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Presented by Charlie Dressen, Dept of Public Safety, Emergency Manager
Following any situation, disaster or other significant event, and during the initial stages of response, we must be Prepared. Are YOU Ready!?

Presented by Marlin Clark, Dean of Students  
The Dean of Students Office will provide effective investigation and adjudication of Student Code of Conduct issues.  Daily responsibility for good conduct rests with the students.  All members of the College community are expected to use reasonable judgment in their daily campus life and to show due concern for the welfare and rights of others. 

Presented by, Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol Troopers
Troopers of the Utah Highway Patrol serve in an effort to enhance public safety and improve the quality of life for people in Utah. Our organization is constantly looking for better ways to protect the public and provide greater service. We believe that by working closely with members of the community, we can successfully meet the challenges of the future.

Session 4:  Disruptive Behavior
Students, faculty, and staff have the right to be free from acts or threats of disruptive behavior and/or physical violence, including intimidation, harassment and/or coercion, which involve or affect the College Community. The College does not tolerate any student, faculty member, administrator, or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts any teaching, or any other workplace activity held on campus property.

July 10, 2012 ▪ 12:00–12:45 PM
South City Campus (W131)

This series of workshops is based on the Homeland Security and FEMA. “The Be Ready Campaign is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for life situations, emergencies, and disasters. Even though we don't know when or where situations and emergencies may strike, we do know that we can do more to be prepared for the unexpected.  These workshops are designed to help individuals take greater personal interest in their safety, know their surroundings and learn how to prepare and understand what to do if a situation arises.”  Employees attending may bring their lunch to the workshops.

July 10  SCC   12:00 PM (Room W131)
July 17  RWD  12:00 PM (Student Center, STC 002)
July 31  JC      12:00 PM (Student Pavilion Multipurpose Room)

This event is sponsored by the Department of Public Safety and the Center for Innovation.  For questions about the series, please email Charlie.dressen@slcc.eduor call (801) 957-4963.

SL&L Chair Positions Available

Student Life & Leadership has two Chair Positions available:

Service Chair: Provides service involvement opportunities for Student Life & Leadership. Tracks all student clubs and organizations service hours and also, serves as the liaison between the Thayne Center for Service & Learning and Executive Council. 

Diversity Chair: Assures the student representatives of Student Life & Leadership are concerned with capturing the full diversity of the student body, as reflected in the programming they run throughout the year. Partners with the Diversity Exploration series to encourage turnout and dialogue about issues of diversity including respecting differences in gender, race, ethnicity, ability, status as a veteran, age, sexual orientation or any other difference, visible or otherwise.

Both Positions:
  • Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative and semester GPA
  • Carry 9+ credit hours each semester
  • Spend 10 hours per week in the Student Life & Leadership office
  • Receive tuition waivers
For more info contact Student Life & Leadership @ 801-957-4015

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SLCC Crossfits

SLCC professors Jane Drexler and Lynn Killpatrick were recently featured in a video for the fitness company CrossFit. 

Lynn and Jane are not only professors here but also coach at the local gym CrossFit NRG.

You may already know how great they are as teachers, watch the full video to find out how amazing they are in the gym.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SLCC Scholarship Golf Tournament

It was a beautiful day at TalonsCove golf course on June 19 for the SLCC Scholarship Golf Tournament!

SLCC Ranked 3rd in Students with Associate Degrees

Community College Week has named Salt Lake Community College as the third most prolific producer of associate degrees in the nation.

“Salt Lake Community College’s national number three ranking is a testament to the hard work and persistence of our students, their faculty and remarkable support staff,” SLCC President Cynthia Bioteau said. “Our students are very goal oriented. About three-quarters of the students who enroll here come with plans to transfer to a four-year institution and almost all the rest come looking to move on directly to the workforce. This ranking indicates that they’re succeeding in their goals.”

This year’s Top 100 list compiled by Community College Week considers all associate degrees—without distinction between types of degree, such as associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of applied science—conferred during the 2010-11 academic year. It uses data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) completions survey.  The list includes all institutions from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. IPEDS is designed to offer standardized data that are an accurate representation of completion rates among community colleges.

