This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, April 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.

The Utah business community commends the Utah legislature for another great year for business. The 2014 General Session wrapped up in March.

Utah’s economy is in a spectacular position because of the leadership of our Governor, Legislature and our great business community working together to bring compromise for important progress for our state.

Throughout the legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber Vote website monitored the course of 298 bills that had an impact on business in Utah. Through the Chamber Vote website, more than 9,800 emails were sent to state representatives, asking them to act on policy decisions.

Eleven of 13 business community priority bills passed, and the average of “yes” votes on priority bills stood at 83 percent. With a 93 percent passage of supported bills, 2014 was an excellent year for Utah’s business community.

The newly released Salt Lake Chamber 2014 Legislative Scorecard highlights how the business community’s policy priorities fared. You can find the Legislative Scorecard at slchamber.com.

The landscape of doing business is constantly evolving and women are stepping forward even more.

The fourth annual American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report indicates that Utah has an estimated 73-thousand women-owned firms, employing more than 58-thousand people and doing 13 billion dollars in sales. Since 1997, the national number of women-owned business has increased 68 percent. Utah alone has seen growth of 73.8 percent over that same period.

Talk about women making business happen.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s third annual Center for Women in Business Summit last month, celebrated the successes of business women around the country. This national summit also marked the launch of a new report, titled, “Women-Owned: Businesses Carving a New American Business Landscape.” This report highlights the growing impact of women entrepreneurs and small business owners on the national economy. The report also says that Utah is one of the top states for self-employed women with a special mention of the Chamber’s Women’s Business Center. You can find more information at slchamber.com.

When people think of the Red Cross they usually think of donating blood or large disasters, like the 2011 tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy. With all the attention received by major disasters, people don’t realize the most common disaster threats aren’t earthquakes or floods—it’s home fires and wildfires.

In fact, the Red Cross in Utah responded to more than 220 families who were affected by house fires in the last year. They help by providing families emotional and physical support, a warm place to stay, food and clothing to start with the recovery process. Red Cross also continually works with communities to be as prepared as possible.

During the months of May and June, the “Fire Hurts, Red Cross Helps” campaign will be drawing attention to this danger. They seek strong champions for this campaign and improve safety in our state. Fire hurts… and you can help too.

If you are business owner or individual wishing to participate please visit redcross.org/Utah. The American Red Cross is a non-governmental organization who relies on the generosity of our communities to continue our services.

Dental Select, a nationally recognized dental insurance company, recently released a new mobile identification card app for smartphones.

Staying current with technology, the app creates simple and quick access to dental and vision ID cards. Users can save or email a virtual ID card, making it simple to transfer records to the patient’s provider and eliminating the need to carry a paper ID card.

Dental Select’s mobile app is now available for Android and iOS devices. Downloads are free for all Dental Select subscribers of and covered family members.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Dental Select is a privately-held company with 25 of experience providing benefits for groups, families and individuals. Founded in 1989, Dental Select has licenses to sell its insurance plans in 19 different states.

Dental Select was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held businesses in the United States and is ranked as Utah’s No. 1 dental benefits provider.

For the fifth year in a row, SelectHealth was ranked highest in member satisfaction among other health plans in the Intermountain West region. The J.D. Power 2014 Member Health Plan Study measures satisfaction among more than 34,000 members of 136 health plans in 18 regions in the county. SelectHealth received the highest ranking in each of the study’s categories.

At SelectHealth, member advocates work with patients to help them find the right doctor for their needs, schedule appointments or find a nearby health care facility with availability appointments.

The personal touch of SelectHealth resonates with consumers. One SelectHealth member recently noted their “tone and attitude let me know that they were on my side, which was a very pleasant surprise.”

At the end of the day, quality service is the key to superior customer experience and engenders a feeling of trust and dependability—something every business should be instilling in their customers. Congratulations, SelectHealth, for being among the best of the best!

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Saturday, April 12th, 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.

Rocky Mountain Power recently recognized Weber State University as the 2014 wattsmart Business Partner of the Year for their commitment to energy efficiency.

Since 2003, Weber State has taken advantage of Rocky Mountain Power’s energy efficiency programs to help reduce the energy use of lighting, heating and cooling, and other equipment to lower costs and attain environmental goals.

