Salt Lake Chamber’s 127th Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Today the Salt Lake Chamber celebrated its past, present and future by honoring the legends of Utah’s business community at the 127th Annual Meeting.

 

“The Salt Lake Chamber brings together dedicated businesses and talented people to make our economy stronger,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Our honorees have risen to the top of business and this was a great opportunity for us to thank them for their tireless commitment to make our state the best place to do business.”

 

Dave Golden opened the meeting by saying, “This Annual Meeting provides a great platform to recognize several of the many outstanding volunteers and community leaders for the difference they make in business, the community and to the Chamber.” Dave Golden is the executive vice president of Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Group and a member of the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board of Governors.

 

Following remarks made by Chamber President Lane Beattie, Dick Caster of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Senator Orrin Hatch, who was given the Spirit of Enterprise award. Senator Hatch voted in favor of business 92 percent of the time.

 

The Chamber honored Bailey Montague & Associates as the Small Business of the Year. Bailey Montague is a community-minded small business that has been a Salt Lake Chamber member for more than 40 years. The president of Bailey Montague, Rob Ronald, has served on the Chamber’s President’s Ambassador Committee for more than 16 years. Additionally, he has served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee serving both as an ambassador and as president of this group. Bailey Montague has donated their expertise to help many non-profits, including the Chamber. If you talk to Rob, he believes what he gives always comes back.

 

Hilton Salt Lake City Center was honored as the Corporate Partner of the Year. The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is a long-time member of the Salt Lake Chamber. General manager Jeff Protzman and his capable staff are true believers in customer service. Jeff and his team effectively go above and beyond for their guests every day. Recently, the Chamber held an event and watched as the local and national team members created an amazing experience for the Chamber and its members with very short notice.

 

Utah Transit Authority was honored as the President’s Award for Excellence. As Utah’s largest transit agency, the Utah Transit Authority provides a much needed transportation alternative to the most populated area in our state. Fifteen years ago, UTA had no rail transit but today operates 140 miles of passenger rail along the Wasatch Front. In 2013, the agency recorded the highest ridership in its history with more than 44 million boardings. The increased ridership came on the heels of delivering major capital projects ahead of schedule and under budget, just like a business.

 

Chamber Champions

In addition to the Outstanding Corporate Partners, the Chamber honored six as Chamber Champions. Abby Albrecht of Granite Construction Company, Camilla Edsberg of Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art, Jonathan Hafen of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Debra Hoyt of Questar Corporation and Jonathan Johnson of Overstock.com were selected for their individual contributions to the success of the Salt Lake Chamber.

 

Abby Albrecht has had significant involvement in the Chamber for many years. She’s served on our board for six years, and is one of the driving forces behind the Chamber’s influence on transportation issues. Initially co-chair of the original transportation committee, Abby helped start what is now the Utah Transportation Coalition, a group of over 54 business leaders working to improve Utah’s transportation network. She embodies the definition of leadership, charisma and incredible industry knowledge.

 

Camilla Edsberg has been a chamber member for a number of years and most recently served as the Chair of the Presidents Ambassador Committee. She has a wonderful talent for organization and the ability to lead by example. The past year the committee has seen wonderful growth and great organization in part to Camilla’s leadership. Camilla has led the President’s Ambassador committee with passion, motivating everyone around her to follow her enthusiasm.

 

Jonathan Hafen has been a champion of the Chamber’s International Committee and a catalyst for collaboration between the Chamber, the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He has a passion for bringing innovative products to Utah companies that are looking to succeed in challenging global markets. The result of this partnership is the Utah Global Forum, a signature international event that takes place on September 24 and features experts on all aspects of international business development from Utah and beyond.

 

Debra Hoyt has been involved with the Chamber for many years in various capacities. She has served different roles including Chair of the Women’s Business Center and chair of the Women in Business Conference committee. She exudes a calm confidence. With her leadership, the Chamber’s Women’s Business Center has seen valuable growth, establishing a stronger foundation.