“Salt Lake Community College is consistently in the top-three on this list,” said SLCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tim Sheehan. “This is a national distinction that indicates  our outstanding students and the high quality of the educational services we deliver. Even with the rapid growth that we have experienced recently, we are delighted that SLCC remains committed to our mission as a comprehensive community college and we consistently outperform massive schools with greater enrollments and vast service areas.”

“There’s nothing subjective about this ranking,” said SLCC Public Relations Director Joy Tlou. “Community College Week considers every two-year school in the country and uses empirical information taken from the most reliable source to determine which institutions produce the most degrees. In that respect, this ranking means a lot to the College because it shows, objectively, that our students are succeeding year after year.”

The results of the 2012 Top 100 list were originally published in the June 11, 2012 issue of Community College Week, and can be found online at:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

SLCC Summer Athletic Camps

Salt Lake Community College is hosting a series of sports camps for Summer 2012.
Discounts are available for children of SLCC employees for the men's and women's basketball camps. Visit the SLCC Athletics web page for more information:

Men's Basketball Camps
What:              Youth Camp
When:             June 25-27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:            Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
Who:               Players grades 3-6
Cost:               $85 per person

What:              Elite Skills Camp
When:             June 25-27, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where:            Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
Who:               Players grades 7-12    
Cost:               $125 per person
For more information about men’s basketball camps, contact: Paul Marble at: or (801) 957-4353

Women's Basketball Camp
What:              SLCC Summer Jamboree Team Camp
When:             June 20 – 22, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.)
Where:            Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
Who:               Players from grades 9 - 12
Cost:               $250 per team or  $400 for two teams

What:            Elite Advanced Skills Camp
When            August 9 & 10. 9th: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 10th: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
            High School level players, ages 14-18
             $75 ($60 before July 15)For more information about women’s basketball camps, contact: Betsy Specketer at: or (801) 957-4749.

Softball Camp
What:              Softball Camp 2012 All Skills Summer Camp
When:             June 12-14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where:            Bruin Softball Field, Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Cost:               $100
For more information about softball camps, contact Kate Nygaard at: or (801) 957-4819.

Volleyball Camp
What:              SLCC Volleyball Team Camp
When:             June 11-13, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - morning session, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. afternoon session
Where:            Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
Who:               Teams grades 9-12
Cost:               $300 per team

What:              SLCC Volleyball Youth Camp
When:             June 11-13, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Who:               Players ages 8-15
Where:            Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Lifetime Activities Center
Cost:               $75 per player
For more information about volleyball camps, contact Sue Dulaney at: or (801) 957-4764.

Bruins Softball: NFCA All-Americans

Congrats to the Bruins Softball NFCA All Americans!

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ninety-six players from 41 different institutions have been named to one of six different 2012 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region teams, the Association announced on Friday

The runner-up for the 2012 national championship, Salt Lake, was one of just four teams to have all five of its nominees earn all-region honors this season and the only team to place all five on a first team. Joining the Bruins with five overall sections this season were Blinn, Crowder and Howard.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) awards are voted on by all the coaches therefore the players truly earned these awards with their play.

Forty-eight student athletes from 29 different institutions have been named to one of three 2012 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.

The 2012 national champion, Chattanooga State, and the national runner-up, Salt Lake, led the nation with three first-team selections. Salt Lake also led the nation in overall All-Americans with five total honorees.

Pitcher MaCauley Flint, infielder Maddy Woodard and outfielder Malia Campos were all named to the first team from Salt Lake. Flint went 27-2 in 2012 with 214 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA, while Woodard drove in 79 runs and scored 78 of her own. Campos batted .392 for the Bruins, scored 68 runs and swiped 42 bases. 

Pitcher Ariel Zimmerman and infielder Savanah Webster were both named 2nd team All-American.  Zimmerman finished her career at SLCC by breaking the strikeout record with 515 career k's.  Webster completed her two years with a .495 batting average, 23 homeruns and 36 doubles. 

