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The Salt Lake Chamber stands as the voice of business in Utah. We support our members' success and champion community prosperity, while representing more than 8,000 business and 500,000 employees. Building Utah is the official Salt Lake Chamber podcast and looks into topics and ideas that influence the Beehive state. We want to bring in the business perspective to what you really care about. From finance to football no topic is off-limits: you never know what you might hear.
 
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This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) is a statewide, student business model competition held at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Any college student or team of students can enter the challenge with a business idea by submitting an application on the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute’s website. Teams fro…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The real estate market remains strong and is one of the few sectors that is doing really well during this pandemic period. Thomas Wright, President and Principal Broker at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, details how they’ve innovated to meet the demands of the current market. THOMAS WRIGHTAt Summit …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The pandemic has disrupted not only our work lives but shifted demand for specific jobs across our state. One industry that continues to thrive in Utah is the construction industry and those who support construction. This year 8,400 construction jobs were added in the state and every year there is a need t…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Steve Pilkington, Executive Vice President of Peczuh Printing, is here to explain how they are keeping up with the various demands of print and packaging during the pandemic. STEVE PILKINGTONWith three manufacturing facilities in Utah (Price, Salt Lake City and Lindon), we understand the importance of an e…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. ATS is a Utah-based manufacturer and supplier of COVID-killing disinfectant solutions as well as safety, personal protective equipment, and water purification products. Richard Allred, CEO of ATS, is here to tell us more about what they are doing in response to COVID-19 to enable businesses and consumers t…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. With many companies operating remotely, the cyber threat landscape has changed and is evolving quickly. Earl Foote, CEO and Cybersecurity Expert at Nexus IT Consultants, is here to share what they are doing to deal with the dual threats of COVID-19 and cybersecurity.EARL FOOTESince the COVID outbreak in Ma…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Cooperation between hospitals and citizens is critical during a pandemic. Dave Gessel, Executive Vice President of the Utah Hospital Association, shares how to help hospitals at a time when our state needs it the most.Dave GesselThe Utah Hospital Association has been serving Utah’s hospitals and citizens f…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. There wasn't a playbook in place for how to handle the pandemic, but Layton Construction created their own. COO Paul Drecksel is here to share how they've tackled the issues.Paul DreckselWe formed a COVID task force comprised of employees from across the country that met weekly (virtually) for the first fi…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. To support Utah companies as they compete and win internationally, World Trade Center Utah is launching Global Business Services. This new initiative will support companies new to global expansion and seasoned pros looking to expand into new markets. Aaron Starks, Vice President of Global Business Services…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Penna Powers is a full-service strategic communication agency. Dave Smith, Partner and CFO, shares how they’ve put their mission of moving people into overdrive during the pandemic. DAVE SMITHWe value our team and our clients, so we took several precautions to establish a safe and effective workplace. In a…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. As we enter the holiday season it’s important that all of us Stay Safe so our economy can Stay Open. In fact, the Safe Safe to Stay Open campaign promotes exactly that by encouraging businesses and consumers to follow simple but powerful guidelines provided by the Utah Department of Health.Among those guid…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Downtown Alliance is a 501c6 nonprofit organization dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment in Salt Lake City. Downtown Dollars is their new program aimed at giving shoppers more value for their dollar during the holiday …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. There is no question that the pandemic has affected the travel and tourism economy. Vicki Varela, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism, shares how her office has responded to the new challenges. VICKI VARELA COVID completely reset the world of travel. It has challenged Utah’s small businesses --…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. American United is a small, but robust, full-service credit union with branches throughout Utah. Michelle Thorne, President and CEO, is here to tell us what AMUCU has been doing to navigate the pandemic.Michelle ThorneEvery employee within our credit union strives to “Help When Others Won't,” which means w…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Downtown Alliance is a 501c6 nonprofit organization dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment in Salt Lake City. Downtown Dollars is their new program aimed at giving shoppers more value for their dollar during the holiday …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. “Keys to Success” is a Success in Education Foundation program sponsored by Ken Garff. It provides Utah students with an online college and career readiness tool filled with dozens of helpful resources. Rick Folkerson, president of the Success in Education Foundation, is here to tell us more.Rick Folkerson…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Westminster College is a private, non-profit, independent university providing education through a liberal arts lens. President Bethami Dobkin is here to share how Westminster College is open and serving through the pandemic.President Dobkin Westminster is a unique place, and we pride ourselves on being a …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Bridge is an end to end learning and performance management platform that helps employees and managers transform their organization through Connected Learning; Performance Alignment; and Career Growth. John Knotwell, General Manager of Bridge, is here to share how to build people-first workplaces. JOHN KNO…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Squire has always prided itself on being at the forefront of emerging technology and the accounting industry. We are honored to have Jonyce Bullock, Utah Business Magazine's 2020 CEO of the Year, here to share how Squire adapts and serves during the pandemic.Jonyce BullockSquire launched a COVID-19 busines…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Amazon has over 5,000 employees across Utah. And the company continues to grow, creating quality jobs with great pay and benefits that start on day one. Ben Anderson, general manager of Amazon’s newest Utah Fulfillment Center in West Jordan, is here to tell us what they’re doing.BEN ANDERSONAmazon is proud…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. As the coronavirus continues to challenge our state and nation, Leavitt Partners is helping clients address the pressing conditions of today while preparing for the future of the healthcare industry. CEO of Leavitt Partners, Andrew Croshaw, is here to tell us what the company is doing.ANDREW CROSHAWAs the …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Resilience in the face of adversity is a trait we all seek, especially during a pandemic. This year the Salt Lake Chamber’s Women & Business Conference will focus on resilience with women who have overcome challenges and led through difficult times and circumstances. The keynote speaker will be Bonnie Hage…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. COP Construction, a Montana-based heavy civil and infrastructure general contractor, is celebrating 25 years since opening its Utah branch. Glen Perry, COO of COP Construction, tells us how they are managing the COVID-19 crisis.GLEN PERRYBeing in the heavy civil and infrastructure construction business, CO…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Boojum Group is a leader in Utah's medical cannabis industry. In addition to manufacturing their own medical and hemp-infused products, Boojum Group offers private label manufacturing, distribution and merchandising services for others looking to create a brand in the industry. Boojum Group’s president and…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Dr. Amy Khan is the executive medical director at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Today’s she’s here to talk about flu shots and why it is especially important to get one this year.AMY KHANCOVID-19 cases have recently spiked right as we are heading into flu season. If more Utahns get a flu shot this …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Salt Lake City is the economic hub of Utah and is well-positioned to capitalize upon human, cultural, and technological assets, even during a global pandemic. Ben Kolendar, director at the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development, is here to tell us more. BEN KOLENDARAt the SLC Department of Econo…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. As the pandemic continues to evolve and we learn better methods to institute public health guidance a new COVID 19 Transmission Index was launched. This index will now replace the old phased guidelines of red, orange, yellow and green in order to streamline the response to protect communities. The risk lev…
 
