Monday, November 7, 2016

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has a new event manager. We'd like to introduce you to, Eventbrite.

Eventbrite is free to use and is desktop and mobile compatible. To create an account, visit, click "sign up", and enter in your information.

After creating an account, you can now find all sorts of events in the area, and most importantly, find and register for all Sandy Chamber events!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Nestled on 7th East and 119th South in Draper, Pirate O's, is the perfect blend of Trader Joe's and your local Ma & Pa shop. With a variety of international candy, a massive selection of hot sauce, a cooler in the middle of the store stocked with bottled soda, and last but not least, incredible customer service, you cannot miss it!

Aside from the excellent products they carry, they have a quaint cafe area that serves multiple sandwiches- all of which will curb your craving for fresh deli meats and cheeses.

Featured below are the two most popular sandwiches on the menu. The #9 Italian sandwich is a delightful combination of salami and pepperoni with provolone, tomato, red onion, lettuce, and a sweet greek dressing that is to-die-for (seriously... it makes the sandwich), all snuggled into a perfect just-crunchy-enough bread.

#9: The Italian
Pairs nicely with a bottle of Cheerwine

The #15 is a spin on the classic turkey bacon with gouda, tomato, chipotle mayo (yep, CHIPOTLE MAYO), and a tomato hazelnut pesto that is put in a ciabatta roll and a panini maker until it's hot, gooey goodness.

#15: Turkey, Bacon, and Smoked Gouda
Pairs nicely with a bottle of Root Beer

Is your mouth watering yet? If it's not, it should be! You can find the rest of Pirate O's menu online to find your perfect sandwich, and then head on over there to devour it. 
#FoodieFriday at Pirate O's ($)
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#FoodieFriday at Pirate O's ($)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


1. Set your date

    • Meet with your committee (if you have one) and set your date.
    • Be aware of other events around your day. You do not want to hold your event on the same day/night as another large event
    • Make sure your venue is available on the day you want to hold your event. If it is, get the contract signed ASAP.
    • Schedule your AV company.
    • Schedule your photographer. 

2. Set your event goals

    • Do you want to make your event profitable or break even?
    • How many sponsors do you need to get for the event?
    • How many tables do you need to sell? 

3. Make a timeline/check list

    • Make a month-to-month timeline that includes when you need to have centerpieces ordered or when you need to schedule taste testing.

4. Marketing/Invites

    • Work with your graphic designer on invitations, programs, social media ads, and local newspaper ads.
    • Work with your communications person and schedule when ads will be posted.

5. Program/Entertainment

    • Talk to your committee about how the program will go.
    • For your entertainment or keynote speaker, you want someone that everyone attending will enjoy.
    • Keep in contact with those that are part of the program and let them know how the event will go.

6. Follow-up

    • Follow up with the venue as you are planning your event.
    • Follow up with your sponsors that you want at the event.
    • Follow up with those who bought tables or tickets.
    • Follow up with your florist and AV company.
    • Follow up with your photographer. 


1. Things you will need

    • Create a day-of-event box with pens, highlighters, tape, scissors, and extra blank table number cards
    • Don't forget signage, programs, flowers, and your check-in.

2. Set up

    • Work with the venue as to what you have to set up and what they will set up for you.
    • Make sure check-in is ready and working.
    • Make sure your AV company has everything they need.
    • Place centerpieces and party favors on the table as well as programs.

3. Ready or not

    • As guests start to arrive, you have a few minutes to finish last minute things behind the scenes. 
    • Keep in mind, if things go wrong, just take a deep breath. You will figure it out and 99% of your guests will not know something went wrong. 
    • Lastly, try and take a look at what you did and enjoy the event.

Post Event

1. Thank you

    • Make sure you personally thank all those that helped you pull off your event. You could not do it without them.
    • Send you sponsors a thank you card.

2. Follow-up

    • Talk with your committee about things that went well and the things that might need some tweaking for your next event.
    • Talk with your venue to schedule your next event.

Tips to a Successful Event from Leesha Francis
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Tips to a Successful Event from Leesha Francis

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) is a program that gives students ages 11-18 years of age an opportunity to become an actual hands-on entrepreneur.  Now in our third year, we have our strongest program to date! 

The YEA program began in 2004 and now is in 100+ locations across the United States.  YEA has transformed more than 4,000 students into CEO’s of their own businesses!  Business ideas from the students rage from retail products, to services, to social enterprises and reach a variety of markets and industries.  During the course of the program, YEA students brainstorm business ideas, write business plans, pitch those plans to a panel of investors, obtain real funding and launch their REAL businesses or social movements.  By the time students graduate, they have launched and are operating legally-registered enterprises that are ready to start generating profit or making a huge impact on their communities. 

