CONNECTING VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WITH RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE MARKETPLACE
Join the Utah Veteran Owned Business Coalition to learn about what it takes to become a successful Veteran-Owned business, the local and national resources available, and to connect with other entrepreneurs and business owners.
This half day conference is for members of the military, veterans and their family members who are interested in starting or growing their own business.
0830 Registration & Exhibitors
0915 Opening Keynote: ALPHA COFFEE - VETREPRENEURSHIP ISN'T EASY BUT IT'S WORTH IT!
Presented by Carl Churchill, Alpha Coffee
From $17K to $1.2 million in annual sales. Come hear how Carl and Lori Churchill built Alpha Coffee, a successful, military family owned, cause-based coffee business operating here in Utah and their many lessons learned along the way. They operate an online retail site, wholesale operation, and coffee shops that are projected to earn $2.5 million in sales in 2020. This presentation will provide recommendations based on real world experience that any business owner can use to make their business more successful.
Carl Churchill spent 21 years in the US Army rising from Private to Colonel. He is a combat veteran with multiple tours and served with 3rd Infantry Div, 9th Infantry Div, 1st Armored Div, and Special Operation Command. He has an Executive MBA from the University of Utah. Lori is his partner in life and business. They have both been entrepreneurs prior to co-founding Alpha Coffee on Sept 11th, 2010. They have been married 30+ years and are the proud parents of Denai, a graduate of the University of Utah, and Trevor, a member of the 19th Special Forces Group in the Utah National Guard and an ROTC Cadet at the University of Utah. Both Denai and Trevor work at Alpha Coffee.
1015 Veteran Business Resource Center Update
Presented by Rick Brown, JD, PhD, Veterans Business Advisor
1030 Veteran Owned Small Business Panel
1145 Lunch / Networking
1215 Welcome back
1220 Luncheon Keynote: 2020 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: Will the Consumer Prevail?
Presented by Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank
The economy in Utah and the United States continues to grow. The current economic expansion is the longest in US history, but signs of struggles persist. International weakness has impacted business confidence and corporate spending. Continued economic strength will depend on the consumer, but will consumers continue to remain confident and continue to spend?
Robert Spendlove is a Senior Vice President and the Economic and Public Policy Officer for Zions Bank. In this capacity he monitors and reports on economic indicators and public policy developments for the bank. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank is Utah's oldest financial institution and it operates locations in communities throughout the Intermountain West.
1250 Final Remarks
1300 Conference Concluded
1315 Additional Opportunity: Resource Partner "Mentoring Session"
Visit with resource specialists to ask specific questions about:
Boots to Business Classes /Utah Veteran Resource Center
Business Law Entities
Business Plans/Marketing Plans
Franchising / Buying / Selling
Funding / Crowdfunding
Recruiting & Retaining Quality Employees
Veteran Certification/Procurement Technical Assistance/Government Contracting
Fidelitech Solutions Inc.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Team Veteran Foundation~IDShield~LegalShield
University of Utah MBA Programs and Executive Education
Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs | Salt Lake Chamber | Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development | U.S. Small Business Administration | American Legion | Utah Department of Work Force Services | Utah SBDC Network | WBCUtah | SCORE | Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund
EXHIBIT BOOTH SPONSORS:
Paradise Writing | University Federal Credit Union | World Trade Center Utah
*Note: If your company is a member of the Salt Lake Chamber, but you are having trouble registering, it could be that we do not have your email in our system. We can help fix that. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call the Chamber at (801) 364-3631. Thank you for your patience. You can also complete the registration by choosing to register as a non-member until we can send you your credentials. There is no difference between member and non-member registration fees.