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!

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 18th, 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.

Though the Clear the Air Challenge has already started, it’s not too late for you to join the rest of the state in clearing our air. Air quality affects us all, so we can do our part.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. This new technology also allows you to track your past miles saved—as far back as when the Challenge started on July 1st. So it’s okay if you registered late!

The Clear the Air Challenge technology is also highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to earn and share virtual badges. As an active participant, you have the chance to win real-life prizes for doing your part in the Clear the Air Challenge.

Remember, you can still join the Challenge! We all play a role in keeping our air clean. Get your friends, family, coworkers or even your whole business involved in the Challenge to see who can save the most miles driven. Learn more about the Challenge and register online with your Facebook account at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

“Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” ranked Durham Jones and Pinegar as well as four of the firm’s attorneys in its 2014 rankings.

P. Christian Anderson, N. Todd Leishman, Kevin R. Pinegar and Thomas R. Taylor have all been recognized by Chambers USA for 2014. Each of them is listed in Utah Business Magazine’s Legal Elite. They all have also been recognized as Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers in America named Anderson as the Salt Lake City Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance and Pinegar in the area of corporate compliance law in 2013. Leishman was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2012.

Taylor and Leishman are named in Mountain States Super Lawyers as well.

All of Durham Jones and Pinegar attorneys recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business all maintain an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is a significant rating for a lawyer to earn. Congratulations to you all and to Durham Jones and Pinegar.

Salt Lake City-based Richter7 received nine 2014 American Advertising Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
Richter7 was recognized with four Gold and five Silver awards for their 2013 LEGO® animals campaign for Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Formerly known as the ADDYs, the American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition.

Creative director Gary Sume says the three-stage process of the American Advertising Awards makes it really challenging to win at the national level. Winning just shows what can happen with a willing client, a great product and a little luck.

The campaign was recognized in four different categories: non-traditional, integrated, collateral and television.

The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Established in 1971, Richter7 has been named Utah’s “Best of State” advertising agency eight times in the past decade and is nationally recognized for effective advertising, public relations, online interactive and design.

In today’s digital economy, mobile is the future of money.

Citizens around the Wasatch Front can now tap to pay with their smartphone at any of the 43 Smith’s Food and Drug stores, as well as hundreds of other stores and restaurants, around the region. Additionally, Smith’s customers can add their loyalty card to the Isis Wallet and no longer worry about carrying around the bulky key fob.

Since the launch of Isis nationwide last November, consumers across the country are experiencing the power and simplicity of paying with their phone and the response has been tremendous. In May, the company averaged over 20,000 Isis Wallet activations a day and their growth rate doubled over the prior month.

The right ecosystem support is in place to bolster growing consumer adoption. As of today, 68 mobile devices across AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless support the Wallet. The Wallet now comes preloaded on 14 smartphones with more preloaded devices in the pipeline. You can download the Isis Wallet for free from the App Store or Google Play. Once set up, customers can pay at more than 200,000 merchants across the nation.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo Presented by Komatsu Equipment returns to the Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City July 21 through the 26.

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!

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 11th, 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.

Though the Clear the Air Challenge has already started, it’s not too late for you to join the rest of the state in clearing our air. Air quality affects us all, so we can do our part.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. This new technology also allows you to track your past miles saved—as far back as when the Challenge started on July 1st. So it’s okay if you registered late!

The Clear the Air Challenge technology is also highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to earn and share virtual badges. As an active participant, you have the chance to win real-life prizes for doing your part in the Clear the Air Challenge.

Remember, you can still join the Challenge! We all play a role in keeping our air clean. Get your friends, family, coworkers or even your whole business involved in the Challenge to see who can save the most miles driven. Learn more about the Challenge and register online with your Facebook account at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

Reducing electricity use during the summer can substantially lower operating costs. While inspecting your cooling system is a great place to start, don’t stop there.

Set the thermostat to 78° degrees during work hours, and raise the setting to 85° degrees when the space is unoccupied.

Install solar control window films to existing glass on south- and west-facing windows. This helps to conserve energy anytime air conditioning is needed.

Upgrade to a cool roof. Cool roofing materials reflect sunlight and absorb less heat to keep interiors cooler.