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) awards are voted on by all the coaches therefore the players truly earned these awards with their play.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Community Writing Center at UAF

The SLCC Community Writing Center is hosting numerous events at this year's Utah Arts Festival. Make sure you stop by to check them out:

Thursday, June 21:

2:00-3:00 pm
Graphic Classics: Create your own Comic Book
3:30-4:30 pm
Kids’ Mini Workshop: Taking it to the Stage: One-Act Plays
5:00-6:00 pm
Mini-Workshop: For the Love of Lyrics: Songwriting
7:00-8:00 pm
Digital Storytelling Showcase

Friday, June 22:

1:00-2:00 pm
Timpanogos Storytelling Presents: Sam Payne, LIVE!
2:00-3:00 pm
Graphic Classics: Create your own Comic Book
3:30-4:30 pm
Kids’ Mini-Workshop: Rock Poetry
5:00-6:00 pm
Mini-Workshop: Shorter than Short: Writing Micro-Fiction
6:00 pm
Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultramarathon START!
7:00-8:00 pm
Community Reading: DiverseCity Writing Series 

Saturday, June 23:

5:00-6:00 pm
Mini-Workshop: Does it Have to Rhyme? Playing with Poetry 
6:00 pm

Wasatch IronPen Literary Marathon and Ultramarathon ENDS!

Community Reading: Youth Voices
Wasatch IronPen Judging

Sunday, June 24:

2:00-3:30 pm
Wasatch IronPen Winners Reading at Big Mouth stage
3:30-4:30 pm
Kids’ Mini-Workshop: DaDa Poetry
Mini-Workshop: From Taste buds to Pen: Food Writing
Community Reading: Open Mic

For more information, please visit the Community Writing Center site. 

Additionally, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has named Salt Lake Community College’s Community Writing Center (CWC) the recipient of the 2012 Mayor’s Artists Award. The CWC receives the organization award in the category of service to the arts. As an award winner, the CWC will be acknowledged and presented with $500 from the Utah Arts Festival on Friday, June 22, 2012.

Monday, June 11, 2012

SLCC Golf Tournament

Salt Lake Community College Athletics hosts the 2012 SLCC Scholarship Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 19 at Talons Cove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs, UT.

The tournament will feature prize giveaways valued at more than $5,000 and a notable list of celebrities. Celebrity guests who will help each of the four-person teams entered in the tournament include: former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden, Utah Jazz announcer Ron Boone, sportscaster Craig Bolerjack, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe, ABC4 Sports Director Wesley Ruff, and Fox13 Sportscaster Jeff Rhineer.

Talon Cove Golf Course
Proceeds from this annual golf tournament provide scholarships for more than 100 SLCC student athletes. As part of the scholarships, these student athletes volunteer as mentors in local elementary schools, teaching character development and leadership through the Know Greater Heroes program.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Jensen at: (801) 957-4155.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dut Bior - Graduate of Excellence 2012

Former Child Sudanese Refugee, Graduate Returns to See Mother

Dut Aguer Bior was separated from his family as a child in Sudan. When he was six years old, he traveled 1,000 miles to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, where he would spend the rest of his adolescence.

As profiled in a recent Deseret News story, Bior met fellow Sudanese refugee Malaak Ayuen at the camp. At age 4, Ayuen's mother died. His grandmother looked after him for a few years until he was forced to leave Sudan for the refugee camp. At the camp, Bior and Ayuen became schoolmates and friends.

After several years, Bior was selected to go to the United States, while Ayuen was not. Before he left, Bior promised his friend that he would do his best to help Ayuen. And he did. Even before he had a job in the United States, Bior started mailing money back to his friend for school. Soon, Bior enrolled in a computer skills program at Salt Lake Community College and landed an entry-level job as a technical support specialist.

Bior continued sending money to Ayuen while saving money so that he could enter and complete his own college studies. And he kept sending money even after he enrolled full-time at SLCC.

