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Economic Inclusion Grants Awarded to 10 Salt Lake County Organizations to Address Economic Recovery Gaps

Posted By Regional Development
May 10, 2021

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Salt Lake County awarded grants from the Economic Inclusion Community Assistance Program (EICAP) to 10 organizations, as part of an effort to generate a more equitable and inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.

The 10 organizations will help Salt Lake County achieve a more inclusive recovery by connecting businesses with available resources, sharing their boots-on-the-ground experience, and identifying additional resource needs and gaps not currently being filled in African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Asian-Pacific, women, persons with disabilities, veteran communities, and geographic areas with lower economic opportunity.

The organizations leading these program efforts include:

  • Magna Chamber of Commerce: A chamber serving businesses in the township of Magna on the west side of Salt Lake County. Email: info@magnachamber.org
  • Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR): A nonprofit with a mission to help Utah’s Pacific Islander communities in relation to economic impact, violence prevention, and cultural preservation.
    Email: susi@pik2ar.org
  • Salt Lake American: A multicultural nonprofit helping refugees survive and prosper by overcoming language and acculturation barriers.
    Email: saltlakeamerican@yahoo.com
  • Suazo Business Center: A business organization serving Latino/Hispanic and underserved entrepreneurs and business owners.
    Email: silvia@suazocetner.org
  • Utah Black Chamber: An organization serving the economic needs of Utah’s Black community.
    Email: james@j3motivation.com
  • Utah Cultural Alliance Foundation: An organization that amplifies the value and invests in the cultural industry, valuing representation and availability to all socioeconomic, racial, sexual orientation, gender, ability, and cultural backgrounds.
    Email: grants@utculture.org
  • Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce: An organization serving LGBTQ+ and allied businesses to grow and provide visibility, and advocate at various government levels.
    Email: tracey.dean@utahlgbtqchamber.org
  • Utah Muslim Civic League: An organization representing Utah’s Muslim population to make a difference in creating civic infrastructure for Utah’s Muslims.
    Email: luna@utahmcl.com
  • West Jordan Chamber of Commerce: A chamber serving business members and promoting profitable business environment.
    Email: laurie@utahteam.com
  • Women’s Business Center of Utah: An organization partnering with chambers of commerce across Utah to promote resources for women entrepreneurs.
    Email: annmarie@wbcutah.org

This unique, pilot program — running from April through October 2021 — will allow Salt Lake County to work with organizations’ business facilitators to create a feedback loop so governments, funders, and policymakers can learn what diverse communities need and lack, and how we can help.

If you’re a business owner, or know a business who needs assistance but has struggled to connect with someone to provide help, contact one of these organizations, or Salt Lake County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program Manager Samantha Mary Thermos at sthermos@slco.org or (385) 468-4847.