Awardees announced for the first-ever Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award-

By Utah System of Higher Education

Published: April 15th, 2015

Thanks to the generosity and forward-thinking of Alan E. and Jeanne Hall, eight deserving projects/programs focused on increasing undergraduate student success will receive awards to further their efforts.

to view the full article, visit  Awardees announced for the first-ever Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award


STEM Expo Introduces College and Career Opportunities for High Schoolers-

By Deseret News

Published: November 3, 2014

About 800 high school students and 100 employers converged in Layton to introduce career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

to view the full article, visit  STEM Expo Introduces College and Career Opportunities for High Schoolers


USHE Announces the Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award-

By Utah System of Higher Education

Published: October 7, 2014

The office of the Commissioner is excited to announce the first annual Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award.

to view the full article, visit  The Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Awards


UTC Announces A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees-

By Utah Technology Council

Published: August 7, 2014

The Utah Technology Council today announced A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as its inductees into the 2014 UTC Hall of Fame.

to view the full article, visit  UTC Announces A. Scott Anderson, Alan Hall and Kirk M. Ririe as 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


Curiosity Unleashed: Utah Executives Support STEM Education-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: January 31, 2014

Yesterday in collaboration with the Governor, the STEM Action Center and others, STEM-related companies launched a series of videos about opportunity for Utah children and young adults in STEM fields.

to view the full article, visit  Curiosity Unleashed: Utah Executives Support STEM Education


More than $2M Put Forward by the Private Sector for STEM Media Campaign-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: January 30, 2014

Heeding the Governor’s challenge to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, businesses in Utah have stepped up and are launching a more than $2 Million media campaign to increase interest in STEM education.

to view the full article, visit  More than $2M Put Forward by the Private Sector for STEM Media Campaign


Education a 2014 Legislative Priority for Business-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: January 27, 2014

The Salt Lake Chamber released its 2014 Public Policy Guide earlier this month, presenting the business community’s policy priorities for the 2014 General Session.

to view the full article, visit  Education a 2014 Legislative Priority for Business


State Grant to Help Fill Needs in Workforce-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: October 17, 2013

Utah business leaders know just how essential skilled workers are to the long-term strength of our state economy.

to view the full article, visit  State Grant to Help Fill Needs in Workforce


Business Leaders Support School Grading, Support Continued Refinement-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: August 30, 2013

As students across the state head back to class, the schools they attend will receive their own report cards for the first time in state history.

to view the full article, visit  Business Leaders Support School Grading, Support Continued Refinement


Prosperity 2020 Names New Chair-

By Prosperity 2020

Published: August 21, 2013

Prosperity 2020, has named Alan E. Hall as its new chair.

to view the full article, visit  Prosperity 2020 Names New Chair


The Great American Brain Drain: Why 24 Million People Quit Their Jobs Every Year-

By Tom Post, For Forbes

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013

Two million Americans give notice every month. What pushes them to do so — and what can employers do to staunch the talent drain? Some potent answers from Alan Hall, a veteran entrepreneur, angel investor, venture capitalist and contributor.

to view the full video interview, visit  The Great American Brain Drain: Why 24 Million People Quit Their Jobs Every Year


MarketStar celebrates 25 years of success-

By Jamie Lampros, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013

OGDEN — What started as a business in the basement of a home in Roy has grown into a global marketing powerhouse.

MarketStar employees and local dignitaries celebrated 25 years in business on Thursday at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. The celebration included breakfast and an Oscar-type awards ceremony.

“We’ve had incredible growth and success in our first 25 years and our progress will continue on as we look to the future,” said Dave Treadway, MarketStar president and CEO. “Alan Hall, who founded this company, literally started the business in the basement of his home. Since I arrived 10 years ago, we have grown 1,000 percent in revenue and we have representation in 30 countries. Most start-up business don’t survive five years.”

to continue reading visit  the Standard Examiner.


Center for Sales Excellence set to launch at WSU-

 By Elisa Wright, For the Signpost

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Weber State University College of Applied Science and Technology announced the arrival of a new program on Friday. The Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence will come to WSU through donations by the Hall family totaling $3.5 million.

David Ferro, the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, said he is excited that the program is starting. He also said he has high hopes for the curriculum and students to be enhanced by the new center’s capabilities.

