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New Ogden Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to promote, offer resources to businesses

OGDEN — The latest chapter in the story of Hispanic businesses in Ogden involves, fittingly, a new chapter. Next month, the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-Ogden Chapter will open its doors for business. And that business, by all accounts, is good. Luis Lopez, an Ogden city council member, says having a new and revitalized Hispanic chamber of commerce in the city is an important step in the city’s growth. “I think it’s a realization that the Hispanic community in Ogden is large,” Lopez said. “There are lots of Hispanic businesses here.” Roughly one-third of Ogden’s population is Hispanic or Latino, according to 2010 U.S. Census data — a fraction that represents about 25,000 people. Francisco Sotelo, president and CEO of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Salt Lake City, wants to make sure that any of those 25,000 who’d like to open a business have the option to do so. “Ten percent of the firms in Ogden are Hispanic,” Sotelo said. “There’s a great opportunity for us to increase that number.” RELATED: Brigham City awards community leaders at annual Chamber banquet Although there has been an Ogden Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, more recently it’s been only a shell of an organization. “It dwindled down over the years and was pretty inactive,” Lopez explained. That original group, while legally dissolved as a chamber of commerce, will continue to operate a scholarship foundation, according to Angel Chaparro, an Ogden-area businessman who was instrumental in pushing for a the new chapter. “For at least three years I’ve been working on the board at the Utah Hispanic Chamber, and I’ve been in their ear the whole time about an Ogden chapter,” Chaparro said. Chaparro, a State Farm Insurance agent who grew up in Ogden and whose family has operated a number of businesses over the years, says many of the members of the original Hispanic chamber organization will be absorbed into the new group. Chaparro says that — at least for the time being — the Ogden group will be a chapter of the larger Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which is based in Salt Lake City. “We thought, ‘Why reinvent the wheel?’” Chaparro said of the organization, which already offers extensive educational and networking options. “They’re good at what they do.” But the eventual goal is to grow the Ogden group from a chapter into its own, separate organization. “It’s something in discussion,” Chaparro said. “The longterm vision is that it becomes its own organization here, while still maintaining a sister relationship with the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Salt Lake City.” Sotelo says the new chapter has been about two years in the making. Although the group is already planning educational and networking events — an after-hours mixer is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 25 — the new office probably won’t open its bricks-and-mortar location until the last week in March. Chapter organizers are currently looking for an office location. In January, a joint resolution by the Ogden City Council and mayor — joined by Weber County, Weber State University, the Ogden-Weber Tech College and the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce — welcomed and recognized the new Ogden Chapter of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. And a reception for the new group was held Jan. 20 in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning at Weber State. RELATED: Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opening Ogden chapter with reception Wednesday Lopez sees the resolution and reception as more than just a symbolic gesture. “People in our community have felt alienated,” he said. “So to see all these groups supporting them, it means a lot.” Chuck Leonhardt, president of the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce, said he looks forward to a coordinated effort between the two groups. “We want to make northern Utah the new epicenter for business in the state and region, and that requires everyone rowing together,” he said. Leonhardt sees a synergistic partnership developing between the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce and the new Ogden Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I guess I’d say we welcome them with open arms and hope our business community can rally around their efforts to promote business growth in this area,” he said. Lopez said it isn’t just Hispanic-owned businesses that are important to Ogden — Hispanic consumers represent a big chunk of the purchasing power in the area. “A third of our population is a whole bunch of people,” Lopez said. “If we don’t pay attention to whatever needs this community is having, everybody loses.” Sotelo pointed out that the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a diverse organization. While 60 percent of its members are Hispanic, 40 percent are not. “Our goal is to ensure businesses and our community prosper overall,” Sotelo said. “We specialize in support for the Hispanic community, but ultimately … we’re all American businesses. Ultimately, we’re doing good for the community at large.” Olga De la Cruz, senior vice president of business development for the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber’s events in Salt Lake City draw 50 to 100 business owners. “And we anticipate having the same in Ogden,” she said. De la Cruz said a mixer held in Ogden almost a year ago that was designed to test the waters for an Ogden chapter drew more than 100 people. Lopez said language and culture can sometimes be a barrier to opening a new business, and believes the new chapter will be able to help with this problem. And Chaparro said the biggest benefit of the new chapter will be its ability to connect local businesses with educational and networking resources. “I want to stress that it is the Hispanic chamber for Ogden,” Chaparro said. “But in the end, it’s all still business.” Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/SEMarkSaal.

