Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. The mission of the institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership.
Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worlds as well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead. As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations. 
A University of Utah graduate in communications, Jones currently is a member of the Utah Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber, the Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry.  Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease, and Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.
Jones is married to Dr. Dan E. Jones and has four children, three step-children, and sixteen grandchildren.

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Meet Pat Jones
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Meet Pat Jones

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wayne Niederhauser was first elected to the Utah State Senate in 2006, and as Senate President in 2012. He is now in his third term representing Senate District 9, which covers most of Sandy and the east portion of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Senator Niederhauser is a Certified Public Accountant. He is committed to an accountable, transparent, and participatory government. In addition to his service in the Utah Senate, Senator Niederhauser is a board member of Envision Utah, the Sports Commission, the Visit Salt Lake Board (local CVB), and the Shakespearean Festival Board. 
Meet Senator Wayne Niederhauser
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Meet Senator Wayne Niederhauser

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce continually strives to provide quality avenues for you to promote your business and learn more about other members.

In this light, we have created the South Valley Hot Deals Facebook page powered by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. This Facebook page will replace our current "Hot Deals" page on and provide a place for all of our members to post their hot deals and coupons!

If you are interested in promoting a deal or a coupon for your business and would like it posted to the South Valley Hot Deals page, please email or call 801-566-0344.

Click here to go to the South Valley Hot Deals page and like it!
Introducing... South Valley Hot Deals!
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Introducing... South Valley Hot Deals!

Monday, January 9, 2017

We know networking can be a daunting task! That's why we have put together 5 tips to help you succeed at our upcoming Connect 4 Lunch.

1: Practice makes perfect
If you are nervous about networking and meeting new people, remember: Practice makes perfect. You can practice networking anywhere you go. Set a goal to network with one person a day, whether it be on the train or at your local coffee shop. 

2: Come prepared with your elevator pitch
Have a 30-second intro about your business and yourself prepared before the meeting. This will help start and create conversation as you meet and connect with new people. It's as easy as practicing in the car on the way to the event.

3: Plan to network
Too often people go with great intentions to network but end up staying in their comfort zone and only converse with familiars.  If you want the results you are looking for, you have to be willing to do what it takes to get them.  Find the contacts you need to network with and go to the same meetings. Ask your contacts if they can make an introduction and be ready to introduce yourself.

4: If you're looking to sell, you will fail
Networking events often get a bad rap, and that's because there are two kind of people in this world- those who go to a networking event and build relationships, and those who go to sell their product. Go to a networking event to build relationships and build those relationships on trust and a lending hand. Afterall, the ultimate purpose of networking is not to increase revenue, it is to find people in a different industry, learn how they have made their business successful, and ask them how incorporating that into your business could be beneficial.

5: Follow up
After meeting a ton of people, be sure to connect with them again. You can connect with them via email, a phone call, or even LinkedIn! This will solidify the connection made and give you the ability to have their contact information on file for when you need it in the future.
5 Tips to Succeed at Connect 4 Lunch
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5 Tips to Succeed at Connect 4 Lunch

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