The center will boast some unique selling points. It will be the first and only one among Utah’s public universities, as well as the only four-year sales program of its kind in the nation. It will also offer corporate opportunities to stimulate and grow the economy.

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Alan E. Hall gives $3.5M to WSU for new sales education center-

By Nancy Van Valkenburg, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013

OGDEN —Alan E. Hall on Friday announced his gift of $3.5 million to Weber State University for the funding of a new sales education center named for him.

The Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence, consisting of several rooms in Weber State’s Technical Education building, has been funded by a series of donations, and rooms already have been refurbished.

The Ogden businessman’s goal for the center is to make Weber State one of the nation’s top schools for teaching sales, and to serve as a local, national and international learning center through online classes including virtual lectures by top corporate leaders.

to continue reading visit  the Standard Examiner.


Igniting Entrepreneurial Energy

By Kimberly Jensen, For Weber State University Magazine

Published: December 2012

Blaming vengeful voodoo spirits, heartbroken mothers in a Brazilian Jungle bury their dead children, many before their first birthdays. The actual culprit is an open sewer spreading disease throughout the village.

Facing this and other devastating dilemmas as Peace Corps volunteers in 1969, Alan and Jeanne Hall, newlyweds and recent graduates of Weber State College, work alongside villagers, sleep on a straw mattress and shower in cold water collected from tropical rain. Amid the tragedy of a killer epidemic, crippling poverty and demoralizing joblessness, Alan Hall discovers a new passion— solving problems.

“By wanting to provide meaningful solutions that would make the whole world better off, I discovered my entrepreneurial spirit,” says Alan. More than 40 years after the couple’s stint in Brazil, their commitment to unraveling obstacles through opportunity continues with a pledge of $3.5 million to support WSU’s new Alan and Jeanne Hall Global Entrepreneurship Program, encouraging Northern Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit and enhancing the university’s international influence.

to continue reading visit  Weber State University Magazine.


Grow America’s Unusual Approach to Spurring New Ventures and Creating Jobs

By Jessica Bruder, For The New York Times

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

When Alan Hall saw a hardworking neighbor fall asleep at­ a meeting, he knew something was wrong. The man, Mr. Hall learned, had been laid off and taken on three new jobs – newspaper delivery in the morning, accounting in the afternoon, managing a convenience store by night – to support his family.

“He was barely keeping his nose above water,” said Mr. Hall, a co-founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, an investment firm. So Mr. Hall asked a company in which he is an angel investor to hire the man, who holds an M.B.A., and offered to cover his starting salary. More than a year later, his neighbor is still at work and thriving.

Mr. Hall said the experience made him wonder: “How many millions of Americans in the United States today are unemployed or underemployed and going through the same stress that Phil was? What can I do to help?” With a windfall behind him – Mr. Hall had sold MarketStar, a global sales and marketing firm he founded, to the Omnicom Group in 1999 – he’d also amassed the resources to attempt a solution.

to continue reading visit  The New York Times.


'Grow America' Awards $250,000 To Local Businesses KUTV


Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012

(KUTV) Hundreds of thousands of dollars were handed out on Thursday to some deserving local businesses. It's all part of "Grow America," an organization devoted to helping promising entrepreneurs.

$250,000 were awarded to get the businesses up and running.

The big winner was Crio, the creator of healthy and delicious chocolate products.

to continue reading visit  KUTV.


Local leaders stress education in 2012 Executive Summit -

By Daniel Crivello, For the American Fork Citizen

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SUNDANCE -- Saying that “greed and ego” placed in a business formula is sure to doom a company, Alan Hall, the founder, chairman and former CEO of MarketStar Corporation, warned in a speech to more than 100 business leaders during a summit at Sundance Wednesday that they need to give back to the community and take care of their employees.

The annual event, which is presented by the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, brings business leaders from throughout Utah County for a full day of rapid-fire speakers on a variety of topics affecting business and the community at large. Hall, the opening speaker, referred to several biblical parables when he exhorted the principles of business that he learned through experience of failures and successes and his “luminary and good friend,” the late Stephen Covey.