Weber State’s projects have achieved impressive results. The university has received approximately one million dollars in Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart Business incentives since 2003 to help offset efficiency upgrade costs. The improvements have reduced energy consumption by 30 percent, saving the school more than 10.8 million kilowatt-hours in electricity and 540-thousand dollars in energy costs annually.

If you’d like to learn more and see if Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program is right for your business, visit wattsmart.com.

Cuisine Unlimited Catering and Special Events of Salt Lake City was recently recognized as one of seven regional finalists for the U.S. Chamber’s 2014 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. As the Western regional finalist, Cuisine Unlimited stood out among companies from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah for its exceptional business practices and community involvement.

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue said Cuisine Unlimited is a prime example of the powerful contributions small businesses can make not only in their communities and their states, but also to the country’s economic recovery.

The Dream Big Small Business of Year Award honors businesses that excel in strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service. The U.S. Chamber will recognize Cuisine Unlimited, the six other regional finalists and 100 Blue Ribbon Award winners at the 10th annual America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., this June. During the summit, one regional finalist will be named the Dream Big Small Business of the Year and receive a $10,000 cash prize from the U.S. Chamber.

Join us in congratulating Cuisine Unlimited on this great recognition!

Because of the continued reliance on technology for both personal and business use, it’s important for everyone to have a basic knowledge of how to use technology.

The Applied Technology Foundation assists low income families and youth by providing computer equipment, technical support, and training in technology and computer skills. This community service is made possible through the generous donations of corporations and individuals.

Donated computers are wiped clean, refurbished and provided with new operating systems and necessary software. Computer equipment that cannot be given to those in need is recycled lawfully and in a way that preserves the environment.

There are several ways you can help this cause. Donate your old or unused computer equipment. Volunteer your techn ical skills to help refurbish computers for a worthy cause. Help train and mentor those in need with technical skills.

Applied Technology Foundation will pick up your donation for free, or you can take your donation to their office in Bountiful. For more details, visit AppliedTechnologyFoundation.org.

Tonight is one of the Salt Lake Chamber’s biggest events of the year as we honor former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as a Giant In Our City. The Giant In Our City award is the most prestigious business award given in Utah. It’s our great honor and privilege to honor Governor Leavitt, who will be the 35th person to receive this award.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, Governor Leavitt has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

Elected to office three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel tonight. To learn more about this award and event, please visit slchamber.com/giant.

If you’re looking for a fun vacation this year, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking not one, but two international trips in 2014. We’d love for you to join us!

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. Cruise with the Chamber in May as we set sail for the Eastern Mediterranean onboard the Norwegian Jade, “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line.” Enjoy five ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey on this 9-day trip. The price includes airfare and taxes.

And in October, we will explore the Wonders of Thailand. This international trip includes visits to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. Visit golden temples, ride an elephant and marvel at the beauty of Bangkok on this unforgettable trip. You can book and save on the trip to Thailand until May 1.

Chamber International trips are open to all; you do not need to be a member to travel with us. You won’t want to miss our trips to Thailand and the Eastern Mediterranean. For more information on our international trips coming up this year, visit slchamber.com.

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, April 4th, 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.

I’d like to congratulate Sue Johnson of Futura Industries for being honored with the 2014 Athena Award by the Davis Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee.

The prestigious Athena International Award is given to individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential; and those who provide valuable service to improving the quality of life for the community. Sue embodies all of these things and more.

As president and CEO of Futura Industries, she inspires a culture of interdependence, trust and uncompromising integrity among all employees. Among other accolades, Futura Industries has been named one of the top ten Family-Friendly Employers in Utah for the past 12 years.

Utah Business Magazine has recognized Sue as one of the top 10 business leaders and top five corporate leaders. She serves on the boards of Utah State University and Zions First National Bank. She also chairs the boards of Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering and Science, as well as the Employer’s Council. I applaud the Davis Chamber for picking such a wonderful woman to honor as their Athena winner.

April showers bring May flowers… but sometimes floods too.

A couple of weeks ago, the American Red Cross announced its new Flood App to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible flood and flash flood watches and warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And you get these notifications even if the app is closed.

The app is the latest in the series of Red Cross emergency preparedness apps that put lifesaving information right in the hands of people whenever and wherever they need it.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and helps people get ready to respond to emergencies by providing these preparedness apps for free.

