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How Utah’s Air Affects the Workforce

Utah’s air quality has an impact on an employer’s most valuable resource--their employees. There is a correlation between employee health issues and the air quality outside, and many Utah businesses are stepping up to mitigate the health effects of our air. These health issues can influence business operations as they lead to an increase in health care costs, a decrease [...]

February 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Utah Non-compete Study Results Now Available | No Further Legislative Action in 2017

No Further Legislative Action to be taken in 2017 Utah General Legislative Session SALT LAKE CITY (February 25, 2017) – Yesterday, the Salt Lake Chamber in collaboration with a working group of legislators and members of the business community, released the findings from a study conducted in response to the passage of H.B. 251, post-employment restrictions amendments, during the 2016 [...]

February 25th, 2017|Blog, News & Press, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

Statement from Rep. Schultz Regarding the Non-Compete Survey Results

Dear Colleagues, Several of us in the Capitol spent hours tonight pouring through the results of the non-compete agreement research study.  To our knowledge, the study was exhaustive in nature and an unprecedented approach by any state in researching non-compete agreements. We are heartened that the data confirms the merit of our attention to this important issue for Utah’s economy. [...]

February 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

38-15-1 Legislative Updates Week 5

Week 5 of the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session was one of the most exciting weeks yet, with significant movement on our priorities and many other important bills advancing through. With less than two weeks left, many critical conversations continue to advance including the broader topic of tax reform and education funding. The Chamber's priority education bills took crucial strides [...]

February 24th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Take the Salt Lake City Business Survey

Salt Lake City, in partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake Chamber, and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute has launched an in-depth business survey unlike any other conducted in the past. The goal of this business retention and expansion survey is to hear your thoughts on doing business in Salt Lake City so [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The State of American Cybersecurity

Originally purchased in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Above the Fold, on February 6, 2017. Click here to view. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue outlined our American Growth Agenda during his annual State of American Business address in January.  Economic growth is the Chamber’s No. 1 priority for 2017, and it should be no surprise that [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Blog, Cybersecurity Month|0 Comments

Introducing the Skyline Challenge: a partnership with Salt Lake City

When we think about Utah’s air quality challenges, we often focus on vehicle emissions, but don’t often consider the contribution our own homes and office buildings have to local air pollution. These contributors are called area sources. From 2008 to 2014, the Utah Division of Air Quality reported a 7% increase in area source contributions to air pollution while vehicle [...]

February 21st, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment|0 Comments

Non-compete Update: House Defeats H.B. 81 | Study Completed on 2/24/2017

Yesterday, the Utah House of Representatives defeated H.B. 81, Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments (49-22-4) in support of our ongoing process. Much of the floor debate focused on waiting for the results of the non-compete study that is being conducted by the Cicero Group. The study was part of the compromise with House Leadership brokered last year by a working group [...]

February 18th, 2017|Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Policy|0 Comments

Statement on Outdoor Retailer Show Leaving Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 17, 2017) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Outdoor Retailer’s decision to leave the state of Utah. “Utah is an incredible location for outdoor recreation, home to hundreds of companies that employ thousands of Utahns. We regret the decision by the Outdoor Retailer show to [...]

February 17th, 2017|Blog, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 4

After today, week four is officially in the books for the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session. As appropriation subcommittees have now completed their work, the discussions around the budget hit high gear. Also, this afternoon the consensus revenue estimates for the budget will be released to the Executive Appropriations Committee. While the budget takes shape, many important bills have begun to advance through the legislative process. This includes [...]

February 17th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Expanding FMLA Will Negatively Impact Utah’s Small Businesses and Employees

Guest Blog by Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Committee co-chairs: Ingolf de Jong, President of GENCOMM, and Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Kaddas Enterprises. Utah's small businesses are the lifeblood of our economic success and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for Utah families. As such, any policy change that impacts their success should be weighed carefully. Expanding Family Medical Leave [...]

February 15th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Speaking on Business: YESCO & 2002 Winter Olympics

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/10/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. What started in Utah 97 years ago, the company YESCO has over 1,000 employees in 11 western states and a sign and lighting service franchise network located throughout United States and Canada. Prior to 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the [...]

February 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 3

This past week has been the busiest and most successful yet of the session. We made major milestones to  define a clear path forward on tax reform and witnessed the signing of a new executive order  and  the introduction of  H.B. 272 Regulatory Impact Amendments, both of which address our recommendations on regulation. Taken together, this executive order and H.B. 272 show the shared commitment [...]

February 10th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Oversight in State Agency Rulemaking

This morning, Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an executive order related to the establishment of effective oversight in state agency rulemaking. This executive order establishes a review process for new administrative rules within the the Governor's office and creates a uniform fiscal analysis tool for use by agencies as they perform the statutorily required fiscal impact analysis to business and [...]

February 9th, 2017|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Speaking on Business: Infinite Scale & 2002 Winter Olympics

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/09/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. When the Olympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City 15 years ago, they put Utah on the map for winter sports. Since then, the Beehive State’s ski and lodging industries have enjoyed record-setting years, with dramatic increases in skier visits. Not [...]

February 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Speaking on Business: The Goal Foundation & 2002 Winter Olympics

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/08/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. As a society, we can never underestimate the business impact and exposure that hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games gave Utah. Today, we’re still reaping the benefits of being one of the most successful Olympic Games of any in the world, and a [...]

February 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Speaking on Business: Gastronomy & 2002 Winter Olympic Games

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/07/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. In order to become an Olympic host city, you need visionaries who see the opportunity for what it is. The owners of Gastronomy, Inc., which is Market Street Grills, the New Yorker and Fish Market, in Salt Lake County epitomized these visionaries and [...]

February 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah Issue Open Letter to Utah’s Congressional Delegation

February 7th, 2017|Blog, News & Press, Statements|0 Comments

Rethinking Carpooling

The word ‘carpool’ may bring back memories of rides to school in your mom’s minivan, but it is much more than that--using a carpool for your daily commute to the office is becoming increasingly common in Utah. With episodes of winter inversion upon us, now is a great time to rethink your trip and consider the many benefits carpooling to [...]

February 6th, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Speaking on Business: Visit Salt Lake & 2002 Winter Olympic Games

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/06/2017 at 5:22 p.m. on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. Fifteen years ago the world’s eyes turned to Utah when the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were held here. Official state economic impact for the period through the end of 2002 estimates at total economic impact of almost $5 billion in [...]

February 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

President’s Message: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of 2002 Winter Olympic Games

Following my 12 years of service in the Utah State Legislature, I had the honor of being asked by then-Governor Mike Leavitt to serve as the state’s Chief Olympics Officer. Among the many memorable opportunities this afforded me was the privilege of attending the opening ceremonies of 2002 Winter Olympic Games. I remember that night like it was yesterday. The [...]

February 6th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 2

It may be chilly, but the legislative session is heating up. We have been extremely active the first two weeks of the session to make major strides on significant issues including advancing modernizing Utah's tax system, efforts to improve educational outcomes and improving Utah's regulation environment. Our team has had dozens of meeting with legislators, testified on a number of [...]

February 3rd, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Hatch Optimistic About Tax Reform

Article originally published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in their blog "Above the Fold". View the article in full here. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has a lot on his plate in 2017: Health care reform and trade being two items. Another major item is comprehensive tax reform. No major reform of the tax [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: January 2017

Christensen Law 340 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.305.58000 ccplawyers.com Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 7730 South Union Park Ave, Ste. 600 Midvale, UT 84047 801.563.7662 utahhomes.com Competitive Edge Office Systems Inc. 307 West 200 South, Suite 1003 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 385.259.0918 xcompedge.com CRSA 649 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102 801.355.5915 crsa-us.com Dale [...]

February 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

February 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Non-compete Agreements Update

At the end of the last session, the Salt Lake Chamber committed to continue the dialogue on non-compete agreements through the interim and future legislative sessions. During the interim period, the working group has met numerous times to discuss the research project. We stand by the 2016 compromise on this issue, and before any further efforts to legislate, we support completing, [...]

February 1st, 2017|Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Policy|0 Comments

Workplace Implications of the President’s Immigration Executive Order

Originally posted on Linkedin by Roger Tsai, Corporate Immigration Attorney at Holland & Hart LLP. View the post here. On Friday afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” immediately suspending the entry of citizens from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Sudan, as well as the entry [...]

January 31st, 2017|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Talent Ready Utah: Connecting Business with Education

During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a “major collaboration called Talent Ready Utah” to “expand career opportunities statewide by increasing the number of business and education partnerships.” The push is aimed at connecting business with education to better prepare Utah’s workforce for the nation’s strongest economy. “Over the next four years — [...]

11 Ways to Make the Most Out of your Public Transit Commute

With increased accessibility to FrontRunner, TRAX and bus routes, it is now more convenient than ever to use transit in Utah. Riding public transit is a great way to save money on gas, parking and car maintenance while reducing vehicle emissions and avoiding traffic congestion. The step to change your daily commute can make a big difference for Utah’s air [...]

January 30th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 1

As the 2017 General Legislative session begins, it is critical that the voice of business be heard as lawmakers consider the passage of critical legislation impacting our economy and quality of life. In Utah, at least 38 votes in the House, 15 votes in the Senate, and 1 signature from the Governor is required for legislation to be passed. Because the support of our membership is crucial to advancing the Chamber's policy [...]

January 27th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Join the Chamber Grassroots Alliance

Once again, Utah has been recognized as the Best State for Business in the nation. This achievement was made possible by our strong economy, friendly regulatory environment, favorable quality of life and devoted business leaders. For years, chambers of commerce across Utah have provided a voice for business and assisted our elected officials in determining the direction of our policies [...]

January 26th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 02.02: Looking at the Legislative Session Through the Eyes of Pat Jones

The 2017 General Legislative Session is underway! In this episode we sit down with Pat Jones, a former state legislator and the current CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute, to discuss the 2017 Legislative Session, how she is helping to get more women involved in politics, and how her vision has changed since leaving public office. [...]

January 25th, 2017|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Air Quality and the 2017 Legislative Session

This week marks the beginning of the 2017 General Legislative Session and as such, discussing important issues to look for and be aware of is critical for businesses to get involved and understand how these various issues affect our state’s economy. One of the most visible legislative issues on the Hill is Utah’s air quality. Over the past several years, [...]

January 24th, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Announces 2017 Legislative Priorities and Announces Effort to Guide State’s Future Economic Direction and Competitiveness

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 18, 2016) — Today the Salt Lake Chamber held its inaugural Policy Summit to preview the business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2017 General Legislative Session with the release of the 2017 Public Policy Guide. Additionally, the Chamber made two major announcements to develop a long-term vision for Utah’s economy and a new an authoritative [...]

