Steve Bennion, president of Snow College, has received an award on behalf of the college from Utah Small Cities Inc.
John Williams, board chairman, honored Bennion and Snow for the Ephraim college's continued effort in developing the Incubator for Business."Snow College has taken the lead in starting and promoting a successful incubator program," said Ed Meyer, director of the state's rural marketing office. "Programs such as this one at the college offer small rural communities a realistic option for economic development other than the highly competitive field of smokestack chasing," he said.
Incubator programs are designed to help companies get a head start by providing inexpensive space and individual counseling on all facets of business from accounting systems to business plans.
Snow College's incubator plan was initiated by Max Aycock, past vocational director. The Six County Economic Development Organization and state rural marketing officials have supported his efforts.
The incubator program began at the college's Career Center. Recently, a nearby 89,000 square-foot vacant trailer plant was donated to the Snow College Foundation and it will be used for the incubator program.
The college has two incubator programs operating with Pro Systems in Ephraim pursuing projects in fiberglass manufacturing.