December 25, 2017

The best present you can give your children and grandchildren this year, is the promise of a healthy future.

The orange and red air quality days we’ve seen this year are damaging to their health.

While we can’t do much about our geography, we can do something about the amount of emissions we’re putting into the air during our inversions.

It’s simple. Reducing the number of cars on the road improves our air quality.

For example, if all drivers living along the Wasatch Front were to park their cars just one day per week, vehicle emissions would be reduced by 6,500 tons per year!

Do your part to Clear the Air, and take part in the Clear the Air Challenge.

Get your employees and co-workers involved and see how easy it is to reduce emissions and help Utah’s air.

The Clear the Air Challenge starts February 1st. To register visit

December 26, 2017

As cold weather sets in, adequate heating becomes a priority.

A well-sealed and insulated facility, with properly-sized heating equipment, is more comfortable, more energy efficient and has lower maintenance costs.

Here are five steps to improve building comfort and efficiency:

  1. Have a qualified professional inspect and clean your heating system.
  2. Check and replace air filters on a regular basis throughout the heating season.
  3. Examine accessible heating ductwork for leaks and seal.
  4. Hire a professional to check building insulation levels to meet or exceed recommended levels.
  5. Install smart thermostats and timers.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program can help you assess the energy efficiency opportunities at your facility and provide details on incentives for heating equipment and other upgrades.

Learn more at

December 27, 2017

Save the date of February 2nd. That’s when the Salt Lake Chamber’s “Ignite and Inspire Small Business Summit” takes place.

This half-day conference will provide the opportunity for small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to come together and learn new tools, tactics and strategies, gain practical skills and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small businesses in Utah.

Our opening Keynote Speaker for the event is Bryan Trussel, Co-founder and CEO of Glympse Inc. Our closing Keynote Speaker is Carine Clark, a three-time president and CEO of high-growth tech companies, specializing in helping companies scale from $10 million to $100 million or more.

Topics of the breakout sessions include: digital connections, growing your business, marketing and sales for small business, leadership, HR and workforce development and more.

Tickets are now on sale. Price for admission is $79.

Again, the Small Business Summit takes place February 2nd from 8 to noon at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

December 28, 2017

The Salt Lake Chamber Professional Development Series is back.

Join us January 12th for the “Dale Carnegie – Setting the Appointment” event.

There you can learn and practice a conversation-flow technique that will give you tools to navigate a productive networking conversation, direct questions to find the “need,” and a powerful and compelling request for the first meeting.

Networking conversations can be messy.

In this one and a half hour event, we will discuss and practice simple ways to connect quickly, find the need, and appeal to the other person’s individual motive, all while setting an appointment to discuss next steps for possible partnership.

The Dale Carnegie “Setting the Appointment” event takes place  Friday, January 12th from 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Cost is $15.00 per person. Continental breakfast will be served.

December 29, 2017

Salt Lake City ranks amongst the top metropolitan areas for burgeoning women-owned businesses.

According to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses report commissioned by American Express Open, Salt Lake City tied for 5th place among the top metropolitan areas where women-owned businesses increased their economic clout from 2002 to 2017.

The study also found the number of women-owned businesses in the United States has more than doubled in 20 years, as has their revenue.

Women are starting an average of 849 new businesses per day. That’s up 3% from last year.

And according to the U.S Census Bureau report, there are 11.6 million women-owned businesses that employ nearly 9 million people and generate more than $1.7 trillion in revenue.

But the huge gain in the number of women-owned businesses and their revenue growth has not been matched by employment growth, particularly after the Great Recession.

Over the past twenty years, the number of women-owned firms increased 114% and revenues grew 103%, but employment only grew only 27%.

In the past year, job growth at women-owned companies is nearly flat with an increase of only 0.1%