OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) – Ogden City business owners are using the city’s resources to grow.
Kym Buttschardt has owned a business in the town of Ogden for approximately 30 years.
It now owns Roosters, Roosters B Street, Rooster Layton and Union Grill.
Buttschardt tells ABC4 that she was young when she decided to open a business in downtown Ogden. She said at the time, the city was in a state of “disrepair”.
Over the past 15 years, the Ogden City business development team has really âstepped upâ. Buttschardt says she thinks the city wanted to shake things up, but had no programs to operate at the time.
Over the years, the city has improved and has focused its efforts on “revitalizing the city center”.
With the resources put in place by the Ogden City Business Information Center, small businesses, including his own, have been very successful, Buttschardt shares with ABC4.
The resources put in place “help business owners navigate the complexity” of owning a business, adds Buttschardt. She says they “help the average business owner have a resource so they don’t have to figure it all out.” Buttschardt says the city as a whole has improved tremendously with these precious resources.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Buttschardt says everyone has “rolled up their sleeves” to help business owners understand what’s going on. âIt was critical,â she adds.
They have used all of their resources to show how businesses and residents can help.
She says that in Ogden, business owners âreally work together, we support each otherâ.
Resources can make or break a business. Buttschardt says that even during the pandemic, the Odgen City Cares program saved two of its downtown restaurants.
Buttschardt says the programs not only have helped his business keep going, but they’ve also grown and moved to a bigger location. Throughout the process, Buttschardt says she âalways felt respected and supported by the cityâ.
âThese specific resources and the city’s support help business owners focus on running the best possible business and growing their business for the benefit of their community,â Buttschardt shares with ABC4.
Buttschardt says the town of Ogden is âa genuine, hard-working town with a good soul. We are a city that shows itself.
Sara Stoffers, director of the Ogden Business Information Center, says she enjoys her job because it helps community-run businesses grow.
âMy job is rewarding because I encourage people to implement their ideas and make their dreams come true,â Stoffers told ABC4. “I cultivate resources and products made by the private and public sectors to redistribute them to businesses in need.”
Stoffers says she’s a matchmaker. She listens to entrepreneurial visions, plans and needs and creates a unique atmosphere of optimism that cannot be replicated.
âRunning a business takes dedication, determination and courage. Running the Ogden City Business Information Center and the town’s small business loan programs is extremely rewarding as I work with my community to make it a better place.
Stoffers says Ogden’s small businesses are essential to the economic health of the community and even the county. “We are working hard to serve people.”
Owning and operating a business can be difficult. Ogden businesses like the ones in Buttschardt can use city programs to help them maintain and grow.
Stoffers says Ogden City recognized these challenges and created a solution.
Over the past 20 years, Ogden City has worked to create its small business loan programs, administered by the Commercial Information Center (BIC).
âUsing a portion of the city’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Block Community Development Grant, Ogden City has created a business loan program to create jobs, opportunities and revitalize our city. As a result, more than 300 local small businesses have since received direct funding from Ogden City to expand their businesses. To combat the adverse effects of COVID-19, Ogden City has increased its upcoming annual budget for CDBG business finance programs by approximately 100% to $ 1.8 million, available to businesses located in Ogden City, âshares Stoffers.
Seeing businesses being able to grow with the city’s resources is inspiring, says Stoffers.
âMost people wish their community was a better place, but being involved in creating and administering city fundraising programs that align community needs with access to capital is incredibly rewarding.â Stoffers encourages Ogden businesses that are struggling to find the capital or resources they need to grow or stabilize their business to contact the Ogden City Business Information Center at ogdenbic.com.