Most emerging businesses face serious challenges. Thanks to the upcoming MountainWest Capital Network Business Boot Camp, young Utah businesses can receive an arsenal of practical ideas and ammunition to battle the most difficult business challenges.

The first annual MWCN Business Boot Camp will be held on March 27, 2014 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City and will offer two tracks focused on the needs of emerging companies of different sizes.

The full-day event is designed to give emerging businesses basic training through valuable instruction from industry experts. Attending companies will gain important knowledge and experience from successful local business experts who will share relevant, valuable tricks, tips and tools to help grow business.

“With this new Business Boot Camp program, MWCN’s focus is on fostering business development in Utah by offering executives of emerging companies an entire day of instruction from industry experts across a broad menu of course offerings,” said N. Todd Leishman, attorney at Salt Lake law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar and chairman of the MWCN Business Boot Camp event. “Our sponsor faculty has collectively hundreds of years of experience in advising emerging businesses, which they will share with attendees. We are confident participants will find it to be a valuable experience.”

The keynote will be delivered by Jeff Kearl, a well-known figure in the business community and chairman and CEO of Stance Socks. Devin Thorpe, a recognized expert in the rapidly developing crowd funding movement will also give an orientation lecture. The two will set the stage for a day filled with valuable tactics to help foster stronger businesses.

“The power and resilience of Utah’s economy is drawn from the success of our entrepreneurs,” said Reed Chase, an audit partner at Tanner LLC and president of the MWCN. “Our goal with the MountainWest Capital Network Business Boot Camp is to provide essential knowledge and expertise to the next class of Utah entrepreneurs.”

Participants may attend either of two separate tracks engineered to deliver the best information for the size of their company. The start-up track has been designed for companies with up to $500,000 in revenue and will feature presentations on topics ranging from Basic Training for Startups, Early Stage Financial Issues, Equity Finance for Start-ups, IT Fitness for Emerging Companies and Power Marketing – Putting Investment Dollars to Work.

The second track has been tailored for more established businesses with $500,000 to $5 million in revenue. This track will feature topics that include Private Equity Know How, Protecting Your IP, Investment Banking Basics, Managing Business Risks and Equity Compensation in Emerging Companies.

“This power-packed event grew out of numerous requests from the business community for MWCN sponsors and board members to create a forum to share their wealth of knowledge,” said Leishman. “The boot camp theme for the event is not far off from the intensity of what will occur. There will not be another single day this entire year for someone to gain as much business education as they will at the MWCN Business Boot Camp.”

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