This Week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, November 14th, 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.

Did you know that the Leonardo was named one of the 10 coolest places to hang out with the family in Salt Lake City? The Leonardo is a non-profit community-powered museum which opened in 2011.

Once home to the Salt Lake City Public Library, The Leonardo’s downtown location has served the people of the Wasatch Front for nearly 50 years. The Leonardo is a contemporary museum highlighting today’s topics in science and culture. It is their mission to inspire curiosity, creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Leonardo has a lot to offer! They also are committed to providing educators of all backgrounds and levels with inventive, high quality teaching material that promotes inquiry, creative thinking and problem solving. Use some of their free lesson plans and other resources to increase engagement and learning in science, technology, engineering, math, and art — and to promote vital 21st-century skills in your classroom or home.

For more information, visit theleonardo.org.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for support of Nation Guard and Reserve employees.

Zions Bank was one of the 2014 Freedom Award recipients that was honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon on September 26th. The 2014 recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.

Last year, recipients met with President Barack Obama and senior Defense Department leaders as part of the award recognition.

For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, please visit FreedomAward.mil under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Are you registered for the Women & Business Conference that takes place next Tuesday? This conference is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to honor and strengthen the place of women in the workplace.

The Salt Lake Chamber has named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Peggy is a motivating force at WCF, especially to the women she works with. She has reached a level of success in the midst of consistent challenges and obstacles. She will be the first to admit that the road has been difficult, but through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. She was the first female senior executive at WCF and since that time she has been instrumental in helping other women achieve higher levels of success within the company.

Congratulations Peggy Larsen!

The Women & Business Conference is on Tuesday! In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business.

One of the Pathfinder recipients is Patrice Arent. During Patrice’s years at the Utah State Legislature, seventy of her bills have been passed.  These are important bills that have changed the lives of women and children in our community.  Patrice takes time to mentor and coach women who are running for office and encourages women to get involved in our political process.

Another Pathfinder recipient is Juanita Damon. Juanita has made outstanding contributions to women in her business and in the community.  She supports the American Express Women’s Interest Network by helping create employee development events for the women in our company. She has been sponsoring an internship program with the University of Utah bringing students into American Express for opportunities to get “real life” work experience, understand how to manage projects, and help them begin to build a brand within our company.

Congratulations to these recipients!

The Women & Business Conference is on Tuesday! In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business.

One Pathfinder recipient is Martha Eining. Over the years Martha has mentored and provided guidance to countless women as they received their education at the University of Utah and provided invaluable direction to women as they launched their careers in business.

Another Pathfinder recipient is Denise Winslow. Denise takes time to educate all community non-profits and their executive and program directors on what fits Wells Fargo’s giving philosophy.  She takes this same education approach in working with the many Wells Fargo team members that are passionate about a worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to these recipients! Be sure to register for this great event honoring these Pathfinders.

For more information visit slchamber.com.

This Week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, October 24th, 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.

Are you looking to save a little money at the pharmacy?

In just two years Utahns have saved $12,311,092 on prescription drug refills by using the Utah Drug Card. The card is available through the Salt Lake Chamber, offering savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs.

The cost of health care has risen dramatically in recent years and it’s having a very real impact on businesses, families and individuals. We continue to work on our efforts to drive down health insurance costs for business in our state but this allows us to provide intermediate relief as a statewide business organization and as a good community partner.

The card can be used at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country. The Utah Drug Card provides Utah residents with a simple solution to the confusing maze of discount prescription programs that have appeared in recent years. Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees, and some have membership restrictions such as age and income requirements.

Take a moment to check out this great community benefit. For more information visit slchamber.com or Utah drug card.com.

President Barack Obama has appointed Holland & Hart Partner Jody Williams as Commissioner of the Bear River Commission. For more than 30 years, Williams has focused her practice on water law and helped clients navigate the complexities of doing business in the Mountain West. Throughout her career she has been involved in the complex water issues in the Bear River Basin.

With a national reputation for water law, she understands the complex, competing demands for water across the West and the political, economic and social contexts in which disputes arise.

As a long-time problem solver and Chamber member, Williams has negotiated resolution of these conflicts with agencies, diverse stakeholders and public interest groups. She is recognized throughout the industry for her knowledge of water rights, natural resources, commercial real estate transactions and energy law.

She has been an essential voice for getting the Salt Lake Chamber engaged in the water conversations. Congratulations, Jody! For more information visit hollandhart.com.

