Business Briefs for February 22, 2006 |

Business Briefs for February 22, 2006

The Salt Lake Chamber has named the Latitude Restaurant Group the recipient of the 2006 Minority Small Business Award.

The ward will be given to Latitude Restaurant group founder and CEO, Gene Kwon, as part of the Salt Lake Chamber’s annual Small Business awards program at a luncheon honoring all of this year’s award-winners on Wednesday, March 22. This is only the fourth time in the program’s 19-year history that the Minority Small Business Award has been given.

The Latitude Restaurant Group includes Mikado, Hapa grill, Ichiban, Kampai and Harry’s and features menus that embrace elements of Asian fusion and other cultural influences.

In a recent press release, Latitude Restaurant Group announced it will be opening two Harry’s locations in Sugarhouse and River Park. The company has also recently acquired the franchise rights for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, slated to open in Salt Lake City later this year.

A luncheon recognizing this year’s award winners will be held on Wednesday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Little America Hotel located at 500 South Main Street. Ellis Ivory, founder of Ivory Homes, will be the keynote speaker.

Utah Association of Realtors announces good neighbor winner

The Utah Association of Realtors, along with founding sponsor Fannie Mae, recently announced realtor Shelly Tripp as the winner of the UAR’s 2006 Good Neighbor Award and presented her with a $5,000 check that will be donated to a children’s shelter.

This statewide award honors one realtor each year who has made exceptional contributions to his or her community.

Tripp, a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage realtor, founded the KidsFest carnival at Wheeler farm. For six years in a row, this fundraising even generates thousands of dollars that go directly to the Christmas Box House in Salt Lake City, a temporary shelter for children removed from abusive situations.

The Utah Association of Realtors, the official trade organization for more than 13,000 real estate professionals in Utah, plans to select another Good neighbor Award winner in 2007 and donate an additional $5,000 to another deserving charity.

Smith’s donates millions to local food banks

Smith’s Food & Drug Store announced today that in 2005 it donated $3 million in food and cash to local food banks within Smith’s operating areas. The combined cash and in-kind donation equates to approximately 2.4 million meals provided through dozens of local food agencies within Smith’s seven states of operation.

Smith’s looks for ways to meet the hunger needs within each community. Stores donate perishable goods, cash donations are made through the Kroger Foundation, collection barrels are placed in store lobbies in support of holiday food drives, and Smiths’ holiday Gift of Giving program sells nutritious grocery items and turkeys at cost to customers (and then delivers the purchase to local food banks). Many of the Neighbor to Neighbor Coin Boxes as Check stands are designated to local food banks as well.

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co., one of the nation’s largest retailers with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. From its division office in Salt Lake City, Utah Smith’s currently operates 129 stores under Smith’s and Smith’s Marketplace banners in seven western states.

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