11 04, 2017

Spreading Information About Utah

By |2017-04-11T14:52:21+00:00April 11th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

The early Chamber and its predecessor, interested in sharing information to entice business, as well as chronicle Utah’s business climate, began with book publishing. Here are some selected titles found in archives: 1888. Salt Lake City: a sketch of Utah’s wonderful resources, prepared and published by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. “This publication is [...]

11 04, 2017

New Era of Leadership

By |2017-04-26T12:54:18+00:00April 11th, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

A purposeful and engaged business community has made our state what it is today. The Chamber has been the hallmark of good common sense public policy. “The Chamber is a place of action because of the influence our business leaders have and lend to common issues,” said Beattie. “In recent years, the Chamber has endeavored [...]

11 04, 2017

The Leadership Transition Before the Beattie Years

By |2017-04-26T12:22:43+00:00April 11th, 2017|Beattie Years, Chamber History|0 Comments

In September of 2002, the Salt Lake Chamber celebrated its centennial birthday with a formal black-tie banquet in the lush surroundings of the Grand America Hotel. Attendees basked in the glow of a century of service projects that none of its founders could possibly have foreseen, such as when the whole world’s attention focused on [...]

11 04, 2017

Leading a New Era of Business Advocacy

By |2017-04-26T12:21:49+00:00April 11th, 2017|Beattie Years, Chamber History|0 Comments

In the rodeo sport of team penning, three riders face a herd of cattle in which each animal has been given a number. At a signal, the riders must shoot forward, strategically separate all the cattle that have similar numbers from the rest of the herd, and maneuver them into a pen on the other [...]

11 04, 2017

Fighting for Businesses Core Interests

By |2017-04-26T12:45:59+00:00April 11th, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

Over the years, the Chamber has worked to ensure Utah remains a competitive business environment. These efforts include leading out on regulation reform, pushing for tax reform, and supporting efforts to keep Utah a premier destination for economic development and innovation. “We started creating an environment where businesses wanted to come, learn and play right [...]

10 04, 2017

1922: “I am for Utah” Button and Billboards

By |2017-04-11T14:52:33+00:00April 10th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

Never short on promotional ideas, the Club sponsored a fundraising campaign with chambers and commercial clubs throughout Utah. Sales of the “I am for Utah” button were intended to boost advertising for the state. In another move, Ogden and Salt Lake Commercial Clubs agreed to co-sponsor billboards promoting Utah at Echo, Utah; Granger, Wyoming; West [...]

10 04, 2017

Broadening Political Horizons

By |2017-04-26T12:52:52+00:00April 10th, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

In 2014, a group of business leaders became extremely concerned about declining civic engagement. The group started a citizen’s initiative, Count My Vote, calling for a referendum on a direct primary election in exchange for getting an alternative path to the ballot. "A handful of people — just a handful of people — routinely choose [...]

9 04, 2017

1921: Buy Some Copper

By |2017-04-11T14:53:01+00:00April 9th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

In an effort to boost the flagging copper market, a large player in Utah’s economy, the Salt Lake Commercial Club urged Utahns to “Buy Something Made of Copper.” Club members voted to print 5,000 labels, bearing this slogan, to attach to outgoing mail. Club members who operated local movie theaters also promised to display pre-show [...]

9 04, 2017

Championing Utah’s Air Quality

By |2017-04-26T12:48:30+00:00April 9th, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

Championing community prosperity has always been a central focus of the Chamber. This charge has led the Chamber to engage on initiatives that some would think are not core business issues. While many help make Utah a better place to not only work but also live, the Chamber has played an outsize role in elevating [...]

8 04, 2017

1918: Suburban Shopper Sales’ Day Causes Controversy

By |2017-04-11T14:53:11+00:00April 8th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

In an attempt to draw suburban shoppers to downtown businesses in 1918, the Salt Lake Commercial Club’s Retail and Wholesale Trades Department designated Wednesdays as "Sale Days." Calling on the patriotism for World War I, an advertisement read, “You want to save every dollar you can, especially at this time, when careful shopping is just as [...]