Monday, April 24, 2017



What happened last month
During the month of March, the Senate has continued its effort to confirm various nominees to ensure President Trump’s administration is staffed with qualified individuals to advise him during his tenure.  Unfortunately, this process has gone much more slowly than expected with continual procedural hurdles erected by Senate Democrats.  However, the Senate with the support of Senator Lee confirmed Mr. Zinke as Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Perry as Secretary of Energy, Ms. Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mr. Coats as the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Breyer and Mr. Reeves as Members of the Untied States Sentencing Commission, Mr. Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel, and Ms. Duke as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.  The Senate’s final action taken prior to the State work period was to confirm Mr. Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judge Gorsuch filled the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Additionally, the Senate has disapproved of another ten regulations finalized during Obama’s presidency, which effectively repeals these burdensome rules.  The repealed regulations include two of the Department of Education’s rules that limited state flexibility regarding their accountability plans and the preparation of their teachers; the Bureau of Land Management’s burdensome “Planning 2.0” rule; the federal acquisition regulation that would “blacklist” American employers bidding on federal contracts and trying to navigate the federal labor law bureaucracy; an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s record keeping requirement; and the Health and Human Services’ rule that limited states’ ability to prioritize who received Title X grant dollars.  

Finally, the Senate also voted on the treaty that would ratify the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

What to expect this month
After the two week state work period, the Senate is expected to confirm Mr. Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.  The Senate will likely devote the remainder of the week on funding the federal government through September 30, 2017.  Currently, the federal government is operating under a funding mechanism that is known as a Continuing Resolution, which is set to expire on April 28.  Negotiations surrounding the levels and contents of the funding bill are ongoing.

During May, Congress expects to receive President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.  This will help the Senate Budget Committee develop a 2018 budget resolution which should contain levels for which the Appropriations Committee uses to draft stand-alone appropriations bills to fund the government for the 2018 fiscal year starting after September 30, 2017.  

Additionally, the House may send the Senate the American Health Care Act (H.R.1628) which repeals parts of Obamacare and replaces it with other healthcare reform efforts.  The Senate may take up this bill under special, expedited procedures that would not require 60 votes to end debate and that would guarantee a series of votes on amendments that the Senate refers to as “vote-a-rama.” 

Other than consideration of the American Health Care Act, the Senate will continue to focus on confirming President Trump’s nominees, which may include the confirmation of Mr. Acosta to be Secretary of Labor, Mr. Clayton to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force, and Dr. Gottlieb to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs. 

Bills we are introducing
This upcoming D.C. work period Senator Lee hopes to introduce a number of pieces of legislation that would
  • protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial
  • eliminate organizations that waste taxpayer money by duplicating the dissemination of government-funded research and information
  • ensure that state law governs species that are contained only in intrastate commerce and that have no commercial value
  • strengthen federal welfare programs to incentivize transition from welfare to work and to ensure the federal government has an accurate accounting of all means-tested welfare spending  
Federal Update from Senator Mike Lee
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Federal Update from Senator Mike Lee

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Summer is fast approaching, what will you do with your kids? Utah Business Week (UBW), now in its 36 year, is a week-long program held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah for students entering their junior and senior year of high school. 

Students are broken up into companies and are assigned a Utah business professional to be their advisor for the week. Each company learns throughout the week from top business professionals about how to start, grow, and sustain a successful company. Students brainstorm a product, create a business plan, a logo, and radio advertisement. They pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and compete in different games and activities throughout the week. 

“It is a life-changing experience for these high school kids,” said Peggy Larsen, Senior Vice President of Marketing at WCF Insurance and Chairwoman of Utah Business Week. “Over the course of a week these young people gain valuable business skills that help them to be prepared to enter the workforce. They are given amazing access to some of Utah’s top business executives and are exposed to many different industries and opportunities.”

Registration is currently open and the cost for the week is only $100. Yes, you read that right, $100 to send your child for a week-long experience to learn the ins-and-outs of business while getting a taste of college life on the beautiful campus at USU. This year’s UBW will take place from July 30 – Aug 5. You must be a high school sophomore or junior to register. Registration closes on May 31 so quit thinking about it and sign your kids up today!

Visit http://www.utahbusinessweek.org to register. 

For questions about UBW, contact Chelci Fullmer, at 385.351.8340 or at ubw@utahbusinessweek.org
Here is a promo video from a few years ago that gives you an idea of how great this program really is. Enjoy!



Get Involved with Utah Business Week
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Get Involved with Utah Business Week


“The difference is in the details” See Italy as you have never experienced it before through C I Destinations.

C I Destinations is a premier tour operator of first class, chamber international travel programs. C I Destinations takes pride in offering not only quality international experiences for chamber travelers but also in providing the very best in customer service and support for their clients. Their goal is not only to meet your expectations but to exceed them in every way. Their dedication to quality, value, and integrity in travel is unparalleled.

This year through the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, C I Destinations is offering the experience of a lifetime. Come and enjoy a captivating week-long tour to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast beginning on October 23, 2017. Extended stays to other areas of the country are available. Check out the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce website for more details and booking information at www.sandychamber.com
Take a Trip to the Almafi Coast
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Take a Trip to the Almafi Coast

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It’s a privilege to represent the businesses in Utah’s 4th District, and I appreciate the support you’ve given me as I represent our state in Congress.  

