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Best Companies To Work For

What makes a business a Best Company to Work For? Is it by offering a robust healthcare insurance plan? Is it by throwing parties and keeping a fully stocked fridge? What about providing training opportunities that open doors for employees to r...
December 1, 2011

Change Agent

Local Travel Firm Outwits the Internet Revolution
When Mike and Camille Cameron bought Christopherson Business Travel in 1990, the internet wasn’t even a consideration. However, early on they made a critical decision, which proved to be vital for the future: the company would focus exclu...
December 1, 2011

Custom Made Employees

Industry and Higher Ed Partner to Resolve the Talent Deficit
Utah’s unemployment rate is frozen above 7 percent, with approximately 100,000 residents out of work, and yet some Utah businesses can’t find enough skilled workers to meet their hiring needs. “We have had open job requisi...
December 1, 2011

Economic River Rafting

Utah Leaders Steering the State’s Economy
Now that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, otherwise known as the Supercommittee, has failed to do its part, the U.S. spending problem is once again solidly in the hands of the U.S. Congress. Their economic leadership—or la...
December 1, 2011

Entrepreneur

Utah remains an active hub for business creation, but entrepreneurs report that it is still difficult, if not impossible, to secure local funding. While out-of-staters snap up the good deals, and the Utah Fund of Funds struggles to define itsel...
December 1, 2011

LLC Update

New Utah Law for LLCs Ushers in Sweeping Changes
The Utah Legislature recently adopted the Utah Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, which becomes effective July 1, 2012. The new law, however, will not fully replace the current Utah limited liability company act until January 1, 201...
December 1, 2011

Natural History Museum of Utah

Learning From the Past for a Better Future
There was a time when 50,000-pound Barosaurs and predatory Allosaurs walked the region we now call Utah. There was a time when Lake Bonneville was 1,000 feet deep, covering most of the northwest region. And there was a time when ancient tribes ...
December 1, 2011

Rising Up the Ranks

Plan Ahead to Groom Employees for Leadership Roles
Promoting from within makes sense on many levels when a company is searching for a new manager. Companies often tap the highest performer in the team to fill a leadership role because the expectation is those same employees will continue to flo...
December 1, 2011

Southern Utah

Leaders in Southern Utah are using the economic downturn to reassess growth and development strategies, positioning the area for a strong rebound once the economy turns around. Our participants discuss how education, economic development and to...
December 1, 2011

Step by Step

The FDA Keeps a Watchful Eye on the Medical Device Industry
Each year, thousands of new medical devices enter the commercial market. But before any of these products land on the shelf, they must pass through the gatekeeper—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Though the FDA’s approval proc...
December 1, 2011

Utah Ranks No. 1 Again

Utah’s business-friendly environment and innovative culture have again put Utah in the national spotlight. In its latest issue, Forbes ranked Utah as the No. 1 Best State for Business and Careers. This is the second time that the Beehive ...
December 1, 2011

Why Aren’t Banks Lending?

Regulatory and Economic Conditions Make Loans Difficult
Bank balance sheets currently reflect high amounts of cash and government securities compared to the last few years, indicating that banks have money to lend. Yet small businesses say that banks have tightened credit and that it’s nearly ...
December 1, 2011

Con Wadsworth

A Highway to Success
Learning how to work hard on his father’s farm is just one of many character traits Con Wadsworth says paved the way to his success with the family-run construction company. Wadsworth is the newly named president of Draper-based Ralph L. ...
December 1, 2011

Mark Tuffin

Staying a Step Ahead of Change
Mark Tuffin loves challenges. He also loves the food industry. So it was a perfect match when Tuffin was named president of the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division of Kroger in July. By that time, he’d already completed a formidab...
December 1, 2011

Recession Hits Home

Social Service Providers Struggle to Help Impoverished Families
The numbers are disheartening: the economic downturn has dragged on for three years now and about 100,000 Utahns still can’t find jobs. The percentage of Utah children living in poverty has risen from 10.5 percent in 2008 to 15.5 percent ...
December 1, 2011

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