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JANUARY 12, 2024

Kanab event center

kanab, utah

"MORE in '24"

join us for the raising kane BUSINESS summit
8:30 AM - 5 PM    january 12, 2024

The 13th Annual Raising Kane Business Summit (RKBS) is Kane County's premier business event, gathering the area's top leaders and business owners in support of the county's economic development. Hosted in Kanab, Utah at the Kanab Event Center, RKBS provides the ideal platform for networking, innovation, sharing, and growth, where participants will discuss some of the most influential topics impacting  the economy of Kane County, Utah.

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Brad Bonham

Brad Bonham is a successful entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and community leader.

He is the founder and retired CEO of Walker Edison - A Utah based, international leader in ready-to-assemble furniture. Brad is the Founder and CEO of BONCO, a family of companies that invest in promising startups, private equity, and real estate.


Brad also serves as Utah’s first ever volunteer entrepreneur in residence and advises Governor Spencer Cox on policies and initiatives that bolster Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit. He and his wife Megan are residents of Draper and are the parents of four beautiful children.


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Wyatt Anderson

Business Resource Center

Outreach Manager

Wade Heaton

Wade Heaton


Kane County Commission

Stephen Lisonbee

Stephen Lisonbee

Senior Advisor for Rural

Affairs, Office of Gov Cox

Janette Peatross

Janette Peatross

Executive Director
Kane County Office of Tourism

Colette Cox

Colette Cox

Outreach Mgr, Governor's

Office of Econ Opportunity


Senator David Hinkins

Utah State Legislator

(R) District 26

Kyler Ludwig

Kyler Ludwig

City Manager

Kanab, UT

Kelly Stowell

Kelly Stowell

Director, Center for Business,
Education, and the Arts

Cam Findlay

Cam Findlay

Associate Dir, Utah Small Business Development Ctr

Don Jennings

Don Jennings

General Manager

Southern Utah News

Jeff Mather

Jeff Mather

Director, Utah Small Business Development Ctr

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Additional Speakers


Pat Guerrero

Pat Guerrero

President, Kanab Area
Chamber of Commerce

Camille Johnson Taylor

Camille Johnson Taylor

Dir of Community Relations, Utah Office of Tourism


Senator Derrin Owens

Utah State Legislator

(R) District 27



7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Speakers

  • State Legislative Update

  • Kane County Update

  • City Update: Kanab, Orderville, Glendale, Alton, Big Water, Fredonia

  • Tourism Update

  • Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce: The Year in Review

  • Southern Utah News: Caring for a Smalltown Newspaper


10:15 AM Speakers

  • Local Business Spotlight

  • Social Media Spotlight

  • East Zion Update

  • ​Atwood Innovation Plaza + Utah Tech

  • SBDC & the Entrepreneur Academy

  • Kane Co Water Conservancy

12 PM Lunch & Exhibitor Area Open

1 PM Keynote Speaker

  • Brad Bonham
    Founder & CEO, BONCO

2 PM Breakout Sessions
Each will run twice, you'll have time for two.

  • Using A.I. to Build Your Business

  • Rural Economic Resources Panel

  • Marketing Panel

4:00 PM Exhibitor Area Open

5:00 PM Summit Ends


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Kanab Area Chamber
Southern Utah News
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Governors Office
Center for Business
Kanab Area Chamber
City of Kanab
Kane County UT
Office of Tourism
Film Commission
Southern Utah News
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