Monday, April 7, 2014

Pillar of the Valley 2014

Since 2011, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has been hosting The Pillar of the Valley Award, honoring individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the Utah Valley community. The gala that has been held for the past three years is a large social events with attendees from key Utah business and important civic and church leaders. This year the chamber honored two “pillars” Elder Dallin Oaks and the late Ray Noorda. These men were chosen because of their timeless contributions that continue to better the Utah Valley community.
Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Provo native who entered the work field sweeping in a radio repair shop. Since then he has graduated from Brigham Young University and attended law school at the University of Chicago. He has served as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court as well as professor of law at University of Chicago and held positions at University of Michigan Law School. Later, Elder Oaks served as the president for BYU for nine years and moved on to Utah Supreme court for three years until he accepted a calling to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1984. On March 28, Elder Oaks was honored not only for his extraordinary duties to the community but also his loving dedication to his family. Musical numbers were performed in his honor by his daughter, Jenny Oaks.
The late Ray Noorda of Novell was also honored as the other Pillar of the Valley. Ray Noorda is responsible for organizing the team that developed the Novell NetWare software system. His legacy lives not only in Provo but internationally as a technology giant. In 1995, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame. Noorda is survived by his wife Lewena Taylor and five children.  
The gala was filled with classical musical numbers, honors and awards, exceptional food, and delightful members of the Utah Valley community.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


New patients being accepted at 29 W. University Parkway location.

OREM, UTAH - Half Dental, a leader in affordable dental services, is excited to announce the addition of their new practice at 29 W. University Parkway in Orem with a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting at 12:00pm on March 28.

“We’re excited to open a third Half Dental office in Utah.”  Stated Chayse Myers, President of Half Dental Franchise.  “We opened our St. George location in a competitive market for a new dental practice -- but Half Dental St. George grew quickly.”  Mr. Myers stated a second Utah location opened last year in Ogden.  “With the positive reception we received, it was a logical choice to expand into Utah County.  In addition to a state-of-the-art dental office, we’re fortunate to have Dr. Barry Hillam return from teaching to treat patients at our facility.”  

Mr. Myers said Half Dental Franchise gives new dental practices a competitive edge by training in-house staff, reducing operational expenses, and handling all marketing activities.  He stated this allows the doctor to focus on patient care while remaining in charge of their practice.

Half Dental Orem invites the public to join them for lunch, provided by JDawgs, and to tour the new facility.  Drawings will be held for free cleanings, exam and x-rays at the new practice.

About Half Dental

Founded in 2004, Half Dental is a leader in innovative dental practice management to a growing network of franchised and affiliated dental centers. Half Dental offers franchising opportunities to dental providers looking to open a new practice or expand and existing office.  For more information, visit

Monday, March 24, 2014

Business Highlight: Planet Fitness

This week we are highlighting one of our businesses in the Orem area, Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness has been a member of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce since its November 2011. Kenny, Planet Fitness representative says “At Planet Fitness we pride ourselves as being the home of the judgement free zone where anybody can feel welcome.”
Planet Fitness enjoys being part of the chamber because it helps them connect and be part of the Utah Valley community and businesses helping businesses for the better.

Planet Fitness is located on 157 N State St, Orem, UT 84057. For gym membership prices and promotions visit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Big Business and Tech Expo

On February 25 and 26, 2014 the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce participated and sponsored the Big Business and Technology expo at the UCCU Center. The Utah Valley Chamber had their own booth, serving Italian sodas to all their guests who visited.
The Big Business and T nechnology expo is known for three things: great connections, great food, and great keynote speakers. Business from the community came to connect with each other, present their company to the attendees, and also to have a good time.
Some of the speakers included Tom Dickson of BlendTEC, Matt Holland of Utah Valley University, David Bywater of Vivint, Steve Lund of Nu Skin, Ben Peterson of BambooHR and Ken Krogue of Inside Sales. Companies who participated in the demonstrations included Novell, Bragify, Innovation Simple, Fishbowl, Inside Sales, HireVue, MoneyDesktop, Moki Mobility, Jolt and Scan.

