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Through June 2011, USTAR researchers have won $90.2 million of direct federal and other funding, with awards to date and through FY2015. All together, USTAR researchers account for $137.4 million in total impact.

The Westminster College Institute for New Enterprise presents: ?Capitalizing on the Idea? A Symposium on Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Wednesday, October 26 6:30 ? 7:30 pm

Basking in the glow of a blue neon ?Innovation Idol? sign, the University of Utah?s Jacqueline Siy, Ph.D., garnered the most audience votes in the nanoUtah 2011 contest Thursday, Oct. 13. She took home a $500 prize for the most exciting commercialization project involving nanotechnology.

Smart Start Orientation

Fri, 14 Oct 2011

Topics include rewards and drawbacks of business ownership, business entry strategies, legal and regulatory compliance and business planning. Choosing a form of business ownership, debt and equity financing, and sources of business assistance.

Expand and reconnect with your network as we discuss how to negotiate and conduct successful transactions in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. This conference will address negotiation skills, cultural factors, security issues, appropriate behaviors and other practical tips and techniques to assist you when doing business in the international marketplace.

Utah State University?s USTAR BioInnovations Center, a hub for cutting-edge and collaborative research projects, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale doesn?t bring to mind Broadway productions or pop ballads, but a little showbiz has been added to this year?s nanoUtah 2011, the statewide conference focused on research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology.

A new partnership between the Applied Nutrition Research team at Utah State University and USANA Health Sciences, a Utah-based global nutritional supplement company, was announced this week. Clinical research to study the effects of nutritional supplementation to combat health consequences associated with Cache Valley?s poor air quality will begin soon.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has approved the State ofUtah?s application for more than $13 million in funding through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).Utah?s planned use of the SSBCI funds will help create new jobs and spur more than $300 million in additional small-business lending.

Utah Get Your Business Online - a new program from Google - is an easy, free, and fast way to get your business online. If you don't have a website or Google Places listing, you'll find everything you need to get started - web professionals at your side every step of the way. We'll also provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop.

A new partnership between the Applied Nutrition Research team at Utah State University and USANA Health Sciences, a Utah-based global nutritional supplement company, was announced this week. Clinical research to study the effects of nutritional supplementation to combat health consequences associated with Cache Valley?s poor air quality will begin soon.

Governor Herbert: "My policy will provide for a healthy economy and a healthy population by focusing on four key areas: Public and private payment reform; better use of health information technology...

More than half of Americans believe trade has hurt the U.S, and fewer than 20 percent believe it has helped. Lew Cramer, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, sat down with Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber to discuss the importance of free trade for the nation?s economy.

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The University of Utah and Governor Gary Herbert have entered into a partnership to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship during the week of Sept. 26-30. Activities revolve around the declaration by Governor Herbert, himself a former small business owner, declaring today the state?s official Entrepreneurship Day. That proclamation will be made 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, followed by a reception hosted by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

Grow Utah Ventures has announced the 2011 Pushbutton Digital Media Summit (, a digital media event focused on the intersection of technology and creativity. The three day event will be held October 13-15, 2011 at the South Towne Expo Center and Jordan Commons in Sandy, UT.

Edison Lob„o, the Brazilian minister of mines and energy, and one of the South American country?s most prominent government officials, will speak at Utah Valley University on Sept. 28 about the challenges of developing energy alternatives while protecting the environment.

The Utah Clean Diesel Program is looking for partners to replace, repower, or retrofit diesel equipment that is operating in nonattainment areas in the state (Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber counties).

Registration is in progress for the 2011 Restoring the West Conference slated for Oct. 18-19 at Utah State University?s Eccles Conference Center. Discounts are offered for students and participants registering by Sept. 30. ?Sustaining Forests, Woodlands, and Communities through Biomass Use? is the theme for this year?s gathering, which features talks and workshops led by scientists and land managers from throughout the United States.

