Ute flag proudly displayed at Utah Valley Chamber

Monday, November 29th, 2010

They say, “to the victor go the spoils.”

Thanks to a late game touchdown and timely block of a last second field goal, the Salt Lake Chamber claimed victory in the third annual friendly wager on the BYU-Utah rivalry game. (FULL STORY)

The bet was simple: if the Cougars won the game, the BYU flag will fly proudly over the Salt Lake Chamber. The Utes victory means the Utah Valley Chamber had to fly the Utah flag in a prominent place, right in the heart of Utah County.

It’s good to see Utah Valley Chamber President Steve Densley is a man of his word.

We reaffirm, neither chamber officially condones gambling, gaming or any other form of wagering outside of friendly BYU-Utah related matters. We appreciate the Utah Valley Chamber’s willingness to engage in what is becoming a fun tradition.

Making a “friendly wager” on the BYU-Utah game

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Chamber President Lane Beattie pays up after BYU's win over the Utes last year.

The on-field rivalry between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah has spilled over into the business community.

For the third consecutive year, Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and his counterpart, Steve Densley, president of the Utah Valley Chamber, have jumped into the fray with a parlay of their own.

If the Cougars win the game, the Ute flag will fly proudly over the Utah Valley Chamber and if the University of Utah claims victory, the Cougar flag will fly at the Salt Lake Chamber.

“Business is competitive just like sports,” said Beattie whose chamber is officially cheering for the Utes. “Both teams know there’s more on the line than just a victory but we’re looking forward to seeing a Utes flag fly in Utah County.”

Always intense, the game will be even more significant because BYU can move into a tie for second place in the Mountain West Conference with a victory. This is also the final time the schools will take the field as conference foes with Utah moving to the Pac-12 and BYU going independent in football after this season.

Neither chamber officially condones gambling, gaming or any other form of wagering outside of friendly BYU-Utah related matters and both like their chances of coming out on top.

“The BYU-Utah game is a fun tradition that evokes a great deal of passion from fans of both schools,” said Beattie. “We’re excited for a good game and it’s nice to have an extra reason to cheer for the school you support.”

Honoring the Athena, Pathfinders and naming a new WBC boss

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

This was a big news day at the Chamber and for the Women’s Business Center in particular.

This afternoon we named Dr. Cynthia Bioteau as the 25 woman to receive the Athena Award. Dr. Bioteau is the president and CEO of Salt Lake Community College. Check out the video to see why she was the perfect honoree:

2010 Athena Dr. Cynthia Bioteau from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

Five women also received the prestigious Pathfinder award for their efforts to, as the name would indicate, blaze the trail for other women in business. Here’s the video rundown of the honorees:

2010 Pathfinders from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

We also said goodbye to Lavanya Mahate who has served as the program director of the Women’s Business Center for the past three year. She’s heading off to practice what she’s been preaching all these year and starting a business. You can track her next venture at www.eastindiapantry.com.

Chamber President Lane Beattie announced that Pam Okumura will take over as program director of the WBC. Okumura has been a business consultant with the WBC over the past year. Read more about her goals for the WBC going forward HERE.

Salt Shaker, Sen. Hatch herald opening of Alternative Vehicle Solutions’ R&D facility in SLC

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Salt Shakers, the official goodwill ambassadors of the Salt Lake Chamber, took part in the grand opening of Alternative Vehicle Solutionsnew 5,000 sq. ft. Research and Design facility in the greater Salt Lake area for the development of EPA Certified Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel delivery systems for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and aftermarket applications. The company has already signed a long term commitment to be a supplier to the General Motors Alternative Fuel Program.

The GM dedicated CNG vans will begin rolling off the assembly line at PCI a division of IMPCO Technologies located in Union City, Indiana this month.  As GM re-enters the CNG market, the technical side will be supplied by another local based company, Natural Drive. Natural Drive has supplied the market with EPA certified conversions in the General Motors platform for the last three years.

Sen. Orrin Hatch was also in attendance for the grand opening. He expressed his support of CNG in Utah.

“Congratulations to a new Utah based green company and green jobs created by Alternative Vehicle Solution,” said Sen. Hatch.  ”I have been supporting the necessary incentives for the last 15 years to move CNG forward in Utah and throughout the nation so we can use our own abundant natural gas in our own backyard.”

The AVS Research and Development facility is located at 255 West 2950 South in Salt Lake City. The facility is ISO 9001 compliant with all the state of the art computer design capability, inspection and testing equipment to meet the strict safety and durability standards set by General Motors.

Signing the Utah Compact

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The Utah Compact from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

We join those who signed the compact to urge our elected leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex challenges associated with a broken national immigration system. We also encourage all Utahns to carefully consider the principles outlined in The Utah Compact and to add their names to the list of supporters at www.utahcompact.com.

Exactly 390 years ago today a group of Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. Of course, today we also honor the men and women who have fought to preserve the freedoms we enjoy, including our right to freely assemble.

