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EVENTS & PROGRAMS ANNUAL MEETING
Annual Meeting The Salt Lake Chamber was established April 23, 1887, before Utah even became a state. Each year members join together to celebrate the Chamber’s rich history, discuss goals for the coming year and recognize individuals and companies who have influenced the past year. Business After Hours Any excuse to leave work a little early is a good excuse – especially when you’re taking advantage of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Business After Hours. Come unwind and make connections with other business professionals.
Business Live The Salt Lake Chamber hosts virtual networking events every other Thursday. Brush up on your elevator pitch and discuss important current topics happening in the business community.
Business Women’s Forum The Business Women’s Forum, facilitated by the Salt Lake Chamber, provides local female managers, executives and entrepreneurs opportunities to enhance their career and personal development through monthly breakfasts, luncheons and special events. Virtual Business Women’s Forum now available.
Capitol Club Join other business leaders with a keen interest in policy issues that impact Utah’s business community. Capitol Club meets five to six times annually to engage with policy and business leaders regarding the most pressing policy issues of the day.
Chamber Launch Attend Chamber Launch to learn more about Salt Lake Chamber member benefits and its broad business network.
S A LT L A K E C H A M B E R
CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
Classic Golf Tournament Tee up at the immaculate Salt Lake Country Club for our Annual Classic Golf Tournament. It’s a great way to take a break from “business as usual,” hit the links, make some great contacts and win some incredible prizes. Due to popular demand for this event, registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Clear the Air Challenge The Clear the Air Challenge is a month long competition that gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of transportation using TravelWise strategies. By driving less and driving smarter, you will ultimately help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah.
CO—Salt Lake City Salt Lake Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create an annual small business event. This half-day conference provides the opportunity for small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to come together to learn new tools, tactics and strategies, gain practical skills and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small business in Utah.
Cybersecurity Conference The Salt Lake Chamber Cybersecurity Conference brings together top experts, both locally and nationally, from government, law enforcement and the private sector to help business leaders develop, evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.
Giant in our City The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors established the Giant in our City award in 1969. However, the first award was not given out until 1970. The award was created to honor the lives of exceptional and distinguished public service and extraordinary professional achievement.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS BOOTCAMP
Government Affairs Bootcamp The Salt Lake Chamber Government Affairs Bootcamp is an intensive two-day bootcamp and is designed for new and experienced government affairs professionals, company executives and public policy advocates to learn how to improve their effectiveness and understanding of advocating in the state of Utah.
The Hive The Hive is a new and targeted initiative on the next generation of leaders in our community, and will focus on building our community's bench of capable and impactful leaders.
Holiday Open House Start the Holiday Season off right with the Salt Lake Chamber as we celebrate the past year with live entertainment and tasty food of caterers and restaurants from around the valley.
Leadership Utah The Salt Lake Chamber is committed to training and supporting this network of aware and knowledgeable business professionals who are ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing society. This year-long program which begins in September and concludes in June of the following year.
Professional Development Series The Salt Lake Chamber provides professional development opportunities to include a wide variety of specialized training and advanced professional education, all intended to help business professionals enhance their knowledge, competence, skill and effectiveness. Topics include, public speaking, diversity. marketing, sales, etc.
Public Policy Forums The Salt Lake Chamber regularly hosts public policy related forums to keep our members up to date on the stateâ€™s most pressing policy related topics. Topics focus on current issues and include but are certainly not limited to: education, workforce development, pressing legal topics, and ballot initiatives.
Roadmap to Recovery Coalition Coalition of business leaders who are actively working on creating and implementing a plan for economic recovery for Utah.
Small Business Forum The Salt Lake Chamberâ€™s Small Business Forum (SBF) promotes and represents the interest of businesses with 100 or fewer employees. SBF members are given priority access to small business programs and initiatives of the Salt Lake Chamber.
Stay Safe to Stay Open Stay Safe to Stay Open is a statewide campaign from the Salt Lake Chamber, along with the Utah Department of Health, to effectively guide the reactivation of Utah’s economy as together we work to mitigate effects of COVID-19. Businesses that take the Stay Safe to Stay Open pledge agree to follow state health guidelines as outlined in the Utah Leads Together plan.
Utah Chamber Policy Coalition The Utah Chamber Policy Coalition is made up of chambers of commerce from around the state that serve as the collective voice of businesses for advocacy purposes with elected state leaders. (Chambers of Commerce Only.)
Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit The Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit is the state's premier economic forecasting and public policy event that is attended by over 700 business, policy and academic thought leaders from across the state. The summit presents an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to gain insights on the future of Utah's economy and policy priorities that will take center stage during the next legislative session.
