Monday, May 23, 2016

Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Alum Receives White House Invite, Booth at International Trade Show

Kaddas Enterprises CEO Natalie Kaddas, an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Salt Lake Community College, attended a recent dinner in Germany at the request of the White House and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and also exhibited her business at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair held in Germany.

The dinner’s attendees included executive leaders from U.S. companies such as Microsoft, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin, along with top German business leaders, various government officials and foreign dignitaries. Kaddas, the only small business represented at the table, was able to promote a high-quality manufacturing business model and present American-made products as industry-leading examples. Discussion topics at the event ranged from economic growth promotion to energy and climate and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Kaddas was able to speak at the dinner with both President Barack Obama and Chancellor Merkel.

Natalie Kaddas and President Barack Obama

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) provided six Utah companies, including Kaddas Enterprises, the opportunity to exhibit in Germany at Hannover Messe through Utah’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP), a U.S. Small Business Administration program aimed at helping small companies expand into foreign markets. Kaddas Enterprises is a second generation, family-owned business specializing in thermoform plastic manufacturing. In operation for more than 50 years, Natalie Kaddas’ company has joined GOED on a number of trade missions and shows and has tripled international sales since 2013.

“Kaddas Enterprises is a true trade mission success story,” said Franz Kolb, regional director in GOED’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office. “Our trade missions and participation in trade shows are designed to open doors for these companies, and then they do the rest. Natalie has stepped up in an admirable way and serves as an excellent example of utilizing programs like STEP and opportunities like GOED trade missions to grow globally.”

Kaddas took part in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at SLCC and is also a client of the Salt Lake Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC). “It was a very, very cool experience! I never thought my business would take me to a place and event like that. I am honored to have represented U.S. small businesses,” said Kaddas. “The Kaddas Enterprises team is dedicated to developing some of the most sought-after products available in the global market. Commitment to quality and perseverance in customized strategy are at the heart of small business. It has been an honor to represent that at such a prestigious event. Before the (Goldman Sachs and SBDC) programs we had seven employees and a very small customer base, with revenues that were declining year over year. With Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the SBDC I began to export internationally and am now realizing the potential of my business.”

SLCC’s Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) is home to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The MBRC offers a wide range of services and support to businesses and organizations within our community. Additionally, the MBRC has community and industry partnerships that also provide assistance to the Center.

The Utah Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) is the largest and most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Network has 14 locations across Utah, including 10 regional centers and five service locations staffed by more than 30 team members. The Utah SBDC Network is a partnership between the state’s colleges and universities, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Volunteers Turn Out to Beautify Campuses

Everyone who turned out for Beautification Day across Salt Lake Community College campuses deserves a HUGE 'Thank you!' with extra exclamation points!!!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Global Business Center Receives Presidential Award

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Salt Lake Community College’s Global Business Center with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“The “E” Award Committee was very impressed with the Global Business Center’s dedication to helping first-time exporters understand the export process and enter new international markets,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. “The Global Business Center’s achievement has undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

Global Business Center Director Stan Rees (middle) and MBRC Executive Director Beth Colosimo (right)
with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

“The Global Business Center is delighted to receive the prestigious President’s “E” Award for Export Service, acknowledging our services and training programs for exporters,” said Stan Rees, Director of the Global Business Center. “True market expansion means we must look to the global marketplace."

SLCC’s Global Business Center, in association with the Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) in Sandy, provides classes, seminars and conferences teaching small and medium-sized U.S. businesses how to export. Topics taught include international marketing, trade logistics, trade finance, strategic planning and more. The key exporter training service is the Executive Certificate of Global Business Management course, which is offered to business executives, staff professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to increase their knowledge and improve their strategies in global business practices.

“Exporting is crucial to the success of many of the businesses we work with,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director for the MBRC. “Every day we see the growth of our clients’ businesses, due in large part to exporting. This growth has enabled our clients to add jobs and support their local communities as they expand their bottom line.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world. In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients. For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

Softball Team Heads to National Tournament

Congratulations to the Salt Lake Community College softball team!

SLCC won the Region 18 Tournament Friday for a chance to play in the NJCAA Division I Fast Pitch National Championships this week in St. George, Utah. Tournament action for 16 teams begins May 18 and continues through the championship game May 21. All games in this double elimination format will be held at the Canyons Softball Complex, 1890 W. 2000 N., St. George.

