Thursday, March 31, 2016

After months of perfecting their ideas and presentations, 22 brave young entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to 7 Sharks on the Investor Panel for real funding. Last night, the 6 Sharks: Karen Gunn, Salt Lake Community College; Fred Kraut, Rocky Mountain Care; Amy Rees Anderson, Rees Capital; Jeff Barnes, J&J Technical; Mike Winder, Zions Bank; Kathy Hajeb, U of U Lassonde Institute; and Curt Doman, Progressive Finance, awarded over $12,000 in real funding to the young entrepreneurs.

From ages 11 to 18, and from areas between Layton and Alpine, the 22 YEA students have worked since October on their full-functioning businesses. They have learned about all aspects of business through three hour classes, field trips, guest speakers, and community opportunities. They put many hours into finalizing their ideas and are now prepared to use their funding from the "Sharks" to grow their businesses.

Meet the Young Entrepreneurs 

 Summit Factor
Nick Topham and Jacob Dutton
The Summit Factor combines top notch apparel ski and snowboard apparel with a quirky invention to help beginners and speed skiers open their ski boots with ease. They hope to develop their product quickly and get it into ski and snowboard shops soon.

Cocoa Hut
Anabelle Sutton
Cocoa Hut is a specialty cocoa shack soon to be located in Alpine, Utah. Anabelle hopes to earn enough money this season to buy her own food truck and serve the students of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Quick Tarp
Henry Jensen, Jet Ngu, and Gray Jackson
Quick Tarp is an easily transportable, light weight, fold-able tarp that will make any camp clean up a breeze.

Bake Box
Anna Dutton
Bake Box is a subscription service box that will arrive at your house with all of the ingredients you need to make a gourmet baked good. With gluten free and dairy free options, be sure to try one out for yourself!

Snap Shot
Morgan Topham
Snap Shot is an online service that allows you to upload, or send in, your photos and videos for compilation for $35 flat. With customization options like music and transitions, you're sure to love your new photo compilation.

Juliana Rodich and Samantha Workman
Tiflix is your new quick and easy solution to smelly sports wear. Just put the sports wear in the bag, add a deodorizing tablet, and voila! Your sports wear smells good as new.

Zach Greenberg
Have you ever wished you could make a soccer goal inside? Well, now you can! With Sportalation, you can set up your sensor enriched board, kick your best strike, and watch your goal on your smartphone.

Lauren Wilson
ShredHed is a great way to make teens and adults feel fashionable, and safe, on the slopes. With a slim design, the ShredHed helmet allows you to customize your helmet with snap-able beanies.

Makaela Alder
Nibblers combines a deep fried pretzel and ice cream to fulfill your sweet-tooth's dream. You can find Nibblers at multiple community events in the Alpine/Highland area.

Ryan Russell
FlyVybe brings a social aspect to music creation. FlyVybe allows you to upload your music, collaborate with others, and listen to other people's music all on one easy-to-use platform.

Tanner Stallings
Instead of buying waders with attached boots, and another set of waterproof boots, just buy Hydra. Hydra is a wader suit with revolutionized boots that can be locked in to the suit, or act as separate waterproof boots.

Our Winner

Straight Shot Clothing
Emily Guertler
Straight Shot Clothing is a medical apparel line for children with diabetes. Many children have to inject insulin multiple times a day, which can become a hassle when wearing long pants. Straight Shot Clothing comes with a fashionable zipper located in the upper thigh area, to make injecting insulin into the leg much easier.

Emily will be representing Utah at the YEA nationals in May in New York City.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank (in a shark tank)
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Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank (in a shark tank)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Are you a Comic Con fan? Well, you're in luck! On February 17, 2016, come and meet Bryan Brandenburg, the man who brought Comic Con to Salt Lake City. Lear more...

Bryan Brandenburg is a serial entrepreneur, marketing expert and scientist. He has founded two of the largest independent computer game companies in the country and produced games for Disney, Microsoft, Hasbro and Dreamworks. He has been a senior executive and partner in two of the industry's top 3D model companies, selling 3D models and software to over 1 million artists worldwide including the most sophisticated 3D anatomy for scientific visualization available. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Salt Lake Comic Con that broke multiple records including the most attended convention in the state of Utah and largest first year Comic Con in North American history.