Teleworking: Is It Worth It?

With a laptop, cell phone and a reliable internet connection, any place you go can be considered an office these days. Teleworking or telecommuting--working from a remote location outside of a traditional office setting--is becoming more prevalent with advances in technology and innovative business. In fact, approximately 20-25% of the U.S. workforce teleworks at some frequency. Even with these advances [...]

January 17th, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|1 Comment

Podcast 02.01: Utah’s Business Community Commits to Clean Air

Last week, the Chamber launched its “Inversion Mitigation Initiative” to show the collective impact Utah’s business community can have in keeping our air clean by committing to clean air strategies like teleworking, riding transit, carpooling or upgrading fleets and stopping idling. This initiative aims to remind businesses that although we can’t control when the inversions come and go, [...]

January 11th, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Podcast, Policy|1 Comment

3 Reasons Why Businesses Should Care About Our Air

Talk of Utah’s air quality seems to increase during this time of the year, leaving many businesses wondering why air quality matters when it comes to their bottom-line. Here are 3 reasons why your business should care about Utah’s air and suggestions on how the business community can collectively impact Utah’s future by participating in voluntary actions to reduce emissions [...]

January 10th, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Wilford Clyde Named Vice Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors

To serve with current chair, Keith McMullin, president and CEO of Deseret Management, Inc.  SALT LAKE CITY (January 10, 2017) The Salt Lake Chamber has named Wilford Clyde, president of Clyde Companies, as the vice chair of its Board of Governors. He will serve alongside current chair, Keith McMullin, the current president and CEO of Deseret Management, Inc. “We are [...]

January 10th, 2017|Blog, Statements|0 Comments

Statement on the Appointment of Theresa Foxley to Lead EDCUtah

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 10, 2017) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Theresa Foxley as head of EDCUtah. “I am ecstatic that Theresa Foxley has been selected to lead EDCUtah. This organization does important work for our state and they need a strong leader – and [...]

January 10th, 2017|Blog, Statements|0 Comments

Health Care Policy in the New Year

Health care has always been a key point of discussion for policy makers. Now, following the 2016 election, many businesses and employees are wondering what kind of changes the health care industry could see over the next four years. Andrew Croshaw, co-chair of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Systems Reform Committee and president of the health care consulting group, Leavitt [...]

January 9th, 2017|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

President’s Message: 2017 Resolutions for Utah

I love starting a new year. Fresh from time spent with loved ones, many of us feel revitalized in our outlook on life and the work we do.  We are excited to serve others and improve all areas of our life and business. As I made my own resolutions for the coming year, I thought about that status of our [...]

January 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Inversion Mitigation Initiative to Help Businesses Improve Utah’s Air Quality

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 5, 2017) --- Today, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and TravelWise, launched an Inversion Mitigation Initiative encouraging business leaders to engage employees in simple, voluntary actions that decrease vehicle emissions during the winter inversion season. “Periods of inversion are inevitable this time of year. And while we [...]

5 ways to make the most out of your Chamber Membership

Start the New Year off right and learn a few different ways to make the most out of your Chamber membership. Or if you're not a member, what opportunities are available with membership! Attend an Event The Chamber is a gathering place. Every year we provide networking opportunities, seminars, workshops and more to bring the community together. The next two [...]

January 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What is the Chamber’s Inversion Mitigation Initiative?

Winter inversion season is upon us, and that’s why the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with TravelWise and the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), is launching the Inversion Mitigation Initiative, which encourages businesses to engage their employees in simple voluntary actions that contribute to decreasing vehicle emissions and keeping our air clean. By completing a simple form and selecting which TravelWise [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: December 2016

California Pizza Kitchen 156 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84102 801.456.0075 californiapizzakitchen.com Desert Digital Media 55 North 300 South Broadcast House Triad Center #5, Suite 4 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801.575.5555 ksl.com House-B-Ready 991 N. Dorothea Way Salt Lake City, UT 84116 385.250.9999 house-b-ready.com KUED 7 101 Wasatch Drive South Jordan, UT 84112 801.581.3915 kued.org Leavitt Group [...]

January 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

P3s: What are they and why should your business care?

A heightened national discussion around the use of public-private partnerships or “P3s” for infrastructure projects may leave you wondering what P3s are and why your business should care about them. What is a Public Private Partnership? P3s exist in many shapes and forms and can be used for a wide array of projects ranging from interstate rest stops to large [...]

December 14th, 2016|Blog, Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

Share in the Holiday Spirit with United Way of Salt Lake

Guest Writer: Stephanie Rokich, United Way of Salt Lake Volunteer Engagement Manager The first time I participated in a Sub for Santa program was in high school. Each class sponsored a group of families who didn’t have a lot of money for food and gifts that holiday season. We had competitions in our homeroom classes to see who could collect [...]

December 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Take the BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts

Your input is needed. The Utah Cultural Alliance is helping participate in this year’s BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts. Ultimately, they hope to get as many businesses as they can–large and small, from every sector, from all over the country, and need your help to do it. The BCA Survey is only created every 3 years, and in those 3 years [...]

December 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Governor’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement: SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 7, 2016) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Herbert’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal: “Once again Utah is fortunate to have a robust economy producing strong revenue growth to meet critical needs as one of the fastest-growing states [...]

December 7th, 2016|Blog, News & Press, Statements|0 Comments

The Road Home Needs Some Holiday Help!

The holiday season is an important time for charitable organizations like The Road Home. It signals an increase in volunteer participation and donations that are crucial to the success of those organizations throughout the year. “This is when we get the bulk of our financial contributions as well as our in-kind donations,” said Celeste Eggert, Director of Development for The Road [...]

December 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Chamber Joins Coalition Letter to Urge for Federal Regulatory Reform

The Salt Lake Chamber joined 380 chambers and associations from around the country, sending a strong message to Capitol Hill that regulatory reform continues to be a critical priority for the business community. The groups urged Speaker Paul Ryan to make consideration of the “Regulatory Accountability Act” an early priority for the 115th Congress. We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly [...]

December 5th, 2016|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: November 2016

Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch 60 E. South Temple, Suite 280 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.236.3136 bofaml.com BHB Consulting Engineers, PC 2766 South Main Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801.355.5950 bhbengineers.com Blue Boutique 1383 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801.485.2072 blueboutique.com Goldfish Swim School 1350 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 801.901.7946 southjordan.goldfishswimschool.com [...]

December 1st, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

President’s Message: Preserving Utah’s Excellent Business Climate

A terrific business climate is one of the best holiday gifts that Utah’s businesses could receive. As the statewide voice for business, the Salt Lake Chamber works to ensure Utah’s business climate remains among the best in the nation. We believe low taxes, limited but effective regulations, top-notch infrastructure, a talented workforce and well-managed and limited government create a strong [...]

New Report Calls for Strategic Reforms to Improve Regulation in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 28, 2016) — Today the Salt Lake Chamber released a new report which outlines suggestions on how the state can improve Utah’s premier business climate through regulation reform. The report, titled: “The Cost of Doing Business: Improving Utah’s Regulatory System” details limitations within Utah’s existing administrative rules process and important areas where the state has [...]

Utah Regulation Reform

Utah’s economy is one of the strongest in the nation. Just last week Forbes named Utah the best state for business for the third year. But in response to our success we are tasked with a difficult question: how can we make the best state for business even better? The answer to this question doesn’t lie in broad [...]

November 28th, 2016|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

U.S. Chamber Responds to Court’s Preliminary Injunction Blocking DOL’s Overtime Rule

Originally published by U.S. Chamber of Commerce WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement regarding the decision by the district court in Sherman, Texas to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulation nationwide: “We are very pleased that the court agreed with [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

November Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community. These Interim sessions help provide a preview of issues that may be addressed in a future General Legislative Session. Every month the [...]

Salt Lake Chamber Celebrates Authentic Leadership

at the 40th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon Salt Lake City, Utah (November 15, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center hosted its 40th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at the Little America Hotel. The conference, which was attended by [...]

November 15th, 2016|Blog, Events, News & Press|0 Comments

President’s Message: Time for Unity & Gratitude

We live in an amazing time – a period of astonishing advancements in medicine, communications, transportation, commerce, computing power, and virtually every scientific and technological discipline. Unfortunately, the “soft” side of society -- our rancorous politics, our sometimes-venomous public discourse, and our dysfunctional federal governance – is not keeping up with the great advances and problem solving potential of technology [...]

November 10th, 2016|Blog, News & Press, Policy, Statements|3 Comments

Statement on the 2016 Election

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 8, 2016) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. “As this election comes to a close, [...]

November 9th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Podcast 01.23: 40 Years Inspiring Authentic Leadership

The 40th Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon is coming up next week and we spoke with conference committee chair Lacey Holmes about what the conference is about, what attendees can look forward to, and why it is important for all business professionals to attend. In addition to details on this year’s ATHENA and Pathfinder Award [...]

November 9th, 2016|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

October Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community. These Interim sessions help provide a preview of issues that may be addressed in a future General Legislative session. Every month the [...]

Member Business Spotlight: Perpetual Storage, Inc.

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

November 1st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

Input Needed: Welcoming Salt Lake Plan Draft

As a business leader, you know that immigrants and refugees make our communities stronger – socially, culturally and economically. Welcoming new arrivals to our communities is ingrained in our Utah identity. Our welcoming nature is a source of strength and a key part of our competitive advantage. Early this year, our region came together to launch the Welcoming Salt Lake’s Task [...]

November 1st, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: October 2016

AE Urbia 2875 S. Decker Lake Dr., Ste. 275 Salt Lake City, UT 84119 801.746.0456 aeurbia.com Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah 2121 S. State St., #201 Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801.313.0303 bbbsu.org Brent Anderson 5865 Royalton Drive Murray, UT 84107 847.323.1501 Daybreak Communities 11248 Kestrel Rise Road, Suite 201 South Jordan, UT 84009 801.204.2770 daybreakcommunities.com DPS Skis 2640 [...]

November 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Solutions Recap

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Salt Lake Chamber is joining the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  Campaign and its partners across the nation to highlight the importance of cybersecurity. As part of recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Salt Lake Chamber hosted a panel discussion focused on what businesses can do better when it comes [...]

October 28th, 2016|Blog, Cybersecurity Month|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center Launches Online Trainings Through Virtual Locations Around the State

Utah’s Outreach Center of the Year helps more women access free and low cost training at “Brigham City Rock Business!” event SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (October 27, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center (the WBC) is partnering with chambers of commerce and other organizations throughout the state to provide their services to women entrepreneurs and small business [...]