The company he founded from his basement 25 years ago had $8 billion in sales last year while employing 6,000 people, but Hall said he is simply “a steward of that money” and doesn’t “own any of this.” He beseeched the members of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce to not wait until they’re “billionaires to start blessing the lives of people” and to bless them through entrepreneurship opportunities.

to continue reading visit  the American Fork Citizen.


Women meet challenges in business-

By Jasen Lee, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, September 3, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Candace Klein is an Ohio-based entrepreneur who has won more than 14 business competitions.

Though Klein has been able to enjoy a fair amount of success, it has not been without challenges.

Having started out as a corporate and securities lawyer in 2008, she saw firsthand the difficulties facing women entrepreneurs and business owners.

to continue reading visit  the Deseret News.


Aquaire combines swim lessons, child therapy (From a participant in the Grow America Springboard Fall Competition)

By Rebecca Palmer, For Davis County Clipper

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012

CLEARFIELD — When Kristal James worked with patients as she earned her master’s degree in counseling, she often found herself referring to things she had learned in the swimming pool.

When she got back into the water to teach swimming lessons and support herself while she studied, she often applied principles from her child therapy classes.

After one of James’ family members started having health problems, the West Point mom realized that she could combine her two passions to create a hands-on way for parents and children to work on relationships and behavior challenges: Get them all in the pool.

Soon afterward, Acquaire was born. On one level, the startup organization is swimming lessons. For $85, children can learn to swim during four 40-minute sessions. It all happens at local public pools.

On another level, nonprofit Acquaire is therapy for conditions ranging from autism to Down Syndrome, or even problems as mild as disruptive behavior in school, depression, or withdrawal. It can also help divorced parents get on the same page, or can help families with adopted children become accustomed to new living arrangements, according to James.

to continue reading visit  Davis County Clipper.


KUTV Interviews Alan Hall about the Grow America Fall CompetitionKUTV


Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012

(KUTV) If you think you have a great business idea, you could win a ton of cash to help you out.

Alan Hall tells us about the Grow America Springboard Competition this fall.

For the fall competition, you have until August 30th to enter.

Then people can qualify to get into the Utah Championship in January 2013, which you can win $500,000

To enter, go to

to continue reading visit  KUTV.


Stephen Covey leaves lasting business legacy-

By Jasen Lee, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 16, 2012

The name Stephen Covey is synonymous with leadership in the business world.

And it is likely that particular virtue will leave the most lasting legacy in the life of a man who always made an impression on those he came across.

"Steve was an original thinker, but his primary gift was being able to communicate complex ideas in a way that people could understand and connect to them," said Lee Perry, associate dean of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. "He resonated with people."

to continue reading visit  the Deseret News.


Funding movement targets small entrepreneurs-

By Jasen Lee, For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 11, 2012

Utah entrepreneur Phillip Chipping made a name for himself as the founder of the company now known as ZAGG � best known for its line of protective coverings for consumer electronic products and hand-held devices under the brand name InvisibleShield.

The company's products are sold at retail locations nationwide, including a prime Main Street location at City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Chipping sold his interest in the company and is working on a new endeavor aimed at improving children's literacy called Knowonder. The project needs $10,000 of initial capital, and Chipping is making a foray into a new funding area to get it started.

to continue reading visit  the Deseret News.


Need funding? Entrepreneurs call on a crowd-

By Antone Clark, For the Standard Examiner

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012

Berkeley Geddes knows a little bit about the risks of starting a business.

The self-described �serial entrepreneur� from Ogden has started 24 business ventures in his career, 17 of which have ended successfully. Geddes refers to the others as �seven marvelous life experiences.�

He claims other people need the chance to have marvelous life experiences in the business world, too, if the struggling American economy is to recover.

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Salt Lake City event lifts the veil on crowdfunding-

By Vince Horiuchi, For the Salt Lake Tribune

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012

It�s the classic entrepreneurial glitch. You have a great idea for a product that could possibly change the world. The problem is you don�t have any money to fund it.

That�s where crowdfunding could come in. Thanks to President Obama�s signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) earlier this year, startups looking for funding now can more easily turn to the community for help in financing their new businesses with fewer financial disclosures.

