Success Stories

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Slide Ridge Honey

Martin James was 9 when he convinced his mother to enroll in a beekeeping class at Utah State University.  With the professor’s permission, Martin was able to accompany his mother to classes.  His fascination with bees had begun, but would never truly be satisfied…until he reached adulthood.

About a dozen years ago, Martin decided to turn his lifelong love of beekeeping into a profession.  Despite already having a successful floor covering business, Martin started Slide Ridge Honey in 2002 with a commitment to make it his full-time focus.  The family-owned business originally sold raw honey, but Martin knew the increasing numbers of beekeepers in his local area would not be good for the long term financial health of the business.

James’ experience as a business owner had proven that a company’s uniqueness and originality would give it the opportunity to thrive in a competitive marketplace.  So, the company started... Read More

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G.O. Green Enterprises

Economic Recessions have various effects on any company caught up in one.  Some companies are slow to adapt, and eventually decline, then die.  Others flounder through, become impaired, but are lucky enough to survive.  Then there are the companies that treat challenges as opportunities to diversify, grow and prosper. G.O. Green Enterprises, Inc., is one of those companies.

Started in 1989 by Garth Green, G.O Green Enterprises did business as Southwest Plumbing Supply, a sole proprietorship, in Cedar City, Utah.  Son, Mike Green starting working at the company at 8, and by the time he was a very experienced 18, Mike was manager of the HVAC branch. Seeing how successful internet sales could be by selling overstocked and stale inventory on eBay, Mike spearheaded the start of a major internet initiative in 2004 when the company invested $1 million in a software package to manage all aspects of the business, including... Read More

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Cookie Cutter Salon

Alexis Courtney was excited.  In fact, really excited.  After watching a hair stylist at the Cookie Cutter salon in Draper, Utah connect with her two-year-old daughter and build her self-esteem by giving her the best haircut she had ever had, Alexis knew she wanted to be a part of that business.  But how?  As a young mother and school math teacher in 2005, she didn’t know much about owning a business, or about owning this business, but she wanted to learn more.

Actually, Alexis’ family life growing up was the perfect genesis for where she was in 2005.  Her father always wanted to open a franchised retail operation, and he thought about buying a Little Caesars Pizza franchise.  But, he never ended up pulling the trigger on getting his own store.  However, the seeds of being an entrepreneur had been planted in Alexis’ mind at an early age.

Alexis contacted the owner of the Draper Cookie Cutter, who put her in touch... Read More

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At a fairly young age Sandeep Sharma was determined to follow an educational path that would lead him to travel the world. Sandeep thought the quickest way to pursue this goal of traveling was through the IT industry, and thus pursued and received a degree in Power Electronics Engineering in his native India.

In 1992, Sandeep made his first trip to the United States. His worldwide travels had convinced him the one place where an entrepreneur could succeed was in the United States of America, so he decided that was where he would raise his family, and make his mark. Sandeep migrated with his wife and then two-year-old daughter to the USA in 1996 and began working for Oracle Corporation in Utah.

Sandeep worked hard over the next nine years to realize his dream, and in January 2005 Global Consulting International (GCI) was incorporated.  The company’s headquarters were in Sandeep’s basement, where he had two employees. With support from the Utah Procurement Technical... Read More