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

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers cash incentives for window films, cool roofs and cooling equipment upgrades. For details, visit wattsmart.com.

We are proud to announce that the Chamber has named Terry Buckner, president and CEO of The Buckner Company, as the 106th person to serve as chair of the Board of Governors. Starting July 1, 2014, Buckner will serve a one-year term as chair.

After assuming full control of The Buckner Company in 1992 from his father and uncle, Buckner made several strategic moves that allowed the company to experience explosive growth, propelling it to become one of the region’s largest independent insurance brokers. He charged Chamber leaders to continue finding “common ground” on key issues. He encouraged the Chamber to reach out to young business leaders and help them become more engaged in leading our community successfully into the future.

Buckner takes over as chair for Ron Jibson, who is the chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corporation. As immediate past chair, Jibson’s influence will continue to play an active role on the Chamber Executive Board.

Lori Chillingworth, Executive Vice President of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division, has accepted the role of vice chair on the Chamber’s Board of Governors.

The Utah Transit Authority has been named as the American Public Transportation Association’s Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2014. Winning this award means that UTA is the best large public transportation system in North America. This is one of the most prestigious awards in the public transportation industry.

Last year, UTA completed the FrontLines 2015 project, which included five UTA rail projects adding 70 miles to the rail network. UTA has also been experiencing the highest ridership in history at more than 44 million boardings.

The recognition is based on criteria that include operations and maintenance, safety, customer service, sustainability, financial management, community relations and more. This award looks at all aspects of business, and says a great deal about the commitment of every UTA employee who works hard to provide great service every day to riders and the community.
APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy says, “With aggressive and successful rail expansion, it’s not surprising that UTA saw record breaking ridership growth in 2013. As a leader in innovation, both in operations and sustainability, UTA is a role model for other public transit agencies.”

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days”. The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22 and July 26. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. from the 22 to the 25, and at 6 p.m. on the 26.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Saturday, July 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.

Utah recently earned two high accolades again. For the second year in a row, Utah has been named the most small business-friendly state in the country in the Small Business Friendliness Survey conducted by Thumbtack.com. In the survey’s third year, Utah improved almost all of its scores in the different categories to earn an A+ in nine of the 11 categories, which include: overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, employment, labor and hiring, tax code, licensing, environmental, and zoning. Utah tied with Idaho for the most A+ grades, but fared better in ease of hiring.

The U.S. Chamber also praised Utah in its newly released Enterprising States report, ranking it the third overall performer in economic performance. In this report, Utah landed in the top six in each of the five policy categories. One major driver of this strength is the state’s robust mixture and diversity of industries. Utah’s economy has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most diverse.

To learn more about Utah’s most recent accolades, visit slchamber.com/blog

Today is the first day of the Clear the Air Challenge! The Challenge runs through the entire month of July. We encourage Utahns to drive less and drive smarter to reduce vehicle emissions and collectively improve Utah’s air quality. Each trip saved makes a difference to the quality of our air.

This year, the Challenge goal is to eliminate 250,000 vehicle trips, 2 million vehicle miles and to engage 10-thousand participants in the Challenge.

Thanks to a partnership with UDOT’s TravelWise and a grant from UCAIR, the Challenge has invested in a new tracking technology that makes logging your trips saved faster and easier—from your mobile device or computer. Also, there is a built-in trip planner as part of the new tracker.

Awards will be given to those who participate each week during the Challenge, so get involved! Challenge your coworkers, friends and family to help clear the air. The Clear the Air Challenge is an excellent time to try new ways of transportation – from your daily commute to family errands. You can sign up for the Clear the Air Challenge, join a team and start tracking your miles saved at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.

The Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than 250 of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14 at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days”. The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu (koh-MAHT-su) Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22nd and July 26th. Performances will begin at 7 o’clock p.m. from the 22nd to the 25th, and at 6 p.m. on the 26th.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, June 27th, 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 2014 Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival is coming up on July 11 and 12. The Festival will be held at the Gallivan Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City.

