• Deseret News
    February 4, 2013

    Alan Hall: Money offered to entrepreneurs, no strings attached

    Money has been called both the root of all evil and the thing that makes the world go ’round. Love it or hate it, an entrepreneurial business can’t live without it. I’ve mentioned my initiative Grow America in the past — the program I’ve launched with partners to provide resources for entrepreneurs. We’ve been running these programs for the past year in Utah, and we’re ready to advance nationwide. Read More...

  • Huffington Post
    January 29, 2013

    10 Simple Products That Made People Billions

    It feels like everyone is the country has some overly complicated and obviously harebrained get-rich scheme in their back pocket. But more often than not, it's the simple ideas that actually do the trick. Just take look at this infographic from Grow America, a site dedicated to promoting product innovation and entrepreneurship. No noodle-eating hair guards or baby mops here! Nope, all you'll find are simple concepts that have translated into big bucks. Like the Slinky, or the Post-it, or the... you get the idea. Read More... or check out the full infographic

  • Forbes
    January 28, 2013

    Money for Entrepreneurs, No Strings Attached

    America's risk-taking entrepreneurs strengthen our economy by serving as our most efficient and powerful supplier of jobs. That's why Grow America is committed to supporting these brave business builders. Read More...

  • Project Eve
    January 28, 2013

    Grab a Piece of $35,000: Enter the Innovative Product Competition

    Grow America, in conjunction with its partners Intuit and Fishbowl Inventory, is giving away a total of $35,000 in no-strings-attach3ed cash to the winners of this dynamic online competition. Read More...

  • Deseret News
    January 28, 2013

    Why Utah is Forbes' best state for business (and 10 tips to help you gain these advantages, too)

    Utah has just been named Forbes' Best State for Business for the third consecutive year. What's happening in the Beehive State to receive this singular honor? And, most importantly, how can other communities get these advantages, too? Read More...

  • Upstart Business Journal
    January 28, 2013

    Product designers, apply now for cash prizes

    Grow America™ has awarded prize money to an e-commerce site for ballroom dancers, a brewed cocoa company and the maker of a lip balm perfect for kissing, all Utah startups. Today, it launched a national contest to find even more quirky and innovative products. At least 11 additional national competitions will follow in 2013, targeting groups like veteran and women entrepreneurs and startups building mobile apps or e-commerce platforms. Read More...

  • Lendio
    January 25, 2013

    Entrepreneurs Have Chance to Win $1 million with Grow America

    This Competition is not the typical sterile business-plan competition focused on vetting ideas for venture capitalists. What makes our Competition so exciting is that, in addition to providing a venue for you to compete, we are also creating an ecosystem of education and mentorship that we believe will help increase your opportunities to succeed. Read More...

  • Fox Business
    January 15, 2013

    How being an entrepreneur is good for your career

    Career Accelerator: Alan details how an outdated email may prevent you from getting a job and provides 5 tips to finding success at work in this video interview with Lauren Simonetti. Read More...

  • New York Times
    November 15, 2012

    Grow America's™ Unusual Approach to Creating Jobs

    In March, Mr. Hall unveiled a new company, Grow America, with the stated mission of creating jobs by spurring entrepreneurship. Mr. Hall's program doesn't invest money in companies; it gives them money. Read More...

  • Forbes
    November 13, 2012

    Projecting 5,175 New American Jobs

    The 150 finalists in the Grow America Springboard™ Utah Fall competition gave an impressive forecast of the number of jobs they expect to create in the next three years. Read More...

  • The Spectrum
    November 7, 2012

    Local business takes prestigious award

    Competing against approximately 900 companies from around thestate, St. George technology firm ContactPoint won second place and $50,000 in the Grow American business competition at the beginning of November. Read More...

  • KUTV
    November 1, 2012

    'Grow America' Awards $250,000 To Local Businesses

    KUTV Hundreds of thousands of dollars were handed out on Thursday to some deserving local businesses. Read More...

  • KUTV
    August 27, 2012

    Grow America

    (KUTV) Mark Hurst from 'Grow America' tells us about their upcoming competition for entrepreneurs who have great business ideas. Read More...

  • Utah Pulse
    Utah Policy
    August 26, 2012

    Final Days to Enter New Business Springboard Competition

    Time is running out for local Utah entrepreneurs to enter the Grow America Springboard™ fall competition. The contest will award winning individuals or companies a total of $250,000 in cash and services. The Springboard competition offers innovative entrepreneurs across the state the opportunity to compete for awards and learn the process of starting and growing a new business. Read this article at Utah Pulse or Utah Policy

  • Startup Princess
    August 22, 2012

    Grow America Springboard Competition for #Utah Startups

    Grow America, provider of the Grow America Springboard Competition premiering in Utah, today provided additional information about its upcoming Q1 championship event. The initial championship, which is the culmination of the Utah Spring and Fall competitions, is slated for Q1 2013 in Salt Lake City. Read More...

