Business Resource Centers
In 2008, the Utah State Legislature signed into law the Utah Business Resource Centers Act. Business Resource Centers (BRC) will increase the success rate of Utah businesses, providing services that will ultimately allow new and existing businesses to grow and flourish.
BRCs are entities established by the Governor's Office of Economic Development at Utah public institutions of higher-education or other appropriate community locations. They are certified one-stop resource centers providing coordination of business support, education, tracking of clients, access to sources of funding, training, technical expertise, talent, and networking for new and existing businesses.
BRCs will partner with various business service providers located in their local service area and assist in the coordination of their activities, identify gaps in provided services, develop initiatives and provide opportunities. Business service provider partners will include federal, state, county, city, academic, private and any other business service providers that desire to participate with the BRC.
Business Resource Centers are required to secure matching funds for this effort. Matching funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind (facilities, services, personnel, etc.,), or as approved by the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development will provide administrative oversight for the BRCs, maintain decision authority and act as fiscal agent. A Business Resource Centers Advisory Board, formed by the Governor's Office of Economic Development, will provide operational oversight of, and coordination with, the Business Resource Centers.
Christopher M. Conabee
Outdoor Products Cluster Director