November 2, 2015

As a business community, we recognize that transportation is the backbone of our economy. That is why we support Prop 1.

Prop 1 helps communities invest in infrastructure close to home, such as roads, trails, sidewalks, maintenance and increased bus service.

As population in our state increases, Prop 1 will help solve transportation needs in local communities.

Specifically, Prop 1 gives cities, counties and transit providers a quarter-cent in sales tax. That’s one cent for every four dollars – an investment that is much cheaper than continuing to delay infrastructure problems.

The money from Prop 1 can only be spent on transportation, not on salaries or overhead.

Most importantly, investing in transportation means a better quality of life. It means better streets and sidewalks, a prosperous local economy and improved air quality.

To learn more on the local option, go to prop1utah.com.

November 3, 2015

Last week, Forbes magazine ranked Utah as the 2015 #1 “Best State for Business and Careers” for the second year in a row and fifth time since 2010.

Each state was ranked across six main areas: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Utah ranked well in five out of the six categories.

We that live here and can definitely see why.  The beehive state benefits from light regulation and energy costs that are 23% below the national average.

Our employment rate has expanded by more than 2% annually in the past five years, which is the third best in the country.

Not only that, Utah is a tech destination, with companies like eBay, Oracle and Adobe.

These are only a few of the reasons to why Utah is always listed in the top ten for business. To learn more or view the complete list, visit: forbes.com.

November 4, 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 from 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, Pathfinder Awards will be given out to five community leaders who create new paths and promote the development and recognition of women in business.

Three of this year’s Pathfinder recipients are: Cathy Keen, Vice President and Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo Private Bank; Fraser Nelson, Director of Data and Innovation at the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office; and Kathy Ricci, CEO and Executive Director for Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund.

We are proud to honor these extraordinary leaders!

Join us as we celebrate these women and the other honorees from Utah’s business community on November 17th.

For more information on the event, or to register, visit: slchamber.com/Athena.

November 5, 2015

Last week, Prosperity 2020 and Education First, released the second edition of their 5-year plan to elevate Utah’s education into the top ten in the nation.

Prosperity 2020 is the largest business-led movement ever assembled in Utah to advance education investment and innovation.

This plan includes the following goals: improving math and reading performance, high school graduation rates and college completion.

In the coming year Prosperity 2020 and Education First will be presenting the plan, entitled “Prosperity Through Education” throughout Utah for local educators, chambers of commerce and other community organizations.

To get involved or find out more about the education movement, visit: slchamber.com/prosperity2020.

November 6, 2015

Who doesn’t love going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings?

Well I have good news! Farmers, food trucks, musicians and local food purveyors are gearing up for the first day of the Downtown Salt Lake City Winter Market.

Starting this Saturday, November 7th until April 23rd the Winter Market will be at the Rio Grande every other Saturday.

From delicious treats to homegrown favorites, there’s really something for everyone!

Be sure to stop by the Rio Grande in downtown Salt Lake City on November 7th, from 10AM to 2PM to purchase farm fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat and baked goods.

We love seeing the community come together to support local vendors.

To learn more about the farmer’s market, visit: slcfarmersmarket.org.