Snap Selfies with a Disney Star While Shopping at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain Saturday, April 14.

Ready for some scream-filled fun this weekend?

Saturday afternoon the air surrounding the Outlets at Traverse Mountain is sure to be filled with the delighted squeals of thousands of Disney-loving tweens as they get the chance to meet the star of one of the channel’s most popular shows! And the parents of those tweens will be rejoicing in some good, kid-free shopping time, too!

Ethan Wacker, “Bernie” from Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark,” will be greeting fans and signing autographs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday as the highlight of an afternoon gaming party at the outlets. The day’s festivities run noon-5 p.m. and feature an array of activities sure to delight those tweens including selfie booths, virtual reality tours, gaming trucks, live entertainment and even some superhero appearances.

For more information, visit outletsattraversemountain.com.

Ethan Wacker

Ethan Waker

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County Earns Chamber Business of the Month Award

OREM, UT- January 2, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors, the welcoming arm of the chamber, are proud to announce their January Business of the Month recipient; Habitat for Humanity Utah County. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Habitat for Humanity at their Orem location, 340 South Orem Blvd.,10 a.m. on January 4th. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.

“Kena Mathews (Utah County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director) does it all,” said Chamber President Rona Rahlf. “Kena has served two years as our Ambassador Chair and has served seven years on our chamber board. She also helps coordinate volunteers for our events. She accomplishes all these tasks and still finds time to fulfill her role and duty as Habitat for Humanity’s Director.”

“Kena is amazing,” said Chamber Event Director, John Whittaker, “She is an energizer bunny that keeps going and going. She is constantly out serving, contributing and volunteering in the Utah County Community. We are lucky to have her as a contributing member of our chamber.”

“Nancy Mickiewicz (Partnership Development Coordinator) has also contributed a lot to the Utah Valley Chamber,” said Rahlf. “For the past two years, Nancy has coordinated the Women’s Business Network (WBN) luncheon speakers. In fact, she is this year’s WBN President! Nancy makes an effort to attend every event we host and is consistently willing to lend a helping hand.”

“We can’t thank Habitat for Humanity enough for the time and energy they have contributed to our chamber and community,” said Rahlf. “They truly deserve this award and we are excited to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

 

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About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

 

For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

 

Utah Valley Chamber December Business Spotlight: Eide Bailly

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Hawkins-Eide Bailly union creates largest CPA firm in Utah

When it comes to companies in Utah County, the name Hawkins is not only well known, but for the past 66 years, the Orem accounting firm is a known institution of success.

That long-established Hawkins name, however, was recently changed to the nationally recognized Eide Bailly (pronounced “I’d Bay-lee”). A union between the companies opened up incredible opportunities for the highly-regarded local firm, said Eide Bailly Partner Josh Rowley, a third-generation partner in the original Hawkins firm. “We saw that there was a gap in our ability to handle large clients,” he said. “Now, by joining Eide Bailly, we become a firm of choice for larger companies that are growing out of the local-only firms.”

Eide Bailly, one of the nation’s largest CPA firms with 33 offices in 14 states and nearly 2,000 professionals, opens up the ability to work with additional clients who have more complex needs like international, multi-state and industry-specific taxes filings.

“We saw the need to support Utah Valley businesses in a different way,” Rowley said. “Now we can bring a higher level of resources and expertise to the county.”

Eide Bailly is now the first firm with offices throughout northern Utah, including Ogden, Salt Lake, Lehi and their Orem office. With Hawkins joining in October 2017, Eide Bailly is now the largest CPA firm in Utah.

In addition to the expanded tax services, Eide Bailly is also known for their award-winning culture. With offices throughout the country, employees now have more upward career opportunities.For example. a Brigham Young University graduate who begins their career in the Orem office has tremendous opportunity to specialize as well as eventually move to one of the other locations across the country.

Another advantage of the union is being recognized through the world-class training opportunities and resources, Rowley said. The tools, too, have also improved as the entire workforce is now completely mobile, able to meet with their clients on-site.

Plans to join Eide Bailly began seven years ago, a plan outlined to better serve the bourgeoning tech community. “At the time, we felt that the tech and fast-growing business community didn’t have a solid option,” Rowley said. Now the CPA firm is able to serve the tech industry as well as their other specialties in the manufacturing, medical and construction fields.

Other specialties now available to Utah County businesses include cyber security, expertise in Salesforce, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics GP and extensive bookkeeping services.

“Take all this together and we are a firm that can simultaneously do a Salesforce implementation while providing international tax work and cyber security,” Rowley said. “Companies don’t have to go out of state for these services. We are a one-stop shop. That’s a big deal for businesses. It knocks down a lot of constraints for growing companies.”

