Utah small business owners to meet congressional leaders in DC

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A coalition of about 70 Utah small business owners is meeting in DC this week to meet the state’s congressional delegation.

  • The business owners are alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which meets for a two-day summit.

Driving the news: They plan to voice their economic and labor challenges to lawmakers.

  • They also want to urge leaders to find policy solutions to help small businesses and reauthorize the Small Business Administration for the first time since 2000.
  • Rising costs of goods, coupled with labor shortages and fears of a recession, are impacting business owners already struggling amid the pandemic.

What they say : “I am always encouraged by the passion and persistence of the small business community,” said Natalie Kaddas, owner and CEO of Salt Lake City-based Kaddas Enterprises. “Now to see them bring that same energy to Washington, DC, so our voices can be heard – I’m really excited.”

  • His company makes products used by utility companies that prevent wildlife from creating power outages.

While his business skyrocketed, as did the cost of raw materials.

  • “We do more and it costs us more. Our income goes up and our expenses go up,” she said.
  • Kaddas added that it was also difficult for him to find hardware parts to manufacture his products.

Schuyler NorthstromPresident and CEO of Uinta Mattress, an independent manufacturing company, said the materials used to make mattresses have increased by 40% over the past year.

  • Early in the pandemic, the Salt Lake City business owner said he saw an immediate drop in mattress sales, prompting his company to make face masks.
  • “I think it’s important for people to know that small businesses are really the backbone of the economy and we just want these tools to grow from the pandemic and a declining economy to prosperity,” he said. he declared.


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