Serving Uintah, Daggett and Duchesne Counties
The Vernal Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serves northeastern Utah and businesses throughout the state. The center works closely with other economic development professionals in Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties to help businesses succeed. Our cutting edge technology allows us to extend consulting, training and support to all areas of the state via Internet, teleconferencing, and satellite services provided by our host, Utah State University.
The primary service areas of the Vernal Small Business Development Center (SBDC) include Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties. With support from the Utah State University (USU) Extension, the Vernal SBDC has the capacity to extend services throughout rural Utah, where immediate assistance from regional Small Business Development Centers may be costly due to travel. Our SBDC online consulting, training, and support services are also utilized by business owners in metropolitan areas that prefer to work online or from their home.
The Vernal SBDC accomplishes statewide outreach with a strong online presence and provision of USU County agents in each county of the state, who conduct initial assistance and referrals. When a client requires more in depth assistance, an SBDC counselor in the clients regional territory can provide co-counseling services before the client concludes services with the Vernal SBDC. The transition provides an efficient and mutually beneficial process for the client and the Utah SBDC offices.
The energy industry and energy research are major components of the Vernal SBDC. As a part of the USU Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center, we work closely with researchers from the University, Idaho National Labs, USU Energy Dynamics Lab and others as needed to commercialize projects. Through the Vernal SBDC’s proprietary research in energy drilling, our clients were forewarned of the economic changes in 2008 and many were prepared. We continue to monitor those trends and advise our clients of potential changes in the industry.