October 27th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Podcast 01.22: Utah Business Leaders go to Washington

In case you didn’t know last month the Salt Lake Chamber had their annual Washington D.C. Trip, and in the latest episode of Building Utah: “Utah Business Leaders go to Washington,” we spoke with Charles Pugh from Worker’s Compensation Fund. The trip is an extraordinary, high-level networking, opportunity bringing Utah’s business leaders together with members of our federal [...]

October 26th, 2016|Blog, Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Solutions: A Discussion on Cybersecurity

Technology plays a central role in our households, businesses, and way of life. Security of that technology however, is often ignored. We enter passwords in what has become a habitual chore and we neglect that the storage units of our digital information are often very accessible. Technology has enhanced our accessibility and confidence, but paradoxically lead many of us [...]

October 25th, 2016|Blog, Cybersecurity Month, Events|0 Comments

Lock Down Your Login

The first password was developed in 1961. In 1962 the first password related security breach occurred. When we’re online passwords are often considered an onerous chore. We often neglect or overthink them entirely. 72 percent of Americans believe their accounts are secure with only usernames and passwords, yet every two seconds there is another victim of identity fraud.  Like most [...]

October 24th, 2016|Blog, Cybersecurity Month|0 Comments

Education and Utah’s Economy

UPDATED: November 11, 2016 Now, more than ever, education is the surest path to economic success - not just for individuals, but also the community. Education is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 148,000 Utahns directly and pays millions of dollars in wages and salaries. Just over one in three Utahns attend or work at a school each [...]

2016 ATHENA: Lori Chillingworth

Chief Credit Administrator, Small Business, Zions Bancorporation Lori was appointed Chief Credit Administrator of Small Business for Zions Bancorporation in April 2016. While her primary responsibilities are credit risk management for small business, she also oversees project management for process improvement of small business loans throughout the enterprise. Prior to this position, Chillingworth served as Executive Vice President of Zions [...]

October 18th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

2016 Pathfinder: Kathy Luke

Vice President, Center for Community Development, American Express Kathy Luke is the Vice President of the Center for Community Development with American Express, responsible for the execution of the Community Reinvestment Act program for American Express.  In this role, Luke partners with government, community and non-profit organizations to learn and address the needs of the community. Kathy has been with [...]

October 18th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

2016 Pathfinder: Laura Kaiser

Executive Vice President and COO, Intermountain Healthcare Laura Kaiser is an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated, not-for-profit health system. Kaiser is responsible for the healthcare delivery and operations of Intermountain Healthcare’s 22 hospitals, Medical Group – with 200+ Clinics and 1500+ employed providers, clinical programs and its Institute for Healthcare Leadership. Kasier has [...]

October 18th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

2106 Pathfinder: Dr. Ivy Estabrooke

Executive Director, Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Initiative Dr. Ivy Estabrooke leads the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, expanding Utah’s economy through technology based economic development. As a Navy civilian, Dr. Estabrooke has delivered technology solutions to address National Security challenges. A neuroscientist by training and policy wonk by practice, Estabrooke holds a doctorate from Georgetown University, a [...]

October 18th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

2016 Pathfinder: Maura Carabello

Founder & President, The Exoro Group Maura Carabello is one of the most influential people you’ve never heard of. As an advisor and strategist to Utah’s top elected officials and business leaders, she’s driven by her desire to advocate and achieve success for others. Carabello’s experiences span development work in Uganda, Time INC and as an executive leader of several [...]

October 18th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

3 FREE Controls to Improve Cybersecurity

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Salt Lake Chamber is joining the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  Campaign and its partners across the nation to highlight the importance of cybersecurity. We hear this all the time – “We don’t know what we don’t know about cyber security.” However, you do know it can impact [...]

October 18th, 2016|Cybersecurity Month|0 Comments

129th Annual Meeting

Utah’s business leaders gathered on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 129th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. The theme for the event was “Rewind Time,” allowing Chamber members to review the previous year and honor those in the community that have showed exemplary support by committing their time [...]

October 17th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.21: Cybersecurity: Why it Matters for Businesses Large & Small

As the statewide voice for business, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking an active role in the discussion of cybersecurity this October by participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of cybersecurity awareness, from the IT department to the boardroom. John A. Adams and Elaina Maragakis from Ray Quinney & Nebeker [...]

October 12th, 2016|Cybersecurity Month, Podcast|0 Comments

Cybersecurity in the C-Suite

According to FBI Director James Comey, there are two kinds of businesses in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked…and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Salt Lake Chamber is joining the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  Campaign and its partners across the nation to [...]

October 10th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

September Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community. These Interim sessions help provide a preview of issues that may be addressed in a future General Legislative session. Every month the [...]

Member Business Spotlight: Camp Kostopulos

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

October 4th, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

The Business of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Salt Lake Chamber is joining the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  Campaign and its partners across the nation to highlight the importance of cybersecurity. We all remember in 2013 when a national retailer fell victim to the biggest retail data breach in U.S history. The cause was a malware [...]

Membership Roundup: September 2016

Chanshare Farms 10785 W 12800 N Tremonton, UT 435.854.3627 chanshare.com CSS Corp 11778 S Election Rd, Ste. 160 Draper, UT 84020 csscorp.com Edward Jones - Annalise Lasater 2340 E Fort Union Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT 84120 801.733.6754 edwardjones.com Edward Jones - Joe Goodner 160 N Main Bountiful, UT 84010 801.651.8880 edwardjones.com Green Construction Inc. 352 N Flint St. Kaysville, UT [...]

October 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

2016/17 Leadership Utah: What Makes a Great Leader?

Take a minute to challenge yourself with the following questions: What makes a great leader and can you think of someone who is a great leader? Integrity, communications skills, empathy, Natalie Gochnor, and Ghandi were just some of the examples used by the incoming 2016-2017 Leadership Utah class to convey who they think represents a leader. During the day, the [...]

September 30th, 2016|Blog, Leadership Utah|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber hosts 129th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Business leaders pay tribute to those who commit their abilities and time to help further the Chamber's mission and bolster the business community SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 27, 2016) – Utah’s business leaders gathered on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 129th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. [...]

September 27th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

2016 Washington DC Trip

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect local leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capital. Here are the highlights from the 2016 edition of the trip: D.C. Trip Day 1 Influence. Effectiveness. Vision. A conversation with Tom Donohue, President [...]

September 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Presented with Congressional Record

In September members and staff of the Salt Lake Chamber traveled to our nation’s capital to better engage in federal policy. While in D.C. Chamber leadership was presented with a prestigious honor, a copy of the sworn congressional record from September 6 when Senator Mike Lee gave an official statement recognizing the Salt Lake Chamber and its new five-star accreditation. [...]

September 26th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

2016 Washington, D.C. Trip Day 4

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect local leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from the final day of the 2016 edition of the trip: Hail to the Chiefs: A Discussion with the Utah Federal [...]

September 23rd, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Stop. Think. Connect.

All too often, we see a pattern of negligence in terms of our scrutiny towards cybersecurity. It’s easy to brush off, postpone, or even turn a cold shoulder, but Utah’s business community must recognize that cybersecurity is a risk that affects all organizations from Fortune 500s to small street corner businesses. Inaction has a cost. It’s estimated that small and [...]

2016 Washington, D.C. Trip Day 3

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect local leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from the third day of the 2016 edition of the trip: After the Election: Prospects for Business Priorities in Washington | A [...]

September 22nd, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Non-Compete Agreement Open Houses

This past session the Legislature acted to limit non-compete agreements. Many of you have expressed your continued concern with this legislation (H.B. 251) and we want to provide you an update on this issue. We continue to actively work to preserve reasonable and responsible uses of non-compete agreements. This remains an important issue for the Chamber's leadership, business leaders and staff. [...]

September 21st, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

2016 Washington, D.C. Trip Day 2

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect local leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from our second day of the 2016 edition of the trip: Breakfast with Congressman Bishop The second day of our trip [...]

September 21st, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber 2016 Federal Priorities Released

As a statewide chamber of commerce, representing nearly 8,000 businesses, the Salt Lake Chamber is "Utah's Business Leader." We are a capital city chamber with a statewide mission. We stand as the voice of business, support our members' success, and champion community prosperity. Annually the Salt Lake Chamber brings representatives from Utah’s business and civic community to Washington, D.C. to [...]

September 20th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

2016 Washington, D.C. Trip Day 1

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect local leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capital. Here are the highlights from our first day of the 2016 edition of the trip: Influence. Effectiveness. Vision. A conversation with Tom Donohue, President of [...]

September 19th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Honors Cities with Business Friendly Community Award

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 16, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah League of Cities and Towns today honored the cities of Clearfield, Cottonwood Heights, Lindon, South Jordan and Park City with the “2016 Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community Award” for efforts to reduce burdensome regulations at the local level and strengthen Utah’s pro-business [...]

September 16th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Lori Chillingworth Announced as 2016 ATHENA Award Winner

Chief Credit Administrator for Zions Bancorporation honored with prestigious national women’s award SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 7th, 2016): The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced Lori Chillingworth as the 2016 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA Award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who [...]

September 7th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Presenting the Government Affairs Bootcamp: Top 5 Reasons Any Business Professional Should Enroll

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s leading business advocacy organization, is accepting applications for its inaugural Government Affairs Bootcamp. This intensive two-day bootcamp, is designed for new and experienced government affairs professionals, company executives and public policy advocates, to improve efficacy and understanding of advocating at a state and federal level. The following are the five most significant reasons why enrolling [...]

September 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Business Community Gets in on Local Football Rivalry

The Salt Lake Chamber and Utah Valley Chamber place friendly wager on the outcome of the University of Utah, BYU football game SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 7th, 2016): The battle for bragging rights extends beyond the football field and into the business community this weekend as the University of Utah Utes hosts the BYU Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt [...]

September 7th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: August 2016

Addictive Behavior Motor Works 454 S 500 W Salt Lake City, UT 801.839.3999 whatsuradditction.com American Synthetic Oils 1953 S 1100 EA Salt Lake City, UT 84106 888.808.0383 americansyntheticoils.com Ames Construction 3737 W 2100 S West Valley City, UT 84120 801.977.8012 amesconstruction.com Amway 229 N. Adams St. #435 Eagle Pass, TX 78852 1.800.253.6500 amway.com Bank of American Fork - Riverton Branch [...]

September 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: MAd Reach

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

August 31st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

Podcast 01.20: Utah’s Urban Center: What is the State of Downtown?