In that spirit, the Salt Lake Chamber proudly joined a variety of community, business, political and religious leaders in signingthe Utah Compact. The Utah Compact is a declaration of five principles to guide Utah’s immigration discussion.

“There is no simple solution with an issue like immigration,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, which represents one-third of the jobs in the Utah economy. “Any immigration legislation will have a ripple effect that touches the economy, families and the perception of our state across the world. Crafting a solution that adheres to these five principles will ensure those consequences are considered and that changes to immigration law reflect the values of our state.”

Groups and individuals concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion developed the Utah Compact over several months. The Chamber was proud to play a role in the discussions. As the document began to take shape, more individuals and organizations expressed support, provided valuable perspective and a true grassroots movement was underway.

We join those who signed the compact to urge our elected leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex challenges associated with a broken national immigration system.

We also encourage all Utahns to carefully consider the principles outlined in The Utah Compact and to add their names to the list of supporters at www.utahcompact.com.

Newsweek loves Utah

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Utah has received gobs of adulation from a host of publications for the state’s economic performance during the Great Recession and now Newsweek has joined Forbes in naming us as among the “Top 10 Places in America Poised for Recovery.”

The article points out that Utah has attracted expansion from tech companies like Twitter, Adobe and others. Looks like we’re becoming the new Silicon Valley.

You can read the full article HERE.

In another  Newsweek article, Utah is praised as the new “economic Zion.” You can read that full article HERE.

If you want to see more of the praise being heaped on Utah, click HERE.

Chamber, Salt Lake City win green! Clear the Air Challenge awarded a 2010 Green Business Award

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Clear the Air Challenge from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

Utah Business Magazine recently recognized Salt Lake City’s Clear the Air Challenge with a Green Business Award specifically highlighting the campaign’s outreach to the business community. The challenge has a straightforward goal: to reduce the number of vehicle trips taken during the month of July.  More than 50 percent of the particulates in our air that contribute to our “Red” air quality days come from motorized vehicles.

In order to increase participation, the Air Quality Partners Team, convened by Salt Lake City and made up of representatives from government, nonprofit, business and community organizations, teamed up with the Salt Lake Chamber to energize the business community in support of the 2010 Clear the Air Challenge.

The Chamber created a Clean Air Business Committee, to encourage businesses to make it easier for employees to take public transportation, bike, carpool, telecommute or create flexible work schedules. The committee also promotes best business practices in regard to beneficial air quality measures, produces air quality education materials and analyzes air quality legislative issues.

The results of the Chamber’s outreach and the push within the business community are–pardon the pun–clear: more than 50 percent of the Clear the Air Challenge participants reported learning about the challenge from their employer. More than 100 companies competed in the challenge, and four of the top five grand prizes went to employer based teams.

The 2010 Clear the Air Challenge eliminated 2.2 million pounds of emission, saved nearly 59,500 gallons of gas, 1.3 million miles traveled and 105,000 trips. These results are impressive but it is only a start.  The Chamber will continue to work with Salt Lake City to help grow the impact of this statewide challenge.

Contact the Chamber on how you can be involved in the Clean Air Committee or learn more about ways that your company can help improve Utah’s air quality. (email revans@slchamber.com)

The growth of an entrepreneur- grand opening of T’s Grill

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last week, the Salt Shakers, the white-coat wearing ambassadors of the Salt Lake Chamber, were invited to attend the grand opening of T’s Grill, located in the Ken Garff Building on the corner of 400 South and Main Street.  The T’s Grill story is the epitome of the small business entrepreneur starting from a humble beginning and working to expand and grow.

This story began in 2006 with a small concession stand serving any event that they could get into and successfully grew into a catering business.  The opening of their first restaurant last week was in response to customer demand for a “brick and mortar” location.  The owner and operators of T’s Grill were extremely gracious and greatly appreciated that we helped them celebrate their opening.  They had complimentary food for all to sample and I can attest that it was amazing. I wish T’s Grill success with this new venture!

This post was submitted by Bill Comeau of Rocky Mountain Power who serves as Head Salt Shaker

Pathfinder discusses award, women in business

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

2010 Pathfinder Amanda Dickson from Salt Lake Chamber on Vimeo.

The American Express Women & Business Conference and the Athena Award Luncheon presented by Wells Fargo. We’re not only going to honor our Athena, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, we’re presenting five deserving women with the Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually during the American Express Women & Business Conference during the Athena Award Luncheon to a select number of worthy community leaders who have a history of support for women and women’s issues and who have worked to further the development and recognition of women. This award has been a traditional part of the conference for many years.

This year’s honorees include:

• Amy Rees Anderson, CEO of MediConnect Global
• Amanda Dickson, Co-Host at KSL News Radio 1160 AM
• Nicole Mouskondis, Senior Vice President of Nicholas & Co.
• Diane Q. Mansfield, Vice President of Human Resources for Questar Corp.
• Senator Luz Robles, Utah State Senate & Diverse Market Business Development Manager, Zions Bank

Amanda Dickson joined us to talk about being named a Pathfinder, the importance of an event like the Women & Business Conference and her relationship with her mentor.