January 11, 2016

Do you need to learn the tools necessary to develop a Lean Business Startup?

The next Business Essentials training on January 13, will be Business Graffiti – Create Your Visual Road Map.

Presenters, Roger Koyle and Andrew Willis of the Kaysville Small Business Development Center, will lead an interactive discussion on the utilization of the Lean Model Canvas and the Business Model Canvas.

You won’t want to miss out.

Roger Koyle has over twenty years of entrepreneurship, self-employment, business development and business management experience. He also successfully started and operated three separate companies concurrently.

Koyle’s co-presenter, Andrew Willis is the director of the Kaysville SBDC and has over 32 years of business management experience, with small and large companies. He also has worked in sales, marketing, merchandising and product development.

They bring a lot to the table and will help you learn what is necessary to develop your own lean business startup.

January 12, 2016

As the New Year has begun, many people make New Year’s resolutions – maybe it’s making a small change or a complete life overhaul, like finding a new or better job.

If you’re the latter, you’re in luck. Salt Lake City has been named the 5th best city to find a job in 2016 by WalletHub.

Finding employment is heavily dependent upon where you live. To assess the strength of local job markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics.

They range from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly median starting salary.

Salt Lake City ranked 1st for job opportunities, 3rd for unemployment rate; overall contributing to Salt Lake City as the 5th best city to find a job.

The good news? The National Association for Business Economics expects nonfarm employment to grow nearly 210,000 jobs per month as unemployment falls to 4.7 percent by the fourth quarter.

Additionally, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers more than 60 percent of employers plan to raise starting salaries this year. To view the whole list, visit: wallethub.com.

January 13, 2016

Be the first to learn about Utah’s 2016 economic outlook from Utah’s top economic and business minds.

The Utah Economic Review on January 20 brings together prominent economists and business leaders from around the state to focus on the Utah economy.

Those who attend will receive a copy of the 2016 Economic Report to the Governor, as well as the inaugural edition of Utah Informed – a visual depiction of the Utah economy, assembled by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in partnership with the Chamber.

The event is hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, the David Eccles School of Business, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Economic Club of Utah.

Join Gov. Herbert January 20 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center as he shares his economic vision, and visit with members of the Utah Economic Council as they discuss opportunities and challenges facing Utah in the upcoming year.

January 14, 2016

In 2015, Utahns donated more volunteer hours than any other state, marking the 10th straight year Utah has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for volunteerism. We couldn’t be more proud of our great state.

A few weeks ago, Gov. Gary Herbert  wants to ensure those volunteer numbers continue to rise and announced the new 2016 Pledge10 campaign.

The campaign asks Utahns to serve 10 people, volunteer with co-workers 10 times or serve 10 hours at a charity organization in the upcoming year.

“We are proud of our culture of caring for one another. Where government would otherwise have to step in or grow, Utah’s exceptional army of volunteers step up to fill in the need,” said Gov. Herbert.

We couldn’t agree more. The long tradition of service in Utah makes it what it is.

Join us in celebrating Utah’s continued commitment to service by joining Pledge10 to volunteer what you’re already doing in your community.

January 15, 2016

Utah businesses and other organizations are saving more than 110 million kilowatt-hours of electricity because of energy-efficient upgrades they made in 2015 with the help of Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program.

More than 160 Utah businesses made improvements to use less energy in 2015. These businesses are seeing the benefits in lower energy bills and in some cases reduced maintenance costs.

In addition to saving money, energy-efficiency upgrades can improve comfort and increase productivity.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving energy efficiency.

Incentives are available to qualifying commercial, industrial and agricultural customers for new construction and retrofit projects.

To learn how wattsmart Business incentives and services can help your business save, visit Rocky Mountain Power at wattsmart.com.