The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.

Thanks to a partnership between the Utah Transit Authority and Salt Lake City, any Salt Lake City resident is able to purchase a Hive Pass—a one-year transit pass that’s good for all UTA modes of transportation, including TRAX, FrontRunner, the new Sugarhouse streetcar and buses. This resident pass program is the first of its kind in the country. This is a great way to improve air quality by strengthening access to public transit.

The Hive Pass is $350 for residents who pay for the pass up front, or $30 a month with a $30 initial deposit for 12 months for those who want to spread out the cost.

Just six round trips in a month cover the cost of the pass alone. So if you’re a frequent transit user—or would like to be—you could be saving hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.

To get a Hive Pass, you will be required to bring a valid Utah driver’s license or ID card, payment and proof of residency. Residents must live within Salt Lake City boundaries to qualify.

Hive Passes can be purchased at the Salt Lake City & County Building, the Salt Lake Public Utilities Office, and other locations and events. Visit RideWithHive.com for a list of events where Hive Passes will be available.

One week from today, the Salt Lake Chamber will recognize former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as a Giant In Our City. The award is the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history. The keynote speaker for the gala will be Mitt Romney.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

Elected to office three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014. Join us in recognizing this remarkable statesman. You can register for the Giant In Our City gala at slchamber.com/giant.

If you’re looking for a fun vacation this year, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking not one, but two international trips in 2014. We’d love for you to join us!

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. Cruise with the Chamber in May as we set sail for the Eastern Mediterranean onboard the Norwegian Jade, “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line.” Enjoy five ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey on this 9-day trip. The price includes airfare and taxes.

And in October, we will explore the Wonders of Thailand. This international trip includes visits to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. Visit golden temples, ride an elephant and marvel at the beauty of Bangkok on this unforgettable trip. You can book and save on the trip to Thailand until May 1.

Chamber International trips are open to all; you do not need to be a member to travel with us. You won’t want to miss our trips to Thailand and the Eastern Mediterranean. For more information on our international trips coming up this year, visit slchamber.com.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, March 28th, 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.

I have great news about Utah’s economy. This month, the Chamber and Governor Herbert announced that Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent. The unemployment rate hasn’t been below 4 percent since November of 2008. This is a five-year low for our state.

Currently, the national unemployment rate is 6.6 percent, which is 2.7 points higher than it is here in the Beehive State.

This is a testament to the great work of Utah’s private sector business leaders for helping create jobs. In the past 12 months, Utah has added nearly 35,000 jobs to the workforce, contributing to a 2.8 percent job growth rate. Thanks to this, Utah’s economy is gaining momentum and moving towards a strong 2014.

Utah’s economy and business climate continues to be strong, thanks to sensible and stable taxes, a well-educated workforce and our continued investment in infrastructure. These are things we need to sustain and support to keep this kind of economic progress in motion. With the collaborative spirit of Utah, I believe that’s something we can certainly do.

Utah is a great state to do business, so it’s not a wonder why businesses from all over the country look to the Beehive State for expansion or relocation.

I’d like to welcome a business that expanded to Utah recently. The Competitive Edge sharpened its edge by expanding to Salt Lake City from Alaska in their Xerox division. They are now located at 307 West and 200 South in Salt Lake City.

Owners Dan and Carol Johnson are very excited about the economic climate for small businesses in Utah. They are also excited that Utah has placed a strong emphasis on building that growth compared to other parts of the country.

Established in 1994, The Competitive Edge Office Systems, Inc., offers high quality and cost-effective office equipment. As a Xerox Authorized Channel Partner, customers get the technological prowess of the world’s leading document output company backed and supported by a local team of professionals.

Welcome to Utah, Competitive Edge! I’m sure you’ll be a great addition to our community.

Happy National Women’s History Month! Since 1911, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month—an annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber, Women’s Business Center and Downtown Alliance will highlight women making a difference in Utah business and the local community. These features will be located on the Chamber blog here.

The Chamber started this National Women’s History Month recognition program last year. The response was so tremendous that we decided to bring it back this year to recognize the great businesswomen of Utah.

Comcast Business with Inc. Magazine is holding an “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” Contest aimed at entrepreneurs who resourcefully leverage technology to enhance customer and employee experiences. The contest entry period is from now through April 30, 2014. Eligible business owners must be at least 18 years of age, located within Comcast Business service area and own an independent, non-franchised business with 50 employees or less.

