Food truck rallies and Brighton High’s groundbreaking among upcoming events

By Cassie Goff |

Don’t miss out on these events in Cottonwood Heights during August!

An update to the Wasatch Canyons General Plan will be presented on July 31 from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.). The Little Cottonwood Canyon environmental impact statement study team will be available to answer any questions on the study process and potential improvements that reduce congestion and improve experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon. For more information visit

The Bites in the Heights Food Truck Rally will be held every Monday night in August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mountview Park (1651 East Fort Union Blvd.).

“Big the Musical” will be held on August 2, 3, 4, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Middle School (7530 S. 2700 E.). Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $9 for kids under 12 and seniors 65 and older.

Summer STEM camps will be held August 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.). The scheduled topics include coding and robotics.

3D Printing 101 will be held August 9 and August 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

The Brighton High School groundbreaking will be on August 9 with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony following at 6 p.m. The groundbreaking will be hosted by Canyons School District and take place at the Brighton High School rebuild site (2220 Bengal Blvd.).

A home buyer class will be held on August 16 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held August 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Oaks Golf Course (9300 Riverside Dr.). For more information visit the news and events page on

A blood drive will be held on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) in the community room. For more information, visit There will be a free ice cream voucher for each participant as part of  the Pint for a Pint program.

In September, watch out for the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon on Sept. 8 from Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon to 1300 E. Fort Union Blvd. and Bark in the Park on Sept. 15 at Mountview Park (1651 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

New Business License Law Goes Into Effect in Cottonwood Heights

In compliance with a new state law (SB81), Cottonwood Heights will not require a business license for occasional businesses operated by those under age 18, and will no longer charge a fee to open or renew a business license for a home business that has no additional impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Amendments to the city code describe this no-fee “minor home occupation,” which includes businesses that have no outside employees, no client visitors, no impact on local traffic, no signage, and other requirements.

Home businesses that do not meet all those criteria, such as child care, dog grooming, music lessons, or spa services will continue to apply for a business license and a conditional use permit, and pay all appropriate fees.

All home business owners will receive a license renewal form each year to be completed and returned to the city. For further information about minor home occupation businesses or this legislation, contact Peri Kinder at 801-944-7067.

Cottonwood Heights hosts the first Excellence in Business Awards

Several business leaders in Cottonwood Heights were honored on Thursday, Oct. 5 during the city’s first Excellence in Business awards held at city hall. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore presided over the event that introduced successful businesses to the community.

Awards were presented to the following winners:

The Gear Room—Small Business Excellence

Megan Moore—Rising Star Award (Owner, Moore Hair Design)

Trader Joe’s—Community Impact Award

Trader Joe’s—People’s Choice Best Customer Service

Lone Star Taqueria—People’s Choice Best Restaurant

Frank Maylett—Kelvyn Cullimore Excellence in Leadership Award (CEO RizePoint)

Cottonwood Heights to host open space open house

Open spaces are valuable assets and integral to the quality of life that the residents of Cottonwood Heights enjoy. Parks, natural trails, the foothills and other open spaces are central to the community’s identity.

The Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development Department (CHED) will host an open Space Open House on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) to get feedback and suggestions from the community.

Everyone is invited to attend the open house to help city officials create an Open Space Master Plan that reflects the community’s vision for the future of open space in the city.

“The master plan will be a visionary approach to guiding open space planning in the community and into the future,” says CHED Director Brian Berndt. “The plan is a city initiative that will provide the city decision makers with guidance to develop an interconnected system of passive and active open spaces and natural trails for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.”

Among other things, the Open Space Master Plan will:

·          Create a vision statement to guide the open space planning process

·          Establish a public participation program suited to the outcome of the plan

·          Create a plan for management and possible acquisition of open space

·          Preserve open space and natural trail corridors for future generations

·          Enhance safe connections between open space, natural trails and the built environment

For more information, contact Brian Berndt at 801-944-7066 or

MasterControl moves into new headquarters

MasterControl Inc., a Utah-based provider of enterprise software solutions for the life science industry, has moved into its new corporate headquarters in Cottonwood Heights. The completely renovated six-floor, 154,000-square-foot office building is located in the Old Mill Corporate Center.

Although 300 MasterControl employees will work in the new building initially, company officials said the new offices were chosen with longevity in mind. MasterControl foresees future growth that will double its workforce in Utah to more than 600 in the coming years.