What is the State of Downtown? Every year the Downtown Alliance looks at the overall economy and benchmarks what's happening in Downtown Salt Lake City, and from this they develop the State of Downtown report. Downtown Alliance's Executive Director Jason Mathis and Director of Urban Development Jesse Dean discuss with us how this report is developed, as well as [...]

August 31st, 2016|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Utah’s Technology & Innovation Sector

The Salt Lake Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation in collaboration with the Utah Technology Council co-hosted an event this past week to highlight the different forms of innovation bringing opportunity, talent, jobs and growth to the Salt Lake area and throughout the state. Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Governor Gary Herbert kicked off the [...]

The Downtown Alliance: Fostering Prosperity in the Central Business District

The Downtown Alliance The Downtown Alliance (DTA) is a 501c6 nonprofit organization established in 1991, and is dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. DTA is the nexus of public and private sector interests in building a successful downtown and facilitating dialogue and understanding between diverse stakeholders. DTA represents [...]

August 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Community Celebrates the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards

Utah’s largest, organized statewide effort to clear Utah’s air presents awards to community champions SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 22, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers and Fidelity Investments hosted the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Monday, August 22nd at noon. The [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, News & Press|0 Comments

Keeping (and Growing) Utah’s Education Seed Corn

Don’t eat the seed corn. This is a simple but sound bit of advice that has been handed down from one wise farmer to the next for many generations. Along the way, sage investors discovered it applies just as well to finance as it does to agriculture. No wonder the phrase, “Don’t eat the seed corn” became the mantra of [...]

August 19th, 2016|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.19: Let’s Talk About the Downtown Farmers Market.

The Downtown Farmers Market is in it's 25th year. In this episode of Building Utah, we sit down with Carson Chambers, the program manager for the Market, to talk about the Market's roots, how vendors contribute to Utah's local food scene, and how you can get involved with this important event. For more episodes or additional [...]

August 18th, 2016|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

An Economic and Moral Challenge

This past month members of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance Executive Board toured homeless service facilities in downtown Salt Lake City. This tour gave a firsthand, humanizing view to leaders of our state’s business community who have played an active and vocal role on this and other important issues. The issues of homelessness and panhandling have become inseparable [...]

August 17th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Washington D.C. Trip Preview

To provide our members a voice on the federal level, the Salt Lake Chamber annually leads a delegation to Washington, D.C. This year, our trip will take place from September 19-22. By bringing Utah’s business leaders together with members of our federal delegation, in addition to other policy and business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital, the trip has proven [...]

August 16th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center: A Premier Center for Utah’s Women Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

A Quality Center with one Purpose For anyone who has a dream to start their own business, the stakes are high. The process of finding professional, quality advice can be frustrating. Entrepreneurs want reliable and informative sources. They also want to work with partners that have their best interests at heart. The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center (WBC) understands [...]

August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Create a Three Year Vision for Your Business

Originally Published in the U.S. Small Business Administration newsletter, August 4, 2016. By Betsy Markey, SBA’s Region VIII Administrator Over the years I have talked with dozens of entrepreneurs about why they took on the challenge of starting their own small business.  Many wanted to create niche markets for a new product or service; some simply saw small business ownership [...]

August 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: July 2016

Bandwango/Weld 157 Piermont Ave Salt Lake City, UT 385.202.4485 bandwango.com BankON Mobile Video by Financial Town 9950 S 300 W Sandy, UT 84070 801.417.9000 Blue Sky Business Resources 9736 Little Cottonwood Pl Sandy, UT 84092 877.373.6854 blueskybbrokers.com Cupcakes by Kasthuri Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.635.7392 cupcakesbyKasthuri.com Dinesh Patel 421 W 12300 S, #400 Salt Lake City, UT 84124 801.918.6421 [...]

August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: US Translation Company

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

August 1st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|2 Comments

Facing Utah’s Air Quality Challenges on the Hill

The annual Clear the Air Challenge is a month long initiative that encourages Utahns to utilize TravelWise strategies to improve air quality. It has motivated thousands of Utahns and hundreds of businesses to make a major impact through voluntary actions to improve our air. Utah faces two distinct air quality challenges: winter inversion and summer ozone. The shared contributing factor [...]

July 27th, 2016|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment|0 Comments

Transportation Investment wins the Challenge Year Around

Utahns are no strangers to days of poor air quality. During the winter months we feel the effects of winter inversion. On these select days, our valleys become like bowls with smog and haze covering us from above. In the summer we feel the effects of bad ozone - a layer of poor air created from pollutants reacting with sunlight. [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment|2 Comments

July Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community. The Interim sessions help provide a preview of issues that may be addressed in a future General Legislative session. Every month the [...]

Podcast 01.18: The Legislature and Utah’s Quality of Life

Do legislators listen? What does it mean to be a legislator? And how can people get involved in the legislative process? These are some of the questions we examine in the latest Building Utah episode with guest Salt Lake Chamber Legislator of the Year, Senator Stuart J. Adams. In addition to discussing the 2016 General Legislative Session and what [...]

July 20th, 2016|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

The Difference Between Utah’s Summer Ozone and Winter Inversions

When it comes to air quality, we all would like to be singing the familiar line: “Blue skies, smiling at me. Nothing but blue skies. Do I see.” While the break from the inversion associated with winter gives us all a breathe of fresh air, it is important to remember that the summer months are not alone in their air [...]

July 20th, 2016|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment|0 Comments

EDCUtah Closes Fiscal Year with 20 Project Wins, 14,949 Jobs Created/Retained

Article originally published in EDCUtah's Economic Review on July 14, 2016. While the full measure of EDCUtah's economic development effort includes multiple initiatives, the organization's bottom line is summed up annually in the number of jobs created and retained. For the fiscal year just ended, EDCUtah's efforts totaled 13,411 jobs created and 1,538 jobs retained. Those jobs involve 20 project [...]

Improving Utah’s Tax Code for Business

Utah is lucky to be home to one of the most business friendly tax environments in the nation. This contributes to our overall business climate, quality of life and low cost of living, which boosts our economic growth and entices business investment. To build on this success, the Legislature has asked the Utah Tax Review Commission to review business taxes at both [...]

July 7th, 2016|Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Brexit: What to Expect as a Business Leader in Utah

In this episode of Building Utah, we discuss how Brexit will effect Utah and what business leaders should watch for in the future. Guests: Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber, Darrin Mellot, director of research and analysis at CBRE and Derek Miller, president and CEO of [...]

July 2nd, 2016|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: June 2016

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. aka AE2S 3400 N. Ashton Blvd., Ste. 105 Lehi, UT 84043 801.331.8489 http://www.AE2S.com Big West Oil, LLC. 333 West Center Street North Salt Lake City, UT 84054 801.296.7700 http://www.bigwestoil.com The Center of Dental Professionals 530 East 500 South Salt Lake City, UT 84102 801.747.8006 http://www.dentalprosutah.com Dekra Safety & Emissions 865 South State Street Salt [...]

July 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Company Cup 5k

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

July 1st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

The Challenge is on!

8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge – the largest, organized statewide effort to clear Utah’s Air – begins July 1 SALT LAKE CITY (June 30, 2016) – The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners, is excited to announce that the 8th Annual Clear the Air Challenge will begin July 1st. What is the Challenge? The Clear the Air Challenge [...]

June 30th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Receives ACCE Award for Communication Excellence

The Salt Lake Chamber has received the 2016 Award for Communication Excellence from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Salt Lake Chamber received this recognition for work done on the Clear the Air Challenge campaign, the annual month long competition that runs through the month of July. The campaign encourages Utahns to drive less and drive smarter to help improve [...]

June 30th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Preliminary Results: 2016 Utah Primary Election

Statewide Federal Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate Misty K. Snow: 59.42% Jonathan Swinton: 40.58% In the race to decide who would represent the Democratic Party in the General Election to challenge the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee, Misty K. Snow defeated Jonathan Swinton by a margin of 59.42 to 40.58 percent. Congressional Republican Primary for U.S. House District 3 [...]

June 29th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Tipping Point for Investment

In 1847 when the pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young shared a famous statement: “this is the place.” This phrase, nearly 200 years later, is still remembered as being shared at a monumental moment for our state. Today, civic and business leaders are echoing a similar sentiment regarding the generational opportunity created by the movement of the prison [...]

June 29th, 2016|Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Policy|0 Comments

2016 Salt Lake Chamber Classic Golf Tournament

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Classic Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 20, at the Salt Lake Country Club. Over 120 business executives turned out to participate in a round of beautiful morning golf. This tournament is always one of the year’s highlights. A Big Thanks! We would like to thank the Salt Lake Country Club team for all of their help, Pepsi for donating [...]

June 28th, 2016|Blog, Events|0 Comments

Education: The Case for Business Involvement

To drive better workforce outcomes the Utah business community must engage in policy initiatives that focus on education; such as Prosperity 2020, the largest business-led movement ever assembled in Utah to advance educational investment and innovation. When first adopted, Prosperity 2020 developed many ambitious goals for educative improvement; Utah is now on target to achieve those goals. What Business is [...]

June 27th, 2016|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|0 Comments

Interim Recap: June

Issues Highlighted on the Hill After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community. The Interim sessions help provide a preview of issues that may addressed in future General Legislative session. [...]

Podcast 01.16: Bringing the Community Together: The Utah Arts Festival

Podcast 01.16: "Bringing the Community Together: The Utah Arts Festival" Art lovers, collectors, spectators and creators alike will soon invade Downtown Salt Lake City for the 2016 Utah Arts Festival. Celebrating it's 40th Anniversary, the Festival will be unlike any other and we are ecstatic for it to begin! In the latest episode of Building Utah, we [...]

June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Untangling the Red Tape

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a new overtime regulation, raising the eligibility ceiling for overtime pay. The price tag for employers to comply with the new regulation equates to around $592.7 million. Sadly, the DOL’s regulation is just one of the pieces burdening business in a jungle of red tape. A National Association of Manufacturer report estimates federal [...]

June 16th, 2016|Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Improving the Best State for Business

Regulatory costs are a major concern for business. And luckily Utah is home on one of the premier business climates in the nation. We as a business community reap the benefits of our elected officials streamlining our rules. In 2011 Governor Herbert tasked his administration to eliminate unnecessary business regulations and as a result the state made changes to over [...]

June 15th, 2016|Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Smarter Regulations at the Local Level

Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit often runs at odds with the complexity of local regulations. There is no question that a new economy and the business models that come with it are questioning the status quo, but it can be much simpler than that. For example, a local Utah family just recently closed their snow-shake business because of the burdensome compliance of [...]

