Salt Lake Biz Expo 2013

Friday, May 10th, 2013

The Salt Lake Chamber hosted the Great Salt Lake Business Expo last week on May 1 and 2. We had 221 booths and 11 regional Chambers participate this year.

In our world of e-mails, tweets, instant communication and company blogs, businesses still succeed because of the relationships they have with other great people. That’s what the Great Salt Lake Business Expo aims to help you build. And this year close to 6,000 people walked through the doors to do just that.

Take a look!

This was a part of the luncheon with Dan Clark, the primary contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. It was a full house!

Here’s some of our staff that was there… They also were filmed having a little fun with Gangnam Style. See the video below.

Thank you to everyone who participated and came out to the Expo! We had a great turn out and we look forward to making it bigger and better next year too!

After a great start in 2012, The Great Salt Lake Business Expo is destined to be a favorite for years to come.

Head of Deseret Digital Media, Deseret News discusses disruptive change

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

They say the only constant is change and for many businesses it’s an even bigger kind of change–disruptive change.

“All innovation is not equal,” said Clark Gilbert, CEO of Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media (DDM). “Disruptive shifts can create a whole new industry.”

Gilbert was the keynote speaker at the Salt Lake Chamber-sponsored luncheon held as part of the Great Salt Lake Expo at the South Towne Expo Center. He says industries that handle disruptive change correctly, actually expand.

The Deseret News is Utah’s oldest business and today it’s the fastest growing newspaper in the nation by circulation seeing 50 percent revenue growth three years in a row. Those numbers are even more impressive when you realize the average growth rate for the industry is actually no growth at all, it’s a ten percent decrease.

To manage that change, Gilbert has embraced an approach that required starting a new company to do things a new way, rather than trying to adapt an existing organization. DDM reaches ten-times the amount of people it did just a few years ago. One property of DDM,, drives more traffic than when you include the traffic to the online classified ads.

“Newspapers are a variety show,” said Gilbert. “They are a little bit of everything from non-experts. But on the web you have to be the best at what you do because if you’re not, better is just a click away.”

Gilbert says newspapers and TV are far from the only industries to face disruptive change, noting telecommunications, education, transportation and health care have all faced the same issues.

Expo MarketPlace, Expo Forum luncheon coming May 11

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Expo Marketplace from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

Former Jazz center and NBA All-Star Mark Eaton will be our keynote speaker for the Expo Forum luncheon May 11th at noon, just before the opening of the Expo MarketPlace.

Eaton, who played for the  Jazz from 1982-93, will share his insight on “How to win… at anything. Eaton’s story is one of triumph and record breaking success. He is a business and motivational speaker who shares how he went from a 7’4″ twenty-one year old mechanic who couldn’t play basketball to a 12-year career as an NBA All Star. Eaton will explain the philosophy, principles and techniques that enabled him to take it to the top and make history in the NBA.

The Salt Lake Chamber Expo MarketPlace opens in the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom at 1:30 p.m. with over 100 businesses ready to propel ideas and solutions for the 800-plus attendees.

You can register for the Expo MarketPlace or the Expo Forum luncheon with Mark Eaton by CLICKING HERE.

Expo MarketPlace helps Utah businesses connect

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Salt Lake Chamber Expo MarketPlace helped Utah businesses connect, network and strength their bottom lines today at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

“Times have been pretty challenging for many of these businesses,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “I’ve heard more optimism from our exhibitors and the attendees today and that’s a positive sign for our economy.”

In its 22nd year, the Expo MarketPlace, previously called the Business-to-Business Expo featured 150 exhibitors ranging from small to big organizations. Approximately 800 people attended the event.

Bill Manning, president of Major League Soccer Cup Champion Real Salt Lake, was the keynote speaker at the Expo Forum, a luncheon hosted prior to the opening of the Expo MarketPlace show floor. Manning shared the keys to building a championship organization.

The Expo MarketPlace is held semiannually with the next installment set for October 28, 2010 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Registration for the next even is open now.

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Making the Expo MarketPlace even better

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

For an organization with roots that pre-date Utah’s statehood, it would be easy to fall into a rut and do things the same way we always have just because that’s how we’ve always done them.

This week we’re putting a new spin on one of our longest-running events, the Expo MarketPlace. The Expo MarketPlace is Thursday, May 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Before we open the doors to the Expo floor, we’re adding a new twist: the Expo Forum luncheon.

Bill Manning, the president of MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake will share his tips for building a championship franchise.

Building a Championship Franchise takes hard work, commitment and passion. Manning left a position with the Philadelphia Eagles to build a winner in Utah. In his short time in Salt Lake City, Manning secured naming rights for Rio Tinto Stadium, hosted the MLS All-Star Game and built a soccer club that claimed the MLS Cup.

The same principles that helped Manning lift RSL to the top of Major League Soccer, apply to your business.


With over 150 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors, the Salt Lake Chamber Expo MarketPlace is the perfect place to connect with potential customers and vendors, and to strengthen your bottom line.

The Expo MarketPlace is open to anyone over the age of 18 and admission is free. Limited booth space is still available.

Join us Thursday for the Expo Forum luncheon and the Expo MarketPlace.

Where the rubber meets the road

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As a business organization, we at the Salt Lake Chamber work hard to help businesses succeed.

All year long, and particularly during the legislative session, we focus on promoting public policy that benefits business.

We keep our eye trained on the goal of sustained economic growth as we try to build a better future for Utah businesses and Utah families.

While much of our effort goes into public policy work, the Chamber is also focused on helping business where the rubber meets the road.

We’re in the middle of the 4th Annual Dine O’Round, presented by the Downtown Alliance.  Through May 1st, 37 downtown restaurants are offering some great deals to encourage people from all along the Wasatch Front to come downtown and try something new.

All 37 restaurants offer a special 3-course dinner for either $15 or $30.

New this Spring is “Lunch On Us!” which features a special two item lunch for $5 or $10 at 27 of the participating restaurants.

Dine O’ Round is a boost for downtown business and provides a great opportunity to get out of the office on a beautiful spring day and enjoy the many special flavors of downtown eateries.

For more information, you can go to

We’re also holding our Expo MarketPlace May 13th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The Expo MarketPlace is another great way the Chamber helps business network and strengthen the bottom line.

Before the doors open for the Expo MarketPlace, this year we’re offering a new feature, the Expo Forum. Bill Manning, president of the MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake, will give insight on “Building a Championship Franchise.”

Booth space is going quickly but a few opportunities are still available.

For more information about participating in the Expo MarketPlace or to attend the Expo Forum, go to our website at

Where the rubber meets the road from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.