Building a community that thrives, one resilient child at a time Natural community supports: helping our kids and community thrive

Every three years, United Way of Utah County and several of its community partners work together to conduct a comprehensive community assessment. This assessment is used to ensure that community members and organizations have the most accurate data available as they identify pressing local needs.

Reviewing the data from this year’s assessment, there are several areas of concern that can only be addressed through broad community support in the areas of education, income and health.

Current Utah County needs

Our community continues to experience large growth, much of which comes from growing families already living in the area. Utah County is a very young county—the youngest in the nation. While parents and individuals have a very high level of education, we continue to see a decrease in the number of students reading at grade level in third grade, a critical benchmark for students’ future learning. In education, we are working to bring together the voices necessary to change that trend.

From an income perspective, the poverty rate in Utah County has decreased, but we continue to experience a severe lack of affordable housing for Utah County families. Median home values are too high for the median income, and Utah County rental rates continue to rise. This is a problem that no one group or agency can solve on its own—only as a unified community can we address this issue.

Our recent research, however, indicates that our community health is where we presently need to focus the majority of our efforts, particularly when it comes to anxiety and depression in our youth.

Addressing mental health—a community effort

Many individuals claim that the solution to increases in youth anxiety and depression is to increase the number of psychologists in the area. These visits, however, are often out of reach for the individuals who need it most due to the difficulty to get an appointment at mental health facilities and the cost of treatment.

What United Way of Utah County promotes instead is the use of natural supports, the actions and initiatives of those who are already in our community, who are dedicated to the cause, and who are ready to help. These natural supports are our community’s parents and children’s trusted adults.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings, church leaders, teachers and neighbors all have a lot more influence than they know. These individuals are the ones who already recognize the increase in anxiety and depression, who are interacting with children and youth on a daily basis, and who are the ones who are looking for ways to help.

United Way’s EveryDay Strong initiative seeks to give parents and children’s trusted adults—the natural supports in a child’s life—the resources and tools they need to help children develop resilience to difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression. With these resources, such as the EveryDay Strong Resilience handbook, children’s need to feel emotionally safe, connected and confident will be met through purposeful activities and conversations about emotional wellness.

You are a child’s trusted adult and you can make a difference.

For more information on available support, tools and resources, please visit EveryDayStrong.org.

Child mental health is currently a major issue in Utah County, but by supporting children and ensuring that their needs for safety, connection and confidence are met, it is an issue that we can solve. When we strengthen the children in our local neighborhoods, families will be strengthened and our unified, emotionally resilient community will thrive.

Cory Maloy opens Maloy PR in the heart of Silicon Slopes

Full-service PR firm for purpose-driven organizations

SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Jul. 10, 2018 – A. Cory Maloy announced the opening of Maloy PR, LLC, a full-service Utah public relations firm located in the heart of Silicon Slopes offering high-value public relations programs for purpose-driven organizations.

“After more than 20 years providing successful public relations services for some of the best PR firms and corporations in the country, I’m proud to open Maloy PR to serve purpose-driven organizations,” said Maloy. “Some of the most successful PR programs are for organizations driven by a purpose to help the world become a better place – a clear mission. Maloy PR’s mission is to assist organizations in achieving their mission through public relations.”

Maloy PR looks at mission as much more than a statement but as a determined understanding of how an organization wants to help people live better lives – a belief permeating their culture and driving every decision they make.

“There is much satisfaction in helping organizations help other people,” said Maloy. “We’re not talking just nonprofit organizations either; there are plenty of profit-driven causes doing much for the world.”

Maloy PR is in Lehi City the fast-growing economic engine in Utah. “We get to live and work in the heart of one of the fastest growing business locations in the country – Silicon Slopes,” he said. “There isn’t an organization anywhere that isn’t looking at Lehi individually and Utah overall to locate primary operations or businesses. Utah is where business is happening, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Maloy PR offers high-value public relations programs at reasonable prices. “We have no expensive operating costs or overhead, which allows us to provide greater service at better rates,” said Maloy.

Maloy PR’s founding clients include Fishbowl Inventory, Apiary Fund, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and Wasatch Educational.

Maloy is a strategic PR pro experienced in defining public relations vision for organizations of all sizes. He has executed programs for companies such as Fishbowl, Apiary Fund, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Waterford Institute, InsideSales.com, CenturyLink, Nelson Laboratories, Plantronics, Maxtor, Iomega, and others. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and serves as a Representative in the Utah House of Representatives.