UTAH VETERAN OWNED
UTAH VETERAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Utah Veteran Business Conference The Utah Veteran Owned Business Coalition shares what it takes to become a successful Veteran-Owned business, the local and national resources available, and the opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs and business owners.
Washington, D.C. Trip The Salt Lake Chamber’s annual Washington, D.C. Trip is an extraordinary, high-level networking, educational and policy development opportunity bringing Utah’s business leaders together with members of our federal delegation and other policy and business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital.
A N N UA L W O M E N IN B U SINE SS
SUMMER S O C I A L
THE SALT LAKE CHAMBER WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER 42ND ANNUAL
WOMEN BUSINESS C O N F E R E N C E PRESENTED BY DOMINION ENERGY AND WCF THE ATHENA AWARDS LUNCHEON IS PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
Women in Business Summer Social The Women in Business Summer Social is a fundraising event for the Women's Business Center for Utah which brings together prominent women business owners and leaders in the community. The Women's Business Center of Utah's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year is also recognized.
Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon This day-long event is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions. It is combined with the ATHENA Awards luncheon.
World Trade Center Utah Diplomatic Luncheons The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development, host diplomatic luncheon periodically throughout the year.
CEO Events Salt Lake Chamber CEO events are exclusive executive team events for members who contribute at Gold level and above. Past events include Vivint Smart Home Arena Tour with Steve Starks, president and CEO of Larry H. Miller Groups, and dinner with John Huntsman, Sr. "A Conversation with SkyWest CEO & President Chip Childs."
Circle of Influence Events Salt Lake Chamber Circle of Influence events are designed exclusively for our members who contribute at the circle levels of membership (bronze level and above). These events are complimentary for the senior team members in your business or organization and provide for high-level networking. The event themes are pulled from current business and policy topics.
*Annual Circle of Influence events below. G O V E R N O R’ S MANSION RECEPTION
LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS CHAMPION
Governor’s Mansion Reception Every year the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governor's hosts an exclusive reception at the Governor's Mansion.
Legislative Reception Network and discuss pressing policy issues with the Utah State Legislators, Salt Lake Chamber leadership, the Chamber’s policy committee members and circle level members during the Legislative Session.
Business Champions Awards Breakfast The Salt Lake Chamber Business Champions Breakfast honors those “Business Champion” legislators who support the Chamber’s pro-economy and pro-business agenda and names and honors the Chamber’s Legislator of the Year.
WEBINARS Utah Leads
Inclusion in Opportunity
Utah Leads Together Webinars Utah Leads Together is focused on information, education and tools for businesses as we move through Covid-19. Webinars are recorded and available in the chamber library for businesses to use for training of their employees. Topics range from office reactivation, diversity, customer service, resources, mental health, etc.
Equality & Inclusion in Opportunity The Salt Lake Chamber in partnership with the Utah Black Chamber hosts a series of webinars, symposiums, and roundtables to focus on, discuss, and address issues of racism, equality, and inclusion in our business community
PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY AREAS Business Climate The state’s strong business climate provides a foundation for future success, thanks in part to the business-cognizant policies implemented by the Governor, state legislature, and visionary business and community leaders.
Transportation Maintaining our high quality of life as Utah continues to grow requires careful planning and prudent investment in transportation. Access from our homes to destinations such as existing, emerging, and future job centers depends on a well-functioning, multi-modal transportation system.
Education Utah’s business community has always recognized the need for quality education to build a talented workforce and support a strong economy for the state’s future.
Environment & Natural Resources Utah’s natural environment is a legacy that has been preserved and passed to succeeding generations. The Salt Lake Chamber has always supported conservation as well as innovation in order to create a diverse energy portfolio that allows us to both care for and utilize the rich energy resources we have.
Labor & Employment Business leaders consistently identify the need for an increasingly diverse, skilled workforce to meet demands. Workforce development partnerships between employers and our education system help to address the challenges that accompany an evolving economy. Housing Affordability Growth comes with challenges, and one of the greatest we currently face is housing. Supply has not kept up with our rate of growth — we have more families than we have homes. The Salt Lake Chamber convened the Housing GAP Coalition to address the high priority the business community places on housing.
Health Care About 61% of Utahns purchase health insurance through employers. This is the highest in the nation and significantly higher than the U.S. average of 49%. As such, Utah’s employers can play a larger role in the future of our state’s health care system and promote greater flexibility and control in costs. Community Our state is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest and happiest places to live, and as business and community leaders we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to maintain and promote Utah’s storied status as the best place in America to live, work, and play.
