SLC listed as a top place for job-seeking veterans

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A new study by the United Services Automobile Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program calls Salt Lake City one of the best places for veterans to find a job. The 2013 “Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” list identifies U.S. metropolitan areas that offer America’s new generation of veterans more opportunities to find a military skill-related job.

Over the next five years, more than one million service members and their families are expected to leave the armed forces, according to Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes and Navy Reserve Judge Advocate Commander. “We must remain vigilant to help these men and women find employment, and this list highlights the top places where veterans can put their skills to work.”

Other cities on the list include Dallas, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Austin, Orlando and Houston, which ranked first in the nation in the survey.

“Some of the keys to a successful military separation are planning and preparing well in advance, including determining where you want to live and work,” said Eric Engquist, executive director of military transitions at USAA. “This study and resources, like USAA’s military separation checklist and military separation assessment tool, can help those who have left or are considering leaving the service make their transition as smooth as possible.”

In determining whether an area is a good fit for a veteran’s job hunt, the survey took several things into account, including employment opportunities in the top industries employing post-9-11 veterans, unemployment rate and recent job growth, presence of colleges and universities, and access to Veterans Affairs hospitals and health resources.

Utah boasts a 4.6 percent unemployment rate—nearly three points below the national average. As part of the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition, the Salt Lake Chamber also helps host Hiring Our Heroes job fairs during the year to help our veterans find employment. The next two job fairs will be on January 23, 2014, in St. George and March 25, 2014, at South Towne Exposition Center.

To see the lists and access the Best Places for Veterans tool to create a customized list of best places, visit

USAA is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes initiative established to help veterans find meaningful employment. Since 2005, USAA has hired more than 7,800 military veterans and spouses. Today, one out of every four new hires at USAA is a veteran or military spouse, and USAA is now working to meet a new internal goal that 30 percent of the organization’s new hires be veterans or military spouses.

About USAA
USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services to 9.8 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military — and their eligible family members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect this nation, its economy, and the global business environment.

INFOGRAPHIC: How SLC does Hiring Our Heroes

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Looking for the most veteran friendly business

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The search is on for the most veteran friendly small business in America.

On March 28th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program and Spike TV’s Hire A Veteran campaign launched the Small Business Tournament of Veteran Champions to find the most veteran friendly small business in America.

To be eligible, businesses must have 500 or fewer employees and an annual revenue of less than $20 million. Business wishing to apply also must commit to hire as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign, which has a goal of engaging the business community to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. It’s simple to sign up–just visit The team at Hiring Our Heroes will work with you to help you fulfill this commitment.

The winning business will receive a 30-second public service announcement produced by and aired on Spike TV to highlight its commitment to veteran-friendly practices. The winner will also receive two tickets, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards in June where their business will be recognized.

Think your business fits the bill as the most veteran friendly business? You can apply online at The deadline is this Friday, April 26, so apply now!

Hiring Our Heroes coming April 17

Monday, April 8th, 2013

In March 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide grassroots campaign to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in hundreds of communities across America. In 21 months, this vision has become a reality.

Through the end of 2012, 388 hiring fairs were hosted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through these fairs, 18,400 veterans and military spouses landed jobs through more than 1,050 different businesses. Nearly half of those companies are small businesses and more than 300 new companies joined that list this quarter alone.

However, with national rates of unemployment above 10 percent for post-9/11 veterans, nearly 30 percent for veterans under 25, and 26 percent for military spouses, more needs to be done. To help, Hiring Our Heroes has launched multiple initiatives.

Hiring 500,000 Heroes is a three-year commitment of $4.5 million from Capital One that kicked off in March 2012. Its goal is to engage the business community to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

Starting this month, Hiring Our Heroes will host employment workshops at every hiring fair. These workshops will help with resume building, interview techniques and career transition skills.

Hiring Our Heroes also wants to help veterans in branding and marketing themselves to potential employers through an online tool at VetNet was also recently launched as an online career resource for veterans and military spouses.

For more information on Hiring Our Heroes and their new programs, you can read their final quarterly report for 2012 here.

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair and the Military Family Summit will take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Wednesday, April 17, starting at 8 a.m. You can register and find more information here. 