June 13th, 2016|Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Receives Five-Star Accreditation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards Salt Lake Chamber highest designation for chamber accreditation Salt Lake City, Utah (June 13, 2016) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 awarded accreditation to the Salt Lake Chamber for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact within in the state of Utah. “Accreditation validates [...]

June 13th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

The Overtime Rule Will Cost Small Businesses Big Time

Excerpt from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Above the Fold June 9, 2016. Author is Maxine Turner, president of Cuisine Unlimited and Salt Lake Chamber Board member. Read the original article here. To the 45th President of the United States From: Maxine Turner Dear 45, When you take office next January, please don’t forget small businesses that are swimming upstream in [...]

June 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

2016 Elections: A Consequential Year for Business

2016 is a landmark year for elections. Nearly every office on the federal, state and local levels will be on the ballot. At the federal level Utahns will vote in a Presidential election, one U.S. Senate election and four U.S. House elections. At the state level Utahns will have the opportunity to vote for their Governor, Attorney General and other [...]

June 10th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.15: Branding a “Bucket List Destination”

Podcast 01.15: Branding a "Bucket List Destination" Do you know much about Utah's "Life Elevated" brand and what makes the state a "Bucket List Destination?" In the latest episode of Building Utah, we spoke with Vicki Varela, Managing Director of Tourism, Film and Global Branding for the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, on the Utah brand. We [...]

June 8th, 2016|Podcast|0 Comments

2016 Elections: Support Your Local Business Community

The Importance of Business A vibrant economy leads to the creation of jobs, revenue, higher wages and a better standard of living. The Salt Lake Chamber recognizes that in order to achieve benefits of such an economy the Utah business community must be effectively engaged in the world of policy-making to promote changes in areas such as transportation, education and [...]

June 8th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

2016 Elections: The Case for Business Engagement

What’s at Stake for Business Many Utah voters have become disenchanted with the political system. Mistrust, disappointment and frustration have deterred many from the political process and civic participation. The nation is filled with a high level of discord and political ill will; conditions which yield unpredictable results. This year the country has already witnessed the result of unpredictable electoral outcomes [...]

June 7th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Topgolf SLC

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

June 1st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

Innovation That Matters 2016: Salt Lake City

Excerpt from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Above the Fold May 31, 2016. Read the entire article here. "Entrepreneurship starts at the local level, in neighborhoods and in cities. That’s been true throughout our history, and it’s true in today’s digital age. But communities that thrived in the past aren’t guaranteed success in the new economy. Increasingly, that success is dependent [...]

June 1st, 2016|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: May 2016

10,000 Beds, Inc. 6490 S 2425 E Salt Lake City, UT 84121 801.875.2821 http://10000beds.org Blyncsy, Inc. 224 S 200 W, Ste. #100 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 385.216.0590 http://www.blyncsy.com CompWest Insurance Company 1154 Maxfield Dr. Ogden, UT 84404 415.593.5136 http://www.compwestinsurance.com Frederickson Murri 2180 S 1300 E, Ste. 330 Salt Lake City, UT 84106 801.355.5113 Futura Industries Bldg. H-11, Freeport Center Clearfield, [...]

June 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Small Business Month Feature: Publik Coffee Roasters

Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and economy. The month of May aims to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the entrepreneurs, business innovators and startup creators in our local community, demonstrating our renewed [...]

May 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Utah’s Infrastructure Game Recap

During the recent 2016 Infrastructure Week, the Utah Transportation Coalition hosted Utah’s Infrastructure Game with ITS Solutions with Blaine D. Leonard, Utah Department of Transportation ITS Program Manager & Jack Vines Chief of Strategy and Growth at data-analytic start-up, Blyncsy. This blog post provides a recap of discussion considered during this event. Paradigm Shift: Intelligent Transportation Information & Systems [...]

May 27th, 2016|Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

H.B. 251: What’s Next for Non-Competes

One very real risk that businesses face is protecting the viability of the intellectual property and trade secrets associated with their products and services. To minimize this risk, employers have sought to protect their legitimate interests through voluntary contracts known as non-compete agreements. In most cases, these agreements state that an employee will not compete directly against their employer for [...]

What the Defense Trade Secrets Act Means for Business

The Need In a growing global economy businesses have growing security concerns over the protection of their property and trade secrets. Fair competition is essential for the protection of businesses and their employees, and the health of both the local and national economies. With normal business conducted on both intra-national and international levels state laws securing trade secrets and property [...]

May 25th, 2016|Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Small Business Advice From Infinite Scale

May 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Overtime Regulation & Utah

Utah employers will definitely be feeling the heat this summer. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new overtime regulation that will raise the eligibility ceiling for overtime pay from its current $23,660 annually to $47,476 —nearly doubling the salary test. Initially, overtime protections in the workplace were implemented by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and established [...]

May 24th, 2016|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Small Business Month Feature: Apple Beer

Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and economy. The month of May aims to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the entrepreneurs, business innovators and startup creators in our local community, demonstrating our renewed [...]

May 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: Investment in Infrastructure Creates Immeasurable Benefits

America’s greatest transportation project ever – the Transcontinental Railroad – was completed right here in Utah. Businessmen, politicians, clergy and hundreds of workers gathered May 10, 1869, along a stretch of Utah desert as the ceremonial last spike was driven at Promontory Summit to connect the country’s east and west.  The event, in which the Central Pacific and Union Pacific [...]

May 20th, 2016|Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.14: The Future of International Business in Utah

Podcast 01.14: The Future of International Business in Utah Between pending trade agreements and foreign policy discussions, international business has been a prevalent topic in the news. What does the future of international business look like for Utah? Find out what some of our state leaders are saying in this International Business Week special edition episode [...]

May 20th, 2016|Podcast|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: Impact of Infrastructure Proven with the Salt Lake International Airport

First impressions are important. Despite Utah’s world-renowned natural beauty, we often overlook the impressions that 22 million people receive from Utah annually—through its airport. This week the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Transportation Coalition is joining other transportation leaders around the nation for Infrastructure Week, recognizing the importance of infrastructure and that it encompasses more than just roads and bridges but [...]

May 20th, 2016|Blog, Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: Mountain Accord Works Toward Solutions to Improve Transit Infrastructure on Utah Canyon Roads

This past winter, the problems of dependence on single-driver cars on Northern Utah’s mountain roads resulted in a record number of traffic jams and canyon closures as skiers flocked to enjoy this season’s frequent powder days. The “Red Snake,” as some drivers call the line of brake lights crawling up the canyons, became an all-too familiar sight in Big and [...]

Podcast 01.13: The Landscape of International Banking in Utah

Podcast 01.13: The Landscape of International Banking in Utah May 15-21 is International Business Week. In honor of that, we spoke with Mark Garfield, SVP of International Banking at Zions Bank. We discuss what international banking means, what he would recommend to a business wanting to enter international markets, and the opportunities available from Zions Bank. Additionally, we [...]

May 18th, 2016|Blog, Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: Broadband, Creative Disruption for a Better Economy

Technology forces society to advance, adapt, and evolve.  Whether we accept change with open arms or protest in discomfort, at the end of the day, innovation is eminent.  Images of the Industrial Revolution seemed to capture the unstoppable force of technology perfectly: steel, machines, railroads, and massive technologies were the epitome of strength.  Today, when we think of technology changing [...]

May 18th, 2016|Blog, Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

International Week: Kaddas Enterprises on Benefits to Trade Missions

Trade missions are a great way to make connections and break into new markets. Learn how Natalie Kaddas from Kaddas Enterprises used trade missions to catapult her business into international success. Does Natalie’s story inspire you to attend a trade mission? Join the Utah delegation to the southern region of France June 13-17. Southern France is a leading region [...]

May 17th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: Our Water’s Course

Utah ranks atop the nation in employment growth, personal income growth and undoubtedly population growth. As Utah’s population is expected to double by 2050, Utah’s above average growth rate will have a significant impact on our statewide infrastructure including a multibillion-dollar price tag to address new water demand and existing infrastructure. This week the Salt Lake Chamber is joining other [...]

Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips for Small Business Owners From Jeff Alexander

1.   Pay Attention To Your Customers The first and most important tip for any small business is to let your customers be your motivation. If you run your business with the sole focus of getting more money, you’ll likely end up losing the interest of your customers. In any business, those that succeed are those that keep the customer at [...]

May 17th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Infrastructure Week: The Road Traveled

This week the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Transportation Coalition is joining other infrastructure leaders around the nation for Infrastructure Week.  During Infrastructure Week, we recognize the importance of infrastructure and celebrate Utah’s state of the art transportation system. Just one year ago, Utah’s transportation system faced a dire future as we confronted the repercussions of the federal government’s failure to [...]

May 16th, 2016|Blog, Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|0 Comments

Rx Awareness Week Deals

Did you know Rx Awareness Week is next week? During May 16-22, 2016 as a resident of Utah you will have the opportunity to get the following services: The Utah Drug Card will be providing free drug cards in doctors' offices across the state. Free Aetna Dental for all Utah residents: utahdrugcard.com Free vision card for all Utah residents: useyeplan.com

May 13th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Small Business Month Feature: Trailtalk

Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and economy. The month of May aims to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the entrepreneurs, business innovators and startup creators in our local community, demonstrating our renewed [...]

May 11th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.12: Small Business – A Look Into Joining the Backbone of the Economy

Podcast 01.12: Small Business - A Look Into Joining the Backbone of the Economy Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and economy. The month of May aims to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. In this episode of Building Utah, we [...]

May 11th, 2016|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Tip Tuesday: Advice from Kelly Harris

5 Tips for Small Business Owners From Kelly Harris, President Harris Financial Utah 1. Personal networking is the best form of marketing. 2. To get more referrals, be more referable. 3. Get involved. Be part of your community through civic and charitable organizations. 4. Set goals and hold yourself accountable for them. Make your goals manageable and break them down, [...]

May 10th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Small Business Month Feature: Lux Nova

Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and economy. The month of May aims to honor our nation's 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the entrepreneurs, business innovators and startup creators in our local community, demonstrating our renewed [...]

May 6th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

WBC Recognized as Outreach Center of the Year

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, recently announced this year's Small Business Winners of the Year. In making the announcement, Sweet said: "It is my distinct pleasure to honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories. These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial [...]

May 5th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Utah Mourns the Loss of Former Senator Bob Bennett

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement on the passing of former US Senator Bob Bennett SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 4, 2016) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of former US Senator Bob Bennett. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, Senator Bob [...]

