Utah SBDC, SLCC Recognize Family Business Owner for Community Contributions

The Price Small Business Development Center has named Peterson Chemical and Janitorial the recipient of its quarterly recognition for the company’s outstanding contributions to the local community.

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Alan Peterson is an outstanding business owner and is on top of every aspect of the business. His management skills are exceptional, his vision is deep, he is invested in our community.

Price, UT (PRWEB) December 18, 2012

The Price Small Business Development Center has named Peterson Chemical and Janitorial the recipient of its quarterly recognition for the company’s outstanding contributions to the local community.

“Alan Peterson is an outstanding business owner and is on top of every aspect of the business,” says Ethan Miglori, Business Advisor at the Price Small Business Development Center (SBDC). “His management skills are exceptional, his vision is deep, he is invested in our community, and his employees always have great things to say about him.”

In 1983, at the young age of 21, Peterson decided to leave college and take over the family business after his father passed away. The company has a long family history, which began with his grandfather, Carl Peterson, and has been a significant employer for residents of Price since the business was established.

Peterson Chemical and Janitorial provides every type of cleaning supply including, brooms, brushes, vacuums, trash bags, cleaning chemicals and more for businesses throughout Carbon County. Large coal mining companies rely on Peterson Chemical for their supplies, as well as a variety of mom and pop stores on Main Street in Price. “We treat all our customers the same, and we are thankful on all levels for their support,” said Peterson. “Our service is really important to our business model. High quality service is critical, and that’s what has made us stand out.”

After more than 30 years of service with the company, two of Peterson’s employees retired in 2009. Peterson immediately reached out to the SBDC and began some one-on-one business counseling with Miglori to adjust to the personnel change. Together they worked on developing a new Point of Sales system and Peterson enrolled some his new employees in cost-free SBDC trainings to help them improve their customer sales skills. “The SBDC is a source of information and education that helps me make wise decisions,” said Peterson. “The ability to sit with someone who is both invested in the community and in the success of my business is a great thing to have.”

Though the road to maintain a successful business has been a challenge at times for Peterson, he has continued to keep the business alive and thriving. “It's all about relationships. You have to have a good relationship with your employees and with your customers,” said Peterson. “I want people to smile and have a positive feeling when they see our vans, our storefront, or visit with any of our staff. If you can lift someone up during the day, and have a positive impact on them, then you have already been a success!”

The UT SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, please visit http://www.utahsbdc.org. For more information about Peterson Chemical call 435-637-3603.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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