Founded in 2001 by then-Mayor Rocky Anderson and Jerry Floor, the Jazz Festival is dedicated to the presentation of America’s music in a live format and devoted to the encouragement of music education. Each year, the Festival teams up with the School of Music at the University of Utah to present FREE clinics and master classes to all ages, taught by luminaries in music education. This year the Festival will feature the fabulous Ellis Hall performing a tribute to Motown on Friday night and Memories of the Great Ray Charles on Saturday night. From Las Vegas, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns will blow you away. Other extraordinary artists include The Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, Salt Laker Emilee Floor, Gregory Floor, Orquesta Latino and many others. The Great Sheila E will perform in a special “Kickoff for the SLC Jazz Festival” at the Sandy Amphitheater, presented by Sandy City on Tuesday, July 8.

The Jazz Arts of the MountainWest, or JAM, is offering a special sponsorship opportunity for members of the Chamber. Visit our calendar on our website for more details.

Next week, the sixth annual Clear the Air Challenge will be taking place throughout Utah. This yearly challenge is designed to help improve the air quality in our state through a collaborative community effort.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. The program is also highly interactive and you can win badges and even real-life prizes for participating in the Clear the Air Challenge.

In 2013, 9,000 Utahns participated in the Clear the Air Challenge resulting in the most successful year of the program to date. In five years, the Challenge has seen approximately 20,000 participants, saved more than seven million miles and eliminated more than 600,000 vehicle trips. This year we aim to improve those numbers further, encouraging businesses, individuals and families to reconsider driving habits to help clear our air.

We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Learn how you can take the Clear the Air Challenge at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

The Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than 250 of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14th at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days.” The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22 and July 26. Performances will begin at 7 o’clock p.m. from the 22 to the 25, and at 6 p.m. on the 26.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

The Downtown Farmers Market is back for the summer! Utah’s most popular farmers market celebrates its 23rd year of providing opportunities for the community to support local farmers and producers. With more than 250 vendors, this year’s Market offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans.

The Market is open on Saturday mornings starting at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City. As the popularity of the market has grown over the past two decades, with attendance nearly 10,000, so has customer demand. To offer vendors and market-goers additional opportunities, the market hours were extended to 2 p.m. last season.

Patrons are encouraged to come prepared with reusable totes and smaller containers to store greens and other purchases. Encouraging patrons to bring reusable packaging for their purchases can have a large impact at the market and encouraging waste-wise behavior.

The Farmers Market also plays an important role in growing businesses, so I hope you’ll get out there and buy local!

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, June 20th, 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.

Energy keeps Utah’s economy buzzing. That was never more apparent than at the Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit this month. In its third year and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Corporation, the Summit drew more than 1,400 attendees and served as a meeting place for businesses, nonprofits and government decision makers to share ideas and learn from each other.

Panel discussions covered the gamut from conventional oil and gas development to emerging ideas for producing power. Renewable options – like large-scale solar and energy storage were discussed as well as the key role energy efficiency plays in reducing the need for additional infrastructure.

Energy efficiency also saves businesses money, which frees up dollars to create jobs and make investments to fuel Utah’s economy.

The Salt Lake Chamber supports and champions efforts to engage and educate businesses on energy efficiency and cost-effective energy options.

Utah has long received national recognition for the quality of our broadband infrastructure. Additionally, we have a higher than average rate of homes and businesses opting for broadband connections. The business community has continually supported and, in many circumstances, championed the effort for increased improvements and investments in Utah’s broadband. That stance has and will not change.

We will continue to support and champion continued investment in broadband infrastructure, regardless of the specific type of investment or technology. We must keep our focus on elevating Utah’s high-speed data infrastructure in order to remain competitive in today’s global environment.

In Utah alone, there are more than 50 providers of broadband infrastructure, representing a wide array of broadband technologies, who are working to keep businesses connected to our global economy.

All of these providers have our support. Without them, Utah’s economy would suffer. Our recent economic recovery and globally recognized growth is, in part, due to their enhancement and commitment to Utah’s diverse data infrastructure. We look forward to continue to support and champion those efforts.

Law firm Holland & Hart is celebrating its 20 year anniversary for their Salt Lake City offices. The firm first opened its office downtown in 1994.

To celebrate, Holland & Hart are holding a day of service tomorrow at Kearns Junior High to give back to the community. They will take their whole office of lawyers and staff to the school to clean up and make improvements at the school.

