November 7, 2016

I am pleased to report the World Trade Center Utah has been able to expand their reach and strengthen its services to Utah businesses.

Over the last year WTC Utah has achieved many things.

They led three successful trade missions, and from these trade missions have provided an avenue for over 100 individuals to connect with international business opportunities and partnerships.

They have also expanded Utah’s global network by hosting more than 20 foreign dignitaries in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The WTC Utah has also hosted nearly 1,500 attendees at their thought leader symposia, monthly seminar series and their expanding rural outreach efforts.

Additionally, they have met with numerous businesses across the state to assist in building capacity through export readiness assessments and consultations, market research and partner services.

We are lucky to have such a wonderful organization in our community and look forward to seeing them continue to grow. Learn more at: wtcutah.com

November 8, 2016

The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center’s Annual American Express Women and Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon is celebrating 40 Fabulous Years of Inspiring Authentic Leadership.

This year we recognize Lori Chillingworth, chief credit administrator of Zions Bancorporation as the 2016 ATHENA.

Lori has done so much to improve awareness of the positive impact that women leaders have on economic development, vitality and the overall health of business and politics – her life stands as a testament to that fact.

As I’ve come to know her during her service as the past board chair, I’ve been impressed not only by her professional ability, but by her devotion to the causes she cares about. That dedication is rare in today’s world.

Help us recognize Lori at the 40th Annual American Express Women & Business and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon, November 15.

This event sells out every year; save your seat at: slchamber.com/athena

November 9, 2016

In case you missed it. The Winter Market at Rio Grande began its fourth season last Saturday, November 5th.

The market is held alternating Saturdays, through April 22, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM, with more than 60 local vendors attending.

And due to warm autumn weather conditions, an abundant harvest of produce is available at the market.

Shoppers can expect many items suitable for upcoming holiday meals such as squash, onions, potatoes, carrots, beets and several varieties of greens.

Plus, for the first time at the Winter Market, fresh locally-raised turkeys will be available for purchase on site.

This comes in addition to a wide array of other local and specialty products, including grass-fed meats, specialty cheese, honey, jam, salsa, spreads and more!

Come to the Winter Market at Rio Grande on November 19th.

Learn more at: slcfarmersmarket.org/

November 10, 2016

I am proud to report that the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center has officially launched online trainings through virtual locations around the state.

This will help provide WBC services to women entrepreneurs and small business owners in both rural and suburban areas.

Originally the WBC’s services were tailored to those based in the Salt Lake Valley, but now with the addition of these online trainings the WBC can provide them statewide and help Utah continue as the “Best State for Business.”

The WBC is now partnered with the Brigham Area Chamber of Commerce, Cache Chamber of Commerce and Tooele County Chamber of Commerce to provide Virtual Women’s Business Centers.

And to prepare for these virtual locations, the WBC launched a new website – WBCUtah.com, which will allow more women access to free and low cost training on how to start, grow or expand a business.

We are excited for what this will bring to the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s business community and the state as a whole.

Learn more at WBCUtah.com

November 11, 2016

I received a letter about Utah’s air this week from Ted Wilson, former Mayor of Salt Lake. In part, it reads:

“It may surprise you to learn that air along the Wasatch Front is now cleaner than any time in our history. Replacement of fuels in our homes and businesses has been partly responsible for this amazing story.

“This is remarkable. It proves that our efforts over the years in many of these areas pays off.  And it signals that continuing our work for better air is a good and valuable thing to do.

“But there is a problem. Medical science now tells us how the Wasatch Front and Uintah Basin air is poor enough that it is having drastic effects on our health.

“While past battles have provided progress, the war is not yet won; it is clear we must continue.”

We laud this effort to raise awareness regarding our air.

At the Salt Lake Chamber we support public and private initiatives that work towards cleaning our air.