Although some regulators aren�t thrilled by that prospect because of the potential for fraud, a two-day CrowdFunding Made Simple conference launched Thursday at the University of Utah�s Guest House and Conference Center, designed to educate entrepreneurs and investors in the ways businesses can succeed in this new concept in capital creation. The opening session, which drew about 200 people, concludes Friday.

to continue reading visit  the Salt Lake Tribune.


Utah company wins $100K in Grow America contest-

By Joey Ferguson, For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Whoever said, "Talk is cheap" apparently hadn't come up with an idea for helping people with speech therapy.

On Monday, Dan Smith and Dave Larsen, owners of CompleteSpeech, landed the top $100,000 prize at the inaugural Utah Springboard 2012 Business Competition for their patented speech therapy device called �SmartPalate.�

The custom fit retainer is equipped with electronic sensors that record and visually display tongue-to-palate contact during speech in real-time. The device allows speech pathologists and their students to �see� speech, thereby eliminating the guesswork associated with traditional therapy methods.

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Grow America Competition Stimulates Economy -

By Staff, For KUTV

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grow America was created by an award winning Utah businessman, Alan Hall with the idea to help grow companies, create jobs and stimulate the economy.

�There are a lot of little companies that start and they get to the point where they need capital, they can�t get a bank loan, they�ve run out of cash. This is a place where we can give them money. It�s free money. It�s not a loan, it�s a grant of free money,�Hall said.

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'Crowd funding' offers new option for entrepreneurs-

By Nkoyo Iyamba, For KSL

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ask any entrepreneur � when starting a business, capital is crucial. These days, using traditional methods to obtain seed money is not an option for some people. A growing number of entrepreneurs soon will be able to turn to their friends, neighbors, and online communities for "crowd funding."

"Crowding funding is basically a very new way for entrepreneurs to get seed (money)," said Alan Hall, founder of Grow America. "Historically people had their own savings, or got money from a relative because they couldn't get money from a bank."

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Business startups compete to win $25,000-

By Nkoyo Iyamba, For KSL

Published: Monday, May 21, 2012

A million dollar idea can strike at any time.

But what if you only had a few minutes to convince someone to invest in that idea? That's the concept behind a new Utah business competition.

to continue reading visit  KSL.


Six Alan E. Hall Quotes: Advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders-

By Heather Hughes, For

Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

1. �If you don�t have a dream, you are not going to start anything.�

2. �At the end of the day, that dream has to be commercialized � there�s got to be some money made on that, some cash flow to it. �

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Excellence, Abundance and Fostering the Entrepreneur-

By Heather Hughes, For

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

This is excellence to Alan E. Hall. And so, it makes sense that this prolific businessman shows absolutely no sign of letting up. Founder and Chairman of MarketStar, co-founder of Mercato Partners and founder of Grow Utah Ventures, Hall recently launched Grow America, a for-profit organization devoted to growing companies, creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Alan just kicked off an article series for Forbes, and provides business advice via the Deseret News as well as the Standard-Examiner. He has helped fund 40-plus companies as a venture capitalist and angel investor. But that�s just the beginning.

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"Ultimately we would like to offer the Grow America program within all 50 states"-

By MO, For

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

Grow America is a national organization emerging from Utah to support, encourage, and strengthen entrepreneurialism wherever and whenever it is found. Its mission is to align the partners, vendors, mentors and capital entrepreneurs require to create and grow tomorrow�s successful companies. Beyond the creation of new businesses and the expansion of early stage and growth companies, Grow America�s ultimate goal is to put America back to work, step-by-step, one company and one community at a time.

Alan E. Hall is the founder of Grow America. Alan has achieved major successes in the world of entrepreneurship and business and also has established a foundation with his wife, Jeanne, that gives grants to registered charities. Alan takes risks and gets things done.

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Utah must confront talent shortage, executives say-

By Joey Ferguson, For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Utah's economy will struggle if the state's talent supply doesn't meet demand, area business executives said at the Utah Technology Council's annual members meeting Wednesday.

Business leaders called for partnerships with universities and support of K-12 education programs in order to raise a skilled workforce to meet demands for talent.

"Right now, it's a limited talent pool," said John Spigiel, general manager at Watson Labs, an arm of New Jersey-based Watson Pharmaceuticals. "And there are too many businesses within our industry that are competing for the same resources."

