National Small Business Week With Sandy City’s Mayor Bradburn
We teamed up with Sandy City’s Mayor Bradburn for National Small Business Week and took him around to some of the small businesses that power our economy throughout the Wasatch Front. There are over 277,000 small businesses in Utah and they makes up 99.3% of our economy. Throughout our visits, Mayor Bradburn wrapped caramels with JulieAnn Caramels, got the full shave work-up at Blind Tiger Lounge, and learned how to make the perfect latte at The Bean Yard Coffee House. We also visited Campman, Axe Arena, and Perpetual Storage Inc. Check out their stories below.
We kicked off National Small Business Week with a visit to Campman’s store front location in Sandy with Mayor Bradburn. Chris Holt has loved the outdoors from a young age and first had the idea to start Campman fresh out of getting his MBA at the U of U. He started the company in 2006 and it has now grown 200 times bigger than when he initially started.
“I spent almost 10 years working two jobs before I could finally quit my initial career as a Biologist and switch over to the outdoor retail world. But now I run Campman. So if you have a dream, figure out a way to see if it’s feasible or not.” – Chris Holt
Chris was also a participant in the 1st cohort of our KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy.
Rowena Montoya began making caramels for her husband so he had something to hand out at the trade shows he went to. In 2012 she officially grew out of her basement and launched JulieAnn Caramels. You can now find her caramels in Harmons, Associated Food Stores, and World Market. She has also appeared on Home Shopping Network and will soon launch in stores nationwide. Rowena was also a participant in the 1st cohort of our KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy.
Named after her two aunts, JulieAnn Caramels has over 40 flavors. “These two aunts didn’t just give me the recipe for caramels, they gave me a recipe for a good life.” – Rowena Montoya, Owner
BLIND TIGER LOUNGE
Blind Tiger Lounge is a luxury barbershop specializing in men’s cuts and styles. Mayor Bradburn got the full work-up as we learned more about how Danny Aleman recently relocated from Las Vegas and is building his clientele here in Utah.
On owning a business Danny says, “You have to be mentally tough. It’s hard work, but I get to meet a lot of amazing clients through what I do.”
Danny is also a participant in the 3rd cohort of our KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy.
Axe Arena is the first urban axe throwing club in the Salt Lake City.
Elvin Lau opened his business a year ago across from Fashion Place Mall. Since then, the popularity of the recreational sport has grown tremendously. They host birthday parties, corporate events, bachelor & bachelorette parties & all other types of special occasions.
When asked the most surprising thing about owning his own business, Elvin said, “It’s just as challenging as everyone says it is. But that’s also the best part about owning a business. I like the challenge.”
He enrolled in our KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy to gain the skills necessary to create and implement a growth plan for the Axe Arena. We are excited to join him in this journey!
PERPETUAL STORAGE, INC.
We had the chance to visit Perpetual Storage, Inc. – the privately owned and operated storage vault located in solid granite up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The vault is located deep in the granite mountain and can withstand earthquakes, natural disasters and offers maximum security storage in a temperature controlled environment. It’s three and a half stories tall and stores encrypted records and items of value and now offers a secure cloud-based storage option for businesses and individuals. They have been in business since 1968 and are the only commercial vault of its kind.
PSI is also a participant of our KeyBank Business Accelerator Academy. We’re excited to see their growth and expansion!
THE BEAN YARD
Our last stop for National Small Business Week with Mayor Bradburn was at The Bean Yard Coffee House in Sandy. Owner Eugene Kim taught us how to make the perfect latte. In addition to delicious coffee and an incredible menu, they also have meeting space and conference rooms. If you’re in search of a great coffee in Sandy or a place to hold your meetings – look no further.
We had so much fun getting out and celebrating various owners this week. 99.3% of all businesses in Utah are small business and we love seeing the passion behind them.