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 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.