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St. John Properties Valley Grove Key to National Accolade

Salt Lake City– St. John Properties today announced receipt of its latest accolade powered in part by Utah expansion in Valley Grove. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected St. John Properties as the 2018 Developer of the Year – the association’s highest honor.

“NAIOP is honored to name St. John Properties as our Developer of the Year,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president and CEO. “The company is a proven frontrunner in the industry, and the company’s notable accomplishments, extensive portfolio and commitment to sustainability is a testament to the company’s passion for advancing the quality of commercial real estate.”

Since 1979, the Developer of the Year award has been presented to a development company that best exemplifies leadership and innovation. Past recipients include Trammell Crow Company, Prologis, Majestic Realty Co., The JBG Companies and CenterPoint Properties, among others. The 2018 Developer of the Year award will be presented on October 17, 2018, at NAIOP’s CRE.Converge conference in Washington, D.C.

St. John Properties is a commercial real estate developer and owner with 19 million square feet of Class “A” commercial office, flex/R&D, retail and warehouse space, as well as more than 2,500 residential units. By the end of 2019, the company portfolio will expand to approximately 20 million square feet. The company’s real estate investments are currently valued at more than $2.9 billion, with 2,100 clients across eight states, including Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Valley Grove and our recent Utah development were key in our receiving this honor,” states Edward St. John, company founder and chairman. “We believe in the power of hiring the right people, working hard and giving back to the community.  This national recognition validates our corporate culture of performing to the best of our ability each day and doing what it takes to get the job done right.”

Valley Grove represents a $300 Million investment of St. John Properties in Pleasant Grove City.  Over the life of the project, Valley Grove is anticipated to generate over $800 Million in tax revenue to the state, county and city, while hosting more than 7,000 employees.  Space in existing Valley Grove buildings is rapidly being filled by businesses recognizing the development’s prized location and value.

About St. John Properties

Established in 1971 by Edward St. John, St. John Properties has evolved from a developer of commercial buildings into a long-term real estate investment company. Now in Utah, St. John Properties is attracted by the State’s economic strength, pro-business climate, quality of life, and projected growth. St. John’s new Valley Grove development in Pleasant Grove marks the company’s commitment to Utah’s quality of life with its 43rd LEED certified commercial office building.

Fast Growing Accounting and Advisory Firm Squire & Company, PC Combines with Salt Lake City-based Pinnock, Robbins, Posey & Richins, P.C.

Salt Lake City–As a pivotal step in its efforts to provide a broad-based offering of accounting and advisory services to current and prospective client businesses and to accelerate growth, locally owned Squire & Company, PC (Squire), one of Utah’s largest locally owned CPA and advisory firms, has combined with Pinnock, Robbins, Posey & Richins, P.C. (PRPR), effective July 1, 2018.

Squire, located in Orem, Utah, and PRPR, located in downtown Salt Lake City, together will offer new expertise to both companies’ client rosters, enabling the combined company to offer new and existing clients across several sectors a broadened suite of accounting and advisory services.

“With such a strong cultural fit between our two organizations, we believe we will be better together,” said Jonyce Bullock, managing partner at Squire. “Because we share important characteristics like a 100 percent commitment to quality and partnership with our clients, we believe there is deep synergy in our vision for the future.”

With 45 years in the Utah business community, Squire is one of the fastest growing firms in Utah and has received honors such as Accounting Today’s Top 10 Firms headquartered in the Mountain States and Accounting Today’s 2017 Best Firms to Work For. PRPR has been a fixture in the accounting services industry in Salt Lake City for nearly 75 years.

“PRPR’s long tradition of excellent client service and of providing employees opportunities for growth will be enhanced by combining the resources of these two great firms,” said Jim Beaudoin, managing partner, PRPR. “We look forward to bringing added services to our clients and to meeting the many opportunities of Utah’s dynamic and growing marketplace.”

The consolidated company will be known as Squire and will maintain its offices in both Orem and downtown Salt Lake City. Squire offers more than tax and audit services; the company also provides outsourced services, accounting/ERP systems implementation, buy/sell transaction support, wealth management assistance, and more. Industries served by both companies include construction, manufacturing/distribution, direct sales, government, tax-exempt organizations, technology/life sciences and professional services, among others.

About Squire & Company, PC:

Located in Orem, Utah, Squire & Company, PC, or Squire, is a forward-thinking CPA firm dedicated to serving businesses in the Mountain West. Squire is a privately held accounting firm that has been voted one of the Best Firms to Work For by Accounting Today. Squire has also been voted one of the Top 25 Accounting Firms in Utah as well as one of the Best Utah Businesses to Work For. For over four decades, Squire has focused its strategies and experience on providing a higher perspective and smarter vision. For more information, visit www.squire.com.

