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Kent Thomas

Growing up, Kent Thomas could go to bed whenever he pleased. Some people might find these parenting skills appalling, but for Thomas’ father, it was simply a matter of consequences. No matter what time young Kent arrived home, he still needed to g...
January 19, 2012

Out for a Spin

The Latest Promising Spin-offs from Utah’s Research Universities
When the University of Utah ranked No. 1 in the country for spinning out innovative companies (that’s right, No. 1, beating renowned research universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), many were surprised. The U’s accomplis...
January 19, 2012

Real Estate Update

Is the worst in the housing market over?
After being flat-lined for the last two years, the real estate market in Utah is slowly showing signs of life. A resuscitation of housing sales during the first quarter of 2010 might finally indicate a recovery—albeit a minor recovery—for the real...
January 19, 2012

Top Public Companies

A Spotlight of Five Top Public Companies
Utah’s public companies demonstrate versatility and resilience during times of economic uncertainty. For some companies, net incomes, losses and revenues have changed significantly over the past year, yet each company shares one common attribute: ...
January 19, 2012

Make it Personal

Tips to Entertaining the Out-of-state client
With dozens of communication methods at your fingertips—from e-mail to teleconferencing to Web chats—it's easier than ever to stay connected with clients, wherever they may be located. With the convenience, however, comes to the temptation to forg...
January 19, 2012

Up in Smoke

What rights do shareholders have when a company crashes?
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on a BP offshore drilling rig created a massive oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Just 17 days later, on May 7, 2010, a BP shareholder sued members of the BP board of directors, claiming that the board’s pursuit of ...
January 19, 2012

A Little Planning

Avoid Common Estate Planning Traps and Protect Your Heirs
Do estate planning recommendations change in tough economic times? Yes, the focus certainly changes, especially if you or your heirs are facing mounting debt, potential creditor’s claims or bankruptcy. Here’s a review of some common and costly est...
January 19, 2012

Alicia Ridley

Fluent in the Language of Business
At first glance, it might seem like ballet and hip-hop have nothing to do with business. Alicia Ridley would beg to differ. “I was always the leader of the team,” says Ridley of the time in her youth when she was involved in dance. “There I pick...
January 19, 2012

An Employer’s Market

Why Now is the Time to Hire
Similar to a buyer’s market, where more people want to sell than want to buy, today’s job market is an employer’s market—there are more people looking for work than there are jobs available. Though not a good situation for Utah—the state’s unemplo...
January 19, 2012

Enjoy the View

Experience Creative Works in the Midst of Utah’s Natural Beauty
White snow, purple mountains, green trees, blue lakes, red rock and golden sunshine—Utah’s landscape is a colorful piece of art that attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. But Utah is also home to many artists; in Moab, ...
January 19, 2012

From Farm to Table

Cultivating an Appetite for Local Foods
A fresh fruit stand on the side of the road—what is a more welcome sight on a road trip through Utah? The state is bursting with local food treasures, from fresh raspberry shakes in Bear Lake to flavorful nuts in Southern Utah. And hundreds of far...
January 19, 2012

Fit to Lead

2010 Fittest Execs
Though Utah is consistently ranked as having one of the nation’s healthiest populations, the state is still fraught with somewhat preventable illnesses, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. And it’s certainly no secret that personal well...
January 19, 2012

Ready Cash

SBA Loans Offer Funding Opportunities
It’s really a no-brainer. When the government approved continued funding for two key provisions in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, small business owners retained access to millions of dollars. All they need to do is ask....
January 19, 2012

Franchising Fundamentals

Top Mistakes Business Owners Make When Franchising
You have created a successful small business and are now looking to expand; franchising may be an option you are considering. Franchising allows a business owner to leverage limited capital to grow a business concept. It is a proven business model...
January 19, 2012

A Sure Bet

Money Market Accounts are Simple and Safe
Because there are so many ways to save and invest money to earn more on your dollar, money market accounts have all but been forgotten. Sure, a money market account may not be the highest paying investment out there, but for what it lacks in quick...
January 19, 2012

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