 

As the original and serving chair of the Chamber’s Clean Air Task Force, Jonathan Johnson has had a real impact on Utah’s air quality and air quality awareness. When a number of disparate groups were talking about the need to make a difference in our community’s air quality, Jonathan brought everyone into the same room to begin a productive dialogue. His passion and leadership for clean air may come as a surprise to some who know his conservative political leanings, but it is no surprise to the Chamber. His leadership of the issue has helped the community come together in a more productive discussion that results in cleaner air for us all.

 

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

 

A special thanks goes to Board Chair Honoree, Ron Jibson and a warm welcome goes to Terry Buckner. For more information about our new chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, please see the following article about Terry Buckner: http://slchamber.com/news-room/read/article/257.

 

The Annual Meeting was presented by Questar. Major sponsor was Wells Fargo. Event sponsors include America First Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union, Holland & Hart, Avalanche Studios, EnergySolutions, Rocky Mountain Power, WCF and Webb Audio Visual.

 

About the Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents 7,850 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Jonathan Hafen from Parr Brown Gee and Loveless. Jonathan has been a champion of the Chamber International Committee and a catalyst for collaboration between the Chamber, the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on bringing innovative product to Utah companies that are looking to succeed in challenging global markets. The result of this partnership is the Utah Global Forum, a signature international event that takes place on September 24th and features experts on all aspects of international business development from Utah and beyond.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Camilla Edsberg from Hope Gallery.

Camilla has been a chamber member for a number of years and most recently served as the Chair of the Presidents Ambassador Committee. She has a wonderful talent for organization and the ability to lead by example. The past year the committee has seen wonderful growth and great organization in part to Camilla’s leadership. Camilla leads from the front rather than commanding from the back.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Debra Hoyt from Questar.

Debra has been involved with the Chamber for many years in various capacities. She has served different roles including Chair of the Women Business Center and chair of Women in Business Conference Committee. She exudes a calm confidence. With her leadership, the Chamber’s Women’s Business Center has seen valuable growth and a stronger foundation. Thank you, Debra, and congratulations!

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Abby Albrecht from Google Fiber.

Abby has had significant involvement in the Chamber for many years. She’s served on our board for six years, and one of the driving forces behind the Chamber’s influence on transportation issues. Initially chair of our original transportation committee, Abby helped start what is now the Utah Transportation Coalition. She ensures the Chamber taking the broad-based and pro-economy stance in regards to how we move goods and people in our community. She embodies the definition of leadership by always exceeding expectations through doing more than what is expected.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

Clear the Air Challenge Results—2014

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In July, 6,876 Utahns from all over the state worked together to eliminate 2,249,613 miles and 143,353 vehicle trips during the 6th Annual Clear the Air Challenge. 2014 Challenge participants saved $782,946 and over 669.1 tons of CO2. We thank this year’s participants and we are thrilled about saving nearly 2.25 million miles- that is an impressive achievement. Way to go, Utah!

We are also excited to announce our top finishers!

Top Overall Teams:

1. Fidelity Investment

2. Utah Dept. of Workforce Services

3. U of U Facilities

4. Utah Department of Environmental Quality

5. Goldman Sachs

6. Department of Public Safety

7. Questar Corporation

8. DWS –Admin North

9.Overstock.com

10. SLCoHealth

11. UDOT

12. Utah DEQ: DAQ

13. L3 Communications

14. Salt Lake City Corporation

15. Department of Technology Services

 

Top Small Teams:

1. 90.9 KRCL

2. PPBH

3. KUER

4. Architectural Nexus

5. Salt Lake Chamber / Downtown Alliance

6. Wasatch Front Regional Council

7. VCBO Architecture

8. Impact Hub

9. The Buckner Company

10. 3form

11. MHTN Architects

12. FFKR Architects

13. Parleys 6th Ward

14. Dixon Neighbors

15. UCAIR

 

Top Individuals: Trips Saved

1.Soren Simonsen

2. Robert Ford aka Clean Air Bob

3. Rob Kent

4. Xavier White

5. Michelle Bell

 

Top Individuals: Miles Saved

1. Jennifer Gordon

2. Lynn Kunzler

3. John Strong

4. David Harding aka Dave of Dixon

5. Rachel Burningham

Congratulations to all of our winners for setting the bar high and showing that through individual action, we can all make a difference.