The expo ended with lots of giveaways and prizes for everyone who attended.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Public Policy

Technology & the Legislature
            Technology can provide quick, up-to-date information about Public Policy. The Apple App Store has two great apps available. First is the Utah in Your Pocket app. This app acts like a legislative directory, where you can learn about your Utah state legislators with photos, election results, and official bios. You can search by the full legislature, the Assembly or Senate, or search directly for your Representatives or Senators. You can also access capitol office telephone numbers, contact forms, and email addresses. You can keep track of how each legislator votes on legislation, as well as news and campaign finance information. If you have a meeting with a legislator, you can tap on the address for directions to his or her office. The app also includes committee assignments, biographies, color photos, district information, party affiliations, official websites, and staff names.
            This app is similar to the 2014 Legislative Guide pamphlets we received at the capitol on the Chamber Legislative Day on the 12th of February. If you did not receive one of these guides and would like to, we have some copies at the Chamber.
            Second is the Bill Watch app. Sponsored by, this app allows you to follow bills and receive push notifications regarding the bills. These notifications update you when a bill is read, sent to committee, or voted on. You can read the actual text of any bill and see the sponsorship of the bill. You can even search for bills by topic, legislator's name, or bill number. You can also organize your bills into named lists for others to follow, and can follow others’ lists.
            Both apps are free. These apps allow you to stay up-to-date on policies that may affect you or your business. Both layouts are user-friendly and convenient.

Business-Related Bills
            The Bill Watch app allows you to search by topic. Here are some business-related bills:
1.     House Bill 10, Injured Worker Reemployment Amendments
This bill amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to address reemployment of injured workers and repeals the Utah Injured Worker Reemployment Act. The bill is sponsored by Representative James Dunnigan, a Republican representing District 39, and the floor sponsor, Senator Curtis Bramble of District 16. A draft of the enrolled bill was prepared as of February 2. The bill’s text can be found here.
2.     House Bill 90, Women in the Economy Commission
This bill modifies the Utah Workforce Services Code to enact the Women in the Economy Commission Act, including defining terms, creating the commission, establishing the purposes, powers, and duties of the commission, and requiring reporting. This commission provides for eleven members: one senator appointed by the president of the Senate, one senator appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, one representative appointed by the Speaker of the House, one representative appointed by the minority leader of the House, the executive director of the department, and six members appointed by the Governor. House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig sponsors this bill, will Senator Bramble Curtis as the Floor Sponsor. As of February 18, this House had received a fiscal note from the Fiscal Analyst and has scheduled the bill’s third reading. The bill’s text can be found here.
3.     House Bill 263, Use of Business Names
This bill modifies provisions related to the name under which a person conducts
 business. This bill defines terms, makes registration of a name a material fact in an action regarding the use of a business name, provides for evidence of registration by certified copy, and makes technical changes. Corporate names, limited liability company names, and trademark service mark, and trade name rights are not affected by this bill. Representative Jim Neilson out of Bountiful sponsors this bill. As of January 30th, the bill was sent to the House Business and Labor Committee. The bill’s text can be found here.
4.     Senate Bill 142, Small Employer Health Insurance Amendment
This bill amends the definition of “small employer” as used in the Insurance Code for policies entered into or renewed on or after January 15, 2015. This bill specifies definitions within the Insurance Code. This bill has been introduced into the Senate Rules Committee, who received a note from the Fiscal Analyst as of the 3rd of February. This bill is sponsored by Senator Todd Weiler, a Republican representing District 23. The bill’s text can be found here.

Specifics for Senate Bill 4, Substitute Business, Economic Development, and Labor Base Budget, can be found here. Refer to this bill for appropriation of funds for the support and operation of state government for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1.

Remember to keep updated with policies that may affect you or your business!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Does Your Company Have a Social Media Section Within Your Company Manual?

Provo High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, has the great opportunity to compete at the state competition on March 5-7. They will be competing in the Business Ethics category with the theme of “Informational Technology in the Work Place- Copyright & Fair Use”. Within this category they have selected the high profile case of Phonedog LLC v. Noah Kravitz, this case ended in remediation, with no final resolve concerning social media in the workplace.  After quitting his job with Phonedog, Kravitz took the company’s twitter account followers by simply changing the address of the account. While he worked there it was his job to update the social network site with the company’s news.  As a part of their presentation of defending Phonedog’s claim against Kravitz they have put into action their claim to what they believe would have helped Phonedog. They stand with the belief that this issue can be prevented if company’s will include in their HR manual an official legal document outlining the use and upkeep of social networking sites. These programs are no longer about mingling and chatting, but have a huge potential for profit gain and publicity. They also have great potential for distress and legal issues as seen with this case. To contribute to their portfolio they have asked Stephanie O’Brien, of Fillmore LLC, to draft a document, pro bono, to exemplify the one they encourage businesses to have in their presentation. This is not to be used officially as a legal document, but to give an outline of what they believe would be most beneficial to companies and their business dealings.