Once entries are judged, two winners will be selected in each of Comcast Business’s 16 regions. One winner will be recognized for the best use of technology to enhance the customer experience, and one will be recognized for the best use of technology to enhance the employee experience.

Each winner will be awarded a five-thousand dollar cash prize, Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years, and up to $2,500 Comcast Business Account Credit services. Winners are also eligible for the grand prize worth up to 40-thousand dollars.

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit business.comcast.com/i4E to submit their application and essay. Entries are due by April 30, 2014.

In just a couple short weeks, the Salt Lake Chamber will recognize former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as a Giant In Our City. The award is the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

Elected to office three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014. Join us in recognizing this remarkable statesman. You can register for the Giant In Our City gala here.

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, March 21st, 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.

Next month, the Salt Lake Chamber will recognize former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as A Giant In Our City. The award is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014. Join us in recognizing this remarkable man. You can register for this event here. 

Job creation is one of the Chamber’s top priorities, and it’s great to hear about companies helping to reach our goal of creating 150-thousand jobs in five years. The most recent is the Kroger Company. In fiscal year 2013, the Kroger Company’s total active workforce grew by more than 7,000 jobs. Approximately 90 percent of the new jobs are in the company’s supermarket divisions.

The Smith’s Food & Drug division added 499 new positions in 2013 throughout Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. 221 of those jobs were in Utah.

Over the last six years, Kroger has created more than 40,000 new jobs. This figure does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs. When combined, Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates.

Not only that, but Kroger has hired more than 22,000 veterans since 2009. Kroger has been a part of the “100,000 Jobs Mission,” which has a goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and veterans by 2020—a goal they reached seven years ahead of schedule this January.

Happy National Women’s History Month! Since 1911, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month—an annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber, Women’s Business Center and Downtown Alliance will highlight women making a difference in Utah business and the local community. These features will be located on the Chamber blog, which is located at slchamber.com here.

The Chamber started this National Women’s History Month recognition program last year. The response was so tremendous that we decided to bring it back this year to recognize the great businesswomen of Utah.

Starting your own business is never easy. Do you need the tools, support and financial resources to turn your business idea into a reality? The Salt Lake Banking on Women program can help you plan, launch and grow your own business!

Banking on Women is a comprehensive program that provides women entrepreneurs with the training, mentoring and microloans to build their businesses. This program is designed to give you the right combination of support you will need to succeed in your microenterprise, or small business.

If you are admitted into the Banking on Women program, you will participate in a 12-week hands-on business fundamentals training, engage in mentoring opportunities with GE Capital volunteers, access microenterprise loans through the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, and attend special events with program participants and partners.

Banking on Women is for women entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business but aren’t able to access traditional sources of funding. To apply, visit gecapital.com for more information. That’s gecapital.com.

AT&T is collaborating with DonorsChoose to help make resources available to teachers and students that don’t have the materials they need in the classroom.

Teachers can post classroom projects for which they need funding on DonorsChoose, an online platform that makes it easy to help classrooms in need, where they can spread the word to let other people know about the program. It’s a little like a wedding or baby registry—just with less monogramming. As soon as a project is funded, the books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources needed to create new, engaging learning experiences are shipped to the school. Donors then receive updates, photos and thank you letters from the classroom showing how the materials were used.

For the next few weeks, as part of AT&T’s commitment to education through AT&T Aspire, the company is doing a $250,000 matching campaign for classroom projects costing below $2,000 at schools in high need. So, if a Utah high school biology teacher creates a project requesting microscopes costing $1,000, once the project receives $500 in funding, AT&T will match the remaining $500 to complete the project. What a great way to help improve education!

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, March 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.

Next month, the Salt Lake Chamber will recognize former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as A Giant In Our City. The award is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014. Join us in recognizing this remarkable man. You can register for this event here.

Happy National Women’s History Month! Since 1911, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month—an annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber, Women’s Business Center and Downtown Alliance will highlight women making a difference in Utah business and the local community. These features will be located on the Chamber blog, located here.

The Chamber started this National Women’s History Month recognition program last year. The response was so tremendous that we decided to bring it back this year to recognize the great businesswomen of Utah.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, one of Utah’s leading providers of real estate services, recently honored four of its top sales associates and its Sugar House branch office in Salt Lake City for their outstanding business performance in 2013.

