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Salt Lake County Awards 2 Women Entrepreneurs at WEC Utah Competition with Grants


May 27, 2020

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Salt Lake County Economic Development participated in the annual Utah Women's Entrepreneurial (digital) Conference Wednesday, May 27, where multiple businesses were selected as grant recipients.

The WEC Utah gathered nearly 100 women from across the state on Zoom to provide resources as they launch or expand their businesses. The conference is typically held as an in-person event, but organizers adapted to host it online in order to provide critical support during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Two outstanding women were chosen as recipients of Salt Lake County Economic Development's grant: Tamara Garza, owner of Mystic Salon & Spa and Najati Abdalla, owner of Namash Swahili Cuisine, both Salt Lake County businesses.

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Chef Najati is from Somalia and started her business in 2016 as a way to share her rich culture and experience with Salt Lake County. The cuisine is crafted from Somali and Kenyan family recipes. Chef Najati's goal is open a restaurant where all are welcome. To reach that dream, Namash Swahili Cuisine is sold through Spice Kitchen Incubator and many events in the valley.

The owners, who were quarter-finalists in the competition, are receiving $500. As a sponsor, the County is committed to and a supporter of women in business, especially those owned and operated by new Americans.

There were five finalists for WEC Utah grants ranging from $1,250 to $5,000. Kathy Anderson, with Little Apple's Child Care Center in Grantsville won first place. Second place went to Nailya Ragimova with Doner Kebab Express in West Jordan; third place to LaTonya Jackson with Iridescent Hair Co; fourth place to Luisa Tupou with Tupou Tusis Samoan children's books; and fifth place to Alicia Berardo with Daydreams Cakes & Pastries LLC in Salt Lake City.

The WEC Utah is planned by women from multiple local organizations, including the Women's Business Center of Utah, Utah Women's Networking Group and Mountain West Small Business Finance.


Get Pedaling: 4 trails in Salt Lake County to enjoy during National Bike Month


May 21, 2020

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There are plenty of ways to participate in National Bike Month this May, whether you’re an essential employee biking to and from your job, taking the kids on a P.E. break from homeschooling, or looking for a safe way to get out of your confining house and into some fresh air.

To celebrate National Bike Month in Salt Lake County, take a spin on one of these four trails.

Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City

1. Parley's Trail

On the east portion of the 8-mile trail, it goes over bridges, under tunnels and along the edge of Sugar House Park from Parley's Canyon. On the west portion, the trail follows UTA's S-Line Streetcar with urban art/murals and ends at Jordan River.

    • Where: East or west starting from Sugar House Park, 1330 2100 South, Salt Lake City
    • Best time to ride: All times
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2. Mountain View Corridor

The Mountain View Corridor features 17 miles of unique views of the Oquirrh Mountains and the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. The Wasatch looks beautiful from this vantage point! The northern section of the trail has some hills, with the southern section being flatter.

    • Where: 11400 South to 4100 South
    • Best time to ride: Morning or evening for great views and cool temperatures 

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3. Jordan River Parkway

This 45-mile trail meanders alongside the Jordan River and has fun stops along the way, such as the International Peace Gardens, Gardner Village and numerous parks. You may see birds and other wildlife during your ride. To view different parts of the trail on a map, visit https://myjordanriver.org/.
    • Where: Rose Park to Bluffdale and anywhere in between
    • Best time to ride: Any time between 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

4. Porter Rockwell Trail

The Porter Rockwell Trail is a fun 4.8-mile ride past parks and through neighborhoods. It's named after Orrin Porter Rockwell, a Mormon settler in the 1800s and bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The trail provides options to explore by connecting in multiple spots to the Draper Irrigation Canal Trail.

    • Where: 9000 South (start at the UTA TRAX station)
    • Best time to ride: All times

Salt Lake County's Planning & Transportation department believes bicycling is a safe, healthy and equitable mode of transportation. Volunteers on the county's Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC) identify opportunities to improve bicycle commuting and recreation throughout the county and share those recommendations with the Mayor. For more information, visit slco.org/bicycle


Bobsled bike trail in Salt Lake City gets new caution signs


May 19, 2020

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Did you know Salt Lake County has a vibrant group of volunteers dedicated to biking?

The Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC), formed in 2001, has grown into a robust group supporting local biking nonprofits and transportation projects to improve access and safety for all residents hopping on a bike across Salt Lake County.

SLCBAC recently funded the installation of new caution signs on the popular Bobsled Mountain Bike Trail that extends from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City.

Members Alex Degnan and Mike Mikhalev worked with Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Valley Trails Society to put up the signs in mid-April to help hikers recreating near the trail to be aware of bikers.

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Leading SLCBAC as chair is Blair Tomten, an engineer specializing in design of bike lanes. SLCBAC believes bicycling is a healthy and beneficial mode of transportation and advises the Mayor on opportunities to improve bicycle commuting and recreation in Salt Lake County.

SLCBAC is currently seeking members to represent County District 2 (Magna, West Valley, South Jordan, Herriman). The Committee meets every second Wednesday each month from 5:30–7 p.m.

If you're interested, apply here or email JSStewart@slco.org for more details.