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Interview: Alan E. Hall, Author of The 7 C's of Hiring-

By Sue, For

Published: Monday, April 16, 2012

What is your book about? Why does our company repeatedly hire people who just don�t work out? In my extensive experience hiring hundreds of employees, I have learned that great employees possess near perfection in each of what I call the �Seven C�s.� These key traits include competency, capability, compatibility, commitment, character, culture and compensation.

In this book, I address each of the �C�s� as a useful evaluation tool to help an employer determine if the candidates being interviewed possess these outstanding qualities and will be a perfect match as an employee. Experience shows that when you hire a person who meets every characteristic, at the highest level, the odds are strong of that person staying with a company, and being happy and highly productive for a very long time.

What inspired you to write your book? Over the course of my career, I�ve hired hundreds of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success; others just didn�t work out. In most cases, when an employee left or was terminated, I was the problem. Those dismissed were good people. I just did not know how to properly hire new employees.

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Contests & Awards: Franchising Women, NYTimes Pitch Contest, Grow America + More-

By Laura Leites, For Smallbiz Technology

Published: Friday, March 30, 2012

Welcome to a fresh list of awards, contests and competitions for growing companies and entrepreneurs.

There are some great contests and awards in this week�s roundup.

If you�ve entered and won a contest or award listed here, let me know so we can share your news.

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Hiring Wins and Mistakes-

By Alan Hall, For

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Over the course of my career, I�ve hired hundreds of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success; others didn�t work out. Sadly, I�ve fired a number of employees for various reasons. In most cases, I was the problem. The employees I terminated were good people. I just didn�t know how to properly hire new employees.

Wishing to do a better job at this task, I have been a student, over the years, seeking information on how to improve the hiring process.

Historically, the only criteria I used to hire someone was that the prospective candidate had the best skills, experiences and ability to match a job description. As I look back on this approach, I note with new wisdom, that it was a good place to start, but far from the end.

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The Morning Briefing: Entrepreneurs, trends, funds-

By Charlie Osborne, For

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1.) World and women: current entrepreneurial trends and their challenges. A Q&A with Lesa Mitchell, vice President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit based in Kansas City, Mo. The foundation conducts research and offers programs to advance entrepreneurship. What are the current trends in the entrepreneurial sphere?

2.) Grow America announced to support local economies. Founder Alan E. Hall has been joined by partners Zions Bank, Comcast Business Class, Comcast Spotlight, KUTV2, Utah Jazz and KJZZ-TV to launch Grow America, an organization that supports, encourages, and strengthens entrepreneurship wherever and whenever it is found.

3.) Your community as a startup ecosystem. Entrepreneurial communities centered around academic institutions are increasing across the country. For an ideal entrepreneur ecosystem, you also need a strong mix of angel investors, venture capitalists, recruiters, junior talent and leaders. What else?

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WorkWise: Override your weakness with a standout feature-

By Mildred L. Culp, For the Modesto Bee

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tackling a weakness in your job candidacy may convince an employer to hire you. Replace it with a standout quality or combination of qualities.

A man recruited for senior management in luxury goods had been fired in his previous position. Rather than dance around his termination, he approached the issue head-on.

Another man considered for a global outsourced technology marketing and sales presidency lacked experience in a similar culture, but sales ability and industry knowledge helped him out-compete others in the applicant pool.

to continue reading visit  the Modesto Bee.


Business leaders launch Grow America-

By Jesus Lopez Jr., For the Standard Examiner

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:16 a.m. MDT

A group of Utah business leaders has decided to spur the economy and boost job growth at the grass roots level through entrepreneurship.

During a Tuesday morning news conference on the top floor of Zions Bank office building in downtown Salt Lake City, the business leaders officially launched the Grow America springboard competition.

Entrepreneurs will have a chance to compete for a piece of $1 million in prize money and services.

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Million Dollar Idea? Grow America Can Help-

By Staff, For KUTV 2

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:02 p.m. MDT

Do you have a million dollar idea? If you do, you could get the cash.

We�re excited to be a part of the "Grow America Springboard Competition".

It�s a contest for Utahns with a business idea.

to continue reading visit  KUTV 2.