The company awards were handed out at the Coldwell Banker Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony in late February.

The Sugar House office was named the top office in the company for its overall performance last year. The branch outpaced nine other offices along the greater Wasatch Front in winning the honor. Led by manager Craig Lelis, the office features 73 sales associates serving the Greater Salt Lake City area.

Individuals honored as top agents include Mike Lindsay and Jimmy Wu of the Union Heights office, Carter Lowrance of the Sugar House office and Liz Slager of the Salt Lake-Avenues office. Wu was also awarded the President’s Award, one of the company’s most prestigious honors, which is presented annually to an agent or support staff member who has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of service, productivity, teamwork and leadership.

The Sandy City Council has named Gold Cross Ambulance as Sandy City’s 2014 Business Partner of the Year. The recognition distinguishes the ambulance company for exceeding the expectation of services on behalf of the citizens of Sandy City, Utah.

Since October 2008, Gold Cross Ambulance has served as a partner with the Sandy City Fire Department and bases its ambulance units out of Fire Station 31.

Gold Cross was recognized as a critical part of the city’s operational structure providing EMS support on many different levels, including structure fires, back up for medical crews when responding to other calls, and serving inter-facility calls, and the less critical or Alpha EMS calls. This backup service by Gold Cross allows the fire department to remain in place and available to respond to more critical emergencies.

Gold Cross works closely with local, state, and federal agencies to assure quality care and access to emergency services for all citizens of Utah. Congratulations on this honor!

The Economic Development Division is pleased to announce an investment partnership between the Salt Lake City Revolving Loan Fund and Este Pizzeria Salt Lake City-Sugar House.

Este Pizzeria used the financing to move to their new location at 2148 South 900 East—in the heart of Sugar House.

Bill Smithers, who co-owns the restaurant with Brooke Yardley, said the financing from the City was a boon to his business plans. They say they’ve been able to increase business, hire more employees and gain greater exposure in the Sugar House neighborhood

The Salt Lake City Revolving Loan Fund was launched to stimulate local business development and expansion, encourage private investment, promote economic development and enhance neighborhood vitality in Salt Lake City by making loans available to community businesses. Since its inception, the fund has loaned over $15 million to dozens of local ventures.

To learn more about the Salt Lake City Revolving Loan Fund, visit slcgov.com.

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, March 7th, 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.

When using your phone for data tasks, you want both a reliable and a fast experience: you want to do what you want, when you want, as quickly as possible, without interruption or failure. We use our phones for a variety of data tasks. RootMetrics aims to find out which providers offered the best tested data performance across the country.

I’d like to congratulate AT&T for ranking first in a RootMetrics study looking at the data performance at the top fifty busiest airports across the U.S. Other data providers ranked in the study include Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

AT&T ranked first or tied for first at 36 of the fifty airports studied, including Utah’s own Salt Lake City International Airport.

Categories AT&T came out on top in data performance include: email reliability, email service, upload and download speeds, and web or app performance.

Verizon also ranked first in 19 of the airports involved in the RootMetrics study.

Clean air is a problem that everyone can address. Now there’s a little more help for small businesses to make a difference in Utah’s air quality.

The Department of Workforce Services, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Utah Clean Air Partnership have partnered to provide grants to small businesses to upgrade their current equipment to emission-reducing equipment. Doing this will improve our air quality.

Small businesses can be awarded grants between $500 and $15,000. This grant program is available for businesses with fewer than 100 employees that are located in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Tooele, Uintah, Utah and Weber Counties.

Small businesses can apply for a grant and learn more information online at the UCAIR  website—which is ucair.org. There is no application deadline and no fees will be charged for the application.

Small businesses in Utah—take charge of your business practices and equipment with this grant to help improve our air quality. Every little bit helps.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. This year the Girl Scouts of Utah will dedicate the theme of their International Women’s Day Gala to the Utah business community for their exceptional partnership in showing support for women’s issues. The theme for 2014 is “Girl Scouts Mean Business,” celebrating the business skills that girls learn when they are a part of Girl Scouting.

