Weekly Round-Up: November Author: South Valley Chamber Published: November 20, 2018 We’ve been scouring the World Wide Web to find our favorite business-related articles. Here’s what we’ve come up with. You’ll find world reading lists, how you can compete with Amazon, and why Utah is being watched to see what we do next. Required Reading: The Books That Students Read in 28 Countries Around The World Summary: In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their school years. We posed this question to our TED-Ed Innovative Educators and members of the TED-Ed community. People all over the globe responded, and we curated our list to focus on local authors. Take a look at what students in countries from Ireland to Iran, Ghana to Germany, are asked to read and why. Our Take: We’re all about learning here at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. And if that includes expanding our horizons – we’re here for it. Understanding the values and what’s important to another country gave us a feeling of gratitude for the Melting Pot we have in the U.S. We think you’ll find it fascinating and informative as you read through which books are required in different countries. Maybe you’ll even add one to your list! Read more here. How Small Businesses Can Compete with Amazon Summary: As Amazon rapidly expands its reach, many brick-and-mortar businesses are worried that they can’t compete. Fortunately, Amazon and other online retailers will never entirely replace in-person shopping. As big as e-commerce is, some people still prefer the experience of seeing and touching items in person before buying. Let’s look at some of the top ways to compete with Amazon. Our Take: Let’s be honest. Amazon is taking over the world. And it’s really easy as small businesses to get discouraged. But there’s something to be said about personalizing service and being active in your community. There are ways to set yourself apart and we think there’s some killer tips in the mix here. Read more here. After Qualtrics’ $8 Billion Exit, Here Are 5 Other Utah Tech Companies to Watch Summary: With Pluralsight, Domo, and Qualtrics having exited, the spotlight now turns to the other local startups awaiting their turn. With that in mind, VentureBeat asked three Utah investors for their take on the next generation of local startups to watch. Our Take: Utah! This is the place! There’s some insane talent coming out of this state and we are feeling an enormous amount of state pride reading through this list. Read more here.