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The Bad News Bearers

Handling the Negative with Your Employees
In the movie Up in the Air, actress Anna Kendrick shadows co-star George Clooney as his character does his job—firing employees for other companies as a hire-on-demand terminator. He flies in from his company headquarters, sequesters himself with ...
January 18, 2012

2010 Fast 50

Utah's Fastest-Growing Companies
Utah's Fastest-growing Companies Rank Company Information-Company Name 1 Skullcandy, Inc. 2 ZAGG, Inc. 3 Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC 4 Myriad Genetics, Inc. 5 Interbank FX 6 CLEARLINK 7 Ascend HR Solutions 8 Diamond Wireless 9 AtTask...
January 18, 2012

California Dreamin’

Utah Economic Developers Court West Coast Companies
Ever thought of conducting a trade mission to, say, California? Not that the Golden State is a foreign country—the typical destination for trade missions—but economic woes in California make the state a fertile field for economic developers as com...
January 17, 2012

Dressed for Success

Protect Products with Design Patents and Trade Dress
Utah businesses have a terrific history of innovation and entrepreneurship. They constantly develop new and successful products. Those products generate momentum, revenue and notoriety. Often, that success leads to copycat products by competitors ...
January 17, 2012

A Graceful Exit

Plan Ahead for a Smooth Ownership Transition
For a small business owner, the New Year is a great opportunity to take stock—not only of the past year and your present business prospects, but also of the future. As you look forward, can you leave your business in style? Is your exit plan comp...
January 17, 2012

Steven Morrison

Premium Leadership
At one point in his life, Steven Morrison considered a career as a medical doctor but was talked out of it by his father, who was an ear, nose and throat specialist. His father told Morrison the medical field was getting too socialized and insuran...
January 17, 2012

Susan Preator

Unlocking the Doors to Learning
Susan Preator believes in the infinite worth of every individual. And as the CEO and co-founder of Imagine Learning, she feels a huge responsibility to prepare students for academic success. “I’ve always been passionate about education for every...
January 17, 2012

Head of the Class

Local Colleges Innovate to Supply 21st Century Workforce
In eight short years, approximately 66 percent of all Utah jobs will require some post secondary training beyond high school. That’s according to projections made by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “The Georgetown ...
January 17, 2012

Built to Last

A Homebuilder Launches and Soars During the Downturn
Last October, in the middle of one of the worst housing slumps in history, two men got together and decided it would be a great idea to create a home building company. Although construction companies were folding faster than bad poker hands, Colin...
January 17, 2012

Southern Utah Regional Report

A Roundtable Discussion Among Local Leaders
Southern Utah Regional Roundtable Participants: Scott Hirschi, Economic Development Kent Nobis, Rosenberg Associates Roxie Sherwin, St. George Tourism Office Doug Watts, Watts Construction David Turner, Zion's Bank Brennan Wood, C...
January 17, 2012

The Value of the Invisible

Ownership of Intellectual Property
Patrick Nagel was a freelance artist who produced some 285 paintings published in Playboy magazine. After Nagel’s death in 1984, copyrights to the paintings were sold by his estate and copies of the paintings were then marketed, generating $25 mil...
January 17, 2012

Gary L. Crocker

Disciplined for Opportunity
Gary L. Crocker doesn’t gripe about his days as a broke, Harvard Business School student, father, husband and full-time salesman. In fact, he talks about those times like they were the best thing that ever happened to him: He’s a young man, with a...
January 17, 2012

Shared Office Space

Is a virtual office right for your company?
Shifting from a home office to leased commercial space can be a huge leap—it’s a greater financial commitment and requires a new level of business management. Some entrepreneurs are choosing to share office space in order to defray costs and draw ...
January 17, 2012

In Recovery?

State Economists Eye the Future with Worry and Hope
We’ve finally stepped off the economic roller coaster—we seem to be through with the unexpected, steep drops. Now all that’s left is a lingering motion sickness. Perhaps that’s why we can’t seem to get firmly on our legs and move forward again. ...
January 17, 2012

The Roads Most Traveled

Paving the Way for Tourism in Utah
Craig Stephenson remembers the first misconception he had of Utah when headed to the state for a convention—that he would find a western desert state with dirt roads, strange liquor laws and most likely a dilapidated transportation system. That wa...
January 17, 2012

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