February 29, 2016

The Republican presidential candidates are coming to Salt Lake City on March 21st for a newly added debate.

On receiving the opportunity, Utah GOP Chairman James Evans said, “Look at the punch Utah has nationally in Republican circles. The Republican committee recognizes that, Utah has become a must-visit state.”

The debate will be held the day before the state’s Republicans and Democrats hold caucus meetings that will be replacing the traditional primary elections.

The official debate venue and details have yet to be announced.

As Rep. Jason Chaffetz says, “Instead of being a flyover state, every camera that follows politics will be in our backyard.”

We couldn’t agree more; regardless of your political affiliation the Salt Lake Chamber encourages civic involvement. We invite all citizens to participate in this year’s election to let their voice be heard.

March 1, 2016

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month, an annual month, celebrated all over the globe, that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Join the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center and World Trade Center Utah next Tuesday, March 8th, for the International Women’s Day Celebration – Exporting Your Ideas Abroad!

Learn how to take your products to international markets from a panel of seasoned professionals, including Natalie Kaddas, General Manager of Kaddas Enterprises, Betsy Mikesel, owner of Beddy’s, and Katie Stevens, Leader of State and Local Government Relations for eBay’s western region.

The panel will be moderated by Derek Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah.

You won’t want to miss out on this event.

To secure your spot  today for the International Women’s Day Celebration with the Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah on March 8TH at the Chamber, register at: slchamber.com.

March 2, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it takes to brand a city?

In the latest episode of Building Utah – the official Salt Lake Chamber podcast – we spoke with Nick Como, the senior director of marketing and communications for Downtown Alliance on Salt Lake City’s brand and his role in shaping it.

Among other things, Nick mentions some of SLC’s strengths, unique challenges and what our city might look like in ten years.

The official Salt Lake Chamber podcast, Building Utah, looks into the topics, ideas and people that influence the Beehive state.

Every episode brings a business perspective to what you really care about and no topic is off limits!

Follow Salt Lake Chamber social media and visit: slchamber.com/buildingutah to hear each episode.

It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on how the latest news and issues in our community affect business in the Beehive State.

March 3, 2016

Recently, Phoenix-based Vestar, the new owners of The Gateway shopping mall announced their $30 millions strategy to transform the ailing shopping center into a new entertainment, dining and social hub for Salt Lake City.

Over the next three years, they are planning major renovations that include a new hotel, as well as restoring retail occupancy, customer interest and a sense of vitality and safety to the open-air retail center.

Work will begin shortly on overhauling Gateway’s sidewalks, escalators and parking lots. Extensive landscaping and new outdoor furniture are also in the works.

There will be a new 110-room hotel slated for the Union Pacific Depot, in addition to a performance stage, skating rink, and exhibit for public art from Utah artists – not to mention a year-round schedule of live music and other free events.

Vestar’s vision for The Gateway is to make “Salt Lake City more hip, social and fun.”

We look forward to the additional vitality this will bring to our already great city.

March 4, 2016

Did you know that the estimated impact of cyber criminal activity to the global economy is $445 billion dollars?

As part of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget, the Obama administration laid out a few cybersecurity priorities to help tackle the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities. Knowing the key elements of this plan is important to keeping your business safe. They include:

  • A Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which will be composed of 12 unpaid, presidential appointees outside of government to make recommendations and address causes of cyber vulnerabilities.
  • An Information Technology Modernization Fund requiring agencies to identify and prioritize their highest value and most at-risk IT assets.
  • The Creation of a new Federal Chief Information Security Officer
  • A Federal Cyber Workforce Development plan

Cybersecurity is a business issues. Make sure your business is safe.