“We are very excited to participate in the National Tournament,” said Bruins Head Coach Cyndee Bennett. “This group has come together, and we have high expectations. We have worked very hard for this opportunity.” SLCC had four players earn Player of the Week honors: Tina Ford, Rae Gall, Kylie Everill and Addie Jensen. Gall went on to win NJCAA National Player of the Week. The team also had First Team All SWAC players in Rae Gall, Karly Bunderson, Ashlee Crabtree and Lauryn Goaslind.

Lauryn Goaslind crosses the plate after hitting a home run against CSI on Friday.

The SLCC Bruins battled CSI Friday in the region tournament at the College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus toward a 3-1 victory and a trip to nationals. The Bruins finished the season 44-7 overall and an almost unstoppable 21-1 at home.

Everyone is invited to make the drive down to St. George to cheer on our incredible Bruins team. Don’t forget to wear your blue and gold Bruins pride! If you can’t make it, then follow the action at or

"We are excited about our softball team making it to the national tournament this week in St. George," said SLCC Athletic Director Kevin Dustin. "This team had been remarkable all season, literally leading the SWAC from Day One and wrapping up the league championship with two weeks left in the season. Coach Cyndee Bennett and Assistant Coach Tara Bendt have done another stellar job. With a dominant performance in the Region 18 tournament, I honestly believe this team is poised to make a strong run in St. George this week."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grand Theatre Presents “The Full Monty”

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre will host a professional production of “The Full Monty” May 12-June 4. David Schmidt is directing this new production of an award-winning musical. Shows will run Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. each night and also on Saturdays at 2 p.m. The Grand is located at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 South State Street in Salt Lake City. Tickets are available through the theatre box office by calling 801-957-3322 or by visiting

Based on the 1997 film, the story takes place in Buffalo, New York and centers around six unemployed steel workers. Out of work and feeling emasculated and unappreciated by the women in their lives, the men come up with a bold way to make some quick cash by becoming exotic male dancers. As they conquer their self-consciousness, fears and prejudices, the men come to discover that there’s more to being a “MAN” than just having a job and a healthy libido. “The Full Monty” is a hilariously funny, yet sensitive story about marriage, love and friendship and features upbeat 90s pop-style music. This show is rated “MATURE” due to its adult language, adult content and brief nudity.

“The Full Monty” was nominated for several Tony Awards in 2001 (including Best Musical) and won the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. The show first premiered at The Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2000 and ran for two years on Broadway with over 750 performances.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Prof Meets Desmond Tutu, Helps Tutu HIV Foundation

A visit last year to South Africa to help with an anti-stigma campaign for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation this year led to a meeting with Desmond Tutu for Salt Lake Community College English professor Elisa Stone.

Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba (l-r), Elisa Stone and Desmond Tutu - Photo by, Eric Miller

Westminster College associate communication professor Rulon Wood invited Stone last summer to help with the anti-stigma campaign. According to 2014 figures from the nonprofit UNAIDS, about 6.8 million people in South Africa are living with HIV.

Wood and Stone last fall visited Gugulethu and Masiphumelele townships for a workshop that benefitted youth living with HIV/AIDS and to film interviews toward helping erase stigma for those needing diagnosis and treatment for HIV/AIDS. By request of the Tutu Foundation, Stone and others returned to South Africa in April, during which time Stone conducted two anti-stigma poetry workshops and help run an all-day PSA/filming workshop to create anti-stigma videos.

Desmond Tutu greets Elisa Stone - Photo by, Eric Miller

Stone traveled to Cape Town where she watched Tutu and his wife, Mama Leah Tutu, receive a Peace with Justice Award in the presence of all of the archbishops in South Africa. She was also “unexpectedly” invited to have coffee with Desmond Tutu and took the opportunity to give him a bracelet with the “Love, Don’t Judge” motto that she coined for the anti-stigma campaign. Tutu surprised her by autographing a copy of his autobiography. Tutu, known worldwide for his social rights activism, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stone wrote of her experience last year in South Africa for the Spring 2016 edition of the SLCC English Department Service-Learning newsletter Reflections, “As a devoted practitioner of service learning, I am elated and humbled to the opportunity to work toward social justice on a global scale. Lifelong friends from Africa and beyond are my greatest gift from this affirming experience. If you are thinking of trying service learning, to it! Start small, and don’t obsess over obstacles; you never know where the path of civic engagement will take you!”

Elisa Stone gives Desmond Tutu a "Love, Don't Judge" bracelet - Photo by, Eric Miller

Photographer Eric Miller remarked about Stone’s recent meeting with Tutu, “I’ve been photographing Desmond Tutu for three decades. He greeted you like an old friend.”