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U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett is hosting the Rural Business Conference in Price titled “Growing From Within” on February 18-19, 2010, at the Carbon County Events Center. Registration information is at www.ruralutah.com.
Bennett wrote, “For nine years, this conference has offered practical advice and solutions to the unique challenges faced by Utah’s rural businesses.
Breakout sessions will focus on budget-friendly strategies for marketing and sales, building a home-based business, acquiring small business capital, community economic development and rural business growth and more.”
The keynote speaker is Steve Appleton, chairman of the board and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductors and with Intel Corporation jointly operates IM Flash Technologies in Lehi, Utah, to manufacture NAND Flash memory used in consumer electronics, removable storage and handheld communication devices.
Appleton joined Micron in 1983 and held a series of increasingly responsible positions, including production manager, director of manufacturing, and vice president of manufacturing. In 1991, he was appointed president and chief operating officer of Micron and in 1994 he was appointed to the position of chairman, chief executive officer and president. He assumed his current position in 2007.
He serves on the board of directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association and National Semiconductor, Inc. He is also a member of the World Semiconductor Council and serves on the Idaho Business Council. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Boise State University in 1982 and an honorary doctorate from Boise State University in 2007.
Another speaker is Kevin Book, managing director, Research ClearView Energy Partners, LLC.
Book has a reputation for tackling the controversial, inscrutable and hard-to-quantify questions at the core of U.S. and international energy policy. For nearly a decade, his research has offered investors a forward-looking assessment of the interplay between the macroeconomic and political catalysts that shape supply, demand and price.
He considers impacts of government actions on every link of the energy value chain: extraction, conversion, transportation and consumption. Ultimately, he answers two questions for clients: “what next?” and “what will it mean?”
Primary coverage areas include: oil, natural gas and refined products; alternative fuels and vehicles; conventional and renewable power generation fuels and technologies; energy and environmental markets; and clean energy financing.
Book appears frequently within print and broadcast media, contributes to policy forums convened by government and private organizations and has delivered testimony before U.S. House and Senate Committees.
Previously, Book was senior vice president of energy policy, oil and alternative energy research at a national investment bank. He holds an master of art’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a bachelor of arts in economics from Tufts University.
Topics at the conference include: Going Once, Going Twice: Sales in a Down Economy; Leading Through Innovation: Defining a Social Media Strategy; Home Court Advantage: Strategies for a Home-Based Business; Keys to Rural Growth: Creating a Business-Friendly Community; Raising Cash to Grow On:
Financing Tools for Small Businesses; Saying More Without Paying More: Marketing With Meaning.
Conference co-host is Bennett who will speak at luncheon. He was re-elected to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2004 and continues to serve the citizens of Utah with distinction. As counsel to republican leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Bennett retains his seat on the republican leadership team where he advises the leader on legislative strategy and policy priorities.
As a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, and a member of the distinguished Joint Economic Committee, the Utah senator is at the center of national economic policy discussions.
Prior to his election to the Senate in 1992, Bennett earned distinction in entrepreneurial and government activities. For his success as chief executive officer of the Franklin International Institute Bennett was named Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Rocky Mountain region. His Washington D.C. experience includes service as chief congressional liaison at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Among his many assignments, Bennett represents the interests of the West as the ranking republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. During the lunch session, Bennett will outline the challenges and opportunities for U.S. energy development and offer his vision of a national energy policy to power our future generations.
There is no charge to attend the conference, however participants are encouraged to preregister.