This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Introducing the Utah Business Book Club. We meet once a month for lunch on the first Thursday of each month. During the month leading up to the meeting, we focus on a topic or theme, as opposed to a specific book. When we meet, [...]
I currently live and work in Utah and am involved in the business scene to a certain extent. I periodically write for Connect Magazine, a Utah print publication, and I’m involved with several of the business organizations in the state. Connect just launched two new offerings, by the way, their Utah business blog and Launch Magazine. Check ‘em out.
Each year vSpring Capital publishes a list of the 100 individuals who are most likely to lead a successful venture as CEO or CTO in the next 5-7 years in IT or Biotech industries. Nominees do not currently need to hold titles of CEO or CTO, need not have current involvement in a startup, should [...]
Dear Connect Reader, We are conducting a survey to determine the Connect Reader’s Choice Awards for the 2007 Connectory, Utah’s Premier Book of Lists. Your response would be appreciated. Here is a link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?A=196093830E75094 Thanks for your participation, Connect Magazine ——————— Now the real question is, who’s your dadd…? I mean, who’s [...]
Richard Dutcher, the guy who more or less created the LDS film genre, thinks Mormon cinema “has gotten too safe for its own good.” Filmmaker Mark Hale thinks the market for LDS films may be tapped out. Sorry guys, you’re both wrong. The reason LDS movies aren’t successful is because they stink.
Somebody is finally making a movie spoofing the multi-level marketing industry, aka network marketing, aka get rick quick scheme, aka pyramid scheme, aka etc. Sure, it looks cheesy, overdone, and low budget, but still, I feel obligated to support the cause. I’d recommend going straight to the trailers.
I just posted a question regarding whether Salt Lake needs its own group similar to the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum on the Connect blog. If this is a topic of interest to you please head over there and read the post and leave your comments.
What happens when a locally-owned ISP / hosting company has a problem and 3,000 of their customers lose access to their websites and/or email? Trouble, that’s what. Customer’s websites are down. They can’t get email. They can’t access the Internet. Two of my web design firm‘s clients have called up and expressed emotions of panic [...]
I am blogging on Connect magazine’s blog in the Web Marketing and SEO category and would welcome anyone’s requests or suggestions for content. After all, I can write stuff all day, but in addition to writing about what I think is important for people to know I want to write about what people are curious [...]
Two articles came out in the Deseret News this morning regarding a potential hike in Utah’s minimum wage. The first takes on the issue from the perspective of employers with the usual griping about how raising the minimum wage will hurt business owners, cause prices to go up, and result in layoffs, while the second [...]
Connect Magazine has launched a blog at ConnectBlogs.com. At the moment of this post it’s just barely getting started, so there aren’t a lot of authors on it yet, but I would look for it to have quite a few within the next month. Chris Knudsen already has his blog being syndicated throught the Connect [...]
Every year vSpring Capital accepts nominations for the top 100 entrepreneurs related to Utah. You don’t have to be in Utah to get on the list, nor do you actually have to be an active entrepreneur running a business. This is the stated criteria: Provide the names of individuals that you believe are most likely [...]
None of you has any clue why I’m asking this, so don’t even try to figure it out. Does anyone out there know anything about property management? That is, you have a townhouse or a house you want to rent out, so you contact a property management company that gets it rented for you, does [...]
No, I’m not looking for a side job, but we have had a cleaning person here at our office who is awesome. He was working for another guy but now he’s doing his own thing, and I’m trying to help him grow his clientele. If you or someone you know happens to be looking for [...]
I have a suggestion for Connect Magazine. Start a monthly column that is one page, call it something like BlogWatch, and on that page print the intro parts to 5-10 blog posts made by Utah bloggers that might be of interest to Connect’s readership. Then include links to the homepages of the blogs where the [...]
“Sanitizing movies on DVD or VHS tape violates federal copyright laws, and several companies that scrub films must turn over their inventory to Hollywood studios, an appeals judge ruled.” Court Rules Against Sanitizing Films One more example of how established businesses in their ignorance and arrogance can stifle innovation and competition at the expense of [...]