Holland & Hart helps clients with integrated legal solutions. The firm works with regional, national and international clients of all sizes to tackle virtually any kind of legal issue. Holland & Hart helps their clients ascend whatever the “mountain” they face. Established in 1947, Holland & Hart today has more than 470 lawyers providing a full range of services from 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, D.C.

We’re so glad they decided to expand in Salt Lake City and Utah, and congratulate them on their 20th anniversary.

The Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than 250 of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14 at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

The sixth annual Clear the Air Challenge returns in July—less than two weeks away! For the month of July, I challenge you to drive less and drive smarter to help improve Utah’s air quality. This Challenge is for anyone in the state of Utah. This is the perfect time to experiment with different means of travel other than making single-occupant car rides.

You could take TRAX, bus, carpool or vanpool, trip chain, or if you want to get in some exercise, bike or walk to wherever your destination may be. Or combine a couple of those methods if it suits you! The new tracking system for the Challenge will make planning trips even easier and more interactive.

In 2013, nine thousand Utahns participated in the Clear the Air Challenge. In five years, the Challenge has seen approximately 20-thousand participants, saved more than seven million miles and eliminated more than 600-thousand vehicle trips.

We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Business, citizens and government share our roads and each should do its part to drive cleaner and smarter. Learn how you can take the Clear the Air Challenge at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, June 13th, 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 Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than two hundred and fifty of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14 at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

Right now is the perfect time to get involved with different programs at the Chamber.

We are accepting applications to Leadership Utah, our premier educational program for high-level executives who want to assume leadership roles in the community. Participants are introduced to critical issues and top decision-makers through a series of day-long sessions. The program is capped at 50 participants each year, so if you’re interested, please apply and join us this coming year!

If you’re interested in policy issues affecting Utah’s business community, Capitol Club is a good fit for you. Capitol Club meets one morning every month, engaging with top policy and business leaders on the most pressing issues of the day. Enrollment for Capitol Club is open until August.

The Chamber is also accepting nominations for the Athena International and Pathfinder Awards to be presented at the Women and Business Conference in November. Nominations are due Friday, June 27.

Visit slchamber.com for details on all these different programs.

The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless has moved from its current location at 185 South State Street to the newly constructed 101 Tower located at 101 South 200 East. Parr Brown’s 130 attorneys and staff will occupy the top three floors of the seven-story building.

Partner David Gee says this new space is significantly more efficient in better serving the firm’s clients. Technology enhancements, increased trial preparation and client meeting rooms, and adjacent parking will add to the client experience.

The LEED-certified building was developed by the Boyer Company, designed by Babcock Design, and constructed by Jacobsen Construction. Tenant improvements were handled by Layton Construction and EDA Architects provided interior space planning and architecture design. The move was coordinated by Mergenthaler Moving and Storage.

Formed in 1975, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is a commercial law firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which assists corporate clients and individuals with transactional, litigation and regulatory assistance on a local, regional, national and international basis.

The University of Utah is recognized as a leader and innovator in sustainability. Improving energy efficiency is an essential component of their sustainable action plans.

To help reach its goals, the university looked to Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program to reduce energy use.

An excellent example at the U is the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, which houses more than 300 honors students in apartment-style living. It is LEED Gold-certified and features increased wall insulation and a “cool” roof, with high-efficiency lighting, and high-performance heating and cooling equipment.

For the building upgrades, the University of Utah received more than $71,000 in Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart Business incentives. They are also saving more than 546,000 kilowatt-hours in electricity and nearly $41,000 in energy costs annually.

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

Mountain American Credit Union was recently named a Learning-Elite organization for 2014 by Chief Learning Officer magazine. Singled out for creating and implementing exemplary workforce development practices that deliver measureable business value, Mountain American ranked 46th from a record-breaking field of more than 200 companies. Mountain America Credit Union is the only financial institution recognized with this award.

Senior vice president of Educational Services and Governmental Affairs says, “there is great value in establishing high-quality learning and development practices for our employees at Mountain America, and this award is a great barometer of the good things we are doing.”

