Utah Valley entrepreneurs will participate in workshops March 17 designed to introduce businesses to businesses and as well as to Utah Valley residents.

The Utah Valley Business and Industry Fair, to be held in Provo's Excelsior Hotel, will give business owners the chance to learn from some of Utah's successful firms."We're confident business owners will benefit greatly from these workshops," said Andy Anderson, fair coordinator.

A morning workshop will feature industrialist Jon Huntsman and representatives from Novell and WordPerfect.

Another workshop will be presented by Stanley K. Rees, a trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. His workshop will help business owners decide whether to export products. "Many of our local business people don't realize that they can and should be involved in exporting their products," Anderson said.

The conference will include an exhibition area with 58 booths sponsored by Utah businesses. Anderson said about half of the booths are still available.

The business fair began in the 1960s but lapsed in the early 1980s because of logistical difficulties. In 1986, Anderson and others from Utah Valley firms decided to try again, this time including all types of businesses.

Representatives from Alphagraphics, Geneva Steel, Stouffer's and Utah Power & Light will be among those present.

Anderson said last year's event drew 1,780 people, but he doesn't foresee any overcrowding. "We've never had to turn people away."

KALL radio will broadcast from the event for the second consecutive year.