Heber Valley Chamber launches Silicon Slopes Chapter

The Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed Garrett Clark, the Director of Operations from Silicon Slopes, as its monthly Chamber presenter.  In addition to learning more about Silicon Slopes from Garrett, the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce announced its new Silicon Slopes chapter which will be led by an independent board of business leaders from the greater Heber Valley area.

Silicon Slopes is the voice, hub, and heart of Utah’s startup and tech community. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization empowers Utah’s startup and tech community to learn, connect, and serve to make entrepreneurship and opportunity in Silicon Slopes open and accessible to all.

According to Ryan Starks, executive director of Wasatch County’s economic development office and the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, “The new Silicon Slopes Heber Valley chapter will be a catalyst for businesses to connect on a whole new level while leveraging many resources and connections from Utah’s robust technology community.  Wasatch County has a dynamic business community, and this new chapter will continue to elevate the business profile of the Wasatch Back.”

The new Silicon Slopes board of directors is made up of the following individuals:

Matt Fritzche, Profit Vault Venture Capital (President)
Debra West, Mindstyle Media
Nate Hansen, Conductive Composites
Matt Fritzche, Profit Vault Venture Capital
Jon Kovach Jr., Amplified Minds
Scott Lemon, Wovyn
Nate Olsen, Customer Spec
Rhett Spencer, NCAP Technologies
Weston Broadbent, Wasatch Center for Advanced Professional Studies
Jim Mortensen, Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business

The newly formed Silicon Slopes Heber Valley chapter will hold quarterly events to provide training, resources, and support for local businesses.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.