Bior attended a reunion for Sudanese refugees in 2009. Touched by what he heard at the conference—its theme was "What are you doing to give back?"—he decided to found the Student Orphan Aid Program. This non-profit organization expanded on his own efforts to help provide scholarships to African orphans—giving them a chance at an education.

On May 4, Bior graduated from Salt Lake Community College. With his help, his friend Ayuen is preparing to graduate from Uganda's Ndejje University. Bior hopes Ayuen is the first of many he will help achieve a college degree.

Bior has plans to see the fruits of his hard work—and the hard work of his friend—first hand. While working full-time and preparing to attend university in the fall, Bior is also looking to secure funds to finance a trip back to Africa to meet his friend and see his family for the first time since he was five years old. He’s currently looking to put his associate’s degree to work by finding a second job working with computers—in addition to his current position working for a bank to help pay for the trip.

“Yes, I want to go back to see Malaak and to share the experience of graduation with him,” Bior said. The same week, he will travel to Kenya to see his own family. “I communicate with them every week via phone, but I haven’t seen or met with them in person for so long, I can’t wait to get there.”

While in Africa, Bior will try to advance the work of the Student Orphan Aid Program. But first, he’s engaged in helping the cause here. He has taken the initial steps necessary to set up a race to benefit the charity. The event will be either a 5 or 10 kilometer run.

Not content to simply work behind the scenes, Bior is entered in the Ragnar Wasatch Back race—a 200 mile team relay race in the Wasatch Mountain range, “both to improve my good health, and so that I can better understand what goes into running and organizing for my charity race,” he said. Bior is one of his team’s 12 runners, and is slated to run three legs of 6.4, 8.2, and 3 miles during the race.

“I don’t get to train as much as I’d like for the race. Time just doesn’t allow for it,” he said. He is busy. But he isn’t averse to receiving help—a friend who works as a personal trainer oversees Bior’s workouts. “Yes, he’s getting me ready. He knows a lot. I couldn’t do it without him.” Bior’s work may soon have many thinking the same about him. 

Summer Yoga

Free Yoga for SLCC Faculty and Staff! 

The SLCC Yog Teacher Training Program will be offering free yoga classes to all SLCC faculty and staff. Starting Friday, June 8 - July 27. 

If you have been interested in learning yoga or would like to add yoga to your fitness routine, this is a great opportunity!

Time: Fridays, 11:45am - 12:45pm 
Place:  LAC 102
Materials: We encourage you to bring your own mat!

No need to sign up – please just drop in when you can.

For more information, contact Paula Nielson-Williams at 801-957-5140.

Congrats, Horizonte Grads!

Congratulations to the 2012 graduates of Horizonte! We look forward to seeing many of you on the various SLCC campuses next year.

Your future is bright, graduates!

Not to mention, excellent work from Richard Diaz and Jill Kemerer at the commencement ceremony!  

Helping Children Lead Healthy, Active Lifestyles

One woman's journey to become a business owner for a gym on wheels. 

Jennifer Shrodes’ journey to become a small business owner began on a very important day, when her son Emerson turned seven on March 27, 2011.   For her son’s birthday party, Shrodes rented Tumblebus, a mobile gymnasium designed for children ages 2-8 that arrived to her house in the form of a modified school bus.  “When I hired the Tumblebus for my son’s birthday party, I sat and watched 11 kids laugh for an entire hour,” said Shrodes.  “I thought ‘how awesome’ it was to enjoy the laughter of the children…I really enjoyed how I felt.” 

Before the Tumblebus party, Shrodes had already begun a thought process to find another job or start a new business to supplement her income.  Shrodes had been working as an Escrow Officer for 11 years, and with the challenging housing market, the small title company she worked for was struggling for customers. 
Inspired by the birthday party experience, Shrodes spoke with her friend, who was the owner of the Tumblebus at the time to learn more about the franchise.  Shrodes’ conversation revealed that her friend was looking for someone to partner with to sustain the business.

