UTAH STUDENT 25 – two things to do

October 9, 2010

1.  If you are a student at ANY university or college in the state of Utah and have a business with as little as one dollar of revenue (sales), then please make sure to apply to be recognized at www.UtahStudent25.com, the ranking of the Top 25 student-founded businesses celebrated at the November 4 Awards Gala at the Grand America and published in Utah CEO Magazine (similar to an Inc 500 for Utah student businesses).  SPECIAL OFFER: If you nominate a friend who gets in the Top 25 or you are one of the Top 25, I will take you to lunch and mentor you – just ask.

2.  You may attend the Networking Reception and Awards Gala on November 4 for a discounted price, too.  To attend you need to register at http://2010utahstudent25.eventbrite.com — students can attend for $35, about half of this elegant night’s food costs.  Students in the Top 25 attend for FREE, of course.

John Richards, Founder
john.richards@byu.edu
Utah Student 25
http://www.UtahStudent25.com


Meet the Utah Student 25 2009

November 6, 2009

Meet the Utah Student 25 2009

Meter Solutions Pros LLC, Paul Dickson, Brigham Young University, MeterSolutions.com

1 Meter Solutions is an established name in the installation of AMI systems, including gas, water and electric meters and transponders across the western United States.  Ongoing relationships with municipalities and utilities provide a solid base of future revenues.  They do the vast majority of meter installations for Questar Gas Company in Utah. Over the next three years, Questar will be installing new transponders on all of its meters along the Wasatch Front – a total of about 230,000 installations.

$7 Cuts, Craig Guincho, Brigham Young University

2 $7 cuts is a chain of barber shops with 3 locations throughout Utah County. They offer a great service to the community in this economy by offering hair cuts at half the price of larger national chains. They also pay their stylists better than any other chain in the nation. $7 cuts has been very well received by the community and has plans to grow to 10 locations through expansion throughout the state of Utah.

Worldwide Book Drive, John Keller, Brigham Young University, WorldwideBooks.org

3 Worldwide Book Drive currently receives/collects approximately 20,000 pounds of books per/week and employees 10 full-time equivalent employees. To date, WBD has donated more than 500,000 books and recycled more than 1.2 million pounds. The books are recycled in partnership with Life Skills Center, a sheltered workshop for disabled adults, and provide meaningful work and discretionary income to more than 85 individuals in Utah and Salt Lake counties.

Sharp Media, Cahlan Sharp, Brigham Young University, SharpMedia.com

4 Cahlan is self-taught in web technologies and languages such as Flash (ActionSript 2.0 & 3.0), Flex, Adobe AIR, PHP, and has been developing web technology applications for over five years. Sharp Media is a learning services and educational technology company based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. With expertise in web development and instructional design, Sharp Media prides itself as providing cutting-edge solutions to learning and training challenges.

iLocalized LLC / iLifeNetworks, Jared Smith, Utah Valley University, iLifeNetworks.com

5 Jared Smith founded the depot network with the goal to provide small businesses (in U.S. and other countries) with the tools, helps, and systems to connect to their consumers in a social network environment.    Within the 1st year, iLocalized LLC had successfully bootstrapped their proto-type website weddepot.com and reached the top 100,000 websites in the world (alexa.com) had over 15,000 businesses register on their site, and had a positive cash flow within the first 6 months.

Launch Sales and Marketing LLC, Brandt Page, Brigham Young University launchsalesandmarketing.com

6 Brandt Page, Founder/CEO, graduated in Communications from BYU and during his sophomore year, started Seatability LLC with his partners and took 4th and 3rd place in the Entrepreneur of the year awards at BYU in consecutive years and also was awarded in the top 10 for the Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge. Inspiration to start Launch came from mentors Greg Warnock and Alan Hall through the Junto Partners program.

Premium Landscape LLC, Weston Thayne, Weber State University

7 Weston Thayne is studying for a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. His business consists of both landscape maintenance and installation, including chain link and vinyl fence installation. The business focuses primarily on servicing commercial properties, having particular high credibility from NSC Properties of Kaysville, Ut.

