by David Cordero – St. George Chamber of Commerce
Small businesses are the backbone of our community. The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce believes the overall prosperity of our local economy hinges largely on their successes, which is why on June 13, small businesses will converge at the Dixie Convention Center when the Chamber hosts the Small Business Summit and Business Expo.
The Summit will provide the opportunity for small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs to network and learn new tools, tactics and strategies, gain practical skills, and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and prosperity of small businesses in Utah — especially southern Utah.
This-full day conference, sponsored by Innovation Plaza at Dixie State University, will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to inspire, inform, and provide businesses the tools they need to succeed.
Breakout sessions will include:
- Tax laws
- Human resources
- Getting your business online
- Emergency preparedness
- How to protect your business and more
The Summit will also feature a panel of representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah, EDCUtah, Dixie Tech, and others. Registration and pricing information on the Summit can be found at www.stgeorgechamber.com.
Participation on this day is not limited to the business community. In conjunction with the Small Business Summit, the Chamber will also host the Small Business Expo at the convention center, providing a stage for businesses to display their products and services to the public, as well as to other businesses.
The Expo will feature a prize-filled balloon drop, hourly drawings, and many individual vendors will conduct promotional giveaways at their individual booths. Featuring businesses by industry in pods, the Expo is sponsored in part by Boulevard Home Furnishings, Mountain America Credit Union, and the Washington County Convention and Tourism Office. Businesses from hospitality, healthcare, communications, financial, real estate, construction, retail, non-profit, and education are expected to participate.
The Expo is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To learn more about the Small Business Summit and Expo, how to participate or sponsor, call the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce at (435) 628-1650. Chamber members receive discounted rates on admission to the Summit as well as booth rental at the Expo. Sign up for membership at www.joinchamber.com or stop by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce at 136 North 100 East in St. George.