Shrodes began to explore the prospective business opportnity and reached out to the Service Corporation of Retired Executives (SCORE) for some initial guidance.  SCORE referred Shrodes to the Ogden Small Business Development Center, where Center Director, Beverly King, helped her explore financing and the partnership agreement.  Within a couple of months of initating the partnership, the previous owner decided that she wanted to sell the franchise.  King then helped Shrodes develop a business plan, a budget and explore financing so that Shrodes could purchase the business, bus and equipment.  

In October, Shrodes received a loan and acquired Tumblebus in November 2011.  “The whole loan process was a mystery to me,” said Shrodes.  “Had it not been for Beverly, I don’t think I would have gotten the loan.”  Shrodes continues to work with King at the SBDC for marketing strategies and bi-annual consultations to gauage the progress of the business. 

In the six months since Shrodes has acquired the business,  she has contracted with  11 day care centers and pre-schools throughout Davis and Weber county to provide weekly and bi-monthly visits.  Shrodes has also hosted Tumblebus sessions for business events, birthday parties and community events.  The gym on wheels has been a great way for children in the region to learn a variety of healthy physical activites in a fun and safe environment and play on a variety of equipment including a balance beam, monkey bars, a climbing wall and more.  

Though the path of small business ownership has been a challenge at times, Shrodes finds the experience very rewarding.  “I don’t have a business ownership background,” said Shrodes. “But with the support I have gotten from my family, customers and the community–I am a successful entrepreneur.

Utah Company Launches Innovative News Source Mobile App

Scott Ellenson, co-founder of Stronger SE, LLC will be launching the company’s first mobile app called “Reach” in May 2012.   Reach is the first in a suite of apps designed for mobile professionals.

Reach solves an issue for business professionals that need to stay current on subjects that they care most about.  With current technologies, professionals can spend a great deal of time on the internet searching social networks, blogs, company websites, and web-based search engines to stay informed. Reach streamlines a users search through a high-powered news curator that delivers information directly to an iPad.

“Our Reach iPad App delivers news articles and blogs based on our customers unique keywords. From the iPad, users can enter topics, companies, and people that they care most about,” said Ellenson. “Our Reach Curator App then filters out the noise of the Internet delivering news and blogs based those specific keywords.”

While Reach is designed for business professionals, the app can be an informative tool for just about anyone.  “Our Reach cloud based Curator App provides access to over a 1,000,000 news articles and blogs from 75,000 sources,” said Ellenson.    The information collected in the curator includes 55 data categories—everything from technology, finance, health, and entertainment to global issues, politics, the environment and Fortune 500 companies. 

Stronger SE’s Reach App stands out from other newsreaders because it is the first tablet-based app that delivers news and blogs based on a customer’s unique keywords.

Reach marks Ellenson’s first major milestone as an entrepreneur and first-time business owner.  Ellenson’s extensive background in business, technology and software development has poised the company to be a highly successful venture.  “Reach is going to change how people do business by making information more available than they have ever had before” said Andrew Willis, Director of the Small Business Development Center in Kaysville, Utah.

Prior to building Reach and launching Stronger SE, Ellenson contacted the Small Business Development Center  (SBDC) in Kaysville in May 2011 to transform his innovative idea into a reality.   Counselors at the SBDC, Andrew Willis and Brent Meikle provided Ellenson with a broad scope of business advice and support including marketing strategies, legal structures, market research and helped Ellenson build a financial pro forma. “We have learned under the guidance of the SBDC how to focus on: lean start-up principles, minimum viable product and social media marketing tips that have become the foundation of our company,” said Ellenson.  While working with the SBDC, Willis and Meikle also helped Ellenson pitch Stronger SE to investors—an opportunity that provided him with invaluable feedback for the company.

In addition to the Reach App, the Stronger SE team plans to release additional apps to form a suite of business solutions for mobile professionals, including task & opportunity management apps that will begin development this year.   Ellenson’s goal for the future is to expand Stronger SE apps to Android and Windows mobile devices.  To learn more about Reach or to be notified on the Apps’ launch date visit

Salon Success in Small Wellington Community

In early 2011, Brittnee Miller opened the Spoiled Rotten Salon & Boutique in Wellington, a small town located in eastern Utah.    Since the business began, residents have been attracted to the salon for its proximity to home; a much closer option than other salons located six miles northwest of town in Price.  Miller has found a customer niche by offering a broad-scope of services including: haircuts for men, women and children, coloring, perms, up-do’s, styling, pedicures, manicures, nails and waxing–all at an affordable rate. 