Salt Lake Comic Con currently has the #1 Facebook page for Fan Engagement in the State of Utah as well as the record for the largest comic con in the world per capita. The event has been written about in Forbes, Inc., Hollywood Reporter and the Huffington Post. Bryan received his education at Weber State University in Mathematics and Physics.
Meet Bryan Brandenburg
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Meet Bryan Brandenburg

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

David Bradford is a bestselling author and keynote speaker for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Peak Awards. 

David Bradford is Executive Chairman of the VIEW- Virtual Immersive Educational Worlds and a member of the Utah Technology Hall of Fame. He is known as the Human Internet and has published a new book that hit two Amazon bestseller lists - "UP Your Game- 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top". Mr. Bradford's last two companies where he served as CEO- Fushion-io and HireVue - were rated #1 and #2 by Fortune magazine among the fastest growing Utah companies. He and his PhD.D. wife are now changing the world of language learning with a 3D App where people can learn a foreign language while traveling through a series of virtual worlds from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet. See FluetWorlds on Google or iTunes. He and his wife, Linda, were one of six couples named as America's Top Couples in 2014.

A core part of Bradford's career was as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), from 1985-2000, where he helped lead the networking juggernaut through a series of acquisitions, public offerings and business development activities. During his lifetime at the networking juggernaut, the company grew from $70 million in annual revenue to over $2 billion.

He currently serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of the Utah Technology Council of Utah. David twice served as Chairman of the Board of the Business Software Alliance, the world's leading industry trade association for the IT Industry.

He has received multiple awards and designations including being 2010 Utah Executive and Trustee of the Year award and the 1997 Alumnus of the Year for BYU Law School. He was also featured in the PBS Special, Nerds 2.0.1, A Brief History of the Internet. Bradfor graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1974 and his Juris Doctor in 1977. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1983.

Want to hear David Bradford speak? Join us at the 2016 Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Peak Awards Thursday, February 11th at 11:30am. Reserve your seat by calling 801-566-0344.

Meet David Bradford
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Meet David Bradford

Monday, January 18, 2016

As many of you know, the Chamber office has moved, and from that, we have learned a lot! Here are 5 "tips and tricks" to moving your business.

1: Let it go. 
If you haven't used it in the last year, throw it away. Moving is the perfect time to de-junk and get rid of all of the things you've been holding on to. No, that sign from 2001 is not going to come in handy in the near future.

2: Designate a "Moving Director"
When moving, it is important to have a plan of action, so designate someone to be in charge of the move. They will coordinate with the moving company and get everyone ready for moving day. This will make for a much smoother transition.
Warning: they may request to have that put on their business card as an additional title.

3: Hire a moving company
To eliminate down time, hire a moving company. Not only will they move everything over for you, they will also insure things that might get broken in the process. Highly recommended movers and Chamber members: Mesa Moving

4: Don't forget about your non-physical data
So, you've got all of your physical items packed away and moved, but what about your phone services and shared network? Be sure to contact your IT department and providers before moving so that your employees can keep working.

5: The aftermath 
After everything is moved in and everyone is starting to get cozy in their new digs, you're going to want your office to feel new and clean. Make sure to set up a time where cleaners can come in and make it just that. Also, don't forget to change your address on letterhead, business cards, and your website.

Want to see our new space? Come and visit us between 8am and 5pm at 35 E 9720 S, Sandy, UT 84070. We will give you the grand tour!
5 Tips When Moving Your Business
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5 Tips When Moving Your Business

Monday, December 7, 2015

Each Year, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the exceptional efforts of community leaders. The annual Peak Awards honors 7 business leaders and community volunteers. These outstanding individuals have served and strengthened the community through the years of dedicated service.

Small Business Woman of the Year
Small businesses are the foundation of a successful economy. The Peak Awards honor entrepreneurial women who have made significant contributions to the prosperity of the community through their small businesses. The Small Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the integrity and business acumen of these women.

Small Business Man of the Year
Small businesses drive our economy. The Peak Awards recognize successful business owners. These men have contributed to the entrepreneurial success int eh Sandy Area and it is through the Peak Awards that the Sandy Area Chamber honors them for their integrity and business acumen. 

