Women Tech Council names UVU college as ‘Visionary Partner’

The Women Tech Council named Utah Valley University’s College of Technology & Computing a Visionary Partner for its work in preparing students for successful careers or advanced study in a dynamic, technology-based, global environment. The partnerships enable opportunities, visibility, mentoring and networking for women in technology.

The beginnings of the partnership started three years ago, said Michael Savoie, dean of the college, when the University began its SheTech Explorer Day. The daylong event is designed to introduce high school girls to technology in a fun atmosphere and provide role models to teach more about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“This partnership is the outgrowth of the work we’ve been doing for the past three years,” Savoie said. “We’re excited to be part of what the Women Tech Council is doing and to be one of the founding members. We’re working closely with the council to take what we’ve done with SheTech and expand it into a broader program across the state and even to a national level.”

Savoie noted that the University’s SheTech program is innovative, and the University is looking at developing summer camps, additional one-day events, and other activities that will continue to push STEM information and exposure in high schools. “We’re not just a state leader,” Savoie said. “We’re a national leader in the involvement of women in technology and these types of programs. There are tremendous opportunities right now for women to be involved. Companies are looking for women; they want and need the diversity, and what we are working to accomplish as partners with the Women Tech Council is a huge win-win for everyone.”

The Women Tech Council has always focused on the impact women have on the technology economy, said Cydni Tetro, president and founder of WTC and CEO of 3DplusMe. “The support for that focus is demonstrated by our list of partners. We bring companies and individuals, men and women, together to change cultures, increase retention, expand the pipeline and have impact.”

The Women Tech Council was created nine years ago to build a community of collaboration and performance around women in tech. Headquartered in Utah, where more than 5,000 tech companies are located, the Women Tech Council has a community of more than 10,000 that work together for this cause.

MWCN Releases 21st Annual Deal Flow Report; Deals Remain Strong

Utah deals in 2015 remained strong validating the strong and growing business climate in the state as reported by the 21st annual MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) Deal Flow Report released Thursday at the Utah Deal Flow Event. www.mwcn.org

According to the report, more than 530 deals – private placements, merger and acquisitions and public deals – took place among Utah businesses. The number of deals remained about the same as in 2014, which was one of the highest deal years in recent Utah history. The dollar amount in deals trended down in 2015.

“The number of deals remained strong and even throughout the year,” said Ryan Dent, Chairman, MWCN Deal Flow committee. “Though the dollar amount of all deals trended down some, the number of deals indicates a strong and thriving economy here in Utah. The data indicates the technology/software sector continues its strong growth trend with significantly more deals than other sectors.”

You can download the full Deal Flow report here:http://www.mwcn.org/deal-flow/

The MWCN Deal Flow report represents the most comprehensive and complete annual assessment of capital raising and M&A transactions compiled in Utah. The Deal Flow Report does not contain information on transactions that were either confidential or otherwise not publicly disclosed.

The Deal Flow Report is published each year by MWCN in order to further its mission to foster the dynamic flow of information about capital formation and distribution, educate and mentor excellence, recognize and reward business success and performance and foster relationships through networking.

MWCN members, sponsors, and guest’s of the Deal Flow conference and luncheon receive the Deal Flow Report. A PDF copy of the book will be made available at www.mwcn.org.

About MountainWest Capital Network

MountainWest Capital Network is Utah’s first and largest business networking organization devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success, and dedicated to the flow of financial, entrepreneurial and intellectual capital. LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MWCN and LinkedIn. www.mwcn.org

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MWCN to Release 2016 Deal Flow Report Thursday

MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) will release its annual Deal Flow Report indicating continued strong deals throughout the state. The MWCN Deal Flow report represents the most comprehensive and complete annual assessment of capital raising and business transactions compiled in Utah. www.mwcn.org

What:  21st Annual MWCN Deal Flow Event

WhenThursday, May 12, 11:00 to 1:00 pm

Where:  Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

Media interviews are available upon request. The Deal Book is available at the event for media.

About MountainWest Capital Network

MountainWest Capital Network is Utah’s first and largest business networking organization devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success, and dedicated to the flow of financial, entrepreneurial and intellectual capital. LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MWCN and LinkedIn. www.mwcn.org

Shred Old, Confidential Documents FREE at Bank

Do you have a backlog of confidential documents that you want to get rid of? On May 7, 2016 Bank of American Fork customers and non-customers can bring their documents to the Pleasant Grove, Highland or Murray branches to be shredded by Shred-it shredding services.

At Bank of American Fork, we care about your safety. One of the ways you can protect your identity is by properly destroying unneeded documents that have personal information on them, including documents that are out-of-date or documents you have saved electronically. Make sure you know the recommended amount of time to keep hard copies of important documents. You may be able to find the time period for keeping different types of documents with the respective organizations—for example, you might find the recommended amount of time to keep tax documents at www.irs.gov.

At Bank of American Fork’s shred day, customers may have up to five boxes of documents shredded (beyond five, we ask that you wait in line again if other customers are waiting) and will be able to watch items being shredded by a camera on the side of the shred truck. Shred-it can also provide free dated certifications of destruction.

Please note, the following can go into the shred truck: computer paper, colored paper, staples, paperclips, black binder clips, hanging file folders, magazines, phone books, spiral notebooks, two-part equi-fasteners, checks, brass fasteners, brochures and rubber bands. We will not be able to shred: cardboard, carbon paper, plastics, three-ring binders, microfiche or food wrappers. Small amounts of compact discs and cassettes are acceptable.

All paper shredded by Shred-it will be recycled. For every ton of paper recycled, 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 6,993 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space will be saved.

Remember to invite your friends and family to come on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Bank of American Fork’s Pleasant Grove, Highland and Murray branches. Find the addresses online at www.bankaf.com.

EVENT:            Shred day: Shred documents free at Bank of American Fork

WHEN:             Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Bank of American Fork Pleasant Grove Branch 

                          290 East State Street, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

                         Bank of American Fork Highland Branch

                           5405 West 11000 North, Highland, UT 84003

                         Bank of American Fork Murray Branch

5824 South State, Murray, UT 84107

MORE INFO:    Heidi Carmack Pfaffroth, PR Specialist, Bank of American Fork

801-642-3139, heidi.carmack@bankaf.com