When the rural busines conference was here a few years ago. those organizing it said it was the biggest and best they had held up to that point.
And apparently they still feel that way because on Thursday night the conference begins in Carbon County once again.
Senator Bob Bennett hopes to help hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs in Utah this month as he kicks off his ninth annual Rural Business Conference where the focus will be on economic development in rural communities.
"Now more than ever entrepreneurs are craving valuable resources to help them thrive in today's economy," said Bennett. "This conference provides the platform for business owners to gain the tips and tools necessary to improve their business and help make Utah's economy flourish. I look forward to meeting with all those who attend and hope they can leave the conference with practical advice they can apply to their various businesses."
The conference starts Thursday evening at the Carbon County Event Center with a reception and business exposition highlighting the services of many Utah businesses and providing attendees with opportunities to network.
On Friday, keynote speaker Steve Appleton, CEO of Micron Technology, will address the conference about realistic business tactics. Micron is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductors, and with Intel Corporation, jointly operates IM Flash Technologies in Lehi to manufacture memory used in various computer and communications devices.
The conference will also include various workshop sessions on budget-friendly strategies for marketing and sales, building a home-based business, acquiring small business capital, community economic development, developing social media strategies and rural business growth.
During the lunch session of the conference, Bennett will lead a discussion on energy development alongside Kevin Book, managing director of ClearView Energy Partners. Book will discuss the policy and economic impacts related to climate change and energy development in a local, national and global setting.
Thanks to generous sponsors, the conference will be free to anyone wishing to attend, including a complimentary breakfast and lunch.
Last year's Rural Business Conference attracted more than one thousand small business men and women to eight different conference locations throughout Utah.
By Monday of this week hundreds of people had already registered to attend the event.
Those that wish to register still can by visiting www.ruralutah.com for additional information or by call Senator Bennett's office at (801) 524-5933.