Grow America launches with $250,000 business competition-

By Joey Ferguson, For The Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:16 p.m. MDT

Grow America, a new organization that supports entrepreneurship both locally and across the nation, is giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to win part of the $1 million in cash and services the company is contributing through business contests throughout the year.

The competitions, known as Grow America Springboard, are the first move from Grow America toward supporting job growth in the state. Alan Hall, former chief executive officer and chairman of MarketStar Corporation, founded the company, which was unveiled Tuesday during a press event.

�At the end of the day, it�s all about job creation here and across the country,� Hall said in an interview with the Deseret News. �There is a formula to accomplishing that. Competition is the beginning of how you get entrepreneurs up and running.�

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Utah business leaders announce $1M contest-

By Paul Foy, For The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:37 p.m. MDT

A Utah lip balm maker that treats kissing couples to a pleasant sensation is the type of standout business concept Utah business leaders are looking for in a $1 million contest announced Tuesday. 

Kisstixx sells compatible lip balm flavors like Fire & Ice, Sweet & Sour, and Peaches & Cream that create a surprising change of flavor when they come together.

It plans to enter the Grow America Springboard contest, which is open to all Utah residents with little more than a good business idea. They could win $250,000 in cash and business services for a startup or company expansion.

to continue reading visit  MSN Money.


$1-Million up for grabs in business competition-

By Staff, For KTVX 4

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:26 p.m. MDT

If you're a budding entrepeneur, here's a way to get some extra money to "grow" your new idea.

Zion's Bank, Comcast, and local entrepeneur Alan E. Hall are joining forces to create a local business competition.

It's called "Grow America," and the contests will provide one million in cash awards and services for participants.

to continue reading visit  KTVX 4.


The importance of your business plan when seeking funding-

Podcast interview with Alan Hall, For Entrepreneur Podcast Network

Published: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

Alan Hall the founder and a managing director of Mercato Partners and also also the founder, chairman and former CEO of MarketStar Corporation joins Enterprise Radio.

to listen to this podcast in its entirety visit the Entrepreneur Podcast Network.


Alan E. Hall Keynotes Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Event-

From the St. George Spectrum

Published: Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 10:37 p.m. MDT

HURRICANE - Business people from the Hurricane Valley ushered in what they said looks like a promising new year Thursday during the annual Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Ceremony.

With economists forecasting slow but steady growth this year, chamber members were optimistic about 2012, especially after the difficult three years since the onset of the Great Recession.

"I think people have brightened up," outgoing chamber President Becky Smith said before the event. "I think they're anticipating change, and the attitude is really good."

Chamber membership went up 20 percent during the past year, Smith said, with 91 businesses signed on as of Thursday.

The chamber recognized Lin's as the Business of the Year, and Cliff Holt, the owner of Hurricane Family Pharmacy, as Business Person of the Year, along with several other awards.

The chamber recognized Lin's as the Business of the Year, and Cliff Holt, the owner of Hurricane Family Pharmacy, as Business Person of the Year, along with several other awards.

Smith also handed over the reigns as president to Holt, who said he wants to turn the sense of optimism about the economy into more support for area businesses.

"I think, with the economy the way it is, it's important for people to support local businesses," he said, explaining that the small businesses in a community "reflect the character of the community."

Throughout 2012, the chamber is going to encourage people to shop locally, he said, arguing that a small shift in shopping habits could have a large impact on businesses and the community.

"I'm not saying to spend every penny with local businesses," he said. "But if we all did a 10 percent shift, I think our economy and our community would see a huge benefit."

All of that optimism should also help to bring new businesses and jobs to the community, said Scott Hirschi, director of the Washington County Economic Development Council. One company has been visiting Hurricane this week, interested in a possible move to the city's industrial park, he said.

"As one would automatically assume, people are not interested in going someplace that doesn't have energy and a future and enthusiasm," he said.

Alan Hall, chairman of the Utah Technology Council and a businessman with a background in a variety of ventures, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He said business people have plenty of opportunities in the current economic environment, as long as they stay educated and pay attention to the way their customers are thinking.

"You've got to stay on top of your trade," he said. "You've got to know what's going on with your competitors, and you've got to keep up with similar companies worldwide," he said. "The internet is making it so companies anywhere can be your competitor."


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