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A Great Trade Show Just Got Better for U.S. Companies

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Select USA Hannover Messe Partner Country 2016
HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology.

The United States is the Partner Country for the first time ever, and that means prime location and maximum exposure for exhibitors in the U.S. Pavilions.

HANNOVER MESSE is five trade shows in one, with industry-specific pavilions to position your company in front of exactly the right audience.

See below to find the best U.S. Pavilion for your business!
learn more about hannover messe:

digital factory
Demonstrates how IT applications improve manufacturing efficiency.
Core Areas: Additive Manufacturing, Software Solutions, IT Services;
Key Issues: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Human-Machine Interaction, Condition Monitoring, Manufacturing Execution Systems;
Learn more about Digital Factory
energy and mobilitec

The global hub for the growing market in integrated energy systems and mobility.
Core Areas: Energy Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Advanced Transportation, Storage and Mobility;
Key Issues: Decentralized Energy Supply, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Smart Grids;
Learn more about Energy and Mobilitec
industrial automation
Host to the latest innovations in production & process automation, systems solutions and industrial IT.
Core Areas: Manufacturing Automation, Production Automation, Process & Energy Automation, Automation Technology and IT;
Key Issues: Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, Systems Integration, Robotics;
Learn more about Industrial Automation
industrial supply
The leading international trade fair for industrial subcontracting and lightweight solutions
Core Areas: Parts, Components & Systems, Development, Design & Processes, Materials/Technology Know-how;
Key Issues: Lightweight Materials and Innovative Components, Smart Materials, Adhesive Solutions, Forging, Engineering Ceramics;
Learn more about Industrial Supply
research and tech
Focuses on key challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and the role of research in seeking breakthrough technologies
Core Areas: Flexibility, Individualized Production, Logistics, Digitization;
Key Issues: Achieving Universal Standards for Machine-to-Machine Communication, Maintaining Data Security, and Finding New Business Models;
Learn more about Research and Technology
If you’ve ever thought about attending HANNOVER MESSE,
this is the year to do it!

Register Your Interest!

Securing Capital to Grow Your Business

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SCORE-TMPublished Nov. 6, 2015

Did you know that the process of finding a loan takes the average small business owner about 33 hours? That’s almost a week away from the more important work of running your business. Even worse, much of this time is wasted looking for financing in the wrong places. The good news: Finding the capital you need doesn’t have to take that long. By leveraging technology, financing sources are creating new options that better fit small business owners’ financing needs. As a result, there are more financing options than ever for businesses like yours. In this eGuide, we’ll provide an insider’s perspective on the best ways to get the capital you need to grow your business.
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TRADITIONAL VS. ONLINE LENDING
Industries such as bookstores, real estate and travel agencies have been transformed by online platforms. Now, small business financing is going through the same kind of transformation. Companies such as OnDeck, Lending Club, BillFloat and Kickstarter are changing the way entrepreneurs search for and obtain capital by using technology to address specific financing needs.

NEW FINANCING ALTERNATIVES
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular new financing options available to small businesses, including nonprofit lenders, crowdfunding, invoice financing, online business loans and loan-matching sites.

1. NONPROFIT LENDERS
Nonprofit lenders look for businesses whose missions coincide with theirs and offer them small business loans or microloans (as little as $5,000 or $10,000). Depending on the lender, you may pay low interest rates and fees or no interest at all.

GOOD FIT FOR:
An eco-friendly clothing retailer that donates a percentage of each sale to charity, is located in an underserved community and seeks $10,000 for          expansion

POSSIBLE SOURCES FOR NONPROFIT LOANS:
Accion, Kiva ZIP, AEO Tilt Forward

2. CROWDFUNDING
Small business owners visit crowdfunding websites to promote their business ideas to an audience of individuals who want to invest money in small businesses. The individuals support the small business with financing.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CROWDFUNDING:
?? In donation or purchase-based crowdfunding, individuals donate money to a company or small business owner in exchange for receiving products, perks or rewards. For example, suppose you are trying to launch and market a new smartphone accessory and need $50,000 to do so. On a crowdfunding site, you may find several hundred people to donate $50 each, 100 people to give $100 each, and a few people who are willing to give $1,000 each in return for obtaining the product.

