BRC Resources and Partners
- Small Business Development Center - offers a wealth of small business-related resources including business plan help, market research, startup strategies, business management, funding assistance, financial statements--analysis--forecasting, referrals to specialized partners, and valuable networking opportunities.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of Utah - helps manufacturers increase profits, and get them to the next level. They show the secrets of using key tools and techniques that power winning companies. MEP empowers manufacturing executives to cut costly waste, run clean and lean, and do more with less.
- Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Utah - helps small businesses with all phases of Government contracting -federal, state, and local. Counselors provide one-on-one and group instruction that helps clients identify contracting opportunities, which can create growth of market share and revenues for them. The government is an excellent customer because they generally purchase in large quantities, and pay their bills on time.
- Technology Commercialization Office (TOC) - helps the UVU community (faculty, students and staff) to explore the options of taking new ideas / technologies to market.
- Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Initiative - is a state-funded, long-term effort to strengthen Utah's knowledge economy, creating high-paying jobs and new businesses. This bold initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and facilities, and then commercializes technologies into new business ventures.
- Economic Development Corporation of Utah (UDCU) - UVU partners with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU) and Commission for Economic Development (CEDO) of Orem to recruit and retain jobs in Utah.
- UVU BRC Accelerator Program - Breakthrough training for innovators and entrepreneurs. Designed to help entrepreneurs validate big ideas and then scale into profitable ventures. Program includes a series of workshops and exercises to help entrepreneurs build products / services that customers will be begging for.
COMMUNITY Partners & Resources
BioInnovations Gateway - Known for its leadership in life-sciences innovation, Utah has launched one of the first projects of its kind in the nation. BiG is a new high-tech educational facility designed to enhance the training of Utah’s life sciences workforce and spur economic development through business incubation. www.bioinnovationsgateway.org
Concept to Company Contest Series - The Grow Utah Ventures “Concept to Company” competitions are ongoing innovation contests held in various regions across the state of Utah. Each competition focuses on the unique entrepreneurial strengths of that particular region. To date, over $580,000 in cash/services has been awarded and over 85 businesses launched! www.ConceptToCompany.org
Corporate Alliance - helps our members create real relationships, the kind that can weather any storm. Every successful business needs a vast network of trusted clients, advisors and friends. At Corporate Alliance, we help our members create their own powerful networks. People who know them, people who like them and people who trust them. www.knoweveryone.com/
Entrepreneur Launch Pad - began in 2008 with a professional networking group in Centerville, UT. The group’s objective is to provide a “hands on” approach to helping each other build successful businesses. Entrepreneur Launch Pad (ELP) now provides a forum in six locations in Northern Utah. At these weekly meetings they can collaborate on business ideas, give instructive feedback on business presentations, listen to and discuss business topics, and make important networking contacts to help them grow their business. The 6 meeting sites in Utah include: Brigham City, Kaysville, Ogden, Orem, Park City, and Sandy. ELP is a non-profit business, providing no cost services to entrepreneurs, whether first time, current, or repeat. www.EntrepreneurLaunchPad.org
Entrepreneurs' Organization - Utah (EO ) , for entrepreneurs only, is a dynamic, global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The link below is for the Utah chapter. http://eoaccess.eonetwork.org/utah/Pages/default.aspx
Evo - Womens Social Media Evolution - Evo is a Utah conference that blends workshops, networking, parties and the wind-in-your-hair relaxation that can only be found by spending summertime in the mountains. It’s for Women bloggers, businesses, and social media junkies of all levels. It involves hands-on tutorials and workshops, thoughtful discussions and keynote panels. Network and party with the friends and brands you love. http://evoconference.com
Founding Moms Exchange - Entrepreneurial moms meet and network with each other. Anyone who owns a business, wants to own one, is working on a creative venture, or wants to be around other businesswomen in Salt Lake and surrounding neighborhoods can be a part of this Exchange. You do not have to be a business owner yet. www.meetup.com/FoundingMoms-SaltLake/
Gangplank Utah - We believe creativity is fostered when individuals are gathered together in a low-key, informal setting. Located in a fabulous old house on the campus of the University of Utah, we have created an open environment where individuals can just drop in and surround themselves with those who share the same collaborative entrepreneurial spirit. We are “breaking down the walls” both figuratively and literally. http://gangplankut.org/
Governors Office Of Economic Development - is based on Governor Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. http://business.utah.gov
