Page 1

News Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

A monthly look at happenings in the business community


40 S. Main St., Suite 10, Spanish Fork phone number

(801) 798-8352 email address website

January Business of the Month

Rogers Center for Dentistry Congratulations to Rogers Center for Dentistry January’s Business of the Month. Dr. Paul Rogers is an active member in the Spanish Fork Community and volunteers his time as a board member for the Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Rogers Center for Dentistry provides the latest in invisible braces, tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, all-porcelain crown and implant placement just to name a few of his services. Rogers Center for Dentistry has designed a stateof-the-art dental office around his clients. He combines the latest technology with artistic ability to create the smile of your dreams. His highly motivated staff and team believe in providing the best possible dental

experience by taking the time to get to know each and every patient, treating them like one of the family. Those who came to congratulate Dr. Rogers and his office were Heather Wolsey with the Daily Herald; Dawn Halsey Davis with Gunnerson Dental; Cary Ludlow Hanks Chamber Exec; Director, Brad Tanner with Triple T Heating; Chris Baird with Serve Daily; Dana Robinson with Mr. Media; Josh Walker with Josh Walker Productions; Susan Barber, Lance Wilson with State Farm; and Rebecca McConnell with Macey’s. If you are interested in meeting Dr. Rogers and learning more about his practice you can contact him at (801) 794-8344 or visit his website at www.

Platinum Highlight: America First Credit Union

with KUTV for “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a charity to help fight childhood hunger, Warm the Soles which provides shoes to needy children in the Spanish Fork area, several events with Tabitha’s Way, as well ILY


branches in the Spanish Fork/Salem area for your convenience with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the branch nearest to you, visit their website www.








Voted Best Of 4 years in a row!



as a new program called Spanish ForkSalem Play Unplugged with the Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce this summer. America First Credit Union has three


America First is one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country, ranking 7th in the Nation in terms of membership and 11th in assets. They are also the largest auto lending institution in Utah, financing one in every four vehicles in the state of Utah. In business since 1939, America First is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year and remains a member-owned, notfor-profit cooperative financial institution since its inception over seven decades ago. The first branch in Spanish Fork was opened in 2003 inside the Macey’s grocery store. In 2010, they expanded after acquiring Mountain High Credit Union which allowed them to open two more branches located on Spanish Fork Center Street and in Salem City. America First is a full service financial institution with 104 full service branches ranging from Smithfield, Utah all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada. “Although we are a large financial institution, we value our tradition credit union values of members come first and keeping a small town atmosphere,” says Sierra Sorenson, Branch Manager for the Spanish Fork Macey’s location. America First is also strong proponents of the credit union philosophy “people helping people,” adds Sorenson. “We are dedicated to making a difference in the communities we serve.” Recent projects include partnering


Car Accidents can be traumatic. Getting your car fixed shouldn’t be.

Exceptional Care, Collision Repair.




Executive Board


Becky McConnell

Stacy Beck

Brad Tanner

Cary Hanks

2014 President

President Elect

Past President

Executive Director


Utah Valley Magazine

Triple T Heating & Cooling

Board of Directors

Susan Taylor Susan’s Hair Designs

Yolanda Moser South Valley Gym

Brenda Liddiard Circle V Meat

Dr. Paul Rogers Roger’s Dentistry

Cary Robarge Robarge Collision

Frank Lillywhite Walker Funeral Home

Lance Wilson Todd Dickerson Lance Wilson State Farm Dickerson Automotive

Brent Wignall Wiggy Wash

Tonjelle Halladay, Scentsy

Board of representatives

Mike Mendenhall Spanish Fork City


Susan Barber Rotary

Mike McKell


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cary’s Designs Floral

Heathre Hone Blaine Hone Excavating Heather Wolsey Daily Herald Chris Baird Serve Daily

Paul Drockton Drockton Bullion & Coin

Bryan Kessinger Work Force Services

Director’s Assistant — Randi Kaufman

New Members

Avalon Oculoplastics Conley B. Call M.D.

RM Davis Construction, Inc. Richard Davis

Jazzercise of Spanish Fork Allison Atwood

Ziplocal Brent Thomas

Young Hearing Loni Wilson

Calendar of Events

WIBSUC February Business Connection Luncheon

Spanish Fork Dinner and networking for existing members, new members, and prospective members! Learn more about the Chamber and the benefits of being a member of this group for forward thinking business leaders. Please bring a prospective member with you to this meeting. Contact the Chamber office at (801) 798-8352 to RSVP for dinner!