There are three parts to the program, the BIG IDEA, the PITCH, and the LAUNCH.  We discuss with the students the things they love, the things they’re good at, and where those things could come together to form a viable business opportunity.  The students decide if they want to work by themselves and run their own business or if they want to work in a group and join forces with like-minded peers to form a partnership.

During the pitch segment, each business will write a real business plan with the help of strategically chosen mentors.  These plans will be refined throughout the program and cover everything from finances to marketing and students will put together a pitch presentation.  This presentation is done before a group of local investors who are business leaders and invest real dollars into the companies based on the merit of their plans.  The students make a pitch, ask for a certain amount of funding, and whether they’re overfunded, underfunded, or get exactly what they ask for, after that, it is on to the launching of their businesses!  A CEO Roundtable is also held during which students get to hear from local CEOs about success, failure and what it takes to develop and grow.

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce holds the license to run the program in Utah.  The past two years, we have accepted 48 students into the program.  Last year, 12 businesses graduated and 9 of them are continuing to work on their businesses today.  We follow a proprietary curriculum (taught through all of the locations) and have a program director and instructor for the class. 

Of the 12 businesses to complete the program, StraightShot Apparel was the winner.  Emily Guertler, 15, took an idea and is turning it into her business.  Emily’s idea for making management of diabetes and other diseases propelled her to win $2,000 from the investor panel to get started as well as the opportunity to represent Utah at the YEA! Regional competition held in Rochester, NY in May 2016.  Out of the 90+ entries at the regional competition, Emily was chosen to be one of the seven selected finalists to present her business at the finals.  The YEA! Finals Competition was held at the US Chamber of Commerce America’s Small Business Summit in June of 2016.  The event had 800+ in attendance and the competition was live-streamed through the US Chamber’s website.  Emily presented there and won third place and people’s choice award.  This opportunity won her over $60,000 in college scholarships as well as an invite to return and be a panel judge next year!
This year, we are excited to say that we will be having two cohorts instead of one!  Each cohort holds 24 students, thus exposing the program to 48 students.  To be accepted into the program, students have to fill out and submit an online application, interview with the program director and/or instructor(s).  One cohort will be held at the SLCC Miller Campus (Sandy Cohort) and one cohort will be held at the Granite Technical Institute at Granite District (GTI Cohort). 
The program is made possible from generous donations from sponsors including the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Salt Lake Community College, BD Medical, Rocky Mountain Care, IPOP In Pursuit of Perfection, Zions Bank, Knox Capital Group, Instructure, Layton Construction, Nelson Laboratories and more.

Our program will be run this year by:
·       Becky Guertler, Director of Educational Programs.  After seeing the impact of this program first-hand by her daughter’s, Emily’s, success, Becky was selected in August to run the program full-time.  Becky has her Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing and Management from Western Governors University and will be overseeing the program.   Becky and her husband have three children and love to spend time together as a family.  In the past, she has been the Sales Manager for the local Xerox Sales Agency, The Competitive Edge Office Systems.  She has worked in the pharmaceutical, medical, sales, web development and programming and customer service industries.  Her vast range of experience has given her a unique background in understanding how different industries work as well as a large range of contacts.
·       Ryan Tingey, Program Manager, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. at America First Credit Union.  Ryan will be the instructor for the SLCC Cohort this year.  He was born and raised in Davis County, Utah.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.  He completed his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  He currently resides in Bountiful, Utah with his wife, Emily, and their two year old son Jonathan.  Ryan and his wife love to travel and have visited over 20 different countries.  He enjoys the perspective that travel brings into all aspects of life, including business.Currently Ryan is the Investment Program Manager for America First Credit Union and also a Managing Partner for the real estate portfolio, Sandbox Ventures, which is based in Salt Lake City.

·         Laurie Stringham, Business Owner and Independent Fine Art Professional.  Laurie will be the instructor for our GTI Cohort this year.  She has extensive background and experience in running her own business.  She has served on several Boards of Directors for the Utah Association for Special Districts and LeadershipWest.  She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center and served on the Executive Committee for Citizen Network in the past.  Currently she is the West Region Chair for the Salt Lake County Republican Party, and teaches for the Granite School District.  Laurie earned her Bachelors degree in Theater Production from the University of Utah and her Associates degree in Business from the LDS Business College.  She has also been a mentor for Junior Achievement of Utah.  
What is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy?
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What is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ever year, young women who are in their sophomore year of high school in the Canyons School District, including Juan Diego High School and Canyons Technical Education School, are invited to apply to the program. The program is designed for female students interested in learning more about the challenges and benefits to women in the business world.