Grow America Springboard Competitions - Grow America is the sister organization to Grow Utah. Grow America is a for-profit organization while Grow America is a non-profit.The Grow America Springboard Competitions are ongoing business plan competitions with no-strings-attached cash/service awards. www.growam.com
Ignite Salt Lake - “Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the slogan of Ignite–a community event celebrating the passion and creativity of geek culture, sponsored by O’Reilly Media. Ignite events showcase a series of speakers who, in rapid succession, give five-minute talks on whatever ignites their passion.The format is half the fun with Ignite–speakers are allowed 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds, whether they’re ready or not. Organized by volunteers in the local community and presented free of charge to their communities, Ignite talks range from starting your own role playing game, to the rules of roller derby, to quitting drinking bottled water www.ignitesaltlake.com/ignite/index.cfm/about/
LaunchUp - We are about entrepreneurs & startups. We host a free monthly event in Utah (Vegas coming soon) where we can all geek out on & be energized about entrepreneurship. www.LaunchUp.org
Lean Startup Circle SLC - is dedicated to applying lean startup thinking and building lean startup leadership. We bring the Salt Lake City lean startup community together in a variety of formats to learn from each other. http://saltlakecity.leanstartupcircle.com/
Mountain West Capital Network (formerly the MountainWest Venture Group) is Utah’s first and largest business networking organization devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success through: Fostering the dynamic flow of information about capital formation and distribution, Educating and mentoring excellence, Recognizing and rewarding performance, Networking activities which promote synergistic relationships. www.mwcn.org
National Association of Women Business Owners - SLC - The Salt Lake Chapter of NAWBO has been providing a strong voice and vision for women entrepreneurs and business owners since 1992, and previously to 1980 when the organization was known as UAWBO. We are one of 80 chapters nationwide affiliated with the National Association of Women Business Owners. http://nawboslc.org/
Product Camp Utah - ProductCamp—also known as PCamp - is a user organized gathering focused on Product Marketing and Product Management topics. PCamp is one of many “unconferences” held throughout the world. Although similar to traditional industry conferences, at ProductCamp there are no “attendees” because everyone participates in some manner. Some participants will present while others will lead a roundtable discussion. Some will contribute simply by sharing their experiences and others by helping with logistics, securing sponsorships, setting up Wi-Fi, etc. PCamp is a self-organizing collaborative event that is rewarding, fun and a totally cool experience! http://pcamputah.org/
Salt Lake Inventions, Entrepreneur Meetup - This is a group of inventors and wanna be inventors, entrepreneurs, product developers, mechanical/industrial designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, manufacturers, really anyone that has a passion of creating innovative ideas and inventions transforming them into physical reality including mechanical, electrical, and software if needed. Women are the fastest growing segment of bringing products to market, but don’t always know where to begin, come and we’ll help each other through the whole process. www.meetup.com/The-Salt-Lake-Inventions-Business-Entrepreneur-Products/
Silicon Slopes - SiliconSlopes.com provides resources for technology and life sciences companies, investors and job seekers, including detailed company profiles, community calendar, a blog and job postings. There is also a section that tracks investors and their activity including deal flow in Utah. www.SliconSlopes.com
Utah Pulse - is a Zions Bank sponsored venture aimed at creating the premiere business web site in the Rocky Mountain region. Utah Pulse is being built around a robust website featuring premium business content in text, audio and video formats. This content includes a daily subscription based newsletter; a variety of business lists, data and tools; educational resources and user generated content from entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business policy makers. www.UtahPulse.com
SLC Entrepreneurs Circle - SLC Entrepreneurs Circle is a monthly business networking and training event for entrepreneurs, early to mid-stage companies, and professionals thinking of starting businesses or professional practices. We are dedicated to providing expert level training from community business leaders, university faculty and successful entrepreneurs. This is Utah’s largest business meetup and the fastest growing business meetup in the United States. www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-Circle
Startup Grind Utah - Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success. http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Utah/
Startup University - The Utah Startup University Seminar Series is dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs together. We provide value-added workshops and seminars focused on providing tools and skills to entrepreneurs, would-be-entrepreneurs and business owners of startup and early-stage companies. From legal, accounting and finance, to fundraising, taxes, and business planning, entrepreneurs get the real-world and expert advice to help them “start, build, and grow businesses. www.meetup.com/theStartupUniversity/
