October 26, 2015

Things are quickly changing outside, with shorter days and cooler temperatures. These tips will help you keep your business warm and bright – while saving energy and money.

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during work hours, and lower the setting at night when the space is unoccupied.

If your heating system is more than 15 years old consider upgrading to an energy-efficient system. The savings in energy and maintenance can lead to a quick payback.

With less daylight, you may want to adjust or upgrade your indoor and outdoor lighting, which can account for as much as 20 percent of your electric bill.

Rocky Mountain Power offers incentives for qualifying heating equipment and lighting upgrades. Learn more at wattsmart.com. Or contact your local natural gas utility about available incentives.

October 27, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Utah Honor Flight. The program takes veterans to see the memorials dedicated for the service those men and women gave in the name of freedom in past wars.

It is my personal experience that many veterans do not like to speak much about their military service. I assume this is due to trauma, but not having been in their shoes, I can’t be sure.

Whatever the reason, it is sad so many of these stories are not being shared and that our “Greatest Generation” passes into history.

But the Honor Flight brought something out of these veterans. For the first time many of the veterans were willing to share their experiences.

While sitting next to the Korean Memorial recounting memories, one veteran helped me understand why it was worth it to sacrifice time and energy to help people he never knew and achieve the dream that is democracy.

The community benefits when stories of heroism and selflessness are shared.  You too can help other veterans have this experience. To learn how you can contribute, visit: utahhonorflight.org.

October 28, 2015

Salt Lake City was recently named one of the top ten Best Business Environment metros in the country as part of Global Trade Magazine’s 2015 List of America’s Best Cities for Global Trade.

We were touted as a great place for business because we’re young, inexpensive and smart.

Many young entrepreneurs are attracted by the energy and intellect of the city, where more than a third of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. We couldn’t agree more.

Many of the other cities on this list are larger metro hubs: Seattle, WA; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN. While we can see and know how great Salt Lake City is, we are excited that the rest of the nation is noticing.

Just because a city is large, doesn’t mean it has noteworthy economic development efforts. But we do, and know that this will mean great things for our city and our state.

We look forward to watching our city grow and flourish, and hope you do too. Big things are happening in our state, we hope you’ll join us in becoming a part of it. To view the rest of the list, visit: globaltrademag.com.

October 29, 2015

Trick or Treat? You’ll likely hear that a lot over the next few days this holiday season.

But did you know the average person will spend more money on Halloween candy than the cost of Prop 1, the local option transportation sales tax?

The sales tax is a quarter-cent, costing the average person about $40 per year.

Prop 1 will help communities invest in transportation close to home; roads, trails sidewalks, maintenance, increased bus service and safety features.

Consider what really matters before buying that fourth bag of large candy bars – being the coolest house on the street now or having a safe sidewalk for your kids to trick or treat on next year? To learn more about the local option sales tax, visit: prop1utah.com.

October 30, 2015

A few weeks ago, the Department of Workforce Services released their September Employment Summary.

There were 51,700 jobs added to the economy compared to last September, and employment grew by an estimated 3.9%.

It is great to see our economy doing so well, resulting in an increase in employment.

“Utah’s labor market conditions continue on a favorable path for both job seekers and employers. Despite the unemployment rate holding below 4 percent for 21 consecutive months, job growth continues to outperform the long-run average,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services.

Nine of the ten private sector industry groups measured in the survey posted net job increases in September as compared to last year.

The largest private sector employment increases were in: Education and Health Services with 10,000 jobs; Professional and Business Services with 9,300 jobs and Leisure and Hospitality with 9,300 jobs. To view the entire report, visit: jobs.utah.gov.