ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Small business is the backbone of our community. The Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Summit: Ignite & Inspire will provide the opportunity for small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to come together to learn new tools, tactics and strategies and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small business in Utah.

During this year’s Small Business Summit: Ignite & Inspire, four businesses will be recognized for their accomplishments to the local small business community.
This year’s awards include:
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Small Business Champion
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2018 Keynote Speaker

Sarah Calhoun
Founder and Owner, Red Ants Pants

Sarah Calhoun, founder and owner of Red Ants Pants, has nearly two decades of leadership experience in both the non-profit and small business sectors, working in the outdoor education industry before founding Red Ants Pants in 2006. From her home in the small town of White Sulphur Springs, she has become an inspiration for her dedication to supporting rural communities.

Tired of wearing men’s work pants that didn’t fit, Calhoun designed pants that would fit, function and flatter working women. Red Ants Pants is based out of White Sulphur Springs, Montana where the storefront, distribution center and international HQ all reside. Known for their grass roots marketing efforts, including ‘Tour de Pants,’ the direct sales model is proving effective.

She has also been called a “revolutionary figure in rural business today” and a “powerhouse of inspiration for women in business.” Her dynamic style and inspiring experiences have helped her rise to the top echelons of success as a rural entrepreneur, and she is paying it forward by actively encouraging and mentoring other women in starting their own businesses.

2019 AGENDA

Registration, Light Breakfast, Exhibitor Displays

Please check back for an updated list of exhibitors.

  • AT&T
  • Employers Council
  • Kaddas Enterprises
  • Lendio Utah
  • Mountain West Small Business Finance
  • NOW CFO
  • Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Time Machine
  • University of Utah Health Plans
  • Wasatch Container

Sarah Calhoun
Founder and Owner, Red Ants Pants

Sarah Calhoun has nearly two decades of leadership experience in both the non-profit and small business sectors, working in the outdoor education industry before founding Red Ants Pants in 2006.

Raised on a farm in rural Connecticut, Calhoun was inspired to move to Montana by Ivan Doig’s “This House of Sky: Landscapes of the Western Mind.” From her home in the small town of White Sulphur Springs, she has become an inspiration to entrepreneurs nationwide and is known for her dedication to supporting rural communities.

Tired of wearing men’s work pants that didn’t fit, Calhoun designed pants that would fit, function and flatter working women. Red Ants Pants are made in the USA and that will not change. Red Ants Pants is based out of White Sulphur Springs, Montana where the storefront, distribution center, and international headquarters all reside in a historic saddle shop. Known for their grassroots marketing efforts, including “Tour de Pants,” the direct sales business model is proving effective.

Strategy Planning: How Strategy Puts Profit on Your Bottom Line

Strategic planning is often looked at as being a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! This breakout session will discuss the basics in preparing and the advantages of having a strategic plan, as well as the positive impact the implementation of such a plan has on profitability.

Presented by Andrew Reed, Founder, Reed Consulting Services, LLC

Fortune 500 Marketing Secrets: Learn How to Market Like Big Business – Digital Advertising Methods and More

Attend this session to learn more about generational targeted marketing (Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, etc.), marketing on a small business budget and what digital marketing tools are available.

Presented by Donna Lifsey-Foster, Owner & Partner, Fuel Marketing
Melinda Meier, CEO & VP of Public Relations and Research, Fuel Marketing
Jessica Chase, Key Digital Partner, Agility Digital

Building A Talent Pipeline: A Panel Conversation on Finding and Retaining Talent

May the workforce be with you. Is your organization or business having trouble finding and retaining the right staff… or any staff at all? This is the session for you! Come hear from our panel of workforce enthusiasts to learn what is happening through the state and how you can apply their success strategies to your business.

Presented by Ginger Chinn, Managing Director, GOED
Panel: Dr. Barbara Araneo, Interim Executive Director, USTAR
Deb Bilbao, Salt Lake Community College
Rebecca Dilg, Rural Community & Outreach Manager, GOED
Cydni Tetro, Co-Founder & President, Women Tech Council
Brian Garrett, Senior Vice President & Director, Zions Bank & Military Affairs Committee Chair

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Roundtable Discussions

During this session, business professionals will lead roundtable discussions on topics that matter to small business. Attendees select the table and topic of the group discussion.

  1. When to Outsource Critical Functions of Your Business
    Presented by Kelly Harris, President, Harris Financial Utah
    Maxine Turner, Founder & President, Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events
  2. How and When to Create a Board of Advisors
    Presented by Natalie Kaddas, President & CEO, Kaddas Enterprises
  3. Go Global! Thinking about selling internationally or expanding your business globally?
    Learn how you can leverage World Trade Center Utah’s programs and other resources to get
    a head start in global markets.
    Presented by Jim Porter, Trade Services Manager, World Trade Center Utah

Strategy Planning: How Strategy Puts Profit on Your Bottom Line

Strategic planning is often looked at as being a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! This breakout session will discuss the basics in preparing and the advantages of having a strategic plan, as well as the positive impact the implementation of such a plan has on profitability.

Presented by Andrew Reed, Founder, Reed Consulting Services, LLC

Heroes Finish Last! Creating Content That Drives Sales

There is a simple rule that every entrepreneur can use to improve the effectiveness of every marketing message. It will change the way you talk about your company, products and yourself. And, it is extremely easy to implement. Come hear about Sather’s experience and what he thinks more entrepreneurs should try to understand about communicating with customers.

Presented by Brian Sather, CEO, Blacksmith International

Quality, Clients and Cookies: Making 2019 Your Best Year Ever

What will you do in 2019 that will set your organization apart from everyone else? In this high-energy and interactive session, Jacques will share her model of the “Upper Arrow.” The “Upper Arrow” is what Jacques discovered as she was trying to figure out how to differentiate her engineering firm from the competition. As her company grew, she soon knew she also needed to differentiate herself as an employer in order to be able to recruit and retain the best employees.

Presented by Sydne Jacques, PE, UpperArrow.com

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Roundtable Discussions

During this session, business professionals will lead roundtable discussions on topics that matter to small business. Attendees select the table and topic of the group discussion.

  1. When to Outsource Critical Functions of Your Business
    Presented by Kelly Harris, President, Harris Financial Utah
    Maxine Turner, Founder & President, Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events
  2. How and When to Create a Board of Advisors
    Presented by Natalie Kaddas, President & CEO, Kaddas Enterprises
  3. Go Global! Thinking about selling internationally or expanding your business globally?
    Learn how you can leverage World Trade Center Utah’s programs and other resources to get
    a head start in global markets.
    Presented by Jim Porter, Trade Services Manager, World Trade Center Utah
During this year’s Small Business Summit: Ignite & Inspire, four businesses will be recognized for their accomplishments to the local small business community.
This year’s awards include:
  • Small Business of the Year: LUX Catering
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Hamlet Homes
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Beddy’s
  • Small Business Champion: The Enterprise – Utah’s Business Journal

*Please note agenda is subject to change.

2018 Small Business Awardees

Small Business of the Year

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

Small Business Champion of the Year

2018  Event Photos

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