We need your help in shaping the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains with the Mountain Accord initiative!

Mountain Accord is a multi-phase initiative that seeks to make critical decisions regarding the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. It will holistically evaluate and address issues and goals centered on four topic areas: environment, recreation, transportation and economy.

Mountain Accord is a collaboration between public and private interests, including state and local governments, federal agencies and business and grassroots organizations. Public involvement is an important component of this effort, and input received from the public will be used to inform and guide the process.

Few places in the world have a natural asset as valuable as the Central Wasatch Mountains are to the communities surrounding them. The mountains provide us with water, easy access to superb recreational opportunities, landscape-scale habitat protection and they serve as the place-maker for our region.

Visit mountainaccord.com today to be part of this great effort.

While it may not jump immediately to mind, superior wastewater handling ranks among the necessities that contribute to our high quality of life.

The South Valley Sewer District provides service to an area of approximately 108 square miles in southern Salt Lake County and northern Utah County with nearly 58,000 connections.

South Valley Sewer District completed energy efficiency improvements at its Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility in Riverton with help from Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program.

The improvements reduced annual electricity use by 2 million kilowatt-hours and provide cost savings of more than $122,000 per year. They also received technical expertise and cash incentives from Rocky Mountain Power totaling more than $252,000.

To find out if Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program is right for your energy efficiency project, visit wattsmart.com.

Kimberly Angeli-Selin, Senior Director of programming and events of Downtown Alliance, was recently recognized with a Slow Food Utah “Snail Award.” During the non-profit culinary organization’s annual “Feast of Five Senses” Dinner and Fundraiser, Kim was recognized as a Community Leader in Utah’s Food world, due in part to her dedicated work with the Downtown Farmer’s Market at Pioneer Park. Her support and passion for our community’s farmers, growers, food purveyors and her love for our community is evidenced in this work and in the thriving market that happens for 20 weeks out of every year.

Slow Food Utah’s Snail Awards were launched in 2012 as a way of recognizing those people who are ardent supporters and believers in the Slow Food mission; which is to provide good, clean and fair food for everyone. Slow Food people are connoisseurs of taste, protectors of food heritage and champions of local producers.

Congratulations, Kim!

For more information visit slchamber.com

This week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, October 3rd, 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.

As a witness to history, Dan Rather will be answering questions asked by Doug Fabrizio at the 2014 EDCUtah Annual Meeting. At the meeting, “Rather Intriguing: A Q&A with a witness to history,” Dan Rather will share his experience as an award winning journalist, as well as answer questions sent in by the audience. EDCUtah’s meeting is tomorrow, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel. You can send your questions to AskRather@edcutah.org or use the hashtag “AskRather” on Facebook or Twitter.

For more than 40 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. From the Kennedy assassination, where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed, to the Indian Ocean tsunami, he has covered every major story of our time, with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news.

Don’t miss this great event. Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets are still available! Visit edcutah.org for more information.

BHB Engineers, a structural consulting firm located in Salt Lake City, is hosting its bi-annual seminar for architects studying for the structural portion of the Architect Registration Examination.  The event will be held October 15-16.  Multiple engineers from BHB will present at this two-day seminar. There will be no charge to the attendees.  E-mail Amber Craighill for more details and to make a reservation. Amber’s email address is amber.craighill@bhbengineers.com.

BHB provides unmatched structural engineering services, to which its clients will testify. At BHB they engineer results by focusing on responsiveness, coordination and creativity. BHB is the first firm called for structural consultation. Its office environment encourages great engineers and drafters to produce quality work in a supportive team environment.

BHB engineers results by providing highly innovative engineering services, unsurpassed customer service and coordination and opportunities for employment and growth.

Three and half years ago when the economy was looking grim, Salt Lake Chamber established The Utah Jobs Agenda to stimulate Utah’s economic recovery during the recession. You remember that Utah’s economy had lost 100,000 jobs to this point during the downturn. At the time, business leaders came together to set an ambitious goal of creating 150,000 jobs in as little as five years – an unthinkable task. At every meeting Lane Beattie would ask business leaders to go back to the office and hire one more person – and business leaders responded.

As it turns out, the business community stepped up and hired more people and they did it ahead of schedule. Friday, September 19th, the Utah Jobs Report was released and indicated that the Utah Jobs Agenda not only met, but exceeded the goal of creating 150,000 jobs since January 2011.