?? In investment crowdfunding, businesses seeking financing sell equity stakes in their companies in exchange for infusions of capital from individuals. For example, the smartphone entrepreneur in the previous example might find 10 individuals willing to
invest $5,000 each in exchange for a combined 10% equity stake in the business. Crowdfunding sites may charge a fund-raising fee based on a percentage of the funds raised or charge a monthly fee during the fund-raising process. If you use investment
crowdfunding, you’ll have to give up equity to investors.

GOOD FIT FOR:
A startup business owner with an idea for a new type of kitchen accessory who needs $15,000 to design and manufacture the first 5,000 units
POSSIBLE SOURCES FOR CROWDFUNDING:

IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, RocketHub, GoFundMe

3. INVOICE FINANCING
In invoice financing, a business sells its accounts receivable to a third party. Invoice financing has been around for a long time, but newer companies such as BlueVine and Fundbox have brought the whole process online, simplifying it considerably.
Small business owners may pay a fixed payment on the fully advanced amount of their outstanding invoices, or pay a percentage of their outstanding invoices and then pay the remainder when they receive payment.

GOOD FIT FOR:
A baked goods manufacturer that sells to hotel chains and has $70,000 in outstanding invoices from customers due in 90 days. The company is            facing an immediate cash flow crunch and needs $23,000 for short-term working capital.

POSSIBLE SOURCES FOR INVOICE FINANCING:
BlueVine, Fundbox

4. ONLINE BUSINESS LOANS
Online business loans are a relatively new source of financing that provides faster approvals than typical bank loans. You apply online, the lender reviews your application, and you’ll know if you’re approved or denied within minutes. If you are approved, your loan can be funded in as little as one day to two weeks.

Online business loans offer fixed interest and fixed payments. Payments are usually automatically debited from your business bank account on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Be aware that the easier it is to obtain capital, the more expensive that capital will be. Traditional bank loans cost less but are difficult to obtain. Financing from online lenders costs a bit more but is easier to get.

So how do you decide when the cost of capital is worth it? Consider both the interest rate and the term of the loan.

For example, the choice between a loan at 67.5% APR and one at 22.5% APR may seem simple. However, when you consider the term of the loan,          the answer is different than it may appear at first.

If you borrow $10,000 over six months at a 67.5% APR, your total cost of interest will be $1,500. However, if you borrow $10,000 over four years          at 22.5% APR, your total cost of interest is $4,800.

GOOD FIT FOR:
Well-established restaurant generating steady revenue that seeks $75,000 to add outdoor seating

POSSIBLE SOURCES FOR ONLINE BUSINESS LOANS:
Funding Circle, SmartBiz, Kabbage, OnDeck

5. LOAN-MATCHING SITES
If you aren’t sure where you need to go online to find capital, a loan-matching site is a great start. Visit a loan-matching site, fill out a profile of your business, and you will be matched with the most appropriate lenders for your financing needs—lenders seeking businesses exactly like yours. Depending on your profile, you may be matched with a traditional lender, an online lender, a credit union or other alternatives.

LOAN-MATCHING SITES:
SBA Linc, BoeFly, Fundera, Lendio

Which product is right for you? Find out more by downloading the PDF.

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About the Author
OnDeck Business Loans
OnDeck offers business loans and business lines of credit to small businesses across the United States. OnDeck analyzes businesses differently than traditional lenders, which means that they can make more loans than traditional lenders, and they can fund businesses within hours or days – not weeks or months. To date, OnDeck has delivered over $1 billion to small businesses nationwide.

Governor’s Office of Rural Development Comes to Cache Valley to Train the Trainers

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The GOED Office of Rural Development is offering a traveling series of events called “Train the Trainer.” Each event brings statewide business service providers face-to-face with elected officials, economic development leaders and tourism directors. The purpose of the event series is to inform and educate rural county representatives regarding tools and resources available to their business communities.

The next “Train the Trainer” event will take place November 5 in Logan, Utah.
Register now.

Health Care Having You in a Tizzy? You have options through Avenue H, Utah’s Health Care Exchange

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Ave H

Cole Hansen from the Office of Consumer Health Services addressed critical topics such as how to effectively use Avenue H, Healthy Utah (Medicaid Expansion), and updates concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what if any impact they can have on you at today’s Professional Development Workshop Series, presented by the Small Business Development Center and Cache Business Resource Center. Sponsors for today’s workshop were Bank of Utah and Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG).