In correlation with this theme, Girl Scouts of Utah will be honoring Natalie Gochnour as their 2014 “Tough Cookie.” Natalie is the Salt Lake Chamber’s chief economist and associate dean of the University Of Utah David Eccles School Of Business. I can personally say that Natalie is an excellent choice for this award and represents the amazing things women accomplish every day in Utah.

As the Girl Scouts of Utah’s largest annual event, the International Women’s Day Gala has gained local media acclaim and guest attendance has increased by more than 30 percent each year for the past few years.

The gala will take place at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City tomorrow, March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit gsutah.org.

Happy National Women’s History Month! And also happy International Women’s Day today. Since 1911, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month—an annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber, Women’s Business Center and Downtown Alliance will highlight women making a difference in Utah business and the local community. These features will be located on the Chamber blog, which is located at slchamber.com.

The Chamber started this National Women’s History Month recognition program last year. The response was so tremendous that we decided to bring it back this year to recognize the great businesswomen of Utah.

Next month, the Salt Lake Chamber will recognize former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as A Giant In Our City. The award is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history.

The Giant In Our City gala will take place at the Grand America Hotel on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014. Join us in recognizing this remarkable man. You can register for this event here.

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, February 21st, 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.

I would like to congratulate Gary Garff on being inducted into the Utah Automobile Dealers Hall of Fame at the Utah International Auto Expo last month. This honor is greatly deserved. Gary is the president of Ken Garff Company and the eldest son of the late Ken Garff.

Gary served as president of the Utah Automobile Dealers starting in 1975. The operation of Garff Enterprises was turned over to Gary and his brother Bob in 1979. Less than a decade later, he opened one of the first Acura dealerships in the country.

He is greatly admired for his expertise as a business man and as a car dealer, but mostly for the passion he directs toward his pursuits. He has overcome his own personal challenges to become a genuine and loyal man, as well as a passionate and driven businessman.

Jewel Lee Kenley and James S. Hinckley were inducted into the Utah Automobile Dealers Hall of Fame as well.

Dental Select has announced a nationwide provider network expansion that will create one of the largest dental networks in the country.

Due to the expansion, customers will be able to find a dentist at more than 200,000 access points across the United States. Access to this expanded network became available to customers and employers this month.

Dental Select’s national network has grown by more than 67 percent. This expansion is an integral part of the company’s national growth strategy, creating an extremely competitive offering in the nationwide dental marketplace.

CEO and president of Dental Select Brent Williams said this expansion is a strategic initiative to offer employees convenient in-network dentist access nearly anywhere in the country.

Ranked as Utah’s number one dental benefits provider, Dental Select is headquartered in Salt Lake City, and has provided dental and vision benefits for groups, families and individuals since 1989. Inc. named Dental Select as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-held businesses in the U.S.

Connectivity has become an inevitable part of doing business. CenturyLink recently announced the availability of internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second for more than 2,500 businesses around the Wasatch Front.

Business customers in multi-tenant unit office buildings with CenturyLink’s next generation fiber technology will be able to work faster without bandwidth constraints. Businesses will benefit from instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and can simultaneously download or upload large multimedia files at identical speeds of up to one gigabit per second. With this kind of speed, businesses can tap into faster connections and cloud applications that are becoming workplace necessities.

The availability, quality and competitiveness of broadband services are critical pieces of infrastructure for attracting new businesses to Salt Lake City. The Economic Development Corporation of Utah applauds CenturyLink on this significant investment in the community.

Two weeks from today—March 6—is International Women’s Day. This year the Girl Scouts of Utah will dedicate the theme of their International Women’s Day Gala to the Utah business community for their exceptional partnership in showing support for women’s issues. The theme for 2014 is “Girl Scouts Mean Business,” celebrating the business skills that girls learn when they are a part of Girl Scouting.

In correlation with this theme, Girl Scouts of Utah will be honoring Natalie Gochnour as their 2014 “Tough Cookie.” Natalie is the Salt Lake Chamber’s chief economist and associate dean of the University Of Utah David Eccles School Of Business. I can personally say that Natalie is an excellent choice for this award and represents the amazing things women accomplish every day in Utah.

As the Girl Scouts of Utah’s largest annual event, the International Women’s Day Gala has gained local media acclaim and guest attendance has increased by more than 30 percent each year for the past few years.

The gala will take place at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit  gsutah.org.