The Utah Jobs Agenda is a great example of a very purposeful, engaged and active business community setting a course and moving Utah forward positively. The completion of the private sector’s plan shows Utah’s economy is leading the nation. For more information visit slchamber.com.

Recently the Utah Foundation published an article titled, “Flowing Toward 2050: Utah’s Water Outlook.”

As we all know Utah’s population is projected to grow by 2.5 million people in the next 35 years. The implications of this projected growth are far reaching not only for state and local leaders and for policy makers but also for our State’s water managers. Two different viewpoints on Utah’s water future exist – that the state currently has enough water for future demands or the state needs to develop multiple projects to ensure continued water sustainability.

Water is an essential element for sustaining life and is especially valuable in Utah with discussions on water policy are not going away. This report presents six recommendations for policy strategies or further study in the fields of rate structure, local response, and planning.

For more information on the future of Utah’s water, see the Utah Foundation’s website at utahfoundation.org.

Things are quickly changing outside with shorter days and cooler temperatures. These tips will help you keep your business warm and bright – while saving energy and money.

-Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during work hours, and lower the setting at night when the space is unoccupied.

-If your heating system is more than 15 years old consider upgrading to an energy-efficient system. The savings in energy and maintenance can lead to a quick payback.

-With less daylight, you may want to adjust or upgrade your indoor and outdoor lighting, which can account for as much as 20 percent of your electricity bill.

Rocky Mountain Power offers incentives for qualifying heating equipment and lighting upgrades, including high-efficiency fluorescent,  LEDs and controls.  Contact Rocky Mountain Power at wattsmart.com to learn more.

 

This week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, September 26th, 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.

The Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium and Your Utah Your Future Workshops are scheduled for Thursday, October 23, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center and you are invited to attend.

The consortium brings together hundreds of local government leaders and staff, representatives from the planning, development, and business and community organizations, and the general public.

Attendees will hear directly from several local communities regarding how they have developed key areas and how the Wasatch Choice for 2040 tools have been instrumental in their success.

Attendees will also be part of a planning process regarding the future of our State and will provide input on the Your Utah Your Future initiative via an interactive workshop that focuses on topics such as water, air quality, education, economic development, transportation and more.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! For more information visit wfrc.org.

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Natural History Museum of Utah scientists delve into the past to help people make informed decisions about the future. Sustainability is at the core of its Salt Lake City home, at the Rio Tinto Center.

The museum building was designed and built according to the standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold Certification with energy efficiency playing a major role.

Working with Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program the museum implemented a range of energy-savings measures, including high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, lighting fixtures and day lighting.

The museum is saving approximately 314,000 kilowatt-hours in electricity and $22,000 in energy costs annually. They also received nearly $41,000 in Rocky Mountain Power incentives.

To see if wattsmart Business is right for your business, visit wattsmart.com.

The Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Mountainland Association of Governments have been awarded a highly-competitive, national grant to study the I-15/FrontRunner corridor along the Wasatch Front between Utah County and Weber County.

The I-15/FrontRunner corridor along the Wasatch Front is among the most heavily congested areas in the state. With Utah’s population in this area expected to increase 60% by 2040, the study will provide a much-needed plan to look at all modes of transportation and the connectivity between them, including how roads, public transportation, biking and walking can provide choices for getting around.

The Pioneer Corridor Plan will provide a framework to enhance regional mobility and strengthen the economy through proactive planning that improves access to jobs and facilitates the movement of goods and services.

It is anticipated that the study will begin this fall and will take approximately one and a half years to complete.

Congratulations on receiving this grant!

The Buckner Company recently announced several leadership changes, reflecting the advancement of strong leaders throughout the company.

Terry H. Buckner, formerly the President and CEO, will now serve as Chairman and CEO of his family-owned, third-generation commercial insurance brokerage. Mark Oh-lig-sh-lay-ger has been promoted from Executive Vice President and COO to President and COO.  In a new position for The Buckner Company, Christian Deputy has been named the Chief Sales Officer.

The Buckner Company also announced the opening of their new Denver, Colorado office.  The Salt Lake City-based commercial insurance brokerage has been named one of Utah’s fastest-growing companies and has opened three other offices in the past three years.

The Buckner Company has been serving the insurance needs of the most successful businesses in the West with honesty, integrity, and superior service for more than 77 years. Visit www.buckner.com for more information.

The Utah Small Business Coalition is proud to host the 3rd Annual Small Business Summit. This conference is specifically geared to small business owners and managers and features informative keynote speakers and numerous breakout sessions aimed to help small businesses improve their bottom line and build stronger businesses.

