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Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Launches KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy

Author: South Valley Chamber
Published: August 27, 2018

Sandy Chamber Economic Development Foundation will receive transformation grant, announce public launch at August 28 community event

SANDY, UT — August 27, 2018 — The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing the launch of the KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy at a community event on August 28. The KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy is a hands-on program for existing business owners that provides the knowledge and know-how to create and manage a customized, three-year strategic growth plan. The program is funded by a $120,000 foundational community impact grant made by KeyBank to the Sandy Chamber Economic Development Foundation.

As the signature program of the Sandy Chamber Business Institute, the KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy provides practical business education, a supportive business network and access to capital and contracting for companies. The Chamber has partnered with Interise to offer an award-winning curriculum that will be taught by a professional business instructor. This proven curriculum has helped thousands of companies nationwide increase their annual revenue and create jobs.

“Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and our local business community, yet there are relatively few resources available to help established small business owners learn and connect with each other,” said Greg Summerhays, President, and CEO of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to launch a program to help fill this void by offering small business owners courses, mentoring and peer-to-peer learning to help their businesses grow and thrive. This academy wouldn’t be possible without the support of KeyBank, and it demonstrates once again the commitment that KeyBank has made to improve our communities.”

The Sandy Chamber Economic Development Foundation was formed to oversee and help raise resources to support the Sandy Chamber Business Institute. The grant from KeyBank is the largest ever received by the organization.

“The KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy will give small business owners the knowledge and connections they need to take their businesses to the next level,” said Terry Grant, president of KeyBank’s Utah market. “We are proud to support this important work and look forward to watching program participants implement their growth plans and expand their businesses.”

Twenty businesses were accepted to the inaugural cohort and they are currently half-way through the academy. The next cohort will begin in January 2019 and the Chamber is currently accepting applications for businesses that wish to participate. Click here to apply for the program.

About the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Chamber Economic Development Foundation provide ongoing education and training opportunities to build the capacity of small to medium size businesses across the Wasatch Front. In addition, the Chamber provides top-notch events, advertising benefits, and access to members to help build networks and grow businesses.

About KeyCorp
KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.8 billion on June 30, 2018. Key provides a deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs.  Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.


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