Throughout the school year, the selected candidates will receive a $1,000 college scholarship, sponsored by WCF Insurance. The candidates that have been selected to represent their high school have demonstrated a strong interest in business as well as a competitive G.P.A. and are determined to succeed in their field of interest.

Meet the 2016-2017 Jr. Women in Business!
Marin Ward, Corner Canyon High School; Brianna Berstein, Hillcrest High School; Eliza Summerhays, Alta High School; Ariana Miller, Brighton High School; Stefani Fink, CTEC; Courtney Talbot, Juan Diego High School; Erika Munoz, Jordan High School.

Meet the 2016-2017 Jr. Women in Business!
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Meet the 2016-2017 Jr. Women in Business!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pam Hayes has been a long-standing advocate for children. In 2011 she founded the Student Services program which ensures that children have a voice in preventing bullying and violence in our communities through the means of technology and education. She worked diligently to see this grow into the Student Safety Alliance. Pam was key in growing the Stand4Kind initiative through which school assemblies are performed to empower students to stop bullying with kindness.

In April of 2014, Pam helped to form the Utah Anti Bullying Coalition. As a board member and Program Director, Pam works to bring assemblies to help stop bullying to Utah schools. She has devoted her work to promoting awareness of bullying and the approaches proven to prevent it. She advocates for prevention of bullying and works to bring students, parents, teachers, and the community together in supporting school- and community-based bullying prevention initiatives. The Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition provides a teaching kick-off assembly, anonymous text or call tip line, training for students, parents, school staff and sets up student-led Ambassador Clubs which create competitions to promote kindness in the school. The coalition is made up of influential business owners as well as city and county officials dedicated to replacing bullying with kindness.

To meet Pam and to learn more about the anti-bullying efforts in Utah, register for our Women in Business luncheon on October 25, 2016 here:
Meet Pam Hayes
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Meet Pam Hayes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sandy City, Utah, is the sixth largest city in Utah and located just 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Sandy, Utah is where mountain meets urban- you can find anything from world-class entertainment to 7000 acres of ski terrain.
Sandy, Utah is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains granting any visitor or local easy access to Little Cottonwood Canyon. This includes hundreds of bike and hiking trails as well as over 7000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain two world-class ski resorts. Alta Ski Resort is known for their deep powder and skier only terrain. With 2,200 acres of terrain and an average snowfall of 514 inches, Alta is sure to satisfy any skiers need for powder. Also located up Little Cottonwood Canyon is Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Snowbird has a peak elevation of 11,000 feet and caters to any level of skier or snowboarder. Snowbird is also open year around and is well known for their Oktoberfest hosted late September through early October. When you’re headed down from the Canyon, be sure to stop a Porcupine Pub and Grill- a local favorite.
For those looking to stay in downtown Sandy, you can find everything from unique dining experiences to world-class theatre. Just off the  I-15 highway at 10600 S, South Towne Mall has everything from department stores like Maceys and JC Penny’s to small eclectic boutiques. South Towne Mall also has a variety of dining options within the mall as well as in the surrounding area.  As you continue down State Street, which runs conveniently through the middle of Sandy, you will find South Towne Expo Center. South Towne Expo Center hosts multiple shows a week with themes ranging from hunting and fishing expos, business expos, and fine gem expos.  Just across the street from South Towne Expo Center, you will find Jordan Commons. Within Jordan Commons is the Larry H. Miller Megaplex IMAX Theater and surrounding restaurants like Joe’s Crab Shack and local-favorite, the Cantina Southwestern Grill. Jordan Commons is an excellent place for dinner and a show.
If you are looking for world-class entertainment, Hale Center Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Sandy, Utah. With a completion date in the coming year, Hale Center Theatre will offer family theatre with a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway favorites as well as theater education. To follow up your evening of entertainment, make a reservation at the upscale restaurant, La Caille. La Caille is well known for their beautiful atmosphere, wild peacocks, and impeccable French cuisine.
Sandy, Utah is also home to the Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake. Their home stadium, Rio Tinto, is located just off I-15 and 9000 S, making it very accessible to the entire community. Real Salt Lake has had great success  and won the MLS Cup in 2009, the Supporters Shield in 2010, the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2013 US Open Cup. If you’re looking for a great night under the stadium lights, be sure to catch a RSL game.
Sandy, Utah is truly a unique area where mountain meets urban.   With two world-class ski resorts just minutes away from a Broadway style show, you are sure to fall in love with Sandy City.
Why Sandy City?
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Why Sandy City?