*Additional Areas of Focus
UTAH BUSINESS FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
Business Friendly Communities The Salt Lake Chamber has partnered with Governor Herbert and the Utah League of Cities and Towns to promote streamlined regulations at the local level and provide cities with a new framework to achieve that goal. Downtown Salt Lake CIty The Salt Lake Chamber works in partnership with the Downtown Alliance to keep Downtown Salt Lake City as Utah's center for innovation and prosperity. We work together to build a downtown that is the center of culture, commerce and entertainment. Gender Wage Gap The Salt Lake Chamber has partnered with the Women’s Leadership Institute to identify those companies who are doing a great job in gender diversity issues and compile best practices into a toolkit to share with organizations across the state. Chamber Rural Workforce Network The Chamber Rural Workforce Network is a partnership between the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Department of Workforce Services and Economic Development Corporation of Utah. The goal is to connect job seekers who may want to stay in their local communities to employers who offer remote work and believe in a distributed workforce. The Utah Compact The Utah Compact was developed in 2010 by groups and individuals who were concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion. The Compact is based on Utah values and we urge our leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex challenges associated with a broken national immigration system.
COMMITTEES Cybersecurity Leadership Council The Cybersecurity Leadership Council is comprised of business leaders, experts, and stakeholders that include public sector advisors, legal entities, insurance providers, technology companies and cybersecurity consulting firms, with the goal of educating the business community on the shared responsibility of cybersecurity.
Event/Program Planning Committees Many of the Salt Lake Chamber's annual events and programs have planning committees attached to them, some included are: Business Women's Forum, Annual Meeting and the Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon.
Health Systems Reform The mission of the Health Systems Reform Committee is to create affordable, accessible and quality health care in Utah through advancing future-minded policy solutions, and a yearly event that fosters dialogue, connection and professional education.
Housing GAP Coalition Growth comes with challenges, and one of the greatest challenges we currently face is the lack of available housing and the lack of housing affordable for our workforce. Supply has not kept up with our growth — we have more families than we have homes. The Salt Lake Chamber convened the Housing GAP Coalition to address the high priority the business community places on housing for our growing workforce.
International Committee The International Committee is for business and community leaders interested in international business issues.
M ILITA RY A FFA I RS CO MMI T T EE
NATURAL RESOURCES BUSINESS COUNCIL
Military Affairs Committee The Salt Lake Chamber Military Affairs Committee focuses on building relationships between military installation units and businesses by increasing awareness through monthly briefings and tours.
Natural Resources Business Council The Natural Resources Business Council (NRBC) is a group of business and community leaders who meet to discuss cross cutting issues related to our state’s natural resources and environment such as energy, minerals, air quality, water, outdoor recreation, etc.
Small Business Committee The Small Business Committee is comprised of small business owners that meet monthly and help oversee small business events coordinated by the Salt Lake Chamber.
Utah Transportation Coalition The Utah Transportation Coalition is a group of business and civic leaders working together to improve Utah’s economy and preserve our quality of life through strategic and responsible transportation investments. The Coalition is an established, long-term organization advocating specifically for responsible transportation investment to keep Utah’s economy moving.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORK Downtown Alliance The Downtown Alliance focuses on strengthening business in the Central Business District of our capital city. This organization is dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is invaluable to our community. They share economic, demographic and public policy data and research that helps community leaders make informed decisions. Utah Association of Chambers The Utah Association of Chambers serves as a coordinating entity for chambers of commerce throughout Utah. It connects Utah’s family of chambers into a “chamber of chambers” that promotes Utah’s business climate by sharing information and collaborating on business events, training and advocacy. Women’s Business Center of Utah The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) is a nonprofit organization that helps Utah women build confidence, create opportunities, and experience success in business ownership. Women’s Leadership Institute The Women’s Leadership Institute elevates the stature of women’s leadership in Utah by improving society’s understanding of the value of diversity in leadership roles, training women in leadership skills, and conveying the positive impact female leaders have on economic development, vitality, and overall health of the state. World Trade Center Utah World Trade Center Utah, the international arm of the Salt Lake Chamber, whose mission is to help companies think, act and succeed globally. WTC Utah guides Utah companies into profitable global markets, in turn solidifying Utah’s strong presence on the international stage. Utah Community Builders Utah Community Builders (UCB) is a 501(c)(3) foundation that provides a vehicle for Chamber members to contribute to building our community through efforts of social good. UCB works closely with our community partners to address the issues of of social mobility and mental health.
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