Community Service Award
Businesses have the potential to significantly improve the stability of a community. The Sandy Area is grateful for the businesses that donate their time and resources to make the community a better place to live and do business. The peak Awards recognize the generous support that businesses offer to the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and the community.

Clark and Barbara Stringham Volunteer of the Year
Individuals can have incredible impact on the community. People donate their time and money to strengthen and unite the community. The Peak Awards honor individuals who have gone above and beyond by donating significant amounts of time and resources to make the community a better place. 

Ambassador of the Year
The Ambassador Committee is comprised of local business representatives that go out of their way to help businesses feel welcomed. Ambassadors represent the Sandy Area Chamber at events and strive to make the community a good place to have a business. The Peak Awards honor Ambassadors that have shown exceptional dedication to helping local businesses.

President's Excellence of the Year
Businesses and communities grow together. The Peak Awards recognize companies that have significantly contributed to the prosperity of the community through innovative technologies, business strategies, and exceptional growth.

Chairman's Distinguished Corporate Partner
The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce works to support businesses in a variety of ways. Businesses go above and beyond to contribute to the mission of the Sandy Area Chamber. The Peak Awards recognizes companies that have shown exceptional support to the Chamber and the business community. 

The Peak Awards are Coming!
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The Peak Awards are Coming!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Target Your Technology to Hit a Bulls-eye in the Competitive Market

In the past, companies regarded broadband and phone service like they do electricity: A necessary evil required to be in business. The idea of "increasing productivity" lead to conversations about "increasing internet speeds" so employees could be more productive.

While increased internet speed may improve productivity, it is not a guarantee. Instead, they are leveraging technology to make business lethal.

To start, it begins with your mindset. If you see high-speed internet, data center space, and phone systems as infrastructure, you're going to have to open your mind to what could be. Today's integrated workforce includes things we never used to talk about in the same sentence:
Done right, all of these pieces can work together in ways that will make you more money.

A Case Study Reveals Waste
A few months ago we were hired by a national company who have their corporate headquarters in Utah to give them an extreme technology make-over. The first step was to reassure the IT director he wasn't being fired, and then there was an audit of their technology spend, and then private meetings with each vendor. 

The results were staggering. Their MPLS Network was over-built. They didn't even need MPLS in the first place. Instead, a simple SDN router would have given them enough priority over their network to get the job done. The software their reps were using didn't even run on all of their recently purchased iPads. To save money or license fees, they had moved their servers to a remote data center and were paying for additional circuits to connect back to their main office. 

Long story short, their spend was lowered by 50%. Their technology was redesigned so their remote sales force could use their new iPads and connect to a cloud server that was always accessible. Giving them this connectivity allowed them to invoice and collects money 250 times faster and more than double their collection ratio. No longer were they a clunky, inefficient sales force paying thousands of dollars for technology that was holding them back.

The Carriers Pay the Consulting Costs
This story isn't unique. Like a doctor who sees just about everything and knows what works and what doesn't, we can lend advice to businesses who are looking to take their technology to the next step. Some customers include Comcast Business, CenturyLink, Integra, XO, Zayo, ViaWest, CentraCom, Jive Communications, YipTel, Veracity, and C7 Data Centers. Our job is to understand which of these providers will best help you streamline your IT infrastructure, and ultimately, help you make more money.

And, like a doctor who is paid primarily by medical insurance companies, we are compensated by the service providers to cover our consulting fees. The differences in payment are minimal, ensuring objectivity and a focus on your interests, always. What's most important is you are happy, especially in our neck of the woods. 

Let us turn your telecom "utilities" into a competitive weapon today. Contact Telarus, fellow Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce member, for a free consultation.

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Turn Your Technology Infrastructure from a Utility into a Competitive Weapon
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Turn Your Technology Infrastructure from a Utility into a Competitive Weapon

Monday, November 16, 2015

Local. Trusted. Franchise Experts.

With a slogan like that, FranNet prides themselves on being the best franchise consultants in the area. With so many different existing franchises for sale today, figuring out which franchise opportunity is the right opportunity can be daunting and difficult to say the least. FranNet's local consultants provide absolutely free services aimed at reducing these challenges and improving your rate of success.

Meet Alexis Coutney, owner of FranNet Utah.

Meet FranNet
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Meet FranNet