I’d like to congratulate Destination Homes on receiving a handful of honors at the Excellence in Homebuilding Awards for 2013 last month. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Utah Homebuilder Association and Utah Sales & Marketing Council.

Destination Homes was recognized as the Best of State for Custom Kitchen Design for their “Iron Chef” kitchen, designed by Mary Morgan-Burnett. The company was also awarded Best Overall Advertising Campaign and Best Television or Radio Commercial for its work on the Hill Farm community launch and radio advertisement. Those campaigns were designed and produced by Mighty Clever of Layton. Due to these honors, it’s rather fitting that Destination Homes’ Ryan Snarr was honored as the Marketing Director of the Year for these successful promotions.

Destination Homes is a top 10 residential homebuilder in Utah. With neighborhoods from Daybreak in South Jordan to Pleasant View, Destination Homes has improved life by building exceptional homes in lasting communities across northern Utah—something they are receiving well-earned accolades for.

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.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, February 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.

Unfortunately, we have been hit hard by inversions early this year, but it is not too late to do something. In an effort to improve the conditions during any remaining inversions this year, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with UCAIR and the Department of Environmental Quality, launched a business-led, emergency air quality initiative.

An extension of our Clean Air Champions program, this Inversion Mitigation Initiative asks that Utah businesses do a little more to improve air quality. This emergency air quality effort is focused on getting many of our major employers and leading businesses to do at least one more meaningful effort beyond what’s already being done during the inversion season.

This is an urgent issue that must be dealt with swiftly. Working with some of our board members and our Clean Air Task Force, we have companies committed to this effort that represent approximately 40,000 employees–we hope this is just the beginning.

Our hope is that we can capture the Utah spirit of acting in times of need and have the business community lead out on reducing emissions. Join other companies and show support for clean air by signing a commitment form here.

The year is off to a great start for Utah Symphony with the announcement of two national arts grants of $30,000 to support the funding of an Andrew Norman percussion concerto commission.

The Koussevitzky Music Foundation committed $20,000 and National Endowment for the Arts pledged $10,000. Both grants support the commission and world premiere of composer Andrew Norman’s percussion concerto to be debuted by the Utah Symphony with soloist Colin Currie on April 18 and 19, 2014, at Abravanel Hall. This world premiere will be conducted by Music Director Thierry Fischer and featured on the Utah Symphony Masterworks Series.

This commission is the third for the orchestra in the four years of Maestro Fischer’s tenure as Music Director. This collaboration between Mr. Norman, Mr. Currie, Maestro Fischer and the Utah Symphony furthers the mission and commitment of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera to be an institution that not only curates and performs music from the past, but also supports the creation of new works and celebrates them on their main stage.

The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to announce that former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt will be honored as A Giant In Our City on April 10, 2014. The award is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history. Among his many notable achievements, Gov. Leavitt founded Western Governors University, served as governor during 2002 Winter Olympic Games and modernized Utah’s transportation system with an expansion of I-15 in Salt Lake County.

To register and learn more about the Giant In Our City event, click here.

The NaviTrust Group announced a “New Year, New Talent,” nationwide search and recruitment contest that will place a high-performing candidate with a grand prize winner. The complimentary professional placement is valued at up to 40-thousand dollars. The contest will be conducted via social media channels, like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The entry period closes at midnight on February 12, 2014.

The Navitrust ‘New Year, New Talent’ contest is designed to bring attention to the need for HR professionals to stay ahead of the curve and leverage social media as a powerful tool within their recruitment processes.

While the complementary professional placement will go to one grand prize winner, second and third place prizes will also be awarded, as well as weekly prizes to companies that request a free hiring consultation with a NaviTrust recruiter during the contest period. Opportunities to win these prizes will be announced weekly via NaviTrust’s social media profiles: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

For more information on this HR contest, visit NaviTrust.com.

If you’re looking for a fun vacation this year, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking not one, but two international trips in 2014. We’d love for you to join us!

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. Cruise with the Chamber in May as we set sail for the Eastern Mediterranean onboard the Norwegian Jade, “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line.” Enjoy five ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey on this 9-day trip. The price includes airfare and taxes.

And in October, we will explore the Wonders of Thailand. This international trip includes visits to Bangkok, Hua Hin  and Chiang Mai. Visit golden temples, ride an elephant and marvel at the beauty of Bangkok on this unforgettable trip.

