OVBA Invites Local Businesses to an Evening Social November 15th at Harley & Buck’s

Local business owners are invited along with members to the next OVBA evening social on Thursday, November 15th, at 5pm to 7pm at the Harley & Bucks.  The cost is $5 for OVBA members and guest. $10 for non-OVBA members and guest, which includes a yummy appetizer spread and a no host bar.  Please RSVP to terry @ ovba.orgby November 12th.  This is a great chance to network with other local business and have some fun at the same time.

The mission of The Ogden Valley Business Association is to promote and support member businesses of Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon by providing opportunities for improving commerce, to be an economic resource for the betterment of our community and its visitors, and by fostering a robust economic climate, through the promotion of our natural and cultural resources.

For more information visit www.ovba.org

OVBA General Meeting – Economic Impact of Tourism

The Ogden Valley Business Association Invites Local Businesses to see what opportunities are available to promote business through the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Local business owners are invited along with members to the next OVBA meeting on Thursday, October 18th at noon at the Ogden Valley Branch of the Weber County Library in Huntsville.  The cost is $5 for OVBA members and $10 for non-OVBA members, which includes lunch served by Grey Cliff Lodge.  Please RSVP to terry @ ovba.org by October 15th to ensure lunch availability.

Caren Parry with the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau will give an overview of the economic impact tourism makes in Weber County, the marketing efforts for the 2012/2013 ski season and the opportunities available to promote your business.

The mission of The Ogden Valley Business Association is to promote and support member businesses of Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon by providing opportunities for improving commerce, to be an economic resource for the betterment of our community and its visitors, and by fostering a robust economic climate, through the promotion of our natural and cultural resources.

For more information visit www.ovba.org

2013 Ogden Valley Phone Book Offers Cell Phone Number Listing and Business Advertising

The OVBA will distribute the directory to Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon mailboxes as an insertion in THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS.  Copies will also be available at that time in local businesses.  This handy little phone book’s contents are limited to residential listings for Eden, Huntsville and Liberty, and business listings for Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon enterprises, those owned by valley residents, or members of the Ogden Valley Business Association.

Residents may submit their cell telephone numbers (or changes from 2012) for insertion into the “white pages” alphabetical listing by emailing your name, address (optional), and cell telephone number to Terry Murphy at murphy2556 @ msn.com. Submissions are due October 31st.

Businesses may inquire about advertising space in this colorful directory.  Please contact murphy2556 @ msn.com. Commitments are due October 31st.

With each issue, the OVBA hopes to provide more of the key information that residents and businesses want. Suggestions for how to improve this and all OVBA publications are always welcome. Please email your ideas, comments or suggestions to murphy2556 @ msn.com.

The Ogden Valley Business Association is dedicated to serving the Ogden Valley community and its businesses.  Visit www.ovba.org for local events and special offers from local businesses.  Find us on Facebook at “360 Degrees of Natural Adventure – Ogden Valley” to win prizes from local businesses.

SECOND ANNUAL “HOMEGROWN HOEDOWN” September 15th

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM
465 N 9000 E
Huntsville UT

The second annual “Homegrown Hoedown” Barn Dance is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. This casual event will take place in the barn at Kelley Creek Farm in Huntsville. Festivities kick off at 6:30 PM. Find Us on Facebook.

The event is all about local and homegrown. Guests will get to kick up their heels to local favorite Shades of Grey, while dining on a locally grown menu consisting of local raised beef and produce prepared by Harley & Buck’s and Huntsville Barbecue Company.  A silent auction featuring harvest baskets, wine baskets and local business items will accompany the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Ogden Valley Business Association’s mission of supporting local businesses, with a portion benefitting the Freedom Riders Therapeutic Horse Riding Program.

Individual tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at or send your check to the OVBA at PO Box 252, Eden, UT 84310.

OVBA General Meeting Sept 20: Networking – Relationships Developed Today Are Tomorrow’s Business

The Ogden Valley Business Association Invites Local Businesses to attend Networking – Relationships Developed Today Are Tomorrow’s Business

Local business owners are invited along with members to the next OVBA meeting on Thursday, September 20th at noon at the Ogden Valley Branch of the Weber County Library in Huntsville.  The cost is $5 for OVBA members and $10 for non-OVBA members, which includes lunch served by Huntsville Barbecue Company.  Please RSVP to terry @ ovba.org  by September 17th to ensure lunch availability.

Join Dave Hardman President/CEO/of the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce as he discusses networking strategies and processes for business leaders to develop profitable relationships now and in the future.

The mission of The Ogden Valley Business Association is to promote and support member businesses of Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon by providing opportunities for improving commerce, to be an economic resource for the betterment of our community and its visitors, and by fostering a robust economic climate, through the promotion of our natural and cultural resources.

For more information visit www.ovba.org

OVBA Solicits Nominations for 2013 Board of Directors Election

The Ogden Valley Business Association is currently accepting nominations for three Board of Director positions available starting in January of 2013.   The nominee must be a General Member of the OVBA.  Directors have the opportunity to support the organization and help direct its future course, thereby benefitting Ogden Valley businesses and the community.  Board members are asked to meet once a month, attend the monthly general meetings, and support the association’s activities.  Please contact Pamela Mitchell, Chair, at pam @ ovba.org regarding Director responsibilities and benefits, and to receive the solicitation email from Past Chair, Barbara McConvill.  Visit www.ovba.org for more information about the OVBA.