With a 66-year tradition of CPA services in Orem, Eide Bailly is planning on not only maintaining their active Utah Valley presence, but increasing their foothold in the community. “We plan to double in size,” Rowley said. “Our goal is to be the accounting firm of choice for companies that are $200 million and more in revenue.”

Excited about the planned growth, Rowley said the firm is ready to be proactive in helping Utah grow, Utah County specifically. “We want to generate tide, not just ride the wave, with our presence,” he said. “All boats will rise as we bring these resources into the business community here.”

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For more information, visit the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www.thechamber.org or contact the chamber staff office at 801-851-2555.

JoAnn Losee and Bill Hulterstrom named 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is presenting Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee with the 2018 Pillar of the Valley Award.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Hulterstrom and Losee as its 2018 Pillar of the Valley recipients Thursday evening. Losee and Hulterstrom will receive the honor during the eighth annual Pillar of the Valley Gala March 29 at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

“Bill Hulterstrom and JoAnn Losee are exemplars of the spirit of leadership and giving the Pillar of the Valley represents,” said Rona Rahlf, president and CEO of Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “Between the two of them, thousands of lives around the world have been improved. Many people owe in part, their success, health and well-being to these two great pillars of our valley.”

Losee and her mother opened Bullock’s Jewel Box, the first jewelry store that would later become the Losee Jewelers empire. As they became more successful, the jewelry business expanded and the name changed to Bullock & Losee Jewelers, with Losee Jewelers as the known business name for the last several decades.

Losee grew the business to the point it became a household name and brought fortune to their family. That fortune became the means of their generous giving to the community. The Losee family donated to Utah Valley University when it was still a technical and community college, and started a scholarship fund in the 1980’s that has helped generations of students receive higher education. Their giving also helped fund many of the buildings and initiatives at the university resulting in the Losee Learning Center.

“One doesn’t necessarily do something to receive something,” said Losee in a press release. “You do something because you want to do it, but if something comes back to you, that’s wonderful. But that is not why you do it. You never feel like you’ve done enough, but that’s OK — it just makes you want to do more.”

Hulterstrom has helped individuals and families improve their communities throughout North America and overseas for more than 30 years. He began his career with the Utah Special Olympics, and later accepted a position at United Way of Utah County. After only two years, he was promoted to president and CEO, the position he continues to hold today.

Hulterstrom is an industry leader and trainer in volunteering, board governance, non-profit leadership, and community building. Over the past 30 years, he conducted hundreds of workshops and trained or consulted with thousands of individuals in more than 30 states, Canada, and Ghana.

Hulterstom also served on scores of national committees, boards, and task forces, including America’s Service Commissions, the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Utah County Homeless Coordinating Committee, as president of the board of Utah Directors of Volunteers and chairman of Mountainlands Family Health Center. He currently serves on the boards of Hogle Zoo, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mountainland Head Start.

Created in 2011, The Pillar of the Valley Award honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, education, and cultural climate of Utah Valley.

 

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

Orem WCF Insurance Earns Chamber Business of the Month Award

 

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OREM, UT- November 30, 2017 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors (the welcoming arm of the chamber) are proud to announce their December Business of the Month recipient; Worker’s Compensation Fund Insurance (WCF Insurance). The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding WCF Insurance at their Orem location, 9:00 a.m. on December 1. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.

Brian Morris (WCF Insurance Central Region Vice President) is truly a Chamber Champion,” said Chamber President, Rona Rahlf. “He has served on the Chamber Board and Networking Committee for six years! We are fortunate to have such a dedicated individual as a part of our volunteer workforce.”

Angie Thurman (WCF Insurance Account Manager) has also contributed a lot to the Utah Valley Chamber,” stated Rahlf. “For the past two years, Angie has coordinated the Women’s Business Network Christmas Luncheon Silent Auction gifts. Last year, she helped raise over $6,000, which went towards three scholarships for women pursuing business degrees at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University.”

“We can’t thank WCF Insurance enough for the time and energy they have contributed to our chamber and community,” said Chamber Business Development Executive Kate Bowcut. “They truly deserve this award and we are excited to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments.”

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About the Business of the Month Award:

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

 

For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

 

