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Dixie Techs

by kwhittek
August 4, 2010 – 9:11 am
YEAH!! It’s time to get back to our Dixie Tech meetings. We hope you had a terrific July and are excited to join us at the August 13 Tech Friday. Presenting will be Jason Wells from Contact Point, a local company on a high growth trajectory. Jason, a former VP at Sony Pictures Television International, joined Jeremiah Wilson, the company’s founder, several years ago. A B2B company, Contact Point’s core product is a technology and system that monitors and trains a company’s telephone sales and service teams. In the past year they’ve hired 14 persons, quite a feat in today’s economy. With nationwide customers and a significant venture capital injection, Contact Point must expand everywhere including management and technical expertise. Do you know top talent that wants to come and live the great life in Washington County? Come find out how Contact Point is adding to the tech ecosystem of Southern Utah!! Date: ...

Follow USTAR on Facebook

by kwhittek
June 11, 2010 – 9:44 am
You can find us on Facebook:!/pages/USTAR-Incubator-St-George-Office/126343994066320?ref=ts

Dixie Tech’s

by kwhittek
June 7, 2010 – 2:29 pm
It may be summer, but The Dixie Tech Friday goes on! Join us next week, Friday, June 11th at the Taylor Health Sciences Bldg at noon. Topic: "Riches in Niches" with presentations by some of our Concept to Company finalists. RSVP at

Concept to Company Finals presentation

by kwhittek
April 7, 2010 – 7:19 am
You're invited to see three entrepreneurs move closer to living their dream! It's the American Way to dream about owning your own successful company. This Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Dixie State College Taylor Health Sciences building three top winners will be chosen from 8 finalists in the Concept to Company Contest. The three will each receive a share of $65,000 in cash legal, financial and consulting services to move their dream a little further on the path to success. You'll see the three top winners present a short version of their pitch to Concept to Company judges, and you'll learn a little more about what it takes to impress funders. You'll also get to rub shoulders with fellow SEED Dixie Entrepreneurs and enjoy refreshments and networking. This is a FREE event sponsored by the Dixie Business Alliance, SEED Dixie and USTAR along with the Concept to Company sponsors. ...

Dixie Techs: Idea to Execution: The Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur

by kwhittek
March 1, 2010 – 9:28 am
Dixie Techs: Our March speaker couldn’t speak on March 12 due to Spring break vacation. We decided that many of you might have the same conflict, so we’ve moved the date up to March 5. Michael Jensen, one of our most successful tech speakers, is moving back to the Northwest to be near family. We’re sure you won’t want to miss hearing from him before he moves. From finding the idea, to marketing the product, to managing growth of a company, Michael Jensen will share his own experiences and practical advice for any Entrepreneur. Michael Jensen is a local Entrepreneur who has started several companies including LDS Scriptures (, SoloSEO (, Applied Content (, and Edge Above ( He earned a B.S. in Nutritional Science from BYU and a PhD in Biochemistry from Mizzou. Date: Friday March 5 Time: 12 noon Place: Taylor Health Sciences Center RSVP:

Annual Disvantaged Business Enterprise Training

by kwhittek
February 9, 2010 – 8:46 am
Small businesses owned by women and minorities that provide professional services, construction and supplies related to the transportation field can apply for a free certification. This certification is called the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification (49 CFR Part 26). Airport, Highway and Transit agencies across the US seek out firms certified as DBE for federally funded projects. If you are interested in learning about a free certification program that can help your small business find excellent contracting opportunities with State (UDOT), City (City of St. George, SLC Dept of Airports, Cedar City) and transit (UTA, Logan Cache Valley, Park City Corporation) please come to this workshop. There is no charge to attend. This year’s workshop will cover the following topics – •What is the DBE certification and how do I apply? •What is the benefit and which agencies / municipalities use this certification? •How do I generate business in the State of Utah ...

Concept to Company

by kwhittek
February 8, 2010 – 10:11 am
$65,000 CONTEST for New Technology Innovations! The Concept to Company competitions are ongoing innovation contests held in various regions across the state of Utah. This contest focuses on new technology innovations. It is open to all Utah-based inventors or small businesses with a new technology product or service idea. (see website for details) The winning entry will receive up to $35,000 comprised of cash and services. Additionally, two-runner up winners will receive up to $17,000 each comprised of cash and services. A panel of industry leaders and executives will judge the entries. For application and general rules please visit:

Dixie Techs

by kwhittek
February 8, 2010 – 9:05 am
Popular Prof to sell Invention PLUS Networking & Pizza Dr. James Lott, a chemistry professor whose innovation is about to hit the big time, will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 12 Dixie Tech Friday. Dr. Lott has invented a spray-on, non-toxic substance which controls dust and enables railroad cars to travel without the required tie-downs. Dr. Lott is a native Kansan who got his BA and MS degrees at Fort Hays State College before receiving a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Idaho. After teaching college in Missouri for 31 years, he retired to southern Utah, but not for long. He soon was teaching chemistry at Dixie State College where, for another 7 years, his teaching methods helped hundreds of students decipher a difficult topic. For the past 15 years he’s also been working on the invention in the garage. And now, he’s got a large company ready to ...

DBA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

by kwhittek
January 4, 2010 – 2:47 pm
The Dixie Business Alliance cordially invites you to the ribbon cutting ceremony of our new facility. Tour the facility and have some light refreshments! When and Where: January 12, 2010 2:00 - 4:00 pm 1071 E 100 S, Bldg C, Suite C7 St. George, UT 84770

What’s Up Down South 2010

by kwhittek
January 4, 2010 – 2:42 pm
Happy New Year! If you’re like most of us, the best you could say about 2009 was that it was a “character builder”. But entrepreneurs by nature believe that small business will prevail. What better way for you to learn about trends and gain some new tools to position your business for prosperity in the new decade than by attending the Washington County Economic Summit on January 13, 2010? Over 12 breakout sessions such as “What we need now are Customers” and “Show me the non-Traditional Money” will help you think in a new direction. Jay Bean, of the nationally acclaimed Orange Soda will talk about putting some fizz in your internet marketing program. Of course, the ballroom speakers U.S. Senator Bob Bennett and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will set the stage from a national and state viewpoint. Perhaps one of the most encouraging signs of economic progress will take place in ...