Roundtable Business Experts Say Utah Valley on the Rise-We Live in a Postcard

UV Bus Round 1Utah and Utah Valley’s future is bright according to some top gurus of business at the UV Convention Center.

Yesterday, I delayed my morning gym workout to respond to the request to participate on an early morning Utah Valley Business Roundtable hosted by Utah Business Magazine (see their blog). It’s humbling to be asked again to offer my input on the future success of Utah, but especially so considering who sat around ...

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VidAngel Raises $600k – Streaming Movies & YouTube Clean-Up App For Families – 125,000 video views 1st Day

VidAngel, a website and web app that allows you to stream movies & watch YouTube without the bosoms, blood, or bad words, raised $600 thousand in seed capital from Alta Ventures and Kickstart Seed Fund. Like an ultimate remote control, VidAngel BETA is now available to give movie and video fans the option to filter out offensive content and still enjoy the genius of Hollywood.

“Consumers are more selective than ever, expecting customized products and services,” stated Paul Ahlstrom, Managing ...

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Sochi Games PR Nightmare of Olympic Proportions

Olympic sized Public Relations (PR) is just that…real BIG! So, when something goes wrong on the largest public relations stage, it’s real wrong. But, what’s the real PR lesson here. Is it unfinished hotel rooms for journalists, the very folks that buy virtual ink by the gallon? Did you really think someone wouldn’t Tweet this, Mr Putin. Is it the ghetto without running water across the super highway, just behind that fence that segregates the have tickets from the ...

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Social Media Policies Prompted by Uncivil, Rude Comments + the Lighter Side

 

Social Media, blogs, and Internet self-publishing have unleashed the public as editor-in-chief of their own comment section for online media.  Much changed from the newspaper one-way push publication of the past, the new media forces editorial-based traditional media to create new policies for dealing with those  blankety-blank comments authored by unfiltered sources.

Whole new PR practices like Online Reputation Management spring from this social phenomenon. Rude behavior is on the rise for some reason as discussed in major media ...

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Brent Brown Toyota/Scion Staff Brings Christmas Cheer to Children with Autism

In a repeat of Christmas past,  the employees at Brent Brown Toyota Scion chose the company’s Christmas party this month to once again raise money for the Clear Horizons Academy for local children with autism. Autism in Utah is on the rise and is currently twice the national average.  A combination of passing the hat and an auction brought in more than $22,000 for the school—four times what ...

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Clean Energy Firm Progressive Power Solutions #1 – Tech-X Top Ten

 Progressive Power Solutions was just named the #1 company among the Utah Tech-X Top Ten winners for 2013.  The company this year doubled its revenue year over year and expanded its staff to 12. Progressive Power Solutions projects further job growth as demand for commercial and residential solar systems continues to heat up. Collectively, the top ten companies this year increased revenues by 41 percent, employ 160 people, and added 39 new Jobs with combined revenues of over $18,000,000.

“Progressive Power ...

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Veterans Day – Thanks Dad

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Happy Veterans Day!

While the BBQ is grilling and the children frolic in the sprinkler, let us remember.

My father served as a US Navy pilot from 1945-1970. In WWII, Korea, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam. Thanks to him and all like him who gave and gave so we might be free. Let us be wise with that freedom.

When I see the flag raised or draped over a coffin, I remember. I hope we all remember

Ever since I heard it at my father’s ...

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Solar Energy – Power bills set to double within 10 years says power company

 Solar electric retrofitting businesses and homes offers powerful returns on investment and backup electricity in case of emergency. That’s the assertion of a distinguished group of energy experts who discussed solar energy return on investment on November 8th at the Provo Marriott. To a packed room, panelists charted the course for installing and financing solar systems for the quickest payback. Event sponsors educate d the public in advance of ...

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Local First Poll – Is there a buying trend here?

Local First, a Utah non-profit, in a recent study found that for every dollar spent at a local business, approximately 55.3% of that money was redistributed into the local economy as opposed to only 13.6% when that money was spent at a national chain. That means more money for schools, roads, infrastructure, and other stuff in our towns.

Please give us some quick anonymous feedback on your buying patterns:

Feel free to comment with other thoughts on what ...

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): How you can do it

Corporate Social Responsibility  (CSR): How you can do it – Part III  originally appeared in Utah Business Magazine blog:

The secret to effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is planning. Integrate CSR into organization’s business model for best results. The benefits from your CSR campaign may come in the form of increased profits, an increased positive company perception, or approval from the community through increased goodwill ...

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