October 23, 2017

The Salt Lake Chamber is boosting its international trade services by offering companies involved in export and global trade, innovative export documentation and compliance solution.

eCertify is a user friendly, online solution which transforms the costly, time-consuming paper-based process for stamping and signing of paper-based Certificates of Origin into a streamlined electronic process.

A Certificate of Origin is an important trade document that identifies the origin of goods being exported.

It is required by customs authorities to validate the origin of goods being imported and acts as one of the key bases for applying tariff rates.

The Salt Lake Chamber has always had some focus on international trade, but it has recently increased its efforts due to the growing number of opportunities for Utah businesses to do business outside the United States.

October 24, 2017

It’s time once again to step out of the normal work environment to join colleagues, friends and other business professionals for networking and fun during this month’s Business After Hours.

Join us on Thursday, October 26 as the Salt Lake Chamber and Hotel RL celebrate a beautiful renovation to the hotel’s top floor event space.

Enjoy great cocktails and delicious food catered by the hotel, while you network your evening away with wonderful company.

Don’t forget your business cards for a chance to win special giveaway items!

The Business After Hours takes place this Thursday, October 26th from 5pm to 7pm at Hotel RL.

That’s at 161 West 600 South.

Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

October 25, 2017

Did you know that many devices such as printers, copiers, computers and cell-phone chargers continue to use electricity even when powered off?

This is known as “phantom” or “vampire” power.

You can control these energy thieves by replacing conventional power strips with smart plug strips.

Smart plug strips detect when electronics turn off, or go into idle or standby mode, and reduce the amount of power being delivered to that device.

Simple to install and operate, smart plug strips are an easy solution to help you control your business’ energy use and costs – and keep the vampires away.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart® Business program offers cash incentives for qualifying smart plug strips as well as other energy-efficient equipment for your business.

Visit wattsmart.com to learn more.

October 26, 2017

There’s no better time than now to get your business on the road to becoming cybersecure. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Here are some tips from the Salt Lake Chamber’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council on how to protect your company from cyber attacks:

1) Make cybersecurity education a priority in your business. Consider developing an information security policy that employees sign off on in their employee handbook and follow up on the policies with regularly scheduled cybersecurity training.

2) Take inventory and identify your most valuable assets. Identify what information someone could target that, if lost, would cripple your business – and then take steps to protect it.

3) Implement basic controls. Set strong passwords, enable two-factor authentication on your important logins, disable Bluetooth when you are not using your device, and be careful when clicking on attachments. If it’s unexpected or suspicious, don’t click it.

4) Take advantage of resources available to you. The Salt Lake Chamber has an upcoming cybersecurity training on November 1st in Logan.

For more information visit slchamber.com/cyber.

October 27, 2017

Switzerland-based, train manufacturer, Stadler has begun construction on a new railcar manufacturing plant in west Salt Lake City.

After renting a service plant from the Utah Transit Authority in 2016 to build its TEXRail trains, Stadler made the move to build its very own Utah plant. The new plant is right off of I-80, five minutes from the international airport and just ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.

The total amount of the investment for the project stands at around $50 million dollars. Its operations were funded in part through a $10 million incentive offered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Stadler expects to employ 1,000 people directly within a year, with hundreds of additional jobs created indirectly to supply goods and services to the facility.

Stadlers’ owner explained,  “Our choice of location was made easier by the region’s excellent economic and political conditions, as well as the support we have received from the various authorities. We can now be confident in our ability to supply the US train market with the most cutting-edge rail vehicle technology.”