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Utah Valley University hosted a “Doing Business with Mexico” conference where Al Zapanta, president and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox signed to open a Utah chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy UVU)

Cushman & Wakefield partnered with Hamilton Partners and Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design and build a new office space in downtown Salt Lake City. The building, 111 Main Office Tower, will be 24 stories tall, and will offer 440,000 rentable square feet and ground floor retail shopping.

 

Nu Skin was named No. 19 in Happi Magazine’s top 50 U.S.-based household and personal products. Happi Magazine specializes in personal care and household products. Nu Skin also presented two scientific posters at the International Investigative Dermatology, spoke at the annual Health and Beauty Global Expo, and published an article in the June 2013 issue of “Euro Cosmetics.” The research topics focused on the science behind skin care. Nu Skin also achieved record third-quarter earnings of $927.6 million, a 76 percent increase over the prior-year period.

 

Vivint received a merit award from the American Institute of Architecture for its excellence in architectural design.

 

Orem

Blendtec released its 133rd “Will it Blend” video, which features a successful attempt to blend the new gold iPhone 5s and colorful iPhone 5c. Additionally, it partnered with the American Heart Association in conjunction with their Kids Cook with Heart program, which teaches children the benefits of consuming healthy, locally-grown foods. They also partnered with the St. Louis Rams to help provide its athletes with diet options to stay healthy and fit.

 

The American Institute of Architecture gave merit awards to Clear Horizon’s Academy and Security Metrics for excellence in architectural design.

 

Smith’s Food and Drug donated $7,900 to Orem’s Summit High School because students participated in the Smith’s Earn and Learn rewards program. The program allows families to link their Smith’s rewards card to the school — each time the families use the rewards card, the school earns money to fund school equipment and programs.

 

Utah Valley University hosted a “Doing Business with Mexico” conference where Al Zapanta, president and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox signed to open a Utah chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

 

Pleasant Grove

Influence Real Estate opened a new office in Pleasant Grove, making it their first in Utah County. Since opening in 2010, they have tailored their focus to sell luxury homes.

 

American Fork

Bank of American Fork launched a new mobile banking app for the iPad, making mobile services available on the iPad, iPhone and Android. The services unique to the iPad include live customer service chat, transaction history and archived electronic statements. All app users can now deposit checks, pay bills and transfer funds from their mobile device.

 

People’s Utah Bancorp and Lewiston Bancorp completed a successful merger and now operate under People’s Utah Bancorp with more than $1 billion in assets. This was the first unassisted bank merger in Utah since 2007.

 

Lehi

DigiCert became the first publicly trusted certificate authority to achieve Direct Trusted Agent accreditation. Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures DigiCert’s compliance with online security regulations and validates its compliance with trusted identity requirements.

 

LDS.BIZ celebrated its grand reopening as it seeks to become the go-to social media site for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The new site features videos from prominent LDS business leaders and entertainers as well as a large collection of LDS articles.

 

MokiMobility, which designs and optimizes mobile apps’ usability, received $6.6 million in funding earlier this year.

 

Fit Marketing has acquired Salt Lake City-based TOFU Marketing. Fit also welcomes all of TOFU’s employees to the company. In 2012, Fit acquired Big Start, a firm focused on marketing for startups.

 

General

On Inc. Magazine’s list of Hire Power awards for Utah, the top four companies are located in Utah Valley. Vivint (Provo), Ancestry.com (Provo), Property Solutions (Lehi) and InsideSales.com (Provo) rank as our state’s top job creators, and between the four of them, they created 2,558 jobs in an 18-month period.

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