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Summit gathers business owners to discuss changing times

Nov 01, 2019 02:06PM

Nebo School District Superintendent Rick Nielsen welcomed more than 50 businesses attending the South County Business Summit.

The event was held at the Nebo district office and sponsored by the Spanish Fork/Salem Chamber, Springville/Mapleton Chamber and Payson/Santaquin Chamber.

President Kari Malkovich introduced the exciting and pertinent business-related speakers. Vartan Djihanian, manager of the Western Region in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, flew in from California to address the many businesses on the topic of “The Chamber Connection: Why it’s important to local business.”

Al Switzler, co-author of “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” entertained with his stories and anecdotes on how to stay calm in crucial conversations.

Dr. Paige Gardiner, the Director of Digital Marketing at Utah Valley University, presented critical information on marketing businesses. She focused on “Social Media – the impact on business and how to maintain and expand our business presence.”

Maple Mountain High School Chamber Choir, directed by Braden Rymer, entertained the many businesses across the South Utah County with two musical selections as the business representatives enjoyed lunch sponsored by the Clarion Gardens located in Payson.

The final speaker engaged the audience in illusions as he discussed how to “Ignite a World Class Performance Culture.” (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)