About Pinnock, Robbins, Posey & Richins, P.C.

Pinnock, Robbins, Posey & Richins, P.C. is an independent certified public accounting and consulting firm that began in Salt Lake City in 1944.  Our shareholders are third generation owners and are leaders in the profession.  We have built a reputation for honesty and integrity.  Our clients and employees are our most important assets.  We value long-lasting, mutually rewarding relationships.  Our experience, knowledge, and insight provide our clients with high quality, creative, and responsive service. For more information, visit www.cpaandmore.com.

Local non-profit seeking nominations for low-income families to help

Community Action Services is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to distribute food and household supplies to local low-income families

CAS new logo_4.23.18-01FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—PROVO, UTAH—Community Action Services and Food Bank is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to hold a statewide food distribution event on Wednesday, July 18. In anticipation of this event, Community Action Services is seeking the names of hundreds of low-income families who could potentially benefit from this event.

STAR Touring & Riding members will deliver up to 80,000 pounds of food to low-income families living here in Utah. Community Action Services and Food Bank is seeking out 400 families who have an income of less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to participate. Vouchers good for food and household items will be distributed a week before the July 18 event. Families will bring the vouchers to the event to claim their boxes. The value of items will be approximately $450 per family.

“Hunger is a serious problem in our community, with 13 percent of our friends and neighbors experiencing food insecurity, including more than 29,000 children,” said Karen McCandless, executive director of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “But we can make a difference and end hunger, especially with help from groups like STAR Touring & Riding.”

The STAR Touring & Riding event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 18, at the Lindon Walmart, 585 S. State St., Lindon. To nominate a family, please contact Community Action Services and Food Bank at (801) 373-8200. For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank, visit http://communityactionuc.org. For more information about STAR Touring & Riding, visit http://startouring.org.

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah, that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: to first stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.

About STAR Touring & Riding

STAR Touring & Riding is a family motorcycle riding organization committed to giving back to its members’ communities. The organization has partnered with Feed the Children since 2001 to combat hunger in the U.S. In addition to the 80,000 pounds of food and supplies it donates to hungry families at its annual STAR DAYS event, it’s raised more than $1.1 million for Feed the Children in the past few years and organized local food drops in communities around the country.

 

Piece of ceramic nostalgia prompts growing crafty business

LULUWhen sisters come together on a great entrepreneurial venture, amazing things can happen, especially when your company appeals to friends gathered for a girl’s night out, moms trying to plan birthday parties, CEOs looking to treat employees to an afternoon off-site activity or even growing businesses looking to expand their clientele.

Kathy Anderson and her sister Shessann Logue have discovered a business that appeals to that wide range of customers. Meet the co-owners of Lulu’s Crafty Corner.

These two sisters have fond memories from their youth of Saturday afternoons spend with their favorite aunt at their local ceramics shop painting and creating beloved treasures. It was the recent discovery of one of their favorite childhood ceramics – a Santa in a Hot Tub Candy Dish – that prompted Kathy and Shessann to launch Lulu’s Crafty Corner.

Looking to launch a new business, the sisters researched the numbers and possibilities of the ceramics craft shops of their childhood memories and decided to open Lulu’s Crafty Corner in Payson in 2016.

Rather than locate a space in a strip mall, Anderson and Logue opened their shop in a remodeled home on the main road, 100 West, in Payson. “It’s a cute little house,” Anderson said. “It feels homey – somewhere people feel comfortable and at home. It’s very cute and I get compliments all the time.” The clean, contemporary location features bright-white wall, dark floors and ‘50s-style diner tables for the workstations.

To further compliment the homey feel, Lulu’s Crafty Corner serves up warm cookies, fresh out of the oven – chocolate chip and salted caramel chocolate chip. “When people come and paint we bake cookies for them. Something fun to do,” Anderson said.

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Shessann Logue (left) and Kathy Anderson run Lulu’s Craft Corner that now has locations in both Payson and Provo.

After two years of success in Payson, Lulu’s Crafty Corner expanded to its second location on Center Street in Provo. “We figured if we can survive in Payson, we can survive anywhere.”

Some of the tricks to success for Lulu’s has been centered around the fact that “you cannot look at your phone and paint at the same time,” Anderson said. “People will actually turn off their phones most of the time they are here painting.”

