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Strategic Giving

Community Foundations Help Philanthropic Efforts
Carnegie. Rockefeller. Morgan. While these famous philanthropists may have acquired great wealth through innovation, their traditional methods of giving are getting a run for their money. Private endowments continue to nourish our cultural ...
April 1, 2012

A New City

Downtown Belongs to All of Us
Several years ago I was sitting in the summer humidity of Washington, D.C. on an old, sturdy park bench in the National Mall talking to my future boss Lane Beattie. He asked if I would be interested in leaving my job in Washington so I could he...
April 1, 2012

Growing Pains

A Company Founder Realizes It’s Time to Step Aside
Building a company is much like pushing a giant boulder up a mountain. As founder and CEO of HireVue, Mark Newman hired the people he thought could help push that boulder higher and, for a while, it worked. But there came a time when Newman rea...
April 1, 2012

Level Up

Utah’s Video Game Industry Gaining New Dominance
Utah is not known internationally as a video game hotspot. Yet. If the state government, local universities and Utah-based studios get their way, the state could quickly become a gaming hub. Video games already make up 41 percent of the...
April 1, 2012

Calculated Risk

Loss Management Beyond Property Insurance & Workers Comp
Risk is inherent in every business venture, and most companies get loss management basics just right. Often, law requires it. You can’t pay your employees without signing up for unemployment insurance, for example, and you can’t use...
April 1, 2012

Count Us In

What the 2010 Census Reveals About Utah
The U. S. Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790—the same year President George Washington delivered the nation’s first “State of the Union” speech. That census consisted of six questions, was conducted by 650 &...
April 1, 2012

Taking the Plunge

Is a Backyard Pool Worth the Price?
As a luxury item, a home swimming pool is a classic status symbol. With prices ranging from $45,000 to $500,000, a pool can be a fun time for the kids or an elaborate backdrop for social gatherings. And today’s technology makes owning a p...
April 1, 2012

Utah’s Legacy of Innovation Continues

Utah has a long and storied legacy of innovation, forged by industry leaders such as Alan Ashton and Bruce Bastian, co-founders of WordPerfect; Ray Noorda, co-founder of Novell; and Edwin Catmull, president of Pixar Animation Studios. Today tha...
April 1, 2012

State of Fraud

Why is Utah Rife with Fraudulent Investment Schemes?
It’s been about four years since Val Southwick, the Bernie Madoff of Utah con artists, received his ticket to the state penitentiary for the biggest fraud scheme in Utah history. Today, Southwick sits quietly in a cell in Gunnison, servin...
April 1, 2012

On the Horizon

Six Years In, USTAR is Beginning to Shine
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) was launched in 2006 with great fanfare. That year, the Utah Legislature provided the initiative with a hefty dose of cash—about $65 million in one-time funding, $110 million in ...
April 1, 2012

Innovation Awards

Utah’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Continues
Utah is a state built on innovation. From the pioneers who took risks building a new community to the many men and women who continue to push creativity and growth, the state’s history of innovation is still being written. The 2012 Ut...
April 1, 2012

Manufacturing

Local manufacturers are operating smarter and leaner—and bringing processes back from overseas. But experts say finding skilled workers is still a challenge. The group discusses ways to overcome labor needs, global competition and materia...
April 1, 2012

It’s a Wrap

A Review of the 2012 Utah Legislature
The 2012 Utah Legislature was relatively quiet compared to past years, with heavy issues like immigration and liquor largely avoided. Here are some observations from local leaders regarding three issues that directly impact the business communi...
April 1, 2012

Strictly Business

Revamping the Business Personal Property Tax
One of the most detested taxes for Utah’s small businesses has been the Personal Property Tax. This tax requires businesses to track everything in their office including desks, chairs, monitors, computers, tape dispensers and more.&n...
April 1, 2012

Employment Law

Not Much New in 2012
At least when it comes to employment law issues, the 2012 session of the Utah State Legislature was more noteworthy for the bills it rejected than for those bills that actually became law.  The Legislature rejected bills that would hav...
April 1, 2012

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