I responded to a request in the Deseret News the other day for readers to submit comments about the state’s new brand and they printed several responses, including mine, although they neglected to include a link to my site and the banner ad I sent them…
I’m trying to compile a complete list of companies offering search engine optimization and/or search engine marketing services in Utah so I can create a small directory site similar to Utah Web Design Firms or Utah Advertising Agency. If you would like to have your company added to the list just post your url.
“Life Elevated” That’s Utah’s new brand. “The new slogan embodies the heart and soul of our state,” Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said in a prepared statement. “It captures the essence of life in America’s greatest state.” I wonder who prepared the statement for him? In what appears to have been a rather rude and unnecessary [...]
No, it’s not a new Mormon-genre movie, although such a film might be more interesting to me than some of the others that have been released as of late. What I’m talking about are executive office suites available for sublease, 20 minutes south of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ve got some offices and cubicle [...]
I was just in a client meeting when the client suddenly said “Totally Awesome is going out of business?!” He had just received an update on his laptop and saw this article in the Salt Lake Tribune. First LoveSac declares bankruptcy and now this. Seems like every business person in Utah who is the least [...]
If you’re looking for a branding firm in Utah click here. However, this is a post about the process of creating a new brand for the state of Utah, as covered in this latest article from the Deseret News. It’s a process fraught with danger as well as potential payoff, although in my opinion the [...]
What is Utah House Bill 122? It has to do with the idea of allowing private businesses with 2 to 50 employees sign up for the state government’s health care program, the idea being that this would save small businesses money, allowing them to put that money to other uses. This issue gives me the [...]
Wow, this is something of a bombshell – LoveSac in bankruptcy – S.L.-based firm has $500,000 in assets and $3.2 million in debt. Having lost approximately $50-60K over the past three years because of clients and business partners who filed for bankruptcy, I feel the pain of those who are losing money, and I can [...]
A few days ago Utah entrepreneur Larry H. Miller decided to not have any of the theatres he owns show the movie Brokeback Mountain. Responses have been positive and negative. Aside from the issue of whether you think Miller should or should not have allowed the movie to be shown in his theatres is the [...]
Utah web design jobs. Do you live in Utah? Are you a web designer, HTML/CSS guru, or web developer? Are you looking for a full-time job, part-time gig, or contract work? Head on over to Gigster.com.
I graduated in 2002 from BYU‘s business school with a master’s of information systems management. I absolutely loved the school (except for the lack of parking) and the program, although there was plenty of room for improvement. A while after I graduated I read an article in Connect Magazine about Northface University. What I read [...]
My advertising agency / web development firm MWI runs a little network of websites that are business directories for the different industries we participate in. One of them is www.utahadvertisingagency.com. It’s a directory or listing of advertising agencies in Utah.
My advertising agency / web design firm MWI runs a little network of websites that are business directories for the different industries we participate in. One of them is www.utahwebdesignfirms.com. It’s a directory or listing of web design firms in Utah.
TestOut is a new client that my web design firm MWI recently picked up. We’ve started doing some search engine optimization for them and will be doing that for a few months on a trial basis to see what kind of results we can generate for them. TestOut specializes in IT certification training including MCSE [...]
Click here for more information about Totally Awesome Computers going out of business. Otherwise, feel free to read the following post about my negative experiences with TAC. By the way, if you don’t read all the comments on this post you are really missing out. Trust me, they’re worth it. Some of the comments are [...]
I just received an email newsletter from the Rollins Center for eBusiness at BYU containing this article – http://ebusiness.byu.edu/newsletter/news.cfm?newsletterid=59&id=186. Out of all the professors I had at BYU I don’t believe I had more one on one talks with any of them more than with Owen. The last time I talked with Owen was a [...]
Wow, I just read this article on what’s going on over at Canopy and it’s fairly shocking, especially the news of Rob Penrose’s suicide, apparently directly related to events at Canopy.
This Deseret News article on the Utah Department of Business and Economic Development details some of the fallout happening after the entire department was pretty much dissolved to make way for a new strategy. As much as I’ve enjoyed my limited association with the department, I do have to wonder if what they’ve been doing [...]
I just read the Letters to the Editor (aka “Soapbox”) section of Connect Magazine. Rather than posting many excerpts from various letters they posted the entire text of one large letter from a disgruntled reader, Mr. Alan Jacobsen. Here’s how it begins: Dear Editor: I have been reading the recent issues of connect with interest, [...]