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Keynote Brad Harker energizes attendees at the Kane County Raising Kane Business Summit

Brad Harker gives keynote presentation at the Raising Kane Summit. Photo by Colette Cox.

The Kane County Raising Kane Business Summit was held on January 14, 2022, after a year off due to COVID restrictions. Each year, in conjunction with multiple organizations including Kanab City, Kane County, the Kanab Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA) hold the Raising Kane Summit to update the public on the economic outlook for the county.

Colette Cox, Dixie State University Business Resource Center Outreach Manager said, “Kane County business leaders were really excited to be back in person this year for Raising Kane, and the lineup didn’t disappoint. Highlights included hearing from the local tourism panel, being introduced to eight new Kane County business startups and hearing from keynote Brad Harker about the Growth Roadmap. Fourteen regional business support providers were at the conference to share their free resources with local business owners (see below). There is so much support for small business owners in our region from workforce recruitment and development to marketing help to growth and expansion planning. All business owners have to do is reach out.”

Attendees were able to mingle with a wide range of business resource providers including:

  • Dixie State University Business Resource Center

  • Small Business Development Center

  • Southwest Tech Custom Fit/Innovation Center

  • Women’s Business Center of Utah

  • Southern Utah University Better Your Business

  • Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity

  • Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Utah State University ROI Program

  • Utah Dept. of Workforce Services

  • World Trade Center Utah

  • Kane County Office of Tourism

  • Impact Utah

  • Five County Association of Governments

  • Hallows & Co Hospitality Consultants

The business summit closed with keynote speaker Brad Harker, who livened the group with an

energetic and motivational speech about inspiring confidence, purpose and contributing at the

highest levels.

Pat Guerrero, Kanab Chamber of Commerce President commented on the summit, saying, “We

were pleased with the success of this year’s Raising Kane business summit! It was a great

opportunity for networking. We felt very informed, with a lot of information on our local economy

and business resources, and it left the attendees feeling inspired to move forward in 2022.”

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