Approximatly 150 community members learned a bit more about the businesses in our county on Saturday, Jan. 25.
A variety of businesses from around the county set up displays at the Morgan County Courthouse auditorium. The businesses ranged from travel to savings. The owners were on hand to answer questions and make business contacts.
Most of the community members were surprised at the variety of businesses in our area. While we are a small community, we do not lack in creative innovators with entrepreneurship enthusiasm.
The contributors included: Woodscape of Utah; Goldenwest Credit Union; Morgan County Fair; Pack Wheel; American Secure Title; Talon Loans; NAPA; Glassed-Up; Talk 4 Me Tees; Traverse Tours & Travel; Adz-N-endz; Farm Bureau; Suppliz Source; Morgan Valley Polaris; Grateful Nature; Young Ford; and James Brown.
Community members were rewarded with a free pretzel from Pretzelmaker for attending the event.
Stefani Jensen purchased Suppliz Source four years ago. Since then she has strived to provide quality office, janitorial, furniture and safety products to Morgan residents and numerous customers online.
Jensen has over 43,000 items in her vast array of offerings. Wardells and Fairway Glass are some of the happy companies Jensen serves locally. The easy-to-navigate website, www.supplizsource.com, can help any business or classroom stay well stocked with little effort.
One common obstacle Jensen finds in business growth is the misconception that a smaller company cannot be competitive with the larger chains. She is working with local businesses to prove that she can compete on price and give exceptional service. By working with the Morgan Area Chamber, she has been able to promote her business and obtain valuable business contacts.
On the other side of the auditorium, Ann Marie Robinson sat with a table of essential oils. Robinson has extensive knowledge of essentail oils and sells Butterfly Express.
Boasting 250 oils, Robinson uses her business to help others use her products for therapeutic use. She has used the products for several years but recently began selling them after working with her sister Markelle Moser, who uses the oils in her foot zoning business. “My favorite part is making friends who believe in oils like I do and benefiting from them,” Robinson said. She was thrilled to be part of the business expo and felt she was able to get good exposure.
Ten-year-old twins Caleb and Jacob Wilde sat at their post with a table of compost they had helped make. The delightful elementary students enjoy helping their dad Albert make the compost for golf courses, yards and gardens. They own and operate Woodscape of Utah. While they sometimes get bored picking up rocks, they enthusiastically talk about driving the Ranger while their dad drives the tractor. The active brothers also enjoy the chance to be outside even if it means to work.
The Chamber of Commerce introduced a new Shop Local program on Saturday. Visitors signed up to receive monthly emails with coupons and discounts from businesses in Morgan County.
“Anyone in the community can sign up,” Wilde said of the program to support local businesses. A one-time fee of $5 is required to sign up for the ongoing benefits. Mail you name, email address and payment to Morgan Chamber, P.O. Box 142, Morgan, Utah, 84050.
The Morgan Business Expo was orchestrated to aid local businesses and promote growth. The Morgan Area Chamber is dedicated to helping businesses in three ways, including: advocacy, edcuation and networking. Saturday’s event gave them the opportunity to work on education as well as networking.
Delynn Sheilding of the Governors Office of Economic Development and Terry Keys, director of North Front Business Center, spoke to the group of entrepreneurs who are striving to grow their businesses.
Jason Johnson jokingly said, “I learned from Sheilding that I have been doing things all wrong.” Johnson learned of programs he can go through that would allow a business to donate large amounts to the new Morgan bike park and get nearly every penny back in tax deductions.
The Morgan Chamber plans to have an Expo every January to benefit the area businesses and in turn the community as a whole.
The Chamber meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m., typically at the courthouse or city offices. For more information call 801.940.1436 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.