StartupUtah - is a regional initiative to increase the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial ecosystem across the State of Utah. From St. George to Cedar City, from Provo to Salt Lake City to Ogden, and across the Wasatch into Park City. Our mission is to multiply connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improve access to entrepreneurial education, and build a more vibrant entrepreneurial community. The initiative is associated with the national Startup America Partnership sponsored by the White House. www.StartupUtah.com
Tech & Business Co-Founder Salt Lake - With investor capital drying up and the typical speed pitch event losing their angel status, cofounder matchmaking is the best resource for new business startups. At this event you will date founders and potential co-founders. We put “speed pitch” into “speed dating.” www.meetup.com/Tech-Business-Cofounder-Salt-Lake
Utah Economic Summit - The annual Governor’s Utah Economic Summit provides business leaders and decision-makers from the business, government and academic communities the opportunity to learn more about strategic opportunities and challenges facing businesses today. www.UtahSummit.com
utahTECHX.com - is a Revenue Accelerator providing participating companies with access to expert-driven sales and marketing mentoring. Program includes proven methodologies and cutting-edge tools for rapid, substantial, and sustainable revenue results helping companies address their three biggest problems: Generating More Leads, Closing More Business, Keeping More Customers. Participating companies receive twelve weeks of FREE one-on-one mentoring from sales and marketing experts. The course is only offered twice a year to ten select companies per session. www.UtahTechX.com
Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Competition Series - The Utah Entrepreneur Series is an integrated competition process aimed at guiding students from the idea to implementation stages of a successful business. Submissions are judged by industry professionals for a chance to win $40,000.There are three competition levels within the Series: techTITANS, Opportunity Quest, and the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. Competitions are not exclusive, and do not require prior entry to move to the next level; however, students are encouraged to participate in the entire Series for maximum gain. www.ues.utah.edu
Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) - is a volunteer non-profit support group connecting entrepreneurs to Money, Markets, and Mentors. Celebrating 20 years of new business success, UVEF empowers individuals to thrive in business through potent education and networking. Our mission is to provide effective tools and create synergy between our members and business experts. Among the many benefits of a UVEF membership is admission to our monthly networking events featuring a captivating keynote speaker and special programs. Meals are always included for members at all events. Members also enjoy exclusive access to our group membership directory and discussion board, podcasts and much more. www.uvef.net
Utah Technology Council - Utah’s premier professional association, the Utah Technology Council has become the essential business resource for life science, clean-tech and high-tech companies seeking to achieve greater success. At its core, UTC exists to foster the GROWTH of the state’s more than 5,700 technology companies, ensure Utah develops the highest QUALITY WORKFORCE in the nation and attract an ever-increasing array of FUNDING. Members join UTC to share insights with industry peers, counsel with government and academic leaders and receive help from professional service providers and funding resources. http://www.utahtechcouncil.org/UTC.aspx
Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy.” This revolutionary initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and research facilities at the University of Utah and Utah State University, to create novel technologies that are subsequently commercialized through new business ventures. In March 2006, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 75 creating USTAR. This measure provided funding for strategic investments at the University of Utah and Utah State University to recruit world-class researchers and build state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and development facilities and to form first-rate science, innovation, and commercialization teams across the State. This initiative focuses on leveraging the proven success of Utah’s research universities in creating and commercializing innovative technologies to generate more technology-based start-up firms, higher paying jobs, and additional business activity leading to a state-wide expansion of the Utah’s tax base. www.InnovationUtah.com
World Trade Center Utah (WTCU) - is a “first stop” support organization and information hub where a business can receive an initial analysis of their trade capabilities, challenges, and opportunities; referrals to the most relevant services; and access to essential educational events to increase their expertise. WTCU’s signature service begins with a three step process of assess, educate & connect. www.wtcut.com
Vest Pocket - Locally owned, independent businesses, scattered in “pockets” throughout our cities, lend a unique flavor, a “sense of place” and heart, to our neighborhoods. These are the small stores, cafes, and professional offices that offer personalized services and extraordinary products, and often bring renewed vitality to historic buildings.Our neighborhood businesses are owned by “insiders” who care about their neighbors, employees, and the local issues that are important to a dynamic, textured community and sustainable local economy.The Vest Pocket Business Coalition is an association of local business owners who want to protect the precious diversity of our neighborhoods and preserve the choice, texture, and vibrancy that make us what we are. www.vestpocket.org/