In honor of Entrepreneurship Day, the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) and USTAR are holding a free, public tour of the BiG facilities Sept. 27. One of the first projects of its kind in the nation, BiG is a high-tech business incubation and educational facility designed to train Utah?s life sciences workforce and support start-up companies.

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy honored the International Trade and Diplomacy Office of the Governor?s Office of Economic Development (GOED), with a 2011 Citizen Diplomat Award. The annual award, which celebrates the efforts of diplomatic work by people across the State, was presented at the 2011 Tribute to Utah?s Citizen Diplomats held at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College.

In Advantage, Adam Segal makes the compelling case for the crucial role of the ?software? of innovation and argues that by strengthening its politics, social relations, and institutions that move ideas from the lab to the marketplace, the United States can play to its greatest economic strengths and preserve its position as a global power.

The fourth annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference presented by the Northfront Business Resource Center is designed exclusively for women entrepreneurs, aspiring women entrepreneurs, small business owners, and home-based business owners.

Fiberspar Corporation and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced plans to create at least 276 new full-time Utah jobs. Fiberspar is the leading supplier of spoolable composite reinforced pipelines, having installed more than 25 million feet of the patented spoolable pipe between 2000 and 2010.

Historically, the TCIP statute only permitted grants to Utah universities, however, in 2007 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law, changes to the TCIP statute that now permits grants to companies who license technology developed at Utah's colleges and universities, including startups as well as existing companies who plan to create a new product or product line from the licensed technology.

Weber State University and USTAR held a legislative and economic development stakeholder update at the Ogden campus. More than 20 people attended, including 10 state lawmakers.

Utah?s actual employment numbers are in for the first quarter and they came in better than the original survey estimates. Not by anything excessive, but an original 1.7 percent growth estimate is now revised up to 1.9 percent.

The University of Utah has become an economic engine for the state of Utah. In addition to providing exceptional educational opportunities, the university drives startup formation, which boosts job growth and tax revenue.

Utah Entrepreneurship Day

Thu, 25 Aug 2011

Entrepreneurship is a vital piece of Utah's economic landscape. On September 27, 2011, the Governor will read a declaration commemorating the date as Utah Entrepreneurship Day.

?The Lassonde Center has exceeded our expectations since we started it 10 years ago,? says director Troy D?Ambrosio. ?Our graduate program pairs students from many academic disciplines with faculty inventors who have promising technologies, and this is not just an exercise.

For the past five years, USTAR has helped the University of Utah enhance its already strong capacity in biomedical engineering. USTAR has facilitated the recruitment of more than 30 nationally prominent researchers, most of whom will be moving into the state-of-the-art $130 million USTAR molecular biotechnology facility near Central Campus Drive.

USTAR?s Eastern Utah Technology Outreach team is working with research, industry and entrepreneurial leaders in the energy sector to establish Utah as a center for the development and deployment of new energy technology to assist the efficient and environmentally responsible production of critical energy resources in Utah and elsewhere.

USTAR's August Newsletter

Mon, 15 Aug 2011

Miriah Meyer has joined the University of Utah?s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute as a USTAR assistant professor of computer science. The SCI Institute focuses on solving important problems in biomedicine, science, and engineering using computation and is an international research leader in the areas of scientific computing, visualization, and image analysis.

The 2011 Global Clean Energy Congress is an inaugural event for Utah companies and innovators to showcase unique, cutting-edge sustainable technologies that prepare for future energy demands in a responsible manner.

Lt. Governor Greg Bell and key state partners will announce the findings of the 2011 Volunteering in America report ranking Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation for the 6th year running.

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Data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Government agencies and businesses are preparing now for the National Security Agency's $1.93 billion intelligence data center's completion in March 2013 by hosting and attending workshops and creating programs to optimize relationships with the new neighbor.

Check out these new economic overviews from counties throughout the state of Utah.

Utah Valley University (UVU) is pleased to announce that Steven Roy has been selected to fill the new position of associate vice president for economic development. The position?s creation coincides with UVU?s emphasis on fulfilling its role as an economic engine and incubator for new and existing businesses in the region.

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