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RootsTech reaches out to family history veterans and newbies alike

SALT LAKE CITY – RootsTech 2016 is in full swing and this year the plan is to bring in all generations, no matter the age, to participate in family history. The family history conference is the largest in the world, boasting 25,000 participants at the Salt Palace and over 125,000 worldwide who will be streaming the conference online throughout the world. The theme of the conference is “Celebrating Families Across Generations.” Steve Rockwood, the new Chief Executive Officer for FamilySearch, the sponsor of RootsTech and the family history arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told a group of news media, bloggers and RootsTech ambassadors that RootsTech is the “studio audience” for the world of family history for the coming year. “And you’re a pretty big studio audience,” he said. As the new CEO he wants to see the world of family history bring all the great new technologies and innovations to a place where everyone can access the knowledge and information out there without getting frustrated. “We do great work with the infrastructure but we need to modernize it for teens and millennials…we need to bring in the newbies,” Rockwood said. Rockwood also plans to make family history work more of a worldwide endeavor. RootsTech officials are hoping the variety at the conference will do just that. There are classes geared toward all levels of family history knowledge, classes geared toward LDS members, and labs with hands-on training for those who are seeking general genealogy knowledge, not just LDS members. This year the conference will have the largest expo in its history with 360 different booths offering varying family history subjects and solutions. This year the conference has a youth ambassador, Ruby Baird, who is just 14 years old. Both Rockwood and Paul Nauta, marketing director for RootsTech, said she has caught the family history bug. They can see she is not alone. On Saturday, Feb. 6, nearly 7,000 youth will descend on the Salt Palace for a Family Discovery Day to learn more about how to get involved in family history. Rockwood would like to see people who already know and love family history to invite their close family members to get involved. “We want you to ask your brother or your sister what they are doing, what they want to do,” he said. Some classes at the conference will focus on that idea to help grow beginners. “It’s about people,” Rockwood said. FamilySearch also plans to make an announcement of new databases that will now be available to aid in family research sometime during the conference. Two years ago, FamilySearch joined with Ancestry, Find my Past and My Heritage to give free access to LDS church members to use their databases. Now more will be added. David Lambert is the chief genealogist for American Ancestors and has been a presenter and ambassador for RootsTech for the past few years. He wouldn’t miss the event. “The networking is really key here,” Lambert said. “You can have people at all levels of knowledge and everyone wants to help everyone,” he said. He knows that online contact for family history work is vital, but nothing beats human contact. The conference kicked off Wednesday with a special “Innovator Summit,” where family history innovators faced off in a competition presenting new ideas about how do to family history on all levels. Most have created an app or some kind of computer technology to aid in family history work. Semi-finals were held Wednesday, and the final six will face off Friday morning to a panel of judges and a live audience who will vote on the winner. The winner will get $100,000 in combined cash and prizes to further develop the winning innovation. More information about the competitors can be found on their website. This year the summit was bigger and more streamlined than it has ever been with more entrants and more interest, said Matt Misbach, a solutions architect with FamilySearch. Misbach was also running a “hack-a-thon” event where people can bring basic ideas for apps or computer programs and present to a group of technical experts to see if their idea can be developed into something more. “The idea is to have an idea be developed enough to make it to the Innovator Summit next year. It’s very grassroots,” Misbach said. He is excited with the direction RootsTech is going – reaching out to all generations. To find out more about RootsTech or to attend on Friday or Saturday, go to their website.