LearningElite is the only peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program developed in collaboration with chief learning officers and senior workforce development practitioners. It has become the industry’s most valuable benchmarking tool. A LearningElite organization has an aligned, precisely executed learning strategy that is backed by leadership commitment. It consistently delivers learning impact that fosters competitive advantage, drives business results and makes a high-performing organization sustainable.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, June 6th, 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.

I’d like to congratulate our member chief executives who were named CEOs of the Year by Utah Business magazine. This recognition is bestowed upon CEOs in our state who embody leadership in their ability to innovate, adapt, inspire and also make the tough decisions that make a difference for business.

Lance Clark took over Spillman Technologies in 2006, and his core focus is on serving the public safety community and promoting employee satisfaction. Spillman Technologies is a three-time winner of Utah Business Magazine’s “Best Company to Work For.”

CHG Healthcare Services also has the distinction of being a “Best Company to Work For,” not only in the state, but nationwide as well. Michael Weinholtz has been CEO of CHG Healthcare for 15 years, shaping the company culture to ensure their people are at the center of each decision.

And Sarah Lehman has been at the helm successfully leading ENVE Composites since 2010. Her passionate leadership is said to have transformed the company and continues to inspire their team today.

Congratulations on being named CEOs of the Year!

The Salt Lake Chamber is thrilled to introduce our new professional development program aimed at improving your business and your bottom line by providing skills training needed in business today.

The Chamber’s Business Essentials program is a series of seminars, roundtables, panel discussions and training sessions designed to help businesses, including Salt Lake Chamber members, to enhance their professional and personal skill sets, as well as operate smarter and more efficiently.

Business Essential trainings offered at a variety of levels and a variety of times to fit your schedule. Even online training is offered so you can attend from your home or office. There are a variety of topics and presenters offered. Business Essentials are available for anyone to attend at a reasonable cost.

We aim to provide our members with varying degrees of training–from beginner courses to presentations that dive deep into a topic and target business professionals with specific skill sets or expertise. To learn more about our professional development program and to register, visit slchamber.com.

LunaSoft has opened the first-ever website and online software store in downtown Salt Lake City. The web development, e-commerce and business software company will provide a new resource for business owners to get their business online quickly with face-to-face support.

LunaSoft CEO Shad Vick says the store invites people to try the company’s groundbreaking signature platform with one-on-one assistance from an expert. Customers will be able to launch a well-designed and functional website in as little as a few hours, and also be able to access everything with just one login.

The LunaSoft platform puts web development, shopping cart, CRM, marketing and social media management tools in one place. The single-access platform saves businesses time and money, while allowing better management across all functions. This new brick-and-mortar store will enhance the cloud-based services for which the company is already well-known.

The new LunaSoft store is located at 12 West Broadway downtown. More information can be found online at LunaSoft.com.

After a nation-wide search, Ivy V. Estabrooke, PhD, has been named the new executive director for the Utah Science and Technology Research initiative, more commonly known as USTAR. Estabrooke replaces Ted McAleer, who stepped down as executive director in January.

Estabrooke has been serving as the program officer for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research. There she managed a high risk/high payoff research portfolio, including innovative neuroscience programs and cutting edge social and computational science programs. She has also developed and implemented a strategy for examining emerging technology areas. Additionally, Estabrooke led the department’s efforts in support of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education, or STEM. She also managed a multi-million dollar yearly investment in the Sciences addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats for the Office of Naval Research.

Her extensive experience in science and technology research will enable her to further implement USTAR’s core mission of promoting world class research which can be commercially developed by Utah entrepreneurs and Utah workers.

Before launching his successful real estate career, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President Chris Jensen was a world champion freestyle skier. Jensen recently used those skills in a very special type of competition, one that proved every bit as rewarding for him as his athletic career.

Jensen took part in the first annual Cure Blindness Valdez charity fundraising event, held April 27 through May 3 in Valdez, Alaska. The challenging event brought together business leaders, champion skiers, and philanthropists for a week of heli-skiing in order to raise money for construction of a permanent, primary eye care facility in Manang, a village in central Nepal that serves as central hub.

The 2014 event raised $60,000, primarily from donations from Jensen and the other skiers as well as Valdez Heli-Ski Guides. Jensen said it was one of the most challenging ski treks he’s done, but also one of the most rewarding.