Miller’s journey as a business owner in Wellington began after she completed a cosmetology program in 2009.  Upon graduation, Miller wanted to open her own salon.  To start saving for the business, Miller enrolled in the Utah Individual Development Account Network (UIDAN), a program designed to help Utah residents purchase a productive asset with a matched savings account.  In order to acquire her savings however, UIDAN required that Miller submit a business plan. With limited knowledge about how to write a business plan, Miller contacted the Price Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance.

 “I had very limited knowledge about starting a business and going through the paperwork was like reading a foreign language. I was fortunate to be introduced to the SBDC and now Spoiled Rotten Salon & Boutique is open and operating very successfully,” said Miller.

Though the salon industry is challenging due to other privately owned competitors, Miller has found a way to be successful by opening her business in an area with limited competition.  In addition to finding the right market opportunity, Miller advises other prospective small business owners to always work on developing new industry skills, to provide the best service and products possible, and to utilize community resources such as the SBDC.

Miller is a proud business owner and finds her work managing the salon very rewarding.  She is able to generate income, spend time with her family and serve others in the community.    “I am living my dream,” said Miller. “I started out with nothing but a dream.”

SBDC Helps Dreams Come True for Two Sisters

With over thirty years of combined experience quilting, eighteen years in the fabric industry, and a decade-long dream to open a quilting store together–sisters Linda O’Brien and Carolyn Weight launched their own store, My Sister’s Quilts, in November of 2010. Since the business opened, the store has become a local favorite for its high quality quilting materials, personalized customer service, and its warm and inviting atmosphere.

Located in Riverton, My Sister’s Quilts is conveniently located for quilting enthusiasts that live or work in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley. The store offers customers a variety of quilting classes three to four nights a week. The store has drawn the attention of residents and expert business advisors from the Salt Lake Small Business Development Center (SBDC) because of their success. Customers throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Utah Valley and across the state utilize My Sister’s Quilts for materials and quilting lessons. O’Brien and Weight also broke even on their initial investment (in the first year of business alone), and are projected to grow more than fifty percent in their second full year of business.

Before O’Brien and Weight opened the store, the two sisters enrolled in an entrepreneurial class that a friend had recommended to them, offered by the SBDC at Salt Lake Community College’s Larry H. Miller campus. The class “Start Smart” provided O’Brien and Weight with critical information about starting a business. Following the SBDC training, O’Brien and Weight attended several consulting sessions with the SBDC’s Assistant Director, Lowell Baggaley. The consulting helped O’Brien and Weight formalize their business plans, assess the market and determine a location for the store. The two sisters also received counseling from the Women’s Business Institute, a resource for female entrepreneurs at the College.

“The (Start Smart) class helped us think of things we hadn’t thought of before,” said Weight. “If we had questions, we could always call Lowell for help.” O’Brien and Weight are now looking into expanding their business in the future to include more retail space, a larger classroom and space for a quilting machine. To achieve their growth goals, O’Brien and Weight have started working with Baggaley once again to secure additional working capital.

Much of My Sister’s Quilts success can be attributed to a loyal and supportive community of quilters.  Several of O’Brien and Weights customer have discovered the store through word of mouth referrals. “Our customers have referred others (to us) because we help people not only select fabric, but also pick out a pattern,” said O’Brien. “We don’t just sell stuff—we want to help them.” The business is also located in a great location, which exposes the store to potential new customers and is easily accessed from Interstate 15 and the Bangerter Highway. O’Brien and Weight attribute much of their success to family support, their customers and their passion for quilting.
In addition to O’Brien and Weight’s roles as new business owners, the quilting store has created two additional staff positions and will likely need more as the business grows. The sisters also donate quilting displays on a quarterly basis to educational establishments and non-profit organizations for fundraising efforts. Weight is also sending quilting kits on a monthly basis to Japan for a quilting class that takes place for U.S. Military personnel and their families. 