The Salt Lake Chamber · Speaking on Business: Women's Business Center of UtahThis is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Women's Leadership Institute, one of the organizations participating in the Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign, has the mission to elevate the stature of women's leadership in business and politics in Utah. CEO Patricia Jones is …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Women's Business Center of Utah was honored recently during National Small Business Week. They received the 2020 Women's Business Center of Excellence Award for both Utah and Region VIII by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Here to share their story is State Director Ann Marie Wallace.Ann Marie W…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation is a national think tank with Utah roots that focuses on civility and solutions. Matt Sandgren, the Foundation's executive director, is a 15-year veteran of Capitol Hill, where he served as Senator Hatch's chief of staff and as a senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committe…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. During these uncertain times, technology has kept us connected even when we’re apart, and people are relying on communications systems, like AT&T, more than ever before. Here to tell us about what AT&T is doing is Tara Thue, AT&T state president for Utah.TARA THUE In Utah, we’ve had our share of challenges…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Coronavirus has had an unanticipated effect of creating greater demand for new homes across the country. That’s brought with it an interesting set of challenges for the community building industry. Cameron Jackson, director of marketing at Daybreak Communities, is here to tell us more.CAMERON JACKSONAt Day…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. As many companies are reducing in size due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar is expanding – recently announcing that they will be combining with Dentons to become the world’s largest law firm known as Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar. Its president, Todd Leishman, is here …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Despite the negative effects of COVID-19, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has been able to retain all their employees and reopen with safety measures in place. Founder and CEO Brent Andersen is here to share more. BRENT ANDERSEN The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium closed for two months during the spring to…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Established by legislation in 1975 as a self-supporting independent public corporation, the Utah Housing Corporation serves our state’s affordable housing needs. To date, it has financed more than 100,300 mortgages for Utah’s homebuyers. Grant Whitaker, president and CEO of the Utah Housing Corporation, is…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected higher education, including Western Governors University, a nonprofit online university based in Salt Lake City, with over 200,000 graduates in all 50 states. Aimee Edwards, Director of Strategic Outreach, is here to tell us more.AIMEE EDWARDSWestern Governors University …
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. This year we have a combined Economic and Energy Summit that will highlight the accomplishments of Governor Gary R. Herbert since the 2009 Great Recession. His leadership led the state through those deep waters and created over 100 thousand jobs. The Summit will be hosted by the Governor’s Office of Econom…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Hilton Hotels and Resorts believes the desire to travel and connect with others is core to the human experience. Abby Murtagh, General Manager of Hilton Salt Lake City, is here to tell us about how Hilton has cultivated a safe environment during COVID-19.Abby MurtaghAt Hilton, we know you are as excited as…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. With a mission to lead Utah’s international business development, World Trade Center Utah has pivoted its programming during COVID-19 to assist more Utah companies than ever before. Miles Hansen, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah is here to share how the organization has accomplished this and wh…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Stadler US is a Swiss train manufacturer with a location here in Salt Lake City. Stadler has been successfully growing and providing job opportunities in our community and was able to successfully navigate through the pandemic while keeping all of its employees working. CEO Martin Ritter is here to tell us…
 
