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Start & Grow Your Business

What makes Utah proud? Homegrown businesses that start with a brilliant idea and blossom into industry-leading powerhouses. So, when Utah entrepreneurs want to get a dream off the ground or take their organizations to great new heights, Utah offers a mountain of resources.

Take advantage of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development-partnered Business Resource Centers. Network and learn the latest trends and best practices at the Governor’s annual economic summit. Explore international growth opportunities. Find online resources to help start a business. Apply for grants that accelerate university research into the market. Access a network of business support services around the state.

Some accolades for Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit:

  • In September 2013, small businesses rated Utah the #1 state overall in the second-annual Small Business Survey. The survey of 7,000 businesses nationwide was undertaken in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.
  • In August 2013, the Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City metro areas ranked #11 and #12 nationally in a Kauffman Foundation study of “high-tech start-up density” – which measures the ratio of start-ups to population.
  • In August 2013, U.S. Census data compiled by the State Science & Technology Institute showed Utah is #7 in the nation in the number of new firms launched that year per every 1,000 residents.
  • In April 2013, the Milken Institute released its fifth State Technology and Science Index. Utah is #7 overall and #1 in the Technology Concentration and Dynamism Composite index. These are encouraging signs since states with the best tech and science assets tend to have the strongest economies. The Technology Concentration and Dynamism Composite index evaluates technology outcomes to assess how effective policymakers and other stakeholders have been at parlaying regional assets into regional prosperity.

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Key Organizations and Services

Help is here across a wide spectrum of services for new and emerging businesses.