The Salt Lake Small Business Development Center (SBDC) congratulates Linda O’Brien and Carolyn Weight for the successful launch of My Sister’s Quilts. The store is great resource for quilters and aspiring hobbyists throughout the valley, and is a model venture for small businesses to live and thrive.  For more information about My Sister’s Quilts visit or call 801-810-3999.

Innovative Business Highlights Employment Opportunities

Located seventy miles east of St. George, in beautiful southeastern Utah, Orderville is a gateway town to Zion Canyon National Park. The town itself has about 600 residents and largely relies on travel and tourism industries for jobs, although Extreme Beam, a retail supplier for high-powered tactical lighting supplies is challenging that demographic. 

Extreme Beam has recently expanded their distribution channels to new dealers, law enforcement agencies and military groups among both national and international markets—a growth that will help the company increase productions and grow operations in Orderville.   

Before the company was established in 2006, the company's Western Regional Sales President David Wilson, was as a law enforcement technician that specialized in improving officer equipment.  As a technician, Wilson discovered that there was a significant opportunity to develop brighter and more durable lighting equipment for industrial and military applications.  With a team of three other engineers, Wilson proceeded to manufacture some of the brightest and most durable and dependable lights in the history of the industry.

Though Wilson and his partners had developed a few strong and marketable flashlights, the team struggled to get their products into the right distribution channels.  The team also needed substantial financing assistance to fully launch business operations.  While participating in a networking event in 2008, Wilson was introduced to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant based in Kanab, Utah.  Subsequently, Wilson met with the SBDC consultant over the course of the following two years to review and update the business plan, structure the company, and prepare information for prospective lenders.  “The SBDC assisted us in properly organizing the company for banking institutions and investors to be able to examine our company with a greater level of clarity and comprehension,” Wilson said. 

Since early 2011, Extreme Beam has acquired funding from a number of investor groups and private individuals.  Currently the company manufactures 12 different models that are used by groups including the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines, the British Forces, Italy’s Special Forces division (NOCS) and more.  The company currently employs six staff in Orderville and oversees a manufacturing facility in China, however as sales increase, Wilson will need to hire more local employees.  Wilson’s vision for the future is to establish an assembly facility in Orderville and hire contractors to build additional warehouse space.  

“Extreme Beam has become a success as a result of good teamwork, our quality manufactured goods, a solid understanding of the U.S. market, and development of a proper financial structure,” said Wilson.  “Without our SBDC Consultant, it would have been extremely difficult to achieve our current rate of success.”

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brief Summer Parking Closures

Please be advised that the following parking lots will be closed for slurry sealing and striping:

June 12:

Taylorsville Redwood Campus: Lots N, Q, and R. 

Miller Campus: Lot B

June 13:

Taylorsville Redwood Campus: Lot L

Miller Campus: Lot C and D.

June 14:

Miller Campus: Lot C and D. 

Taylorsville Redwood Campus Parking Map
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Miller Campus Parking Map
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SLCC Culinary Arts students on City Weekly's Food & Drink blog

The City Weekly Food & Drink blog recently featured SLCC Culinary Arts students.

Several of the program’s talented students were on hand assisting some of Utah’s most talented chefs for the 5th Annual "Iron Chef" culinary competition. 

The students offered their talents to chef teams from Faustina, Fresco, Montage and Talisker at the Sandy South Towne Expo Center for the Nicholas & Company Food Show.

See the blog entry—including pictures of the appetizing entries at the City Weekly blog here:

Wasatch Iron Pen Competition

Writers can participate in this summer's most fun and exciting competition: The Wasatch Iron Pen.

Adult and Youth divisions compete in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories, or take on the Ultra Iron Pen challenge and write in all three!

Wasatch Iron Pen
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The competition begins June 23. Register now at:

For more information, call the SLCC Community Writing Center at 801-957-2192 or visit its website: