USU-Moab hosts third annual business summit
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Utah State University-Moab will host its third annual “Moab on the Edge” Business Summit on Friday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Utah State University-Moab campus, 125 West 200 South. The summit’s goal is to provide local businesses with information on how to build a stronger, more competitive and more profitable business, with workshops and discussions tailored to the Moab area and the region’s unique characteristics and industries, USU officials said in a news release.

“USU is an institution committed to leveraging university resources in a way that enhances local economies,” said Steve Hawks, dean of USU-Moab. “We are excited to collaborate with the local business community to help our economy grow and learn more from each other about our region’s unique business landscape.”

USU-Moab, Moab city, the Department of Workforce Services, the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce and the local business community have teamed up to help put on the event, which is free and open to the public. The summit will focus on local business challenges along with practical information and workshops that will help businesses thrive in what is often a difficult, competitive environment, according to the news release.

Beginning at 8:35 a.m., Ken Davey, economic development specialist for the city of Moab, will present “A Close Up Look at ‘Event Horizon’ for Moab.” The discussion will center on the opportunities, challenges and obstacles faced by local businesses, and what steps businesses can take to ensure they prosper.

At 9 a.m., Moab City Manager Donna Metzler and Lynn Jackson, chairman of the Grand County Council, will discuss local government and Moab’s future. The presentation will focus on the demands unprecedented growth places on local government and how the city and county are preparing and prioritizing for the challenges that growth brings. The panel will also be asking what local businesses think are the most important issues.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Ryan Murray, southwest regional director for the Utah Small Business Development Center, will discuss resources that are available for Moab businesses and provide information about resources that are relevant and useful to Moab businesses and their employees.

In the final session of the morning, Marion Bentley, business and economic development specialist for USU Extension, and a panel of business owners and managers, will discuss strategies for creating an effective team of employees.

Registration and a complimentary breakfast are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 p.m., to provide an opportunity for networking, which organizers called “one of the most beneficial components of the event,” according to the news release

Those who wish to attend the full event including breakfast and lunch should RSVP to MaryAnne LeMaitre at by Thursday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The public is also invited to attend individual sessions with no registration required. For more information visit

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