September 10, 2018

Join us for the Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Forum on September 18 to learn about the challenges and opportunities of family-owned small businesses.

Panelists of the forum include:

  • Liz Butcher of Butchers Bunches,
  • Matt Caputo of Caputo’s Deli,
  • Steve Hatch of Family Chocolates,
  • And Natalie Kaddas of Kaddas Enterprises, Inc.

Moderator of the forum will be Ingolf De Jong of GENCOMM.

Each Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Forum will focus on a different area important to small business.

Forums may consist of a featured speaker, a panel, discussion groups, etc.

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September 11, 2018

Earlier this month Utah’s business leaders gathered at the Salt Lake Chamber’s 131st Annual Meeting to honor those in the community that have showed exemplary support by committing their time and abilities to help further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community.

This year we have accomplished a lot together and we could not have done it without our outstanding chamber members, volunteers and supporters.

Honorees for the event included:

  • Corporate Partner of the Year: Goldman Sachs
  • Community Partner of the Year: Intermountain Healthcare
  • President’s Award for Excellence: Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
  • Chamber Champions:
    • Vance Checketts of DSCO,
    • Janet Healy of Catholic Community Services of Utah,
    • Ray Pickup of WCF Insurance,
    • Sally Steed of Utah Media Group,
    • And Brittany Westover of JP Morgan Chase.

This year’s honorees really stepped up and helped to make a difference in our local community. We are so grateful for everything they have done, and will continue to do.

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September 12, 2018

Now is a good time to check HVAC systems to make sure equipment is running as efficiently as possible.

Heating and cooling can account for 40 to 50 percent of typical energy use in businesses.

Regular maintenance can improve system operation and reduce associated costs.

Proper HVAC system maintenance can also improve workplace comfort and air quality.

Rocky Mountain Power now offers a no-cost HVAC Check-Up for businesses where an approved contractor conducts an assessment at your facility and provides a detailed energy report.

You review the energy-saving recommendations to decide whether you want to implement any changes.

The approved contractor can also help you through the incentive process.

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September 13, 2018

How can business and higher education work together to ensure a well-educated, skilled workforce for the jobs of tomorrow?

Join the Education & Workforce Forum for the event Connecting Business and Higher Education. There will be breakfast and a conversation with five of our exceptional University and College presidents to discuss their vision for the future of Utah’s workforce.

The panelists include:

  • Astrid Tuminez of Utah Valley University,
  • Beth Dobkin of Westminster College,
  • Deneece Huftalin of Salt Lake Community College,
  • Noelle Cockett of Utah State University,
  • And Ruth Watkins of University of Utah

Moderator of the forum will be Natalie Gochnour of Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

The Education & Workforce Forum event Connecting Business and Higher Education will take place on October 4 at the Hale Centre Theatre.

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September 14, 2018

This is Derek Miller of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah Business Report.

Utah’s economy is one of the best in the nation. We rank number one in the country for job growth and consistently enjoy low unemployment.

The heart of this success is small business. Small businesses make up 99 percent of Utah companies and 57 percent of total employees with over 277,000 small businesses.

How did Utah become the fastest growing economy in the United States? I believe there are four fundamental elements to Utah’s thriving small-business ecosystem.

The first element is an educated workforce. Utah’s public education systems have a strong relationship with the business community.

Second is taxes and regulation. Low taxes are important to small business, and in 2011 the state conducted one of the most thorough regulatory reviews in the nation.

Last, but certainly not least, in international trade. Utah is a globally engaged state. Utah is doing well when it comes to trade. Not only is Utah a trade surplus state with $4 billion annually, we also have one of the fastest growing export economies in the nation.