August 20, 2018

This is Derek Miller of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah Business Report.

The Downtown Alliance recently named Dee Brewer as the new executive director of the organization. Brewer replaces Jason Mathis who served as the executive director of the Alliance and executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber since 2008.

Dee Brewer has over 30 years of public and private sector experience. Prior to his hire, Brewer served as the marketing and sponsorship director of City Creek Center. Brewer led efforts to launch and brand the center as a regional and international destination. His previous experience includes marketing, communication, branding, public relations and public policy advocacy at a city, county and state level.

I am thrilled to welcome Dee Brewer to the Downtown Alliance and Salt Lake Chamber Team. Downtown Salt Lake is thriving as the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment, and we are confident Dee will continue to build momentum for our urban renaissance. Downtown’s economic future has never been brighter and the Alliance plays a key role in continuing this prosperity. His leadership will benefit our team and our larger community.

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August 21, 2018

Utah is getting a new representative in Washington, D.C. But this representative won a very different kind of election.

Earlier this year, the state legislature voted to send the statue of Martha Hughes Cannon from the Utah State Capitol to represent Utah in D.C.’s Statuary Hall.

Dr. Cannon’s introduction to D.C. is part of a plan to contest the impression that Utah is behind the curve for women’s advancement, and help remind everyone of Utah’s early history as a leader in women’s rights.

So who was Martha Hughes Cannon?

As a child, Cannon crossed the plains with Mormon pioneers and settled in Salt Lake City. In 1896, she was elected as the first female state senator in the United States.

Cannon also was a strong advocate for women’s rights and even helped gain Utah women the right to vote in 1870 – 50 years before the 19th Amendment gave women across the country the same right.

Cannon’s addition to Statuary Hall is thanks to many people, including Better Days 2020.

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August 22, 2018

The Salt Lake Chamber is now accepting registrations for its annual Government Affairs Bootcamp.

This intensive two-day bootcamp is designed for new and experienced government affairs professionals, company executives and public policy advocates.

Attend the bootcamp to learn how to improve your effectiveness and understanding of advocating in the state of Utah.

A maximum of 20 people will be admitted to the program.

Attendees will graduate with a Certificate of Government Affairs from the Salt Lake Chamber and will be able to pass the state’s lobbying exam and gain an understanding of federal lobbying regulations.

The first day of Government Affairs Bootcamp will be on October 26 in the Sate Capital Board Room.

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August 23, 2018

The Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah recently hosted a Thought Leader Symposium to discuss the current trade war and how to avoid becoming collateral damage.

Senator Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker and shared his support for free markets and free trade. Senator Hatch also shared his belief that the protectionist policies, such as tariffs, corrode the economy as well as our global and moral standing in the world.

Utah is a globally minded state, an internationally sophisticated state and a trade state. Utah businesses need free markets, fair trading practices and the stability and predictability that come with strong trade agreements.

The message from Utah should be, ‘make deals, not war!’ And like in so many ways, Utah can lead out and show the way for the rest of the country in how to make the global economy work for their businesses, for our state and for the country.

August 24, 2018

There’s nothing quite like a good baseball game on a warm summer evening.

The environment is engaging, the surroundings are beautiful and the food is something out of a childhood dream.

Looking past the immediacy of the experience, however, can bring some important lessons that just might change the way you think about business.

Here are five important business lessons you can learn from America’s favorite game.

  • Match your environment with the proper talent
  • Always be scouting
  • Be ready to adapt
  • Keep your team flexible
  • Don’t stress about batting order

Baseball can be a great model for business owners, but an even better resource is the Salt Lake Chamber.

Reach out today to get ideas on how to better succeed in Utah’s booming economy.

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