Utah Student 25 – The next list of companies to know

August 25, 2009

Everybody loves lists. And if someone is looking for a top company, there are a few lists that come to mind:

-Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” list is a compilation of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

-Fast Company’s “Fast 50” is a list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies.

-Locally, the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) created the Top 25 Under 5 Awards which recognizes the top 25 businesses under 25 years of age.


Like these lists, Utah Student 25 recognizes businesses at the top of their game.  Utah Student 25 lists the top 25 student-run businesses in the state and is one of the best resources to identify the innovative business leaders of tomorrow. Utah Student 25 will be an invaluable source of networking, collaborating and potential employees.

 Keep following the Utah Student 25 and see who is declared Utah’s top student-run business November 5 at the Awards Gala at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake.






Utah Student 25 Nominee Goes Green

August 11, 2009

James Marshall, a BYU student from Bountiful studying entrepreneurship and business management, took on a sustainability effort when he started One Man’s Trash last fall. One Man’s Trash offers curbside recycling pick-up to apartment complexes near BYU campus.

Wanting to start a small business they could run while attending school, Marshall and a friend found many BYU students feel strongly about recycling, but were frustrated at the lack of recycling services available in Utah.

“We were delighted to find an idea that has turned out to be not only a great learning experience for us, but has also benefited the community and the environment,” Marshall said.

He said although Provo offers curbside recycling pick-up with a similar monthly fee, the city’s program is not available to apartment addresses. Now, thanks to One Man’s Trash, students don’t have to haul their recyclables up to campus.

An apartment or house can sign up for $8/month. Blue recycling bags are provided, and clients fill these bags with plastics, cans, paper, cardboard, newspaper, etc. every week. The clients do not need to sort the recyclables. One Man’s Trash collects the recyclables every Saturday morning and delivers them to a local recycling plant.

One Man’s Trash, also known as The Go Green Initiative, serviced 95 apartments during Fall Semester and is currently serving about 250, Marshall said. At an average of five roommates per apartment, this recycling program serves about 1,200 students.

After finishing their first semester in the business, the company made a goal to recycle 20,000 pounds during Winter Semester. Marshall said they have recycled an estimated 18,000 pounds so far.

“We’ve been impressed with the effort students are willing to make in order to protect the environment,” he said. “We are also impressed with the great job BYU recycling has done on campus. It seems like there are more recycling bins than garbage cans now!”





Student Entrepreneur Resources

August 3, 2009

Here are some resources that can help student entrepreneurs start their own business or help grow their current business:


www.cedo.org  The Commission for Economic Development in Orem is a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for businesses. They have multiple resources including business plan writing assistance, small-business incubator, and a revolving loan fund.

www.uvef.net  The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum is a volunteer non-profit support group connecting entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentors. It’s mission is to provide effective tools and create synergy between members and business experts.

www.mwcn.org The Mountain West Capital Network is a networking organization that supports entrepreneurial success through educating and mentoring excellence, fostering the flow of information about capital formation, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

www.growutahventures.com Grow Utah Ventures is directly involved in assisting a number of early-stage Utah businesses in obtaining financial resources and achieving their revenue goals.

www.fundinguniverse.com  FundingUniverse will analyze your companies financial needs and determine the best way for you to fund your business.

http://uvu.edu/sbdc/  The Orem Small Business Development Center offers classes and workshops to help entrepreneurs get started in business, and to help small businesses grow from one level to the next.