November 30, 2015

The Department of Workforce Services released Utah’s October summary. According to Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services, “The state continues to show above average expansion.”

Continued growth means continued opportunities for job seekers to find positions with Utah employers.

Utah’s employment for October 2015 grew by an estimated 3.5 percent, adding nearly 48,000 jobs to the economy when compared to October of last year.

Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in an establishment survey posted net job increases in October compared to last year.

Specifically, the largest private sector employment increases happened in: education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

This is a great indicator of the success of our state and we look forward to what the future will bring.

December 1, 2015

Do you have a business idea? Do you need to get your business pumping?

Jump Start training is the perfect place to start when you need to know what will make a business successful.

Jump Start Trainings review how to efficiently do market research, write a winning business plan and make plans to offer a product or service to your target market!

This seminar is intended for all entrepreneurs; those looking to go into business, those in the early start-up stage or those looking to improve an existing business.

This opportunity is put on by our partners at the Women’s Business Center, an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of owning their own business.

Join us tomorrow for the next Jump Start Training on Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:30PM at the Salt Lake Chamber.

December 2, 2015

Yesterday, Utah’s top business leaders joined legislators and educators for an announcement by EnergySolutions pledging $125,000 over 5 years in support of Prosperity 2020.

EnergySolutions joins a host of community minded organizations including Zions Bank, the Larry H and Gail Miller Family Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy foundation and education leaders that believe Utah can and must improve our educational outcomes.

Prosperity 2020 is the largest business-led education movement ever created in Utah. Working collaboratively, Prosperity 2020 has established goals and co-authored the plan to move Utah’s education achievement back among the top 10 states in the nation.

Prosperity 2020’s plan, if funded will improve reading and math performance, high school graduation and college completion rates.

We believe that education is the key to enduring prosperity. The business community supports targeted investments in education to ensure that the future is bright for all of Utah’s students.

The future is bright for our students to succeed.

To learn more visit: prosperity2020.com

December 3, 2015

Do you own your own business? Do you need funding?

Have you exhausted all your resources and need some help with where to go next?

Join us for the next Business Essentials Training on December 9th at 3:00PM at the Salt Lake Chamber Offices and learn how to fund your business.

You will explore the realities and myths of where money comes from, discussing everything from family members to friends to venture capital options.

Learn what qualifications traditional lenders are looking for compared to Angel or Venture Capitalist.

Our presenter, Mickey Adams Grames has been the Programs Manager for the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund for over 4 years and was a commercial loan officer for the Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.

Mickey has worked with small businesses for over 30 years helping them implement successful business strategies and gain financing.

Join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 3:00PM for the Business and learn how to fund your own business.

December 4, 2015

A recent report released by Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, called Utah “a hive of clean energy activity,” ranking it number 1 among states that created clean energy jobs in this year’s third quarter.

Utah has consistently been listed in the top 10 states creating energy jobs for four consecutive quarters. Nearly 3,000 new clean energy jobs were announced throughout this quarter alone, including solar and wind installation projects.

A majority of the solar jobs came from SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar power provider, and Vivint. In addition to the existing jobs, Solar City recently announced its intentions to establish a regional headquarters in Utah, projecting the creation of thousands of jobs over the next 10 years.

Jeffrey Barrett, of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, said the strides in clean energy jobs in the state represent success in several different goals, including economic development and environmental improvement.

Bringing jobs to both rural and urban areas will significantly help our economic development and the Chamber is always supportive of improving the economic health of our state.