This is Derek Miller speaking on business. Ski season is just around the corner, and the resorts are working overtime to prepare for what forecasters are saying will be above average snowfall. Not only are they hiring seasonal workers but implementing plans to keep skiers safe from the coronavirus.Why is this important now? Because when it comes ac…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Children’s Center provides comprehensive mental health care for children and families, a service needed now more than ever. Its CEO, Rebecca Dutson, is here to discuss how the Children’s Center has been serving the community during the COVID-19 crisis.REBECCA DUTSONAt the Children’s Center, we temporar…
 
This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy is now in its 36th year of entertaining over a half million patrons annually. When Utah’s COVID-19 recovery plan, Utah Leads Together, allowed for the opening of theaters, Hale Centre Theatre worked to implement a plan to promote the safety of both its patrons and team to keep …
 
This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Envision Utah is a non-profit that brings people together to discuss best of class objectives to guide our State’s growth. But how do you do that in a pandemic when people can’t meet? President and CEO, Ari Bruening, is here to talk about what they’re doing.ARI BRUENINGAt Envision Utah, we hold lots of pu…
 
This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Before the pandemic, most of us probably didn’t give much thought to how an online order arrived at our door or whether there would be toilet paper on store shelves. But for the Utah Inland Port Authority, thinking about supply chains is their business. Jack Hedge is the Executive Director of the Port Aut…
 
This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. For over 130 years, Utahns have enjoyed fun and thrills at Lagoon Amusement Park. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Lagoon has found a way to provide this experience to customers in a safe way. The park’s Director of Special Events, Julie Freed, is here to tell us more.JULIE FREEDDue to COVID-19, Lagoon did n…
 
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