Aspiring entrepreneurs, new business owners and those looking to grow their businesses are encouraged to attend a one-day summit on how to successfully create and grow a business. The event is presented by the University of Idaho Boise and will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 West Chinden Boulevard.

The “Business Essentials Summit: Elevate Your Business” includes workshops from local business owners, entrepreneurs and organizations such as Trailhead Boise, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, University of Idaho Small Business Clinic, Zions Bank Business Resource Center, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Revenue Service, Keiretsu Forum, Idaho State Tax Commission, Idaho Industrial Commission, Buy Idaho, Boise Public Library, New Ventures Lab, Debt Reduction Services Inc., Department of Environmental Quality, and Idaho Housing & Finance.

Attendees who register by April 14 can choose between a “Ready to Launch” track or a “Go Higher” track covering marketing, social media, business law, taxes, financing, innovation, hiring talent and more. Entrepreneur Sylvia Hampel, president of Clearview Cleaning and recipient of the Idaho Small Business of the Year and Top Owned Women Company in Idaho awards, is the keynote speaker. Marc Chopin, dean of the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics, will present the closing session.

“Entrepreneurs and leaders of successful enterprises benefit from a network of peers and mentors,” Chopin said. “At one point all businesses are start-ups and all businesses that succeed face a similar set of challenges: landing and retaining customers, product development cycles, raising capital, finding and engaging talented employees, meeting payroll, and the list goes on. Events such as the Business Essentials Summit provide a forum to bring together resources, content experts, peers and mentors thereby enhancing the prospects of successfully growing a business. We are proud to support those working to build their enterprises.”

The all-day summit is $22 and includes lunch. A free networking session with presenters and organizers is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. For more information about the summit or to register, please visit

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