Salt Lake City
Enterprise Integration: Solving Utah's small-business problems through cloud-based technology
Sammy Fan, principal of Salt Lake City’s Enterprise Integration, has been named U.S. Small Business Administration Utah District Office Contractor of the Year. Enterprise Integration brings together a whole world of cloud-based information technologies, from data center solutions to cybersecurity, business intelligence and software development to solve problems both in the private sector and for the Department of Defense.
“Sammy Fan has been available to other businesses that are interested in contracting with the government and has been open to questions and very helpful to them,” said Rachel Bennett, an economic development specialist at the SBA Utah District office. Fan graduated from the SBA 8(a) contracting program last year.
“I wanted to put my fingerprints on the world by helping people adapt and change their businesses through the implementation of technology. I talked my employers into investing into Enterprise Integration so we could add the federal vertical from a similar business model,” Fan said.
Fan received assistance from the SBA back in 2009. “Our original line of credit was backed by the SBA. After three years we had the financial strength to qualify for a line without the SBA’s backing,” he said. “We were also a participant of the SBA’s 8(a) business development program and I was a participant of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders in 2017.”
Fan said he recommends that anyone who is starting out to not hesitate too long. “Speed matters — there is more out there for you than you could ever imagine. Go out there and own every second, take the risk, dare greatly and shoot for the stars. Be authentic and vulnerable and figure it out along the way. People will understand and help out where they can. If you aren’t doing something daily that makes you uncomfortable, you aren’t going hard enough to succeed,” Fan said.
Fan employs a cadre of highly skilled tech-savvy expert consultants. “Instead of adding full-time equivalents, we focused on partnering with the best and building a network of like-minded individuals. This way we could stay agile and adjust quickly to the needs of our clients,” he said.