Chocolot Artisan Confections, Ryan Kendrick, Westminster College, www.sweetchocolot.com

8 Ryan Kendrick has a Bachelors in Business Management from BYU, and is currently an MBA student at Westminster College. Chocolot sells mainly wholesale to gift basket companies as well as local bakeries and flower shops, but is currently pursuing retail space in Salt Lake City and through the website, http://www.sweetchocolot.com.

The Collegiate Advertising Company, Andrew Stewart, Brigham Young University  collegiateadvertising.com

9 The Collegiate Advertising Co. provides advertising space inside student dorm rooms and apartments.  The company was founded at both Brigham Young University and Texas Tech University.  The Collegiate Advertising Company started for $5 and within 90 days had recorded $32,000 in revenue.

Four Pillar Fitness, Matt Carlson, Westminster College, FourPillarFitness.com

10 Matt Carlson is the current CFO of Four Pillar Fitness and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. Four Pillar Fitness is a comprehensive fitness training facility that offer detailed training programs tailored to each individual according to their goals.  Each person receives a thorough analysis of their current fitness level (body fat %, measurements, etc.) and then is given customized workouts/training each time they come to work out.

Rising Rain Studios LLC, Benjamin Bartholomew, University of Utah

11 Since starting the company in November 2007, the company has managed to experience over a 400-1,000% annual revenue growth rate despite a slow economy and competitive industry.    Ben graduated magna cum laude from Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) in April 2005 with an Associate’s degree in Integrated Studies. Ben is also a consultant for Strategic Applications International, a member of Grouplicty, LLC, and a Servant Fellow of The Servant Forge.

H&H Medical Corporation, William Hoster, Westminster College

12 William Hoster is founder and president of H&H Medical Corp, a medical supply company focused on diagnostic products.  The company was founded to distribute a product designed to monitoring heart arrhythmias, anytime and anywhere.  H&H helped design the user application and has secured the exclusive distribution for North America.  The product is FDA approved and allows a person to check their EKG through their thumbs in 30 seconds.

K-9 Designs Mobile Dog Grooming, Mindy Petramalo, Brigham Young University                                                    K-9DesignsOnline.com

13 K-9 Designs is a full-service, mobile dog grooming shop. They travel to the customer’s location in a self-contained, fully equipped grooming van. Mindy Petramalo, owner, started grooming in 1998. She moved to BYU in 2004 and began this mobile service in 2005. Since then, it has grown to a 600+ clientele business with three groomers (including herself).

Seahorse Enterprises, Cameron Muir, Brigham Young University

14 Seahorse Enterprises began in 2006 as a chocolate fountain rental company.  Later that year they created a website and online store.  After having success through the online store they began to create additional online stores in different markets and have since expanded their focus to online marketing and online retail sales.

MountainWest Memories, LLC, Curtis Funk, Weber State University, FuneralRecording.com

15 Curtis is a 24 year old student entrepreneur.  He was chosen as one of the 5 Junto Partners in 2008 for his entrepreneurial skills and business.  FuneralRecording.com was created to fix a problem in the funeral industry.  They contract with Funeral Homes/Mortuaries to record and broadcast the funeral services on the internet.

Let There Be Light, Jeremiah Olsen, Brigham Young University

16 Jeremiah Olsen, Founder/Owner, is an ISYS major at BYU. His company, Let There Be Light, installs Christmas and holiday decorations on residential and commercial locations. They sell holiday lights by acting as broker between holiday lighting wholesaler and customers. They also sell services to home and commercial locations for window cleaning.

Desert Sno Shave Ice, Jill Alsbury, Brigham Young University

17 Jill and her husband opened up a Hawaiian Shave Ice business in April for 2008 in Moab, UT. Jill is studying Exercise Science at Brigham Young University, and has worked for 7 years at a Hawaiian Shave Ice in Montana for a summer job. Currently Jill is responsible for human resources matters, orders, and the day to day matters with Hawaiian Shave Ice.