Be sure to go to http://www.avenueh.com/  and find out the real answers to this confusing subject and how Ave H provides these options to you, as an employer, and your employees. Budget Flexibility & Predictability Flat Dollar Contribution(s) instead of a Fixed Percentage of a Monthly Premium Expanded Employee Choice – over 128 total medical, dental and HSA options Administrative Ease – easy online registration, administration and enrollment tools. Small Employer Premium Tax Credit – available only on Avenue H Preservation of Pre-Tax Benefits

WordPress Camp Saturday Sept 13, 2014

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WordCamp SLC 2014 is coming up fast. Just one month away: Saturday 13 September 2014. This is one day that brings together the local WordPress community like no other. We tend to get a wide range of people attending, from those just starting out, to designers, developers, consultants, and people who contribute to the core code of WordPress.

WordCamp SLC is a great opportunity to learn a few things from the presentations. Even more important than that is the chance to get to know other WordPress users in the community.

Using WordPress for Podcasting
Why Search is not Scary
Javascript, jQuery and the new JSON API
WP_Query performance
WooCommerce
Typography
Blogging with Personality
How to get the most out of Jetpack
7 essential plugins
5 Reasons to Utilize a Theme Framework: Minimize Hassle & Maximize Profits
Membership sites
Setting up the architecture of your WordPress blog or website.

The attendee list is already up to 50 with a lot of really well know WordPress people attending. This is an opportunity for anyone that is having trouble or just interested in learning more.

Cost $15
$12 with Coupon for Cache Business Resource Center:  “CACHEBRC2014”
This will include snacks, a BBQ lunch, a WordCamp shirt, sponsor swag, networking event, and of course the presentations.

For tickets, go to: 2014.slc.wordcamp.org to sign up for tickets.

 

UCAP

Utah Department of Workforce Services (employer initiatives and programs)

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 The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) The UCAP program provides funding to public educational institutions to develop, implement or enhance educational programs that are responsive to regional and statewide industry needs. UCAP also provides funding to state and local economic developers that serve a state designated industry cluster or regional economic need.  The UCAP “Request for Grants” was recently made available with applications due on June 30, 2014.  The link is at: http://jobs.utah.gov/department/ucap.html

The Small Business Bridge Program (Bridge Program) The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is continuing the Small Business Bridge Grant for the 2014-2015 program year. This grant provides a limited reimbursement opportunity to small businesses to offset training costs from the creation of new jobs; the Grant can provide up to 4,000 for each new job created. Funds will be available on July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, or until all funds have been expended.  More information at: http://jobs.utah.gov/employer/bridge/

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math K-12TH Grade Grant Programs (STEMLINK)  The STEMLink Partnership will provide two separate grant opportunities (STEM In-School K-12 and STEM Out-of-School K-12) to develop, implement, expand or enhance STEM skills and activities for students. These grants will focus on under-served youth, helping them to gain and apply STEM skills.  The grant programs are being targeted to open on May 5, 2014.  More information can be found at: https://jobs.utah.gov/department/STEM.html

Utah Clean Air Small Business Assist Program (ASSIST)  The Assist Program is a partnership between the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR).  This grant program provides up to $15,000 to small businesses that are required to upgrade equipment to meet state regulations.  The amount must be a dollar-for-dollar match from the businesses.  The grant program is open through the UCAIR website: http://www.ucair.org/grants-loans/

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Workshop videos and more now online!

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If you want to review your workshop notes or you missed a Professional Development Workshop or Cache Business Summit, you can find them at:

https://batc.instructure.com/courses/343334.  Watch the video recordings of the workshops; read the powerpoints; review your knowledge of the content. Good material for your business! Good material for your employee training sessions.

 

Utah Business Sustainability Conference

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09/20/2012 – 9:00am

09/21/2012 – 5:00pm
Location: 

Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center
Episcopal Church Center of Utah
75 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Event Host/Sponsor: 

Net Impact Utah

Conference Features

  • Extensive networking, both structured and unstructured, across disciplines
  • Longer breakout sessions
  • Entire day devoted to in depth workshop skill-building and networking activities unique in Utah
  • Substantial greening, including beyond paper
  • Business to business sessions, learning from peers who are leading by example in business
  • All speakers, exhibitors and sponsors contribute to Utah’s Business Sustainability Practices Directory
  • Substantial discounts for new Net Impact members (now FREE)
  • Very reasonable registration rates ($20 less for members!)