Financial Services Committee
On the Financial Services committee, I am actively working with Chairman Jeb Hensarling on the Committee’s goal to relieve banks of the burdens imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.  Overregulation affects business owners by limited access to credit.  The reform bill, ‘The Choice Act’ will do away with the worst parts of the economy-smothering Dodd-Frank reforms, a welcome step toward restoring sanity to our financial markets and businesses.

Health Care Reform
The failure of H.R. 1628 (The American Health Care Act) to come to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives is by no means the end to the health care debate on Capitol Hill.  I can tell you that House leadership is in the process of regrouping and finding ways we can reform the healthcare system, which continues to take choices away and get more expensive.  Here is the text of a statement I released after the bill was pulled.

“It is unfortunate that this opportunity has passed to bring healthcare to a vote in the House of Representatives.  I worked with the President and House leadership to make the bill the best it could be for Utah families and small businesses.  This was a great opportunity to offer Utahns access to better healthcare alternatives, lower premiums, to remove federal red tape and give states flexibility to design the programs for our residents. I will continue to work to ensure Americans have the best healthcare options available in another way.”

Spirit of Enterprise Award
I was honored to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award this month.  The award is based on my votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s annual scorecard.  My votes are based on a belief that local business owners are the lifeblood of Utah’s economy, and I will continue to do everything I can to ensure those businesses succeed.
A Message from Congresswoman Mia Love
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A Message from Congresswoman Mia Love



On April 6, 2017, the second round of the  Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank Investor Panel began for the Granite Cohort. There were a total of 13 businesses that presented their plans to a panel of eight judges. $12,500 was disbursed between the businesses. The top winners were Penelope Lorenzana, LifeThyme Tool Co. (first place), Graydon Gasik, Flip2o (second place), and Louis McCracken, Write Out (third place).

We would like to introduce our 2016-2017 Granite Cohort winner, Penelope Lorenzana, CEO of LifeThyme Tool Co.. Penelope was awarded $3,900 to aid her in efforts to start her business. She will be traveling to Rochester, NY at the beginning of May to compete against approximately 100 other businesses from across the nation in the Regional and the National competitions.




Meet the Sandy Chamber YEA Shark Tank Investor Panel Granite Cohort Winner!
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Meet the Sandy Chamber YEA Shark Tank Investor Panel Granite Cohort Winner!

Thursday, March 30, 2017



After tirelessly working on their business plans and presentations, the students of the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Sandy Cohort presented their business ideas. There were 13 businesses that presented at the Shark Tank Investor Panel with ideas ranging from a craft subscription box, Craft Crate, to a double-sided flossing tool, FlossX. In total, $12,500 to be awarded to the students who presented.

There were a total of 13 businesses that presented their plans to a panel of eight judges. $11,100 was disbursed betwee the businesses. The top winners were Olivia Berhan, of Draper; Brad Wilcox, of Riverton; and Ava Henderson, of Sandy.

We would like to introduce our 2016-2017 Sandy Cohort winner, Oliva Berhan, CEO of Kelali. Olivia was awarded $4,000 to aid her in efforts to start her business. She will be traveling to Rochester, NY at the beginning of May to compete against approximately 100 other businesses from across the nation in the Regional and the National competitions, after which, she will be traveling to Ethiopia to immediately begin following through on starting her business.






Business Description:
Inspired by the women swaddling their children in the traditional gabi, Kelali's first product, is a simple swaddle blanket. Kelali seeks to bring the historical significance of swaddling to an American audience. Throughout time, swaddles have been used in ancient civilizations to hold young children and infants. However, the true significance of the swaddle was not yet known by Western Society until recently. Medical doctors and researchers have actually found that the swaddle mimics the mother's womb; tightly holding them the way they are positioned before birth.

The swaddle blanket will be manufactured in Ethiopia, to support the "Women's Workers Union". This venture will support women who have been victims of abduction marriage, divorce, and cultural separation. This model provides a way for women in these circumstances to become independent and provide for themselves and their children.

To follow Olivia's path to Nationals and learn more about YEA!, click here.



Meet the Sandy Cohort YEA Shark Tank Investor Panel Winner!
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Meet the Sandy Cohort YEA Shark Tank Investor Panel Winner!

Friday, March 24, 2017


Just imagine a space with endless possibilities and opportunities for employers and employees alike, a place where the potential is limitless for growth and progress. Well, if this sounds like something that would benefit your organization, then the 2017 Salt Lake County Career Fair is the perfect place to discover and find people who will be the future of your company. 

This job fair is unlike any other. It features a wide range of employment options starting with first-time employees looking for entry-level experience, all the way up to employees with specialized skills and professional experience. This Career Fair at the South Town Expo Center gives you the ability to interact with hundreds of potential employees who are enthusiastic and motivated to find a job that they are passionate about. 

If your company is looking to recruit the perfect person, you are sure to find that here. Our mission is to find our clients an outstanding individual that will become a long-term asset for their company. We make it as easy as possible from start to finish with a consistent personal contact to answer questions, assist in set up, and even bring you a soda during the event, what could be better than that!  All you need to bring is your signage to promote your company and we provide the rest. This is simply an opportunity for exposure that you cannot pass up. 

You have the extraordinary opportunity to be able to participate in the 2017 Salt Lake County Career Fair and meet hundreds of ambitious and enthusiastic job seekers. This event will be held on March 30, 2017 from 10am until 3pm and there is a multitude of options for exposure at the event. 


Hire Quality Employees at the Upcoming Job Fair
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Hire Quality Employees at the Upcoming Job Fair