  • KCPW
    August 21, 2012

    Finding the Next Big Entrepreneur

    The search is on for the next Philo T. Farnsworth. He's the Utah entrepreneur who built and patented the first television in 1928 and a company called Grow America is convinced there are more Philos out there. They're sponsoring a competition to support budding business. On Wednesday, we'll learn more about entrepreneurship in Utah and what it takes to launch the next big thing in business. Read More...

  • KUTV
    August 16, 2012

    Grow America Fall Competition

    (KUTV) If you think you have a great business idea, you could win a ton of cash to help you out. Alan Hall tells us about the Grow America Springboard Competition this fall. For the fall competition, you have until August 30th to enter. Then people can qualify to get into the Utah Championship in January 2013. Read More...

  • The Salt Lake Tribune
    August 13, 2012

    Grow America changes venue for mentoring session

    Responding to overwhelming demand, the Grow America organization said it is moving the venue of its next Mentor Strategy Session to the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the campus of the University of Utah. The session will feature storytelling insight and tips from Candace Klein, the founder and CEO of Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend. Klein has won more than 14 business competitions for pitching her ideas. Read More...

  • Tech Rockies
    August 9, 2012

    Grow America Plans To Award $500K In Cash, Awards

    Salt Lake City-based Grow America™, the firm led by Alan Hall which is looking to spur entrepreneurship in Utah--and beyond--said this week that it will pay a total of $500,000 in cash and awards at its Q1 Championship Event. Grow America has been encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and business plans to the group, The first round of the group's competition have only been open to entrepreneurs in Utah, but has plans to expand elsewhere. The group says its pitch events are like a cross of "American Idol" with "Shark Tank". The company's partner in the events include Zions Bank, Comcast, Comcast Spotlight, KUTV2 (Utah), The JAZZ and KJZZ. The company said its event will be held in early first quarter, 2013. Read More...

  • St. George News
    August 1, 2012

    Entrepreneur Alan Hall to speak on Grow America Springboard Launch

    Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners are invited to attend the Grow America Springboard Launch featuring Alan Hall, Friday, Aug. 3, at noon, at the Dixie State College Dunford Auditorium. Hall, after building a multinational marketing firm, MarketStar, which he sold to Omnicron in 1999, has devoted himself to championing the cause of entrepreneurs throughout the state. He will be in St. George on Aug. 3, to talk about the characteristics of winning entrepreneurs and his latest passion, Grow America™. He is also the founder of Mercato Partners, a leading Venture fund in the region. Read More...

  • Deseret News
    June 11, 2012

    Funding movement targets small entrepreneurs

    Utah entrepreneur Phillip Chipping made a name for himself as the founder of the company now known as ZAGG, best known for its line of protective coverings for consumer electronic products and hand-held devices under the brand name InvisibleShield. Read More...

  • Deseret News
    May 22, 2012

    Utah company wins $100K in Grow America contest

    Whoever said, Talk is cheap apparently hadn't come up with an idea for helping people with speech therapy. On Monday, Dan Smith and Dave Larsen, owners of CompleteSpeech, landed the top $100,000 prize at the inaugural Utah Springboard 2012 Business Competition for their patented speech therapy device called "SmartPalate." Read this article at Deseret News or KSL

  • KUTV
    May 22, 2012

    Grow America Competition Stimulates Economy

    (KUTV) They call it Shark Tank meets American Idol. Grow America was created by an award winning Utah businessman, Alan Hall with the idea to help grow companies, create jobs and stimulate the economy. Read More...

  • KSL
    May 21, 2012

    Business startups compete to win cash and services

    A million dollar idea can strike at any time. But what if you only had a few minutes to convince someone to invest in that idea? That's the concept behind a new Utah business competition. Read More...

  • Virtual-Strategy Magazine (VSM)
    May 21, 2012

    #1 SEO Services Firm Sponsors Grow America Springboard to Put Entrepreneurs to Work

    180Fusion, awarded the #1 ranked SEO Services in the nation, has joined Alan E. Hall, Comcast, The Utah Jazz and other founding community partners of Grow America in sponsorship and support of Utah's first Grow America Springboard $1M business competition events in 2012 and 2013. Grow America is a new organization, based in Utah, that supports growing companies and creating jobs by bringing top service providers and entrepreneurs together in their local communities, in addition to cash and service prizes. Read More...