“Although the 2014 Clear the Air Challenge is over, our work continues,” said Jonathan Johnson, chairman of Overstock.com and chair of the Salt Lake Chamber’s clean air task force. “Integrate the behaviors learned from this Challenge into your life through the rest of the year.”

A big thank you goes to the sponsors of the Clear the Air Challenge for making it possible this year: UTA ,UCAIR , TravelWise, RioTinto, Enterprise CarShare, Penna Power Brian Hayes, Fidelity Investments, Overstock.com, Zions Bank and the Salt Lake Chamber. Thanks to the numerous sponsors who donated prizes for the Challenge as well: Kuhl, Probar, Ogden Made, Visit Salt Lake, Ramp Sports and many more.

As always, we encourage you to continue to consider ways you can drive down your driving trips throughout the entire year. Remember—every little bit counts, no matter what month it is. Keep tracking it all at cleartheairchallenge.org.

 

Member Roundup

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Member Roundup is a periodical blog highlighting news from Salt Lake Chamber members. If you want to see your business’s news here, please send it to news@slchamber.com

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New Members

Local Union 140 Plumbers, Pipefitters, HVAC

Premier Computing, Inc.

Melange

Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy

American Water

A-FAB Engineering

Bonneville Companies

Faithful & Gould

Hexcel Corporation

National Ability Center

Neumont University

NewMark Grubb Acres Commercial Real Estate Services

Office Evolution

Ricoh-USA, Inc.

Summit Anthropology

URS Corporation

Utah Urban Rural Specialized Transportation Association

News & Press Releases

The Buckner Company announces leadership changes
Keith Braxton Named President of The Buckner Company’s New Denver Office

CenturyLink expands its gigabit service to 16 cities, including SLC, delivering broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second

Competitive Edge Office Systems feels expansion to Utah is the right step

Security Service Federal Credit Union introduces life balance program for employees and their families
Security Service Federal Credit Union launches mobile app for tablets 

Trolley Square announces new retailers: Orangetheory Fitness and CorePower Yoga, opening this fall

Businessweek Report: ‘University of Utah’s New Dorm Mimics Google Headquarters’

 

Upcoming Events

8/28 - Utah Business Fast 50 Awards Luncheon

9/11 – United Way Day of Caring

See more upcoming events on the Chamber’s Community Calendar here. 

If you want to stay up-to-date with Chamber and our community events, please subscribe to our Chamber Connection by clicking here.

You can catch other member and Utah business news in the Utah Business Report, which airs every week day between 12:30 – 1 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. We post weekly recaps here.

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If you want to see your business’ news here, please send it to news@slchamber.com

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 15th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

Last week, the Chamber marked the launch of its water committee with the “Utah: Water Is Your Business Week”—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water’s impact on our economy and businesses.

At a luncheon last Tuesday, we announced the co-chairs for the Salt Lake Chamber water committee as well. Leading our efforts in water issues will be Rob More, president of Big-D Construction. The Chamber water committee will focus on best practices for business in water conservation and management, and will also look at current and future infrastructure needs.

Also released last week, a report from Prepare60 cited a need to fund $33 billion for new water demand and existing facility repair and replacement costs through the year 2060. This report also cites that Utah could expect to generate $50 billion in in-state economic activity from these water development projects.

You can learn more about how the Chamber is addressing the concerns surrounding water at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness

This Thursday, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring around 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities. There are also some very exciting opportunity drawings, including more than one thousand dollars in airfare from Delta and Alaska Airlines.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

So don’t forget to join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social this Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please visit slchamber.com/summersocial.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing a “Happy 25th Anniversary” to Squatters Brewery and Pub.

Twenty-five years ago this fall, Squatters founding partners committed to bring quality brew and delicious pub food to Utah. The award-winning Squatters has teamed up with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to commemorate Squatters’ 25th Anniversary with equally as impressive art.

UMOCA and Squatters have chosen four local artists to each create a 340-square foot mural with the theme “25 Years of Beer” that will be painted on the east side of Squatters Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. The selected artists are Trent Call, Mackinzie Donovan, Richard Landvatter and Mike Mudrock.

