The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with presentations starting at 8 a.m. at the USU offices, 125 West 200 South. The summit, which is scheduled to run through 1 p.m., is free of charge and includes breakfast and lunch.
Pam Perlich from the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research will present a discussion of the business and economic trends in Utah and how local businesses can prepare to take advantage of opportunities and avoid pitfalls.
A roundtable discussion on recruiting and retaining top employees, identifying stumbling blocks to building a successful business in southeast Utah, and whether local government should do more or less for businesses is also scheduled.
The business summit also features several breakout sessions. One session focusing on building a business in Moab will feature a panel of successful Moab entrepreneurs who will discuss the keys to their success, and will pass on strategies, ideas and tips to help business owners succeed. During
Another session will discuss how local companies can get ahead of the curve and plan for the near and far futures. David Williams from the Utah Department of Tourism will outline the trends in visitors and their expectations, and what can be done now to prepare us to profit from the coming changes.
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to retain employees while also melding business success with personal contentment for employees and owners.
“Successful employers find ways to maintain the productivity of their employees while remaining sensitive to personal challenges such as balancing family, second jobs and child care pressures,” a news release about the event states. “Even employees’ desire to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities Moab has to offer sometimes plays into the work dynamic.” A panel of business leaders will review how they have successfully created balance and offer tips on how other business owners can do the same.
Business owners who are hoping to learn more about social media and the marketing opportunities that are available through Internet social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, will have the opportunity to find out more about utilizing the Internet and social media sites. Ann Perri, owner of AP Tech Services, will outline the first steps businesses should understand and take when wading into the future of online marketing, including a look at opportunities and potential pitfalls.
Registration is required for those who wish to attend the business summit, and space is limited, according to the news release. To reserve a spot at the summit contact MaryAnne LeMaitre at Utah State University-Moab Business Resource Center, 435-259-7432, ext. 1811.