May 5th, 2016|Blog, Statements|0 Comments

Upcoming Events

Interested in meeting with some other business professionals? Starting your own business or taking it to the next level? In honor of Small Business Month, check out some of the events happening around the valley this week: Tuesday, May 3: WBC/WNG Women’s Business Breakfast: Are You Charging What You Are Worth? JumpStart: A Morning Meeting for Changemakers Spring Networking Event: [...]

May 2nd, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: April 2016

Ballard Spahr 201 South Main Street, Suite 800 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.531.3000 http://www.ballardspahr.com Cummins Rocky Mountain, LLC. 390 Interlocken Crescent, Suite 200 Bloomfield, CO 80021 303.927.2200 http://www.cumminsrockymountain.com Helix Education Inc. 175 South West Temple, Suite 700 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801.639.1734 http://www.helixeducation.com Mountain West Commercial Real Estate 376 East 400 South, Suite 120 Salt Lake City, UT [...]

May 2nd, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Mountain West Hard Cider

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

May 1st, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

Innovating the Beehive State

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) recently released their 2016 Innovation Scorecard and Utah is one of twelve states listed as an “Innovative Champion.” The CTA’s annual report card accounts for ten factors: a strong right to work state, welcoming business models, tax friendliness, entrepreneurial activity, fast internet, tech workforce, attracts investment, grants STEM degrees, innovation-friendly sustainable policies and supports drones. [...]

April 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Releases the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released the $9 billion Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The bipartisan bill would authorize 25 new Army Corps projects, while creating policy changes like requiring the corps to update its reservoir operations, and establishing new programs such as grants for innovative water technologies. The Committee plans to mark up the legislation this [...]

April 27th, 2016|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.11: Collective Impact – Collaboration on Steroids

Podcast 01.11: Collective Impact - Collaboration on Steroids Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? In the latest episode we speak with Greg Summerhays, Principal Gifts Director of United Way of Salt Lake. We discuss what “collective impact” means, the work of United Way Salt Lake, and the focus they put on education. We also look at [...]

April 27th, 2016|Blog, Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Lawmakers Should Make Laws, Not Regulatos

Article originally published by the U.S Chamber of Commerce on April 25, 2016. "Many Americans are angry with a Congress and administration that seem out of touch with the people, are unaccountable,and act in their own self-interest. Nothing better exemplifies these sentiments than an issue happening largely under the radar. Federal regulators—the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal [...]

April 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Small Business’ Untapped Export Potential

Increased profitability, a broader market base and mitigated risk in business are goals that every company should strive to achieve. Small businesses are now turning to exporting to reach these goals. 98 percent of U.S. exporters are medium-small businesses, but they only account for 1/3 of the value of all U.S. exports. The following are reasons why many small businesses [...]

April 18th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.10: How to be a Giant – Go Beyond and Serve Your Community

Podcast 01.10: How to be a Giant - Go Beyond and Serve Your Community In the latest episode we speak with the very humble Ron Jibson, president and CEO of the Questar Corporation, who was recently honored as the 37th Giant in our City. We ask the question everyone wants to know: “What does it mean to be [...]

April 13th, 2016|Podcast|0 Comments

Ron Jibson Honored as 37th Giant in our City

Community Gathers to Celebrate Accomplishments, Contributions of Leading Business Leader SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (April 12, 2016) – Utah’s business and community leaders gathered on Tuesday evening at the Grand America Hotel to celebrate Ron Jibson, president and CEO of Questar, for his professional accomplishments and community contributions as he received the Giant in our City Award from the Salt [...]

April 13th, 2016|Blog, Events, News & Press|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Choosy Chocolates

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

April 1st, 2016|Member Business Spotlight, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: March 2016

Company5k, LLC 2107 Dakota Drive Farmington, UT 84025 704.241.0889 http://www.company5k.com CSI-Networks 724 West 500 South, Ste. 100 W. Bountiful, UT 84087 801.617.2720 http://csi-networks.com Delta Fire Systems, Inc 1507 South Pioneer Road Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.972.4500 http://www.deltafiresystems.com/ Draper Vapor 1174 East Draper Parkway Draper, UT 84020 801.938.9345 http://drapervape.com Financially Fit, LLC 265 East 100 South Salt Lake City, UT [...]

March 31st, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Voting is Good for Business

Politics can be a sensitive topic in the workplace. Because of this, many employees and employers simply avoid the subject. Despite this taboo, the opportunity to be politically active should not be ignored or taken for granted. And, as the Beehive State has been abuzz with political participation this week, we encourage all businesses to invite their employees to either [...]

March 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

U.S. Chamber Elects Maxine Turner to Board of Directors

We would like to congratulate Maxine Turner who has been elected to the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the US Chamber, Maxine also serves on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors. Below is a press release published by the US Chamber of Commerce. ORLANDO, Fla., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cuisine Unlimited founder, Maxine Turner, has been elected [...]

March 16th, 2016|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments

Statement Regarding H.B. 251

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement regarding H.B. 251 Post Employment Restrictions Amendment SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (March 8, 2016) - Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding H.B. 251 Post Employment Restrictions Amendment: "After intense and collaborative negotiations with business leaders and legislators, the Salt Lake Chamber supports a breakthrough [...]

March 9th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Signs on Supporting H.R. 2911/S. 1697 – The Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

February 26, 2016 The Honorable Charles Grassley U.S. Senate 135 Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Heidi Heitkamp U.S. Senate 502 Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Charles Boustany, M.D. U.S. House of Representatives 1431 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mike Thompson U.S. House of Representatives 231 Cannon House Office Building Washington, [...]

March 1st, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

HB 251 Non-Compete Issue Snapshot

The Utah Legislature is considering multiple pieces of legislation, which address the issue of post-employment restrictions in employer/employee contracts. Specifically, H.B. 251- Post-Employment Restrictions Amendments has gained the most attention and engagement from Utah’s business community. What does H.B. 251 do and what is the Sponsor trying to accomplish? The Sponsor, Rep. Mike Shultz, desires to ban all post-employment restive covenants, or [...]

March 1st, 2016|Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: February 2016

Blackhouse Vapor Company 2148 South 900 East, Suite #3 Salt Lake City, UT 84106 801.467.6526 http://blackhousevapor.com Charlene for Congress 15 Canyon Ct Park City, UT 84060 385.355.9984 http://charlenealbarran.com Expeditors International of Washington, Inc 350 North John Glenn Road Salt Lake City, UT 84116 801.303.6043 http://www.expeditors.com/ Go Rentals 955 W Folsom Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.893.9263 http://gorentals.com Innovative Design [...]

March 1st, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: The Paint Mixer

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

February 29th, 2016|Member Business Spotlight, Policy|0 Comments

Chamber History: Watering the Desert

In Utah, the second driest state in the nation, water is everything. With it, we can settle valleys, grow crops, raise children and support industries. Without it, no growth is possible. So it’s little surprise that from the beginning the Salt Lake Chamber was involved in water issues. The earlier Chamber called for a multi-state irrigation conference in 1891. The [...]

February 25th, 2016|Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

Cyber Next Steps: A Road Map to Tackle Our Nation’s Vulnerabilities

excerpt from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Above the Fold. Ann M. Beauchesne, Senior Vice President, National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department Last December, owing to strong bipartisan majorities in Congress and a strong, organized push by industry, President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation to bolster cooperation and cyber threat information sharing between government and industry. Since then, many cyber [...]

February 23rd, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.06: Metro Meets Mountain – Branding a City

Podcast 01.06: Metro Meets Mountain - Branding a City  Have you ever wondered what it takes to brand a city? In this episode, Nick Como (who besides being the senior director of marketing and communications for Downtown Alliance, used to be a ski-bum) discusses Salt Lake City's brand and his role in shaping it. Among other things, Nick mentions some of [...]

February 17th, 2016|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Voters Must Make a Generational Decision

It is now time to invite voters to make a generational decision about education. At times necessity dictates that we come together as a state to make a tough decision — a generational decision that will have lasting consequences, potentially changing the trajectory of Utah’s future. Today is one of these moments. Let’s look at some of these moments in [...]

Podcast 01.05: Racing Utah’s Education to the Top Ten

Podcast 01.05: Racing Utah's Education to the Top Ten  Education funding is one of the biggest topics at this year’s legislative session. In this episode, we discuss the challenges faced by students and the state in regards to Utah’s education policy. Dr. Richard Kendall is a seasoned veteran in the education debate and offers his opinion on how to [...]

February 3rd, 2016|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Park City Mountain Resort

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Blog, Member Business Spotlight, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: January 2016

Ameritas 8919 West Sahara Avenue, Ste. 130 Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.946.0835 http://www.ameritas.com Brown Brothers Catering 1355 East Zenith Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84106 801.607.1891 http://www.brownbrotherscatering.com Elle International Inc 10808 South River Front Parkway, Ste. 313 South Jordan, UT 84095 385.315.0794 Impact Hub Salt Lake 150 South State Street, Ste. 100 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.837.9289 http://hubsaltlake.com [...]

February 1st, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Utah’s Business Community Releases Priorities for 2016 General Legislative Session

The Salt Lake Chamber presents 2016 Public Policy Guide to state and business leaders  SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 26, 2015) – Today, the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s business leader, announced its priorities for the 2016 General Legislative Session. Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, presented the 2016 Public Policy Guide to Governor Gary Herbert, Senate [...]

Lane Beattie: Business Leadership Key to our Economic Success

Utah’s economy is in an enviable spot right now. Silicon Slopes is rising and the “Wall Street of the West” continues to expand. Our state is fast becoming a technology and advanced-manufacturing hub, with a dynamic capital city and an increasingly diversified economy. Opportunities abound for economic expansion and key to that has been the steady hand of business leadership. [...]

Utah’s New Primary Election Process

Beginning in 2016, Utah's candidates have several options to get on the primary election ballot. Knowing this process is essential to knowing your role as a voter. In an effort to better inform voters about Utah's new primary election process, the Lieutenant Governor's office has produced the following short, animated video. Go to VOTE.UTAH.GOV to register to vote and [...]

January 22nd, 2016|Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.04: Utah Collaboration – Congress and the Business Community

Podcast 01.04: Utah Collaboration - Congress and the Business Community What has Congress done for the business community in the last year? What will Congress hope to accomplish in the upcoming year? And what is the best way for business leaders and the community to get involved? In this episode, we discuss with Senior Senator, Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of [...]

January 20th, 2016|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Supports H.R. 712, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act”

January 6, 2016 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The 250 undersigned groups strongly support efforts by the House of Representatives to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public and improve the transparency of agency actions. The federal rulemaking process was founded on principles of open government and public participation. We are pleased, therefore, that [...]