The mural painting was finished last month. The public was able to vote on their favorite art piece and the winning mural will be featured on the beer label for a limited edition 25th anniversary brew and t-shirt.

Squatters and UMOCA would like to thank Layton Construction for their generous donations of supplies and equipment.

The Clear the Air Challenge for 2014 recently ended, and so it’s almost time to announce some winners. I’d like to thank all the businesses, teams and individuals that participated in the Challenge this year.

This Saturday, winning individuals and teams who participated in the Clear the Air Challenge will be recognized at the Downtown Farmers Market, starting at 9 a.m. We hope you’ll join us as we recognize those whose efforts to clear the air stand out within our community.

This year, the Clear the Air Challenge had some pretty lofty goals. Our aim was to eliminate 300,000 single-occupant vehicle trips and save 2 million driven miles. At our award ceremony press event on Saturday, we will announce the final results of the Challenge. Come see how the state did in helping to clear the air!

Again, our awards ceremony will take place at the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday. I welcome you to join us in this celebration of improving Utah’s air quality.

In celebration of another strong year as the “Voice of Business” in Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber will pay tribute to great partners at our 127th Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek on Tuesday, August 26, starting at noon.

For 2014, three businesses will be recognized as Outstanding Corporate Partners. The Corporate Partner of the Year will be presented to Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The Small Business of the Year award will go to Bailey Montague & Associates. And Utah Transit Authority will be the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence.

Individuals being recognized as Chamber Champions include: Abby Albrecht from Granite Construction Company, Camilla Edsberg from Hope Gallery & Museum of Fine Art, Jonathan Hafen from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Debra Hoyt from Questar Corporation, and Jonathan Johnson from Overstock.com.

The Chamber will also honor immediate past chair, Ron Jibson, chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corporation.

Learn more about our Annual Meeting at slchamber.com/2014annualmeeting

Thanks to “Utah | Water Is Your Business” Sponsors

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Salt Lake Chamber would like to give another round of thanks to our “Utah | Water is Your Business” launch sponsors for their support in helping our week-long water initiative to encourage the discussion on water: CH2M Hill, Holland & Hart, Whitaker Construction and Snell & Wilmer.

CH2M HILL

CH2M HILL is an industry-leading design, program management, and construction management firm. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, energy, transportation, environmental, nuclear, and industrial facilities. We have provided design and construction services in water system planning, water supply, treatment, conveyance, and water resource management for over 60 years and have been a leader in the Utah engineering community since 1979. Our resources include a comprehensive staff of engineers, scientists, construction managers, and support personnel totaling nearly 200 in Utah along with worldwide resources comprising more than 164 area offices and over 28,000 employees. We consistently rank among the top firms in numerous industry surveys.

CH2M HILL provides a comprehensive array of fully integrated services to help our clients take any water conveyance, treatment, or water resources project from concept to reality. Our full-service capabilities enable us to deliver multidimensional infrastructure projects throughout Utah and worldwide. We take projects of any size from concept to construction, from initial objectives to full operations, and remain at the forefront of technology advancements and innovations that help our clients make a difference in the lives of their customers every day.

Holland & Hart

Established in 1947, Holland & Hart has more than 470 lawyers providing a full range of service from 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, D.C. With over 90 lawyers in our Salt Lake City office alone, we offer clients the value of local experience backed by a firm-wide network of resources to provide effective and efficient counsel on the wide range of legal issues facing Utah businesses. Holland & Hart was named the 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” for Water Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

Holland & Hart’s Water Law practice comprises attorneys advising and representing a wide variety of clients across the Mountain West region in various types of water matters, including water rights, water supply development, and water quality issues. The firm’s Salt Lake office is located in Utah’s first LEED Gold-certified high-rise at 222 S. Main Street – a testament to the business community’s responsibility to lead by example in using innovative conservation practices. Partner Jody Williams is a member of Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s State Water Strategy Advisory Team; and as a member of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board of Governors, she was instrumental in the creation of a Water Task Force in the Salt Lake Chamber’s Natural Resource Business Council.

