This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Jonathan Hafen from Parr Brown Gee and Loveless. Jonathan has been a champion of the Chamber International Committee and a catalyst for collaboration between the Chamber, the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on bringing innovative product to Utah companies that are looking to succeed in challenging global markets. The result of this partnership is the Utah Global Forum, a signature international event that takes place on September 24th and features experts on all aspects of international business development from Utah and beyond.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Camilla Edsberg from Hope Gallery.

Camilla has been a chamber member for a number of years and most recently served as the Chair of the Presidents Ambassador Committee. She has a wonderful talent for organization and the ability to lead by example. The past year the committee has seen wonderful growth and great organization in part to Camilla’s leadership. Camilla leads from the front rather than commanding from the back.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Debra Hoyt from Questar.

Debra has been involved with the Chamber for many years in various capacities. She has served different roles including Chair of the Women Business Center and chair of Women in Business Conference Committee. She exudes a calm confidence. With her leadership, the Chamber’s Women’s Business Center has seen valuable growth and a stronger foundation. Thank you, Debra, and congratulations!

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Salt Lake Chamber will celebrate our past, present and future as we pay tribute to our valued partners at the 127th Annual Meeting. The Chamber will honor Chamber Champions and Outstanding Corporate partners—individuals and companies who commit their abilities, resources and time to help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our state.

Today I’d like to tell you about someone who’ll be honored as a Chamber Champion: Abby Albrecht from Google Fiber.

Abby has had significant involvement in the Chamber for many years. She’s served on our board for six years, and one of the driving forces behind the Chamber’s influence on transportation issues. Initially chair of our original transportation committee, Abby helped start what is now the Utah Transportation Coalition. She ensures the Chamber taking the broad-based and pro-economy stance in regards to how we move goods and people in our community. She embodies the definition of leadership by always exceeding expectations through doing more than what is expected.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting luncheon on August 26th, please visit slchamber.com.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 15th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

Last week, the Chamber marked the launch of its water committee with the “Utah: Water Is Your Business Week”—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water’s impact on our economy and businesses.

At a luncheon last Tuesday, we announced the co-chairs for the Salt Lake Chamber water committee as well. Leading our efforts in water issues will be Rob More, president of Big-D Construction. The Chamber water committee will focus on best practices for business in water conservation and management, and will also look at current and future infrastructure needs.

Also released last week, a report from Prepare60 cited a need to fund $33 billion for new water demand and existing facility repair and replacement costs through the year 2060. This report also cites that Utah could expect to generate $50 billion in in-state economic activity from these water development projects.

You can learn more about how the Chamber is addressing the concerns surrounding water at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness

This Thursday, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring around 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities. There are also some very exciting opportunity drawings, including more than one thousand dollars in airfare from Delta and Alaska Airlines.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

So don’t forget to join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social this Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please visit slchamber.com/summersocial.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing a “Happy 25th Anniversary” to Squatters Brewery and Pub.

Twenty-five years ago this fall, Squatters founding partners committed to bring quality brew and delicious pub food to Utah. The award-winning Squatters has teamed up with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to commemorate Squatters’ 25th Anniversary with equally as impressive art.

UMOCA and Squatters have chosen four local artists to each create a 340-square foot mural with the theme “25 Years of Beer” that will be painted on the east side of Squatters Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. The selected artists are Trent Call, Mackinzie Donovan, Richard Landvatter and Mike Mudrock.

The mural painting was finished last month. The public was able to vote on their favorite art piece and the winning mural will be featured on the beer label for a limited edition 25th anniversary brew and t-shirt.

Squatters and UMOCA would like to thank Layton Construction for their generous donations of supplies and equipment.

The Clear the Air Challenge for 2014 recently ended, and so it’s almost time to announce some winners. I’d like to thank all the businesses, teams and individuals that participated in the Challenge this year.

This Saturday, winning individuals and teams who participated in the Clear the Air Challenge will be recognized at the Downtown Farmers Market, starting at 9 a.m. We hope you’ll join us as we recognize those whose efforts to clear the air stand out within our community.

This year, the Clear the Air Challenge had some pretty lofty goals. Our aim was to eliminate 300,000 single-occupant vehicle trips and save 2 million driven miles. At our award ceremony press event on Saturday, we will announce the final results of the Challenge. Come see how the state did in helping to clear the air!

Again, our awards ceremony will take place at the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday. I welcome you to join us in this celebration of improving Utah’s air quality.

In celebration of another strong year as the “Voice of Business” in Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber will pay tribute to great partners at our 127th Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek on Tuesday, August 26, starting at noon.

For 2014, three businesses will be recognized as Outstanding Corporate Partners. The Corporate Partner of the Year will be presented to Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The Small Business of the Year award will go to Bailey Montague & Associates. And Utah Transit Authority will be the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence.

Individuals being recognized as Chamber Champions include: Abby Albrecht from Granite Construction Company, Camilla Edsberg from Hope Gallery & Museum of Fine Art, Jonathan Hafen from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Debra Hoyt from Questar Corporation, and Jonathan Johnson from Overstock.com.

The Chamber will also honor immediate past chair, Ron Jibson, chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corporation.

Learn more about our Annual Meeting at slchamber.com/2014annualmeeting

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 8th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

This week is the Utah: Water Is Your Business Week—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water’s impact on our economy and businesses.

From Monday through Friday, join business and community leaders to discuss water infrastructure and the impact of water availability on our economy, business environment and economic development efforts. We will also be sharing stories about Utah businesses that are making a difference.

One day will focus on business leadership in water conservation and another will focus on infrastructure needs. Tuesday, August 5th, we’ll host a luncheon of community and business leaders to discuss the importance of water infrastructure and availability. It will be held at the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan.

