November 9, 2015

As a business owner it’s critical to know what sets you apart from your competitors, how your clients perceive you and how to strategically look at problems from multiple angles.

On November 11th at our next Business Essentials Training, we’ll help you find answers to these important questions.

Rob Baron will teach the secrets behind the success of America’s great businesses, your position in the marketplace, how to find your competitive edge and much.

With over 30 years of senior-level corporate experience Baron is well equipped to teach attendees easy-to-apply techniques that will help you understand what your competitive advantage really is.

We hope to see you at the next Business Essentials Training on November 11th at the Salt Lake Chamber.

To learn more about what other trainings we offer, or to register for the event, visit: slchamber.com

November 10, 2015

The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center will host the 39th Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon, on November 17th at the Little America Hotel & Tower.

The ATHENA Award is a prestigious national award presented to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business. They must also devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assisting women in reaching their full potential.

This year’s ATHENA Award winner is Karen Gunn, associate provost of Economic Development and Business Partnerships at Salt Lake Community College and executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

I cannot think of a more deserving recipient. Karen has over thirty years experience as an educator, corporate manager and entrepreneur. We couldn’t be more excited to honor her as the newest ATHENA.

Join us as we celebrate exceptional leaders in Utah’s business community at the 39th Annual Women & Business Conference on November 17th.

November 11, 2015

Winter is almost here, and as a business owner, you need to be ready to provide the best overall experience by focusing on customer comfort.

Consider energy efficiency in providing customer comfort by doing the following:

  • First, since customers may be wearing coats, set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower so they don’t get too hot.
  • Second, keep the air moving by making sure vents are uncovered and open.
  • Third, to show off merchandise in the best light, install newer, energy-efficient light bulbs. They will help you save money and could improve your sales.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program can help you identify energy-saving opportunities and offer incentives for improvements.

Get started by searching for a wattsmart Business Vendor at Rocky Mountain Power’s website, wattsmart.com.

November 12, 2015

I have some good news for women and entrepreneurs alike. Nerd Wallet has ranked Salt Lake City as one of the top 25 metro cities for female entrepreneurs!

Over the past few years female entrepreneurship has been on an upward climb. In fact, The U.S. Small Business Administration says that during that time, U.S. business ownership rose 27.5% for women.

To determine the list, Nerd Wallet looked at indicators of the area’s business climate, the percentage of women-owned businesses and the percentage of women-owned businesses with employees.

Nerd Wallet also considered unemployment rate, median annual income for women and compared to men, as well as the number of SBA-guaranteed loans.

We are proud to be a top metro city for female entrepreneurs. This ranking is in part due to the fabulous work done by the Women’s Business Center.

To view the complete list, visit: nerdwallet.com To learn more about opportunities for female entrepreneurship, visit slchamber.com.

November 13, 2015

The second annual worldwide RootsTech Innovator Showdown competition is back! And this year there are $100,000 in total cash and prizes.

FamilySearch International is inviting innovators from all industries to develop the next generation of social applications to impact the rapidly growing multi-billion dollar family history industry.

The top six finalists will demo live onstage for thousands of RootsTech attendees where a panel of renowned judges and the audience will decide the winners! Many will enter, but only one app can take home the $30,000 in total cash prizes, plus $25,000 in in-kind prizes.

The Innovator Showdown final round will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 during RootsTech at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event and opportunity to win $100,000 in total cash and prizes.

App Deadline is December 1. Don’t wait. Enter the RootsTech Innovator Showdown today.

Register and learn more at ROOTSTECH.ORG/SHOWDOWN. If you know a programmer, pass this information along.