Whitaker Construction

Founded in 1953, Whitaker Construction has grown into one of the largest utility contractors in Utah. With over 200 employees, we perform all types of water, sewer, natural gas and other pipelines; pump stations, earthwork and other civil projects.

We continue to build some of the largest and most complex utility projects in the state and are proud of our strong relationships with the local municipalities, utility companies, and sewer and water districts. We have been involved in many of the large water projects throughout Utah and we are grateful to be part of the ongoing effort to build the water infrastructure necessary to help our state thrive.”

Public Policy – August Update

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

As the “Voice of Business” and Utah’s statewide chamber, the Salt Lake Chamber leads out on critical issues that impact Utah businesses and our community. In the coming weeks, here is how we plan to “move the dial” to grow our economy, promote community prosperity and champion business in Utah, as well as ways for you to participate for the month of August and beyond.

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Public Policy

We are excited to announce that Michael Merrill has been promoted to Director of Public Policy for the Salt Lake Chamber. Michael will continue to focus and enhance the Chamber’s major initiatives, including economic development, infrastructure, the environment, Utah’s workforce and ensuring Utah’s premier business climate.

Additionally, Jesse Dean has been promoted to Director of Urban Development for the Downtown Alliance, focusing on economic development and urban policies in Salt Lake City’s downtown.

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Prosperity 2020

Prosperity 2020 is actively engaged in ensuring that our state has a world-class workforce and supporting education in our state. This includes recently speaking out in favor of extending the No Child Left Behind waiver.

In addition to these efforts, Prosperity 2020is looking to share how businesses are engaged in supporting education. Please take five minutes to complete this short survey to provide insight for the policymakers and others who ask what industry is saying about education’s impact on their companies.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Allyson Bell at 801-328-5076 or abell@prosperity2020.com.

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Natural Resources Business Council: August meeting focused on public lands initiative

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 | 7:30 – 9:00 AM

The Natural Resource Business Council represents an inclusive approach to multiple sectors of Utah’s economy. The Council is the guiding body for the water,  energy and minerals, clean air, and outdoor recreation and tourism task forces.

This month’s meeting will focus on updates from the Chamber’s efforts in these areas, as well as an update from Rep. Rob Bishop on the Public Lands Initiative.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at 801.558.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Regulation: Chamber partnering on Utah Solutions Summit regarding regulation

Thursday, Aug.21, 2014 | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We are partnering with Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, and the Utah Association of Counties for the Utah Solutions Summit on Thursday, August 21, 2014 to discuss the vast and uncertain regulatory burden under which businesses are required to comply and develop solutions to move our economy forward.

The agenda includes discussions with business leaders and government offi­cials about regulation compliance as well as the relationship between regulation and economic development. Included featured keynote speakers: U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

If you have any other questions or comments, please reach out to Justin Jones at 801.558.9371 or jjones@slchamber.com.

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Clean Air: 6th Annual Clear the Air Challenge another success

We all have a role in keeping our air clean and the 2014 Clear the Air Challenge was another great success exhibiting Utahns and Utah businesses’ willingness to drive smarter and drive less. More than 6,800 participants eliminated over 140,000 single-occupancy vehicles trips, averting more than 2 million miles traveled.

The winners of this year’s challenge will be announced on August 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park on the main stage. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Ryan Evans at 801.328.5063.

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Water: Chamber announces new effort to address Utah’s water challenges

As part of the “Utah | Water Is Your Business” week, the Salt Lake Chamber announced a co-chair for the newly launched water committee: Rob Moore, president of Big-D Construction. The Chamber water committee will focus on best practices for business in water conservation and management, and will also look at current and future infrastructure needs. To learn more, please visit “Utah | Water Is Your Business.” You can also follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #UTbiz4H2O.

We will have updates in the very near future on the committee including meeting dates and ways to participate. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at 801.558.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Utah Transportation Coalition: Mountain transportation and Aerotroplis

Save the Date – Aerotroplis Guest Speaker – Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

This past month Utah Transportation Coalition and Mountain Accord hosted business and community leaders to discuss the future of transportation in Utah’s Central Wasatch. Mountain transportation is one of the key transportation objectives for Utah’s business community because of its possible impact on our economy, quality of life, and opportunities to strengthen and enhance our natural environment.