When: Feb. 26, 2014 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Where: TBD. Please visit

Noon Networking Luncheon

When: March 12, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. Where: TBD. Please visit www.spanishforkchamber. com Cost is $8 for lunch. Come network your business with other business leaders. Bring a guest, a door prize, or just come and enjoy a great lunch. Please contact the Chamber office at (801) 798-8352 to RSVP.

Spanish Fork Chamber Member Social When: Feb. 20, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Where: High Chaparral, 475 South Main Street in

Bills and Bagels When: March 1, 2014 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Location: Nebo School District, 350 South Main Street in Spanish Fork Come listen to your local Utah legislators discuss the most recent legislation and hot topics on the Hill during this year’s session, in addition to hearing from experts on a variety of issues facing Utah today. Ask questions, meet people, and become more informed! Breakfast will be served free of cost.

Platinum Members

2014 Business Directory now available The 2014 Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce business directory is now available. Filled with articles about local businesses and events, the now named Spanish Fork/ Salem Connections brings you the highlights of the Spanish Fork and Salem communities while showcasing local busi-

Chamber adds new tiers to membership The Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors decided to add three new tiers to provide more advantages to the growing membership and growing businesses. In the past, businesses joined and paid membership dues based on either the number of employees in their organizations or would

%ANEP=CA*AIKNE=HO Locally O Owned wned d & Operated

“Creating the perfect monument to honor those you love�




nesses. A calendar of upcoming events for 2014 is included as well as a city maps. Pick up a copy today from the Chamber office located at 40 S Main Street in the City Offices. Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

choose the Platinum Membership. Now businesses will have the added option to become a Diamond Member, Presidential Member or Community Partner. Advantages of these tiers include more options for advertising with the Chamber, more recognition at chamber events, sponsorship opportunities and website upgrades.

Additional membership advantages can be added to any Basic Membership or Platinum Membership ala carte. For more details on specific advantages and pricing visit the chamber website at or contact the chamber office at (801) 798-8352 to schedule an appointment.

Spanish Fork-Salem area annual awards banquet honors businesses Debbie Balzotti Daily Herald

The Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual award and installation banquet at the Chillon Reception Center in Spanish Fork on Friday night. Awards were presented to individual citizens and businesses that gave outstanding service in 2013. Names were submitted by the 250 members of the chamber according to executive director Cary Hanks. “Our members submit a name and then the 25 member voting board chooses the award recipient,� Hanks said. “These awards recognize members of our communities who have given exemplary service.� The Business of the year Award was presented to Triple T, a heating and cooling business that is celebrating 40 years in business.

The Total Citizen of the Year Award was given to Randi Kaufman, owner of RK Creative Consulting. “I’m excited for this award,� Kaufman said. “The chamber has been good to me and helped me grow my business. I’m honored to serve with the chamber to help others with their business.� The Business Education Partnership Award was presented by Lana Hiskey from Nebo School District to Mike McKell. She thanked McKell and chamber members for their support of young people who will be the future business leaders. The Business Person of the Year was Brent Wignall, owner of Wiggy Wash. The Community Action Award was presented to Chris Baird owner and editor of the free monthly newspaper “Serve Daily.�

Several awards were presented during the evening including The Spanish Fork Mayor’s Award, to Doug and Carol Ford and The Salem Mayor’s Award, to Holly Isaman Meagher. Salem Mayor Randy Brailsford thanked Meagher for outstanding service to her community. “Holly is a former Miss Salem and has helped with pageants through the years,� Brailsford said. “This award is for her finding a need in the Greenview neighborhood and finding funding for playground equipment for the park. She really went the extra mile.� Meagher responded, “I was very surprised and very honored. I was just doing something I thought would help my community. I didn’t do it alone. I had lots of help since it was built with private donations.�

Sunday, February 16, 2014





Photo by Mike Mendenhall

Spanish Fork-Salem Area Chamber Board of Directors discuss goals for the chamber for the upcoming year.