“We are proud to be a Utah-based company and when choosing a new office space to accommodate our growth, we wanted a location that offers the best of Utah,” said Jon Beckstrand, CEO of MasterControl. “The Old Mill Corporate Center is a premier business facility close to downtown Salt Lake, but just minutes away from some of the finest ski resorts and outdoor recreation activities in the nation. This location and building will provide an environment that is conducive to innovation, but has the nearby amenities to also enable a happy work-life balance, which is an important part of our company culture.”

Applications Being Accepted for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Salt Lake Community College is accepting applications.
This program is for small businesses that links learning to action. Participants will gain practical skills in negotiation, marketing, and employee management. They will receive the tools and professional support they need to develop a strategic business growth plan to take their company to the next level. Across the U.S., 10,000 Small Businesses graduates are increasing their revenues and creating new jobs in their communities:
69% Reported increasing revenues just 6 mo. after graduating.
48% Reported creating new jobs just six months after graduating.
85% Are doing business with each other.
99% Completed the program.

The Cottonwood Heights Landscaping/Beautification Award Program

The new Cottonwood Heights Landscaping/Beautification Award Program recognizes well-maintained and beautiful landscapes in our community.

The city invites all residential homeowners and commercial businesses to enter and participate in this program. Nominations may be for your own landscape or a neighbor’s.

Landscapes are judged by the Cottonwood Heights City Council, with a winner selected from each district and a Mayor’s Award presented to a commercial property located anywhere in the city.

Entries are due by Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, and winners will be announced in September. For more information, stop in at City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.), or download a form here.

Is Utah, the Next Silicon Valley?

Utah, the Next Silicon Valley?

By John Rampton

Editor’s Note: In the new podcast Masters of Scale, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on how to scale a business — and at, entrepreneurs are responding with their own ideas and experiences on our hub. This week, we’re discussing Hoffman’s theory: Silicon Valley has an inimitable blend of talent. No other region can match its collective capacity or wisdom for scaling, except maybe China. Listen to this week’s episode here

The many years living and working in Silicon Valley have shown me how an established community can be very favorable both personally and also for a business. The value this Valley has had for me cannot even be underestimated. I was able to instantly tap into the ecosystem here and start building different businesses. This great Valley continues to provide me with connections, inspiration and opportunities I crave.

However, so much of the talent I incorporate along with contacts for investments, strategic opportunities and expansion comes from all parts of the world.

My first reaction to a question about the world becoming all virtual, was to picture the world in a total virtual reality (VR) of itself. I even said that the virtual environment would quickly become the next Silicon Valley. I think eventually the internet of things (IoT) and the development of other technology will create a virtual startup ecosystem.

Until that time comes, I’m partial to Utah as the next Silicon Valley. This is not just because I grew up there. It’s the fact that every time I return to Utah, I see the incredible growth in startups, investors and tech talent.

Now, other people are picking up on this knowledge and witnessing what I’ve seen. My thoughts won’t be held so privately anymore. The clues show that factors in Utah are ones that can turn any area into the next Silicon Valley:

A business mindset

An area has to be focused on the idea of innovation and entrepreneurial growth. There can be a group of entrepreneurs who are passionate, but it will take the actions of a local city and government to bring about the possibilities.

Organizations have to understand the intricacies of what businesses require in order for them to come to your state. Large businesses have to be lured into a city or state with the right motivation. They have to be able to see, with fair certainty, that scaling growth is not only possible but likely to occur. Great entrepreneurial opportunity and positive business expansion won’t become a reality without the cooperation, encouragement and especially the planning of local government.

This means creating programs and stimulating the local environment for businesses to start up easily. This means minimal paperwork and bureaucracy, the correct financial incentives and amenable lending programs.

I’ve seen areas have lightbulb moments in Utah. Places where state and city governments are heavily involved in developing the programs, framework and infrastructure necessary so entrepreneurs can make these incredible businesses there. Utah is a place where a business can get started without being put off by the legal requirements that typically shut down small business startups elsewhere.

If these cities and the state had been that welcoming to business when I got started, I most likely would have stayed in Utah. I went where the ecosystem allowed me to ramp up quickly. Now, I see that the local Utah government has finally learned and understood what really is at stake in its decisions. Startup organizations now see the connection between helping entrepreneurs and businesses, and the enjoyment of an uplift in their economy.

Multiple-sector orientation

Research has shown that those areas that are focused on one industry or business sector are less open to the idea of what a Silicon Valley ecosystem offers.