The Salt Lake Chamber and Utah Transportation Coalition support these efforts to explore transportation options in the Wasatch Mountains that increase accessibility, are a net-positive for the environment, encourage transit, enhance Utah’s global brand, and pass a rigorous environmental and local process. For more information about the Mountain Accord Process, please visit www.mountainaccord.com.

Addtionally, the Utah Transportation Coalition and Parsons Brinkerhoff will be hosting an Aerotroplis forum on October 16 to discuss the importance of the connection between Salt Lake City International Airport and Utah’s economy. The airport just recently broke ground on a 10-year terminal rebuild and released a report detailing the economic impact of the airport.

For more details, visit www.utahtransportation.org or contact Michael Merrill at 801.558.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Energy: 2014 Uintah Basin Energy Summit

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 – Vernal

Utah’s rich and diverse energy sector is one key reason behind our state’s thriving economy. This September key stakeholders will gather in one of Utah’s richest energy regions. The Uintah Basin Energy Summit is a complement to the Governor’s Energy Summit that focuses directly on economic growth and energy development in the Uintah Basin. The summit will be in held in Vernal, Utah, on September 4, 2014.

This region is extremely important to Utah’s broader business community. Most recently, the Utah State Chamber, the coordinating entity for chambers of commerce throughout Utah, held its annual summer meeting in the Uintah Basin. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at 801.558-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Outdoor Recreation and Tourism: 2014 Summer Outdoor Retailer and Economic Club of Utah

Outdoor recreation and tourism represent robust business sectors that benefit both urban and rural Utah. We view efforts to enhance these industries as vital to economic development. This past month we held an industry focus group and will continue to engage Utah’s outdoor products and services companies.

As part of that effort, the Salt Lake Chamber visited the 2014 Summer Outdoor Retailer show and connected with key industry leaders. Additionally, the Chamber is supporting the Economic Club of Utah’s Summer Meeting, which is focusing on Utah’s outdoor economy.

We are also excited about our continued partnership with the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation and Office of Tourism, Global Branding and Film as we look to grow these industries.

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Downtown Alliance: Downtown still rising

In July 2014, the Downtown Alliance released the “2014 State of Downtown Economic Benchmark Report” from 2013 through first quarter 2014. This report tells a story of a constantly evolving and improving regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. Economic activity and tax revenues continue to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, with retail sales reaching over $800 million in eating, drinking, clothing department and other downtown retail categories. Over the last year, dozens of new office buildings, residential developments, hotels, theaters and public structures either broke ground or opened within 1.08 square mile Central Business District. For more information and a full copy of this report, please click here.

Looking forward to 2014-2015, there are several opportunities for improvement within the Central Business District. The Downtown Alliance will focus on policies and programs that impact the following areas:

- Redevelopment in downtown’s burgeoning entrepreneurial and transit-oriented neighborhood, the Depot District.
- Nightlife economy and creating a dynamic and diverse downtown that is welcoming to locals and visitors alike.
- Continued residential development to create a 24/7 urban center welcome to all ages, backgrounds and income levels.
- Development-friendly codes and zoning in order to remain a regional competitor for urban infill.

If you are interested in learning more about the Downtown Alliance’s initiatives or have any questions, please contact Director of Urban Development Jesse Dean at jesse@downtownslc.org.

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Health System Reform: Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

Health System Reform Task Force meeting – Thursday, Aug.28, 2014

We are actively engaged in a number of issues in regards to health care and the business community. This includes the discussions around the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan, the continued implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) and its impact on businesses, as well as directly engaging Utah’s employers as the largest payer in health care spending.

The Health System Reform Task Force will be meeting on August 28. If you have any other questions or comments, please reach out to Justin Jones at 801.558.9371 or jjones@slchamber.com.

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International: Utah Global Forum

Utah Global Forum – Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

On September 24, 2014, Utah will host the first of its kind Global Forum. Topics will include Building a Global Brand; Doing Business in Europe, Mexico, Canada and China; Shared Stories of Success from Utah Companies Abroad; Financing Your Global Expansion; and Global Operational Efficiency Through Sound Legal, Tax and Accounting Practices. The agenda for the event has been released and features a number of world-renowned business and trade experts.