Social media tips for businesses rather than later. Decide how much time There has been debate on you are willing and able to whether it is better to take devote to your social media a bite of all the social media presence. Determine if you networks or to master just a will be the one managing it few. The right answer is you or will it be assigned to an don’t have to be on all social employee or outsourced to media networks, just the a social media management right one(s) for your busispecialist. Whatever platness. Spreading yourself too form you decide, if you are thin could affect your over- going to do it, do it well or all goals especially if you are don’t bother with it at all. A focused on engagement. poor social media presence Check out where your can reflect negatively on competitors are. Is there your brand as well as hurt something you can do that your search engine rankings. will set yourself apart? What Work for quality no quanplatforms are used by your tity. Delete any accounts target audience? Study Fathat you have created but cebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, have decided not to utilize. Pinterest, YouTube, and An unused account will Google+ to determine what deter potential clients and networks would be the most customers from your busibeneficial for your business. ness. Create a social media Also to avoid a large learnstrategic plan. A plan will ing curve, consider plathelp you create clear objecforms that you are already tives with measurable results engaged in and are familiar to accomplish your social with. Doing so will allow media goals for 2014. more productivity sooner By Randi Kaufman


Irina Baxter, with 3 Key Elements, speaks to members of South Utah County Women In Business during their first anniversary luncheon in Spanish Fork on Jan. 29.

Women in Business South Utah County celebrates one year Candi Higley Daily Herald

When three business women in the Spanish Fork area — Cary Hanks, Amy Dickerson and Randi Kaufman — got together last year to organize a group of women for networking, training and friendship, they had no idea where the group would take them and just how beneficial it would be for South Utah County businesswomen. Just one year after its start, the Women in Business South Utah County celebrated their first anniversary on Wednesday. “We were seeing all these women who had home businesses and we thought that having a unique network would be a great thing,” said Kaufman, President of WIBSUC. “We also knew that many of the businesses they owned had products geared toward woman and that through networking they could also hit a certain customer base.” At the first meeting, the three women were hoping to have at least 20 to 25 women attend. They ended up having 45 women show up and sign up and now, a year later, they currently have more than 80 members from Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson and Santaquin. The group holds a monthly meeting the last Wednesday of each month where they can network, get to know each

other and ask questions. The second part of the meeting is an education speaker. The women have heard from Cary Hanks, with the Spanish Fork Chamber, about financial topics, taxes, nonprofits and even from Senator Deidre Henderson. “We are always looking for the best speakers who can come and bring the best information,” Kaufman said. “We want these presentations to provide information that is useful to these women.” The group runs with a typical board with a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and an adviser and also has 10 active board members. “It has been fun to see the women come in and build relationships with one another,” Kaufman said. “It has also helped their confidence. Some women came in so quiet and shy at the first meeting but now they are just shiny and share their voices.” Alisha Casey, with HRC Climate Services, joined WIBSUC in February 2013. “I liked the fact that it was a way to network our business, but it also had a focus on women,” Casey said. “It has been fun to get to know these ladies personally and learn about business.” Robyn Parker, a Realtor in Spanish Fork, joined WIBSUC in January 2013. “I recently moved here and

wanted to expand my circle of friends,” Parker said. “The group is really friendly and nice. It is nice to have a connection with people. It is also is a good way to advertise because your friend might need something and you know someone in WIBSUC that has a business for that.” Besides monthly meetings, the group also tries to give back to the community through charitable means. Last year, the women donated to the Promise Program to help with their pantry and to Landmark High Schools Prom closet, where they donated dresses, suits and shoes for students to wear to Prom. Kaufman hopes that as

more word gets out about WIBSUC, more women will want to attend. “Women are welcome to attend without joining,” Kaufman said. “But there are more perks if you do join.” Barbara Anderson, an interior designer who owns Design Hintz Interior Design, joined the group in November and Wednesday’s meeting was her first. “I am just hoping to network and get to know people in the community,” Anderson said. For more information about Women in Business South Utah County, please visit their website at www.

Are you you a a Are

Savvy Savvy Shopper? Shopper? Find the deals YOU want! Great online shopping deals posted every single day #LOTHESs3HOESs*EWELRY 3ERVICESs(OUSEWARESs%NTERTAINMENT




Use your smartphone or tablet to scan now


At Bank of American Fork, we design products with the financial health of your business in mind to help you avoid the traps or hidden fees that

hinder your financial stability. Visit or stop by one of our 14 locations today. It’s just what the financial doctor ordered for your business! WWW.BANKAF.COM - 1-800-815-BANK





