This week on Utah Business Report

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

This week, the First Annual Utah Small Business Summit took place and was a resounding success! If you’d like to see what happened, see our recap of the event along with lessons learned from the keynote speakers.

As part of the Chamber’s 125th anniversary, we want to share the rich history of the members who have made the Chamber so successful.

Maxine Turner founded Cuisine Unlimited, Inc., in 1985. Today, Cuisine Unlimited is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning company specializing in gourmet, off-premise catering and special event services. It has been ranked as the top catering service in the U.S.

The Turners attribute their success to the support of their family, the strength of the business community and their involvement in the Salt Lake Chamber for the past 20 years. They also credit the 85 exemplary professionals that make up their staff.

In 1998, when Salt Lake was chosen to host the 2002 Olympic Games, the Chamber referred Cuisine Unlimited to a newscaster. As a result, Cuisine Unlimited was featured on CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

Today was the Grand Opening Celebration for the Sweet Cake Bake Shop. The gluten-free bakery is opening a larger second location in downtown Salt Lake, located at 457 East 300 South, to better meet gluten-free demands for delicious baked goods.

The Lehi City Fire Department recently honored a few employees from Staker Parson Companies’ shop in Lehi. Dispatcher Jenny Snyder and the employees were honored with the Citizen Life Saver Award for saving a co-worker’s life at the City Council meeting.

On May 8, Scott Hicken became dizzy and passed out while working. His coworkers Mike Rentmeister, Travis Hager, Garrett Butler and Darin King came to his aid. They found Hicken wasn’t breathing and called 9-1-1. Dispatcher Snyder instructed them to perform CPR until paramedics arrived.

All four of the mechanics completed CPR certification as part of the Staker Parson Companies’ safety program. Because of their help, Hicken has completely recovered and is back at work.

This is a great example of why it’s valuable to have your employees certified in CPR. It could save another’s life.

We’re pleased to talk about one of the women receiving a 2012 Pathfinder award: Dr. Vivian Lee of University of Utah Health Science.

Dr. Lee leads one of the country’s foremost academic health systems and world-renowned medical research centers. She works to ensure Utahns have the best and most cost efficient health care available.

She has launched two signature initiatives. One is to leverage the School of Medicine’s world-class human genetics program to become a leading center in personalized health care. The other is to establish University of Utah Health Care as a model for maintaining financial stability while giving each patient an exceptional experience.

Dr. Lee has also received the Outstanding Teacher Award twice from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Dr. Lee, along with the other Pathfinder recipients, will officially receive their awards at the 2012 Women and Business Conference and ATHENA Award Luncheon, on Nov. 15 at the Little America Hotel.

Congratulations are in order for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. They recently received the 2012 Full Employment Best Practices Award from the American Institute for Full Employment.

The award is given to a state agency that exemplifies a commitment to reemployment insurance claimants through proactive policies and innovative programs.

President of the American Institute for Full Employment John W. Courtney commends the Department of Workforce Services for establishing a clear vision and also using effective tools to make that vision a reality.

This isn’t the first time the creative thinking of the Workforce Services staff has been recognized on a national scale. Utah’s low duration rate for people receiving unemployment insurance has been consistently in the top ten of the 53 states and territories.

For the full reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL Radio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL News Radio 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. 

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