The Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center 175 E. University Blvd. (400 South), SLC, 801-364-3631,

Salt Lake Chamber Women's Programs Team (left to right) Heidi Walker, Chief Operating Officer Jackie Sexton, VP of Events & Programs Pamela Okumura, Business Consultant, WBC Lavanya Mahate, Executive Director, WBC

T he staff at the Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center (WBC) love to help women create successful lives in the areas of business, community leadership, and personal fulfillment. "The WBC upholds the unique gifts and contributions of women in our community, because we understand the great benefits to society when women share their intelligence, intuition and aspirations in life," says WBC Program Director Lavanya Mahate.

The most successful women business owners "think big" from the start. Training and coaching for women entrepreneurs at the WBC stress the importance of laying the foundation for business growth from day one, regardless of the business owner's current plans for growth. Through programs such as the Business Women's Forum and the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training the experiences of women who have achieved high business growth are converted into practical learning programs to help every woman aspiring to lead a flourishing enterprise.

"The imparting of knowledge must move beyond motivational commentary to focus on the nitty-gritty specifics of best practices and mistakes to avoid," Mahate says. "We also highlight the importance of intuition, inspiration and imagination- qualities that are necessary to stay alive and fresh in the business arena. "Starting a business is not separate from fulfilling your life, home, and worldly aspirations- they exist together, " Mahate says. In order to have a successful business, you need to have a strong personal foundation."

The WBC is based on three simple areas of development: Learning, growing and balancing. WBC clients learn through business essential trainings that promote understanding of the business world, free consulting that supports business growth, including assistance with marketing and business plan writing and business loan information and guidance.

The clients' knowledge base grows through strength-building networking opportunities, signature leadership events such as the Athena Awards Luncheon and Women in Business Conference and referrals to community

resources. They learn to transform busy-ness into balance as they work, play, and live, and learn from progressive companies that promote workplace flexibility through the Salt Lake Chamber's Workplace Flexibility Initiative. The Center also facilitates the National Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility program that recognizes exemplary companies providing workplace flexibility.

The WBC actively supports the community by reaching out to schools, community centers, and private groups. WBC Outreach invites and inspires women and girls of all ages to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, to do what they love and to love what they do.

Funded in part through a grant by the U.S.Small Business Administration and community sponsors, the WBC is always looking for ways to insure its future in order to continue its services to entrepreneurs. "When you contribute to WBC, you make an investment not only in the success of local women in business, but in the success, economic growth, and strengthening of your community," Mahate says.

For sponsorship opportunities and contributions please contact Mahate 801 328-5066, or by email at While the WBCs focus is on women in business, entrepreneurial men are also welcome to receive services offered through the WBC. To request a WBC speaker, or for more information please contact the WBC.

Meet the WBC's Clients

Angelica Zabala Benson Owner Hourglass Bodyshapers 801-712-7013

After Angelica Zabala Benson, president of Hourglass Bodyshapers had her son, she searched intensely for the perfect bodyshaper. "I was unsuccessful in my search until I went back to my home country, Columbia. I not only found the best bodyshaper for myself but friends started asking me to bring some back for them," Benson says. Hourglass Bodyshapers provides bodyshapers and corsets to all women who want to have perfect posture, smooth body lines and an instant waistline reduction. The products are imported from Colombia and are top quality with low prices, and feature a wide range of solutions to suit the needs of all women.

Tatum Haugen Owner Tate's Tortes 801-674-8889

Tate's Tortes officially opened for business in 2009. After the law firm Haugen previously worked for shut its doors, she decided to focus her attention on what makes people smile: Dessert.

A lifelong fascination with the art of cake design led Haugen to a new and exciting path as a cake decorator.

Though new to the industry, Haugen prides herself on her delicious made-from-scratch cakes that can be turned into your wedding or birthday cake, cupcake tower, cake bites or cake pops. With creativity and determination, Haugen will create your perfect piece of cake.

Jenna Glover and Ann Marie Wallace Owners concoXions LLC 435-770-4963

ConcoXions LLC is a mobile bartending service providing specialty non-alcoholic beverages mixed with fruit juices, sodas and syrups with a variety of decorative fresh fruit garnishes and optional flair-bartending spectacle. Perfect for graduation and children's parties, baby showers, corporate luncheons and receptions. The idea for ConcoXions came about when former roommates Jenna Glover and Ann Marie Wallace began serving mixed drinks at a friend's housewarming party in 2006. The drinks were alcohol-free, yet colorfully decorative and very delicious. They have provided drink bar service at several subsequent parties and wedding receptions with a very positive guest response and their own personal enjoyment. The idea of starting their own bartending service was suggested, and with encouragement from friends, the plan to make a business of mixing alcohol-free specialty drinks is now a reality called concoXions LLC.

Ethan Aylett, Ryan Winterton, and Josh Davis Owners Blu-Films 801-557-6554

Blu-Films is a video production company that "cinematizes" life: Business, love, competition, name it, they film it (in high definition). The founders of Blu-Films understand and love the power that video has in all aspects of life, whether it's capturing your daughter's wedding or your son's state championship, marketing your business, training your employees, or even documenting your efforts at world peace. Being able to capture a message and create emotion for a viewer is a challenge Blu-Films confronts, conquers and loves every day.