If you’re thinking about exporting, looking to invest in one of the fastest growing economies in the United States or seeking inspiration to take your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss out on this forum.

For questions regarding the Utah Global Forum, please visit www.utahglobalforum.com.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 8th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

This week is the Utah: Water Is Your Business Week—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water’s impact on our economy and businesses.

From Monday through Friday, join business and community leaders to discuss water infrastructure and the impact of water availability on our economy, business environment and economic development efforts. We will also be sharing stories about Utah businesses that are making a difference.

One day will focus on business leadership in water conservation and another will focus on infrastructure needs. Tuesday, August 5th, we’ll host a luncheon of community and business leaders to discuss the importance of water infrastructure and availability. It will be held at the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan.

Water Is Your Business Week also features the announcement and launch of the Chamber’s water committee and co-chairs.

Water has a major impact on our economy. Be a part of the discussion with Utah: Water Is Your Business Week now. Learn more at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness.

Recently, there has been some concern over the education standards we have adopted as a state, particularly in math and English language arts.

Providing Utah students with a top-notch education is critical to our long-term economic strength. And to make sure Utah students are prepared for college and career training, it is essential we have the right standards in place.

Governor Gary Herbert has taken action to do just that. And, now you can go online to review the standards and let the governor know how you feel about them.

By visiting utah.gov/governor/standards, anyone with a concern can review the current standards and share their opinion. This can be either positive or negative feedback, but it needs to be specific.

If there is a standard or grade level benchmark that you disagree with, the governor wants to hear about it. This site is now open through the end of August. So visit utah.gov/governor/standards.

AT&T’s new store design focused on the customer’s mobile lifestyle is now a reality in Sandy. The new store at 11316 State Street transforms the entire shopping experience. The new store concept is the result of more than two years of exploration and research all centered on one design goal – to create a more interactive and inviting store environment.

Customers in Utah will be among the first to experience the new store concept that is reinventing the retail business. This store is the latest example of the investment already made in the Salt Lake area. AT&T invested nearly 100-million dollars in its Salt Lake area wireless and wireline networks from 2011 to 2013. This new location will serve the growing number of consumers relying on their wireless devices to manage their busy lives.

AT&T also recently launched Digital Life in Salt Lake City. AT&T Digital Life makes customers’ lives easier by simplifying the management of their home. With Digital Life, customers can use their existing home broadband provider along with any wireless phone service, and enjoy the security and convenience of a home management system personalized to meet their unique needs. To learn more, visit att.com/DigitalLife. That’s att.com/DigitalLife.

On August 14th, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring over 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. The Summer Social is presented by Questar and Cuisine Unlimited. It promises to be an evening worth your time.

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

Join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social on Thursday, August 14th at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please go to our website at slchamber.com.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing a “Happy 25th Anniversary” to  Squatters Brewery and Pub.

Twenty-five years ago this fall, Squatters founding partners committed to bring quality brew and delicious pub food to Utah. Twelve World Beer Cups, 24 Great American Beer Festival Medals and 30 North American Brewers Association Medals later, Squatters has teamed up with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to commemorate Squatters’ 25th Anniversary with equally as impressive art.

UMOCA and Squatters have chosen four local artists to each create a 340-square foot mural with the theme “25 Years of Beer” that will be painted on the east side of Squatters Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. The selected artists are Trent Call, Mackinzie Donovan, Richard Landvatter and Mike Mudrock.

The mural painting was finished last month. The public was able to vote on their favorite art piece and the winning mural will be featured on the beer label for a limited edition 25th anniversary brew and t-shirt.

Squatters and UMOCA would like to thank Layton Construction for their generous donations of supplies and equipment.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 1st, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

Water infrastructure is an important component of our economy and affects all business. Next week is the Utah | Water Is Your Business Week—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water.

From August 4 – 8, join business and community leaders to discuss water infrastructure and the impact of water availability on our economy, business environment and economic development efforts. We will also take a look at how Utah businesses are making a difference.