PreConference Workshops September 20

  • ?3 half-day sessions on introductory social and environmental impact management skills
  • 1 full day environmental management training
  • First annual Utah Green Team exchange: an exciting demonstration of un-conferencing: YOU plan the session!
  • Rates for September 21 Conference attendees includes lunch and refreshment break

Conference Program September 21

  • ?Keynote Panel: People vs. Planet and Profit
  • Brent Giles, Senior VP of PowdrCorp
  • Susan Johnson, CEO of Futura Industries
  • Alan Matheson, Utah Governor’s Environmental Advisor
  • Design

9 breakout sessions

  • 2 30 minute networking breaks + registration and end of day exhibit access
  • 3 themed wrap up sessions to build strong relationships with new contacts made during the day

Click here for more information and to register

SBIR-STTR Grant Writing Seminar

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USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center is pleased to announce:  

Write to Win
SBIR-STTR Grant Writing Seminar
Presented by Larry Shaw, SBIR-STTR Grant Expert

Tuesday, September 18th
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Salt Lake Community College – Miller Free Enterprise Center (MFEC)
9750 South 300 West Sandy, UT 84070  

Larry Shaw has nearly four decades of grant writing experience with a 80+% success rate. In his work he has developed a process to assure key points are emphasized, objectives are met for both company and agency.

Mr. Shaw will provide his first-hand knowledge in all aspects of the SBIR-STTR proposals including

Innovation /Concept Identification & Development
Research and Preparing Support Data
Phase I Technical Objectives Phase I Work Plan
Project Management Plan Project Evaluation
Budget and Budget Narrative Commercialization Strategy
Abstract/Summary Reviews
and More…

 

Attendees will receive a Grant Writing Workbook which includes samples and written directions that will guide in their future grant writing efforts. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their innovative products or concepts and their business plans to aid in applying workshop precepts to current or future grant applications.

The seminar will assist novices and experienced participants. It is geared toward Phase I proposals, and will assist in Phase II applications.

Register Early!
Space is Limited!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
$125.00 for Non Clients until Sept. 6, then $150.00

$100.00 per person for SBIR-STTR Assistance Center Clients

Includes:
Grant Writing Workbook

Breakfast, Lunch and Snack

Free parking

BONUS – FREE REVIEW: Attendees will receive a FREE REVIEW and critique of your proposal

within 6 months of the workshop! A $400 Value!

A registration form is provided with this email and soon will be available on our website; http://innovationutah.com/sbir.html 

 Sponsored by:

USTAR
miller business resource center
SBA

 

HR Workshop

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Please join us at our August luncheon where Ryan Tew, a seasoned Human Resource professional of thirty years, will address topics of what makes a good HR professional.

A “Real-World” look at a meaningful career in HR:

1. Human Resources is about people
A hallmark of all great HR professionals is that they are passionate about people. Not caring about people is not consistent with the spirit of HR.

2. Integrity is the bottom line
HR is about leadership, and leadership requires commitment to principle. Success in any HR position depends on honesty and integrity. They absolutely must be able to trust you.

3. The importance of good mentors
Most of the work of HR is not learned in books – it is learned from good mentors. Find excellent mentors and strive to be one yourself. If you want to help build your organization, always build those around you.

4. Balancing compliance and service
In HR you are constantly dealing with government compliance issues. To do your job well you must pay attention to compliance without sacrificing your obligation to the mission of the organization.

5. Being a strategic partner
The HR Department cannot be an island unto itself. You exist to make your company or organization successful. Do not isolate yourself.

6. Political Realities
HR professionals are often idealistic. That is often why they picked this profession. Some thoughts on balancing our idealism with the politics that often exist in the hard-nosed world of work.

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012 
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Cafe’ Sabor
600 W Center, Logan
Cost: $12 for SHRM members; $14 for non-members
Please RSVP to: danene.dustin@usu.edu or at: http://www.bridgerlandshrm.org/

by August 13th, Monday, @ Noon. No refunds or credit for payments after RSVP deadline.
If you RSVP and are a no-show, you will be invoiced.

Utah Clean Energy Sustainability Conference

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Utah Business Sustainability Conference
Start: 09/20/2012 – 9:00am
End: 09/21/2012 – 5:00pm
Location:

Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center
Episcopal Church Center of Utah
75 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Event Host/Sponsor:
Net Impact Utah

Conference Features

    Extensive networking, both structured and unstructured, across disciplines
    Longer breakout sessions
    Entire day devoted to in depth workshop skill-building and networking activities unique in Utah
    Substantial greening, including beyond paper
    Business to business sessions, learning from peers who are leading by example in business
    All speakers, exhibitors and sponsors contribute to Utah’s Business Sustainability Practices Directory
    Substantial discounts for new Net Impact members (now FREE)
    Very reasonable registration rates ($20 less for members!)

