March 12, 2018

The SBA is collaborating with Weber State University to offer a “mini-MBA” training course to business communities from Bountiful to Logan. The SBA Emerging Leaders Program is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth.

The initiative provides business executives with the organizational framework, resource network and motivational support to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within their communities. SBA’s outreach has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas.

Over the course of seven months, program participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community.

Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders program is going on now and classes are scheduled to begin on March 30. Participation is free—all costs are covered by the SBA and its local partners.

March 13, 2018

There’s still time for you to take part in the Salt Lake Chamber’s upcoming Cybersecurity Conference – taking place this Thursday, March 15th.

The half-day conference is not just for IT professionals. It’s designed to lead CEOs, CFOs, HR professionals and others through the practical skills and foundational knowledge everyone should know to do their jobs well and keep information safe.

The Salt Lake Chamber encourages you to bring a representative from each of your departments to ensure that cybersecurity practices are ‘built in’ not ‘bolted on’.

The Cybersecurity Conference will include panel discussions on how cybersecurity impacts business; how to react to a cyber attack; how to take inventory, as well as how test and assess your business’ vulnerabilities.

The conference takes place March 15th, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Tickets are $85 and include breakfast.

March 14, 2018

Utah’s jobless rate is approaching historically low levels.

The recently released Department of Workforce Services report shows January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percent. That means Utah’s jobless rate is now 3.1 percent.

In comparison, the national unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent.

Current data shows that during the month of January approximately 49,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work. And according to the DWS report, there are more than 1.4 million Utahns registered as gainfully employed.

You’ll have to look back to 2007 to find Utah’s lowest unemployment rate. It was just 2.4 percent between the months of January and April in 2007.

If you’d like to know more about this story and other topics making news in our state, be sure to follow the Chamber’s facebook and twitter – that’s @saltlakechamber

March 15, 2018

Travel to Peru with the Salt Lake Chamber!

This international trip visits the Inca nation, known for its stunning natural beauty and ancient civilization.

Stay in Lima, Peru’s capital, known as the City of Kings. Travel by train to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, where you will spend time at the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to the mountainous citadel of Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes, Huaca Huallamarca and the village of Maras are yours to enjoy as we explore Peru.

The trip takes place October 11th – 19th. The 9-day trip includes:

  • Round trip scheduled airfare from Salt Lake City to Lima
  • 8 nights hotel in Peru
  • Daily Breakfast
  • All transfers while overseas and fuel surcharges

And the cost is only $3,400. Price is per person, based on double-occupancy. Must register by March 30th.

March 16, 2018

March is Women’s History Month. This national celebration is a time for all of us to remember the historical achievements of women and to continue to work to promote female leaders of the future.

The national celebration began in 1981, when Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim the week beginning in March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”

After turning it into a full month in 1987, in 1988 Congress passed additional resolutions giving the power to the President to sign off on every March being designated as “Women’s History Month.”

To celebrate, the Salt Lake Chamber has been highlighting local female leaders in our Building Utah podcast. You can hear from women like Carine Clark, president and CEO of Banyan and Ally Isom, Director of Institutional Messaging with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they talk about their lives, their beliefs and their goals for the future generation.

Be sure to check back every week for another Women’s History Month edition of Building Utah podcast. You can find our podcast on SoundCloud or on the Salt Lake Chamber’s website—that’s