Starting and competing successfully in today's business environment is significantly enhanced when an entrepreneur or small business owner has access to business counselors with high-end, sophisticated tools to provide needed insight and guidance. The Utah SBDC has acces to such tools. The following are a few examples:
- Market Research
Consumer Expenditure Reports (view reports)
These provide consumer expenditures by category for various communities in the six-county region. Both a "5-mile radius" and a "25-mile radius" report is available for each town listed. We can, of course, provide variations of these reports and additional geographic regions anywhere in the country.
To see the reports click here, then click on the folder containing reports to view the list and select those you wish to view or download.
Tapestry Segmentation Information (Try it out by zip code)
Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America's neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 distinctive segments based on their socioeconomic and demographic composition. This type of information is often very pertinent for
strategic decision making with regard to consumer markets.
Select a zip code here to learn more about a particular area. Feel free to contact us for additional information and assistance wtih analysis.
We can also provide much more detailed information beyond the simple zip code viewer available online.
- Strategic Growth
The Economic Gardening program gives qualifying Utah SBDC client businesses access to a dedicated team of highly trained professional research specialists certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation. The results of an economic gardening engagment are intended to provide a company with the information they need to optimize strategic growth planning, decisions and actions.
- Business Planning Tools
If you are ready to develop a business plan, we have several options in addition to one-on-one professional business counseling.
FastTrac business plan development workshops for either start-ups (FastTrac NewVenture) or existing businesses seeking to grow (FastTrac GrowthVenture). FastTrac workshops are offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting and with the benefit of meeting and socializing with peer entrepreneurs and potential mentors.
LivePlan offers online tools that walk you step-by-step through the various phases of planning your startup or expansion. Your work is saved at a convenient and secure online access point and secure access can be shared with others such as your SBDC counselor for easy collaboration.
- Leadership and Management
7 Habits for Small Business Managers (learn more)
The Utah SBDC network has provided more of the world-renowned "7 Habits for Small Business Managers" training from FranklinCovey to small business owners and managers than any other network in the country. This program helps key individuals in small businesses to better manage themselves, lead others and unleash potential. Join the many who have benefitted from this training adventure.
Project Management Essentials (learn more)
Working closely with the Project Managment Institute, FranklinCovey developed an exceptional approach to helping the "unofficial project manager" (translate: pretty much every business owner, manager, supervisor in todays business environment) understand and effectively apply the basic principles of working with project and with a team to get things accomplished effectively. This training is available through our office of the Utah SBDC.
- Financial Management
The Utah SBDC has access to various tools such as industry specific financial reports, nationally-respected financial managment training programs like ProfitMastery and useful financial analysis tools.
- State and National Resources and Incentives (learn more)
Small business owners are often unfamiliar with many of the programs available to help them grow. Many of our clients, for example, have utilized the Rural Fast Track growth funding from the state of Utah's Industrial Assistance Fund.
In addition to professional business counseling and training, we are happy to introduce you to other resources to build your network, meet specific needs for technical assistance and provide information to inform your startup and growth decisions. Here are a few examples of resources to which we are pleased to introduce you:
- Local County Economic Development offices
Call 435.283.7372 for an introduction and contact information.
- Custom Fit Training (CFT)
435.893.2206 | More Information
Customized workforce training program which helps businesses identify training needs, find appropriate training resources, and financially support training provided.
- Office of Community Education and Economic Development (CEED)
Coordination of Snow College community education, concurrent enrollment, and economic development functions.
1.800.570.1495 | More information
Supports rural Utah business needs with a directory of business service providers, online resources, calendar of business‐related events, networking opportunities and an Ask-An-Expert feature.
- Short Term Intensive Training (STIT)
Utilizes state funds to provide occupationally‐specific, intensive training for employees or individuals seeking to
match their training needs to new or upgraded employment opportunities.
- Office of Career Services
Focused on workforce and employment opportunities for central Utah businesses and Snow College students.
- Other Resources such as
- Agricultural business
- Financial Analysis
- Government Incentives
- Business associations, chambers of commerce, etc.
- Veteran entrepreneurship
- Procurement Technical Assistance (securing government contracts)