In 1987, US WEST Communications purchased $120 million worth of products and services from minority and women-owned companies.

For that support, the Utah Supplier Development Council has presented the company with a plaque that was accepted by representative Don King. He said the company's goal for 1988 is to increase by 8 percent the purchases from minority and women-owned businesses.Named the outstanding woman-owned Utah business during the luncheon in Little America Hotel was Pioneer Gasket Co., owned by Holly Robinson, who came to Salt Lake City from Southern California in 1979. While accepting her plaque, Robinson noted that her business is doing so well she is opening a store in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Jack and Kathy Kudale, co-owners of the Alphagraphics franchise in Cottonwood Heights, received the award as the outstanding minority-owned business in Utah. Kudale said he was in the food business 14 years ago, but several years ago purchased the Alphagraphics franchise and in the last two years has expanded the operation.

The luncheon speaker was Susan O'Donnell Flaim, manager of company and customer subcontract affairs for Hercules Aerospace, who said people should set realistic goals. She said that in working toward those goals, all of the challenges won't be comfortable.

To reach those goals, Flaim suggest people use different techniques, be prepared, don't be afraid to take risks, have options available, have a strong belief in themselvesand avoid negative thoughts. She said mistakes can become a learning experience.