Logan Windows LLC, Brandon Hunt, Utah State University, LoganWindows.com

18 Logan Windows is the leader in Cache Valley and the surrounding areas, even as far south as Brigham City and the Ogden Valley. Over the years we have built a reputation based on their workmanship, professionalism and exceptional customer service that have gained them many new customers and retained over 75% of our customers from day one.

Epic Manufacturing, Brett Coleman, Brigham Young University

19 Brett started this company almost 2 years ago. After several meetings with an interested investor, he purchased machinery and space. Now he manufactures plastic objects by the rotomolding process. Epic has molds for boat, hovercraft, pipe, chair, lecterns etc.

Simple Systems, Inc., Dan Lauritzen, University of Utah, simplesystemsutah.com

20 Dan started Simple Systems in 2007, after many years of part-time IT support.  Since then he has helped many people all over the Salt Lake Valley, even in “remote” areas like Provo and Ogden. Simple Systems is an IT support company serving small businesses, homes and home offices.  They can handle basic troubleshooting to full office upgrades and reconfigurations.

No Risk Investor LC, Edward Stewart, Utah Valley University, taxlienmasters.com

21 Our goal was to offer a premium, web-based investment education tool and resource that offered exactly what the consumer expects when they sign up. No Risk Investor was created to fill the industry’s quality gap. The product is a website subscription service and renews monthly.  Through their subscription, students have access to online investment calendars, educational materials, communities, links, training videos, investment lists, investment opportunities, etc. Their private-labeled websites include: deedwise.com and taxlienmasters.com.

PictureThis! Event Services LLC, Darrell Swain, Brigham Young University

22 PictureThis! Event Services was formed in early 2008 by Darrell Swain and Alma Madsen with a simple mission: help others preserve and enhance their once-in-a-lifetime events and celebrations. We do this with our signature product, a touch screen Event Kiosk, that allows for the onsite sharing and retrieval of digital media.

DPC Sealing Specialists, Dustin Hansen, Utah Valley University

23 Dustin is a senior studying Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at UVU. DPC Sealing Specialists started spring 2006 when Parker Davidson and Dustin Hansen with no previous experience sealing concrete and with an initial investment of $50.00 for flyers, got there first two customers, bought their equipment,  and were in the black.  DPC Sealing Specialists has continued to grow and has added other services which include epoxy garage floors, acid staining as well as keeping with concrete sealing.

One Man’s Trash, James Marshall, Brigham Young University

24 One Man’s Trash started out providing door side trash pickup for college students; however, they soon realized that an even greater demand existed for recycling pickup and have now shifted their focus to recycling. The service is simple. For $8/month, they provide recycling bags, door side pickup, and take care of sorting recyclables for their customers.

BuildYourJacket.com, LLC, Brandon Doyle, Brigham Young University BuildYourJacket.com

25 BuildYourJacket.com, BYU senior majoring in Business Finance. BuildYourJacket was found about a year ago as a way to allow high school athletes to create and order their own custom letterman jackets.


Meter Solutions Pros Named #1 among Utah Student 25

November 6, 2009

Meter Solutions Pros Named #1 among Utah Student 25

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – November 5, 2009 – Utah Student 25 today announced 2009 winners recognizing the achievements of top student entrepreneurs, the businesses they have created, and their economic impact. To an audience of more than 300 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City Utah Student 25 announced Meter Solutions Pros, a provider of automated metering systems to gas, water, and electric utilities across the western U.S., as the top student founded and run business in the State.

“Utah’s economic resilience depends heavily on the state’s entrepreneurial leadership celebrated by the Utah Student 25,” stated Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “We applaud the boldness and vision of these emerging business leaders fostered by our great educational institutions. The seeds planted here hold the economic promise of tomorrow.”

Other top 25 finalists include $7 Cuts, Worldwide Book Drive, Sharp Media, iLocalized, Launch Sales and Marketing, Premium Landscape, Chocolot Artisan Confections, The Collegiate Advertising Company, Four Pillar Fitness, Rising Rain Studios, H&H Medical Corporation, K-9 Designs Mobile Dog Grooming, Seahorse Enterprises, MountainWest Memories, Let There Be Light, Desert Sno Shave Ice, Logan Windows, Epic Manufacturing, Simple Systems, No Risk Investor, PictureThis! Event Services, DPC Sealing Specialists, One Man’s Trash, and BuildYourJacket.com.