Provo City, a Medical School, and the East Bay Golf Course

Provo City, a Medical School, and the East Bay Golf Course
Considering current discussions in the community and on social media related to a new medical school coming to Provo and its proposed location, those managing the medical school development wish to provide accurate information about the relationship of the medical school with Provo’s East Bay golf course prior to the official forthcoming medical school announcement.
The founders of Provo’s Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) are the visionaries managing the development of the new freestanding medical school under the direction of Wasatch Educational, the holding company of RMUoHP. Wasatch Educational is currently working with the City of Provo to finalize a proposal, subject to approval by the Provo City Council, to build the medical school on 24 acres of the northwestern portion of the East Bay Golf Course (approximately 11 percent of the total golf course acreage).
The development and construction of the medical school includes professionally relocating three current holes to the southeast corner of the existing course at the expense of the developers. This will enhance the existing 18-hole Championship Course with no change to the existing 7-hole executive Short Course, Driving Range, and all other buildings and property currently on the course. The East Bay Golf Course will remain a viable community jewel for years to come.
Wasatch Educational will integrate extensive green space in and around the medical school campus, creating a park-like atmosphere that both protects and preserves the environment, nature, wildlife, and bird life.
The economic impact of the proposed education facilities to the City of Provo and Utah County during the next ten years includes 1,588 jobs, $83.1 million in construction business, and approximately $100 million annual business infusion. It is anticipated that the medical school will be a magnet for many more health, medical, biomedical, biotechnology, and related spin-off businesses, which may add hundreds of well-paying jobs and property tax monies to the community. Additionally, this proposed initiative should result in more than $8 million directed to the Provo School District in the first 15 years.
The new medical school will join other Utah medical schools in developing physicians desperately needed to stem the tide of a national physician shortage. In fact, in Utah approximately 375 new physicians are needed each year to meet the growing medical needs. More than 400 students per year leave Utah to attend medical schools out of state and most do not return. Utah presently ranks near the bottom nationally at 43 out of 50 in overall physicians to population ratios and 49 out of 50 in primary care physicians to population ratios.
Creating a new medical school in Provo provides great opportunities to bring better access to healthcare for Utah residents and provides huge economic benefit.  Additionally, opportunities for internship programs will be made available to Utah County junior and high school students interested in pursuing a medical/healthcare career.
Wasatch Educational

 

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A. Cory Maloy  |  Principal
Maloy PR

Krystal and Blendtec Achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest frozen beverage

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—September 20, 2017The Tennessee State Fair was whirring and buzzing with excitement September 9 as Krystal®, Blendtec® and vendor partners achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Frozen Beverage, a 966-liter (255-gallon) Kool-Aid® Green Apple Slushie. 

Krystal earned the designation, thanks to its partners including Blendtec, manufacturer of the world’s safest and most advanced high-speed blenders, Kool-Aid®, Proforma® and the Tennessee State Fair, to set the frozen beverage record.

Ten Blendtec blenders and 30 blending jars mixed the perfect combination of icy refreshment on the opening Saturday of the state fair. In just 80 minutes it took more than 50 volunteers nearly 900 blending cycles and nearly a half ton of ice to blend all 966.1 liters of the slushie. 

“Nothing says pure refreshment quite like a delicious Krystal Slushie, mixed to perfection by a Blendtec blender,” said Tom Dickson, founder, CEO and chief engineer of Blendtec. “It was an honor to be included in Krystal’s incredible GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS-breaking event at the Tennessee State Fair.” 

Planning for the supersized world record began in early 2017 and involved hundreds of engineering and product quality experts and volunteers. The FDA-regulated 1018.28-liter container even traveled across state lines from Georgia to Tennessee.  

About The Krystal® Company

Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1932, The Krystal Company is the oldest quick service restaurant chain in the South. Its hamburgers are still served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun at more than 360 restaurants in 11 states. Krystal’s Atlanta-based Restaurant Support Center serves a team of 6,000 employees. For more information, visit http://www.Krystal.com or http://www.facebook.com/Krystal or follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram @Krystal.

About Blendtec

Founded in 1989, Blendtec designs and manufactures the world’s safest and most advanced high-speed blenders. The award-winning Will It Blend?® video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. All Blendtec blenders are designed and assembled in the USA at the company’s Orem, Utah facility. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information, go to www.blendtec.com, or call Blendtec directly at 1-800-BLENDTEC.

About Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid is the iconic brand of flavored drink mix from The Kraft Heinz Company. For generations, it has boldly stood for colorful flavors and unbridled fun. And since he appeared in his first ad in 1954, the Kool-Aid Man has been the embodiment of that fun – busting through walls with his signature two-word rallying cry, “Oh Yeah!” Today, Kool-Aid Man boasts over 3 million Facebook followers and his own hugely popular Photobomb app. For more information visit www.kool-aid.comwww.facebook.com/koolaid and www.twitter.com/koolaid.

About The Kraft Heinz Company

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company

provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun,

Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.

About Proforma Irvine Group

Proforma Irvine Group is a multi-million dollar franchise of Proforma – a $550 million global marketing solutions provider and an award-winning industry leader since 1978. With more than 750 member offices and 50,000 clients worldwide, Proforma partners with an extensive network of Print, Promotional and Apparel manufacturers and suppliers, creating buying power that’s second to none making us the One Source for all your brand marketing and graphic communications needs. Please visit www.proformairvinegroup.com for more info.

