Business briefs, March 26-29
Nominations due for Woman of the Year
The Park City Women’s Business Network is accepting nominations for the 2016 Woman of the Year Award. According to a newsletter, nominations are due by April 15, and can only be made by active members of the group. The award is designed to recognize business women in Park City who inspire others and contribute to the community. For details, or to make a nomination, visit pcwbn.com.
Zions Bank offers grants to women
Zions Bank is accepting applications for its 2016 Smart Women Grants, given to those whose proposals promote "the empowerment of women or directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations in Utah and Idaho." According to a press release, six $3,000 grants will be awarded in a variety of categories. To apply, or for more information, visit zionsbank.com/smartwomen. "Our goal is to offer these grants to everyday women who are doing extraordinary things," said said Lori Chillingworth, executive vice president of Zions Bank’s small business division, in the release. "We’re so impressed with the drive and selflessness that our grant winners have demonstrated with their endeavors — they are certainly an inspiration to us all."
Utah economy adds more jobs in February
Utah’s nonfarm employment grew by an estimated 3.3 percent in February. According to a press release, that means there are 44,700 more jobs in the state compared to February of 2015. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.4 percent in February, well below the national rate of 4.9 percent. "The labor market in our state continues to grow and support economic prosperity," said Carrie Mayne, chief economist at the Department of Workforce Services, in the release. "With the addition of more than 44,000 jobs, Utah’s businesses continue to provide opportunity for job seekers who have the skills needed in today’s labor markets."
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