April 30, 2018

We all know that Utah is the place for business. But did you know that it’s the perfect place for small business? In fact, small business makes up about 96.7% of all Utah businesses.

Small business is the backbone of The American Dream and this week we honor them with Small Business Week.

In celebration of Small Business Week, there will be a few events taking place in the community.

Today, the Small Business Administration Utah District Office and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development held a free kickoff event from at the World Trade Center Utah.

On Wednesday, the SBA, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and other groups are hosting the National Small Business Week 1 Million Cups Mashup on May 2nd from 8:45 am to 11:30 am at 1 Million Cups. Join other business professionals and network over cups of coffee. Admission is free.

Then on Thursday, May 3rd, the SBA will be holding the National Small Business Week Utah Awards Reception from 4:30 pm to 7pm at the Zions Bank Head Office. Admission is $20.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful Small Businesses, we wish you a Happy Small Business Week.

May 1, 2018

You may have heard, but I wanted you all to hear the news from me directly as well. After 15 years as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, I have decided it’s time to retire.

While I only planned on staying for two years, the business community was just so committed to coming together to facilitate change that I just couldn’t pull myself away.

Together we have advocated for more funding for education and transportation, championed for a more humane approach to immigration, endorsed solutions to safeguard Utah’s unprecedented quality of life, and empowered the legislature and business community to take forward-thinking steps to strengthen Utah’s economy and ensure a prosperous Utah for our children and grandchildren.

None of these successes would have been possible without the dedication and participation of this state’s business community and the leadership of our governor, legislature and community leaders.

I have no doubt that with the continued leadership of our board, the engagement of the business community, and the commitment from this great staff that these successes will continue for many years to come.

It’s been a pleasure to be able to serve the business community for these last 15 years.

Always remember, Utah is the greatest place to live, work, learn and play.

May 2, 2018

Take some time out from your workday tomorrow for a quick breakfast and some professional development training at the Salt Lake Chamber.

The Chamber’s new Signature Speaker Series is bringing Matt Lewis from Altius Leadership in to help teach local professionals about how to find success in business and relationships.

This one-hour interactive training is about the best ways to ensure that before you enter into any relationship – sales, business, or personal – you are already prepared for success INTRA-personally, before any INTER-personal dynamics come into play.

Unlike many “traditional” training models, this will be interactive – the majority of the value will not be provided by the trainer, rather, it’ll be provided by the students, guided in a conversation by the trainer.

Don’t miss out. The “Power Principles – Success in Business Development, Influence and Relationships with Matt Lewis” takes place tomorrow from 8am to 9am at the Salt Lake Chamber.

Tickets are only $30 and includes a continental breakfast.

May 3, 2018

Veteran business owners looking to connect with other veteran entrepreneurs, and learn about the local and national resources available, should attend the upcoming Veteran Business Conference.

Attendees will get the opportunity to visit with veteran owned resource partners and discuss topics such as government contracting, workforce development and building business plans.

Keynote speaker for the event is Mark Eaton, NBA All-Star, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and author.

Eaton teaches organizations nationwide how to employ the principles and coaching techniques he mastered in his twelve-year basketball career.

His new book, The Four Commitments of a Winning Team enables industry leaders, teams and individuals to outsmart, outlast and outperform their competition. As a special treat, the first 200 guests to the conference will receive a copy of the book.

The Utah Veteran Business Conference takes place at the Salt Lake Community College Larry H. Miller Campus in Sandy on Friday, May 11th, from 8:30am to 4pm.

May 4, 2018

In a digital world, why is it important to have a personal brand? With so much of our personal and professional lives available for public consumption online and on social platforms, it is becoming increasingly important to control our image.

If you need help developing your personal brand, The Business Women’s Forum is holding a Personal Brand Building for Non-Marketers Luncheon on May 15th.

The Keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Janet Jorgensen, publisher of SagaCity Media.

After 15 years in the magazine business for local, regional and national titles, Janet Jorgensen ventured into freelance marketing consulting in 2014. She immersed herself into digital marketing, content marketing, and strategic planning for clients from small sole proprietor to large brands.

The discussion will center around why it’s important to build a personal brand, what we can do to better control our public image and to learn ways to build an image that best reflects our values.

The luncheon will be on May 15th from 11:30am to 1pm. The event is $27 for Members and $35 for Non-members.