About Guinness World Records™

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 136 million copies in over 20 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 4 million copies to date. Guinness World Records’ worldwide television programs reach over 750 million viewers annually, and over 1.3 million people subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, which enjoys more than 300 million views per year. The GWR website receives over 18 million visitors annually, and we have over 11 million fans on Facebook. The Guinness World Records commercial sales division provides bespoke consultancy services for some of the world’s top brands and agencies to help place record breaking at the heart of their marketing campaigns, employee-engagement programs, and live and experiential events.

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CONTACT: 

Jennifer Durrant

(801) 717-6756

pr@blendtec.com

Join Culinary Crafts in their Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

Link to information, tickets and a video message:  https://www.culinarycrafts.com/shop/showdown-for-support/

 

 

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Women’s Business Network Awards Scholarships

Three Professional Women to Benefit

PROVO, Utah, July 6, 2017 – The Women’s Business Network (WBN) awarded its 2017 Scholarships to Sandy Cook, Stephanie Briggs, and Deana Mugimu recently in support of the organization’s goal to empower professional women.

Sandy Cook is a Business Management major attending Utah Valley University.

Stephanie Briggs is an Accounting Major attending Brigham Young University.

Deana Mugimu is an Information Systems major attending Brigham Young University. The three recipients each were awarded $1,500 for the upcoming university school year.

“Each year it is such a pleasure to award our scholarships to such deserving professional women,” said Amy Magelby, WBN President. “These women express the desire and drive necessary to be business leaders now and in the future among our community. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and their goals. We are grateful to help them complete their university business programs.”

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About the Women’s Business Network:

The mission of the Women’s Business Network is to empower professional women by promoting business connections, encouraging diverse personal and professional networks, and providing development opportunities. It is a place where women and business can connect. The organization is available to all women members of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. www.thechamber.org/pages/womensBusinessNetworkWBN

Contact Amandi at 801-851-2555 for more information or e-mail amandi@thechamber.org

Legend Solar Wins Two Best of State 2017 Awards

Fastest growing solar power company in Utah receives Best Energy Products and Best Solar Technology awards

WASHINGTON, Utah—May 17, 2017—Legend Solar, Utah’s premier and fastest growing solar company, was honored as Best Solar Technology company and for Best Energy Products in Utah’s 2017 annual Best of State Awards under the category of Science and Technology. The company will be honored for both awards, along with other Best of State recipients, at the awards banquet today. 

Best of State Awards, Utah’s premier recognition and awards program, recognizes the outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses of Utah in 10 categories ranging from arts and entertainment to dining to business to education to science and technology and more. Each winner is selected based on three key factors: how that company excels in their endeavors, how the company uses innovative approaches or methods, and how the company contributes to a better quality of life in Utah. 

“We are so honored to be listed among the very best of the state of Utah,” said Shaun Alldredge, Legend Solar co-founder and co-owner. “Legend Solar takes great pride in providing the very best in cutting-edge technology, quality products and customer service for both our residential as well as business solar customers.”

Legend Solar is an Elite Dealer for SunPower, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies that manufactures the highest efficiency solar panels available today with the industry’s best 25-year combined product and power warranty.

Besides the best product and warranty and fastest delivery, Legend Solar values integrity above profits, recommending only what’s best for the customer. This ensures that the company delivers the best value for each client. With a custom system, Legend Solar helps customers reduce their carbon footprint. The company also educates customers on potential cost savings, tax incentives and the other benefits of renewable energy.

In 2016, Legend Solar installed more than 5,000 kilowatts of solar panels on homes and commercial buildings throughout Utah, work that recently earned the company the title of Residential Regional Top Producer of the Year by SunPower.

Legend Solar will be honored at the Best of State awards banquet this evening at the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom in Salt Lake City. For more information on Legend Solar, visit www.legendsolar.com

About Legend Solar

Since 2012, Legend Solar has set the bar as Utah’s premier and fastest growing provider of solar power for businesses and homes. Recognized at No. 29 on the 2016 Inc. 500 list, the company has been expanding throughout Utah, Nevada and Oregon with future expansion plans for Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Legend Solar is an Elite Dealer for SunPower, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies that manufactures the highest efficiency solar panels available today with the industry’s best 25-year combined product and power warranty. The company was named Residential National Rising Star by SunPower for its outstanding performance as a new SunPower dealer in 2015, and Residential Regional Top Producer of the Year for 2016.

Legend Solar ensures that customers receive the best value for their installation by customizing the system to meet each family’s needs. The company helps customers take advantage of appropriate tax credits and provides them with aggressive financing options, so homeowners can afford to get into solar power today. For more information, visit www.legendsolar.com.

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CONTACT: 

Steve Jensen

SnappConner PR

sjensen@snappconner.com

801-806-0153