OVBA General Meeting August 19, 2012

Explore Funding Opportunities for Your Business

Local business owners are invited along with members to the next OVBA meeting on Thursday, August 16th at noon at the Ogden Valley Branch of the Weber County Library in Huntsville.  The cost is $5 for OVBA members and $10 for non-OVBA members, which includes lunch served by Snowbasin.  Please RSVP to terry @ ovba.org  by August 13th, to ensure lunch availability. 
Beverly King with the WSU Small Business Development Center will discuss funding options for the small business.  The presentation will focus on SBA guaranteed and Utah Microenterprise loans with a brief discussion of the Grow America Springboard competition and the new crowdfunding opportunities. 
The mission of The Ogden Valley Business Association is to promote and support member businesses of Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon by providing opportunities for improving commerce, to be an economic resource for the betterment of our community and its visitors, and by fostering a robust economic climate, through the promotion of our natural and cultural resources.

For more information visit www.ovba.org

OVBA General Meeting in July

Achieve Business Goals through Employee Engagement

Local business owners are invited along with members to the next OVBA meeting on Thursday, July 19th  at noon at the Ogden Valley Branch of the Weber County Library in Huntsville.  The cost is $5 for OVBA members and $10 for non-OVBA members, which includes lunch served by Grey Cliff Lodge.  Please RSVP to terry @ ovba.org by July 16th to ensure lunch availability.

Join Scott Sluis, Area President, for Zion’s Bank to learn how to make your business more successful by creating a coaching culture, developing your employees and setting achievable goals. Learn ideas about these areas of your business to get better employee engagement.

The mission of The Ogden Valley Business Association is to promote and support member businesses of Ogden Valley and Ogden Canyon by providing opportunities for improving commerce, to be an economic resource for the betterment of our community and its visitors, and by fostering a robust economic climate, through the promotion of our natural and cultural resources.

For more information visit www.ovba.org

OVBA Spotlight: Ogden Valley Woman’s Quest lies in Stony Fields, Vibrant Art, and Community Involvement

by Justin Yates

          California native Linda Knudtson has a knack of getting things done the right way, even if it means resisting the prevailing norms, plowing through stony ground, and making do with a limited amount of resources. This, as well as her longtime commitment to service, has been her secret to success.

          Linda has lived in Ogden Valley for seven years. During that time, she has become known for her work in organic farming and artistry. She has also become the recipient of many a thanks for her establishment of the now popular Ogden Valley Farmers and Artists Market. While some, including her, have referred to the Valley as “The Garden of Eden,” Linda strives to make that as much a reality as she possibly can.

          Linda’s own garden, Stoney Field Farm, is just north of Eden in Liberty, as part her family’s homestead. It lies next to a river, the water of which used to run over the ground that is now part of her garden. This made the soil rocky, hence, the farm’s name. Nevertheless, the soil is rich and its fruits abound.

          Linda’s provident lifestyle advocates economical procedures. She applies conservative farming methods, including the use of natural fertilizers and very little farm equipment.  Her “Self Pick” program saves people money and provides them the opportunity to come pick their own selection of organic crop. Among the variety, pickers will find such fruits as raspberries, strawberries, and goji berries, and such vegetables as beets, spinach, and chard. In addition, she also sells flowers and organic eggs. Her products are sold to restaurants in Utah and California, shipped as mail orders, or distributed to grocery stores, such as Harmon’s and Whole Foods Market.  

       

       
          The experience Linda has gained throughout her life has become a valuable benefit for aspiring farmers. She has always grown things, from cultivating small grow boxes in California to planting lavender and raspberries in Ogden Valley. She uses her knowledge to teach classes in gardening and to help farmers plant.

       
 In addition to her work on the farm, Linda’s talent for art has been a blessing to many. She has taught art for over twenty years, and today she teaches from home. Didja makitis the name of her art business, which features her skills in paintings and water colors. She also does quilting and teaches classes in sewing and pottery. Ultimately, she desires that her art studio be a place where people can come to relax, find peace, and do art while getting to know others.

          Linda’s third specialty is her work in putting together the annual Ogden Valley Farmers and Artists Market, which is held each summer starting in June. People of all ages can come to browse, sell, or just enjoy the activities and live music. Thanks to Linda, several have made their beginning on the road to success here. One such group was a trio of young girls who called themselves Linoli, a name formed by combining their names into one. For a one-dollar kids’ booth fee, they set up a table and sold simple homemade trinkets: bracelets, cupcakes, bookmarks, sewn goods, and more. Two of the girls, who were at that time students of Linda’s, have since become successful dress designers.

          Linda is pleased how successful the Market has become. She sees how it has been an opportunity to bring the community together, promote kids, and help businesses gain exposure. “It’s all about the community,” she says. It is her way of “just trying to give back.”

          The Market began this year on June 2nd in Eden, 2405 N Highway 158, by Century 21. It will continue to run every Saturday from 9am to 1pm until mid-October. Prices, registration, and additional Market information can be found at http://www.ovfam.org or www.ovba.org/FAM.

          Linda is a proud member of the Ogden Valley Business Association (OVBA). She acknowledges that the OVBA has been a support to her from the beginning. She is impressed with its quality and leadership and knows it is an organization that supports its members. More about the OVBA and its businesses can be found at www.ovba.org.