Painting also has way of prompting great conversation. When you aren’t nose-down in your phone, conversations start flowing. “It’s a great way to reconnect with kids, friends, spouses and even employees,” Anderson said, sharing a sweet comment from a mom who said her 13-year-old daughter had opened up to her and shared things she’d never tell her mom at home over dinner. “Parents get to talk to their families again.”

While Lulu’s Crafty Corner is an obvious destination for that girl’s night out or birthday party, it has also become a great option for customer appreciation days, employee parties and more. Hosting up to 50 people, Anderson has found that realtors, mortgage brokers, insurance agents and other similar professionals love hosting client parties at Lulu’s. Not only do their customers have a great afternoon creating a piece of art they’ll enjoy for years to come, but the realtor or insurance agent gets to know their customers better, and even gets referrals for future clients.

With more than 600 different ceramic craft options to choose from – some vintage molds dating back to 1955 — Lulu’s Crafty Corner is a great destination for a wonderful afternoon of creativity – whether as a walk-in customer, an HR director looking for a great bonding activity or a mom looking for an easy birthday party option.

For more information about Lulu’s Crafty Corner, or to reserve a party, log on to www.luluscraftycorner.com or call or text 801-609-8231.

Board appoints founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine in Provo

Dr. John J. Dougherty to assume responsibilities in July

PROVO, Utah, June 11, 2018 – The board of directors for the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (NCOM) today announced the appointment of John J. Dougherty, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME as founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Dougherty will shepherd the college through the accreditation process and identify and recruit a renowned team of professionals.
Dougherty’s appointment begins mid-July 2018.
“Dr. Dougherty is a proven transformational leader,” said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, board member, and vice president of Wasatch Educational, the entity who will manage the development of the medical school. “He has impeccable credentials and experience ensuring the proposed NCOM will become a world-class institution of osteopathic medicine. We are pleased he will join us in the delivery of the highest quality medical education available with this new and advanced medical school.”
Dougherty and his family are relocating to Utah County. They currently reside in Henderson, Nevada where Dougherty served as Dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada.
“NCOM’s mission falls in line with my personal and professional philosophy,” said Dougherty. “We will focus diligently on accomplishing our accreditation. Our priority will be to gather a team of professionals to craft an innovative curriculum and design a campus that will empower our students with the essential personal and professional skills needed to transform the future of healthcare. It is truly a privilege to be selected to be part of this extraordinary opportunity.”
About Dr. Dougherty
Dougherty has a 26-year history in Osteopathic Medicine with significant experience in College of Osteopathic Medicine leadership and graduate medical education. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dougherty holds a fellowship in three Osteopathic Colleges – American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators. He completed the American Osteopathic Association national Health Policy Fellowship and currently instructs for the Fellowship. Dougherty also serves as an inspector for AOASM, ACOFP, Council on Postdoctoral Training, and as Inspection Team Leader for the Council of Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
About the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine
The proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine would be an independent and freestanding institution overseen by a governing board located in Provo, Utah.
Founded and located in Provo, Utah in June 1998, Wasatch Educational will manage the development of the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. www.wasatcheducational.com. Wasatch Educational is the holding company of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. The mission of Wasatch Educational is to promote and develop healthcare education institutions.

Company matches donations during annual fundraiser to fight hunger in the U.S.

PROVO, UTAH—This year, Community Action Services and Food Bank is partnering with CenturyLink for its annual Campaign to Fight Hunger, June 4-15. During this fundraising drive, the company will match donations up to $1 million.

Nonprofits around the U.S. participate in the fundraiser, which last year raised more than $900,000 from community members and employees for food banks in CenturyLink communities. The CenturyLink Foundation then matched that amount. Since 2009, CenturyLink has donated more than 56 million pounds of food because of the drive. The company started the fundraiser in 1999, which is held during the first two weeks of June every year.

“More than 13 percent of Utah County residents are food insecure, including more than 29,000 children,” said W. Dave Smith, Food Bank Manager. “These families rely on school meal programs for their children, but during the summer those may not be available. So we need to ensure our food pantry is stocked to help these families fill that gap—and this drive will help significantly.”

To donate and have your donation benefit Community Action Services and Food Bank—and matched by CenturyLink—go to https://donate.networkforgood.org/centurylink starting June 4. For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank and how you can help the community, go to communityactionuc.org.

About CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of the people who live in CenturyLink communities. CenturyLink endows the foundation to support initiatives and encourages its employees to give time, talents and resources to improve their communities. For more information about the foundation’s work, go here.