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Ogden man opens publishing company to help local writers

OGDEN — Vince Font says there’s a flourishing community of writers in the Ogden area, but confusing and expensive avenues to getting a book published have stifled many Junction City authors. But by starting a small, grassroots micropublishing company, Font hopes he can help tear down the typical roadblocks many emerging authors encounter when trying to get their work disseminated. In January, Font launched “Get My Story Published,” a micropublishing channel based in Ogden that aims to get local authors in print by offering a broad range of what Font describes as affordable writing and publishing services.  “This is basically something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years,” Font said. “I had self-published some books of my own and the learning curve is just so difficult. One of the things I’ve come across is that there are a lot of people with great stories out there, but they don’t know the best way to tell them.”  • RELATED: Banned books to be read along 25th Street Friday In 2013, Font published American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman, a book that takes a deep look into the lives of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, both American spies who were convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Font said publishing the book left him with a pile of lessons learned. He said writers usually hire separate companies to edit their manuscripts, design their book covers and format it for publication. Font says Get My Story Published will fulfill all the traditional publishing needs, but do it in one place. “What people end up paying for all these different services, usually ends up being pretty high,” Font said. “It can also be difficult to know exactly which (companies) to go with.” Font’s company offers several levels of editing, from basic proofreading to manuscript and character development, as well as manuscript formatting services for e-book and paperback formats. According to a press release from the company, writers can sign up for services separately or choose from three different publishing packages, which start at $400. The packages include publication to Amazon via Kindle, paperback, or both. Books are published to either the Get My Story Published imprint, or the company’s other publication imprint, Glass Spider Publishing. Font said writers will be paid royalties from their book sales and will retain all rights to their publications. “As a writer, allowing the authors to maintain ownership of their work was hugely important to me,” he said. The company will also offer custom book cover design. Font’s wife, Jane Font, is an area artist and owns Pandemonium Art Gallery, 155 Historic 25th St. She and a collection of other artists, like Ogden’s Chris Bodily, will be commissioned to design the cover art. [gmap=41.220660, -111.977442] Jane Font said Ogden’s creative art scene, whether it’s writing, photography, music, dancing or other forms, is growing.  • RELATED: Emerging local artist to exhibit Ogden landscapes • RELATED: Ogden hopes art work creates pedestrian corridor “Grassroots movements, whether they’re art-based or not, seem to come along with communities that experience lulls and then are kind of coming back up,” she said. “I think that’s what we’re seeing now in Ogden. You had this community that was in a lull for a while and because people maybe saw it as undesirable, rents were low and a lot of entrepreneurial-minded people were able to come in and get a foothold.” Font said he hopes his new venture will continue to cultivate Ogden’s artistic scene, particularly in the realm of the printed word. “There are so many great writers in Ogden,” he said. “I’d love for this city to become some sort of central hub for writers. I think the talent is out there.” For more information, go to www.getmystorypublished.com. You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net or at 801-625-4233. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook.  

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Wood and antler make great wedding rings — neckties, not so much

An Ogden company is making wedding rings -- and maybe neck ties in the future -- out of deer antlers.

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National conservative groups write to oppose Utah's online tax bill

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Where to find lowest gas prices near Ogden on Jan. 27

OGDEN — As gas prices are dropping throughout the country, the Ogden area might finally be close to catching up with the national average. The American Automobile Association reports gas prices are dropping at the fastest rate in two months. The national average Wednesday, Jan. 27 was $1.828 per gallon, according to AAA. Several area gas stations are now selling below $1.80 per gallon, according to Gas Buddy, which reported an Ogden-area average of $1.933 on Wednesday. Here are the lowest prices per gallon for regular-grade fuel in the Ogden area according to Gas Buddy, which crowdsources prices based on reports from consumers in the area. $1.75 per gallon Sinclair - 4678 W. 1150 South, West Weber $1.79 per gallon Pilot - 1670 W. 12th Street, Ogden 7-Eleven - 1181 W. 12th Street, Ogden Flying J - 1172 W. 2100 South, Ogden $1.85 per gallon Shell - 3971 S. 1900 West, Roy (cash price) Chevron - 2000 W. Pioneer Road, Marriott-Slaterville Clubs (membership required) $1.69 per gallon Costco, 573 W. 100 North, West Bountiful $1.79 per gallon Costco, 3656 Wall Ave., Ogden Sam’s Club, 4949 S. 900 West, Riverdale Sam’s Club, 1055 W. Hill Field Road, Layton

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