2009 Utah Student 25 finalist companies employ more than 100 workers and collectively produce $3.9 million in annual revenue. They include female and male entrepreneurs averaging 25 years of age, speaking 11 different languages. They currently attend Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State, and Westminster College. Their businesses represent diverse industries including manufacturing, fitness, healthcare, services, construction, hi-tech, and finance, among others. The Utah Student 25 selects businesses based on revenue growth and profitability.

The Utah Student 25 is sponsored by: Omniture, Silicon Slopes, Utah CEO, CEO-BYU, BTJD, Grant Thornton, Cornerstone Media, Compass Outdoor, KeyBank, Utah Fund of Funds, FundingUniverse, Provo Business Development Corporation, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum, Novell Technology Center, Provo Tech Xelerator, Picture This!, PilmerPR, Bateman IP Law Group, Stephen W. Gibson, Doba, and SignCity.

Watch video: Benefits of Utah Student 25 – http://www.youtube.com/utahstudent25
Become a Facebook fan: http://tinyurl.com/utahstudent25facebook
Join the conversation on our Blog: http://utahstudent25.wordpress.com or Twitter: @utstudent25


Student Entrepreneurs Line Up for Utah Student 25 Awards Gala

October 28, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – October 28, 2009Governor Gary Herbert will join academic and corporate leaders to recognize the Utah Student 25. This inaugural event recognizes the achievements of today’s student entrepreneurs, the businesses they have created, and their economic impact. The black tie optional Awards Gala is scheduled for November 5th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to announce this year’s winners. Josh James and John Pestana, co-founders of student-founded tech leader Omniture, will join Steve Gibson and  the Governor as Gala keynote speakers. Though seating is limited in this VIP-only event, select tables are still available for interested sponsors.

“Utah’s economic resilience depends heavily on the state’s entrepreneurial leadership celebrated by the Utah Student 25,” stated Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “We applaud the boldness and vision of these emerging business leaders fostered by our great educational institutions. The seeds planted here hold the economic promise of tomorrow.”

2009 Utah Student 25 finalists include both female and male entrepreneurs from the Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State, and Westminster College. Their businesses represent a wide spectrum of industries including manufacturing, fitness, healthcare, services, construction, hi-tech, and finance, among others. The top 25 businesses have been selected based on revenue growth and profitability.

The Utah Student 25 is sponsored by: Omniture, Silicon Slopes, Utah CEO, CEO-BYU, BTJD, Grant Thornton, Cornerstone Media,  Compass Outdoor, KeyBank, Utah Fund of Funds, FundingUniverse, Provo Business Development Corporation, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum, Novell Technology Center, Provo Tech Xelerator, Picture This!, PilmerPR, Bateman IP Law Group, Stephen W. Gibson, Doba, and SignCity.

The November 5th Awards Gala reception will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m.

Interested students, sponsors, and schools will find more information at www.UtahStudent25.com

Watch video: Benefits of Utah Student 25 – www.youtube.com/utahstudent25

Become a Facebook fan: http://tinyurl.com/utahstudent25facebook

Join the conversation on Twitter: @utstudent25

 

About Utah Student 25

The goal of the Utah Student 25 is to encourage growth and entrepreneurial activities in the state. We help student entrepreneurs get the recognition they need to thrive, as well as provide them with resources to contribute to Utah’s economy and their communities. We create synergy between student business owners and Utah’s renowned entrepreneurial leaders.

Press Contact:

John Pilmer, APR

PilmerPR

801-369-7535

jpilmer@pilmerpr.com


Some Utah Student 25 Clarity

October 6, 2009

Still curious about what the Utah Student 25 is all about? Let’s break it down.

-Utah Student 25 is an awards competition that recognizes the top student-run businesses in the state of Utah. It is modeled after the INC. 500 list of top privately owned businesses.

