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Hosted in Utah & sponsored by Grow Utah Ventures, the Governors Office or Economic Development and Zions Bank, this multi-day event consists of panels, tutorials, university showcases, industry career exchange, workshops, and best-practices from successful industry leaders.

This October 30, 2012 publication includes information about companies and individuals that have been fined for deceptive business practices.

Expanding natural gas and oil drilling in the Uintah Basin is resulting in new requests for electric service from Rocky Mountain Power. The potential demand of these customers could triple the need for electricity in the area.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Utah District Office is seeking nominations for the Small Business Week Awards for 2013.

Five Utah-based companies were announced winners on Oct. 10 at Utah Valley University (UVU), who co-sponsored the competition. These included the creators of Chess Trap, Cape Chronicles, Neb Jones: and the Ruins of Ouroboros, ChatFi and Live Gaming.

A $400,000 appropriation from the U.S. Department of Labor is helping Southern Utah University’s Business Resource Center and the Southwest Applied Technology College (ATC) educate the public while training the workforce and laying the groundwork for regional economic development in renewable energy.

Alex Lawrence, Startup Weekend organizer and WSU vice provost for Innovation & Economic Development, says Startup Weekend is an international event with 330 competitions being held around the world. “With big sponsors like Google and Microsoft, the Ogden event is expected to draw a large crowd,” Lawrence said.

“As technology advances and the stock markets rise and fall, senior investors remain prime targets for investment fraud,” stated Francine A. Giani, “Make sure your money is safe and sound by reviewing any investment offer and a professional’s license with our Division of Securities.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed Six Wells from Six Existing Well Pads project in Uintah County.

The actions result from a UDFI and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) examination, in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) joined last year. The CFPB, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the UDFI, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System all took separate actions against various entities related to AECB and its parent companies

A new website launching on October 22, Explore Utah Science – – will highlight statewide science related news and information, including advances in health, technology, energy, environment, and space.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

Based on best practices of other states in technology economic development, USTAR has built on unique Utah strengths to forge a new national benchmark in innovation and growth.

Gurkan Suzer, Commercial Attaché with the Office of The Commercial Attaché of the Consulate General of Turkey in Los Angeles, will be on hand to promote Turkish business opportunities.

The Dept of Workforce Services has announced winners of the 2012 Utah Work/Life Awards™.  Recognized nationally for a rigorous evaluation process, the Award is Utah’s premier workplace excellence award.

Rocky Mountain power customer rates will be going up on October 12, 2012. The rate change includes the increase approved by the Public Service Commission in the last general rate case and the implementation of a new Solar Incentive Program. Residential, Large Commercial and Irrigation customers will see an increase of 6.37%. Small and Large Commercial customers will see an increase of 5.37%.

Avenue H is an online health insurance marketplace. It is designed to help Utah's small businesses control costs while offering expanded health coverage options to their employees.

2012 Pesticide Safety Workshop Schedule.

The state of Utah was recently honored to be one of only three sites in the country to host a large visiting delegation from the Chinese International Trade office of the Ministry of Commerce. Hosted at the Salt Lake Chamber with the coordination of the World Trade Center Utah, this unique IPR Roundtable event included an opening presentation by Mr. Chong Quan, Deputy China International Trade Representative.

Last month WTC Utah led a group of local business leaders to attend the General Assembly of the World Trade Centers Association.

“When homeowners want something fixed or upgraded, they are quick to compare prices but not quick to check to see if someone is licensed through the state,” cautioned Francine A. Giani, “Do yourself a favor and take five minutes to check them out at where you can verify, online, anytime.”

Projections for Utah’s industry supersectors employment from 2010 to 2020 and the concentration of the state’s workforce by industry sector are shown in the accompanying table.

The fifth annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference presented by the Northfront Business Resource Center is designed exclusively for women entrepreneurs, aspiring women entrepreneurs, small business owners, and home-based business owners. This one-day event will help you start your business, grow your current venture, and learn how to do business better.

Discovery of a new type of geothermal energy resource in Utah offers hope for significantly more potential across the western U.S., and a boost in geothermal power production.

Peruvian Ambassador to the U.S., Harold Forsyth, departed Utah last week after leaving a strong message with the Governor: we must increase commercial activity between Utah and Peru. Peru’s trade relationship with Utah is based on rapidly growing exports of unrefined gold but a new regional trade agreement could open even greater opportunities.

In partnership with the Institute for Continued Learning at Dixie State College of Utah, the Utah   Division of Securities is pleased to offer two Investor Education seminars in October 2012.  

The Operational Excellence Conference, held on the USU Logan campus, focuses on understanding and implementing proven tools and techniques to eliminate waste within your organization and improve your bottom line.

What's Goin' Down Up North has been scheduled for September 27, 2012. The 7th annual Summit will showcase business and economic development activity in Box Elder, Cache, Franklin and Rich counties. It will be held at USU Innovation Campus.

The Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center is a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility that will train students in business, entrepreneurship, accounting, engineering, water management, and other programs.

A new Utah startup company has hit a major milestone – the delivery of their first order for a product designed to protect the health of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters and other first responders.

The award is given to a state agency that best exemplifies a commitment and dedication to reemployment of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants through proactive policies and innovative programs.

The trade stats are released on a delay so currently July 2012 is the most recent report that has been issued.

On Monday September 24, WTC Utah, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber will be host the Chinese Ministry of Commerce for a China-U.S. IPR Roundtable.

Learn nuances and techniques for winning SBIR or STTR grants by attending the workshop “Write to Win,” Thursday, September 18, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in Sandy, Utah.

For the latest economic snapshot for your county, check out the updated files on our website

The Business Resource Center (BRC) is a Process-Driven Accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs validate big ideas and then scale into profitable ventures. Participating entrepreneurs will have access to cutting-edge tools, methodologies, grants, mentors and office space.

Topics include doing business in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Register now!

Later this month, Utah-based companies will have an excellent opportunity to explore the Thai market as a part of the Indonesia trade mission on September 24-28. This is a chance for companies to become more familiar with Thailand, its people, and its business practices in the hopes of creating Thai business relations.

The Small Business Bridge Program (BridgeProgram) provides a limited reimbursement opportunity to small businesses that incur training costs from the creation of new jobs. The Bridge Program provides a streamlined process to ensure businesses are not over burdened with difficult requirements.

Join the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Consul General of Israel for this September 5th seminar on doing business in Israel.

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