PreConference Workshops September 20

    ?3 half-day sessions on introductory social and environmental impact management skills
    1 full day environmental management training
    First annual Utah Green Team exchange: an exciting demonstration of un-conferencing: YOU plan the session!
    Rates for September 21 Conference attendees includes lunch and refreshment break

Conference Program September 21

    ?Keynote Panel: People vs. Planet and Profit
    Brent Giles, Senior VP of PowdrCorp
    Susan Johnson, CEO of Futura Industries
    Alan Matheson, Utah Governor’s Environmental Advisor
    Design

9 breakout sessions

    2 30 minute networking breaks + registration and end of day exhibit access
    3 themed wrap up sessions to build strong relationships with new contacts made during the day

Click here for more information and to register

Register with PTAC for Government Contract Bids

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Do you have a product or service that the government could use? Federal, State, City, Department of Defense, Hill Air Force Base?  more…

Make sure you are registered with the Regional PTAC office (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) to receive notification of bid solicitations.

Northern Utah BRAG-PTAC office is located in the Cache Business Resource Center, Room 1901.

Cindy Roberts, Regional Manager
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9-5.
Call for an appointment

Brigham City Networking Group Begins

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Brigham City:  Meets each Wed,  at 1 p.m. Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 325 West 1100 South Rm 400, Brigham City.

Don’t forget to let others know about this group.  It’s a great way to network, help individuals/teams frame their ideas, create teams of people to then create businesses in the community and to hold each other accountable for what we’re doing…to keep each other going.

Mitch Zundel leads this brand new group and the number of entrepreneurs
attending is growing each week.  The focus has been to get to know everyone and their needs well. We have a good strong nucleus of entrepreneurs to help each other launch and grow businesses.

ELP SOCIAL MEDIA LOCATIONS:
 
1) OUR WEBSITE is at www.entrepreneurlaunchpad.org. Please register, create your profile and begin to network with those who can help you and those you can offer to help.  If you want to help on the website or have ideas on how we can better meet your needs, contact Michael Argust at argustcm@yahoo.com
 
2) TWITTER – we want you to be our friend and tweet with us @elputah.
  
3) FACEBOOK FAN PAGE (Entrepreneur Launch Pad).
 
4) LINKEDIN GROUP – ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCH PAD.  Join us! 
Let’s get social, try them all out and spread the word!

Mitch Zundel
435-494-1717

Air Transportation Available

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Mountain Ridge Helicopters would like to announce the purchase of our new Commercial Helicopter operation named New Air Helicopters. The purchase came with two new aircraft to add to our MD500E helicopter, They are a Bell 206 B3 “Jet Ranger” and a Bell 206 L3 “Long Ranger.”

New Air Helicopters holds a part 135 Charter certificate, Part 137 agriculture certificate and Part 133 long line certificate.

With these certificates New Air Helicopters will be able to provide charter transportation services, to and from airports, to your favorite ski resorts, favorite camping spots or your remote work spot. We are also able to do prom or other romantic transportations, imagine for your high school prom having a group of your friends arriving at the dance in style!

Also New Air Helicopters will be able to do Precision Aerial lifting, Aerial Seeding, Avalanche control, Heli skiing, Film & TV, Fire control, Radio site repair and evaluation, Tours, Wildlife & livestock survey…the possibilities are endless.

We are happy to have New Air Helicopters in the Cache Valley and we are looking at the great business opportunities it will bring.

Check out the website at

  • www.NewAirHeli.com
  • Brett Reeder

    Commercial Pilot/Marketing Manager
    Mountain Ridge Helicopters
    435.752.3828(b)
    801.301.1004(c)

  • fly@mountainridgeheli.com
  • MountainRidgeHeli.com
  • Feel the thrill of flying in a helicopter!

    New Air Helicopters
    435.753.7308

  • http://Fly@newairheli.com
  • Meetup.com

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    CEO Space, a business networking club, meets every Thursday at the Cache Business Resource Center, room 1812. All local CEO Space Club meetings are no charge to attend. They are provided by CEO Space as a public service.

    CEO Space is a 20 year old company that networks CEO’s, business owners and professionals in a cooperative not competitive environment. Come meet around the conference table and share what it is that you do, what project you’re working on and what you need next.