On September 24, the Kanab Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Forum will host Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up! The community is invited to participate in a discussion with Ms. Gardner about the opportunities and challenges Stampin’ Up! faced along the way and the lessons she learned. The forum will be held at the new Stampin’ Up! manufacturing plant in Kanab at 1400 South Highway 89 on the way to Fredonia beginning at 4 p.m. 

“Stampin’ Up! is the poster child for rural economic development,” says Forum Moderator Ed Meyer. “Their story of two sisters who came home to provide jobs in their hometown is one of opportunity, perseverance and loyalty to a community.”

Meyer, who directed Utah’s rural development programs for five governors, notes, “Rural towns all too often wait for a shining knight to ride in with a new company when the real answer for these towns almost always lies within.”

Stampin’ Up! was started in 1988 by Shelli Gardner and LaVonne Crosby. Since then, the company has become a worldwide leader in the production and sales of rubber stamps and accessories. They have provided employment for more than 400 workers and income opportunities for more than 40,000 demonstrators worldwide.  Stampin Up! is regularly ranked among Utah’s 100 fastest growing firms and has been recognized for excellence in manufacturing, as well as one of Utah’s top 10 most “family friendly” businesses. In 2007, they were recognized as Utah’s Most Admired Woman-Owned Business by Utah Business Magazine. Shelli Gardner also received the prestigious Utah Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The Kanab Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Forum is sponsored with a generous grant from the Southern Utah University Business Resource Center. Admission is free and open to everyone.