Podcast: Go Utah’s Business Services Team

November 7, 2022

Business Elevated Podcast (Season 4 Episode 41)

This podcast series features business and government leaders discussing what it’s like to live and work in the great state of Utah.

The Business Elevated podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Audio

Summary

Four Initiatives & One Common Goal: Provide Utah Businesses With Valuable Resources

This episode features conversations with business services team members at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Listen as Pete Codella, managing director of business services, interviews the business services initiative leaders. First up is Chuck Spence, director of Utah’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), followed by Natalie El-Deiry, director of immigration and New American integration at the Utah Immigration Assistance Center. Next, Codella speaks with Linda Cabrales, director of the Utah Innovation Center, and finally, with Dane Ishihara, director of the Utah Office of Regulatory Relief. Go Utah’s business services team provides resources for Utah’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. It manages initiatives facilitating economic opportunities for Utah’s businesses and communities.

Spence informs listeners why PTAC is Utah’s best-kept secret. He discusses the center’s individual or group training, how much money it attracts to the state of Utah, and how PTAC best positions its clients to win federal contracts.

Next, El-Deiry introduces the Utah Immigration Assistance Center and explains how it helps businesses navigate recruiting and retaining global talent, the services of the center, and its New American Task Force statewide initiative.

Cabrales explains how the award-winning Utah Innovation Center connects small businesses across Utah working on innovative technologies with funding sources, the three predominant industry sectors that seek assistance from the center, and the free counseling services it offers.

Ishihara gives listeners an overview of the recently-formed Utah Office of Regulatory Relief, how the regulatory sandbox and its advisory board work, and how Utahns with questions about the office can contact regrelief@utah.gov.