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Microbusiness Connection Center

Our purpose is to connect refugee entrepreneurs and business owners with local business resources so they can launch, sustain and grow successful businesses.

If you are a refugee interested in starting or growing a business, please email Mattie Vandel at If you would like to partner with the Microbusiness Connection Center, or have any questions about our services, please email

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Project Scope

The Microbusiness Connection Center provides people of refugee background who are interested in opening a small business access to existing resources such as business mentors, training and education, technical assistance, networking opportunities, and more. We also help existing resources reach out and adapt to the needs of the refugee-owned business communities.


  • Salt Lake County Mayor's Office for New Americans
  • Utah State University Extension Services
  • Utah State University
  • International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Department of Workforce Services