The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA) will be hosting an “Idea to Industry” competition workshop at Southwest Applied Technology College (SWATC) on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. The workshop will especially respond to questions and provide resources for the “Idea to Industry” entrepreneur competition. The competition offers prize money for entrepreneurs who submit the best new business idea. Separate competitions are available for adult and youth entrepreneurs, with the winners being announced at the Kane County Economic Development Summit on April 23 and 24.

The workshop will also feature a special presentation by Len Erickson, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Kane and Washington Counties. Erickson’s presentation will focus on business finance and the process of doing “Business in the 21st Century, Where Cash is King.” Erickson remarked, “Kanab has a phenomenal history of extraordinary entrepreneurialism and we are thrilled about the opportunities being sparked and fostered in Kane County and along the Arizona Strip due to initiatives such as the idea to industry competition.” Erickson went on to say his presentation will cover critical business principals, and how “we as business people must understand the new realities of the new century and be able to respond to changes and overcome barriers in order to succeed.”

As Director of the SBDC, Erickson has a primary role in strengthening southwestern Utah’s economic fabric and quality of life by facilitating the success and prosperity of new and existing business endeavors. The SBDC in Kane County is a vital resource, not only to new and start-up businesses, but also to expanding and developing businesses to help increase their value added foot print to the community and the state.

The SBDC provides business plan counseling, loan package assistance, marketing analysis, and feasibility studies, as well as having access to excellent training programs, seminars and classes. All are invited to attend the workshop, which is provided at no cost to community members.