There were several efforts, between the end of the early Chamber and the creation of the Salt Lake Commercial Club, to revive some sort of business group. In June 1898, some businessmen sought to organize a statewide Board of Trade. The Tribune lauded the effort of the men to “repeat the Lazarus act on the corpse of the late Chamber of Commerce. It is not an appeal to charity that is presented. It is straight business.” A meeting was held to revitalize the Chamber, but the effort went nowhere. During the three-year absence of the Chamber, the Tribune editorialized several times how the lack of a unified voice for business was hurting the city and state.
In 1900, the Tribune wrote, “Would it not be well to revive the Chamber of Commerce? Cannot the old blood be quickened and some new blood be added and cannot it be made supplementary to the City Council to further needed improvements?” Another effort began after a committee met at the posh Kenyon Hotel, in December that same year, as part of a “chamber of commerce project.” It would still be 13 months before the Commercial Club, the predecessor of the modern Chamber, finally got off the ground with help from the state’s sitting and former governors, as well as funding from top business magnates.