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Downtown Advocate to Speak at the Economic Development Summit
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Downtown Advocate to Speak at the Economic Development Summit 

The 4th annual Kane County Economic Development Summit, presented by the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), will take place March 24th and 26th. This year’s event offers perhaps the most outstanding slate of speakers ever assembled in rural Utah.  Among these is Bim Oliver, one of Utah’s leading experts on developing small businesses in a downtown setting. 

Oliver has spent four years as programs manager with the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, where he worked with numerous small businesses and small business resource organizations.

For 13 years, Oliver was the director of Utah Main Street, a statewide community revitalization organization. He also served as a planning analyst in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. 

Oliver looks forward to passing on helpful information to others at the Economic Development Summit. “I hope to provide participants with a different perspective on what’s happening along Kane County’s Main Streets,” he said. “Together we will explore alternative approaches to addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by downtown businesses.”

Oliver will be speaking on Saturday, March 26th. His 9:00 a.m. session, titled “Business Basics in an Un-Basic Economy,” will provide a refreshing look at the fundamentals of running a downtown businesses and how owners can apply new ideas to their everyday situations. “Staying on top of the basics can be a challenge for any business,” Oliver explained, “even when the economy is strong.” 

At 10:30 a.m., his session “Transforming Your Community into a Healthy Business Environment” will address how creating a successful business environment is the responsibility of the entire community, not just the establishments along Main Street.  Oliver will provide specific ideas and guidance for local officials, business owners, and civic leaders. For both sessions audience members are encouraged to come prepared to share their own ideas. “I’m looking forward to the discussions—to the exchange of ideas,” Oliver stated. 

For more information on the Economic Development Summit, contact Kelly Stowell at or 435-899-0443


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