Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Programs Team (left to right) Mariam Paul, Training & Data Specialist, WBC; Heidi Walker, Chief Operating Officer; Jackie Sexton, VP of Events & Programs; Ann Marie Wallace, Business Consultant, WBC; Pamela Okumura Program Director, WBC

Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center 175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.) SLC 801-364-3631 | slchamber.com/wbc

Empowering women to succeed is the purpose of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the Salt Lake Chamber. The motto “Learn, Grow, Balance” is a basis for services which provide clients with vital training, resources and mentoring to build a successful business. ”It is a blessing to have a non-profit center that women and men alike can come and gain the support they need to be successful business owners, that will in turn, contribute to the economy and stimulate job growth here in Utah,” says WBC Program Director Pamela Okumura.

According to The American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women owned small businesses have increased 50 percent since 1997. With Utah at the forefront of economic recovery, the WBC has a wonderful opportunity to improve an increasing number of innovative entrepreneurs.

Clients start off by attending Jump Start training, following by one-on-one consultations which provide individualized guidance, support and best practices while highlighting the importance of intuition, inspiration and imagination. To further strengthen entrepreneurs, WBC clients learn from industry professionals who present at bimonthly Business Essentials trainings on key areas of business.

The Business Women’s Forum (BWF) is the networking arm of the WBC and stands as a synergetic place for women entrepreneurs to grow professionally while mingling and networking with professional women in the business community. Connecting women in various levels and places of business provides a place to celebrate accomplishments and create associations. This springboard for entrepreneurs propels them into the business community and the process of building relationships.

Workplace flexibility is an initiative integral to the WBC’s purposes. The WBC hosts the Workforce Development Committee which facilitates the National Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility program that recognizes exemplary companies providing workplace flexibility for their employees. This committee also hosts quarterly “lunch and learn” sessions to help employers and employees understand workforce initiatives.

Funding in part through a grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Salt Lake Chamber, the WBC is always looking for ways to insure its future in order to continue services for entrepreneurs. While the WBCs focus is on women in business, entrepreneurial men are also welcome to receive services offered through the WBC.

For sponsorship opportunities, contributions and speaking opportunities please contact Pamela Okumura at 801-328-5066 or by email at pokumura@slchamber.com