Chamber honors Gen. Tarbet with Patriot Award

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors honored retiring Gen. Brian Tarbet with the Patriot award this morning during the monthly Board of Governors meeting.

The Patriot Award is a symbol of appreciation presented to individuals or organizations who demonstrate patriotic support of the United States Military and the courageous soldiers who stand ready to sacrifice for freedom and country.  Salt Lake Chamber Military Affairs Executive and Liaison committee members nominate and select each recipient.

“The business community stands in strong support of the men and women of our Armed Forces,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, who presented the award to Gen. Tarbet along with Al Walker, the chair of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee. “For 39 years, Gen. Tarbet’s experience, insight and actions have assisted in many emergencies that impacted Utah’s citizens. His leadership and direction has saved our troops, our neighbors and our families untold heartaches.”

Gen. Tarbet is the 26th recipient of the Patriot Award. You can see the complete list of honorees here.

Chamber to host Veterans Hiring Fair

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Salt Lake Chamber is teaming up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Davis Chamber, Ogden/Weber Chamber, Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition, to  host “Hiring Our Heroes – Salt Lake City,” a hiring fair for the region’s veterans and their spouses.  The event is part of the U.S. Chamber’s 100-city “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative, which thus far has connected more than 30,000 veterans with more than 1,700 employers, helping 2,600 veterans land jobs.

The are over one million unemployed veterans in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just under 5,000 live in Utah–the 10th lowest figure for any state in the nation.

Just last week, the Chamber held a panel discussion with local business leaders who have jobs they cannot fill simply because they cannot find workers with the right skills and education levels. Many veterans have skills that will help fill these jobs.

Potential employers have an advantage when hiring veterans. Those who have served in the military bring intangible skills to the workplace that often don’t show up on a resume. They are disciplined, hard working and often posses leadership skills beyond those of non-veteran workers.

This event is one of the largest fairs to date, bringing Salt Lake-area employers together with hundreds of local veterans. The event spans two days, Nov. 1 features a veterans job search seminar and a veteran business ownership workshop. The Nov. 4 event features a government contracting seminar from 9 a.m. to noon and a Hiring Our Heroes Job & Veterans Benefits Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants include companies ranging from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from across the state.  These companies are looking for veterans of all levels of rank and experience.

You can find more information HERE.

Chamber presents Patriot Award at 9/11 Flag stitching ceremony

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Earlier this week, the Salt Lake Chamber joined hundreds of Utahns who added a stitch to The National 9/11 Flag.

Destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas, The National 9/11 Flag is a living testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people.

The New York Says Thank You Foundation is currently taking The National 9/11 Flagon a journey across America where local service heroes in all 50 states will be given the historic privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format using pieces of fabric from American flags destined for retirement in each state. Once the flag is restored and made whole again by the 10th Year Anniversary of 9/11,

The National 9/11 Flag will become a part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center.

The Salt Lake Chamber, as Utah’s business leader, strongly supports the heroes who make up our military and first responders.

So many in this community make a tremendous effort to support our men and women in uniform, and it was our pleasure to honor two of them earlier this week.

The Salt Lake Chamber, with the support of our Military Affairs Committee, presents the Patriot award to an individual or organization that has made a considerable impact in relation to our service members and family members.

For the last ten years Tom Guinney (Center, above) and John Williams (left, above) have supported the “Salute to our Nation’s Defenders Picnic” at Hill AFB.

What started out at a small event of a couple hundred people has grown into a massive event that last Friday fed over 2,500 service members and their families.

All of the food is provided and served by Gastronomy, with sponsors like Zions Bank and America First Credit Union make cash contributions to help offset some of the cost.

Tom served our country as a member of the U.S. Navy during three tours in Vietnam. He has since become one of the biggest supporters and advocates for our service members in our community.

Recently Tom and John assisted the family of an Ogden Army reservist who had been shot in the head while serving in Afghanistan.  They closed their restaurant, the New Yorker, to allow Zions to host a fundraiser. Proceeds helped the soldier’s wife and young daughter be at his bedside while he recovers in a California hospital.