Business briefs for Wednesday, July 19 |

Business briefs for Wednesday, July 19

The Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group has extended its deadline to accept applications for micro-grants for women through August. Called "Smart Women Grants," the awards will be provided to women candidates who excel in a variety of categories: small business start-up and expansion; community development; continuing education and teacher support; child and elder care; health and human services; and arts and culture.

The maximum amount of each award is $3,000, totaling $20,000 for the program. Open to female residents of Utah and Idaho, applications are available online at or by calling (801) 594-8245.

Priority consideration for funding will be given to proposals that: promote the empowerment of women; emphasize collaboration between women entrepreneurs or non-profit entities supporting women; directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations; support endeavors that immediately benefit communities in which Zions Bank has a presence; and for proposals that provide a sound plan for measuring performance and results.

Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution, and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches, operating 112 full-service branches throughout Utah. Zions Bank also operates 23 full-service branches in Idaho, and nearly 200 ATMs throughout Utah and Idaho. Additional information on Zions Bank is available at

Rendezvous Ranch, Wasatch Adventure Consultants announce partnership

Rendezvous Ranch in Oakley, Utah and Wasatch Adventure Consultants of Park City, Utah have announced a partnership and creation of the Mountain Driving School. Featuring the Land Rover LR3, voted the 2005 SUV of the year by Motor Trend Magazine, the school takes advantage of the roads and terrain of the 2,000-acre Rendezvous Ranch located in the Weber Canyon outside of Oakley.

The Mountain Driving School gives participants the opportunity to learn driving skills in a classroom setting and then immediately put those skills to the test on an exciting four-wheel drive course on the ranch property.

The school is offered as a corporate team building activity, with a post driving school workshop, or a private four-wheel driving education for locals and tourists looking for an exciting outdoor activity. Pricing for the school is determined by the number of participants, the number of vehicles and half or full day participation. Contact the Rendezvous Ranch for more information.

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