The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA) is proud to present the fourth annual Kane County Economic Development Summit on March 24 and 26. The summit kicks-off with a special Chamber of Commerce Business and Entrepreneur Forum at the SWATC at 4 p.m. on March 24, where entrepreneur Ryan Nayler of Local Work Marketing will present a session covering web based marketing, the nuts and bolts of social media, and the power of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

On the morning of Saturday, March 26, the economic development summit opens with pre-registration and breakfast starting at 8 a.m. followed by the “State of Rural Utah Address” by Brian Cottom, SUU Regional Services at the Kanab Middle School.

Special sessions start at 9 a.m. for the summit includes a seminar on “Public Meeting Management” presented by Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor to Governor Gary Herbert. Greg Powell, Associate Business Professor at SUU, will host a specialized seminar on “Customer Service Training,” and Bim Oliver, Downtown Revitalization Consultant, will present classes on “Business Basics in an Un-Basic Economy” and “Transforming Your Community into a Healthy Business Environment.”

The lunch keynote speaker at the 2011 Economic Development Summit will be presented by serial entrepreneur Paul Allen, a platinum founder of the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship, ancestry.com, myfamily.com, ldsaudio.com and Funding Universe, will speak about “Entrepreneurism, Technology, and Rural Utah” at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

“This year’s economic summit is a first-class offering and we are especially delighted to have Paul Allen as the keynote speaker,” stated CEBA Board Chair Ed Meyer. Meyer added, “The 2011 event is perhaps the most outstanding slate of speakers ever assembled in rural Utah and one not to miss, so we encourage everyone to join us.”

The event is offered at no charge and is open to the community thanks to the generous contributors and sponsors including CEBA, Kanab Chamber of Commerce, Color Country RC&D, Mountain America Credit Union, State Bank of Southern Utah, Small Business Development Center, Kanab City, Zions Bank, Southwest Applied Technology College, Dixie State College, Southern Utah University, and Kane County.

The overall theme of the summit focuses on “Growing a Better Community from Within.”

For a full schedule of the day’s activities, visit cebakanecounty.org or contact Kelly Stowell at stowell@dixie.edu or 435-899-0443.