Water Is Your Business Week also features the announcement and launch of the Chamber’s water committee and co-chairs.

Water has a major impact on our economy. Be a part of the discussion with Utah: Water Is Your Business Week now. Learn more at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness.

Recently, there has been some concern over the education standards we have adopted as a state, particularly in math and English language arts.

Providing Utah students with a top-notch education is critical to our long-term economic strength. And to make sure Utah students are prepared for college and career training, it is essential we have the right standards in place.

Governor Gary Herbert has taken action to do just that. And, now you can go online to review the standards and let the governor know how you feel about them.

By visiting utah.gov/governor/standards, anyone with a concern can review the current standards and share their opinion. This can be either positive or negative feedback, but it needs to be specific.

If there is a standard or grade level benchmark that you disagree with, the governor wants to hear about it. This site is now open through the end of August. So visit utah.gov/governor/standards.

AT&T’s new store design focused on the customer’s mobile lifestyle is now a reality in Sandy. The new store at 11316 State Street transforms the entire shopping experience. The new store concept is the result of more than two years of exploration and research all centered on one design goal – to create a more interactive and inviting store environment.

Customers in Utah will be among the first to experience the new store concept that is reinventing the retail business. This store is the latest example of the investment already made in the Salt Lake area. AT&T invested nearly 100-million dollars in its Salt Lake area wireless and wireline networks from 2011 to 2013. This new location will serve the growing number of consumers relying on their wireless devices to manage their busy lives.

AT&T also recently launched Digital Life in Salt Lake City. AT&T Digital Life makes customers’ lives easier by simplifying the management of their home. With Digital Life, customers can use their existing home broadband provider along with any wireless phone service, and enjoy the security and convenience of a home management system personalized to meet their unique needs. To learn more, visit att.com/DigitalLife. That’s att.com/DigitalLife.

On August 14th, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring over 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. The Summer Social is presented by Questar and Cuisine Unlimited. It promises to be an evening worth your time.

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

Join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social on Thursday, August 14th at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please go to our website at slchamber.com.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing a “Happy 25th Anniversary” to  Squatters Brewery and Pub.

Twenty-five years ago this fall, Squatters founding partners committed to bring quality brew and delicious pub food to Utah. Twelve World Beer Cups, 24 Great American Beer Festival Medals and 30 North American Brewers Association Medals later, Squatters has teamed up with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to commemorate Squatters’ 25th Anniversary with equally as impressive art.

UMOCA and Squatters have chosen four local artists to each create a 340-square foot mural with the theme “25 Years of Beer” that will be painted on the east side of Squatters Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. The selected artists are Trent Call, Mackinzie Donovan, Richard Landvatter and Mike Mudrock.

The mural painting was finished last month. The public was able to vote on their favorite art piece and the winning mural will be featured on the beer label for a limited edition 25th anniversary brew and t-shirt.

Squatters and UMOCA would like to thank Layton Construction for their generous donations of supplies and equipment.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, August 1st, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

Water infrastructure is an important component of our economy and affects all business. Next week is the Utah | Water Is Your Business Week—a Salt Lake Chamber initiative to bring awareness to water.

From August 4 – 8, join business and community leaders to discuss water infrastructure and the impact of water availability on our economy, business environment and economic development efforts. We will also take a look at how Utah businesses are making a difference.

One day will focus on business leadership in water conservation and another will focus on infrastructure needs. Water Is Your Business Week also features the announcement and launch of the Chamber’s water committee and co-chairs.

On August 5, we’ll host a luncheon of community and business leaders to discuss the importance of water infrastructure and availability. It will be held at the Jordan Valley Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan.

Water has a major impact on our economy. Be a part of the discussion with Utah | Water Is Your Business Week next week. Learn more at slchamber.com/waterisyourbusiness.

As a business, it’s important to reduce costs and be kind to the environment. Both are good for business and the community.

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies works closely with Rocky Mountain Power to identify and implement energy-saving projects at its facilities. Since 2003, they have received nearly $298,000 in incentives from Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program for energy-efficient upgrades. These improvements save nearly $312,000 in energy costs every year.

A recent project at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons served as a pilot for the utility’s energy management offerings. Rocky Mountain Power funded a study to identify opportunities to tune up the heating and cooling system. The Larry H. Miller Group then invested time and a budget to make the improvements. The teamwork on the project resulted in annual energy savings of nearly 234,000 kilowatt-hours with a payback of less than a year.

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

On August 14, the annual Women in Business Summer Social will bring over 300 prominent business women and men together, providing a platform for fundraising and networking. The Summer Social is presented by Questar and Cuisine Unlimited. It promises to be an evening worth your time.

The Summer Social will have an exciting synergy from a full spectrum of industries with a dynamic group of entrepreneurial and professional people. The event includes food, beverage, entertainment, a silent auction, a variety of vendor tables and, of course, great networking opportunities.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support women’s programs at the Salt Lake Chamber’s nonprofit organization, the Women’s Business Center. Donations are tax deductible. The funds will help provide women and men entrepreneurs with a platform for business development and job creation in Utah through consulting, training and networking.

Join the Women’s Business Center for the Summer Social on Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. For more details on this event, please go to our website at slchamber.com.

This summer, the Community Foundation of Utah is partnering with the Daniels Fund and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah to launch the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.

The goal is to recognize leadership in Utah businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. One organization from each sector will be recognized. A specific award, the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award will go to the winner of the business category.

Awards will be given at a September 12th awards breakfast, sponsored by Zions Bank.

Any business, government entity or nonprofit in those sectors with ethical standards is encouraged to apply. Nominees will be judged against the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles, which include integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law and viability.

Applications for the awards close August 4. You can find more information and apply for the Utah Ethical Leadership awards at www.utahcf.org.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 25th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

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

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

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

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

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.