November 16, 2015

The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center will host the 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon, tomorrow, November 17th, at the Little America Hotel & Tower from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

It will be a full day of informative breakout sessions and inspirational speakers that recognize the accomplishments of those helping make a difference here in our local community.

The breakout sessions held tomorrow will have a wide variety of topics, discussing everything from Technology, to politics, to marketing your and more. Visit our website: slchamber.com/Athena to see the full schedule.

In addition to the conference, the ATHENA Award and Pathfinder Awards will be presented at the luncheon to active members of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrate extraordinary talent to supporting women in business.

Join us tomorrow November 17th, at the Little America Hotel for the 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Award Luncheon.

November 17, 2015

Natalie Gochnour, our chief economist, said last week that the Utah economy may be passing a threshold of sorts and is now competing at a higher level.

Together the state has grown and invested. Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games we have been building – new freeways, a new airport, and a nearly completed performing arts center.

The building isn’t just in our valleys – we’re building on our mountains as well. Park City leads the way with the largest ski resort improvement in American History – linking Park City and what was previously known as Canyons.

We also have continuing population growth, creating this “threshold economy.” It’s the idea that economies have reached a certain size and level of assets that attract previously unavailable an opportunities.

What are the indicators? Retailers like H&M, IKEA and Trader Joe’s now call Utah home. Marquee companies like Goldman Sachs and Adobe have regional hubs here.

From the University of Utah’s inclusion into the Pac-12 and Delta Air Line’s continuing investment – all these things contribute to our threshold success and continuing growth. All these things make Utah a great place to live, work and play.

Learn more about economic initiatives at slchamber.com.

November 18,2015

Have you heard of the Utah Drug Card?

If not, let me tell you about it! The Utah Drug Card can save you as much as 75% on your prescription medications, which can go a long way to relieving the stress of your prescription drug costs.

Best of all, the Utah Drug Card is free to all residents, and everybody in Utah is eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program.

The Utah Drug Card can be used to supplement most health insurance plans, including health savings accounts and high deductible plans and it can also be used as a Medicare Part D supplement.

This program includes discounts on brand and generic medications, making all medications eligible for discounts.

The Drug Card is pre-activated and accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies around the country.

Learn more about how you can save starting today at utahdrugcard.com.

November 19,2015

Utah is constantly being ranked as one of the best states for business. Forbes, for example, just ranked Utah the best business state for the fifth time in six years.

So, what sets us apart? What makes us an entrepreneurial state?

Earlier this year, the Consumer Electronics Association unveiled its Innovation Scorecard. Its performance index uses economic, educational, legislative and broadband data across 10 categories to evaluate a state to its peers.

The following 5 factors that make a state good for startups are:

  1. Being welcoming to new business models.
  2. Having innovative-Friendly tax policies.
  3. The state’s workforce having STEM degrees and backgrounds.
  4. Having high-speed internet.
  5. Attracting investments to grow products or services.

Whenever the business community is recognized we can’t wait to share the good news. We know what makes our state great and are glad every one else is noticing too.

Want to learn more about where Utah stands on this list? Visit ce.org/scorecard

November 20, 2015

Recently, Salt Lake City was ranked as the #8 best American city for Winter Travel by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

While most people dream of the warm, sunny days on the beach for their winter travel, others only think, “where can I find the greatest snow on Earth.” Utah has the answer.

Utah is lucky enough to be a prime hub for skiing and snowboarding with both Little and Big Cottonwood just half an hour away from the downtown of our capitol city.

On top of that, we’re affordable and that is a huge plus for any traveler.

We’re glad that Salt Lake City was ranked as one of the best American cities for Winter Travel. This will help to bring more people from all over to see how great our state is and leave them wanting more.

To view the whole list, visit: travelandleisure.com.

To learn more about the Salt Lake Chamber and our initiative, visit: slchamber.com