Chamber International trips are open to all; you do not need to be a member to travel with us. For more information on our international trips coming up this year, click here.

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 just feature it on the Utah Business Report.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, February 7th, 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.

The 2014 Legislative Session began one week ago today, and the Chamber has been up at the Capitol advocating for legislation that will benefit Utah’s business community as well as the state as a whole.

Our top priorities this year are education, air quality, job creation, transportation infrastructure, health care reform, as well as the proper use of natural resources such as water, energy and minerals. A full list of our policy priorities and accomplishments can be found in our 2014 Public Policy Guide, which can be found at slchamber.com/ppg2014.

The Chamber also has a very handy website you can use to track bills as they go through the legislative process. You can also take action to contact your representatives—straight from the website with already populated messages to let them know what issues are of utmost importance to you. Our public policy blog is also on the website as is a news feed of everything going on during this 45-day legislative session.

You can find the Chamber “Vote” website at slchambervote.com.

Unfortunately, we have been hit hard by inversions early this year, but it is not too late to do something. In an effort to improve the conditions during any remaining inversions this year, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with UCAIR  and the Department of Environmental Quality, launched a business-led, emergency air quality initiative.

An extension of our Clean Air Champions program, this Inversion Mitigation Initiative asks that Utah businesses do a little more to improve air quality. This emergency air quality effort is focused on getting many of our major employers and leading businesses to do at least one more meaningful effort beyond what’s already being done during the inversion season.

This is an urgent issue that must be dealt with swiftly. Working with some of our board members and our Clean Air Task Force, we have companies committed to this effort that represent approximately 40,000 employees–we hope this is just the beginning.

Our hope is that we can capture the Utah spirit of acting in times of need and have the business community lead out on reducing emissions. Join other companies and show support for clean air by signing a commitment form, found here: slchamber.com/emergency_air_quality_initiative

The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to announce that former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt will be honored as A Giant In Our City on April 10, 2014. The award is recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. Governor Leavitt will be the 35th person to receive the award in its 44-year history.

From his public service to his success in the private sector, he has had the vision and determination that has elevated the quality of life for all Utahns.

One of only two Utah governors to be elected three times, Leavitt served as Utah’s chief executive from 1993 to 2003. He was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

During his tenure as governor, Utah had the longest sustained economic expansion in modern state history. Among his many notable achievements, Gov. Leavitt founded Western Governors University, served as governor during 2002 Winter Olympic Games and modernized Utah’s transportation system with an expansion of I-15 in Salt Lake County.

To register and learn more about the Giant In Our City event, click here: slchamber.com/michael_leavitt_2014

If you’re looking for a fun vacation this year, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking not one, but two international trips in 2014. We’d love for you to join us!

Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. Cruise with the Chamber in May as we set sail for the Eastern Mediterranean on board the Norwegian Jade, “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line.” Enjoy five ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey on this 9-day trip. The price includes airfare and taxes.

And in October, we will explore the Wonders of Thailand. This international trip includes visits to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. Visit golden temples, ride an elephant and marvel at the beauty of Bangkok on this unforgettable trip.

Chamber International trips are open to all; you do not need to be a member to travel with us. For more information on our international trips coming up this year, click here: slchamber.com/chamber_international_trip

On February 8, 2002, Salt Lake City welcomed the Winter Olympic Games—and now, twelve years later, the Utah Olympic Legacy continues to shine. The Chamber recognizes how important the Utah Olympic Legacy has been to our community and our economy. With the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, we invite everyone to wear 2002 Winter Olympic Games memorabilia starting now until the end of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday, February 23.

Thanks to the Greatest Snow on Earth and the investment in Olympic facilities including the Utah Olympic Park and the Utah Olympic Oval, Utah became a prime spot for winter athletes to both train and compete. That reputation continues today with several world championships taking place in Utah this winter, turning out the athletes that will compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Residents and visitors continue to benefit from skating, hockey, curling, track, ski jumping and other activities at these locations. The economic impact of the Games continues to positively affect our state even today.

The Chamber would like to encourage everyone to share in showing pride in our Utah Olympic Legacy by wearing 2002 Olympic Winter Games-themed jackets, pins, gloves, hats, etc. I know I will, and I hope you’ll join me!

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 just feature it on the Utah Business Report.