Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Honors 2009 UVEF Award Winners

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This year, Forbes named Provo the best college town for job growth, U.S. News & World Report called Provo one of the 10 best cities for creative jobs, and the Association of University Technology Managers ranked BYU first in the country in the number of startups, licenses, and patent applications per research dollar spent.

So who’s responsible?

The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) helped answers that question at the Annual UVEF Awards, Thursday at the Provo Novell Campus. The event honored Utah companies and leaders for innovation, business growth and contributions to the entrepreneurial community.

It was standing-room-only at the ceremony.

Josh James, co-founder of Omniture, was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year."

Josh James, co-founder of Omniture, was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year."

Josh James, co-founder of Omniture, was the Keynote Speaker, and also won “Entrepreneur of the Year. Omniture was acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion in October, making it the largest tech acquisition in state history. James shared humorous stories about his roller-coaster ride to entrepreneurial stardom.

Access Technology was awarded “Utah Valley’s Best Kept Entrepreneurial Secret.” Access Technology technology is a logistics provider for retail and consumer brands, eCommerce and multichannel companies and Direct Selling firms. CEO Chris Boyle accepted the award, and told the crowd he hopes the company will no longer be a secret after this and ranking 307th in the Inc 500 list of fastest growing US companies.

Louis Pope, founder of Yehu Microfinance, was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year.” shared his vision for bringing jobs to Kenya Africa starting here in Utah County. Louis is the mastermind behind Utah County-based US Synthetic (a PilmerPR client). Pope retires from US Synthetic this month, and will move to Kenya where he will focus his energies on the non-profit. You can read and watch more of his story on KSL.

Henry O’Connell, President and CEO of Millenniata, accepted the “Most Innovative Product” award for Milleniata’s M-ARC™ Disc, which can store digital data for 1000 years without a loss of quality.

And Scott Frazier, Co-founder of Utah Angels, received the “Greatest Contribution to Entrepreneurs” award on behalf of Utah Angels. He said he is glad to have invested in some great Utah Valley startups like Omniture.

Said UVEF chair Roger Andrus: “These winners represent the spirit of entrepreneurship, which is to take risks and then help others. They are a critical part of why Utah has one of the lowest unemployment rates in this recession.”

PilmerPR agrees, and congratulates all the winners.

You can read more about the ceremony in Deseret News.

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.

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