Duane and Gayle’s persistence, hard work and willingness to take risks are commendable. They are good people and they provide the business ethic that we need in this state.
Blanding, UT (PRWEB) November 17, 2012
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Utah State University has selected D & G Marian Inc., of Blanding Utah, as a successful business to highlight for the business’s sustained growth and contributions to the community. Owners Duane and Gayle Marian specialize in concrete building installations throughout Utah and nationally through CXT Inc., a concrete building manufacturer based in Spokane, Washington.
“Duane and Gayle’s persistence, hard work and willingness to take risks are commendable,” said Buddy Redd, Business Advisor at the SBDC. “They are good people and they provide the business ethic that we need in this state.”
Prior to launching the business, Duane worked for another concrete installation company. When his previous company was dropped from a major contract, Duane decided that he wanted to form his own corporation; Gayle wanted to get involved to help with day-to-day business operations.
The Marians were familiar with some of the business resources available from the SBDC and decided to contact Redd for help starting the business. Duane met with Redd to explore options, and the couple enrolled in a 12-week entrepreneurial class.
After the business launched, the Marians continued to meet with Redd to increase their efficiency and examine ways to expand the business. “It’s always good to have someone to bounce your ideas off of,” said Duane. “Its been nice to have Buddy as a mentor, so I am not the only one making decisions.” With a thorough business plan and an effective strategic map, the Marians quickly began to pick up additional contracts with CXT Inc.
D & G Marian currently specializes in the installation of high quality concrete structures such as: public restroom facilities, washrooms and storage structures. The company typically works on projects that involve remote-site installations across the U.S. for the National Forrest Service, state parks and the Bureau of Land Management. “Anytime we can get someone from outside of the area to spend money on local contracts such as the work done by D & G Marian, that helps our region's economic development,” said Redd. “It keeps people who work for Duane and Gayle employed and brings money back into the community.”
The Utah SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, visit http://www.utahsbdc.org.
About the College:
Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.
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