Economic Summit Set for St. George

Utah’s Own Economic Summit Comes to Washington County 

FOR:   September 18, 2014

St. George will host the first Utah’s Own Summit in Washington County intended to acquaint local companies with the resources that are available to them through their Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC), other local resources and the Utah’s Own Program.  Food-oriented companies are especially invited to hear from industry experts on how to market and grow their businesses. 

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:30 am.  Admission is free, food is included.  Registration is available by calling Lanora Nielsen at 435-652-7741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Where:  Ancestor Square, 2 West St. George Blvd, St. George, Utah.
Why: To help area businesses expand, add jobs, purchase more products from local farmers and ranchers, and improve rural Utah’s economy.  Registration with the Utah’s Own program is also free.
Who: Presentations and information will be provided by:  the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food; Jed Christenson, Director of the Utah’s Own Program; Karin Allen, PhD, Food Quality and Entrepreneurship Specialist; and Len Erickson, Director of the St. George SBDC.  All are invited to attend the Summit which will provide an overview about the Utah’s Own Program and learn about resources available to businesses.   Attendees will also hear from successful Utah’s Own members about how the Program has helped them be successful.

About Utah’s Own: Utah’s Own’s mission is to create a strong consumer culture to buy local agriculture and food products.  In partnership with local SBDC’s, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Offices, Utah’s Own is continuing along its path across Utah to bring its message to the food-oriented businesses, restaurants, and retail stores in Utah.
Utah’s Own has held successful Summits from Kanab to Logan where audiences came to hear tips on how to grow their companies and the area economy.  We are excited to bring the same opportunities to the area growers, producers, and processors of food.  All area businesses, including restaurants, caterers and owners/managers of retail stores and outlets are encouraged to attend the event.
According to the Utah’s Own Website, one dollar spent on local products adds from $2 to $6 to our economy, reduces our carbon footprint, and protects agricultural lands and watersheds. Additionally, Utah’s Own and SBDC’s are dedicated to seeing local businesses thrive.  The Summit will provide food-oriented businesses the opportunity to network and learn from economic experts, experienced good business owners, and business advisors.
Local farmers, ranchers, restaurant owners, caterers and others that distribute or sell food are invited to attend.
More information is available by contacting Lanora Nielsen at 435-652-7741. 


Contact: Jed Christenson (801) 538-7108
Lanora Nielsen in Washington Co. (435) 652-7741








posted: Sept. 9, 2014