The Himalayan Cataract Project has performed thousands of surgeries and provided impoverished communities the training, materials, and skills needed to combat blindness for years to come. It’s so great to hear about Utah business leaders supporting good causes here and around the world.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, May 30th, 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 business, it’s important to reduce costs and be kind to the environment. Both are good for business and the community.

When Utah Paperbox, a 100-year-old company that produces customer packaging for everything from chocolates to golf ball sleeves, was looking for energy and operational efficiency options for the expansion of their Salt Lake City facility they turned to Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart business program for help.

One of the energy-saving installations to Utah Paperbox included an innovative fan-cooling system and six direct evaporative coolers. Because evaporative cooling uses considerably less energy than traditional air conditioning, Utah Paperbox is saving 294,000 kilowatt-hours per year in electricity and more than 26-thousand dollars every year in energy costs. They also earned more than $34,000 in Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart Business incentives to help pay for the project.

To learn if evaporative cooling and wattsmart Business is right for your business, visit wattsmart.com.

The Salt Lake Chamber is thrilled to introduce our new professional development program aimed at improving your business and your bottom line by providing skills training needed in business today.

The Chamber’s Business Essentials program is a series of seminars, roundtables, panel discussions and training sessions designed to help businesses, including Salt Lake Chamber members, to enhance their professional and personal skill sets, as well as operate smarter and more efficiently.

Business Essential trainings offered at a variety of levels and a variety of times to fit your schedule. Even online training is offered so you can attend from your home or office. There are a variety of topics and presenters offered. Business Essentials are available for anyone to attend at a reasonable cost.

We aim to provide our members with varying degrees of training–from beginner courses to presentations that dive deep into a topic and target business professionals with specific skill sets or expertise. To learn more about our professional development program and to register, visit slchamber.com/training.

Full-service accounting firm Piercy Bowler Taylor and Kern, also known as PBTK, recently announced the relocation and expansion of its Utah office. The recent addition of three principals and as many practice groups necessitated the move from Sandy to 7050 Union Park Avenue in Salt Lake City.

During the past year, tax principal Charley Shumway, IT Risk Management Director Sam Belnap, and Internal Audit Services Director Tom Green, have joined the firm. The IT Risk Management and Internal Audit specialties complement PBTK’s accounting and auditing practice.

The new office encompasses approximately 50 percent of the first floor of Union Park Plaza and includes a training room where the firm holds seminars related to various technical matters and planning opportunities for local businesses, most recently, “Keep your 401(k) Plan in Compliance and Out of Trouble.”

Continued growth and expansion is planned and expected for PBTK, which is always exciting as a business.

We love hearing about businesses who give back to the community.

The Utah Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, or ABC Utah, recently raised more than 16-thousand dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project through donations by members and non-members alike.

Donations were raised through an ABC Utah specific webpage for the Wounded Warrior Project this past winter. They received an overwhelming response from the community to support wounded soldiers. ABC Utah member companies were asked to assign a point person within their organizations who could champion the project at their workplace.

At the conclusion of the service project, ABC Utah Chair Ron Hadley from Staker Parson Companies said the needs of wounded veterans are so great that the ability to raise funds for them seems small compared to what they have sacrificed so that we are able to live the American life.

Thanks for your contributions in making life better for our wounded veterans, ABC Utah.

Utah Business Week is a week-long business experience up at Utah State University that exposes high school students to all aspects of business. Students attend classes taught by some of Utah’s most prominent business professionals. They are divided into companies with a full simulated business experience where they develop a product and create a logo and radio commercial to market their product. A panel of judges evaluates their work to select the winners.

When students aren’t working on projects with their companies, they interact in a very intimate setting with top business executives and learn from their years of business expertise. This year students will hear from representatives from Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Questar, Zions Bank, and Workers Compensation Fund among other great Utah companies.

Utah Business Week isn’t all business—there are dances, athletic activities, and more than just sitting in a classroom.
For the entire week, students can participate in this program for only $100.

