Today, I had lunch at the Utah state capitol with the governor – well, Governor Herbert and a few hundred of his entrepreneur friends. There, the governor signed a proclamation naming September 27th as Utah Entrepreneur Day. Representing Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) along with this year’s chairman, Cary Snowden, we mingled with and broke bread with many of those stoking Utah’s entrepreneurial “fire in the belly.”
One speaker that caught my ear and with whom I spoke was 6th grader Jackson Argyle. Jackson is a participant in the Junior Achievement, an experiential program that educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise. As part of Jackson’s experience, he and other participants staffed JA City for a day.
In JA City students work as entrepreneurs and employees of various businesses. They are paid for their labor and manage personal checking accounts. Throughout the day, students learn about time and money management skills as they work, bank, and shop as consumers. Afterwards, students participate in debriefing lessons to ensure a well-rounded learning experience. The effort is staffed by volunteer educators & business leaders.
Governor Herbert remarks at the day’s events were largely reminders of his platform for business friendly government. He stated that the government’s roles should largely be to “stay out of your way and out of your wallets.” These comments drew loud applause from attendees.
Utah’s who’s who of entrepreneurial success were highlighted as expected. Mozy was among these mentioned that is also a PilmerPR alum, with our company accelerating the company’s launch by garnering national press coverage.Share