These small businesses represent various categories from across the state, as well as resource partners who have contributed to the success of small businesses in Utah. National Small Business Week may be later this year, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize this great group of entrepreneurs.

Join us in congratulating them as we celebrate during SBA National Small Business Week. A National Small Business Award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small-business achievement.

These winners represent the best of Utah’s approximately 280,000 small businesses and the supporters who help them start, grow and succeed. Utah is a national leader in entrepreneurship and innovation and we are extremely proud to honor these small-business winners.

The Utah SBA 2020 Small Business Persons of the Year Award will be presented to K-9 Sport Sack, owned by Joseph and Jen Watson of Orem. K-9 Sport Sack is a growing business that manufactures backpacks for dogs so they can accompany their owners just about anywhere, from trail to airport, safely and comfortably.

This annual award recognizes the hard work, dedication and community investment that is required of America’s most successful small-business owners. K-9 Sport Sack will also join other small businesses from across the country in a national virtual ceremony Sept. 22 where the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year will be made.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small-business owners, who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans. Small businesses represent 99.3 percent of all businesses in Utah and create almost 30,000 new jobs per year. The Utah District is No. 1 in the nation in SBA lending per capita and contributed over $1 billion to Utah’s economy last year.

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Marla Trollan
SBA Utah District Office

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