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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

August 1, 2012


SALT LAKE AREA
Salt Lake City - BLACK DIAMOND, INC. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire POC Sweden AB (POC), a Stockholm-based designer and manufacturer of protective gear for action sports athletes. POC produces and distributes to 27 countries advanced-design helmets, body armor, goggles, eyewear, gloves and apparel for action or “gravity sports,” like skiing, snowboarding and cycling, with a particular emphasis on safety and protection.

Salt Lake City - VÉRITÉ received a Best of Industry Mobile App Award from the Web Marketing Association. The MobileWebAwards Competition honors excellence in mobile websites and apps, recognizes the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcases the best in award-winning mobile development. The award was given in the Medical Equipment category.

Salt Lake City - Local startup CROWDHALL was accepted into The Brandery, a 14-week program that includes $20,000 in financing as well as access to the partners, mentors and resources typically reserved for major corporations. CrowdHall is a free, online social platform that enables customizable town hall meetings. Participants can submit questions, vote on questions they would like to see answered, express opinions and responses, and share the discussion on other social media platforms.

Salt Lake City - GROSOCIAL closed a $1 million Series A funding round led by Kickstart Seed Fund, with additional contributions from MONARCH VENTURES, ROCK & HAMMER VENTURES and other angel investors. GroSocial’s flagship product, Customizer, is a drag-and-drop app builder that helps businesses acquire new customers by creating contests, sweepstakes and other promotional offers that can be published directly onto their business Facebook pages.

Salt Lake City - WAVELINK CORPORATION launched Velocity, a mobile enterprise browser that provides fast, reliable delivery of web-based applications to rugged mobile devices. Velocity is engineered to address key traditional browser shortcomings such as poor performance, connection interruptions, lack of scanner support and narrow OS platform support.

Salt Lake City - DENTON HOUSE DESIGN STUDIO was featured in Interior Design’s latest Best of Book series: Best of Hospitality, Architecture & Design. Showcasing 70 of the best hospitality projects internationally, Denton House restaurant projects—Talisker on Main, Alpine House and The Farm—were featured alongside luxury resorts, boutique hotels, spas and nightlife destinations.

Salt Lake City - TRUMAN ARNOLD COMPANIES signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in KEYSTONE AVIATION, LLC and rebranded the company’s Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Provo (KPVU) fixed-base operations as TAC AIR.

Salt Lake City - ARES TRAVEL is working with VISIT SALT LAKE to integrate its private-label booking engine with the Visit Salt Lake website, allowing visitors to the site to research the destination and book hotels, attractions, deals and travel packages seamlessly without the need to search other sites.

Salt Lake City - CLEARFLY COMMUNICATIONS and TRITEL NETWORKS, INC. partnered to provide small and medium-sized businesses in under-serviced suburban markets with “large business” voice, data and mobile services at a cost that is affordable and in a package that is manageable.

Salt Lake City - PRINCE, PERELSON & ASSOCIATES celebrated 20 years as a talent acquisition company. The full-service agency has multiple specialty areas including administrative, financial, legal, sales, marketing, human resources, temporary, engineering, IT and executive placement.

Sandy - The CANTINA SOUTHWESTERN GRILL opened at Jordan Commons. The Cantina Southwestern Grill offers authentic Mexican food along with American Southwest specialties.

Salt Lake City - The World Trade Center at City Creek was recently inaugurated. The newly named building, formerly Eagle Gate Tower, is now home to the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WORLD TRADE CENTER UTAH, USTAR and the OFFICE OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.

Murray - INTERMOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER was named one of the nation’s 100 Great Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review, an influential journal for hospital and health system leaders. Becker’s compiled its top 100 hospital list through nominations, industry research and other recognized sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award recipients and HealthGrades.

SLC Bike Share Launched

The SALT LAKE CHAMBER, DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE and SALT LAKE CITY have joined forces to create Utah’s first solar-powered bike share program. SLC Bike Share is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that will operate and manage the system of bicycles and kiosks.

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