  • Utah Valley Business Blog (UVBB)
    May 19, 2012

    First Regional Crowdfunding Conference Premiers in Utah, Alan E. Hall to Keynote on May 31

    CrowdFunding Made Simple, a new crowdfunding educational and events platform, today announced its first Intermountain regional conference, endorsed by the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). The event is May 31-June 1 at the University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center. The Soho Loft (TSL) is a sponsoring partner of the conference, which allows entrepreneurs, business owners, professional service providers and investors to obtain a deeper understanding of crowdfunding directly from industry leaders behind this groundbreaking business platform. Read More...

  • Innovation America (IA)
    May 19, 2012

    More Questions on Crowdfunding Industry Research, With Carl Esposti

    There's no doubt crowd funding will play a much larger role in the funding strategies of the next wave of entrepreneurial companies that emerge in the U.S. Read More...

  • Market Watch
    May 7, 2012

    Crowdfunding Pioneers Launch Professional Association in Concert with Regulatory Advocacy Group

    A group of top debt and eqity crowdfunding platform and industry experts today announced the creation of Crowdfunding Professional Association. Read More...

  • MO.com
    May 1, 2012

    Ultimately we would like to offer the Grow America program within all 50 states.

    Profile interview about Grow America on international marketing site, M.O. If you like what it says, be sure to vote for Alan's interview. Read More...

  • KSL
    April 10, 2012

    Grow America Springboard

    In Utah, growing small business is critical to our economy. Small business creates jobs, builds tax revenue and can fulfill Utah's entrepreneurial spririt. Read More...

  • upgrade
    April 6, 2012

    Get Ca$h for your business

    Have a business idea? Get the cash to start or grow your business with the Springboard Competition. Read More...

  • Utah Pulse
    April 1, 2012

    Entries Filling Fast: Deadline is April 6 to Enter First 2012 Grow America Springboard Competition

    Hundreds of entries are in, but there is still room for local businesses and prospective entrepreneurs to enter Grow America™ Springboard before the Round 1 deadline of April 6, 12:00 midnight MDT. Read More...

  • Utah Pulse
    March 28, 2012

    Springboard Your business to Success

    Do you have a brilliant business idea, a promising start-up, or an existing business that is poised for growth? Sometime a cash infusion is all you need to take your concept to the next level. Read More...

  • Utah Policy
    March 25, 2012

    Grow Utah Ventures Announces Details for Six "Concept to Company" Entrepreneur Contests and Events

    Grow Utah Ventures is pleased to announce an exciting slate of 2012 "Concept to Company" entrepreneur contests and associated CrowdPitch events designed to encourage and support startup companies in Utah. Read More...

  • Lendio
    March 22, 2012

    Entrepreneurs Have Chance to Win $1 million with Grow America

    Grow America is a new organization aimed to help create new jobs and build the economy. And with it comes some great opportunities for business owners, including a chance to win an array of cash and services to grow their companies. Read More...

  • Tech Rockies
    March 14, 2012

    Utah Group Dangles $1M In Prizes To Entrepreneurs--

    The newly announced Grow America Springboard regional business competitions said Tuesday that it has amassed $1 million in cash awards and other resources, which it intends to award to companies over the course of three events in 2012 in Utah. Read More...

  • Standard Examiner
    March 14, 2012

    Business leaders launch Grow America

    A group of Utah business leaders has decided to spur the economy and boost job growth at the grass roots level through entrepreneurship. Read More...

  • Market Watch
    March 13, 2012

    $1M in Cash Awards and Services: Grow America Springboard Entries Begin

    Grow America Springboard competitions are designed to build businesses, promote job creation and lift local economies. Read More...

  • articles.boston.com
    March 13, 2012

    Utah business leaders announce $1M contest

    A Utah lip balm maker that treats kissing couples to a pleasant sensation is the type of standout business concept Utah business leaders are looking for in a $1 million contest announced Tuesday. Read More...

  • KUTV
    March 13, 2012

    Million dollar idea? Grow America can help

    Do you have a million dollar idea? If you do, you could get the cash. We're excited to be a part of the "Grow America Springboard Competition." It's a contest for Utahns with a business idea. The contest and money are thanks to Utah businessman Alan Hall. Read More...

  • Deseret News
    March 13, 2012

    Grow America launches with $250,000 business competition

    Grow America, a new organization that supports entrepreneurship both locally and across the nation, is giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to win part of the $1 million in cash and services the company is contributing through business contests throughout the year. Read More...

  • Entrepreneur Podcast Network
    Feb 23, 2012

    The importance of your business plan when seeking funding

    Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Alan Hall discuss the following:
    * From an investor standpoint, what role does a business plan play when an entrepreneur calls seeking funding?
    * As an investor, how important is the businesses executive team in deciding if you’ll invest in the company? Read More...