Kane County’s Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) invites all businesses regardless of their location to a special “Money Tree” business finance forum on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Applied Technology College (733 Cowboy Way).

For the last few months, Michelle Day has been surveying businesses in Kane County to identify their needs.  Twenty percent of the 60 businesses she visited are looking for working or expansion capital,” explained CEBA Executive Director Kelly Stowell. “The Money Tree business finance forum is offered in direct response to these businesses and others with similar needs.”

Stowell notes that the business surveys are part of a business expansion and retention partnership between the Utah Governors Office of Economic Development and CEBA called, the Kane County BEAR Program. 

The format for the “Money Tree” will be similar to an interactive process used previously in association with the Kanab Entrepreneur Forum.  Ed Meyer will moderate discussions between resource providers and members of the audience.

“We are going to talk about tools that will make it easier for a bank to make a business loan, as well as several business incentives available through the State of Utah,” Meyer notes. “However, we will also have a frank discussion about steps a business needs to take before pursuing funds, if they are to have a realistic hope for a positive outcome. The truth is that many businesses are ill prepared to request funding.”

Meyer is uniquely qualified to moderate the Money Tree’s business finance forum.  He retired in Kanab after 25 years serving as Utah’s Rural Development Director, serving under five Utah governors.

For more information, contact Kelly Stowell at (435) 899-0443 or stowell@dixie.edu.