Chamber invites business owners and public to annual ‘Business Summit & St. George Marketplace’

St. George City as seen from the Dixie Rock/Sugarloaf formation at Pioneer Park, St. George, Utah, July 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit and marketplace event is returning to St. George next week.

Advocating for local business, supporting a healthy economy and facilitating sustainable growth are key priorities for the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, the chamber said in a press release. The chamber gathers for its annual “Business Summit & St. George Marketplace” in order to advance these initiatives.

Held at the Dixie Convention Center June 19, the all-day event will provide the opportunity for small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to network and learn about new tools, tactics and strategies, gain practical skills and make connections to help support the growth of small business in Southern Utah.

This year’s focus is on recession-proofing your business.

Keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions will be available in four different time slots. Breakfast and lunch are included. More information about the summit is available on the chamber’s website.

Breakfast keynote – Brad Bonham

Brad Bonham, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, St. George News

Brad Bonham has launched and grown a successful ready-to-assemble furniture business with over $100 million in annual revenue and customers around the globe.

He was recently recognized as a Utah Business 40 Under Forty Honoree and as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

When he’s not working, Bonham dedicates a portion of his tome to supporting and serving with community organizations, such as LDS Charities, the Catholic League of Charities, the Utah Food Bank, the Tyler Robinson Foundation and the Make a Wish Foundation of Utah, where he currently serves as the chairman of the board.

Lunch keynote – Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and public speaker.

Amy Rees Anderson, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, St. George News

Anderson is the managing partner of REES Capital, an Angel Investing Firm; the founder of the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on promoting entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance; and is currently serving on 13 boards.

Anderson serves as a contributor to both Forbes and the Huffington Post and is the author of the newly released book, “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life.” She is an in-demand keynote speaker and an invited lecturer at a number of universities.

Previously, Anderson was the CEO of MediConnect Global, a healthcare technology company she grew and sold for over $377 million.

St. George Marketplace

The St. George Marketplace will provide the opportunity for business owners to showcase their products and services to other business owners and the general public.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the main expo hall. The public is invited to attend this free event, which includes hourly drawings. Many individual vendors will also conduct promotional giveaways at their individual booths. Booths can be reserved online.

“It’s truly a marketplace for everyone,” Pam Palermo, president and CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, said in the press release. “From young mothers looking to entertain their children during the summer break, to those in the business community seeking connections; and our retired population who want to keep up on what’s happening in Southern Utah, this is the place to be June 19.”

Businesses from hospitality, healthcare, communications, financial, real estate, construction, retail, nonprofit and education are expected to participate.

Event details – Summit

  • What: St. George Area Chamber Business Summit.
  • When: Wednesday, June 19, all day.
  • Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
  • Cost: Chamber members – $125; nonmembers – $150. Cost includes plated breakfast, lunch and breakout sessions. Price increases after Monday.

Event details – Marketplace

  • What: St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Marketplace
  • When: Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public. Booth prices for participating businesses: Nonprofit – $100; Chamber members – $125; Nonmembers – $175.

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