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Utah’s Economic Exceptionalism Under Threat
I’m mad. For 14 consecutive months I’ve watched as the Utah economy has climbed out of the worst recession in my lifetime. If you are less than 78 years old, it was the worst recession in your lifetime too. And now we have the U.S. ...
September 1, 2011

You are Here

Businesses Leverage Geo-location Technology
No one likes the idea of Big Brother tracking where they go. But what if he was handing out discounts on designer jeans, advance tickets to U2 or two-for-one packages of Jimmy Dean sausages? The latest advancements in smartphone technology ...
September 1, 2011

You’re Fired

Termination Decisions Require Good Legal Advice and Common Sense
Lawyers probably should not get into heated discussions with their mothers and spouses about employment law. Nevertheless, at dinner one night when I still was a young lawyer, I tried to explain to my mother and my wife that in Utah, an employe...
September 1, 2011

Do Payday Lenders Offer a Way Out or Just Enough Rope to Hang Yourself?

Sixty-four-year-old Patricia Bailey is a self-described addict, but not of drugs or alcohol; she’s addicted to payday loans—easy money for a woman who has oft times been desperate to make ends meet. Despite being hounded by collecti...
September 1, 2011

Kris Rudarmel

Taking Risks and Modeling Success
Don’t be frustrated when someone tells you “no”—just think of it as being one step closer to that eventual “yes,” says Kris Rudarmel, co-owner of Anchor Water Damage & Restoration. This optimistic attitud...
September 1, 2011

Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
There are plenty of good companies out there. But what does it require to take a good company and make it great? That’s the answer Jim Collins and his team set out to discover in an extensive research study. Collins and his research t...
September 1, 2011

Players

SALT LAKE AREA Gov. Gary R. Herbert named RICHARD J. SPERRY chair of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission. The five-member commission sets DABC policy, makes administrative rules, and issues and revokes licenses an...
September 1, 2011

Around Utah

SALT LAKE AREA Salt Lake City - INCONTACT was selected by a consultancy to create a high-quality, unified service process for its more than 100 agents across three global contact centers. The consultancy also aims to provide an industry-lea...
August 1, 2011

At Your Service

O.co Turns Around a Mediocre Customer Care Program
Stormy Simon has spent the last six years transforming O.co’s (also known as Overstock.com) customer care department into one of the best in the country. With little industry experience in customer care, Simon helped transform the onl...
August 1, 2011

Climate Change

Six Steps to Prepare Any Business for the Legal Tsunami
Climate change has emerged as one of the most contentious issues of the 21st century. The overwhelming majority of climate change scientists have concluded that manmade influences are a significant contributor to climate change. Governments at ...
August 1, 2011

Close to Home

Why Buying Local is Good for Business
Looking over the menu of a fine restaurant in Salt Lake City, I was struck by the emphasis of local products. The vegetables, the meats and even some seasonings were advertised as being locally cultured. As I drooled towards my entree choice, I...
August 1, 2011

Damage Control

If Your Website Were An Employee, Would You Fire It Today?
What would you do with an employee in your sales, public relations, marketing or advertising department who, on a daily basis, damages your company’s image by misrepresenting its goals and mission through misguided communication? This emp...
August 1, 2011

Do the Math

Utah’s technology industry plays a vital role in the state’s economy. According to the Utah Technology Council, the industry employs more than 76,000 Utahns with an average salary that is 62 percent higher than the statewide average...
August 1, 2011

Energy Development in Utah

Weighing the Costs and Benefits
Gov. Gary R. Herbert sent a strong message to Washington during his State of the State address in January. “I remind Washington,” he said, “we are a state, not a colony, and I assure you, on my watch, Utah will not stand idly ...
August 1, 2011

Friends in High Places

The Utah Economy and Washington, D.C.
During a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I found myself between appointments sitting on a park bench just off Capitol Hill and within view of the Hall of the States—a large and grand building where many of the 50 states house their Wash...
August 1, 2011

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