Staff

Carlos Linares

Director

Carlos Linares is a leading provider of strategic advisement to industry, education and government in the areas of community relations and business development. Born in Nicaragua, Carlos has a versatile background in strategic marketing, commercial banking, and entrepreneurship, he has served as President and CEO of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Regional Director for the Salt Lake SBDC, Founder/President of Linares Consulting Group, and Adjunct Faculty for Westminster College’s Gore School of Business where he earned his baccalaureate degree in International Business and MBA. He now serves as the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Weber State University. Carlos was named among The 20 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Utah, national recipient of the Champion of Collaboration Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Community Builder Award from the Utah Women’s Alliance for Building Community. Active in community affairs, Carlos has served on a number of business, education and non-profit boards. On his spare time, Carlos enjoys traveling to distant lands across the globe.

  • Secret to Success:
    “The secrets to success are tenacity, careful financial risk assessment, creativity and surrounding yourself with the right people.”
  • Secret to Success:
    “Be flexible. It is likely you will need to make adjustments or changes along the way.”
  • Secret to Success:
    "I always try to make every customer happy and ensure they get what they want.”
  • Secret to Success:
    "Building and maintaining relationships whether it is customers, employees or those who help you with the business part of your business. Any operation is only as good as it's people and the people it serves."
  • Secret to Success:
    "Relationships have made a big difference. Our business advisors have had a huge impact on the success of our business."
  • Secret to Success:
    “A key to success is having the right vision and helping others understand and buy into it.”