SustainaBiz conference is Wednesday in Frisco |

SustainaBiz conference is Wednesday in Frisco

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News
Daily file photo A SustainaBiz panel in 2009.

The focus for Summit Independent Business Alliance’s (SIBA) annual SustainaBiz conference on Wednesday is on cultivating your business.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco, event hosts will emphasize everything from human resources to money matters to marketing and environmental strategies.

“SIBA empathizes with local business owners who get into business because of their passion for their product or service but then have to wear a number of hats from accounting to marketing to customer service to employee manager to visionary to keep their business humming,” said SIBA executive director Corry Mihm. “The trick is to keep learning new skills and to remember to take care of yourselves, too. That is the point of SustainaBiz.”

> Business Tools: “The People Side of Growing Your Business” by Rebecca Page (Human Resources Plus);

> Financial Tools: “Your Financial Plot” by Lanelle Barnett (All Money Matters);

> Marketing Tools: “Feeding Your Business with Smart Marketing Strategies” by Marco and Oguer Peinado (Imbue Developers);

> Environmental Tools: “Business Sustainability Pays” by Toby Russell (Natural Capital Solutions) and Lynne Green (HC3); and

> Life Balance Tools: “Rhythms of Business” by Jon Crowder (Peak Rhythms, Inc.)

All speakers will provide specific tools and resources for business owners to utilize and implement immediately, as a value-added measure for event participants.

“This conference is an affordable way for business owners and manager to hone their skills and knowledge as the county gears up for summer season,” Mihm said.

New this year is a celebration of long-time business owners in Summit County.

SIBA officials filmed a number of business owners who have run their businesses for more than 20 years. These owners shared some of their survival business practices and priorities.

“The character of Summit County is really defined by the character of our independent businesses and it was so inspiring to hear these business owners talk about how they’ve done it,” Mihm said, adding, “We know that everyone is busy and that’s why we’ve packed a lot into one day – including business skills, inspiration, fun and the chance to mingle and share with other business owners.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s SustainaBiz conference, to be held in Frisco from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., cost $40 for Summit Independent Business Alliance members and $45 for non-SIBA members.

Price includes a full day of presentations, continental breakfast, a lunch catered by FoodHedz and networking at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Visit and click on “Events” to register.

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