-This is the first year of the competition, but it will be an annual event hosted by different Universities and Colleges each year. This year BYU is hosting it.

-Eligible contestants are students attending a College or University in the State of Utah that are at least part owners in their companies that they are currently running. Eligibility requirements can be found here: http://tiny.cc/oDLKu

-October 12 is the deadline for students to nominate themselves or nominate their friends. Businesses will be judged on growth and profitability. Even the smallest of businesses have a chance.

-The top 25 businesses will be recognized at the Awards Gala Thursday, November 5th, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake. The top student-run business will receive a billboard on I-15, a cover story in Utah CEO magazine, and the opportunity to meet with the top entrepreneurs and angel investors in the state.

-Current nominated businesses types include: Photography businesses, planner and calendar manufacturer, trash collection services, jewelry dealers, sports training for coaches and players, and web technology developers.

-More information can be found at www.utahstudent25.com


Utah Student 25 goes Back to School

September 24, 2009

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Utah Student 25 Seeks Top Student-Founded Businesses in Back to School Crowd

PROVO, UTAH – September 25, 2009– Utah Student 25 ( www.utahstudent25.com ) is accepting nominations for the top student-founded businesses in the State as universities and colleges across Utah have begun the new semester.

Utah Student 25 is an awards program that recognizes successful businesses that are started and  run by students at the college and university levels. Businesses are judged on revenue growth and profitability. Applications and nominations are now being accepted online at www.UtahStudent25.com

Student-entrepreneurs spent their summer break growing and maintaining their start-up businesses as opposed to using it as vacation time. Different from student business plan competitions around the state, Utah Student 25 recognizes companies that are making revenue and creating jobs.

“I’m thrilled that Westminster College is participating in the UtahStudent 25 where we can recognize students who are pursuing their degree and operating their own business at the same time,” said Linda Muir, associate director of the Institute for New Enterprise, Westminster College. “The Utah Student 25 provides the platform to recognize such outstanding entrepreneurial leaders who are our economic engines of the future.”

 Many of Utah’s greatest companies were born because of student entrepreneurs including Utah Student 25 co-sponsor, Omniture. Ten years after it’s inception by student entrepreneur, Josh James, Omniture has grown into a leading global provider of online business optimization software.

“Student entrepreneurs are the future of our economy,” states Brock Blake, CEO of event co-sponsor FundingUniverse. “A significant percentage of the venture funding requests we receive come from student founded business. We are pleased to see these visionary students recognized.”

Schools already participating in the competition include University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Weber State, Westminster College, Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, Brigham Young University, LDS Business College and Utah State University. Other schools are encouraged to participate. The Awards Gala is scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to recognize and announce the winners. Nominations submission deadline is October 12.

Find eligibility requirements here: http://utah25.siliconslopes.com/application

See success stories at:  http://utahstudent25.wordpress.com  

Contact:                                                                                                                                                                     

John Pilmer

PilmerPR

801-369-7535

jpilmer@pilmerpr.com                                                                                                                                                             


Glowspin has a new take on Calendars

September 15, 2009

Tyler Newton recieved an advertising calendar in the mail and saw room for improvement. So he started a company and named it Glowspin.
“I saw the calendar and thought that I could do a couple things different if I made one.” Newton said.
Newton, who is a Finance major at BYU, created an advertising calendar directed at students. “I have a student’s mindset, so I made an ad calendar that had students in mind.” Newton said.
So, Newton and a couple of friends went out and sold advertising space and coupon space to various businesses in the Orem/Provo area including BYU, UVU, Carl’s JR., Trafalga and Seven Peaks.
Then Newton and his coworkers designed, printed and distributed their student ad-calendar to 9,000 student apartments in the Orem/Provo area.
Most companies that used the calendar found it beneficial, while some found it too beneficial.
“We actually had some companies not use us again because they couldn’t handle all of the customers that came in to the store.” Newton said.
Now Newton is trying to perfect all the aspects of being a business owner. “I’m trying to learn more about designing and advertising while still pinching the pennies.”

to learn more email tyler@glowspin.com
http://www.utahstudent25.com


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