Small Business Resources Workshop

November 28-29, 2012
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites
Salt Lake City, Utah

Who Should Attend?
This workshop was developed in response to a request from the Western Extension Directors to help build the capacity of the western region's Cooperative Extension agents and specialists. The workshop is being designed specifically for Extension specialists and agents to provide them with ready-to-use tools to provide basic assistance to their clients seeking information on small businesses. 


Workshop Agenda

TIME
SESSION
PRESENTER
8:00 AM
WELCOME
Don Albrecht, Western Rural Development Center
8:10 AM
KEYNOTE
Creating Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities
John C. Allen, Utah State University
8:40 AM
Workshop Format and Proceedings
Planning Committee
8:50 AM
GROUP ACTIVITY – Components of Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities
Lorie Higgins, University of Idaho Extension
BUSINESS OUTREACH – Marion Bentley, Moderator
9:15 AM
Outreach to Latino Businesses
José Garcia-Pabón, Washington State University Extension and Diana Morelli, Economic Development Association Skagit County, WA
10:00 AM
Refreshment Break
 
10:15 AM
Procurement Outreach in Nevada
Buddy Borden, University of Nevada Extension and Tom Akers, Akers and Associates, Inc.
11:00 AM
Utah Business Outreach Practices
Mark Holmes, Utah State University Extension/Small Business Development Center
11:45 AM
GROUP ACTIVITY – Components of Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities
Lorie Higgins, Moderator
12:15 PM
Lunch on your own
 
BUSINESS APPLICATIONS– Michael Patrick, Moderator
1:30 PM
Marketing for SUCCESS at the Farmers’ Market
Laura Bittner and John Garlisch, New Mexico State University Extension
2:15 PM
Cultivating Cultural Industries for a Vibrant Regional Economy
Lorie Higgins, University of Idaho Extension
3:00 PM
Refreshment Break
 
3:15 PM
Teaching Entrepreneurship to Young People
Michael Patrick, New Mexico State University Extension
4:00 PM
JAM SESSION
Group discussion on the day’s presentations and major take-aways
Marion Bentley, Moderator
4:30 PM
GROUP ACTIVITY – Components of Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities
Lorie Higgins, Moderator
5:00 PM
Dinner on your own
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
8:00 AM
GROUP ACTIVITY – Components of Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities
LAST CHANCE to finalize your strategies before you share with the group!
 
BUSINESS TOOLS – Lorie Higgins, Moderator
8:30 AM
Business Model Tools
Alan Christensen, Utah Small Business Development Center
9:15 AM
WRDC Sector-Area-Preference-Process Tools
Barbara Andreozzi, Montana State University Extension and Buddy Borden, University of Nevada Extension
10:00 AM
Refreshment Break
 
10:15 AM
Tools to Assist Food Entrepreneurs
Karin Allen, Utah State University
11:00 AM
GROUP ACTIVITY
Each group shares their strategies for developing the components of entrepreneur-friendly communities
Lorie Higgins, Moderator
12:00 PM
JAM SESSION
Group discussion about today’s presentations and major take-aways
Marion Bentley, Moderator
12:30 PM
Thank you and safe travels!
 
1:00 PM
Workshop Planning Committee –
Working Lunch/Wrap-up
 


Workshop Planning Committee

Chair, Marion Bentley, Utah State University Extension
Lorie Higgins, University of Idaho Extension
Michael Patrick, New Mexico State University Extensio