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Living the Brand

Turn Employees into Ambassadors for Your Brand
What is the secret to Disneyland’s magic? It’s not the thrilling rides or spectacular fireworks displays. It’s not even the happy faces of children or a sprinkling of Tinker Bell’s dust. The secret lies with the friendly...
September 1, 2011

Mind Your Manners

Business Meeting Etiquette Important As Ever
Meetings are inevitable in every profession, and the way you conduct yourself in a meeting can create a dramatic reflection of you or your company. Whether it’s a meeting with a client or an internal meeting with colleagues, some simple g...
September 1, 2011

Rough Road Ahead

Utah’s Commercial Construction Industry Still Searching for Recovery Signs
The recession may be abating in other business sectors, but Utah’s commercial construction industry is still in a big chill, searching for signs the worst may be over. “It’s a pretty bleak environment right now,” say...
September 1, 2011

Spin Cycle

Utah’s Research Universities are Churning out Exciting Technology
From renewable energy sources to the latest in entertainment technology, Utah’s universities have a plethora of interesting research spinning out of their laboratories. The potential for profit has attracted entrepreneurs who are interest...
September 1, 2011

Taylor Randall

Bringing Spirit to the Classroom and Community
Last season, Taylor Randall could be found cheering in the stands at every U of U home football game. Well, all but one. He made that game up by traveling to the University of Notre Dame for an away game. Fall 2010 also represented the firs...
September 1, 2011

Tarang Amin

Building a Global Strategy
Whether he’s selling Clorox, kitty litter or cosmetics, Schiff Nutrition CEO Tarang Amin believes that success in building brands is about inspiring teamwork. At just 45, Amin comes to Schiff Nutrition after working as general manager...
September 1, 2011

The Cash Coaster

Smoothing Out Cash Flow Ups and Downs
I recently tricked my six-year old into going on Space Mountain. Porter had never been on a roller coaster before. His questions were nonstop and sincere. “Has anyone ever fallen out? Are there seat belts? What if they break?” ...
September 1, 2011

The Consolidation Process

Streamlining a 130-year-old Organization
When Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, she had no idea how her organization would spread to every part of the country, becoming the nation’s go-to response team for any type of disaster. Nationally, there are nearly 700...
September 1, 2011

Utah County Report

Utah County is facing growing pains, with the added constraints of a down economy. Major tech companies are locating or expanding in the county, but that has put a strain on the talent pool. And with little new construction, commercial space is...
September 1, 2011

Worth the Risk?

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

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