The keynote presentations for this event include “Growing a Stronger Business” by Rudy Vidal, “Using Engagement Marketing to Fill Your Sales Funnel” by Zak Barron and “Utah Small Businesses: Challenges and Opportunities” by Jon Lieber. Some of the breakout sessions include “Financing Your Small Business,” “Building a Sustainable Business,” Deepening Customer Relations,” “The Power of Perception” and many others.

Don’t miss this opportunity! The Utah Small Business Summit takes place on Wednesday, October 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event will take place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

For more information and to register for the event, visit slchambeer.com.

 

 

This week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, September 5th, 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.

The Women’s Business Center, a non-profit organization within the Salt Lake Chamber, has had an amazing year! From 2013 through 2014 the Women’s Business Center has added 187 new clients, 15 percent of which were men. They have also trained 3,363 people in 118 trainings and provided 369 consultations with budding entrepreneurs, adding up to 557.5 hours of consultation time.

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 past fiscal year they 33 new businesses were created and along with it many new jobs. They also have helped 52 businesses with their marketing plans.

As you can tell, the Women’s Business Center is a great resource. They have definitely hit above the mark.

To learn more about the Women’s Business Center and what they have accomplished, please visit slchamber.com and click on our blog.

The X-ray products produced by Varian Medical Systems give medical professionals powerful tools to help their patients. It also takes a lot of power to manufacture the high-quality X-ray tubes and digital detectors the medical field relies on.

With help from Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program, Varian has reduced energy use throughout its Salt Lake City facility. Since 2001, they have received more than $258,000 in Rocky Mountain Power incentives for lighting, compressed air and other upgrades.

These efficiency projects are saving Varian nearly 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than $358,000 in energy costs annually.

Energy efficiency also supports Varian’s environmental efforts, which include water efficiency, waste reduction, greening its supply chain and purchasing renewable energy.

To see if wattsmart Business is right for you, visit wattsmart.com.

Security Service Federal Credit Union has released a new banking app designed for tablets. This app is compatible with both iPad and Android. With the introduction of myBranch Tablet Banking, members can now use both smartphones and tablets to check account balances, make mobile deposits, get transaction details, pay bills and transfer funds. The app also includes a GPS-based locator that provides details on the nearest branch or ATM.

More than 110,000 members have signed up for the “myBranch Mobile” app for smartphones since it launched just over a year ago. Security Service Federal Credit Union is committed to developing relevant mobile functionality to keep pace with the on-the-go digital lifestyles of its members.

There are several safety features built into the new app including the ability to send an alert when a charge to a credit card or ATM withdrawal exceeds a certain amount or when an account balance gets low.

Security Service Federal Credit Union’s “myBranch Mobile” is available now for download for iPad and Android tablets in iTunes or Google Play.

At the beginning of August, Architectural Nexus announced Kenner Kingston as its new president. Kenner most recently served as the managing partner in the Salt Lake City office. He also served as Architectural Nexus’ first Director of Sustainability.

Kenner succeeds Don Finlayson who was the first president of the combined firms that created Architectural Nexus. Finlayson will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and in his role as a firm principal and medical planner.

Architectural Nexus is a leading architectural design firm in the Intermountain West and Central California regions. Architectural Nexus is known for technical excellence and exemplary design. Their collaborative spirit begins within their open environment offices and the philosophy that “the best idea wins no matter who brings it.” It continues with an open and communicative relationship with the client and other stakeholders.

For more information visit www.archnexus.com.

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.

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

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 25th, 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.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo Presented by Komatsu Equipment returns to the Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City, Monday through Saturday.

Six big nights of bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and roping – by 400 of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls! Monday night is bullriding only with a special event by the PBR. Tuesday night is Family Night offering discounts to families. Wednesday night is Hero’s Night offering discounts to military and law enforcement that purchase tickets at the gate and provide valid I.D.

Free concerts every single night, including The Charley Jenkins Band, Michael Martin Murphy, and No Limits. On Saturday, the hit band Train will put on a public concert on 300 West following the rodeo – absolutely free, thanks to sponsor, Zions Bank.

Find discount coupons for all tickets and all rodeo performances at Utah Maverik Stores, Zions Bank or the Salt Lake Chamber. Proceeds benefit United Way’s Changing the Odds Campaign for at-risk kids. Buy tickets now at the Energy Solutions Arena. Get your rodeo on!