One day will focus on business leadership in water conservation and another will focus on infrastructure needs. Water Is Your Business Week also features the announcement and launch of the Chamber’s water committee and co-chairs.

On August 5, we’ll host a luncheon of community and business leaders to discuss the importance of water infrastructure and availability. It will be held at the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan.

Water has a major impact on our economy. Be a part of the discussion with Utah | Water Is Your Business Week next week. Learn more at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness.

As a business, it’s important to reduce costs and be kind to the environment. Both are good for business and the community.

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies works closely with Rocky Mountain Power to identify and implement energy-saving projects at its facilities. Since 2003, they have received nearly $298,000 in incentives from Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program for energy-efficient upgrades. These improvements save nearly $312,000 in energy costs every year.

A recent project at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons served as a pilot for the utility’s energy management offerings. Rocky Mountain Power funded a study to identify opportunities to tune up the heating and cooling system. The Larry H. Miller Group then invested time and a budget to make the improvements. The teamwork on the project resulted in annual energy savings of nearly 234,000 kilowatt-hours with a payback of less than a year.

To see how wattsmart Business can help your business save energy and money, visit wattsmart.com.

On August 14, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring over 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. The Summer Social is presented by Questar and Cuisine Unlimited. It promises to be an evening worth your time.

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

Join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social on Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please go to our website at slchamber.com.

This summer, the Community Foundation of Utah is partnering with the Daniels Fund and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah to launch the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.

The goal is to recognize leadership in Utah businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. One organization from each sector will be recognized. A specific award, the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award will go to the winner of the business category.

Awards will be given at a September 12th awards breakfast, sponsored by Zions Bank.

Any business, government entity or nonprofit in those sectors with ethical standards is encouraged to apply. Nominees will be judged against the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles, which include integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law and viability.

Applications for the awards close August 4. You can find more information and apply for the Utah Ethical Leadership awards at www.utahcf.org.

Jump starting your business with the WBC

Monday, July 28th, 2014

 

One of the top purposes of the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center (WBC) is to help budding entrepreneurs get a start on their business. Attending a WBC Jump Start: Intro to Entrepreneurship seminar is a great way to jump start your business or even refresh your business know-how.

Entrepreneurs and those just starting to dabble in starting a business typically attend Jump Start: Intro to Entrepreneurship and leave with key takeaways and valuable action items. The goal of training is to “jump start” your thinking about business, whether you are in the early idea phase, just starting or are currently in the growth period. The information shared constitutes of business basics, which is great for starting entrepreneurs. The lessons learned can help you set a firm foundation to build your business on and be successful.

As an attendee, you are given worksheet packets that you can fill out during the training and bring to the one-on-one consultation. The packet has questions which each business owner should consider before starting their venture: why you want to start a business, what your exit strategy will be, market research and analysis, defining your target audience, and what your strengths and weaknesses are (a SWOT analysis).

After attending Jump Start: Intro to Entrepreneurship, each attendee is welcome to sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with our full-time business consultant who will further assist to get your business off the ground.

The WBC’s premier business training class, Jump Start: Intro to Entrepreneurship seminars take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, morning and afternoon, respectively. You can find upcoming Jump Start and other trainings here: slchamber.com/training.

The Women’s Business Center provides entrepreneurs, young professionals and small business owners the critical skills, knowledge, tools and support necessary to increase their success and strengthen the economy. In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the WBC provided more than 547 hours in conducting 360 consultations. Alongside 116 trainings, the WBC trained upwards of 3,300 people.

“The WBC was instrumental in helping us get to the next level. Thanks to their support an technical assistance, we are now able to support language services on a global scale,” said Sabrina Morales, CEO of Linguistica International, a client of the WBC.

The Women’s Business Center helps dreamers become entrepreneurs. Those entrepreneurs make Utah’s economy one of the strongest in the nation. To learn more about the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, visit our website at slchamber.com/wbc.

The 14th Annual Women in Business Summer Social, presented by Questar and Cuisine Unlimited, will bring over 300 prominent business women and men together and provides a platform for fundraising and networking. The proceeds from the event support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. Funds help provide women entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking. Learn more about the Summer Social and reserve your spot at slchamber.com/summersocial