June 13, 2016

2016 is a landmark year for elections. Nearly every office on the federal, state and local levels will be on the ballot.

The Utah business community needs to engage in this year’s election cycle. The private sector drives innovation and powers the economy while government makes public policy.

A strong relationship between the business community and government is essential for effective economic development.

Advocates for businesses are needed at each level of government to best represent the business community’s interests on issues ranging from regulations and taxes to infrastructure and education.

The best thing the business community can do to make sure this happens is get involved to ensure that pro-business candidates are elected to each level of government.

Contributing to campaigns and campaign events, sponsoring candidate debates, and becoming a county or state delegate are some of the ways you personally make a difference.

Make your voice heard in the 2016 elections.

Learn more at slchamber.com

June 14, 2016

According to a recent report published by WalletHub, a national financial research and consulting organization, Utah has the best state economy in the U.S.

We are happy to receive this recognition once again.

Utah outranks most other states in metrics such as GDP growth, the percentage of fastest-growing firms, business startup activity and jobs in high-tech industries.

The recognition may come as little surprise to many Utahns seeing the benefits of investments that were made more than a decade ago, in addition to current policies that make for a business-friendly economy.

As our chief economist, Natalie Gochnour, put it “it’s in our DNA as people – we’re a very entrepreneurial state.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Utah earned the top overall score in the report on state economies, as well as second place for “economic activity” and “economic health” and fourth place for “innovation potential.”

As the Utah business environment continues to grow we look forward to the years to come.

To view the entire report visit: wallethub.com

June 15, 2016

Did you know that as a member of the Chamber you can receive numerous deals and discounts for your business?

Our goal is to connect members with one another and help them save time and money on business-critical products and services.

One example is the Office Depot Program which provides Salt Lake Chamber members access to a group purchasing program.

The program includes a very aggressive 650-item core list, an 18,000 item non-core “market-less” pricing structure and even customized pricing.

In addition to online ordering and next day delivery, Chamber members have retail store access that includes a program for all your employees.

The savings you get may even cover your cost of Chamber Membership.

Don’t delay; take advantage of this deal!

Learn more about the Office Depot Program and other membership deals on our website: slchamber.com

June 16, 2016

Join the Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah for the “Doing Business in Cuba” seminar, July 14th.

With the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in U.S. regulations governing commerce in Cuba, the formerly forbidden Caribbean Island is exploding with business interest.

Come learn about the reality of doing business in Cuba, some of the surprising synergies between Utah and Cuba, and how to best evaluate and prepare for current and future trade opportunities.

Topics to be covered will include: Cuba’s economy and business legalities, the import and export process and the Cuban business process.

Additionally, hear from featured speakers: David Urra Arias and Sue Ashdown of IcarusCuba.

Seating is limited, so register today.

You won’t want to miss the “Doing Business in Cuba” seminar, July 14th.

Learn more at: slchamber.com

June 17, 2016

The Downtown Farmers Market will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of connecting urban and rural this year.

Last Saturday was the first day of this great community event. And the turnout was wonderful!

This year, the Market has over 250 vendors and offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged food and local artisans.

The Downtown Farmers Market exists to strengthen and support small local farms and businesses as they bring their products directly to the public.

The farmers and producers offer the freshest local fruits and vegetable as well as a wide variety of grass-fed meats, eggs, dairy, honey and flora, along with the region’s best locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods and culinary offerings.

In case you don’t know, the Market is every Saturday, 8AM – 2PM, until October 22 at Pioneer Park in Downtown Salt Lake City.

For more information visit: slcfarmersmarket.org