January 13th, 2016|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Podcast 01.03: It Takes a Village – Utah’s Outdoor Industry

Podcast 01.03: It Takes a Village - Utah's Outdoor Industry What is the outdoor industry? How did it begin and develop new economic clusters? What are the benefits to our state? In this episode, we discuss Utah's outdoor industry, the Outdoor Retailer trade show and the overall economic impact on our city and state. About our Guest Scott [...]

January 6th, 2016|Blog, Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake City Mayoral Transition

SALT LAKE CITY (January 5, 2016) – – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Salt Lake City’s mayoral transition:    “It has been a great pleasure to work side by side with Mayor Ralph Becker. He is a tremendous collaborator and a professional who has always worked with a strong [...]

January 5th, 2016|News & Press, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: December 2015

CORT Furniture Rental & Clearance Center 1381 South Swaner Road Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.657.4975 http://www.cort.com Rydalch Electric Inc 250 West Plymouth Ave South Salt Lake City, UT 841115 801.265.1813 http://www.rydalchelectric.com/ Utah Higher Education Assistance 60 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101 877.336.7378 https://uheaa.org/

January 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Podcast 01.02: The Utah Compact – Guiding Utah’s Immigration Discussion

Podcast 01.02: The Utah Compact - Guiding Utah's Immigration Discussion How do we deal with immigration as a state? How do we create a welcoming environment for immigrants and attract the top talent? Why is The Utah Compact so important? In this episode, we discuss immigration, The Utah Compact and particularly the overall Utah approach. About our Guest Since 2008, [...]

December 23rd, 2015|Podcast, Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: TapSnap

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

December 21st, 2015|Blog, Member Business Spotlight|0 Comments

Ron Jibson to be honored as 37th Giant in our City

Chairman, president and CEO, Questar Corporation, to be recognized by business community SALT LAKE CITY (December 15, 2015) – The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced that Ron Jibson will be honored as the 37th Giant in our City. The award honors those with exceptional and distinguished service and extraordinary professional achievement, [...]

December 15th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Congress Approves “Every Student Succeeds Act”

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement: SALT LAKE CITY  (Dec 4, 2015) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, released the following statement regarding the passage of S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act: “By passing, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) today, Congress has returned more control of education over to Utah where it belongs. [...]

Podcast 01.01: What Good Does A Lobbyist Actually Do?

Podcast 01.01: What Good Does A Lobbyist Actually Do? Many people don't think very highly of lobbyists, but do they really deserve the bad reputation? In this episode, we explore the ins and outs of lobbying and discuss just how important this profession is to the political process. About our Guest Spencer Stokes is a prominent local and national lobbyist [...]

December 9th, 2015|Blog, Podcast|1 Comment

Business Powers Economy

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement regarding the revenue estimates released by the state's Executive Appropriations Committee SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (December 7, 2015) - Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the revenue estimates that were released by the state's Executive Appropriations Committee. "We are encouraged by the recently released [...]

December 8th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Congress Advances Key Business Community Priorities

SALT LAKE CITY  (Dec 4, 2015) – This past week Congress advanced several priorities that are key to the success of the state’s business community. Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, released the following statement regarding the passage of the FAST Act, advancement of the ESSA Act, proposed changes to legislation in the Affordable Care Act [...]

Membership Roundup: November 2015

Adecco Group - IT & Professional Staffing 200 West Civic Ctr. Dr. Sandy, UT 84070 801.352.0245 http://adeccousa.com Choosy Chocolates 3565 West 900 South Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.456.5757 http://www.choosychocolates.com doTERRA International 389 South 1300 West Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 801.615.7200 http://www.doterra.com The Falls Event Center 505 South 500 East, Ste A103 Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801.727.7232 http://www.thefallseventcenter.com/ March [...]

December 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center Hosts 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon

Conference Honors Women in the Workplace and Celebrates Extraordinary Leaders in Our Community SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 17, 2015) – The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center hosted its 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at the Little America Hotel & Tower. The conference featured speakers [...]

November 18th, 2015|Events, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Chamber Looks to the Future with New Mayoral Leadership

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement on the mayoral victory of Jackie Biskupski SALT LAKE CITY (November 17, 2015) – Lane Beattie, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement after the announcement of Jackie Biskupski being elected as the new Salt Lake City Mayor. “We wholeheartedly congratulate Jackie Biskupski on her election as mayor of our [...]

November 17th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

New Ozone Standard Will Disproportionately Impact the Intermountain West

Originally posted by Holland & Hart. "On October 1, 2015, EPA finalized the new primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone at 70 parts per billion (ppb); the new standard is more stringent than the current 2008 Ozone NAAQS, which was 75 ppb. At 70 ppb, approximately 32 of 63 counties in the Intermountain West would currently fail [...]

November 6th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: October 2015

American Heritage Window 46 E Herbert Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.359.6639 Bible in Art Galleries 927 West Willow Green Way Farmington, UT 84025 800.783.6633 http://www.bibleinartgalleries.com Dev Mountain 341 South Main Street Salt Lake City, UT 84103 844.433.8686 http://www.devmountain.com Jones Simkins 767 South 100 East Farmington, UT 84025 435.757.5304 http://jones-simkins.com/ Program Support Center Salt Lake City, UT 84111 301.492.4600 [...]

November 1st, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

State and Business Community Loses Advocate, Friend

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement on the passing of Robin Riggs SALT LAKE CITY (October 28, 2015) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Robin Riggs. “I am devastated to learn of the passing of Robin Riggs. He was an incredible friend whose keen intellect was [...]

October 28th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Statements|0 Comments

Support is Building for Cybersecurity Bill

Originally posted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "Over the past several years, major cyberattacks have dominated the headlines and dramatically raised public awareness of online security. Hundreds of millions of consumers have had their personal and financial data stolen by cyber criminals who breached the networks of major retailers. The personal information of millions of current and former government [...]

October 19th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

A Discussion on Broadband

Broadband infrastructure is critical to attracting businesses, supporting education, healthcare, public safety and economic development in both urban and rural areas. We had the opportunity to sit down with Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center, to discuss the importance of broadband in the state's economy, current initiatives and the upcoming Utah Broadband Summit. Learn [...]

Utah Honor Flight

The song, America the Beautiful, had its 3rd verse changed in 1913 to include the following lyrics: O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life Only 26 years later, the United States found itself involved in World War II, moving American society to prove the truth [...]

October 6th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

2015 Annual DC Trip

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Day 1 Congresswoman, Mia Love Business leaders arrived to a rainy Washington, D.C. The downpour couldn’t dampen spirits however, as members [...]

October 5th, 2015|Events, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Washington, D.C. Trip | Day 4

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from our fourth and final day: U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015 with Marty Regalia, Chief Economist for the U.S. [...]

October 3rd, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Washington, D.C. Trip | Day 3

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from our third day: Policy Tracks Our morning was divided into several key policy tracks that discussed issues [...]

October 2nd, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Washington, D.C. Trip | Day 2

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from our second day: Tour of the Library of Congress with Senator Orrin Hatch As its [...]

October 1st, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: September 2015

Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch 60 East South Temple, Ste. 280 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.236.3136 https://www.bankofamerica.com/ Solitude Mountain Resort  12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Solitude, UT 84121 800.748.4754 http://skisolitude.com/ Utah Safety Council  1574 West 1700 South, Ste 2A Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.746.7233 http://www.utahsafetycouncil.org/

October 1st, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Washington, D.C. Trip | Day 1

Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol. Here are the highlights from our first day: Congresswoman Mia Love Business leaders arrived to a rainy Washington, D.C. The downpour couldn’t dampen spirits [...]

September 30th, 2015|Blog, Events, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Utah Loses Inspirational Example of Faith, Service

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement on the passing of Richard G. Scott SALT LAKE CITY (September 22, 2015) - Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Richard G. Scott. "Elder Scott was an example of talent and dedication. His personal conviction in faith strengthened the spirituality of [...]

September 23rd, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Statements|0 Comments

Recap: Utah’s Life Sciences Regulation Round Table

An article published by Entrepreneur.com in January 2014 shares that, “Between 2008 and 2013, regulation went from being small business’s fourth most important problem — after sales, taxes and the cost/availability of insurance — to being its biggest difficulty.” To address the issue of regulation in Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber has convened a series of regulation round table events [...]

September 21st, 2015|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

Recap: “Recipe for Success” – 128th Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, September 9th Utah’s Business Leaders gathered at the Salt Lake Chamber’s 128th Annual Meeting and Luncheon, presented by Questar, to discuss their “Recipe for Success” at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The Annual meeting honored those in the community that show exemplary support by committing their time and abilities to further the Chamber’s mission and [...]

September 17th, 2015|Events, Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: The Salt Lake Vocal Coach and The Acoustic Space

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses. We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as “The Membership Business Spotlight.” Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner [...]

September 16th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber hosts 128th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Business Leaders Gather to Share their “Recipe for Success” SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 9, 2015) – Utah’s business leaders gathered on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 128th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. The theme for the event was “Recipe for Success.” The purpose of the Salt [...]

September 9th, 2015|Blog, Events, News & Press|0 Comments

Business Community Excited by Launch of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

The new institute of the David Eccles School of Business, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, will lead to more informed decision-making by developing and sharing economic, demographic and public policy research. “There are a lot of needs around us and Utah has big decisions ahead,” Said Kem Gardner, an alumnus from the University of Utah for who the institute [...]

September 3rd, 2015|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Membership Roundup: August 2015

Ancestry 360 West 4800 North Provo, UT 84604 801.705.700 http://www.ancestry.com/ Brookdale Sr. Living 76 South 500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.381.5919 https://www.brookdale.com/ Clinical Innovations 747 West 4170 South Murray, UT 84123 801.260.6016 http://clinicalinnovations.com/ Commercial Underwriters Insurance 623 Fort Union Blvd., Ste. 104 Midvale, UT 84047 801.351.1161 Marriott Hotels 75 South West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801.531.0800 [...]

September 2nd, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Karen Gunn Announced as 2015 ATHENA Award Winner

Associate Provost of Economic Development and Business Partnerships Salt Lake Community College; Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses honored with prestigious national women’s award SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 2, 2015) The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced Karen Gunn as the 2015 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA Award is a prestigious [...]

September 2nd, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Civic Leader Tour with the 419th Fighter Wing

Guest Writer: Jackie Sexton, vice president of programs and events Over August 19-20, 2015, a select group of Salt Lake Chamber members traveled to Fort Worth, TX. Among the community civic leaders were Terry Buckner, past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, and Brian Garrett, Military Affairs committee chair. The trip was organized by Col. Bryan Radliff of [...]

