WordPress Camp Saturday Sept 13, 2014

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.

 

Utah Department of Workforce Services (employer initiatives and programs)

 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/

Workshop videos and more now online!

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

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Incubator now open at Cache Business Resource Center

Do you need a commercial kitchen to prepare your food products for resale?

The CBRC Kitchen Incubator is now open for use. Visit http://kitchen.cachebrc.com/ to find out more about the kitchen. Application is available at this site or at the CBRC, 1410 N 1000 W, Room 1901, Logan, UT. 84321.  435-760-7937.

Register with PTAC for Government Contract Bids

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

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

SCORE Counseling Now Available in Box Elder County

The Business Resource Center, serving Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties will now offer SCORE counseling in Perry, Utah beginning this Wednesday, March 31st. Hours by appointment. Appointments may be made for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays between 1-4 p.m. Call (435) 213-8713 to schedule yours.

Location: BRAG Offices; 2535 South Hwy 89, Perry, UT.

Air Transportation Available

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

    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.

    Associate Businesses at CBRC

    For a yearly fee of $200 ($50 quarter) small businesses have access to resources at the CBRC such as Copy Center, Conference Rooms, Computers, Business Library Resources. Contact the center for more info. 435-213-8713 or croberts@cachebrc.com.

    ERP Solutions for Manufacturers

    http://www.epicor.com/Industries/Manufacturing/Pages/Manufacturing.aspx

    Epicor’s integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for manufacturers can help you gain competitive advantage and remove barriers in your business.

    Thousands of small, mid-size, and large companies in more than 140 countries worldwide trust Epicor to help them streamline operations and increase profitability. Manufacturers must respond to a new set of challenges each day in a rapidly changing global economy. Epicor’s next-generation business applications are designed for flexibility, collaboration, and ease-of-use.

    With recognized expertise in providing software solutions for manufacturers, we welcome the opportunity to help you determine if Epicor is the right fit for your company. Your return-on-investment will be realized through the ability to:

    • Manage customer relationships more productively and profitably
    • Boost collaboration with Web 2.0 functionality and streamline supply chain management
    • Take control of planning, sales, production, quality, materials management, and lean initiatives
    • Use a built-in global business management engine for real-time financial data and anytime business insight
    • Easily manage scheduling, track jobs, and integrate accounting functions
    • Manage requirements for multiple sites and languages
    • Grow and change your business with a system that will support you long term

    Feds nix COBRA reporting for ‘09

    May 8, 2009 by Kerry Fitzgerald
    Posted in: COBRA, Communication, Employment law, Records documentation, Special Report, Terminations
    The Internal Revenue Service just let you off the hook for what could’ve been a big administrative hassle this year-end.

    IRS recently announced it won’t require any information reporting (i.e., Forms W-2 or 1099) for COBRA premium assistance payments employers make on behalf of terminated employees.

    There’s a tradeoff, of course. It’s likely that because you don’t have to officially inform employees of the subsidy amount, recipients will have to call you when they prepare their personal federal tax returns.

    Some will have to pay back a portion of the subsidy, e.g., those with adjusted gross income of $125,000 or more; $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Assistance eligibility phases out completely for people with modified gross incomes of $145,000 or more; $290,000 for joint filers. They’ll return the subsidy amount by increasing their tax liability on the Form 1040.

    To prevent your phone from ringing off the hook, consider compiling subsidy info throughout the year, as your company makes the premium payments, and issue a simple statement at year-end along with your W-2s or 1099s.

    What you’ll need
    The info you’ll need should be easy enough to find. As part of the COBRA subsidy program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires employers to maintain the following documentation:

    • Dates and amounts of the assistance eligible individuals’ 35% share of the premium.
    • A copy of the invoice or other supporting statement from the insurance carrier (when you have an insured plan) and proof of timely payment of the full premium to the insurance carrier required under COBRA.
    • Proof of the (1) premium amount and (2) coverage provided to the assistance eligible individuals. (Self-insured plans only.)
    • Attestation of involuntary termination, including the date of the involuntary termination (which must be between 9/1/08 and 12/31/09), for each covered employee whose involuntary termination is the basis for eligibility for the subsidy.
    • Proof of each assistance eligible individual’s eligibility for COBRA coverage at any time during the period between 9/1/08 and 12/31/09, and election of COBRA coverage.
    • Social Security Numbers of all covered employees,  the amount of the subsidy reimbursed with respect to each covered employee,  and whether the subsidy was for one individual or two or more individuals.
    • Other documents necessary to verify the correct amount of reimbursement. Note that although your company must maintain this documentation, you’re not required to submit it with your Form 941.