LOGAN – Among the many educational programs at Bridgerland Technology College west campus, located at 1410 North 1000 West, is a place where people can go to get help make a business successful. The Cache Business Resource Center (BRC) was organized to help Cache, Box Elder and Rich County residents develop successful businesses.
Mark Alexander, the Director of the BRC, said they have a host of helps for those want to be their own boss.
The BRC has been around for almost a decade and Alexander has been the director for two years. The department has three major areas of emphasis.
First, the BRC is an advocate and resource for economic development for Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties and for students who want to become entrepreneurs using their different skills.
Bridgerland’s trade-based curriculum fits the entrepreneurial emphasis of the BRC.
“There are two office spaces that can help businesses move from their basement to an office,” Alexander said. “They have a chance to see if what they are doing will warrant an office somewhere.”
A second tool available to patrons is a commercial kitchen. The kitchen is tightly scheduled and is used for food-based start-up companies. The kitchen is near a loading dock, making loading and unloading products and ingredients easier.
“There are people coming from Davis County to use the kitchen,” Alexander said. “Some of the people who are using our kitchen are selling their product at the local farmers market.”
There is a fee for using the kitchen and other spaces associated with the BRC.
Bridgerland also gives training on business-related subjects to help aspiring entrepreneurs.
“We are also a place where businesses can come for consultation,” Alexander said. “We can also offer a third party or non-biased advice from an outside individual.”
Participants can find out how to set up their business, how to get ready to sell their business and draft a business strategy.
And third, the Business Resource Center is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency in cooperation with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
“We can help businesses connect with approximately 200 active Federal and State Government contracts,” he said. “We can also identify federal contract opportunities.
“We invite professionals to come and speak to our groups about things like using social media, attorneys come and discuss legal issues and a variety of other business-related issues.”
The Business Resource Center is a place inexperienced and experienced business owners can go for education as well as device.
The BRC works closely with and receives generous support from Bridgerland Technical College.
For more information, contact Mark Alexander at (435) 750-3261.