August 25th, 2015|Events, Policy|0 Comments

Utah Loses Business Champion

August 25th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Hosts 7th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards

The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers, Fidelity Investments and Rio Tinto hosted the 7th Annual Clear the Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, August 20th at noon. The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long initiative that encourages Utah residents to drive less and drive smarter during the month [...]

Three Facts About Federal Regulations Likely to Impact Utah’s Energy Competitiveness

On August 3, 2015, the White House announced the release of President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed this rulemaking as a key component of the President’s Climate Action Plan, which identifies a wide range of actions that the administration is implementing to address the challenges of climate change. This new regulation creates national standards for [...]

Education = Economic Growth

There is one surefire way to boost growth and improve equity: improve the quality of K-12 education, says Robert Lithan in a recent Wall Street Journal article. He cites evidence that a nation’s future economic growth can be predicted by student performance. Research shows that relatively small improvements in the skills of a nation’s labor force can impact future well-being [...]

August 13th, 2015|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Statement on State Correctional Facility Relocation Decision

Lane Beattie, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement following the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation of the I-80/7200 West Salt Lake City site as the location for a new State Prison: “As the voice of business, representing over 8,000 Utah businesses, I want to commend the Prison Relocation Commission for their recommendation to relocate the [...]

August 12th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Statements|0 Comments

Education = Earnings

The Impact of Education on Wages The data is clear that wages substantially increase with higher levels of education. The College Board’s Education Pays 2013 report states: “Median earnings of bachelor’s degree recipients with no advanced degree working full time in 2011 were $56,500, $21,100 more than median earnings of high school graduates. Individuals with some college but no degree [...]

August 10th, 2015|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Member Business Spotlight: Kuehne + Nagel

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest standing business association. Because of that, we get to know some pretty great businesses.We’ve chosen to highlight some of our members through a program known as "The Membership Business Spotlight." Our hope is to grow our community’s connection to one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a future business partner or [...]

August 7th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake County Approves Local Transportation Ballot Issue

Salt Lake City – Today, the Salt Lake County Council authorized a local option sales tax on the November 2015 ballot. The sales tax option of a quarter-cent, or one penny for every four dollars, would pay for local roads, bus service, trails and sidewalks. The Utah Transportation Coalition attended the County Council meeting to support the ballot initiative. “We [...]

Membership Roundup: July 2015

The Chamber family is constantly growing. During the month of July the following new members were added. Aspen Title 545 West 500 South Bountiful, UT 84010 801.330.3883 http://www.aspentitle.com/ Blue Chip Group 1911 South 3850 West Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801.263.6667 http://www.bluechipgroup.net/ COIT Cleaning and Restoration of Salt Lake City 144 South 1400 Wesr Salt Lake City, UT 84104 435.649.1270 [...]

August 5th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

2015 Small Business Golf Tournament

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Small Business Golf Tournament held Thursday, July 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course, was a gorgeous 9-holes of morning golf. Ending with a brunch at the home of Salt Lake Chamber President & CEO, Lane Beattie. We would like to the Lakeside Golf Course management for all of their help, the hole sponsors listed below and all of the [...]

August 3rd, 2015|Events, Policy|0 Comments

Abby Albrecht Joins Public Policy Team of the Salt Lake Chamber

SALT LAKE CITY (July 29, 2015) The Salt Lake Chamber has announced Abby Albrecht as a Public Policy Area Director and Director of the Utah Transportation Coalition. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Abby join our public policy team,” said Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO. “As the largest business association in the state, the Chamber stands as [...]

July 30th, 2015|Blog, News & Press, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

College Readiness Starts Before Kindergarten

The Utah State Legislature and State Board of Education are moving forward in creating the 10-year plan required by HB 360, which was passed during the 2015 General Session. In preparation, the Utah State Legislature’s Education Interim Committee spent much of their July meeting discussing the topic of early grade reading and math proficiency. Early childhood education is a proven [...]

July 21st, 2015|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

Dream Weber-A Model for Improving College Access and Completion

The rising cost of education is killing college dreams for many Americans. Colleges across the country have increased tuition and fees due to sharp reductions in state funding and subsidies since the Great Recession. Spending cuts in state budgets hit higher education especially hard, in some cases doubling the student’s share of tuition. This trend has also been felt in [...]

July 15th, 2015|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Announces 2015 Business Champions

Honors Legislators Who Demonstrated Economic Leadership SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (July 14, 2015) – Today, the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association announced the 2015 “Business Champion” awards. The award is the business community’s highest honor given to Legislators who stand for pro-Utah, pro-business and pro-economy legislation. “We deeply appreciate the tireless efforts of our Legislature in [...]

July 14th, 2015|News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Lesson Learned: Boost Educational Achievement to Ensure A Competitive Advantage

It’s no secret that Utah is among the best states for business. Again and again, Utah has been recognized because of our thriving economy, strong job growth and excellent fiscal management. Last week, in fact, CNBC ranked Utah as the #3 state for business. (See Governor Herbert’s blog post for CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business.) The report stated, “the economy is [...]

July 8th, 2015|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|0 Comments

“When the chamber speaks, the government and our community should listen.” – Gov. Gary Herbert

On Tuesday, June 30th, the Salt Lake Chamber held its Annual Governor’s Mansion Reception with the Salt Lake Chamber Board. Attendees for the event included Circle–Level Members of the Salt Lake Chamber, Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Following a brief reception, both Lane Beattie and Gov. Herbert addressed the business [...]

July 7th, 2015|Events, News & Press, Policy|0 Comments

Salt Lake Chamber Hosts its First Regulation Roundtable

By Shuktika Maheshwari, Matt Lusty, and Marisa Bomis An article published by Entrepreneur.com in January 2014 shares that, “Between 2008 and 2013, regulation went from being small business's fourth most important problem -- after sales, taxes and the cost/availability of insurance -- to being its biggest difficulty.” To address the issue of regulation in Utah, the Salt Lake Chamber hosted [...]

Rising Tuition Costs and the Need for a Talented Workforce

By Shuktika Maheshwari, Matt Lusty, & Marisa Bomis Tuition is Rising Over the past few years, tuition cost has become a matter of concern for the nation. Economics reporter John W. Schoen of CNBC.com says  “since 1971, tuition has risen six percent more than inflation, forcing more and more students to take higher amount of loans. This has resulted in [...]

July 1st, 2015|Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|0 Comments

Prosperity 2020 in Action: the Roy Cone

Original post written by Shuktika Maheshwari On June 23, 2015, Prosperity 2020 (P2020) began an ongoing series of “Business and Education Breakfast Forums” that seek to bring the state’s business, education and policy leaders together with the goal of moving Utah education to rank among the top 10 states in educational outcomes. About Prosperity 2020 and Education First The roots of [...]

June 25th, 2015|Education, Workforce and Health Care, Events, Policy|0 Comments

The Passage of Trade Promotion Authority is Critical for Utah’s Economy

SALT LAKE CITY (June 24, 2015) – The Salt Lake Chamber issued the following statement after congress authorized Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). “The passage of TPA will be critical for Utah’s economy, promoting exports, spurring economic growth, and creating jobs,” said Lane Beattie, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber Utah. “Utah is a trade state, with trade accounting for one [...]

Salt Lake Chamber Signs Coalition Letter Supporting S. 1140, the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act”

The Salt Lake Chamber joined 383 businesses, associations, and chambers from nearly every state on the coalition letter below in support of S. 1140 - the bill that would require the EPA to revise their onerous and costly "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule - sent to Senate earlier this week. The letter sends a strong message to Congress that [...]

June 19th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

‘High Trust’ – The Strategic Imperative of Today!

Original post written by Shuktika Maheshwari The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors Retreat 2015, held on June 09, witnessed mind-boggling discussions on several contemporary issues involving the business world. The business leaders and the Chamber staff present there had the opportunity to listen to Captain George Dom, former naval officer and aviator on the foundations of Blue Angel Leadership. [...]

June 19th, 2015|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Chamber to Launch Smart Regulation Initiative with Regulation Round Table Series

Smart regulation has an important role in our economy, but many business leaders are rightfully concerned about regulation and it’s impact. Regulations can impose substantial costs on businesses, often with little or no demonstrable benefit. In 2011 under Gov. Gary R. Herbert's leadership, the state conducted a lengthy review of regulation affecting business. This analysis has become a model for [...]

2015 Salt Lake Chamber Classic Golf Tournament

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Classic Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 15, at the Salt Lake Country Club. Over 120 business executives turned out to participate in a round of beautiful morning golf. This tournament is always one of the year's highlights. A Big Thanks! We would like to thank Ron Branca, the course pro, and his team for all of their help, Pepsi [...]

June 16th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Op-ed: PATENT Act is a bridge over patent trolls

Op-ed by Dana Rao originally published by SLtrib.com on June 3,2015. Bi-partisan legislation in the U.S. Senate on patent reform is something the U.S. patent system, the U.S. economy and Utah businesses desperately need. Years of bipartisan collaboration have produced a bill — the PATENT Act — that could provide American businesses with meaningful protection against patent trolls, and has a [...]

June 16th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Congratulations Class of 2015!

More than 35,000 Utah students reached the pinnacle of the public education experience by graduating from high school this year. Congratulations to all of them and to those that supported them in their journey! Graduation from high school is a significant accomplishment. It puts students on the path to continued successes. High school completion is a requirement for entering college [...]

June 11th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments

Utah’s Business Community Asks House Members to Support TPA

SALT LAKE CITY- (June 11, 2015)– As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to act on authorizing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), leading organizations from Utah’s business community urge Utah’s House delegation to support this important legislation and grant the President Trade Promotion Authority. “The logic of trade is simple and we appreciate the leadership of Senator Orrin Hatch on this [...]

Better data, Comprehensive Strategy and Business Leadership Needed for Utah’s Water Future

As the second driest state in the nation – facing a population boom – water is everything to Utah. With it, we have settled valleys, grown crops, raised families, recreated and supported a vibrant and growing economy. Without it, our economy and quality of life is at great risk. Many of us take for granted the water that so easily [...]

June 10th, 2015|Blog, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|0 Comments

Lori Chillingworth Named Chair of Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, Keith McMullin Named Vice Chair

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2015) The Salt Lake Chamber has named Lori Chillingworth, executive vice president of Zions Bank, as the 107th person to serve as chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors. Chillingworth will begin her one-year term as chair starting on July 1, 2015. “We are fortunate to have Lori Chillingworth step forward as chair [...]

June 10th, 2015|Blog, News & Press|0 Comments