The Business Resource Centers at Utah Tech University and Southern Utah University are focused on empowering entrepreneurs and supporting small business creation and growth throughout Utah’s Five County Association of Governments (AOG) Region, which includes Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield counties.
Together the two Business Resource Centers make up the Southern Utah Entrepreneurship Hub and contribute to regional economic growth by partnering with institutions of higher education to create access to a coordinated network of federal, state, and local business service providers who offer comprehensive services and on-going assistance to help businesses launch and grow.
In the summer of 2018, Utah Tech University and Southern Utah University were awarded a joint University Center Grant from the Economic Development Administration. The grant expanded the capacity of the existing Business Resource Centers in Southern Utah and is supercharging the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southwestern Utah.
Business Resource Center Partners:
Governor’s Office of Economic Development – The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) mission is to provide rich business resources for creating, growing, and recruiting companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. This is accomplished by administering programs based around industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development.
U.S. Economic Development Administration – The US Economic Development Administration provides the University Center Grant Program that works to improve the economies and economic development capacity of areas they serve. The creation of the Southern Utah Entrepreneurship Hub and the partnership between Southern Utah University and Utah Tech University’s Business Resource Centers were made possible through the US EDA University Center Grant Program.
Utah Tech University Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship Center – The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial (TIE) Center is the nexus for all programs and departments related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The TIE center was created to foster a spirit of entrepreneurialism at UTU. This is accomplished by providing the education, guidance, and support systems to nurture ideas into companies.
Southern Utah University Center for Entreprenuership – The Larry H. & Gail Miller Center for Entrepreneurship is a program is designed to benefit students from all majors across campus. The guiding principles of our program are: Educate, Experience, and Elevate. We believe in teaching students how to run, start, and exit a business through experiential learning and mentorship.
Local Chambers of Commerce – Local chamber of commerce’s influence local business policies and create plans of action aimed at maintaining and developing a community in which business and families can thrive. The goal is to further the interests of businesses and create an environment in which businesses can prosper.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – PTAC is a nationwide network that helps guide businesses through the world of government contracting. PTAC was established to increase the number of businesses capable of participating in government contracts through one-on-one counseling, educational events, and networking, PTAC experts help companies from all industries and skill levels identify, compete for, and win federal, state, and local government contracts.
Small Business Development Centers – The Utah Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide trainings, tools, and access to consultants to help business owners succeed in starting, growing and transitioning their businesses through free, confidential consultations and low-cost trainings.
Service Corp of Retired Executives – SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteers with expertise as business mentors. SCORE is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through entrepreneurial education and mentorship.
Small Business Administration – The U.S. Small Business Administration helps individuals start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
World Trade Center Utah – As the statewide voice of international business, WTC Utah facilitates economic growth through increased exports and international awareness for Utah’s companies.
iMpact Utah – The iMpactUtah team offers full service consulting and training for clients at all organizational levels. They engage directly with management and staff to address both the human and technical elements necessary to support an organizational transformation and help companies make sustainable performance improvements.
Utah Manufacturers Association – The Utah Manufacturers Association is a trade association that represents the manufacturing industry in the state of Utah. UMA provides information, as well as access to key issues affecting Utah Manufacturers. They work to advance policies that will help manufacturing businesses thrive.