This year Utah Business Week will take place from July 27 through August 2. To learn more and to register your teenager, visit www.utahbusinessweek.org.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, May 23rd, 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 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 month marked the one year anniversary of the Utah Transit Authority’s airport TRAX line. This six-mile segment of the Green Line opened April 14, 2013, providing access from downtown Salt Lake City and the rest of UTA’s rail and bus system to the Salt Lake City International Airport.

The UTA airport line was constructed along North Temple, and connects riders to dozens of locally-owned shops and restaurants. The six stations along this light-rail line each feature artwork designed to represent the community’s cultural heritage and enhance the public transportation experience.

In all, the Green Line runs from West Valley City into downtown Salt Lake before turning west again onto North Temple to the airport. And the response has been good. This past March, more than 16,000 people boarded the Green Line on an average weekday.

The airport extension was one of the final components of UTA’s FrontLines 2015 initiative, designed to add 70 miles of rail to UTA’s existing network. The FrontLines 2015 projects were completed more than two years ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget last August.

Utah Business Week is a week-long business experience up at Utah State University that exposes high school students to all aspects of business. Students attend classes taught by some of Utah’s most prominent business professionals. They are divided into companies with a full simulated business experience where they develop a product and create a logo and radio commercial to market their product. A panel of judges evaluates their work to select the winners.

When students aren’t working on projects with their companies, they interact in a very intimate setting with top business executives and learn from their years of business expertise. This year students will hear from representatives from Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Questar, Zions Bank, and Workers Compensation Fund among other great Utah companies.

Utah Business Week isn’t all business—there are dances, athletic activities, and more than just sitting in a classroom.
For the entire week, students can participate in this program for only $100.

This year Utah Business Week will take place from July 27 through August 2. To learn more and to register your teenager, visit www.utahbusinessweek.org.

The World Trade Center Utah, a Salt Lake Chamber strategic partner, is now under new leadership. Former chief of staff to Governor Herbert Derek Miller has been named president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, our state’s only licensed and certified member of the World Trade Centers Association.

Miller’s focus on increasing exports and foreign investment in Utah will further strengthen the governor’s vision for Utah to “be the best performing economy in the nation and to be recognized as a premiere global business destination.”

Miller says that while his new position is different, the vision and goals are the same – to make Utah a premier global business destination.

Miller follows in the footsteps of Lew Cramer, who led the organization notably for seven years and currently serves as WTCU’s vice chair. Cramer retired last November, with Elizabeth Goryunova serving as the interim president and CEO during the transition period.

The Salt Lake Chamber is thrilled to be working alongside World Trade Center Utah in making our state the best for, not only business, but international business as well.

The Salt Lake Chamber is thrilled to introduce our new professional development program aimed at improving your business and your bottom line by providing skills training needed in business today.

The Chamber’s Business Essentials program is a series of seminars, roundtables, panel discussions and training sessions designed to help businesses, including Salt Lake Chamber members, to enhance their professional and personal skill sets, as well as operate smarter and more efficiently.

Business Essential trainings offered at a variety of levels and a variety of times to fit your schedule. Even online training is offered so you can attend from your home or office. There are a variety of topics and presenters offered. Business Essentials are available for anyone to attend at a reasonable cost.

We aim to provide our members with varying degrees of training–from beginner courses to presentations that dive deep into a topic and target business professionals with specific skill sets or expertise. To learn more about our professional development program and to register, visit slchamber.com.

Utah has a strong tradition of support for the arts and choral music. Our early pioneers came in singing from across the nation and the world. It’s on this heritage that the Salt Lake Choral Artists created their organization, mission, and vision for the future.

The Salt Lake Choral Artists is one of America’s premier community choral organizations. Their mission is to expand lifelong enrichment opportunities for all ages and abilities through excellence in the choral arts. This group explores a broad spectrum of choral music from historical periods and cultures, thus improving the musical understanding and skills of participants and patrons.

The next program for Choral Artists’ is the Summer Choral Institute, a series of singing activities, workshops, and concerts.

To continue this great work, the Salt Lake Choral Artists are raising funds for a permanent home in the historic 24th Ward Meetinghouse located off Capitol Hill at 700 North 200 West. Their goal to raise 500-thousand dollars will then be matched by a generous contribution from the Benjamin Foundation in order to reach the million dollar price tag. You can learn more at saltlakechoralartists.org.