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Red Tape of Safety Net?

Local Bankers Wary About Wall Street Reform
Following the tragedy of 9/11, the government quickly created strict new regulations for airlines and airports, basically making all travelers guilty until proven innocent. Although the vast majority of travelers never consider committing acts of ...
January 17, 2012

Embracing Diversity

Local Companies Support Differences in the Workplace
When Bart LeFan moved from Nashville to Salt Lake City more than two years ago, he wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He’d heard all the stereotypes about Utah regarding polygamy, incomprehensible liquor laws, the dominant religion and the conser...
January 17, 2012

Dr. Ed Ashwood

Focusing on the Patient
Before Dr. Edward Ashwood, ARUP Laboratories president and CEO, ever put on a pathology lab coat, he was wearing cowboy boots and was downright comfortable in them. “I really did grow up on my family’s ranch in Colorado, [which was] owned by my...
January 17, 2012

Handle with Care

The Dos and Don’ts of Protecting Your Brand in China
China is the fastest-growing consumer market in the world, which is not hard to believe given its population of 1.3 billion and growing middle class. This can be a great opportunity for a U.S. company with an innovative product and a strong brand....
January 17, 2012

From Here to There

Opening Foreign Markets to Your Products
Even though 2009 was an economic disaster for businesses pretty much nationwide, Utah led the United States in a very important category—export growth. The Brookings Institute reported that in goods alone (not counting services), Utah surpassed th...
January 17, 2012

Mixing Business with Family

Execs Speak Candidly About the Joys and Challenges of Family-owned Businesses
Family-owned businesses—they are the world’s dominant form of business organization and a staple of the U.S. economy. Family firms comprise 80 to 90 percent of all business in North America, based on figures compiled by the Family Firm Institute. ...
January 17, 2012

Spreading the Word

Find the Best PR Solution to Build Your Brand
Your company’s running and your product’s ready, so now it’s time to let the public know what you’ve got. But your true expertise is related to your product or service—not public relations. Should you hire an in-house PR person? Would you be bette...
January 17, 2012

From Sparks to Flames

Igniting Utah’s Tech Industry
The elements are starting to fall into place. For years, Utah’s tech industry leaders have tried to spark a big bang—a brilliant explosion in the number and quality of technology companies in Utah. The raw material is here: a strong entrepreneuria...
January 4, 2012

Sold!

Tips to Sell Your Business
There are three things a business owner should do to prepare for the sale of a business. Two suggestions deal with accounting systems and financial statements. They apply right now. The third suggestion deals with due diligence documents and corpo...
January 3, 2012

A Reality Distortion Field for 2012

A Lesson Learned from Steve Jobs
I love the start of a new year. My mood turns decidedly positive as my Christmas lights are taken down, cards are recycled and tree is turned into compost. I begin the mental shift from ending a year to beginning a year, and everything gets bet...
January 1, 2011

Around Utah

SALT LAKE AREA Salt Lake City - Over the next five years, INCOMM CORPORATION plans to add 101 new jobs at its existing Utah operation at wages that are more than 125 percent above the Salt Lake County average. Salt Lake City - PACKSIZE ...
January 1, 2011

Beware the Contract You Never Signed

The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
No matter what your written contract says, your business could still be liable for doing—or not doing—things you never even discussed before signing the contract. This is due to the “implied covenant of good faith and fair dea...
January 1, 2011

Beyond the Ballot Box

Get Involved Early to Make a Difference in Local and National Politics
The election of 2012 will be one of the most important elections in over a generation. Utahns and Utah business leaders need to make it a priority to engage in the political process in the coming year. Whether we like it or not, all levels of g...
January 1, 2011

Buy, Sell or Hold

Companies Use Strategic M&As to Expand in Rough Economy
Merger and acquisition activity—along with every other economic indicator—took a nosedive as the Great Recession hit. At the peak, in 2007, the total value of M&A activity in Utah was a cool $4.5 billion. Fast forward a few year...
January 1, 2011

Construction

Construction leaders have been waiting nearly three years for the economy to pick up again—but many believe they will be waiting for two or three more years before there is any light at the end of the tunnel. The tough times are impacting...
January 1, 2011

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