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: first, to stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as housing and food) while providing them with the long-term solutions they need to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.

 

 

MountainWest Capital Network 2018 Utah 100 Awards Program Recognizing Utah’s Fastest Growing Companies

MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) is now accepting applications for the 2018 MWCN Utah 100 Awards, and we are inviting your company to apply.  This year is the 24th anniversary of the Utah 100 Awards Event and we continue our tradition as the pre-eminent tribute to the fastest growing and most exciting companies in Utah.  Our awards luncheon will be held on October 30, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel.

There are 3 categories: Fastest Growing, Top Revenue Growth and Emerging Elite. To qualify for consideration, a company must be a Utah-based, for-profit entity.

The Fastest Growing and Top Revenue Growth category companies must have been in business for, at least, the last five full consecutive years (2013-2017) and must have had a minimum of $50,000 in total revenue in fiscal 2013.  Winners will be selected and ranked based upon percentage increases in revenue during the five consecutive year measuring period.

Candidates for the Emerging Elite Awards are Utah-based, for-profit companies with less than five years but at least two years of operating history, and show great promise for future success.  Winners will be selected by our Selection Committee based on financial data and other factors.

MWCN encourages all companies to apply regardless of their percentage growth rate.  The percentage growth necessary to qualify varies from year to year, and if your company qualifies, it deserves to be recognized.

 There is no cost to apply.  All financial information submitted will be held confidential and utilized only by the Selection Committee.  No financial information will be published or made publicly available.  Companies selected for inclusion in the 2018 MWCN Utah 100 Awards Event will be notified by the end of August 2018.

To honor the winning MWCN Utah 100 companies, an awards event will be held on October 30, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, with an exclusive winners and sponsors reception scheduled for the hour before the event.  Winners are encouraged to share the excitement of winning by inviting company employees, customers and other guests to the awards event.  The awards program will attract more than 1,200 attendees, who will include local business and government leaders and many media representatives.  Winners will receive a MWCN Utah 100 Award plaque. A book listing all winners and their rankings will be provided to all attendees.  Winners will also be recognized in local publications.

All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2018.  Instructions for applying are available at www.mwcn.org, where you can apply online with further directions for submitting your completed application.  Please note that there are two official application forms – the standard form for those companies applying for either the Fastest Growth or Top Revenue Growth category applications, and one for Emerging Elite category applicants.  You may submit only one application; please submit the one that fits your situation.  Questions regarding the MWCN Utah 100 Award Event should be directed to the MWCN Utah 100 hotline at (801) 966-1430 or email at cheri@mwcn.org.

Whether your company is selected as a MWCN Utah 100 winner or not, we encourage you to attend the awards event.  Please RSVP your attendance online at www.mwcn.org.  We look forward to your participation in the 2018 Utah 100 Program!

 

Local non-profit seeking nominations for low-income families to help Community Action Services is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to distribute food and household supplies to local low-income families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—PROVO, UTAH—Community Action Services and Food Bank is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to hold a statewide food distribution event on Wednesday, July 18. In anticipation of this event, Community Action Services is seeking the names of hundreds of low-income families who could potentially benefit from this event.

STAR Touring & Riding members will deliver up to 80,000 pounds of food to low-income families living here in Utah. Community Action Services and Food Bank is seeking out 400 families who have an income of less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to participate. Vouchers good for food and household items will be distributed  a week before the July 18 event. Families will bring the vouchers to the event to claim their boxes. The value of items will be approximately $450 per family

“Hunger is a serious problem in our community, with 13 percent of our friends and neighbors experiencing food insecurity, including more than 29,000 children,” said Karen McCandless, executive director of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “But we can make a difference and end hunger, especially with help from groups like STAR Touring & Riding.”

The STAR Touring & Riding event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 18, at the the Lindon Walmart, 585 S. State St., Lindon. To nominate a family, please contact Community Action Services and Food Bank at (801) 373-8200. For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank, visit http://communityactionuc.org. For more information about STAR Touring & Riding, visit http://startouring.org.

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah, that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: to first stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.

About STAR Touring & Riding

STAR Touring & Riding is a family motorcycle riding organization committed to giving back to its members’ communities. The organization has partnered with Feed the Children since 2001 to combat hunger in the U.S. In addition to the 80,000 pounds of food and supplies it donates to hungry families at its annual STAR DAYS event, it’s raised more than $1.1 million for Feed the Children in the past few years and organized local food drops in communities around the country.