The nine "most terrifying words in the English language," according to one of President Ronald Reagan's favorite jokes, were these: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." The line never failed to get an appreciative laugh. Of course, few pointed out to the president that he, too, was from the government and was there to help.
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There is a mistaken impression that many people have that estate planning is exclusively for wealthy or older folks. The reality is that any St. George resident with a child, a house or a business should have an estate plan that will take care of your family and assets should you die or become incapacitated.
First, the bad news: Utah’s unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point last month to 3.6 percent. Now for the good news: economists say the slight uptick means the ongoing economic recovery is encouraging more workers to reenter the jobs market.
The St. George Spectrum recently noted that Utah consumer confidence has hit an all-time high. Consumer enthusiasm has been rising steadily over the past year, climbing almost 20 percent in that time.
For those who own a business or want to start a business in St. George, Utah.gov is an excellent website for entrepreneurs. It has informative sections on how to select a business idea, how to prepare a business plan, government requirements, relocating a firm, dissolving a business and running a business.
While Utah has a wide range of businesses, they often share common goals: reducing costs, saving time and improving the quality of their products and services. Utah manufacturers have long sought to meet those goals by finding in-state suppliers of needed parts and materials. In that way, they could not only enhance their own businesses and customers, but they could also reduce outsourcing and boost Utah entrepreneurs and communities, all at the same time.
If you want to know how to treat the flu, you talk to a doctor. If you want to know how to speed up a computer, you talk to an IT person. And if you want to know which states are friendliest to small business, you talk to a small business owner.
Life is filled with challenges. Some challenges (pinning the tail on the donkey) are relatively easy to overcome, while others (starting a business) are much more complex and time-consuming. New business ventures also often require a substantial investment of funds to launch the enterprise.
Here in St. George, we understand the dynamics of Utah’s energetic approach to growing commerce because we live it every day. But out in Maine, our approach is something of a mystery to residents there.
A Utah business networking organization has released its 19th annual Deal Flow Report, and the news for entrepreneurs in our state is overwhelmingly positive. The report notes 426 transactions last year involving venture capital financing, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions worth more than $12.5 billion.