In contrast, areas like Utah that are known to be open to multiple industries throughout the region that are ripe for a technological environment. Utah has become known for everything from software and medical devices to aerospace. Since technology is now permeating all types of industries, this makes it an ideal location to test and develop disruptive solutions in multiple areas.

An area of any country that would just have only one industry won’t offer the same opportunities or understanding that businesses require. Every time I return to Utah, there are other niche businesses that are launching, which makes for an exciting and stimulating environment for everyone. The elation and the motivation start to spread, and the people gain a hopeful passion that they can create something of value.

Social consciousness and equality

With so many startups focused on making the world a better place and solving issues that impact humanity, Utah is the perfect place to build that social consciousness. The state was built on a values system that has always emphasized family and an acknowledgment of a greater good that we can all appreciate. It’s an ecosystem that is growing based on a kinder, people-focused business environment. Maybe Utah could even raise the bar for Silicon Valley, which has always been known for it’s generous, intuitive altruism.

It has been shown that there needs to be greater equality infused into Silicon Valley. This attribution is already found in Utah. Female entrepreneurs are growing at a faster rate than elsewhere in the country. They are potentially building what could become a unique startup ecosystem within itself.

According to information from a Salt Lake Tribune article, “The state ranks as the best state in the country for business by CNBC, 24/7 Wall Street and Forbes.” Additionally, the 2016 State of Women-Owned Small Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN,ranks Utah in the top 10 states for growth in the number and economic clout of women-owned businesses. The article states, “It’s estimated in Utah that 83,800 women-owned businesses employ 75,400 people and generate sales of $14 billion — a growth of 38.8 percent since 2007.”

Even if you don’t personally think the state will become the next Silicon Valley, these types of statistics point out that Utah could potentially become its own socially conscious, equal opportunity startup ecosystem.

Entrepreneur events

From high school and university contests to more networking events throughout the state, Utah understands that building a startup ecosystem means encouraging younger generations to think like entrepreneurs.

I wish they had had entrepreneurial classes and events in local high schools when I attended them, but I still found my way into entrepreneurship. I’m hoping the road is made easier for the “new” entrepreneur now.

These classes and contests are helping students see that there is more to work and life beyond the traditional employment route. Showing these students what’s truly possible can get them to think differently than typical graduates. It’s teaching the entrepreneurial way of thinking and acting that will help them innovate at a faster rate.

In the combination of growing up with technology and potentially even having parents that telecommute or work in a flex arrangement, these future generations of burgeoning entrepreneurs can turn the state into a Silicon Valley ecosystem. The ecosystem will be able to sustain itself through an ongoing stream of graduating entrepreneurs.

This means that the state can generate graduates geared toward this specific career path. These natural entrepreneurs can learn how to build out the ecosystem from the high school classrooms — something that Silicon Valley did not necessarily do in the past. None of us knew how to run a program like that back then.

Silicon Valley is leading out and discovering new processes for high school students at this time and will lead out once again in this area of teaching and learning. But now, the rest of the world is watching Silicon Valley and can cultivate their own entrepreneurial mindset immediately in their own communities.

More ingredients

These are just some of the ingredients that were innate in the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

However, I can see that these elements and factors have been incorporated into the Utah systems.

These additives can now turn Utah into an entrepreneurial hotbed. Even better is that those within the state are putting their own spin on what this ecosystem looks like. This is driving appealing improvements on the original idea from which other areas will be able to capitalize and learn.

I’m excited to have one foot in that ecosystem and one in Silicon Valley because I can enjoy the benefits of both.


John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, online marketing guru and startup enthusiast. He is founder of the online invoicing company Due. John is best known as an entrepreneur and connector. He was recently named #3 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine and has been one of the Top 10 Most Influential PPC Experts in the World for the past three years. He currently advises several companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Business Boot Camp: Content Marketing

What is Content Marketing?

FREE Workshop to Help Today’s Entrepreneurs

 May 12, 2017. Cottonwood Heights, UT. Why should your company implement content marketing as opposed to traditional marketing techniques? This free workshop will help you discover how to create engaging content that is relevant, timely and focused on connecting with your audience.

“As traditional marketing becomes less effective, businesses need to adapt their messages and how those messages are delivered,” says Peri Kinder, Cottonwood Heights Business Development Coordinator. “Learning how to utilize content marketing could be a game-changer for your business.”

The FREE event will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall Community Room (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Seating is limited so contact to reserve a seat.