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Voice of Business: Check out the Davis Chamber’s ‘Best’ business opportunity
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By Jim Smith

Davis Chamber CEO

One of the primary missions of the Davis Chamber is the education of Davis County residents on important business topics.  Since all of us are either directly or indirectly tied to the business community (ultimately our income is derived from business) all of us should be aware of BEST. BEST is the Davis Chamber’s Business and Economic Summit & Training, which is held twice a year in the spring and in the fall.  

People sometimes ask if I like being involved in politics, to which I answer with a resounding “no”.  The chamber is not about politics, although we are deeply involved in the political process and work closely with our legislators on meaningful legislation related to business.  We have a healthy mix of both predominant political parties in our Legislative Affairs Committee, with the opinions of well-intentioned people of various viewpoints.  Yet we seem to be able to find consensus on many topics.  There is never a lack of good debate and learning.

That said, our keynote speaker is Dick Castner, who is the Western Regional Director of the US Chamber of Commerce.  His topic will be decidedly political.  He will address today’s political climate in Washington, D.C. – and he is not known for “pulling punches.”  His analysis of what is happening in our nation’s capital will hold you spellbound.   If you are at all interested in political insights, you will want to come hear Dick’s presentation.

Other presentations at BEST will include Steve Cloward, former CEO of Big O Tires Corporation, who will speak on customer service.  If you run a business you need to hear Steve’s discussion.  “Satisfied customers” is not good enough anymore.

Patty Conner is the Director of the Office of Consumer Health Services for Utah, and she will discuss Avenue H.  This is Utah’s response to the need for a Health Insurance Marketplace under ObamaCare.  

We have heard about the Affordable Care Act extensively over the last year, but Patty will address some concrete decisions you need to make and what options are available in Utah.  

I listened to her speak last month and I have never heard the current healthcare issues explained more clearly.

One of our chamber’s primary missions is transportation.  We want to influence not only where roads are built but how they impact transportion of goods and services and employees, as well as how they sustain our quality of life in Davis County.  This quickly shifts into a study of tomorrow’s demographics and what we need to do today to plan.

Andrew Gruber is the executive director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council and came to Utah about four years ago from Chicago.  Andrew’s impact on the future of Utah is unmistakable.  

I want all of Davis County to get a feel for this topic because what we do today will determine whether or not our children and grandchildren will want to call Davis County home in decades to come.  

We have been working on community planning since 1997.  You will be amazed at how our efforts have changed the face of our communities, and how far we still need to come.

Finally, our lunch speaker is David Burnell, a retired Air Force Special Forces operative who will share some heartwarming – and motivational – experiences from his military experiences over the last twenty years.

Again let me invite you all to come join us for BEST.  You will be engaged all morning, and come away with some solid information you can use today.

BEST is coming up on November 1, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.  

We have reduced the cost this year to $50, which includes breakfast and lunch.  The public is invited but you need to RSVP at  I’ll see you there.

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