Sunday, February 16, 2014

MMHS Ellevés compete for State Title By Molly Brenchley On Friday, January 31, 2014, the MMHS Ellevés competed in the State 4A Drill Team Competition held at UVU. The Ellevés placed 2nd in the military category, 2nd in the dance category, and 3rd in the character category. Overall, Maple Mountain placed 2nd. There were seventeen 4A schools competing. This is the first time MMHS Ellevés have taken 2nd overall at State. Bryn Starkey, daughter of Julie and Chris Starkey, and Jamie Topham, daughter of Michelle and Greg Topham, were named to the Academic All-State Team. Each 4A school could nominate seniors on their team with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Only ten seniors are named to this team. The combined average of this year’s 4A Academic All-State Team was 3.994. Three Ellevés were also named to the 4A All-State Dance Team—Madeline Froerer, daughter of Heather and Fritz Froerer; Laney Melton, daughter of Tanya and Aaron Melton; and Jamie Topham, daughter of Michelle and Greg Topham. Each 4A team sent three girls to learn a routine that they auditioned in front of judges, and then 20 girls were selected as the 4A All-State Dance Team. At State, each member of the AllState Team performed a self-choreographed 8 count routine and was given certificates. In the 4A Drill Down competition, Laney Melton won first place. The Utah Dance Drill Association awards two drill team scholarships to two 4A drill team members. The winners are selected based on an essay that each ap-

Molly Brenchley

MMHS Ellevés took second at state.

plicant submitted. Emily Peery was one of the scholarship winners for 4A.

The Ellevés would like to thank all of the who came to State. We really appreciate all students, parents, administration, and fans of your support this year!

Rusty pilots refresh skills at Springville-Spanish Fork Airport Debbi Balzotti Daily Herald














i>ÕÌÞÊUÊ ˜ÌiÀÌ>ˆ˜“i˜ÌÊUÊœœ` ,iVÀi>̈œ˜ÊUÊœœ`ÃÊUÊœ“iÊ-iÀۈViÃ

Monday - Friday 7:00-5:30 Saturday 8:00-Noon

609 West Arrowhead Trail Spanish Fork, UT 84660


Bruce Honey hasn’t flown a plane for several years. In a few months he will be 80, so he wants to brush up on his pilot skills and get in the cockpit again. When he heard about a class offered by Diamond Flight Center at the SpringvilleSpanish Fork Airport coming up on Saturday, he drove out to take a look. “Last year I attended the UVU Aeronautical School celebration at the Provo airport and fell in love with their Austrian Aircraft,” Honey said. “When the Rusty Pilot Seminar came up I went out to the SpringvilleSpanish Fork Airport and saw that the Diamond Flight Training and Aircraft Rental Company had the same planes as UVU. The planes reminded me of the aircraft I had on order with my father.” Honey’s father, Joel T. Honey, crashed his Cessna 172 on the backside of Mount Timpanogos during the first week of October 1961. His father was coming from California to visit him at BYU. Bruce Honey spent 28 hours in a plane searching for

the crash site. “My father was spotted by two CAP pilots at the 9,200-foot level. We were notified, we landed and I went up with Colonel Beaman to identify the plane. We landed at the Provo Airport and went with the sheriff’s posse at about 5 p.m. up Alpine Loop on the Heber side to locate the plane,” Honey said. “I led the posse to my father at 2 a.m. the next morning. The passenger had died of a heart attack, while my father had survived.” Despite the crash and his father’s 18-month recovery in the hospital, Honey continued his love of flying. It was a hobby he began as a very young man. “My love of flying started when I was 11 years old,” Honey said. “I had pictures of every plane that flew in WWII on my bedroom walls. My first plane ride was in an Air Coupe when I was 13 years old and I flew in Cessna 150’s and 172’s. My father and I had a low wing honeycomb constructed aircraft on order but it never got certified.” “It’s liberating to fly a plane. For me it’s also the solitude and seeing the beauty from a plane,” Honey said.

Ed Helmick, owner of Diamond Flight Center at the airport, saw a need to help pilots like Honey re-certify. He has met many formerly active pilots who want the opportunity to review current flight policies and procedures. He explained more about the one-day class they will offer this month. “The class, or seminar, is for people who have not flown for a few years, or if it’s been three to 15 years or more, and they are interested in flying again. We will cover airspace definitions, new procedures, computerized weather and flight planning, aeronautical decision-making, and FAA ‘Special Emphasis Areas,’ ” Helmick said. “The intent is to bring together a group of inactive pilots that will become a peer group to review old and new experiences and become active pilots again. The seminar will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. and will include numerous handouts and lunch. The fee is $50. Craig Cheney has taught several courses for us and is a mature professional pilot who can relate well to the typical inactive pilot.”

Spanish Fork Newsletter February 2014  

A monthly look at what is happening in Spanish Fork and Salem area